Lanka runs out of steam once again, 229 all out

Published: Monday, July 8, 2002, 0:56 [IST]
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Manchester: Sri Lanka collapsed in its triangular series One-day International at Old Trafford on Sunday with Michael Vaughan the unlikely hero of England's attack.

Sanath Jayasuriya's side was well-placed at 162 for two before it lost its last eight wickets for 67 runs. Part-time off spinner Vaughan finished with career-best One-day figures of four for 22, his six overs also including a maiden. Pramodya Wickramasinghe was three not out after recalled wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara top scored with 70.

Sri Lanka won the toss but then saw both openers depart within the space of two overs. Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu had put on 59 for the first wicket when the Sri Lanka skipper (23) got a leading edge against fast bowler and One-day International debutant Alex Tudor to England captain Nasser Hussain at cover. Atapattu had made a composed 34 but there was nothing he could do when, in the 14th over, Sangakkara pushed to midwicket and Paul Collingwood's direct hit saw him comfortably run out. His dismissal left Sri Lanka 73 for two.

Sri Lanka regrouped thanks to a stand of 89 between Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene before the latter was run out going for a second. Tudor, showed excellent agility on the fine leg boundary and sent in a powerful throw to England keeper Alec Stewart. An underarm flick from Tudor's Surrey colleague then saw Jayawardene dismissed by a distance for a 67-ball 42. But at 162 for three Sri Lanka still had a platform for a big score. However, recalled off spinner Jeremy Snape and Vaughan put the brake on Sri Lanka's innings. First Russel Arnold (6) gave Snape a simple caught and bowled wicket before Vaughan had Sangakkara plumb lbw as the left-hander swept.

Sangakkara faced 78 balls including eight fours. Vaughan struck again when, seeing Thilan Samaraweera (3) charging down the pitch, he speared the ball down the leg-side and Stewart completed the stumping. Umpire Peter Willey called wide but with Sri Lanka now 200 for six in the 44th over it was a run England were happy to concede. And Vaughan was not finished, taking two wickets with the score on 205. Chamara Silva (9) top-edged the Yorkshire batsman to Collingwood at short fine leg before Chaminda Vaas, sweeping, was clean bowled for nought.

Sri Lanka, following Saturday's defeat by India, brought in Sangakkara in place of Romesh Kaluwitharana. Nuwan Zoysa and Silva were also called up by the former world champion, which has lost all four of its clashes so far leaving England to contest next Saturday's final at Lord's with India. England also made changes. Tudor came in for James Kirtley, who broke his hand in the nets Saturday and Snape taking over from left-arm spinner Ashley Giles.

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