Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SHT Kandamby
53(82) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 4 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 2 2 0 0 2
EJG Morgan
62(83) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %71%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 4 0 2 1 1 5 3

Best performances - Bowlers

KMDN Kulasekara
O9.0
M1
R42
W2
Eco4.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JM Anderson
O9.3
M2
R20
W3
Eco2.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
45 | 8 Runs | ENG: 213/4

  • EJG Morgan62 (83b)
  • MJ Prior28 (27b)
  • BAW Mendis9-0-35-0
  • SL Malinga9-0-43-1

So England win by six wickets after a horrendous time against Australia at home. They arrived here with their form rather poor and were up against a team that pummeled South Africa in the tournament opener. England have beaten the odds here. This was a win that owes much to Strauss winning the toss and opting to field. Anderson and Onions had Sri Lanka four down for nothing, after which Kandamby and Mathews hit good half-centuries to get Sri Lanka out of a hole. Many reckoned 212 was a good total to defend given Murali and Mendis and England's apparently lack of confidence, but how England proved the critics wrong. It wasn't a pretty win, but it was one that showed this outfit's grit. Collingwood set the tone after early wickets, Shah batted his way to 44, and Morgan did the rest. Prior chipped in a lovely cameo.

Sri Lanka also had problems with wides, and the unresponsive track rendered Murali and Mendis ineffective. There was plenty of talk about the Mendis challenge, but England didn't give him a wicket. Let us see who gets the Man-of-the-Match award. Should be a toss-up between Anderson and Morgan.

Sangakkara: "It was a good total. To reach 212 was fantastic. Samaraweera, Kandamby and Mathews played well. Ajantha bowled well but it was not to be today. We are probably firing on about 80%. We have a lot of homework to do before the next game. We played well. Need to be flexible. This wasn't a typical one-day track but we had to build a good score."

Strauss: "We played well. The key was to not lose too many early wickets. The way Collingwood played too the game to them. Shah played well. Morgan played brilliantly. This is a fast-scoring ground and we had to keep sensible and not do anything too rash. It was a sensible and professional chase. Morgan has played a lot of innings like that over the years at Middlesex but it is nice to see him transfer that into the international format. We're not jumping up and down but you can take a lot from victories like this. Our players played without fear and if we continue to do that we can be a good team."

Collingwood is the Man of the Match: "Its good when you contribute to a team's victory. The way Anderson took wickets early on was crucial. It was going to be difficult chasing because the ball was doing a bit, but Morgan did very well to see the boys home. We negated their spinners well."

So England go top of Group B. That is all from us here at Cricinfo, you all take care and we shall see you soon for the first double-header of the tournament. First up is Australia v West Indies and then a little match between India and Pakistan. Thanks for tuning in. Bye for now!

44.6
1
Mendis to Morgan, 1 run, yup, there it is and its Morgan who seals victory with a nice little drive into the covers
44.5
1
Mendis to Prior, 1 run, dances out and drives in the air down to the man at long-on
44.4
0
Mendis to Prior, no run, spins back in from middle and off, Prior backs away and cuts
44.3
4
Mendis to Prior, FOUR runs, makes some room for himself and drives it past extra cover for four
44.2
0
Mendis to Prior, no run, defends this one to the off side
44.1
2
Mendis to Prior, 2 runs, floats up the ball outside off and Prior drives past extra cover, runs hard to put the fielders under pressure

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SHT Kandamby
53(82) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 4 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 2 2 0 0 2
EJG Morgan
62(83) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %71%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 4 0 2 1 1 5 3

Best performances - Bowlers

KMDN Kulasekara
O9.0
M1
R42
W2
Eco4.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JM Anderson
O9.3
M2
R20
W3
Eco2.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

ICC Champions Trophy

Group A
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
ENG33006.0001.052
BDESH31103.000-0.666
AUS30102.000-0.082
NZ30201.000-0.606
Group B
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
INDIA32104.0001.360
PAK32104.000-0.666
SA31202.0000.168
SL31202.000-0.803