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England draw first blood

Afp, London

Chris Jordan starred with both bat and ball as England set off on the road to next year's World Cup with a an 81-run win over Sri Lanka in a rain-marred one-day international at The Oval on Thursday.
The Sussex all-rounder's belligerent 38 not out off just 13 balls propelled England to a total of 247 for six in an innings reduced by rain to 39 overs.
And, on his former Surrey home ground, the Barbados-born Jordan took three wickets for 25 runs, including three for three in 12 balls.
Sri Lanka, chasing a target of 226 in 32 overs after a fresh downpour, never recovered and finished on 144 in 27.5 overs when Lasith Malinga was bowled by Ravi Bopara under the Oval floodlights.

ENGLAND: 247 for 6 in 39 overs (Bell 50, Ballance 64, Root 45,
Buttler 26 not out, Jordan 38 not out; Kulasekara 2-60, Senanayake 3-30)
SRI LANKA: 144 all out in 27.5 overs (Dilshan 33, Jayawardene 35,
Mathews 18, Gurney 2-20, Jordan 3-25, Tredwell 3-38)
Result: England won by 81 runs (D/L method)
Player-of-the-match: Chris Jordan.

Published: 12:00 am Saturday, May 24, 2014

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