England v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Old Trafford July 9, 2011

England seal series in thrilling finale

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England 268 for 9 (Trott 72, Morgan 57, Randiv 5-42) beat Sri Lanka 252 (Mathews 62, Chandimal 54, Bresnan 3-49) by 16 runs
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Four one-sided games preceded this match at Old Trafford, but with the series at stake, England and Sri Lanka traded blows in a see-sawing encounter that had no clear winner until the closing minutes of the match. England prevailed by 16 runs in a thrilling finale to Sri Lanka's tour, the bowling attack operating as a unit to defend 268 as the visitors were dismissed for 252 in the penultimate over.

Two fluent partnerships, first between Alastair Cook and Craig Kieswetter, then from Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan, bookended by clutches of wickets, had carried England's innings. However, offspinner Suraj Randiv helped himself to 5 for 42 to spark a collapse of 6 for 40 as the hosts slipped after being well-positioned to score over 300.

Sri Lanka, who showed their vulnerability against the new ball at The Oval, when they stumbled to 15 for 4, and Trent Bridge, when the damage was 20 for 4, once again struggled first up. They needed two fighting stands of their own: the first a counter-attacking 94 between Dinesh Chandimal and Kumar Sangakkara, and the second, a backs-to-the-wall 102 between Angelo Mathews and Jeevan Mendis to get close before Jade Dernbach's two wickets in consecutive balls sealed the result.

Tim Bresnan had done the early damage to Sri Lanka, catching the edge of debutant Dimuth Karunaratne's bat before Tillakaratne Dilshan, who has managed just 17 runs in five innings since coming back from a fractured thumb, hooked him straight to Dernbach at fine leg. Sri Lanka were wobbling at 12 for 2 and soon lost Mahela Jayawardene, who had been given a reprieve when he was badly dropped by Dernbach but chipped straight to Alastair Cook at mid-off not long afterwards.

With England surging, Chandimal, who hit a match-winning - and controversial - century at Lord's, provided a stylish counterpunch, displaying all the temerity of youth in a series of crisply-hit strokes, stepping out to thrash mighty sixes off both Bresnan and Swann. With Sangakkara ticking along in unpretentious style at the other end, Sri Lanka's chase was put back on track.

Chandimal eventually tried one shot too many, however, and was beaten in the flight by Swann and stumped for a 64-ball 54. When Sangakkara chopped the impressive Bresnan onto his stumps to be out for 48, Sri Lanka were 131 for 5 in the 30th over and England appeared to have complete control.

Mathews and Mendis slowly pulled their side out of the mire, and Sri Lanka needed 116 from 18 overs when the batting Powerplay was taken. The batsmen managed to take a boundary from all but one of the Powerplay overs, milking 37 with the field restrictions in place and as they found fluency, the pressure was back on England.

Mathews took their stand past 100 with a firm clip to the wide long-on boundary but Pietersen then kept his nerve to hold a good catch running in from the midwicket boundary - and looking into the sun - to get rid of Mendis for a career-best 48. It was now Sri Lanka's turn to panic; Nuwan Kulasekara and Randiv falling in consecutive deliveries as they stumbled to 246 for 8.

Unbelievably, Lasith Malinga strode to the crease and charged down the track to mow the first ball he faced high over long-on for six and the match hung in the balance once more. Cook tossed the ball to Dernbach for the 49th over, with 17 needed, and a contest that could have gone to the wire came to an abrupt end as he deceived Mathews with a slower one that took the leading edge and looped to point. Next ball he fired a searing yorker at the base of Malinga's stumps to spark frenzied celebrations.

There had been a suspicion before the game that this could be a low-scoring encounter as this was the first international match at Old Trafford since the pitch was rotated 90 degrees. What was once the best strip in the country had now lost much of its pace and bounce, but Kieswetter and Cook showed that a hard new ball could still bring runs as the first Powerplay brought no less than 75 runs, 38 of them in boundaries.

England looked to press home their advantage by taking the batting Powerplay in the 13th over after Sri Lanka had set the field back in defence, but it was the Sri Lankans who profited from the restrictions as Cook ran past a fizzing Randiv offspinner to be stumped for 31. Dhammika Prasad removed Kieswetter and Pietersen in quick succession as England lost 3 for 10 in 19 deliveries, but Trott and Morgan settled quickly and complemented each other well in their contrasting styles to keep England on course for a challenging total.

They didn't score many boundaries - England only hit five after the ninth over - but both rotated the strike with ease; Trott reaching a 63-ball fifty and Morgan following him to the landmark soon after, from 54 deliveries. A total of over 300 looked a given, but Dilshan got the vital breakthrough when Morgan was beaten by flight and spin to be stumped for 57.

That opened up England's middle order, and a succession of batsmen fell trying to force the pace before they had been given a chance to adjust to the variable pitch. Randiv bowled with exceptional control as the batsmen tried to get after him, removing Ian Bell and Trott - via a fortuitous inside edge that rolled back onto the stumps, and had his fourth and fifth wickets in the space of three deliveries as Samit Patel and Tim Bresnan both fell to failed slogs.

There was a feeling that England had wasted an opportunity when a much more substantial total had loomed, but the good work of the bowlers powered them to a rousing win to extend their successful summer.

Liam Brickhill is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 12, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    young lions started there work...let see......and lions looking indians performance in england..we r waiting for get back wc throphy with young lions

  • vjkrthk on July 11, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    @ CRICSL: scoring 500+ or 600+ is not a big deal in tests... Im sure SL has many such huge huge scores... but did they win those tests??? So whether its 300 or 200+ or 100- no issues.. winning matters... consistency matters..we wont say we will thrash Eng by 4-0 or 5-0 or 10-0 like you ppl predicted. but for sure it will be a better one than Eng-SL and Ind-WI....

  • vjkrthk on July 11, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    @ CRICSL: Lets wait and watch... jus a few days more... Reading your comments, I think you are one of those who were dreaming of Sanga2011. And I guess you should better worry abt your own team.... Our team Aged or young or infants is our headache.. thanks for your concerns though...

  • Dilanka009 on July 11, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Sl played well 2 lose da sereies 3-2 without Dilshan's contributions...younsters like Chandimal,Jeevan Mendis n Randhiv really showed wt their capable of...Sanga wz too slow thruout da series evn if he hd 2 play the anchor role.....for sme reason hez mindset wz nt rt...all n all Sl found sme positives desipite goin down 3-2....

    my XI for WC 2015 1.Dilshan2.Tharanga(vc)3.Chandimal(wk)4.Mahela5.Banuka Rajapakshe6.Mathews(c) 7.Jeevan Mendis8.Kulasekara9.Randhiv10.Malinga11.Nuwan Pradeep

    A team wt young blood wt a few experienced players....bats till no.10(malinga) n possess 3 genuine pacies n two spinners while hvin xtra bowling options of mathews n Dilshan.... n itz da right blend for Aus n NZ conditions!!

  • on July 11, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    I'm not only impressed but also satisfied by the way England won against Sri Lanka in a thrilling and sensational match by defeating the visiting team by 16 runs in the fifth and the final match. It was really a good performance from all the players who really worked as a team. Trott was the ' Man of the match ' for his well-played 72 and Cook got the ' Man of the series ' for his 298 runs throughout the series. It was the first series victory for Cook as a captain. England won the series 3-2 after that. Now, England will play against India on 21st of July i.e. this month with the first test on that day. I want the English team to do well. Come on England come on. U can do well against India. Bye.

  • fazald on July 11, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    This is an excellent victory by England considering their recent ODI series loss to the aussies 6-1, the defeat to Ireland and the world cup debacle.No doubt the sries win in the tests & ODI's against Sri Lanka should help to boost their confidence immensely against the Indians.Since the ashes their bowling has looked pretty ordinary & seem to rely heavily on the weather conditions & cloud cover as in Australia.If the conditions do improve by late summer the Englishmen could be in real trouble against the Indians unless they can improve on their bowling stocks.The return of Finn & Tremlett who were rested for the series against India should also help.

  • Redbacks_Bite on July 10, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    Well Played SL. Don't worry about win and loss. You got the centuries for Mahela and Chandimal and I am sure sure you all are very happy with such accomplishments.

  • on July 10, 2011, 23:05 GMT

    England are a force at home. They have beaten the best at times and slumped to their worst on others. India will be tested. Its different bashing the Poms in the subcontinent as opposed to playing in seaming conditions up in the UK

  • 5wombats on July 10, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    @Pankaj_INDIA; you are heading for a lot of cricinfo chat buddy. It is unwise to boast before a ball is bowled.

  • 5wombats on July 10, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    @rana2000; good for you mate! We've roughed you up a bit, but you earned it....! Sri Lanka fans are always totally devoted. In this we share:-)

  • on July 12, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    young lions started there work...let see......and lions looking indians performance in england..we r waiting for get back wc throphy with young lions

  • vjkrthk on July 11, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    @ CRICSL: scoring 500+ or 600+ is not a big deal in tests... Im sure SL has many such huge huge scores... but did they win those tests??? So whether its 300 or 200+ or 100- no issues.. winning matters... consistency matters..we wont say we will thrash Eng by 4-0 or 5-0 or 10-0 like you ppl predicted. but for sure it will be a better one than Eng-SL and Ind-WI....

  • vjkrthk on July 11, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    @ CRICSL: Lets wait and watch... jus a few days more... Reading your comments, I think you are one of those who were dreaming of Sanga2011. And I guess you should better worry abt your own team.... Our team Aged or young or infants is our headache.. thanks for your concerns though...

  • Dilanka009 on July 11, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Sl played well 2 lose da sereies 3-2 without Dilshan's contributions...younsters like Chandimal,Jeevan Mendis n Randhiv really showed wt their capable of...Sanga wz too slow thruout da series evn if he hd 2 play the anchor role.....for sme reason hez mindset wz nt rt...all n all Sl found sme positives desipite goin down 3-2....

    my XI for WC 2015 1.Dilshan2.Tharanga(vc)3.Chandimal(wk)4.Mahela5.Banuka Rajapakshe6.Mathews(c) 7.Jeevan Mendis8.Kulasekara9.Randhiv10.Malinga11.Nuwan Pradeep

    A team wt young blood wt a few experienced players....bats till no.10(malinga) n possess 3 genuine pacies n two spinners while hvin xtra bowling options of mathews n Dilshan.... n itz da right blend for Aus n NZ conditions!!

  • on July 11, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    I'm not only impressed but also satisfied by the way England won against Sri Lanka in a thrilling and sensational match by defeating the visiting team by 16 runs in the fifth and the final match. It was really a good performance from all the players who really worked as a team. Trott was the ' Man of the match ' for his well-played 72 and Cook got the ' Man of the series ' for his 298 runs throughout the series. It was the first series victory for Cook as a captain. England won the series 3-2 after that. Now, England will play against India on 21st of July i.e. this month with the first test on that day. I want the English team to do well. Come on England come on. U can do well against India. Bye.

  • fazald on July 11, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    This is an excellent victory by England considering their recent ODI series loss to the aussies 6-1, the defeat to Ireland and the world cup debacle.No doubt the sries win in the tests & ODI's against Sri Lanka should help to boost their confidence immensely against the Indians.Since the ashes their bowling has looked pretty ordinary & seem to rely heavily on the weather conditions & cloud cover as in Australia.If the conditions do improve by late summer the Englishmen could be in real trouble against the Indians unless they can improve on their bowling stocks.The return of Finn & Tremlett who were rested for the series against India should also help.

  • Redbacks_Bite on July 10, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    Well Played SL. Don't worry about win and loss. You got the centuries for Mahela and Chandimal and I am sure sure you all are very happy with such accomplishments.

  • on July 10, 2011, 23:05 GMT

    England are a force at home. They have beaten the best at times and slumped to their worst on others. India will be tested. Its different bashing the Poms in the subcontinent as opposed to playing in seaming conditions up in the UK

  • 5wombats on July 10, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    @Pankaj_INDIA; you are heading for a lot of cricinfo chat buddy. It is unwise to boast before a ball is bowled.

  • 5wombats on July 10, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    @rana2000; good for you mate! We've roughed you up a bit, but you earned it....! Sri Lanka fans are always totally devoted. In this we share:-)

  • sreesam on July 10, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    Good workout for the English players...Now let the real battle (Ind-Eng) begin!

  • groundreality on July 10, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    @tjsimonsen Or perhaps *you* think cricket ended after Sachin made his debut? Dude, a certain Don Bradman didn't invite Kallis or Gilchrist or even Lara (although there is no question about their greatness) for his birthday. Or rave about their techniques. Those greats don't hold the record for the highest whatever (i mean literally, whatever record is possible in batting). Get your head out of wherever it is and look around!

  • MartinC on July 10, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    India have an excellent Test record and deserve their number one ranking IMO. Their bowling is not as strong as their batting but the ability of their batsmen to consistently make big runs means their bowlers can bowl to plans with attacking fields and sit in waiting for mistakes. They also have a very good spinner in Harbajhan.

    Englands seam attack is superior to Indias certainly in English conditions and Swann is the best spin bowler in world cricket right now - though not close to the bowler Warne or Mutali were. England have the edge in bowling. India have the edge in batting but if Shewag misses the first two tests that might be a big loss.

    It will come down to how fast the Indians can adjust to the conditions given most of them missed the trip to the Windies and the form of key placers. It could go either way in the Tests though I do think India have the edge in the ODIs.

  • Herath-UK on July 10, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Tennyson says Srii Lanka is doing well in sunny conditions but that is not quite right, then how would you account for 5/0 drubbing given to Eng in the pitches all around the country in cold weather too. Ranil Herath-Kent

  • RohanMarkJay on July 10, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Heartiest Congratulations to England. They have a decent one day side again. Now bring on India. I hope England trash India in the test series. I am 110 percent behind England now to beat India. GO ENGLAND BEAT INDIA!

  • Pankaj_INDIA on July 10, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    lol.. everyone here saying ind dint beat eng in WC.. such lame comment that is considering India won the WC... ohh ya, of course, india defeated Aus Pak SL to win the cup, but of course they did not beat England, the best odi team in the world which could not go past quarter final..

  • sreesam on July 10, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    If memory serves me right, India won the last test series against England in England!! When was the last time Sri Lanka won a test match against India in India?

  • sreesam on July 10, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Sri Lanka lost both test and ODI series and all the sri lankan fans can talk about is India!! LOL.

  • CandidIndian on July 10, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Srilanka played well, its hard to beat England in England.Its great that their youngsters are doing good ,like Chandimaal and Aneglo,good signs for future. Hammond-Not disrespecting England mate but only performance in Aus cannot be the yardstick to prove that England is better than India.India improved as a test team since 2000 ,,before that they were just average in tests, and since then in fact since 1996 poms have never beaten them in any series,which happened in England or India.Last two series have won by India which happened in India and England.Also its does not look like England will beat in India in India later this year. so I would consider SA and England equal to India,at-least the recent stats suggest that .

  • Percy_Fender on July 10, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Frankly speaking, Sri Lanka should be happy with the result. I believe it ended 3-2 largely because of the sunny weather in England at this time of the year. In fact it is basically the cold weather in England that has enabled them to beat the subcontinent teams in the past. If the weather is warm, the Sri Lankans, Pakistanis Indians and Bangladeshis will give England a run for their money. The humiliating loss that Sri Lanka suffered in the first Test had more to do with their lack of preparedness, having landed in Ole blighty just a few days earlier, and the extremely cold weather. When England won the first Test in that fashion, there were many pompous smiles suggesting,"well I told you so".England may have beaten Australia pointless in the last Ashes in Australia but they have a batting order that could be tested as Asif and Aamer showed last summer in rainy and cloudy conditions and of course, good pace bowling. So I would like both sides to be happy with the 3-2 result.

  • Turbo_lover on July 10, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    In my humble opinion. Among Eng, SL, SA, Aus & Ind, any one can beat any other in a test match. There is nothing like SA is better ranked by ICC and hence SA will beat ENG in every test match. The rankings only represent that a certain team is performing better than others at that given time. True cricket fans will enjoy cricket tournaments instead of measuring and speculating results. It is juvenile. A fan should gloat on the manner in which a certain team won.

  • CRICSL on July 10, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    @Sakthiivel- What a joke...LOL. Talking about beating END at home but your IND couldn't beat them at IND in World Cup....LOL. Think before comment mate..

  • voma on July 10, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Turbo - Lover , you are obviously a comedian mate !. South Africa will allways beat England in test matches ? , yeah right ! . Then i woke up and ate my corn flakes . England would crush SA now , no contest .

  • Herath-UK on July 10, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    I would agree with Turbo;also results heavily dependent on conditions;India coming in the hot summer and winning does not really mean SL was below;for proper assessment there should not be confounding factors Ranil Herath-Kent

  • KingOwl on July 10, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    As far as the conditions for this match are concerned - this was no 'Colombo' despite waht Trott said. Sure, the pitch was not a seamer's paradise, but the overhead conditions were nothing like SL. But SL cannot in any way complain about conditions here. It was a fair pitch (unlike the previous one) and England won fair and square.

  • Turbo_lover on July 10, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    In my humble opinion. Among Eng, SL, SA, Aus & Ind, any one can beat any other in a test match. There is nothing like SA is better ranked by ICC and hence SA will beat ENG in every test match. The rankings only represent that a certain team is performing better than others at that given time. True cricket fans will enjoy cricket tournaments instead of measuring and speculating results. It is juvenile. A fan should gloat on the manner in which a certain team won.

  • Turbo_lover on July 10, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    @Hammond, Don't get too sensitive mate. I never accused England of inferior capability. Go through my posts again. It is to the contrary in fact. I am just anxious for another interesting cricket tournament. No one is cocky. Indeed the results of Ind vs Eng will answer many questions lurking behind many people's minds.

  • tjsimonsen on July 10, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    @ bismoy: What are you on? Greatest batting order of all time? Comapared to the great WI batting orders of the 70s and 80s? Comapred to South Africa anno 1969-70? Comapred to the Aussie of the early 2000s? Compared to Bradman's invincibles? Compared to Hutton's mid-50s England? Compared to the early post-war WI batting lineup that included Headley and the 3 Ws (all four of who where greater than SRT)? But perhaps you think that cricket only started for real when SRT made his debut? Saching the greated cricketer ever? Maybe, MAYBE the best Indian cricketer ever - but I'm not too sure about that either. One of the best five cricketers of the past 25 years, yes. But even then behind Murali, and - perhaps - Kallis.

  • voma on July 10, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Thanks Sri Lanka for a brilliant odi series , these are exactly the sort of games England want and need . True the weather has been rotten at times , but i think the cricket played hes been excellent . Definetly by both teams ! , Englands strength is in there bowling . I think its getting better , we have a lot of options now . Anderson , Tremlett , Broad , Bresnan and SWANN ,, spells one thing . Plenty of Indian wickets , being taken

  • on July 10, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Congrats England for a series win...Bresnan bowled really well...a better side on the day won the match...@Hammonds : dont boast too much... SA is way par above Eng...England cant play/win on sub-continental tracks but SA can perform anywhere..First make England win in India like SA then boast of England to be a better test team..@5wombats : i think most of the fans here are blind hardcore fans..ven my fellow Indian fans or your English fans boast of we will whitewash others,they dont understand the reality that test/odi cricket can never be interesting if two teams are nt well competitive enough....say Eng/ind taking on Zim/ban in a test match anywhere in the world all knw what would be the result...regarding Ind-Eng series any team can win depends who performs better in those 5 days of each of the test matches..All we need healthy competition b/w 2 teams for Cricket to win..mind you there r some sensible Indian fans too n want others to be sensible too..btw I am an Indian..

  • ncpasan on July 10, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    It was a nail biting ending to the england tour. True that we lost da series but our young guns showed that they would be a force to reckon in da future........!!!

  • manjulap on July 10, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    @ Hammond! well said. Love you for that!!!!!!!!!!

  • Herath-UK on July 10, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Sri Lanka could be really happy after this tour;this was a tour marred with so many unthinkables happening at the same time;Few months prior to tour Sanga/Mahela resignation,New captain who was not everybody's choice,No team practice together prior to tour,Senior players just coming to Eng in dribs and drabs,Dismal weather, a coach resigning mid tour bringing the tour party into divisions and Sanga's MCC speech making further furore etc etc countless.SL cricket did very well considering all above. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • Truemans_Ghost on July 10, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    I don't think there can be too many quibbles at the scoreline- 3-2 to England who were, over the course of the series, slightly better. I think most England cricket fans have really enjoyed having the sri lankan over. Chandimal looks like he could be a good player for Sril Lankas next generation. Dilshan won't worry too much about his poor series- he's still a top ODI player. It's a shame Lasith Malinga hasn't got too long left in him- there is no-one else like him. I hope they can find the extra couple of players they need to stay a top class team as their greats continue to retire.

  • Hammond on July 10, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    @Turbo_Lover I wouldn't get too cocky yet. India have only won 5 test matches in Australia since 1947, and have never won a series down here. Judge Englands performance on Aussie soil last ashes and compare it to this summers Indian tour of Australia and then we will truly know if the ICC ranking is relevant. To me, SA & Eng are better test sides than India and both have better bowling attacks. Couldn't care less about the lesser forms of the game. When India have won a test series in Australia for the first time then talk about World Champions. As for Sri Lanka they look like they have some good young talent which are meeting an England team almost at the top of their rise. Talk of conditions aside it was always a tough ask and Stuart Law was brave enough to warn everyone of this before the series. I'm sure everyone you yelled him down then are very silent now.

  • Sakthiivel on July 10, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    @ CRICSL : We understand you all were upset. You should also know the fact that England won and you lost. We the world champions will teach you how to win England in their home. Dont worry.

  • 5wombats on July 10, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    मुदित thank you @Ravikant Narayan; I did. Students of cricket philosophy take note! @Lord.emsworth; good to see you here - Sri Lanka has a good set of young players coming through. You should be confident of the future. One or two fans are having a hack at Dilshan, which IMO is a unfair. He was dealt the hand he had - not his fault if some of them were not the ones he wanted. Well played again Sri Lanka! @eros_han; There are 4 or 5 England fans on here whom I would describe as "Hard Core". We won't be holding back when the indians arrive... oh, some of them are already here. @bismoy a reality check is coming your way - it's in the post. india couldn't beat England in the WC remember? No, probably not.

  • Turbo_lover on July 10, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    I can understand the complex of other nations regarding India's success. This isn't new. The same sentiment Aussies faced when they were doing well. I guess it is the responsibility of the champion (whoever it is) to take the brunt of immature fans all around.

    But I digress, I am really glad England showed such maturity in this series. Captain Cook, Kieswetter, Morgan, Trott, Anderson, Bresnan, Dernbach, Tremlett... Everyone is ripe and confident now. Looking forward to an entertaining series with Ind.

    SL needs to address their selection and panic issues. They are never short of talent. But as this series revealed, they do lack the direction. Hope they sort this and soon challenge the Aussies et. al.

  • Turbo_lover on July 10, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    I can understand the complex of other nations regarding India's success. This isn't new. The same sentiment Aussies faced when they were doing well. I guess it is the responsibility of the champion (whoever it is) to take the brunt of immature fans all around.

    But I digress, I am really glad England showed such maturity in this series. Captain Cook, Kieswetter, Morgan, Trott, Anderson, Bresnan, Dernbach, Tremlett... Everyone is ripe and confident now. Looking forward to an entertaining series with Ind.

    SL needs to address their selection and panic issues. They are never short of talent. But as this series revealed, they do lack the direction. Hope they sort this and soon challenge the Aussies et. al.

  • on July 10, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    @mrgupta Srilankan fans can say whatever they want.We don't need BCCI permission to comment here. You don't have to worry about our players.mind your own business.@mrgupta Srilankan fans can say whatever they want.We don't need BCCI permission to comment here. You don't have to worry about our players.mind your own business.

  • CRICSL on July 10, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    @eros_han- Well said brother. Actually it's not all Indians play anti-Sri Lanka it's only few fools who doesn't understand cricket at all and have zero brains. So we being realistic always appreciate what ever deserves appreciation. Well played ENG and they deserved winner as they played better than SL in this series. SL is great team and they will prove it soon. It's just a matter of time till they regroup under the new captaincy. Cheers SL Roxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • eros_han on July 10, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    @Mrgupta. Any idea how many test matches SL has played outside SL since 2007? the number is 3 excluding this england series. so your judgement is based upon one singular series. Do not understand the grudge indians have against SL, but then again I guess after so many years of playing like total nubs (despite all the facilities, money and a 1 billion pop talent pool), India is finally making progress and you guys just want to flaunt the fact. but FYI we the SL fans and english fans here dont give a ... So please do your baoon dance smwhr else.

  • on July 10, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    the match was amazingly intresting...me being an indian watched it thoroughly for last 10 overs...amazing game of cricket

  • straightdrive1 on July 10, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Congrats to England for a good win. One thing i do not understand is the choices for MOM. Trott played well, but it was Bresnan's 3 wkts that stifled the chase, so Bresnan would have been an ideal choice for MOM. Similarly in game 4, Anderson's 3 early wkts kept SL to 170 odd. Eng were never in doubt of chasing that score, but because Cook scored 95 from 75 balls, he gets the MOM. It looks the top scorer is being given the MOM and not the player who really set up the win. This is a bit disappointing from a bowler's point of view.

  • on July 10, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    ya..we loosed....but im happy with our young bullet middle over

  • mrgupta on July 10, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    There were some comments after the first ODI, mark my words it will be 4-1 SL favor, SL will easily win the ODI series etc SL has been pretty ordinary side outside subcontinent and they really need to look into this aspect. All they have Won is series's inside SL and whenever they travel they struggle. Even with Murli, Vaas, Sanga and Jaya around they havn't Won a single tests outside SL against any of Top 6 teams since 2007 (4.5 Years). Not worthy for a no.4 team in the world.

  • RoshanF on July 10, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    Congrats to England for winning in the end. SL could have pinched it but panic set in especially with Randiv and Kulasekara. If only Mendis had stayed on for another 3 overs. But Sri Lanka can take heart in that they took the hosts, in unfamiliar conditions, to the wire. By the way isn't it strange that some people say "pitch should suit SL as its a sub-continent type wicket". This is England NOT Eden Gardens. And another howler of a comment from English commentators " SL seems to be doing well when the sun shines but not when its overcast and cold". Well any true sports fan will say they prefer the sun over gloomy, overcast, cold conditions.

    And as for those who are taking a crack at SL cricket, well EAT THIS - only Australia have a better record in ODIs when it really counts ie. in the world cup. In this century SL have got to the semis IN South Africa ; got to the finals IN West Indies and into final again in 2011. And all this despite absolute mayhem in the SL cricket board.

  • CRICSL on July 10, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    @bismoy-You got that wrong mate…. World's greatest batting line up ever??? LOL…. Let me get this right it's the world's most "AGED" batting line up. And the "voluntary retirement" comment should be other way around after series defeat your aged heroes need to do that without being selfish and should open doors to youngsters. And you can never call SL a minnow as they are one of the toughest team to beat. You can see what's happening to your best batters in WI as they are not able to make 350 score in test match against depleted WI bowling attack in seam friendly conditions. Do you think 300 score will be enough to beat ENG in their home??? Straus and Co will maul your bowlers and mind one more thing ones aged heroes are retired IND will be far below than minnow...

  • Roar911 on July 10, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    there were pros and cons for both teams- Eng had the better batting lineup but they didnt capitalize the batting order throughout the series... KP should b 1down and bell should come after trott! Eng were the dominant team throughout the tourney and i wish them well against Ind. and most of all Eng has found themselves a cap'n cool!...... ...........as for SL, Its good to see mathews taken the responsibility of the mid order, and mendis is also turning out to b a good allrounder. it may be a huge load off the backs of our dynamic duo who carried SL for almost a decade. so once the top-order gets going, we can justify our ranking i guess... nurture the young raw talents and desperately need another Vass! sad to say but captaincy may not be Dily's thing.....

  • Roar911 on July 10, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    ahh a nail-biter since WC finals.... sad to be end up on the losing side (again) ... heartiest congrats to English team.... cap'n Cook can cook it up to be another great for England. It's sad that SL haven't won a big title since '96 yet ended up on finals (runners-up) on numerous occasions...

  • on July 10, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    As a SLn I am NOT disappointed at all...though we lost We found an amazing talent,Chandimal...Mathews is wonderful now...I am not sure Jeevan is god enough to bat at no 7..when Tharanga too joins the squad SL look very very good..Then we have 6 world class odi batsmen...Give Dilshan more time..He has done brilliantly even in TESTs....This SL team can become the best ever SLn ODI team...

  • Lord.emsworth on July 10, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    What can one say? Wonderful final, congrats both teams. England are a rejuvenated team especially Andersson who has become really deadly. Emergence of others like Tremlett, Derbanch plus Swann = formidable +. SL just have to find similar bowlers like Tremlett /Andersson to support Malinga who had an off day in this match.Spinners Herath, Randiv, & Ajantha Mendis arent in the league of Swann & Harbajhan, perhaps even Shakhib (Bangladesh) Herath has heart though & a fighting spirit. SL's batting is still their forte with impressive replacements. I feel they just might have gone and done better in this series if not for the conflict between their board & senior players.

  • on July 10, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    Chandimal is AMAZINGLY good ~

  • bismoy on July 10, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    @ Sinhaya what you are dreaming about ??SL team is cry baby..we have not forgotten those days when Sangakara was asking about india no 1 postion...every one India is far superior team then SL ...but some SL fans and sanga in particular are in denial mode..

  • on July 10, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    England has won the series, But they have to improve a lot to win against the world champions.

  • eros_han on July 10, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    As usual the Injuns are trolling. @5wombats you are right mate, total Schadenfreude they are. There is an ongoing indian series,every one will appreciate it if you guys can go there and do what you do best in those comment sections. Also to the ever so high and mighty indian fans - theres 1 billion of you. logic states that you should be able to find 11 people to win every world cup ever played, yet somehow countries with less than 20 mil pop manage to beat you on a constant basis.

    On a much more worthy subject - hats off to england. it was a cracking game. through out the series my opinion was that england was the better team. Sri lanka is in rebuilding phase and there's along way to go for perfection.

  • Kodi on July 10, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    Well done Mathews and Chandi. DILSHAN PLEASE RESIGN.

  • Sinhaya on July 10, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    hello hvijay.1985 Let me assure you that Sri Lankans dont hate India at all. In these forums, lot of Indian fans played down Sri Lanka's chances in England trying to show we will lose tests and ODIs convincingly, which was wrong. Such comments triggered responses. Sri Lanka are not as good as India but we are still good enough to be ranked 4th in the world.

  • bismoy on July 10, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    Now the real tournament will start with WC "India" arrival .....after departure of our minnow brother's SL.

    English bowler will have horrid time bowling to greatest batting line of all time...Sewag,gambhir,dravid,sachin(greatest cricketer of all time),Laxman,raina,dhoni

    surely with such batting talent England will be trashed 4-0 comfortably.

    We can expect Anderson, Broad,Tremlett and Swann taking voluntary retirement after end of the series with 4-0 loss..

  • on July 10, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    what can i say it was an allround effort from england. After sooooo many years you have got a great bowling attack and great batting line up. And another thing is they are still very young. Srilanka need more young worldclass bowlers. We can take positives from this tour. Chandimal played well jeewan mendis consolidates his position in the team. But in another 4 years Dilshan,Mahela,Thilan,Sangakkara will be gone. I guess golden age of Srilanka cricket is over. But we have to look to future. Great matches coming up. I saw a joke some years before that "England can only win a world cup if it is held in england in winter and if it is snowing".But you need not worry now. I thought in the 5-0 whitewash england cricket was . I was bit apprehensive the cricket born country would lose interest in cricket, but this is a turnaround. Kudos!

  • Mfalme on July 10, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    @Sinhaya - You are right. Even I was wondering why Prasad did not complete his quota of overs. After Randiv he was the best bowler on the day. In fact he is the one who applied the breaks on Eng by taking the 2 crucial wkts. I have seen this happening time and again with SL team. (Even in WC when Dilshan was bowling well and had already taken 2/3 wickets he was removed from the attack). Kulasekara is only good for sub continent conditions. In Eng. Aus. SA we need bowlers who could bounce the ball. I felt Welagedara bowled better than Kalu and Lakma in tests. Eng too would have done much better had they played Tremlett. I am thoroughly disappointed with Malinga's on field attitude. I did not see full commitment from his. His fileding was not up to the mark. Bowling very predictable. Batting careless. In the previous ODI despite Sanga talking to him he tried to smack the next delivery and go out. Did you see the expression in Sanga's face (camera was purposely turned on Sana)......

  • proudlion on July 10, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    well what ever Dilshan says there are many positives from the England tour. 1)Sri lankan middle order is strengthened.(with chandimal,mathews and jeevan) 2) youngsters showed that they are the real talent( chandimal, angi,bhanuka(should have played),dimuth,thirimanne) 3)proved Dilshan he is not the best opening batter in fast pacy pitches and Mahela's success as an opener( so itz better to if tharanga and mahela opening things up & dilshan at no 5 (after chadimal and sanga) this is more beneficial in 2015 WC in Aussie. 4)new bowling attack with Suranga lakmal,randiv and malinga( hope we need another quality seamer like chatura peris,charith jayampathy and nuwan pradeep) kulasekara need to speed up if not u wil b out od the team like Vass. 5)reminds me of 1996 team with youngsters coming into the team and predominates

    also there are negative outcomes too 1)Dilshan's captaincy is horrible..itz time for the admin to negotiate with sanga. because he is the best for 2015 WC. 2)fielding

  • on July 10, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    @swombats mudita - sanskrit word look it up :P.I agree some indian fans have gone top of the world after wc its the caligula syndrome..

  • Kyle_Jones235 on July 10, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    Well done england, at the end of the day, you have proved that you were the better side in this paticular series.

    Even though I am thouroughly dissapointed at this result, as I believed we should have clinched this series, I am still very glad to see that finally, after so long... The sri lankan middle order looks quite stable, thankyou!

    They still have a lot to imrpove on, but they are still youngsters and will only develop through experience.

    The middle order fired (even though it wasn't enough) when the top order couldn't, something that is very rare to see in modern sri lankan cricket.

    Now the only problem is one man bowling attack.. At least randiv showed some signs of skill in the last match.

    I think our first concern should be finding a good pacer to back up lasith before the aussie series. if we can't do that then there is no point even going...

  • on July 10, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    great battle lions loosers make winners it was always the same..young guns picking up with angi,chandi,jeewan with a powerful allrouding middle order and they wll make match winners only worry was the dili s form..in odi no worries lions lets trash the aussies at home......jaya sri

  • Black_Rider on July 10, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    @5wombats:::It's hard to be in the losing side after a great game.But Congrats mate.....England played really well.It was a wonderful game.Chandimal has a great future.He showed his talents.And the world saw it.Fearless batting.We need him to bat more.I saw MS Dhoni calmness when Angelo came to bat.Angelo is a gem.Let Jeewan play more and make him a batting alrounder.Hats off to Jeewan and Angelo.They played swann really well.When Tharanga is back we have ourselves a really good team.And to all Indians who dislike us,,,,,"No matter what happens We will be with our side forever".......

  • Sageleaf on July 9, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    It's a disgraceful performance by Sri Lanka. The whole England tour was bad. I just saw ordinary playing and no commitment. You all let us (fans) down. That's why India, Australia and South Africa are better. Do we have a bowling side? No. Our batting was even worse on this tour. Mr. Dilshan if you are not fit don't play just give that opportunity to someone else. The start of the tout was great but latter part was horrible. Look at Cook who eventually became the player of the tournament. I question about your leadership? What are you lacking? If you don't perform in countries like Australia, England or South Africa, I don't think you should be called a good player. Mahela except the century you failed too. It looks like you just have one or two games and then become non existence. As senior players you were suppose to do well on this tour but ask yourselves how good you were? I prefer giving the younger players to play under Angleo Mathews. It's time to change and move forward.

  • hvijay.1985 on July 9, 2011, 23:53 GMT

    I am at a loss to understand why so many Sri Lankan fans are so viciously against India, and seem to have a deep hatred towards them. I can assure them that we definitely do not reciprocate those feelings. (Apologies for the unrelated post).

  • 5wombats on July 9, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    @Trickstar - hey mate! Yes REALLY good to see so many Sri Lanka fans coming out on here to say well done to England. It's appreciated. That was a tough one today and it could easily have been us saying well done to you. Sri Lanka have Australia coming up and from what I've seen you'll beat them easily. You gotta know we'll all be watching. And yes @Go Vikes & @Pri Kand; we'll do our best to give you what you wish! I've got my tickets for Lords....

  • on July 9, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    that was an awesome cricket match. both teams played well but England held advantage since they start positively with bat. methews and mendis made it interested in the end but England somehow held nerves. England have played some entertaining one day cricket in WC and this match is again in that category...cheers to winners. looking forward to India Vs England series.

  • Herath-UK on July 9, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    Kudos to Cook and England for a great game and deserve the win holding the nerve at the end.Also remind us the impact of Jayasuriya when on song being able to hand out a 5/0 drubbing last time. Weather spoiled this whole series and wonder why early England tours do not start with the T20s and ODIs so that Tests can be played in the sun in the latter half. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • landl47 on July 9, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    Great game. England always looked to have its nose in front after getting early wickets, but first Sanga and Chandimal and then Mathews and Mendis made it very close. Chandimal and Mathews especially look like good young talents. England got its team right by playing two slow bowlers; although the seamers got most of the wickets, the spinners built up the pressure and each got a vital wicket to break up the two big partnerships. England batted pretty well to get 268 on a slow pitch, thanks to a great start from Cook and Kies. It's nice to see England win a game on a pitch more suited to Sri Lanka, who also had the best of the bowling conditions. So England have a successful start to the summer and now look forward to India!

  • on July 9, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    It was an enjoyable tour and both teams should be credited for their performances.Final match was a cracker and impressive work by new youngsters like Chandimal ,Lakmal,Jeevan and Angelo.It was better performance considering all the problems in the background and Dilshan did a good job as captain though he failed in his batting in ODI's.England is evolving as a one day side and one should not forget they played in their own backyard and their only distraction was weather.Definitely it was a different story for SL.Hope the Aussie series would be a great one under more stable conditions. Wish all the best for England in the series against India.

  • 5wombats on July 9, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs; Agreed - by the time England got to the World Cup they were gone. Today though Eng still managed to wobble from 213/3 onwards and when they had SL 29/3 they let them get away to a point where SL could have won. So, there is still a lot of work for England to do but the series victory here shows that this group of players has potential. No sign of our friend @rana2000 today - perhaps he only follows SL when the sun shines, oh, it did.

  • on July 9, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    Staitionmaster, Our boys lost their heads 3/4 into the game, and England didn't. Hats off to England, especially Anderson, on their series victories. Congratulations and Good luck with India (hope you thrash them :)) - SLfan

  • Nathan_123 on July 9, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    Great game of cricket and congratulation to England! Srilanka had a good opportunity to clinch the serious on a sub continent style wicket and the weather. We all knew England is a good test match side, but to win this ODI series against the world cup finalist was a great achievement. Sadly with the current miss managed and bankrupted SLCB, Srilankan cricket will be on the decline.

  • subbass on July 9, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    Well that was a very enjoyable game to end the series, was about time we had a close one, althoough to be honest England would have been kicking themselves if they had not won, they really should have got 300 and won far more easily.

    Still, it's a good morale boosting win for Cook and it's nice to beat a useful ODI side like SL, however we still have a long way to go and the Indians will be harder to beat can see India winning that or it been a draw, I'm confident of a Test win v the Injuns though, 2-1 !

    This test series v India really should be a cracker, I just hope the weather does not spoil too much of it and that we don't have too many flat tracks. Finally best wishes to SL some of the games were a bit of a damp squib both in the Tests and the one dayers. But I hope you beat the Aussies, that would be nice.

  • Guernica on July 9, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    Well played England - proved a lot of people wrong. Ever the pessimist, I thought they had blown this game on at least 3 occasions. I still think we have a problem pacing an innings over 50 overs, which is not surprising given that no domestic 50 over cricket is played in England. Surely that's the first thing the ECB needs to sort. Sri Lanka clearly have some good young players coming through.

  • on July 9, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    Dear mahela.we all know about your batting.but now days u going to make others happy.do not talk about others mistake also do not try to correct others .specially when u not making runs.we are all like u.but that your batting.not about your story.y u know English won because we do not have team work.make Mathews as a captain .dilshan not a good captain let him stay as allrounder.see in next tour

  • Shan_Karthic on July 9, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    Dilshan was dreaming they were No. 2 when they were No. 3. Now they are No. 4. I am sure they will go on claiming they are No. 2 in ODIs and No.1 in Tests. Who cares what the actual rankings are.

  • Trickstar on July 9, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    @5wombats Completely agree with you mate, there are some good SL fans around, who front up when there teams losses and give credit to the opposition. Great game, between 2 good teams who both put everything into it today and was a excellent end, got a bit tense, when Mathews was still in, good player that lad.

  • yorkslanka on July 9, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    @5wombats- thanks for your comments and thanks for some great debates buddy.once again, Congrats and enjoy ur run, you deserved it.good luck against India and as for you Indian fans, comment after you play not before..still and ALWAYS proud to be a Sri Lankan.

  • -Aila- on July 9, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    so where are all the people saying England can't compete on turning pitches when the sun is beating down.

  • 5wombats on July 9, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    @aus-j; Yup you did. Goodonyer @yorkslanka for coming on here like a Lion throughout and especially today. Sri Lanka has a brilliant cricket tradition and passionate fans and you are symbolic of it and them; Keep the faith and we'll see you in a few months after we've dispatched india. As for the india fans here; the germans have word - Schadenfreude. Look it up.

  • johnathonjosephs on July 9, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Great series. Actually got me back into ODI cricket after this and the WC, before WC, I would have told you ODI format is dying, but now, especially after this series, ODI format is here to stay. England were at their strongest. If they had a full strenth team like this during the WC, instead of being plagued with injuries, I shuder to think what the team that tied with India could do

  • indian_rockers_2015_champs on July 9, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    without murali srilanka is average team ........within no time they will join newzealand and westindies in ranking........

  • on July 9, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Hahahahahaha at the SL fans for saying its going to be a wash out. That really made me laugh. SL WC runners up this and that. Who cares. Cant even beat England who arent the best at ODIs

  • Sakthiivel on July 9, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Wonderful England!! Now Srilankan fans will come out and say that this player should been taken for this player. That player will be good than this player. They will never ever give credit to the winning team.

  • Sinhaya on July 9, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Dilshan was utterly crazy not to have given Dhammika Prasad the bowling in the latter part of the England innings when he was so economical. He is crazy to have persisted with Malinga when it was not his day. Whatever may be, Sri Lanka have now found their future stars as Jeevan Mendis, Chandimal and Mathews are long term prospects. Hope Randhiv can improve his off breaks by bowling faster like Harbhajan and Ajmal.

  • Faizal23 on July 9, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    well done England................ Sl this is beginning for ur decline........

  • yorkslanka on July 9, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Congrats to England on winning series, we weren't good enough. As gutted as I am on the bus back from trafford that we are on the period of rebuilding so losing thebseries 3-2 isn't so bad...not taking anything from England,well played and look forward to you visiting SL in the winter..

  • 5wombats on July 9, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    England win by 16 runs. See, I told you; carnage....NOT!!! What a great game. That had everything; loads of runs, wickets, flat pitch, sunshine, close finish. In the end it was Anderson and Dernbach's batting at the death (and then their "death" bowling) that was the difference between the teams! Now for india....

  • bobmartin on July 9, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Thank goodness there was a covering of grass on the wicket and that the weather was dull rainy and overcast... otherwise we'd never have won ...

  • on July 9, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    bad bowling & bad captancy let Englad 2 go 260+ scour!!! well plaied England!!!

  • liteniro007 on July 9, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    England's BATTING POWERPLAY ??? They just gave Sri Lankan's a BOWLING POWERPLAY!!!! What a poor Performance after a brilliant opening partnership...

  • on July 9, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    @Lord.emsworth, Now what Prasad got 2 important wickets, pickofda faster bowlers 2day. Dilshan is a better captain in ODIs unlike he did in Tests. Sl hod hav played Ajantha in replace of Kulasekara. Let's see how Dimuth plays 2 day. All youngsters did well in this tour, hope he'll get atleast a short camio just 2 feel the heat of International cricket. Dinesh, Tharanga Para., Lahiru, Jevan shown their capabilities. Good Luck Dimuth. Even if SL loose or win, they r a better ODI/T20 side than England.

  • sherdenia on July 9, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    england finish on 268/9 after 50 overs i think they wasted the start they get i think sri lanka played very well in this series they batted and bowled very well cook is a mad man england always collapse in every match after getting a flier start they will not won any series by batting like this

  • liteniro007 on July 9, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    England's BATTING POWERPLAY??? They just gave Sri Lankan's a BOWLING POWERPLAY!!!! What a poor performance after a stunning opening partnership....

  • on July 9, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    dilshan 's poor captaincy,he is balling 10overs,whats the joke

  • aus-j on July 9, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    5wombats, ENG is 254/9 in 47, where is the carnage? ohh, did i miss any??

  • frankfever on July 9, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    poor bowling from sri lanka. they failed to make the initial pressure on Englans. and thanks to england's excellent batting performance.

  • frankfever on July 9, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    trott and morgan are playing well according to the situation. does sri lanka have a better middle order batting line up ? it is interesting to see how sri lanka can overcome england

  • frankfever on July 9, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    sri lanka will loose this match for sure. england is going to score more than 300

  • on July 9, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    What is going on with the non-selection of Ajantha Mendis? He had a pretty good World Cup, but just before the final he was inexplicably dropped. He is a much better prospect than Randiv or Herath. Give him a go and he might develop into a worthy replacement for Murali. What happened in England in the st Test? Was his back injury a concern or has he fallen out of favour?

  • 5wombats on July 9, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Eng 84/0 off 12ovs. This is going to be carnage....

  • Lord.emsworth on July 9, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    Sticking my neck out here but its hard to see England losing after winning the toss with such inform batters like Cook,KP.Kieswetter etc. Prasad's another no hoper and is a poor replacement for Lakmal/Kandamby and Dilshans captaincy isnt as astute as one had earlier thought.

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  • Lord.emsworth on July 9, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    Sticking my neck out here but its hard to see England losing after winning the toss with such inform batters like Cook,KP.Kieswetter etc. Prasad's another no hoper and is a poor replacement for Lakmal/Kandamby and Dilshans captaincy isnt as astute as one had earlier thought.

  • 5wombats on July 9, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Eng 84/0 off 12ovs. This is going to be carnage....

  • on July 9, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    What is going on with the non-selection of Ajantha Mendis? He had a pretty good World Cup, but just before the final he was inexplicably dropped. He is a much better prospect than Randiv or Herath. Give him a go and he might develop into a worthy replacement for Murali. What happened in England in the st Test? Was his back injury a concern or has he fallen out of favour?

  • frankfever on July 9, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    sri lanka will loose this match for sure. england is going to score more than 300

  • frankfever on July 9, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    trott and morgan are playing well according to the situation. does sri lanka have a better middle order batting line up ? it is interesting to see how sri lanka can overcome england

  • frankfever on July 9, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    poor bowling from sri lanka. they failed to make the initial pressure on Englans. and thanks to england's excellent batting performance.

  • aus-j on July 9, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    5wombats, ENG is 254/9 in 47, where is the carnage? ohh, did i miss any??

  • on July 9, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    dilshan 's poor captaincy,he is balling 10overs,whats the joke

  • liteniro007 on July 9, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    England's BATTING POWERPLAY??? They just gave Sri Lankan's a BOWLING POWERPLAY!!!! What a poor performance after a stunning opening partnership....

  • sherdenia on July 9, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    england finish on 268/9 after 50 overs i think they wasted the start they get i think sri lanka played very well in this series they batted and bowled very well cook is a mad man england always collapse in every match after getting a flier start they will not won any series by batting like this