London, June 29: In a rain-affected first one-dayer of Sri Lanka's tour of England, the hosts trounced the visitors by 110 runs. England opener Craig Kieswetter top-scored for his side with 61 off 56 balls and with most of his team-mates pitching in, helped compile a total of 229/8 in 32 overs. Sri Lanka's reply was shambolic from the start with the English pacemen reducing the tourists to 69/8, before bowling them out for 121 runs in 27 overs. James Anderson emerged the most effective bowler with 4/18 off 5 overs. Meanwhile Lasith Malinga of all people, was the top-scorer for Lanka, with 26 runs (scorecard).
Being put into bat, England began their innings on a diffident note with Malinga getting captain Alastair Cook caught behind for 5 off 3 balls. But new batsman Jonathan Trott, immediately smacked two fours off the same bowler to settle in. The other opener Craig Kieswetter and Trott were in the process of rebuilding when with the score at 35/2 in 7 overs, rain intervened for 3 hours, forcing a 32-overs-a-side match.
When play resumed, the batting duo upped the ante. But Lakmal soon trapped Trott in front for 23 off 24 balls and England had slipped to 53/2 in 9 overs. Then new batsman Kevin Pietersen and Kieswetter took England past 100 in the 15th over with the latter bringing up the landmark with a six off off-break Suraj Randiv. Soon afterwards however, Pietersen was sent back by Ajantha Mendis for 26 off 24 balls as the score read 109/3.
Morgan counter-attacked with a flurry of boundaries, but in the 21st over, lost his partner to Randiv for 61 off 56 balls. Then Ian Bell and Morgan took England past 150 in the 22nd over before Morgan was out to Lakmal for 45 off 35 balls. Soon afterwards, Sanath Jayasuriya sent back Bell for 12 off 16 balls.
Just after England's score ticked past 200, Tim Bresnan hammered Lakmal for three consecutive fours in the 31st over. But Malinga pegged the hosts back a tad when he got the wickets of Bresnan and Stuart Broad in the last over, as the hosts ended their innings at 229/8.
With 232 set as the target for Sri Lanka, the visitors got off to a horrendous start. England pacemen James Anderson and Tim Bresnan dismissed Tilkaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya for 1 and 2, respectively. The Lankans were reeling at 6/2 before there was more carnage, courtesy Anderson. The speedster got Mahela Jayawardene out for 5 and Kumar Sangakkara for 4, in the 4th over, leaving Lanka in tatters at 15/4 in 5 overs.
The slide only continued with Angelo Matthews gifting Jade Derbach his maiden ODI wicket for 16 off 16 balls. Sri Lanka were in dire straits at 41/5 in 12 overs. But the rot didn't end there. Anderson picked up his fourth wicket when he had Kulasekara mistime a hit to mid-on, leavingthe batting side at a hopeless 67/7 in 20 overs.
In the next over, Dernabach pitched in with another wicket, packing off Kandamby for 19 off 48 balls. At that stage, Malinga and Randiv tried to offset the pressure with a few boundaries. Malinga even brought up Lanka's 100 with a six off off-break Graeme Swann. But the spinner hit back to remove Malinga for 26 off 15 and Randiv for 24 off 27 balls. Sri Lanka had thus been bowled out for 121.