England vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI: Dilshan and Senanayake annihilate England to square series

Dilshan struck seven boundaries during his outstanding knock of 88

Dilshan struck seven boundaries during his outstanding knock of 88

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Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan scored a spectacular half-century and spinner Sachithra Senanayake picked up four wickets to annihilate England by 157 runs in the second ODI in Durham.

The victory not only gave Sri Lanka sweet retribution for their crushing defeat at The Oval, but also squared the series at 1-1.

England stand-in captain Eoin Morgan would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first as not only was it overcast conditions, but it also led to Sri Lanka opener Lahiru Thirimanne getting caught by James Tredwell at second slip off the bowling of James Anderson for 10.

Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara made up for the early loss of Thirimanne with a 96-run partnership, during which Dilshan brought up his half-century, before Sangakkara was caught behind off the bowling of Tredwell for 40.

Mahela Jayawardene only made two runs before he was run out by Gary Ballance.

Dilshan went on to score 88 off 101 balls, which included seven boundaries, before he was clean bowled by Chris Jordan.

Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews and Ashan Priyanjan stabilised the innings with a 66-run partnership before Mathews was caught by Ravi Bopara at cover off the bowling of Harry Gurney for 30.

Priyanjan ended up scoring 43 before he was caught by Morgan at midwicket to not only give Anderson his second wicket of the match, but also his 250th ODI wicket.

Dinesh Chandimal mustered 14 runs before he was caught by Bopara at cover off the bowlng of Gurney.

Gurney struck again just two balls later when Nuwan Kulasekara was caught by Joe Root at cow corner for a duck.

Sri Lanka eventually finished on 256/8 off their 50 overs.

Gurney was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Anderson snapped up two and Jordan and Tredwell chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 257 to win, England got off to a horrible start as opening batsman Michael Carberry was caught behind off the bowling of Kulasekara for six runs.

Ian Bell only made 12 runs before he was also caught behind off the bowling of Kulasekara.

Root failed to trouble the scorers as he was clean bowled by Lasith Malinga for a duck.

Ballance fared no better as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Kulasekara for just five runs.

Bopara only made seven runs before he was cleaned up by Senanayake.

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler did not manage to get into double figures as he was caught by Senanayake at short cover off the bowling of Mathews.

Jordan failed to last long at the crease as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Senanayake.

Tredwell mustered four runs before he was caught by Kulasekara at long-off off the bowling of Senanayake.

Morgan was easily the top-scorer for England as he accumulated 40 runs, which came off 58 balls and included three boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Chandimal at deep midwicket off the bowling of Dhammika Prasad.

Morgan was the only England batsman to surpass the 20-run mark

Morgan was the only England batsman to surpass the 20-run mark

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England were skittled out for a dismal 99 when Anderson was clean bowled to become Senanayake’s fourth victim of the match.

Senanayake was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Kulasekara took three and Malinga, Prasad and Mathews claimed one wicket each.

Senanayake dismissed Bopara, Jordan, Tredwell and Anderson

Senanayake dismissed Bopara, Jordan, Tredwell and Anderson

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Morgan described his team’s performance as “abysmal”, and said: “Abysmal really, we lacked partnerships and never really got anything going. I can’t explain it. It did a little bit. We talked about a partnership of substance but it wasn’t there. We talked about getting through the first 10 overs but lost wickets consistently and underperformed massively. We’ve been outplayed in conditions we normally thrive on. We don’t drop too many catches in training but again we were a little bit sloppy in the field.” 

Mathews was ecstatic to have levelled the series at 1-1, and said: “It was a pleasing performance on a sporty wicket. The batters had to work really hard but Dilshan played outstandingly well. We were not really sure at half-time but the bowlers were great, very aggressive. The conditions were a challenge for our team, it was cold out there. Kulasekera is unplayable in these conditions and Senanayake has a lot of confidence and was outstanding once again.” 

Dilshan was named Man of the Match. 

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