England vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI: Bell, Ballance and Jordan star in England’s 81-run rout of Sri Lanka

Jordan excelled with both the bat and ball

Jordan excelled with both the bat and ball

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England batsmen Ian Bell and Gary Ballance both scored half-centuries, while pace bowler Chris Jordan played a vital role with the bat and ball, to help their side rout Sri Lanka by 81 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method at The Oval.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first early on as England skipper Alastair Cook was caught behind off the bowling of Nuwan Kulasekara for 11.

Bell and Ballance made up for the early loss of Cook with a 79-run partnership, during which Bell brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Lasith Malinga at short long leg off the bowling of Mathews.

Bell’s fantastic knock of 50 came off 56 balls and included four boundaries and a six.

Bell struck a magnificent half-century

Bell struck a magnificent half-century

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Following Bell’s dismissal, the heavens parted and play was delayed for two and a half hours. This led to the game being shortened to 39 overs per side.

When play did resume, Sri Lanka continued to take wickets as Eoin Morgan only made three runs before he was clean bowled by Sachithra Senanayake.

Ballance went on to score 64 off 72 balls, which included five boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Dinesh Chandimal at deep midwicket off the bowling of Senanayake.

Ballance scored his second ODI half-century

Ballance scored his second ODI half-century

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Ravi Bopara failed to have an impact with the bat as he was given out lbw to become Senanayake’s third victim of the match.

Joe Root managed to make 45 off 41 balls, which included two boundaries and a six, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Kulasekara.

Jordan and Jos Buttler amassed an unbeaten 54-run partnership to lead England to 247/6 off their 39 overs.

Jordan finished on 38 off 13 balls, which included five boundaries and two sixes, while Buttler remained undefeated on 26 off 20 deliveries, which included one boundary and a six.

Senanayake was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Kulasekara snapped up two and Mathews chipped in with one.

Chasing 226 to win off 32 overs, Sri Lanka got off to the worst possible start as England pace bowler James Anderson trapped Lahiru Thirimanne lbw off the fifth ball of the innings.

Thirimanne decided to review the decision, but the replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit the stumps.

Kumar Sangakkara only made eight runs before he was clean bowled by Harry Gurney.

The rain returned after Sangakkara fell, but it was only 30 minutes before the players were allowed back on the field.

Tillakaratne Dilshan managed to make 33 runs before he was caught by BallanceĀ at third man off the bowling of Jordan.

Mahela Jayawardene top-scored with 35 before he was caught by Morgan at midwicket off the bowling of James Tredwell.

Following Jayawardene’s dismissal, Sri Lanka’s middle and lower order completely collapsed thanks to some brilliant bowling from Tredwell and Jordan.

Sri Lanak were eventually put out of their misery on 144 when Malinga was clean bowled by Bopara for 10.

Jordan and Tredwell claimed three wickets each, while Gurney took two and Anderson and Bopara picked up one wicket apiece.

Mathews was disgusted with his team’s performance, and said: “It was a pretty poor performance, we were not up to the mark with the ball. It was an off day for them. A poor effort by the whole team. You can’t control the weather, but we played some poor cricket. The wicket played pretty well. The confidence remains high, it’s just one game.”

Cook was pleased to be back on winning terms, and said: “It was very professional. Sometimes we thought we had the better of conditions and sometimes not. Everyone did well. Gary started it really, we know what Jos can hit like and then Jordan as well. The lads played [Malinga] really well. Even the great bowlers can go the distance. That extra 30 runs made a big difference.”

Jordan was named Man of the Match, and said: “Just twisted by ankle a little but nothing serious. I enjoyed whacking the ball and bowling with some aggression. [The short ball] was something we spoke about after not finishing well the other night. It’s nice to get one back on Malinga after the other night.”

 

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