England outclassed in heavy defeat by Sri Lanka - Cricket - Sport - The Independent

England outclassed in heavy defeat by Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 137-1 (17.2 overs) England 136-9 (20 overs)

Stuart Broad's reign as England's Twenty20 captain began with a heavy defeat as Sri Lanka coasted to a nine-wicket victory at Bristol.

Broad, leading his country for the first time, saw his side fail to capitalise on an 83-run stand between Eoin Morgan and Kevin Pietersen as they faltered to a disappointing 136 for nine.

The tourists, largely outclassed in a rain-affected Test series, showed their limited-overs credentials as Mahela Jayawardene (72 not out) and Kumar Sangakkara (43no) saw them home with 16 balls to spare.

England, meanwhile, saw their new era dogged by old problems as Pietersen's innings was ended once again by a slow left-armer and Samit Patel's international comeback left a sour taste.

Patel, two and a half years in exile due to concerns over his weight and work-rate, announced his return in dreadful fashion, looking at worst lazy and at best lethargic as he was run out for a duck at the striker's end.

Chasing a sub-par total, Sri Lanka milked 14 off the first two overs, bowled by a rookie new-ball attack of debutant Jade Dernbach and Chris Woakes.

The latter saw his second over leak 17, Jayawardene plundering two fours and a six off the first three balls.

Broad, looking to swing the momentum, brought himself on and was promptly taken for eight, including Sanath Jayasuriya's first four.

The 41-year-old became Dernbach's first international wicket in the fifth over, finding Pietersen at mid-off.

Jayawardene continued to fire, ensuring his side's powerplay total of 54 for one comfortably exceeded England's 33 for two.

Sangakkara picked off a handful of singles before taking two boundaries off the eighth over, an innocuous second from Patel.

His two overs cost 18 to complete an unhappy day for the Nottinghamshire all-rounder.

After 10 overs, the tourists had 80 on the board and looked comfortable.

Jayawardene moved serenely to 50 off 40 deliveries, finally showing the class that deserted throughout the Test series.

Seven runs off the 13th over, bowled by Dernbach, eased Sri Lanka into three figures as Broad's changes failed to alter the flow of the game.

Sangakkara flexed his muscles with a short-arm pull for four off Graeme Swann and Jayawardene deflected Woakes over the wicketkeeper's head as the runs continued to come with ease.

Broad returned with six needed and duly conceded them off his first two balls as Jayawardene deservedly picked up the winning runs.

The partnership between Morgan and Pietersen aside, England's innings - conducted without the dropped Ian Bell - was almost entirely devoid of inspiration.

Patel's comical dismissal and Pietersen's continuing struggles with left-arm spin were the most obvious focal points but there were disappointments throughout.

The decision to restore Michael Lumb and Craig Kieswetter - England's World Twenty20-winning opening pair - at the top of the order backfired almost immediately.

Lumb, who had not played for England since the final of that competition, skied one off Suranga Lakmal in the second over and Nuwan Kulasekara sent Kieswetter back soon after.

Between them they contributed six runs.

Morgan (47) and Pietersen (41) rebuilt impressively, scoring at a good rate to set the foundations for what should have been a much larger total.

Morgan was off the mark with a steepling straight six off Lakmal - and hammered two more maximums off successive full tosses from Thisara Perera.

Pietersen's knock occupied just 27 balls, with three fours and two sixes of his own, including another off the wayward Perera and a flat blow off Suraj Randiv.

Morgan had one life on 23 when Angelo Mathews shelled him in the deep.

The left-hander fell three short of his half-century, held by Jayawardene off Lasith Malinga, looking for another boundary.

Pietersen followed moments after England brought up the 100 in the 13th over, bowled by his first legitimate ball against Jayasuriya's left-arm spin.

There was just one boundary in the last eight overs as Sri Lanka's bowlers controlled things with regular wickets.

Patel's was the most needless, but Luke Wright, Ravi Bopara and Woakes all came and went without making an impression, while captain Broad was run out off the final ball of the innings.

News
Paper trail: the wedding photograph found in the rubble after 9/11 – it took Elizabeth Keefe 13 years to find the people in it
newsWho are the people in this photo? It took Elizabeth Stringer Keefe 13 years to find out
Arts and Entertainment
Evil eye: Douglas Adams in 'mad genius' pose
booksNew biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Sport
FootballFull debuts don't come much more stylish than those on show here
News
i100
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Kim Kardashian drawn backlash over her sexy swimsuit selfie, called 'disgusting' and 'nasty'
fashionCritics say magazine only pays attention to fashion trends among rich, white women
Arts and Entertainment
TVShows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Arts and Entertainment
Hit the roof: hot-tub cinema east London
architectureFrom pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
Travel
travel
News
The ecological reconstruction of Ikrandraco avatar is shown in this illustration courtesy of Chuang Zhao. Scientists on September 11, 2014 announced the discovery of fossils in China of a type of flying reptile called a pterosaur that lived 120 millions years ago and so closely resembled those creatures from the 2009 film, Avatar that they named it after them.
SCIENCE
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition attracted 562,000 visitors to the Tate Modern from April to September
art
Life and Style
Models walk the runway at the Tom Ford show during London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015
fashionLondon Fashion Week 2014
News
Kenny G
news
News
peopleThe black actress has claimed police mistook her for a prostitute when she kissed her white husband
Life and Style
techIndian model comes with cricket scores baked in
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week