England innings remained in first gear over the course of the 43 overs they lasted, managing a meagre 185 on the board in the second One-Day international vs Sri Lanka in Colombo © AFP

Nov 29, 2014

England clambered to 185 against Sri Lanka before being bowled out in the second one-day international at the R Premadasa stadium in colombo. This, after England elected to bat first in a truncated game comprising 45 overs. The start to the second ODI was delayed due to scattered thunderstorms which Colombo has been at the receiving end of.

England got off to a torrid start losing Moeen Ali to the spin of Tillakaratne Dilshan. Sri Lanka chipped away at the wickets at regular intervals, as the England innings remained in first gear throughout the 43 overs they lasted. The wicket of Moeen was followed by that of Ian Bell who skied one off Rangana Herath in an attempt to up the ante, only managing to find Thisara Perera at mid-off who took a well judged catch. Alastair cook was next to fall for a measly 22 of 37 balls leaving England in disarray at 37 for three within the first ten overs of their innings.

These dismissals brought Joe Root and Eoin Morgan to the middle. The young duo were in the process of rebuilding the innings for England, having added 37 runs for the 4th wicket partnership before Morgan chipped an innocuous Thisara Perera delivery straight to extra cover against the run of play. England failed to get any impetus into their innings with Joe Root falling next, eight short of his half century. The Sri Lankan spinners and pacers alike kept a strangle hold on the English innings so much so that there were periods of the game without a hit to the fence that lasted almost 13 overs. Due to the number of wickets lost, England couldn’t take advantage of the batting Powerplay either finishing with a meagre 185 on the board, besides committeng the cardinal sin of not even batting out their stipulated quota of 45 overs. Ravi Bopara top scored for England with 51 providing a semblance of respectibility to their score, continuing his form from the previous ODI where he’d scored a crucial 65 taking England close to the Sri Lankan total.

Brief scores:

England 185 all out in 43 overs ( Ravi Bopara 51 (69), Joe Root 42  (57); Ajantha Mendis 3 for 33, Dhammika Prasad 2 for 16 )

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