• Friday, December 19, 2014

Freedom in the air

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.


SCORES IN BRIEF
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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