Sri Lanka Crush England To Level The Series

Sri Lanka annihilated England by 157 runs in the second One Day International at Chester-le Street on Sunday to level the series at 1-1.  The Islanders lost the early wicket of Lahiru Thirimanne (10) off the bowling of James Anderson (2/38) .  Kumar Sangakkara joined Tillakaratne Dilshan at the crease and put on a 96 run partnership to take Sri Lanka to 130/1 before Sangakkara departed for 40 followed by Mahela Jayawardene (2) and Dilshan (88).

Angelo Mathews (30) and Ashan Priyanjan (43) began to take their chances putting on a 66 run partnership to take their side to 225/4 before they both departed.  The Lankan Lions lost the quick wickets of Dinesh Chandimal and Nuwan Kulasekara off the bowling of Harry Gurney (3/59) as Sri Lanka ended their innings on 256/8.

In reply England lost four early wickets.  Michael Carberry (6), Ian Bell (12) and Garry Balance (5) were dismissed off the bowling of Kulasekara and Joe Root (0) was clean bowled by Lasith Malinga (1/17) inside the first seven overs leaving the English on 29/4.  Ravi Bopara and stand-in captain Eoin Morgan steadied the innings taking them to 46/4 before Bopara was castled by Sachithra Senanayake followed closely by Jos Buttler (4) and Chris Jordan (1).

Senanayake claimed his third wicket when James Tredwell hit one straight to long off leaving the English on 73/8 requiring an improbable 184 runs off 28 overs.  Anderson joined his captain at the crease and put on a 22 run partnership which is the highest 9th wicket partnership against Sri Lanka before Morgan (40) was caught in the deep leaving his side 95/9.  Anderson was the last man to go bowled by Senanayake (4-13) as England ended their innings 99 all out with Sri Lanka winning by 157 runs and leveling the series at 1-1.

The man of the match award went to Tillakaratne Dilshan for his innings of 88 off 101 balls.

The 3rd ODI in the five match series takes place on Wednesday at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.