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England Sweat on Batting, Sri Lanka on Angelo Mathews for 2nd ODI

If there was any doubt over the competitive nature of the ODI series, it was put to bed by Plunkett's last-ball six that produced a sensational tie in the first ODI.

Cricketnext Staff |June 24, 2016, 2:47 PM IST
England Sweat on Batting, Sri Lanka on Angelo Mathews for 2nd ODI

If there was any doubt over the competitive nature of the ODI series on Sri Lanka's tour of England, it was put to bed by Liam Plunkett's last-ball six that produced a sensational tie in the first ODI at Trent Bridge.

It's difficult to get over such a nerve-racking finish to a game. Plunkett hit Nuwan Pradeeep straight to even the scores as the hosts needed seven off the game's final ball. But both the sides will have to gather their thoughts again before the second match of the series on Friday.

It would be wrong to say that England will be happy with the effort despite the end result. They got out of jail after being 82 for 6, thanks to Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes who ensured the chase of 287 was back on track with a 138-run partnership.

Besides skipper Eoin Morgan's 43, none of the top-order batsmen showed any fight, which is what worries the England think-tank.

Sri Lanka did all the hard work before ending up as the more disappointed team despite a tie as they would have looked to wrap up the game after removing England's top six batsmen for almost nothing.

Angelo Mathews led from the front with his 73 alongside Seekkuge Prasanna's pyrotechnics of 59 off 28 balls. The only thing their top-order batsmen would want to improve in Edgbaston is converting their innings into big knocks.

The visitors, though, will be sweating on the fitness of skipper Mathews who limped out with a hamstring strain during England's chase. It will only be known before the toss if he is available to play in Birmingham.

Besides making a half-century, he removed two England batsmen in his spell of six overs.

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