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Champions Trophy: England suffer Sri Lanka defeat

Sri Lanka were in fine form against England (©GettyImages)
Sri Lanka were in fine form against England (©GettyImages).

Sri Lanka managed to chase down a score of 293 against a confident looking English side.

Angelo Matthews won the toss and without hesitation elected to bowl first; the pitch was fresh and had a little bit of grass on it.

Both teams had a number of seam bowlers to bank on given the conditions of the game.

England started off well with Cook managing to get more than 50 runs on the board and giving his side a perfect start to the game. The batting side's top order did quite well to give Sri Lanka's bowling attack a run for their money and managed to put 223 runs on board together.

At the end of 45th over they had a commanding position with a score 245 at the loss of just three wickets.

Just when the batting side were warming up the crowd with their batting display, things started to dip when Malinga, starting the 46th over, dismissed Root and Morgan back to pavillion in consecutive deliveries.

He almost managed to get a hat-trick but Bopara was smart enough to read the slow yorker and got the bat down on time. But the bowling side continued to heap pressure on the middle order Buttler was out for a duck and followed by Bresnan in consecutive overs.

At one stage it looked as if England would manage to go past 300 runs, but were crippled and were looking to get at least a total of 280 plus. Bopara gave his side some hope by playing a gem of an innings in the end, scoring 33 from just 13 deliveries with three sixes and two fours.

Sri Lanka came on the ground knowing what needs to be done, to keep their hopes alive in the tournament. England got an early breakthrough when Perara tried to go for a big one, but hit with the toe of the bat and Bopara crouched it for a safe take.

Sangakkara continued his fine form after the first game and it was his knock that changed the course of the game. He stood firm against the English seam attack and dismantled them.

The team batting second was able to gain control of the game with all three experienced players in the side showing the team how to chase a big total against a home team. Dilshan and Jayawardene both made more than 40 runs to shake off any threat.

England's hope of a fight back after Jayawardene's dismissal were dashed when Nuwan Kulasekara was pushed up the order to make good use of power play.

Although the promotion looked misjudged while he struggled to fend off Anderson, but soon proved his worth with a classy knock of 58 to support the veteran.

Sri Lanka finished the chase with seven wickets and almost three overs to spare. India was the only team to have ever pulled off such a daunting target on this ground.

The tournament has been lit up by the result and it will be a tough fixture for both teams ahead as England take on New Zealand to whom they lost a ODI series recently and Sri Lanka face defending Champions Australia.

 

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