Sri Lanka hold on to down England in first Twenty20

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Sri Lanka kept their nerve to beat England by two runs at the Rose Bowl here on Thursday in what was the tourists’ first Twenty20 international.

The visitors, dismissed for 163 after winning the toss, held England to 161 for five from their 20 overs.

England’s Paul Collingwood, with four for 22, returned the best figures in the seven-match history of Twenty20 international cricket but it was not enough to give his team a win.

Opener Marcus Trescothick then took England to the brink of victory with 72 off 57 balls including one six and nine fours.

But when he was alertly run out by wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara, England still needed 12 off eight balls. That became nine off the final over, bowled by paceman Dilhara Fernando. The target ultimately came down to five off one ball with Tim Bresnan, on his senior England debut, facing.

It was too much for the 21-year-old Yorkshire bowler, who finished on six not out with wicket-keeper Geraint Jones unbeaten on 14.

Arguably more concerning for England, was the ankle injury sustained by batsman Ed Joyce in only the second over of the match. Irish-born Middlesex left-hander Joyce, going for a catch at third man after man-of-the-match Sanath Jayasuriya uppercut a Stephen Harmison delivery, slipped as his right ankle gave way underneath him.

Sri Lanka, who had been 75 without loss, collapsed after a rapid opening stand between Jayasuriya (41) and Upul Tharanga (34), as Collingwood struck.

The Durham all-rounder, the hero of England’s 100-run win over Australia in the home team’s only previous Twenty20, at the Rose Bowl last year, when he took two for eight and top-scored with 46, saw his return Thursday beat England teammate Jon Lewis’s four for 24.

But it was Jayasuriya who produced the all-round heroics this time, taking two for 32 with his left-arm spin.

England were behind the rate at 92 for one at half-way, lost three middle-order wickets in quick succession, including Kevin Pietersen (17), on his Hampshire home ground, and Collingwood (five).

Approaching the finish, England needed 32 off 16 balls. Trescothick gave them hope with three successive fours off Lasith Malinga before falling late on.

Earlier, medium-pacer Collingwood revived England in the field when Tharanga played on. After Jayawardene was run out for nought, Collingwood had Jayasuriya lbw before he dismissed Russel Arnold and Kumar Sangakkara.

Scoreboard

Sri Lanka won toss

Sri Lanka

S T Jayasuriya lbw b Collingwood 41

W U Tharanga b Collingwood 34

*D P M D Jayawardene run out (sub/Dalrymple) 0

T M Dilshan c Jones b Dalrymple 2

†K C Sangakkara c Strauss b Collingwood 21

R P Arnold b Collingwood 7

C K Kapugedera c Pietersen b Mahmood 22

M F Maharoof run out (sub [I R Bell]) 8

S L Malinga c sub (IR Bell) b Plunkett 13

C R D Fernando run out (Jones/Plunkett) 3

P D R L Perera not out 0

Extras (b1, lb3, w6, nb2) 12

Total (all out, 20 overs) 163

Fall: 1-75, 2-75, 3-84, 4-84, 5-102, 6-117, 7-136, 8-154, 9-161

Bowling: Bresnan 2-0-20-0 (3w); Harmison 4-0-29-0 (2w); Mahmood 4-0-34-1 (2nb); Plunkett 4-0-37-1; Collingwood 4-0-22-4 (1w); Dalrymple 2-0-17-1

England

M E Trescothick run out (S’kkara) 72

*A J Strauss b Fernando 33

K P Pietersen c Malinga b J’suriya 17

P D Collingwood c J’wardene b Dilshan 5

J W M Dalrymple c S’kkara b J’suriya 1

†G O Jones not out 14

T T Bresnan not out 6

Extras (lb6, w6, nb1) 13

Total (5 wkts, 20 overs) 161

Did not bat: E C Joyce, L E Plunkett, S I Mahmood, S J Harmison

Fall: 1-59, 2-89, 3-109, 4-114, 5-152

Bowling: Perera 3-0-28-0 (2w); Malinga 3-0-25-0 (1w); Fernando 4-0-22-1; Maharoof 4-0-30-0 (1nb, 1w); Jayasuriya 4-0-32-2; Dilshan 2-0-18-1

Result: Sri Lanka won by 2 runs

Series: Sri Lanka wins the one-off Twenty20 International

Man of the Match: Sanath Jayasuriya

Twenty20 Int debuts: Tim Bresnan, Jamie Dalrymple, Ed Joyce, Sajid Mahmood, Liam Plunkett (England); all 11 Sri Lanka players

Umpires: I J Gould and N J Llong. TV umpire: P J Hartley. Match referee: C H Lloyd (West Indies)

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