Sri Lanka proved too strong for England in the fifth and final One-Day International at Edgbaston on Tuesday (June 3), winning by six wickets to clinch a 3-2 series victory.
First paceman Lasith Malinga took 3 for 50 as Sri Lanka restricted England to 219. Then, after Sri Lanka was 62 for 3, half-centuries from Mahela Jayawardena (53) and Lahiru Thirimanne (60 not out), and captain Angelo Mathews’s 42 not out in 34 balls took Sri Lanka home with ten balls left in the innings.
There was a controversial moment during England’s innings when Sachithra Senanayake Mankaded Jos Buttler. Mathews upheld the appeal – it was a perfectly legitimate dismissal – and Buttler was out for 21.
Sri Lanka, set a seemingly modest 220 for victory, was at 55 without loss in the eighth over, but off-spinner James Tredwell’s burst of two wickets for four runs in 11 balls set them back.
First he had Dilshan (28) caught by Joe Root at extra-cover and then Kumar Sangakkara caught at slip by Chris Jordan. James Anderson then had Kusal Perera lbw.
But Jayawardena and Thirimanne put together 98 for the fourth wicket to set up Sri Lanka’s victory. And even though Jayawardena was dismissed with Sri Lanka on 160, England didn’t have enough runs to stop Sri Lanka.
Earlier, England batted poorly after Alastair Cook won the toss. Cook top scored with 56, but the only other batsmen to make meaningful contributions were Ian Bell (37) and Jordan (30).
(Courtesy: International Cricket Council)