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Anderson decimates Sri Lanka

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James Anderson claimed stunning figures of 4-18 from five overs and took two catches to demolish Sri Lanka for 121 in a 110-run Duckworth-Lewis victory in the first NatWest Series one-day international at the Kia Oval.

Chasing 232 in a 32-overs-a-side contest, the tourists were soon in trouble as they slumped to 15 for four with Anderson striking thrice. He then held a stunning catch to give Jade Dernbach, making his debut in this format on his home ground, a maiden ODI wicket.

Craig Kieswetter led England’s charge towards 229 for eight either side of a three-hour delay brought about by a severe thunderstorm. The D/L adjustment boosted their total by two.

Kieswetter, recalled after almost a year out of the side, raced to 61 from 56 balls. He was well supported by Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan, who flayed 45 from 35 deliveries under overcast skies in this day/night contest.

Anderson had an element of fortune for his first wicket as fit-again Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan picked out fine-leg in the first over of the reply.

Tim Bresnan, added to England’s squad yesterday following his recovery from a calf strain, ended Sanath Jayasuriya’s international career in the next over. The left-hander, playing his 445th and last ODI, fell to a trademark square-cut which Morgan held on to.

James Anderson & Tillakaratne Dilshan

James Anderson has Tillakaratne Dilshan caught at fine-leg for the first of his three early wickets that reduced Sri Lanka to 15 for four

Anderson then trapped Mahela Jayawardene in front and had Kumar Sangakkara caught and bowled in his third over to leave Sri Lanka in the lurch.

During the carnage, when England immediately enforced the batting powerplay, Pietersen could have had three run-outs from the covers but missed the stumps each time. Thilina Kandamby’s miscued pull off Bresnan also fell narrowly short of Trott at midwicket.

Anderson dived to his right at midwicket to remove Angelo Mathews for 16 and held a simpler chance in the same position to remove Jeevan Mendis off Graeme Swann.

Having softened up Nuwan Kulasekara, Anderson had him caught by new England one-day skipper Cook low at mid-on.

Sri Lanka took their powerplay after 20 overs and Dernbach ended Thilina Kandamby’s pedestrian innings of 19 from 48 deliveries with Stuart Broad taking a simple catch at mid-on.

Dernbach thought he had Suraj Randiv caught behind later in the over, but umpire Richard Illingworth did not detect a thin outside edge. Lasith Malinga survived when Kieswetter could not hold a diving chance off Bresnan.

Randiv and Malinga rode their luck to take the tourists into three figures before the latter launched Swann over midwicket for six en route to a 52-run partnership from 34 balls - the highest ninth-wicket stand between the sides

Swann broke the alliance with the wicket of Malinga, who looped a catch to backward point on 26, and soon had Randiv stumped for 24 at the end of the 28th over to finish with 3-18 from five.

Dilshan, who won the toss, returned from a broken thumb sustained during the npower Test series which ruled him out of Saturday’s Twenty20 win.

Craig Kieswetter

Craig Kieswetter lifts Suranga Lakmal for six en route to 61, which put England on course for a testing score in a game reduced to 32 overs a side

Following a light shower that delayed the scheduled 1pm start by 25 minutes, Cook was strangled down leg by Malinga, courtesy of a fine diving catch by wicketkeeper Sangakkara.

The players were forced off at 35 for one after seven overs, with Kieswetter on 13 and Trott 14, and did not return until 5pm.

With the innings reduced by 18 overs and the mandatory powerplay therefore gone, Sri Lanka and England in turn immediately enforced their own.

Kieswetter and Trott accelerated with the former lifting Suranga Lakmal onto the unguarded long-on rope for six. However, Lakmal struck back with a superb yorker to trap Trott in front for 23 from 24 balls.

Pietersen narrowly survived being run out in moving to six, following Dilshan’s direct hit at the striker’s end from mid-off.

He and Kieswetter continued to attack, particularly down the ground, and the opener went to 50 with a straight six off Randiv that also heralded the fifty partnership and England’s hundred.

Pietersen picked out midwicket from Mendis’ first-ball long-hop, but Morgan wasted no time as boundaries came apace.

Kieswetter top-edged the first ball of Randiv’s second spell to give short third-man a simple catch, stemming the run-flow until Morgan picked up consecutive fours off Randiv. However, Lakmal soon had the left-hander caught at long-off.

Jayasuriya trapped Ian Bell in front, sweeping, for an untypically stodgy 12 as the left-arm spinner, 42 on Thursday, picked up his 323rd ODI wicket.

Bresnan and Broad initially eked out what runs they could until they took 20 off Lakmal’s penultimate over of the innings. In the last, Malinga had Bresnan lbw, in similar fashion to Bell, for 23 from 14 balls and Broad caught at extra-cover for 13 off the last delivery.

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