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Sri Lanka level series as England collapse

May 25, 2014 17:27:23 UK

Eoin Morgan managed 40 for England in Sunday’s loss to Sri Lanka.

England were beaten by 157 runs at Chetser-le-Street by Sri Lanka on Sunday as the tourists levelled the ODI series at 1-1 after two matches.

England won the opening match between the two sides on Thursday but were outclassed by Sri Lanka in Durham as only Eoin Morgan (40) and Ian Bell (12) reached double figures for the hosts, who were without captain Alastair Cook due to a groin injury.

England won the toss and opted to send Sri Lanka out to bat first as the tourists set a target of 257, finishing on 256-8 after 50 overs.

Tillakaratne Dilshan hit an impressive 88 to top score for Sri Lanka off 101 balls.

Dilshan was eventually bowled out by Chris Jordan, while knocks of 40 from Kumar Sangakkara and 43 from Ashan Priyanjan boosted Sri Lanka’s total.

England were seemingly well placed to challenge for a 2-0 series lead having been set a respectable, but achievable, target by the visitors and they made inroads in the first two overs as Michael Carberry and Ian Bell picked up 17 runs between them.

However, the first wicket for England fell in the third over as Carberry was dismissed by a Nuwan Kulasekera delivery as he was caught behind by Sangakkara.

It took England nine overs to claim their first wicket but they were down to 29-4 at the same stage of their reply as Carberry (6), Bell (12), Ballance (5) and Root (0) fell early.

The game looked beyond England by the time Morgan came in but the stand-in captain refused to roll over and managed a decent knock of 40 but ultimately England fell well short as they were all out for 99 after just 26.1 overs.

Speaking after the defeat, Morgan said: “I can’t explain it – the ball did a little bit but we just stuttered throughout. We lost wickets continuously throughout the whole innings and under-performed massively. We’ve been outplayed here in conditions we normally thrive on and we’ve played poorly.”

The third ODI will take place on Wednesday at Old Trafford and England can be backed at 1.36 to win the series, while Sri Lanka are 3.20 to claim a series victory.

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