England v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Headingley July 1, 2011

Jayawardene century overpowers England

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Sri Lanka 309 for 5 (Jayawardene 144, Sangakkara 69) beat England 240 (Morgan 52, Randiv 3-43) by 69 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mahela Jayawardene produced a beautifully crafted 144 from 150 balls, the highest of his 15 ODI centuries and his fifth against England, as Sri Lanka put the memories of their soggy defeat at The Oval to one side with an imposing 69-run victory in the second one-day international at Headingley. Faced with a stiff target of 310, England threatened for a while, particularly while Eoin Morgan was compiling a 37-ball half-century, but eventually succumbed to 240 all out.

With the sun on their backs and little on offer in the pitch, Sri Lanka's morale seemed transformed in the space of three days, and once Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara had overcome the setback of two careless run-outs at the top of the innings, there was little that England could do to contain them. The pair added in 159 for the third wicket in 29.1 overs - a record for Sri Lanka against England, beating the mark of 140 that the same two men set at Durham during the 5-0 whitewash in 2006.

Though Sangakkara was eventually dragged out of his crease by Graeme Swann and stumped for 69, that wicket was the only one that any of England's bowlers managed in the first 45 overs of the innings. Jayawardene eventually followed in the same fashion seven overs later, but at 271 for 4 with 29 balls of the innings remaining, the stage was set for Angelo Mathews, who biffed 41 from 27, before Nuwan Kulasekera and Jeevan Mendis carried the score past 300 in the final over of the innings.

In reply, England's openers did begin with some confidence. With criticism of his role still being voiced in the media, Alastair Cook knew he needed to make his presence felt, especially after opting to chase on a good batting wicket. He and Craig Kieswetter pushed along to 52 without loss in the 10-over Powerplay, with Cook demonstrating his improvisatory side with a scoop for four over the wicketkeeper's head off Kulasekara.

However, the weight of Sri Lanka's runs told on England's batsmen in the end. Kieswetter pulled a Lakmal bouncer to deep square leg for 25, before Kevin Pietersen was superbly caught on the long-on boundary by a diving Lasith Malinga. Cook's own stay ended when he drove Suraj Randiv down the throat of wide long-on for a 52-ball 48, while Jonathan Trott - who had once again been batting to his own tempo - had no answer to a superb inswinging yorker from Lakmal that crashed into his middle stump, and sent him on his way for 39 from 54 balls.

At 144 for 4 in the 28th over, the prospects of victory were bleak, but Morgan injected some genuine life into the innings with another superb display of calculated aggression. He signalled the charge with back-to-back sixes off the legspin of Jeevan Mendis, but with 109 still needed from the final 13 overs, Randiv tweaked an offspinner past his outside edge and Sangakkara, after a struggle to get the ball under control, whipped off the bails. It was all the invitation that Sri Lanka needed to go for the kill, as victory was wrapped up with 25 balls to spare.

Despite a few glimpses from England's batsmen, they lacked a player such as Jayawardene who could combine excellence with endurance. Despite his rough patch of form in the Test series, in which he failed to reach even a half-century in six attempts, this was Jayawardene's second ODI hundred in three innings, following his brilliant but futile performance in the World Cup final in Mumbai. In the absence of the retired Sanath Jayasuriya, he moved up the order to open alongside Dilshan, and responded just as he had done at Bristol in the Twenty20 last week, with a typically attractive and fluent performance.

With exquisite timing and placement through the off-side, and a voracious eye for an opportunity off the pads, Jayawardene racked up 14 fours in his stay, and picked his pace up as the innings progressed. After weathering a testing new-ball spell from James Anderson and Tim Bresnan, he reached his first fifty from 68 balls, his second from 50, and his final 44 came from 32.

At The Oval on Tuesday, both Jayawardene and Sangakkara had been among the early casualties as England reduced Sri Lanka to 15 for 4 in damp seaming conditions. That performance was no doubt a factor for Cook when he turned down the chance to have first use of a flat surface, and when Anderson followed up his Oval performance with seven probing overs for 20, runs did seem hard to come by.

Frustration was certainly a factor in both of England's early breakthroughs. Dilshan was sent on his way for a run-a-ball 9, as Stuart Broad swooped and dived in one motion from mid-on after a crass call for a single, and five overs later, Dinesh Chandimal fell in a carbon-copy fashion, as Anderson this time did the honours from Broad's first ball of the innings.

But the key moment of the innings came in Bresnan's third over, when Jayawardene attempted a glide over the slip cordon on 7, where Graeme Swann couldn't cling on with a fingertipped stretch. Three balls later, Jayawardene edged inches short of Swann again, and then compounded a frustrating over for Bresnan by stroking a drive through the covers for four.

England's fielding, which had been so tigerish in the early stages, began to get a bit ragged as the innings progressed. Cook at short cover dropped a tough diving effort with Jayawardene on 119, while another off-colour day for Broad was compounded when Kulasekara picked out Swann at short third man, who grassed his second clear-cut opportunity.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • abdurrahman1971 on July 4, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    well done chandimal and angi, we should appreciate the young fellows mental strength. angi prooved his broad mind in this event. well done.

  • Sageleaf on July 3, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Can someone from Sri Lanka tell me what was Thilina Kandamby's contribution in this match? He did not bowl nor was not sent to bat. He is like Darren Sammy of West Indies. Im sure no one knows why he is in the team or why he is playing. He is riding on luck and captain T20 match too.

  • yorkslanka on July 2, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    @ lord emsworth: again another good post, i agree with both if your team tips...

  • 5wombats on July 2, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    There is also something called "Sarcasm". Often sarcasm can go completely un-noticed by its intended victim or in this case victims. @Roar911; I notice that you didn't challenge my observations of Sri Lankan bowling. Relief....!

  • nalincricket on July 2, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    its all happening after icc conference slam on Government intervention, thats great news for Sri lanka Cricket. dont you guys feel that difference??

  • Roar911 on July 2, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    ...."what tends to happen is that when a team bowls poorly - the other side gets a lot of runs. This causes something that is called "Scoreboard Pressure". When there is scoreboard pressure the team batting has to play a more risky shot-making game in order to try and get the required rate" ...... - that's called ONE DAY CRICKET!

  • 5wombats on July 2, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    You see - what tends to happen is that when a team bowls poorly - the other side gets a lot of runs. This causes something that is called "Scoreboard Pressure". When there is scoreboard pressure the team batting has to play a more risky shot-making game in order to try and get the required rate. Under these conditions - even hopeless bowling, like Sri Lankan bowling, for example, can take wickets and in fact be made to look better than it actually is. That is the truth. No excuses. England bowling was poor and cost them the game. None of this is that hard to understand, really. As predicted; Ind & SL fans continuing to trade comments. Anyone would think it's these teams playing the series, not England.

  • Finn92 on July 2, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Jayawardene should stay as the opener, his record is very impressive in the few times he has batted there. England failed due to why they have always failed in ODI's when chasing tough scores, the lack of a batsman in the top 4 who can settle down and score a big 120+ at a run a ball but without taking many risks (as Mahela did). Just look at the two opposing squads, Sri Lanka have more than twice the number of ODI hundreds than us, we have the players but they seem to settle for a pretty 60 than a hard working 120

  • stormy16 on July 2, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Convincing win for SL and Eng were no where in the game at any stage. SL's batting was awesome, Sanga/Mahela did the expected but the camio by Mathews was perfect. Eng bowling looked ineffective when the conditions didint suit them - not for the fitst time this summer. SL spinners had something in the wicket and made the most of it. SL fielding was on fire I thought and at end of the day SL were simply too good on the day.

  • cricket_fan_1 on July 2, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Well done SL. This is good preparation for the upcoming tough series against AU.

  • abdurrahman1971 on July 4, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    well done chandimal and angi, we should appreciate the young fellows mental strength. angi prooved his broad mind in this event. well done.

  • Sageleaf on July 3, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Can someone from Sri Lanka tell me what was Thilina Kandamby's contribution in this match? He did not bowl nor was not sent to bat. He is like Darren Sammy of West Indies. Im sure no one knows why he is in the team or why he is playing. He is riding on luck and captain T20 match too.

  • yorkslanka on July 2, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    @ lord emsworth: again another good post, i agree with both if your team tips...

  • 5wombats on July 2, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    There is also something called "Sarcasm". Often sarcasm can go completely un-noticed by its intended victim or in this case victims. @Roar911; I notice that you didn't challenge my observations of Sri Lankan bowling. Relief....!

  • nalincricket on July 2, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    its all happening after icc conference slam on Government intervention, thats great news for Sri lanka Cricket. dont you guys feel that difference??

  • Roar911 on July 2, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    ...."what tends to happen is that when a team bowls poorly - the other side gets a lot of runs. This causes something that is called "Scoreboard Pressure". When there is scoreboard pressure the team batting has to play a more risky shot-making game in order to try and get the required rate" ...... - that's called ONE DAY CRICKET!

  • 5wombats on July 2, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    You see - what tends to happen is that when a team bowls poorly - the other side gets a lot of runs. This causes something that is called "Scoreboard Pressure". When there is scoreboard pressure the team batting has to play a more risky shot-making game in order to try and get the required rate. Under these conditions - even hopeless bowling, like Sri Lankan bowling, for example, can take wickets and in fact be made to look better than it actually is. That is the truth. No excuses. England bowling was poor and cost them the game. None of this is that hard to understand, really. As predicted; Ind & SL fans continuing to trade comments. Anyone would think it's these teams playing the series, not England.

  • Finn92 on July 2, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Jayawardene should stay as the opener, his record is very impressive in the few times he has batted there. England failed due to why they have always failed in ODI's when chasing tough scores, the lack of a batsman in the top 4 who can settle down and score a big 120+ at a run a ball but without taking many risks (as Mahela did). Just look at the two opposing squads, Sri Lanka have more than twice the number of ODI hundreds than us, we have the players but they seem to settle for a pretty 60 than a hard working 120

  • stormy16 on July 2, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Convincing win for SL and Eng were no where in the game at any stage. SL's batting was awesome, Sanga/Mahela did the expected but the camio by Mathews was perfect. Eng bowling looked ineffective when the conditions didint suit them - not for the fitst time this summer. SL spinners had something in the wicket and made the most of it. SL fielding was on fire I thought and at end of the day SL were simply too good on the day.

  • cricket_fan_1 on July 2, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Well done SL. This is good preparation for the upcoming tough series against AU.

  • on July 2, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Keeeeeeeeeeep Out Kadambi Plz

  • first_slip on July 2, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    @5wombats,yeh..srilanka have 3 players & ur England have none..when your KP or Bell made hundred last time in ODI? Morgan is just a slogger, who need 2-3 drop catches to get decent score, @Yolk_Eate, oh yeh...ill give you one example..check how dilashan blossomed in to a terrific player... and you will see Angi,Chandimal, Karunarathene, and few more blossom, wait and see, unlike your Indian Plat tracks bullies...

  • on July 2, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Good Match.......But Srilanka Much needed to Improve.

  • on July 2, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    Well guys, why you criticising Kulasekeras promotion.. The end result we won, thats what matters, n Sri Lanka has got a bright future, in the likes of Chandimal, Thirimanne, Karunaratna, Mathews, Perera, Raniv.. To name a few so I dont see why Sl should be worried..

  • subodh183 on July 2, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    india wont go down afer the retirement of dravid and tendulkar bcoz best young talents of world cricket like kohli,sharma and raina but sl hasnt produced anyone cri slindia wont go down afer the retirement of dravid and tendulkar bcoz best young talents of world cricket like kohli,sharma and raina but sl hasnt produced anyone cri sl

  • yorkslanka on July 2, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    @yolk eater- interesting comments but the same was said when de silva and ranatunga retired and before them the same when haturasinghe and tillekaratne....we manage to keep producing replacements but it will take time and i am confident that with, mathews, chandimal, thirimanne , lakmal, randhiv and few who are waiting in the wings for their chance, sri lanka cricket looks good for the future...

  • yorkslanka on July 2, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    by the way 5 wombats, forgot to add England's fielding was dross yesterday and as for you not making silly excuses, umm no, try the fact was that that we won yesterday as our two main batsmen were unstoppable never mind "we bowled poorly"....It s one win so lets see what happens in the rest of the series..the atmosphere was poor yesterday, I was told that i was not allowed to show my flag and if i did I would be ejected while the sponsors were going round giving out england flags( small ones to be fair) also they shut the bars for two hours over lunch ( booo!) disappointed @yccc from a yorkshire fan....

  • yorkslanka on July 2, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    @5 wombats "sl have a couple of batsmen and one bowler" what like KP, morgan and anderson then eh? face facts, ithe fact was that your bowlers werent able to bowl well as they were dominated by Mahela and Sanga, i should know, I was there watching !!

  • Roar911 on July 2, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    ... and btw, we have one bowler eh? it's really weird cuz scorecard said that there were 7 bowlers, 5 of them got wickets and 2 of them got 3 wickets each! so all i can say is apart from Swann, English attack is pretty pathetic too since apart from jimmy n swann, all ur so called devastating attack got blasted! ...seriously dude, LEARN TO GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE! every team has it's day....

  • Roar911 on July 2, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    @5wombats- what are the other problems you have when SL wins? ...oh, probably u wont have enuff boots to throw at ur tv screen i guess... lol

  • 5wombats on July 2, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    One of the problems with SL winning a game is that it brings out the silly comments and the rivalry between SL & India.... Basically - SL have a couple of batsmen and one bowler. It always annoys me when England capitulate to just 2 or 3 players on the other team - and that's what happened here. England didn't bowl well and this cost them the game. The SL bowling was ordinary in the extreme. Defeat due to scoreboard pressure caused by poor bowling. Not "not raining" and not "it was the politicians" - we don't do silly excuses in England. I'm now officially worried about Broad - we've seen what happens to players who don't perform in the current England set up & Broad is not performing. Bell was wasted @6.

  • on July 2, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Good come back SL....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 2, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Great knock.Well done.Can be looking forward for the rest of the series.Hope no more rain and plenty of sunshine.In fact true summer for a true competition.

  • Yolk_Eater on July 2, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    a great win no doubt, but have you guys ever thought what will happen to SL cricket once mahela and sanga are gone, the sri lankan team depends heavily on these two, and i dont see a bright future for sri lanka unless they find a raw and scintillating talent(s) now and nurture him and give him time to mature so that he is ready when these two greats are gone....

  • Narkovian on July 2, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    Can someone tell me what Broad is doing in this ENG team ? Apart that is from being bad tempered, petulant and generally behaving like a spoiled brat.

  • CandidIndian on July 2, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Congrats to SL friends from India,Mahela and Sanga's played like true champions.I think SL should win the series from here. CricSare-Well some Indians appreciate SL and other teams too, i wonder why you cant mention that,same question why does Pakistani fans hate us so much? This series is about SL and England ,not India or Indian fans.

  • CRICSL on July 2, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    @Rama- Ayya Rama... The Sl oldies (Sanga 33-Mahela 34-Dilshan 34) are much younger that IND oldies (Tendukar 38-Dravid-38-Laxman37-and Zahir 33). Your TOP three batsman expected to retire well before SL oldies. When the top three gone good luck to IND and what what will happen to them...So called so called future indian struggling big time against depleted WI bowlers.

  • Dr.Lakson on July 2, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    I simply did not understand the logic in sending Kulasekara in front of Jeevan and Kandamby??? He wasted the strike at the end.... depriving Mathews a half ton.

  • myrperera on July 2, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    if SL needs to be no.1 we need to play like no.1 rain or not...... and well played angelo and why in the hell SLC didnt make him VC ?

  • on July 2, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    great match..but i just cant see why kulesakara was promoted up the order whn thr was two "batsmen" left..

  • on July 2, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    ECB must host SL, late summer, when they tour next time as SL have been touring early summer after 1998. Particularly, when SL are considered lower in their test rank than Pakistan and should not worry about SL any further.

  • denwarlo70 on July 2, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    To all of you anti Sri Lankans who criticize us, all I have to say is we are not what you think we are. Everyone has their bad days and the perfect example is WI. They are experiencing a bad day for the past 10-12 years. Look at Australia, they have begun to experience bad days for the past 6-7 months, take South Africa, how good a team they are but do they come to the party when it's needed? So, having just a bad day does not write off a team like Sri Lanka and don't for get, we are the finalists of two consecutive world cups and to reach that pinnacle is far fetched/incredible. Don't forget, we are born fighters and we fight best when our backs are against the wall. I will not talk about the English batting because sans Morgan and Cook, there is nothing to ride home about and what I've seen in this series is that if you POMS wanna win, pray to God it will rain and DWL will come in to play. That system is so dubious and the whole world knows about it. All the best team SRI LANKA.

  • on July 2, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Having watched the game and been disappointed with the result I don't really like to criticise but I do feel that Jonathon Trott by scoring so slowly put much more pressure on Alistair Cooke and Kevin Pietersen to take more risks that they would normally have taken. If Jonothon cannot score faster perhaps he should not be there.

  • Lord.emsworth on July 2, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    Ave Sri Lanka! A good win. Hope the 2 teams would be locked at 2/2 after the 4th game so that the 5th game would be a true series final. My two cents bit to the 2 teams? England, get rid of Trott. You arent going to trott along at a run a ball with him. Sri Lanka, play with ten men in the next match..Get rid of Kandamby it wont make any difference at all!....

  • on July 2, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Lakmal is impressive...Chandimal should calm down a bit No Rain, No Clouds ,No doctored green pitch - England is below average even at home !

    This series (both Tests ,T20 & ODIs) is between SL & weather ..Not SL vs minnow England

  • roshdbest on July 2, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    y can't a player like Dilshan make a dive to save his wicket,this is a huge mistake of Sri Lankan players,at least their batsman should value their wicket more.Wonder what coaches teach in running lessons.I have seen low order players of other countries make huge dives to save there wickets,they may be better athletes but as professional players Sri Lankan cricketers should value there wicket more.What matters most is the runs you get after surviving a run out & not the bruise you get by diving.kandamby doesn't even know to crease the bat,what's amazing is he's in the Sri Lankan team from nowhere & he's the vice captain.lol.

  • SaranelisAppu on July 2, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    superb win for SL..you guys shut the critics pretty well !! nice to see MJ and KS perform..today this column have less comments from our indian fans!!! (wait untill your series comes up in england, we hav somethings to say too!!) As for england is just an off day,,perform well and at least make this one day series an exciting one........

  • RecordHunter on July 2, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    SL seems to got a balanced team with a Mix of youngsters and Experienced Guys .. I would say only the issue is @ no 05 spot..SL need ARJUNA model at no 05.. Time will decide whether Kandamby fits there or not..So far I feel Still the onlyway he resebles with the Body Shape ...

  • schathuranga on July 2, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    I agree with johna.we have to polish our test level.

  • schathuranga on July 2, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    Please promote malinga in our batting line-up...

  • ubl2729 on July 2, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    kp will be key batsman but he will out of form

  • on July 2, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    England can win if there is rain.England can win if there is rain.

  • Sendoh on July 2, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    @Rama Prasad: Just like in the WI vs India series isn't it mate, with Dravid and VVS pulling the load of the entire team? Shows that India is gonna decline further than WI after Sachin, VVS, Zaheer & Dravid retires...and mind you they are older than Sanga and Mahela

  • kothumalli11 on July 2, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    Based on the comments posted by SL fans here, in my opinion MOM should be awarded to SUN and not to Mahela alone. That is the main winning factor and England should blame the SUN whenever they lose. Am I missing something here? Is this what makes a team winning and losing and not their bowling and batting strength/performance on a given day? I think people should use some common sense before writing or should have vehemently protested before the series started, that we only can perform well when the sun is out and if rains we'll boycott matches.

  • Secunderabadi on July 2, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    Good work Jaya. Avenged the 1st ODI loss.

  • Sinhabahu on July 2, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    @Rama Prasad, since when did Angelo Mathews become an oldie?

  • Cricketluv on July 2, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    Hey ladies and Gentlemen, I told after the first one, please see cricketluv's comment, in the end it will be 4-1 Sri Lanka. Then what happened to first one. Your guess is as good as even any old cricketer's guess.

  • Herath-UK on July 1, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    It was fantastic at Headingly in a full capacity stadium.Andrew is right there is no English batsman with the flair and endurance of Mahela.If Sri Lankans were given the opportunity like given to Indians to come with the sun on the back,I'm sure they will out perform Indians Ranil Herath - Kent

  • samincolumbia on July 1, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    No RAIN today....So England's bowlers cannot re-produce their 'magic' like the last ODI!!

  • nipuna27 on July 1, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka is one of the best one day side in the world at this moment. Srilanka cricket team doesn"t like rain did ui remember 2007 world cup? same like here in England if not a rainy day thats means its Sri Lankan cricket teams day that is what did today not a rainy day England can't beat LIONS. Its proved in only t20 match once again not a rainy day England lost. Good luck Angelo nice to see u bowl.

  • Guernica on July 1, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Well played Mahela once again, but very disappointing from England with the exception of Swann, Morgan and to some extent Anderson and Cook. I don't see the point in playing Bell if he's going to bat 6. Maybe bring Finn in for Dernbach. He might go for a few, but more likely to take wickets which is what we are sorely missing. And in hindsight Patel instead of Bresnan could have been a better choice, but I probably wouldn't have said that before the game. @Ro Perera - too right about the toss and powerplays. It's not just Cook though, Strauss had a habit of fielding first in all conditions and leaving powerplays too late.

  • Truemans_Ghost on July 1, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka. We have a proper series on our hands.

  • yorkslanka on July 1, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    @jon doh- yes this was a great win BECAUSE of the hammering we got in the first match. At least have the decency to acknowledge a good performance fron your opposition,or do you think all England need to do to win is turn up? Guess Sri lanka must have been lucky to get to the finals of every major odi competition fir a long time, home or away....

  • johnathonjosephs on July 1, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    @John You are seriously thinking that a reduced overs game in which the top 4 batsman fell in a batting collapse decides that England is better? Sri Lanka is one of the bests in the shorter versions of the game, but lacks in the Test arena. Look at how many different people are playing in the ODI series instead of the Test (Kulasekera, Malinga, Chanidmal, Mendis, Matthews, Randiv) while England is virtually unchanged (dernbach, kieswatter and bresnan in). Do think that Sri Lanka should try exposing youngsters to the Test Arena too by putting Jayawardene as an opener and maybe putting chandimal at 3/4

  • Yevghenny on July 1, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    Inconsistency has been a bit of a problem for the England ODI side. Always difficult though when you come up against an innings like Jayawardene. You can barely remember him playing a shot half the time, yet when you look at the scorecard he's somehow got 87 off 90 or sometimes 75! Great player to watch

  • jackiethepen on July 1, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    Scoreboard pressure was too great. It was always a difficult total but the rate was allowed to climb too high because the top 4 failed to keep up with the rate. This left too much to do for Morgan and Bell who came in at 8 an over. It had started at 6. Morgan was brilliant but you can't keep taking risks without eventually getting out. Once he was gone the game was up. Bresnan and Broad fell with hardly a stroke and Bell and Swann had to take the power play with the rate at 10 an over. Bell was then obliged to hit out with the tail. As Vaughan said he is a touch player so the question has to be asked why is he batting at 6. He is the only batsman in the side who could build an innings in the same way as Jayawardene and Sangakarra. He and Kieswetter should swap places. But Flower won't do that. He will persist with the team order despite evidence to the contrary. Bell will be replaced by an inferior batsman or all rounder and we'll then have no-one of Bell's calibre to bat at the top.

  • on July 1, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    @Kasun89, but who scored all the runs - the oldies...

  • on July 1, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    @John of Doh - yes! If England have 2 superior, amazing, extraordinary, divine, better wins and Sri Lanka have 3 simple, humble, 'somehow sneaked in' unconvincing wins - still Sri Lanka win!

  • rajithwijepura on July 1, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    July 1st.... Nightmare continues for England

  • nimal183 on July 1, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    complete match.. perfect day !!! Srilanka Win... England were unlucky there is no Rain!!!! Lets have more Complete matches!!

  • CRIC89 on July 1, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Good thinking from Sri Lankans play with balanced, much younger side. If they keep maintaining this side and give the experience to the guys like Mathews, Jeewan,Randiv,Chandimal and Lakmal we can make a brilliant team.

  • on July 1, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    So if this was a great win by Sri Lanka, then England's first win, by more runs, in less overs was even better, yes?

    Still 3 matches to go. Let's not get carried away until the series is over.

  • on July 1, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Mehal the man does it again... Hopefully we can keep this performance up

  • Black_Rider on July 1, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    @Randika Sanjeewa:::Agree with you bro.Lakmal tried to bowl yorkers in the first ODI but he got hammered in his final over by Bresnan but he did not quit.He bowled beautifully today.That yorker which he bowled to trott was a gem of a dilivery.I hope he gets better.If he gets better,,,,he and Malinga operating deadly yorkers one after another in death overs will be a treat to watch...........

  • yorkslanka on July 1, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Great victory for Sri Lanka and I thoroughly enjoyed my day at the match.mahela proved that class does not need slapping the ball around and his innings was a joy yo watch.well done to SL coming back strong and hopefully we will carry this momentum to the next game.

  • on July 1, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    today weather condition was good so England couldn't perform well against good performed Sri Lanka.. England used to win in rainy days and spoiled weather.. LOL.. Sri Lanka you deserved this. congrats.. Mahela a cracking player.. keep it up.

  • Great_Lion on July 1, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Good work srilankan Team.Alastair cook....don't think sri lanka is easy team to beat.They are one of dangerous team in the world.

  • voma on July 1, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Sri Lanka played well , but Englands team is not quite right . To many batsmen are not performing , this was a achievable target . Cook played well and morgan is our main man now ! . We had a good chance to win this game , but we seem to collapse to easy .

  • on July 1, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    @CricSare-Exactly mate, whatever said and done SL is a small island and still a developing country. All the other countries looks better off with facilities, economies etc. The progress this country has made in cricket starting as minnows is immense and they added a lot to the quality of cricket. If we only had 4 Test playing nations for example A,B,C and D by the time of 5-6 years people would be tired of watching the same teams playing against each other. If one or two of those teams have a dramatic decline(like WI) then only a very few people would watch cricket. Thanks to 1 billion cricket fans from India the amount of viewers are pretty high but apart from that you won't able to find a decent number of people who watches cricket. So what ICC should do is make more countries play cricket and uplift the competition. Otherwise cricket as a sport might go backwards or stay at the same place without any progress.

  • on July 1, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka & best of luck for England. Cook should learn when to let the visitors take the crease first up in England. Hopefully, he must have learnt from today's match that faster he learns about powerplays, safer his name will be in the media! As for Sri Lanka, Dilshan will have to speed up in running between the wickets & surely to take the cues from Mahela & Sanga in times like the 'tornedos' from Eoin Morgan. Great cricket great coverage from Cricinfo :)))

  • cricketman123 on July 1, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Please replace Kandamby with Dimuth before things get worse again

  • CricSare on July 1, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    I have been reading most of the comment regarding SL Vs ENG during last few weeks.SL had up and downs.that is fine because this is a sport.There were so many people who criticized SL team in and off the tour.most of them are Indians.I don't know why they hate SL cricket this much?? even SL wins they say it wasn't spontaneous.take my word.Sri Lanka is a small island but has done so much good for cricket.they rapidly advanced their game.perfect example is this game.As a Pakistani I really enjoy their cricket.People who came hard at SL might have some other reasons.they dont want to see thie team lose often to this small island team.I wish SL good luck for the rest of series.

  • Black_Rider on July 1, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    It was a Master class inning from Mahela,,,,,,Three more games guys.Let's win them also so we can go up in the rankings.

  • on July 1, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    That was so cooooool ! Mahela is the man who deserves this winning .......

  • on July 1, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    once again you proved what you are. Weldone sri lank awesome inning by your players. England hitters nothing can do againist sri lankans bowlers and fielders. Awesome win.. Keep it up..once again you proved what you are. Weldone sri lank awesome inning by your players. England hitters nothing can do againist sri lankans bowlers and fielders. Awesome win.. Keep it up..

  • on July 1, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    great response to SL haters. great allround performance from all playes except Kandamby. whats he doing him in team. didn't came to bat, hardly see him in the field.

  • on July 1, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    woooooooooooooow what a great win that was,,,,,,,,,,

  • on July 1, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Finally Lions won comprehensively............... series 1 - 1 we need SL 4 -1 victory

  • Roar911 on July 1, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    ... oh well, i believe 'Headingley, Leeds' is the newest suburb of Colombo, because according to some dearly beloved fans, SL never wins outside Colombo! .... Congrats to Dily and MJ, and well played England. Morgan almost took the game away! ... Awesome match

  • JohnSmith1950 on July 1, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    the so called 'flat track bullies' now have 6 wins in 7 ODIs in England since 2006...

  • WTEH on July 1, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Again a massive victory when the weather is good. England will have no chance if it going to be sunny in next few days.

  • on July 1, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Thinking back on those comments on Mahela's article a day or so back and how many people kept bashing him saying things like work on your batting first and such, what a glorious answer

    his score is more than top 3 England batsman scores combined! what a beautiful batting from a classy batsman...you see that nay sayers? He can write AND knock the ball around the ground silly, doesn't have to be one or the other when you are talented enough.

    And I have to say despite Malinga being dangerous as usual, Lakmal has started to improve. Could end up being a very good asset to the team in the future

  • Lord.emsworth on July 1, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Mahela's silky knock and 310 might not do in the end. If only Sangakarra could bat quickly like Morgan or KP! A score of 350 on this wicket is a must & might have done nicely.Still...you never know!

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  • Lord.emsworth on July 1, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Mahela's silky knock and 310 might not do in the end. If only Sangakarra could bat quickly like Morgan or KP! A score of 350 on this wicket is a must & might have done nicely.Still...you never know!

  • on July 1, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Thinking back on those comments on Mahela's article a day or so back and how many people kept bashing him saying things like work on your batting first and such, what a glorious answer

    his score is more than top 3 England batsman scores combined! what a beautiful batting from a classy batsman...you see that nay sayers? He can write AND knock the ball around the ground silly, doesn't have to be one or the other when you are talented enough.

    And I have to say despite Malinga being dangerous as usual, Lakmal has started to improve. Could end up being a very good asset to the team in the future

  • WTEH on July 1, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Again a massive victory when the weather is good. England will have no chance if it going to be sunny in next few days.

  • JohnSmith1950 on July 1, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    the so called 'flat track bullies' now have 6 wins in 7 ODIs in England since 2006...

  • Roar911 on July 1, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    ... oh well, i believe 'Headingley, Leeds' is the newest suburb of Colombo, because according to some dearly beloved fans, SL never wins outside Colombo! .... Congrats to Dily and MJ, and well played England. Morgan almost took the game away! ... Awesome match

  • on July 1, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Finally Lions won comprehensively............... series 1 - 1 we need SL 4 -1 victory

  • on July 1, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    woooooooooooooow what a great win that was,,,,,,,,,,

  • on July 1, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    great response to SL haters. great allround performance from all playes except Kandamby. whats he doing him in team. didn't came to bat, hardly see him in the field.

  • on July 1, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    once again you proved what you are. Weldone sri lank awesome inning by your players. England hitters nothing can do againist sri lankans bowlers and fielders. Awesome win.. Keep it up..once again you proved what you are. Weldone sri lank awesome inning by your players. England hitters nothing can do againist sri lankans bowlers and fielders. Awesome win.. Keep it up..

  • on July 1, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    That was so cooooool ! Mahela is the man who deserves this winning .......