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Sri Lanka won by 119 runs.

Sri Lanka vs England

England slump in ODI opener

Seventh straight win for Sri Lanka

Maharoof: 4-31

First ODI, Dambulla

Sri Lanka 269-7 Innings Complete (D P M D Jayawardene 66) v England 150 (M F Maharoof 4-31). Sri Lanka beat England by 119 runs

England are still without a one-day win in Sri Lanka for 25 years after slumping to a humiliating 119-run defeat in the first ODI in Dambulla.

The hosts posted a respectable 269-7 on a surface which posed problems for batsmen - the average score on this ground in one-dayers was 198 coming into this match.

But after a brief flurry from Phil Mustard on debut, wickets fell steadily, the run rate rose rapidly and Sri Lanka had little trouble closing out a seventh straight win over England.

That miserable run includes a 5-0 whitewash on home soil in 2006 and after this facile victory, Sri Lanka will be eyeing a repeat.


Sri Lanka's total was built around an abrasive 66 off 74 balls from captain Mahele Jayawardene and some useful acceleration at the end of the innings.

Jayawardene shared half-century partnerships with Kumar Sangakkara (38) and Chamara Silva (33) as the hosts moved to 150-2 after 30 overs.

But after Jayawardene picked out Owais Shah on the cover boundary with seven overs remaining, Sri Lanka lost five wickets in as many overs and it took a quickfire 22 off 12 balls from Farveez Maharoof to help them to 269-7.

Skipper Paul Collingwood was the pick of the England bowling, his variations on a medium-paced theme earning him figures of 2-44 from 10 overs and there were also two wickets apiece for seamers Ryan Sidebottom and Stuart Broad.

England appeared to be in contention as Durham wicketkeeper Mustard tore into the bowling, crashing 27 from 17 balls including three fours and a six.

Mustard and the recalled Alastair Cook put on 43 for the first wicket before Sri Lanka captain Jayawardene's decision to turn to the seam bowling of Maharoof in the eighth over proved inspired.

He struck with his second ball to remove Mustard, who tried to go over the top again and mis-timed a drive to mid-off.

Ian Bell, a century-maker in England's only warm-up match against a Sri Lankan Board XI, struggled throughout his nine-ball innings before chasing a seaming delivery and edging behind.

Maharoof tok his third wicket for just seven runs in his next over when he got the ball to jag back off the seam and nick Kevin Pietersen's inside edge, wicketkeeper Sangakkara taking the catch.

Out of touch

Collingwood also looked out of touch before edging Dilhara Fernando to Jayawardene at slip and Shah was another who could not get out of double figures, before chipping Malinga's slower ball to cover.

Maharoof returned to claim his fourth victim with Cook edging to the keeper for a valiant 46, the seamer finishing with 4-31 from his 10 overs.

Graeme Swann - selected in favour of Monty Panesar - offered some late defiance with a bristling 24 from 21 balls and Ravi Bopara made an unbeaten 27, but by now the game was gone and they were really just attempting to build some respectability and momentum heading into Thursday's second match on this ground.

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Match Details

1st Oct 2007
E A R de Silva and R E Koertzen


Batsman R
Cook c Sangakkara b Maharoof 46
Bell c Sangakkara b Maharoof 0
Pietersen c Sangakkara b Maharoof 1
Collingwood c Jayawardene b Fernando 9
Shah c Mubarak b Malinga 7
Bopara not out 27
Swann c Malinga b Dilshan 24
Broad run out 1
Sidebottom st Sangakkara b Dilshan 2
Anderson c Jayawardene b Jayasuriya 0
Extras 6w 6
Total 34.5 Overs 150
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Bowler O M R W
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