Sri Lanka sealed the NatWest Series with an eight-wicket
rout of England in the third match at the Riverside. Mahela Jayawardene
(126no) was chief destroyer as Sri Lanka reached their target with
46 balls to spare.
Kumar Sangakkara (58no), Upul Tharanga (41) and
Sanath Jayasuriya (23) also feasted on a barrage of short and wide
balls, with all the seamers culpable.
That England made 261-7 was largely down to Ian Bell, who hit 77,
his fourth ODI half-century.
There were few signs of the suffering to come
when Strauss and Trescothick took England past the 50 mark on what
appeared to be a good batting track in Durham. However, having played
some crisp strokes through the off-side, Strauss was caught plumb
in front by Vaas in the 13th over after making 36.
Trescothick followed in the next over for 32,
playing all round a ball from Vaas when he looked well set. Pietersen
hobbled in next, still feeling the effects of a blow on the knee
at The Oval on Tuesday. Clearly impeded, he did not last long.
He crumpled to the floor in pain attempting to
play a trademark whip through mid-wicket and was out in the following
over, wafting at a wide one from Dilhara Fernando.
With Sri Lanka turning the screw, it was left
to Bell and Collingwood to steady the ship and guide England past
Bell was spilled in the gully by Russel Arnold
off the bowling of Fernando but it was Collingwood who was next
to depart. Like Strauss and Trescothick, the home favourite had
looked in decent fettle, pulling Maharoof for four and marching
down the wicket to smash Fernando over long-on for four.
But he rolled over meekly, stroking a Malinga
Bandara delivery straight to Tillakaratne Dilshan in the covers.
After a soporific start, Bell finally located the boundary off his
69th delivery with a flick through mid-wicket.
Dalrymple showed more urgency, hitting Bandara
for a steepling six and carving Vaas for three fours in one over
as England moved past 200. However, Dalrymple took one liberty too
many against Malinga, moving across his crease and having his leg
Bell's innings came to an end when he was run
out after good fielding from Maharoof, who threw the ball to Sangakkara
and he whipped off the bails as Bell lunged desperately.
Geraint Jones chipped in with a handy 22 from
13 balls, but debutant Alex Loudon did not even face a ball as he
was run out off the first ball of the next over.
Sri Lanka's openers Tharanga and Jayasuriya set
about the target with relish, Jayasuriya particularly hard on England's
indisciplined attack. Jayasuriya was run out by Sajid Mahmood having
played some glorious cut shots but Jayawardene was in no mood to
release Sri Lanka's grip on the game.
The Sri Lankan skipper's half-century came off
40 balls and included strokes all round the wicket as England's
bowling went from bad to worse.
The visitors passed 100 in the 13th over, although
the dismissal of Tharanga, who dollied a Dalrymple delivery to Strauss
at short fine leg, slowed their progress.
However, Jayawardene, whose ton was his seventh
in ODIs, and Sangakkara, whose fifty was his 33rd, put on 140 for
the third wicket, Sri Lanka's highest third-wicket stand against
ME Trescothick b Vaas 36
AJ Strauss lbw b Vaas 32
IR Bell run out (Maharoof/Sangakkara) 77
KP Pietersen c Sangakkara b Malinga 6
PD Collingwood c Dilshan b Bandara 33
JWM Dalrymple b Malinga 35
GO Jones not out 22
AGR Loudon run out (Dilshan/Fernando) 0
LE Plunkett not out 6
Extras (lb 5, w 6, nb 3) 14
Total (7 wickets; 50 overs) 261
Fall of wickets1-62 (Strauss), 2-75 (Trescothick), 3-92 (Pietersen),
4-145 (Collingwood), 5-208 (Dalrymple), 6-252 (Bell), 7-253
Bowling : WPUJC Vaas 9-0-38-2, SL Malinga 10-0-50-2
(2w), CRD Fernando 10-0-68-0 (2nb, 1w),MF Maharoof 8-0-38-0
(1nb, 1w), CM Bandara 8-0-35-1 (1w), ST Jayasuriya 5-0-27-0
Sri Lanka Innings
W U Tharanga c Strauss b Dalrymple 41
S T Jayasuriya run out 23
D P M D Jayawardene not out 126
K C Sangakkara not out 58
Extras 5nb 5w 1b 6lb 17
Total for 2 wickets 265
Fall of wickets: 38(Jayasuriya), 125(Tharanga)
Bowling:S J Harmison 10- 0- 55-0,L E Plunkett
5.2- 0-46- 0,S I Mahmood 5- 0-36-0,P D Collingwood 6- 0-33-0,I
R Bell 1-0- 12-0,J W M Dalrymple 9-1-40-1,A G R Loudon 6-0-36-0