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Coming from a loss at The Oval, Sri Lankan openers Lahiru Thirimanne and Tillakaratne Dilshan (above) gave a sedate start of 33 in eight overs © Getty Images


Eoin Morgan, England’s captain in place of the injured Alastair Cook, was left bemused by the scale of their defeat in the second One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka at the Riverside in Chester-le-Street. England were beaten by 157 runs after scoring only 99 — their fifth-lowest score in ODI cricket in reply to the tourists’ 256 for eight.


At one stage, England were in danger of failing to beat their worst-ever innings of 86 against Australia in 2001, but Morgan’s defiant 40 avoided that humiliation. He was the only batsman to cope with Sri Lanka’s attack, underlining the failings of his teammates, with Ian Bell the next highest scorer with just 12 runs.


Sri Lanka posted 256 with Tillakaratne Dilshan top-scoring with 88 followed by Ashan Priyanjan (43).


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