Manchester - Chris Jordan has led England's attack as they bowled out Sri Lanka for
just 67 on the way to completing a crushing 10-wicket win in the third
one-day international at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
paceman took a career-best five wickets for 29 runs as England, after
fit-again captain Alastair Cook won the toss in overcast conditions,
dismissed Sri Lanka in just 24 overs.
Cook (30 not out) and Ian
Bell (41 not out), then made easy work of their meagre target, although
left-hander Cook was dropped on 12 at square leg by Sachitra Senanayake.
finished the day/night match with a straight six off left-arm spinner
Rangana Herath as England, now 2-1 up in this five-match series, hit
back just three days after being bowled out for 99 during Sri Lanka's
157-run win at Chester-le-Street. "The lads came out firing, desperate to prove a point today, and we did that," Cook told Sky Sports.
we got the chance Jords really hit the mark," explained the left-handed
opener, who missed the second ODI with a groin strain.
added: "It was really emphatic today and, after we lost at Durham, we
wanted to fight back hard. We were surprised at how quickly we won but
"Playing international cricket fires me up and it was nice to get one over on them today."
Lanka captain Angelo Mathews slammed his side's top order, saying: "The
poor shot selection was the main reason why we only got 67."
However, he added: "The English team is hard to beat on home soil but I've got the team to do it."
Sangakkara top-scored for Sri Lanka with 13 in an innings where the
only other batsmen to make it into double figures were Mahela
Jayawardene (12) and Mathews (11).
The tourists lost their last six wickets for nine runs in six overs.
Lanka's total was their third lowest at this level, following the 43
they made against South Africa at Paarl in 2012 and 55 against the West
Indies at Sharjah in 1986.
It was also their lowest in England,
with their previous worst in the country also coming at Old Trafford
when, as a non-Test nation, they made 86 against eventual champions the
West Indies at the inaugural World Cup in 1975.
Heavy cloud cover
favoured England's attack but conditions alone could not explain how Sri
Lanka were bowled out on Wednesday with a mammoth 26 overs remaining.
Anderson, on his Lancashire home ground, got England going with an
opening burst of two wickets for no runs in five balls, with both
Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lahiru Thirimanne caught behind by his county
colleague Jos Buttler.
Dilshan was undone by an especially good delivery which cut back into him, Buttler taking a well-judged catch.
Sangakkara was caught behind off Jordan and the Sussex star then had Dinesh Chandimal taken at short extra-cover by Bell.
it was off-spinner James Tredwell who, with his first ball, took the
prize wicket of Jayawardene when the right-hander was plumb lbw on the
Mathews was then caught behind off Jordan, who in his
12th match at this level was well on the way to surpassing his previous
best of three for 25 in England's series-opening 81-run win against Sri
Lanka at The Oval last week.
The exit of Mathews was the cue for a flurry of wickets, that included a direct hit run out by Ravi Bopara.
Barbados-born Jordan, 25, appropriately wrapped up proceedings when he had last man Lasith Malinga lbw for two.
The series continues at Lord's on Saturday before concluding at Edgbaston on June 3.
England: 73-0 (Ian Bell 41 not out, Alastair Cook 30 not out)
Sri Lanka: 67 all out (Kumar Sangakkara 13; Chris Jordan 5-29, James Tredwell 2-2, James Anderson 2-10)