England vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI: Sri Lanka seal series with comfortable six-wicket win

Sri Lanka celebrate after beating England 3-2

Sri Lanka celebrate after beating England 3-2

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Sri Lanka’s batting duo of Mahela Jayawardene and Lahiru Thirimanne both scored half-centuries to lead their side to a comfortable six-wicket win over England at Edgbaston.

Even though Sri Lanka won the series 3-2, England captain Alastair Cook still deserves some credit as he struck a valiant half-century.

Cook would have been delighted with his decision to bat first early on as he and Ian Bell amassed a 76-run partnership before Bell was caught and bowled by Ajantha Mendis for 37.

Gary Ballance only made 10 runs before he was also caught and bowled, but only off the bowling of Lasith Malinga.

Joe Root fared no better as he was caught behind off the bowling of Ashan Priyanjan for 10 runs.

The decision was initially given not out, but after Sri Lanka called for the review, the replays showed that the ball had hit Root on the glove, which was enough evidence for the third umpire to overturn the original decision.

Cook ended up scoring 56, which came off 85 balls and included three boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Sachithra Senanayake.

Cook scored a gutsy 56

Cook scored a gutsy 56

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Eoin Morgan mustered 17 runs before he was caught by Mahela Jayawardene at deep backward square off the bowling of Angelo Mathews.

Ravi Bopara also made 17 runs before he was clean bowled by Mendis.

Jos Buttler managed to make 21 runs before he was run out by Senanatake. However, this was not an ordinary run out as Buttler continuously kept leaving his crease at the non-strikers end when Senanayake was bowling. Senanayake eventually got frustrated and whipped the bails off. This led to the on-field umpire asking Mathews if he wanted to uphold the appeal and, after getting a nod from the captain, Buttler was given out.

James Tredwell failed to trouble the scorers as he was clean bowled by Malinga.

Chris Jordan struck 30 runs before he was run out by Kusal Perera.

James Anderson only made five runs before he was cleaned up by Malinga.

Malinga was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Mendis snapped up two and Senanayake, Priyanjan and Mathews chipped in with one wicket apiece as England were bowled out for 219.

Chasing 220 to win, Sri Lanka got off to a solid start as Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan put together a 55-run partnership before Dilshan was caught by Root at cover off the bowling of Tredwell for 28.

Kumar Sangakkara only made two runs before he was brilliantly caught by Jordan off the bowling of Tredwell.

Perera ended up scoring 19 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Anderson.

Perera decided to review the decision after he was given out, but replays showed that the ball had not touched his bat and that it was going on to hit the top of off-stump.

Jayawardene and Thirimanne took over from that point on as they accumulated a 98-run partnership, during which Jayawardene brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Anderson at mid-off off the bowling of Jordan.

Jayawardene’s fantastic knock of 53 came off 90 balls and included four boundaries.

Jayawardene played a vital role in Sri Lanka's six-wicket win

Jayawardene played a vital role in Sri Lanka’s six-wicket win

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Thirimanne and Mathews finished things off with an unbeaten 62-run partnership, during which Thirimanne registered his half-century.

Thirimanne ended up scoring 60 off 101 balls, which included two boundaries and a six, while Mathews remained undefeated on 42 off 34 deliveries, which included six boundaries.

Tredwell was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Anderson and Jordan claimed one wicket each.

Cook was disappointed not only at having lost the series, but also at how Buttler was dismissed.

“We were 20 or 30 short,” he said. “On that wicket, it turned a bit and was quite slow which suited them. It dewed up a bit and came on a bit at the end which was okay to chase. We got off to a good start, everyone got 20s and 30s. The Buttler dismissal, I think you’re going to ask Angelo why he did it, I was disappointed with it. You don’t know in the spur of the moment what you would do but you hope you wouldn’t do it. There were some good things about the series and some progress made – Chris Jordan and Harry Gurney – but still plenty of areas to work on with 20 games until the World Cup.”

Mathews was ecstatic to have won the series, and said: “After 2006 it’s a great moment for us, it’s a great achievement for the team. It started of pretty slowly but our bowlers did a brilliant job to pull them back to 220. Buttler was taking unfair starts so we gave him two warnings and after that I didn’t know what to do to stop him from doing it. It’s within the rules and in the spirit of cricket we gave him chances in this game and the last game.”

Thirimanne was named Man of the Match, while Malinga picked up the Man of the Series award.

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