England v Sri Lanka: Captain Alastair Cook delighted with his side's victory in first ODI

Last Updated: 23/05/14 8:50am

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England captain Alastair Cook believes his side showed great professionalism in their 81-run victory under the Duckworth-Lewis method in their rain-affected One Day International with Sri Lanka at The Oval.

Man-of-the-match Chris Jordan smashed 38 from 13 balls at the end of England's shortened 39-over innings, before taking 3-25 with the ball as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 144.

Opener Ian Bell hit 50 off 56 balls, while Gary Ballance notched 64 and Joe Root 45 as England posted a total of 247.

"It was very professional," Cook told Sky Sports. "Sometimes we thought we had the better of the conditions in terms of Duckworth-Lewis and sometimes we didn't but it turned out really well.

"Gary (Ballance) set out really well with Belly at the top of the order and we know what Jos (Buttler) can hit like."

But the England captain reserved special praise for Jordan, who made crucial contributions with with both bat and ball on his ninth one-day international appearance.

Cook said: "It was a fantastic performance. To come in and whack it like he did - he hit a really clean ball, against a very good death bowler (Lasith Malinga) - was a credit.


"That extra 30 odd we got in the last two overs gave us that momentum swing we really needed. Then he probably didn't start off as well in the first two overs (with the ball).

"But when he came back, he flew in and he bowled quickly. Those wickets he got, it looked very uncomfortable batting."

Cook was also satisfied with the way the rest of his batsmen restricted the normally prolific Malinga, who went for 71 off his eight overs without taking a wicket.

"The lads played him really well," Cook added. "The extra fielder up makes it hard for any bowler at the end, but the way the lads struck that extra 30 runs at the end made all of the difference."

Meanwhile, Jordan allayed fears over his fitness after hobbling to the podium to collect his man-of-the-match medal and bottle of champagne.

"Just running after that ball I twisted my ankle a bit but it's nothing too serious," he said.

"I enjoyed batting the ball around the park and bowling with some aggression so there's nothing in it. I had six great years here a Surrey so it was nice to come back."

The second ODI between England and Sri Lanka is at the Emirates ICG in Durham on Sunday.

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