Blazing Cook helps Eng crush SL

Published: Thursday, July 7, 2011, 10:07 [IST]
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Blazing Cook helps Eng crush SL

Trent Bridge, July 7: Hosts England pulled out all the stops in the fourth one-dayer against visitors Sri Lanka to effect a resounding victory by 10 wickets with 145 balls spare. In so doing, the hosts have squared the five-match series 2-2. After all the four English pacemen pitched in to shoot out Lanka for a meagre 174 in 43.4 overs (with James Anderson and Jade Dernbach taking 3 wickets apiece), Alastair Cook and Craig Kieswetter set about demolishing the Lankan attack. The former blazed his way to a match-winning 95 off 75 balls with ample support from the latter who put up 72 off 68 balls.

Winning the toss and opting to bowl first, England straight away had the Lankan line-up running for cover. In the first over itself, James Anderson saw the back of Tillakaratne Dilshan for a duck when he produced a late outswinger which picked up the batsman's edge on the way to the keeper. Sri Lanka were rattled again in the fourth and fifth overs, when Tim Bresnan had Mahela Jayawardene caught at slip and Anderson trapped the centurion of the previous match, Dinesh Chandimal, in front for no-score.

In the 9th over, Kandamby joined his team-mates back in the shed, when Anderson had him snapped up at slip for 6, leaving Lanka at 20/4. Then Kumar Sangakkara and Suraj Randiv set about doing the repair work, guiding Lanka past 50 in the 15th over.That's when Stuart Broad came to the party and ended his wicketless streak to have Randiv caught behind for 18.

Sangakkara and Angelo Mathers dug in their heels to take their side over 100 in the 27th over and pressing ahead. But in the 32nd over, England pegged back the visitors further when Bresnan caught and bowled Mathews for 39 off 49. With Ajantha Mendis joining Sanga at the crease, the score sneaked past 150 in the 38th over. But soon afterward, Broad had Mendis caught behind for 11, making the score a dismal 157/7. Then new-comer pace bowler Dernbach polished off the tail as Lanka folded for 174 in 43.4 overs.

In reply, Alastair Cook kicked started England's innings, slamming Kulasekara for three consecutive fours in the first over. Three more boundaries came off of the same bowler in the 5th over and two additional fours followed off Lakmal in the 6th over as England motored to 45/0 in 6 overs.Soon after England crossed 50, rain briefly stopped play.

But the interruption did little to dampen the spirits of the English openers who continued to slam-bang their way forward. Fours came off every over till England went past 100 in the 14th over.

Then Cook and Kieswetter cooled down a bit, but even so the runs kept ticking along without any problems. The 21st over turned out to be another bumper with the batting duo knocking two fours and six off Mendis as England moved past 150 in the 22nd over. A couple of overs later, Kieswetter fittingly finished off the match the match with a six.

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