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England set Lanka 137 in only T20

Published: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 8:48 [IST]
 
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England set Lanka 137 in only T20

Bristol, June 26: The visiting Sri Lankan side limited T20 World Champions England to a meagre 136/9 in the only Twenty20 International of the former's tour. Apart from Eoin Morgan, who blasted 47 off 32 balls and Kevin Pietersen, who added 41 off 27 balls, the hosts presented a pitiful batting card with none of the other batsmen even getting into double figures. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan bowlers Lakmal, Malinga and Jayasuriya (playing his last T20I) picked 2 wickets each.

Being put into bat, England got off to a poor start. In just the second over, Lakmal had Michael Lumb top-edge a ball straight to mid-off. The batsman was out for 2 off 6 balls and England were 3/1 in 1.3 overs. In the following over, the other opener Craig Kieswetter, got out to Kulasekara in a similar manner, for 4 off 7 balls, and England were 12/2 in 2.4 overs.

But new batsman Eoin Morgan counter-attacked with a six and four off Lakmal as England moved onto 24/2 in 4 overs. Three overs later, Kevin Pietersen got into act, smashing Thisara Perera for two fours and in the next over, carted off-break Suraj Randiv for a six as the score ticked past 50. Morgan got a reprieve in the 9th over when Angelo Mathews dropped him off Lakmal at the long-on boundary.

The 11th over turned out to be a bumper one for England as Morgan slammed Perera for two back-to-back sixes and Pietersen rounded off the over with another maximum. The hosts had climbed to 91/2 in 11 overs. Then after taking a four off Malinga in the following over, Morgan perished to the same bowler for 47 off 32 balls and Ole Blighty were 97/3 in 11.3 overs.

Then, just as Pietersen took England past 100, he was bowled by Sanath Jayasuriya and England were 101/4 in 13 overs. One over later, allrounder Samit Patel was run-out for a duck and the hosts had slumped to 102/5. With Ravi Bopara in the middle now, the scoreboard ticked along, but the run-rate slackened. In the 18th over, Jayasuriya cleaned him up for 19 off 22 balls and England were 125/6 in 17.4 overs.

Luke Wright was the next to depart, falling to Lakmal for 9 off 12 balls before Lasith Malinga sent back Chris Woakes for 7 off 9 balls and Stuart Broad was run out in the last ball of the innings. The hosts had completed their 20 overs at an unsatisfactory 136/9.

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