Second One-day International


At Moratuwa, March 20. Sri Lanka won by eight wickets. Toss: Sri Lanka.

England were thrashed by eight wickets with almost 15 overs to spare, after scoring a paltry 180 against a very weak attack comprising eight bowlers, but little quality. Six wickets went to Jayasuriya, hardly a font-line slow left-armer. In his first over since the Second Test in Madras 36 days earlier, Salisbury removed both openers, but when he had De Silva dropped by Smith in his next, England lost all heart. De Silva, treating the attack with barely disguised contempt, hit them for four sixes and seven fours and finished unbeaten on 75 from 68 balls. We got hammered, didn't we? said Stewart. For England's dazed and humiliated players, the flight to Heathrow the next morning could not come soon enough.

Man of the Match: S. T. Jayasuriya.

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