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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 June 2006, 17:30 GMT 18:30 UK
Sorry England suffer heavy defeat
Second one-day international, The Oval:
Sri Lanka 319-8 (50 overs) bt England 273 (46.4 overs) by 46 runs

Sanath Jayasuriya
Jayasuriya mixed cautious defence with some blistering strokeplay
Sanath Jayasuriya hit his 20th one-day century as Sri Lanka saw off England by 46 runs in the second one-day match.

Jayasuriya (122) took advantage of some woeful bowling, with Sajid Mahmood conceding 80 off seven overs, to help the tourists make 319-8 at The Oval.

It was their highest total ever against England and although Kevin Pietersen (73) and Paul Collingwood (56) battled, they were out for 273 off 46.4 overs.

Jayasuriya finished with three wickets as his side went 2-0 up in the series.

It was England's 12th defeat in 16 one-dayers and the last thing they needed with their injury toll increasing and confidence falling by the week.

Steve Harmison showed they do have some capable performers as he exploited the traditional bounce and pace on offer at the south London ground to pick up 3-31.


The big Durham paceman troubled both openers in an accurate opening spell of 1-9 off six overs, deserving more reward than the wicket of Upul Tharanga, who edged to Marcus Trescothick at first slip.

But none of the other seamers could bowl the right length or line consistently, and the tally of extras was once again worrying - 33, including 21 in wides, helping Sri Lanka on their way.

Jayasuriya and captain Mahela Jayawardene (66) laid the foundations for the tourists with an intelligent stand of 160 in which they ruthlessly punished the width Mahmood, Liam Plunkett and Tim Bresnan offered.

Skipper Andrew Strauss asked Collingwood, Jamie Dalrymple and Pietersen to take the pace off the ball but every time he went on the offensive the tourists hit back with interest.

Jayasuriya made hay in the final power play by pulling Mahmood for successive fours and flicking him for six before completing his century off 122 balls.

Jayawardene was no slouch either, caressing consecutive fours off Plunkett as he eased to his fifty off 51 balls.

After they fell Sangakkara accelerated to make 51 with some lusty blows before he was one of five wickets to fall for 36 as Sri Lanka fell away a bit in the madness of the final overs.

Marcus Trescothick began the reply confidently by clipping Chaminda Vaas to the fine-leg boundary and pushing Lasith Malinga through the covers.

Steve Harmison
Harmison was easily England's best bowler on a good surface

But he failed to get over the next ball attempting the same shot off Malinga and succeeded only in guiding the ball to backward point.

Strauss, too, paid for his aggression when he tried to force Farveez Maharoof through the on-side and miscued to long-off.

Pietersen was typically aggressive as he raced to his half century off 48 balls, taking a liking to Ruchira Perera, whom he thumped over wide long-on for six.

However, Ian Bell perished trying to pull Malinga, and once the boundaries dried up Sri Lanka knew Pietersen would have to do something special with the run rate soaring.

The Hampshire star heaved across the line and was bowled by Jayasuriya, and a difficult task became virtually impossible when Collingwood and Dalrymple were tied down by the spinners.

Once Collingwood and Dalrymple (37) fell trying to force the pace off Jayasuriya, the result was inevitable.

The last three wickets fell to comical run-outs and England will have some soul-searching to do before the action resumes at Durham's Riverside ground on Saturday.

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