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England beat Sri Lanka by six wickets

Eoin Morgan played an useful innings of 62 and remained unbeaten to guide England home

England beat Sri Lanka by six wickets - Cricket News
Eoin Morgan plays a shot during the ODI.
England defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in their Group B ICC Champions Trophy match at New Wanderers stadium here on Friday.

Chasing 213 to win, England reached the target in 45 overs after Eoin Morgan remained unbeaten on 62.

England slipped to 19 for two before Paul Collingwood launched a counter-attack, dominating a 63-run partnership with Owais Shah (44).

Collingwood breezed to 46 off 51 balls with five fours and three sixes before he chopped a delivery from fast bowler Lasith Malinga on to his stumps.

Earlier, Thilina Kandamby (53) and Angelo Mathews (52) struck defiant half-centuries to steer Sri Lanka to a modest 212 against England in their ICC Champions Trophy match at the New Wanderers Stadium here today.

Both the batsmen showed immense resilience and guts while batting on a zippy track after England pace duo of James Anderson and Graham Onions had polished off their top order.

Taking full advantage of a juicy seaming track, Anderson and Onions made life difficult for Sri Lankan batsmen, sent in to bat by England skipper Andrew Strauss.

Anderson (3/20) and Stuart Broad (3/49) took three wickets each while Onions claimed two as England innings folded in 47.3 overs.

Within first six overs, Sri Lanka were reduced to 17 for four as hostile conditions made batting extremely difficult.

The left-handed Kandambi first raised a stand of 64 with Thilan Samaraweera (30) for the fifth wicket and then reinvigorated the Lankans innings with a 82-run partnership with next man in Mathews.

Realising that stroke-making was not easy, Kandambi and Mathwes played according to the merit of the ball and waited patiently for loose deliveries to score boundaries.

They stuck to the basics and rotated the strike to get a feel of the pitch and started picking boundaries as the track started to ease out as the game progressed.

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