Sri Lanka leave England in a spin

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Published: Saturday 29th November 2014 by The News Editor

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England encountered early trouble against Sri Lanka’s spinners in their rain-reduced second one-day international at the Premadasa Stadium.

Moeen Ali, who made a maiden hundred in Wednesday’s defeat here, was first to go this time – followed by Ian Bell and then captain Alastair Cook as England reached 67 for three in 17 overs at drinks.

Rain shortened this fixture to 45 overs each in which, on a used pitch, a total of around 230 was a likely target to set.

A minute’s silence, following the death two days ago of Phillip Hughes, preceded the match – and both teams took the field wearing black armbands in memory of the Australia Test batsman.

Cook explained on Friday it was mutually agreed here that the best way to pay respects to Hughes, who died of his injuries after being hit by a bouncer, was to play cricket.

When England did that, they got off to a poor start.

Moeen charged at Tillakaratne Dilshan, the off-spinner taking the new ball with captain Angelo Mathews, got in a tangle and was bowled off his pad in just the second over, departing for two.

Ian Bell, in his 150th ODI, also tried to go on the attack – after Mathews went to spin at both ends – but managed only to hit Rangana Herath high to long-off to go for 11.

Then in the next over Cook mistimed a sweep, lofting off an upper edge when the intention appeared to be to hit down, and was caught at deep square-leg off Dilshan for 22.

The captain has therefore made only one half-century in his last 18 innings in this format.

From 37 for three, Eoin Morgan and Joe Root had to rebuild.

Published: Saturday 29th November 2014 by The News Editor

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