England v Sri Lanka Royal London ODI
Edgbaston would like to thank all supporters who attended the venue’s first international of 2014 on Tuesday, when it hosted the fifth and deciding ODI of the Royal London Series between England and Sri Lanka.
More than 15,000 spectators, including pupils from more than 100 local schools who received tickets through the Club’s new community engagement programme, were in attendance at Edgbaston to see Sri Lanka chase down 220 to take the series 3-2.
England’s Alastair Cook won the toss and chose to bat first, with the skipper and Ian Bell immediately making the most of a good pitch by adding 76 in 15 overs for the first wicket. However, after Edgbaston favourite Bell was removed for 36, wickets fell regularly for the home side who were all out for 219 in the 49th over.
Sri Lanka made a pulsating start with Dilshan and Perera adding 55 in just 7.2 overs. However, the introduction of Tredwell brought the wickets of Dilshan and Sangakkara, and when Perera left a ball from Anderson that struck his front pad, Sri Lanka were staring down the barrel at 62-3.
A partnership of 98 between Jayawardene and Thirimanne made Sri Lanka firm favourites, and even the dismissal of the former failed to wrestle the initiative from the visitors as they secured a six-wicket victory in the 49th over, which was bowled by Ravi Bopara.
A torrential downpour on the preceding evening, of 25ml of rain in just 15 minutes, and a mixed weather forecast had threatened the prospects of play, but Head Groundsman Gary Barwell and his team worked through the night to ensure that play could start at the scheduled time of 2pm.
England return to Edgbaston on 2 September for the fourth ODI of the Royal London Series against India. To purchase tickets click here or call the Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 1902.