Sri Lanka gain a 2-0 lead

Srilanka vs england- sangakara and jayawardena

Facile win for Lankans

England were back to doing what they are known to do best in the sub-continent after doing a commendable job in the First ODI. In a match reduced to 45 overs  England’s 185 felt inadequate despite the pitch being a slow and tacky one.

It was England who won the toss and elected to bat first on a damp morning and so was the performance by the two openers. Moeen Ali, who scored a brilliant century in the first game, fell to Dilshan in the second over of the match when the team’s score was seven. Soon Bell and Cook followed Ali to the dressing room to reel England to a much seen score of 37-3 inside 10 overs.

The problem for England team seems to be indecipherable as they have the batting line up to win a match but somehow the approach to the game has been the breaking point as they were scoring at 1990s scoring rate of around 4 an over. Cook’s tactics at the top of the order is harming the team but with the world cup in the vicinity they cannot afford to field in a new captain. Instead Cook could attempt to score at a brisk pace even though it seems a bit forced.

After the demise of Morgan and Root it was again left to the critically acclaimed Ravi Bopara to help England reach a respectable total. But as he ran out of partners they were unable to play the briefed 45 overs. It is certainly a dampener for England that twice in two matches they were unable to play out their allotted overs.

Other England dismissals had an air of repetition: Ian Bell, playing his 150th match and who must provide impetus in the top four as currently constituted, tried to hit down the ground and failed; Eoin Morgan, stretching for a wide one, played too early on the slow surface and plonked one to extra cover, how own form as absent as that of his captain; Jos Buttler, for the second successive match, was beaten by a breakback from Dhammika Prasad, the seventh bowler used; Woakes was stumped by a mile, again just as he had been in the previous match. England’s tail – which in the warm-up match began at 11, but which now begins at nine – did not overstay its welcome.

For Angelo Mathews though, it will be an experience as to how a great leveller cricket can be. Barely two weeks ago he was reeling after the whitewash against India and now here he stands with everything that he tries coming off. Bowlers responding, fielders saving, stalwarts scoring runs, he has everything he would be hoping for after the disastrous India tour.

Both the openers was to the pavilion at the team score of 37 and it looked like the match could get interesting but it was again two stalwarts to Srilankan cricket who got together for a partnership of 149 runs to see their side home.

It was the 15th time that Sri Lanka’s old masters had assembled a century stand in a one-day international. It feels like more. Sangakkara was not really in touch, and Chris Woakes dropped a return chance when he was 36, but Jayawardene played fluently to set his side at ease.

With the third ODI to be played on Wednesday, Egland have much thinking to do as they strive to avoid third defeat in the 7 match series.

 

England Vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI scorecard (45 overs)

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SL: 186/2 (34.2 Overs)            Vs          ENG: 185 (43 Overs)

 


Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
England Batting R B 4s 6s SR
AN Cook* c MDKJ Perera b Dilshan 22 37 3 0 59.45
MM Ali b Dilshan 2 7 0 0 28.57
IR Bell c NLTC Perera b Herath 11 12 0 0 91.66
JE Root lbw b Mathews 42 57 1 0 73.68
EJG Morgan c Thirimanne b NLTC Perera 17 29 1 0 58.62
RS Bopara c Mathews b BAW Mendis 51 69 1 0 73.91
JC Buttler† b Prasad 7 14 0 0 50
CR Woakes st †Sangakkara b BAW Mendis 15 20 2 0 75
JC Tredwell not out 9 8 0 0 112.5
ST Finn b BAW Mendis 0 2 0 0 0
HF Gurney b Prasad 1 5 0 0 20
Extras (lb 3, w 3, nb 2) 8
Total (all out; 43 overs) 185

Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Ali, 1.6 ov), 2-36 (Bell, 8.1 ov), 3-37 (Cook, 9.2 ov), 4-75 (Morgan, 19.3 ov), 5-117 (Root, 27.1 ov), 6-132 (Buttler, 31.4 ov), 7-173 (Woakes, 39.5 ov), 8-180 (Bopara, 41.2 ov), 9-180 (Finn, 41.4 ov), 10-185 (Gurney, 42.6 ov)

 

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
AD Mathews 6 0 23 1 3.83 22 2 0
TM Dilshan 9 0 32 2 3.55 34 1 0
HMRKB Herath 9 0 40 1 4.44 25 1 0
BAW Mendis 7 1 33 3 4.71 20 1 0
NLTC Perera 3 0 16 1 5.33 10 2 0
BMAJ Mendis 5 0 22 0 4.4 12 0 0
KTGD Prasad 4 0 16 2 4 15 1 0

 

Sri Lanka Batting R B 4s 6s SR
TM Dilshan c Woakes b Ali 26 23 5 0 113.04
MDKJ Perera c Bopara b Finn 9 10 1 0 90
KC Sangakkara† not out 67 93 8 0 72.04
DPMD Jayawardene not out 77 80 8 1 96.25
Extras (lb 3, w 4) 7
Total (2 wickets; 34.2 overs) 186

Did not bat: AD Mathews*, NLTC Perera, HDRL Thirimanne, BMAJ Mendis, KTGD Prasad, HMRKB Herath, BAW Mendis
Fall of wickets : 1-27 (MDKJ Perera, 4.1 ov), 2-37 (Dilshan, 7.4 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
ST Finn 6 1 35 1 5.83 24 7 0
CR Woakes 5 0 23 0 4.6 16 1 0
MM Ali 7 0 38 1 5.42 23 5 0
HF Gurney 5.2 0 32 0 6 17 3 1
JC Tredwell 9 0 47 0 5.22 28 6 0
RS Bopara 2 0 8 0 4 5 0 0

Man of the Match: DPMD Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka Batting R B 4s 6s SR
DPMD Jayawardene not out 77 80 8 1 96.25
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