Saturday, 9 July 2011

England secure series in thriller against Sri Lanka

England survived a superb Sri Lanka fightback to win the fifth one-day international by 16 runs at Old Trafford and take the series 3-2.

When England posted 268-9 on what was expected to be a difficult batting track, it made them big favourites. Sri Lanka slipped to 29-3 in reply but a brilliant partnership between Jeevan Mendis and Angelo Mathews threatened to turn the game on its head.

But Mendis fell for 48 and Mathews 62 as England edged to victory. It was a gripping finale to a series which had seen both sides pick up a brace of easy wins apiece to leave matters tied at 2-2 going into the game at a new-look Old Trafford.

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