Sri Lanka vs England 1st ODI: Sri Lanka draw first blood with 25-run win

Dilshan was named Man of the Match for his spectacular knock of 88 and taking the wicket of Cook

Dilshan was named Man of the Match for his spectacular knock of 88

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Sri Lanka drew first blood in their seven-match ODI series against England as they won the first ODI in Colombo by 25 runs.

Sri Lanka’s batting trio of Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene all starred with the bat as each one of them┬áscored a half-century.

However, England all-rounders Moeen Ali and Ravi Bopara both deserve a lot of credit for scoring 119 and 65 respectively.

England captain Alastair Cook would have been brooding over his decision to bowl first after Sri Lanka’s opening pair of Perera and Dilshan amassed a 120-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Perera was run out by Joe Root.

Perera’s fantastic knock of 59 came off 74 balls and included five boundaries and a six.

Perera helped Sri Lanka get off to a strong start

Perera helped Sri Lanka get off to a strong start

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Kumar Sangakkara only made two runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Ali.

Sangakkara reviewed the decision almost immediately, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit middle and off stump. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Dilshan and Jayawardene stabilised the innings with a 76-run partnership before Dilshan was caught and bowled by Chris Woakes for 88 off 98 deliveries, which included 10 boundaries.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews made a quickfire 33 before he was caught by Ben Stokes at long-on off the bowling of James Tredwell.

Tredwell struck again the very next ball when Jayawardene was caught behind for 55 off off 58 balls, which included five boundaries.

Jayawardene hit five boundaries during his innings of 55

Jayawardene hit five boundaries during his innings of 55

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Thisara Perera mustered four runs before he was caught by Cook at extra cover off the bowling of Woakes.

Thanks to an unbeaten 54-run partnership between Jeevan Mendis and Lahiru Thirimanne, Sri Lanka finished on 317/6 off their 50 overs.

Mendis scored 30 off 14 balls, which included two boundaries and two sixes, while Thirimanne remained undefeated on 27 off 22 deliveries, which included three boundaries.

Woakes and Tredwell picked up two wickets apiece, while Ali chipped in with one.

Chasing 318 to win, England got off to an excellent start as Cook and Ali put together a 51-run partnership before Cook was given out lbw off the bowling of Dilshan for 10.

Ali and Ian Bell kept the runs flowing with a 56-run partnership, during which Ali registered half-century, before Bell was caught by Jayawardene at first slip off the bowling of Thisara Perera for 35.

Root only made two runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Perera.

Eoin Morgan fared no better as he was clean bowled by Ajantha Mendis for one run.

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler made a quickfire 21 before he was cleaned up by Dhammika Prasad.

Ali ended up scoring his maiden ODI century before he was caught and bowled bowled by Jeevan Mendis.

Ali’s career-best knock of 119 came off 87 balls and included 11 boundaries and five sixes.

During his superb innings, Ali made the second-fastest half-century by an England batsman in ODI history.

During his superb innings, Ali made the second-fastest half-century by an England batsman in ODI history.

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Stokes accumulated 16 runs before he was stumped by Sangakkara off the bowling of Rangana Herath.

Woakes mustered eight runs before he was also stumped by Sangakkara off the bowling of Herath.

Tredwell scored six runs before he was clean bowled by Ajantha Mendis.

England were bowled out for 292 when Bopara was brilliantly caught by Kusal Perera at deep square leg off the bowling of Thisara Perera.

Bopara’s fabulous innings of 65 came off 62 deliveries and included four boundaries and two sixes.

Bopara made a gutsy 65

Bopara made a gutsy 65

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Perera was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Herath and Ajantha Mendis snapped up two wickets apiece and Prasad, Dilshan and Jeevan Mendis claimed one wicket each.

Cook was disappointed to have lost the match, and said: “The first 10 overs we didn’t bowl as well as we should have done. We dragged it back nicely but in the last few we always tend to leak a few more than we’d like. Moeen played a blinder but we lost too many wickets which you can put down to lack of match practice. We know if you get behind the rate its difficult. Mo showed us the way. It’s frustrating because we’re not putting a whole game together. We thought 300 was a par score on that wicket and our wides have cost us but there’s a lot of positive things from today with the way we attacked Sri Lanka.”

Mathews was pleased to have taken a 1-0 lead in the series, and said: “It was a good game of cricket. We could tick all the boxes. The fielding was outstanding – we highlighted that after the India tour. We still can improve but I thought our batting was brilliant. We got Kusal Perera back in form and Jeevan Mendis played really well too.”

Dilshan was named Man of the Match.

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