England notch up first ODI win in Sri Lanka for 25 years
Dambulla (Sri Lanka): England recorded their first one-day cricket international win on Sri Lankan soil in 25 years when they beat the hosts by 65 runs in the second game and leveleld the five-match series 1-1.
England, who last beat Sri Lanka on the island in a limited overs match in February 1982, set a competitive target of 235 runs in 50 overs helped by a gritty 82 from Owais Shah, and restricted the islanders to 169 in 44.3 overs.
Pace bowlers Ryan Sidebottom and Stuart Broad took two wickets apiece, restricting the hosts to 38 for four, then the slower bowlers built on the start and never let Sri Lanka recover.
Upul Tharanga’s poor form with the bat continued when he was caught by Alastiar Cook at second slip for eight. Sanath Jayasuriya was later caught at cover by Ian Bell trying to slash Sidebottom.
Kumar Sangakkara, who was dropped twice before scoring, made just nine off 37 balls before chasing a wide delivery from Broad to be caught by wicketkeeper Phil Mustard.
Chamara Silva fell for a duck in Broad’s next over, but Mahela Jayawardene and Tillekeratne Dilshan followed with a 52-run stand for the fifth wicket _ providing the only chance of success for the hosts.
Paul Collingwood displayed smart captaincy bringing in his slow bowlers, tasting immediate success when offspinner Graeme Swann bowled Dilshan through bat and pad for 29 runs in just 21 balls.
Dilshan’s dismissal triggered another Sri Lankan collapse and only Jehan Mubarak showed some fight toward the end with an unbeaten 44 and added 43 runs for the last wicket with Dilhara Fernando.