England defeats Sri Lanka by 3 wickets

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2002, 6:27 [IST]
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Leeds: England beat Sri Lanka by three wickets in their triangular series one-day international here at Headingley on Tuesday. Chasing Sri Lanka's 240 for seven, in a match reduced by rain to 32 overs per side, England finished on 241 for seven with four balls to spare.

Marcus Trescothick top scored with 82 off 60 balls including 11 fours before Paul Collingwood and Alec Stewart (38 not out) saw England to within four runs of victory. Collingwood was then bowled by Dilhara Fernando for 38. But Darren Gough (three not out), in his first senior match since injuring his knee in New Zealand this February and in front of his home crowd, hit the winning runs. Earlier Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya made a dashing 112. The left-hander hit five sixes and nine fours facing 87 balls, which accredited him the man of the match title. England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff survived the onslaught to finish with an impressive two for 18 from seven overs while Gough took three for 45. The result meant Sri Lanka remained winless from their three matches while England joined India at the top of the table. Both sides have two wins apiece but India have so far played two games to England's three. On Thursday, the series continues when England face India in a day/night match at Chester-le-Street, Durham.

Scorecard of match 4 : England vs Sri Lanka

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