So the "new era" kicked off in style at The Kia Oval as England's all-round excellence found Sri Lanka having no answers as Peter Moores' men marched to an 81-run victory through the D/L Method.
With lots of expectations on them, Alastair Cook and his troops took to the field with the willow first after having lost the toss and put into bat by the guests.
It wasn't the best of starts as the English skipper soon got out trying to drive. However, once Gary Ballance settled down, it was all England as the Yorkshire lad along with Ian Bell started to cut loose and runs started to flow before the latter (50) got out to a slower delivery and rain started coming down.
With a reduced match (39 overs), Eoin Morgan and Ballance came out with a huge task to post a good total on a very true Oval surface. Though, it was a matter of time before Morgan (3) was out bowled to Senanayake leaving his team in a spot of bother.
Though, once Joe Root joined his Yorkshire mate Gary, the latter started to play strokes again as he reached a 2nd ODI half century and before he hit a powerful six and a four to third man soon.
But Senanayake had another plans as he soon struck with an off-spinner with Ballance (64) the man to walk off the field this time. Bopara (3) followed soon as he too was out LBW to the same bowler though the replays suggested that the ball's impact was outside off in which case you can't be out.
However, as soon as Buttler(26)* joined, the Brits' domination begin and it was to continue till the very end of the match. Once Root started hitting it, Buttler dealt in singles and once Root got out (45), it was to be a Chris Jordan show as he whacked 38* off just 13 deliveries with 3 massive sixes as he together with the English wicketkeeper added more than 50 in the last 3 and a half overs with Malinga being punished too leaving Sri Lanka with a daunting 259 to chase in 39 overs.
Once the cherry came in English bowlers' hands, the Lankans were always going to struggle as Jimmy struck in the very first over after he set Thirimanne up beautifully. Gurney followed as he cleant Sangakkara up with another beauty. Man of the Match Jordan then begin his business with claiming the wicket of set batsman Dilshan before rain came down again.
The players then came out on the field with Sri Lanka having received a revised target of 226 off 32. Tredwell began chipping in with wickets getting Jayawerdene before Jordan struck twice to remove Chandimal and Kulasekara. Tredwell then took two more scalps with Gurney and Bopara getting one each as the fat lady finally sung at The Oval to wrap up what was a thoroughly deserved win. They now head to The Emirates Durham ICG at Chester-Le-Street where the 2nd ODI would be played. Hoping to see another win!
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