England’s Chris Jordan leads Sri Lanka thrashing with career-best haul
Chris Jordan 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.
The Sussex 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.
Bell 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.
“When we got the chance Jords really hit the mark,” explained the left-handed opener, who missed the second ODI with a groin strain.
Jordan 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 we’re happy.
“Playing international cricket fires me up and it was nice to get one over on them today.”
Sri 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.”
Kumar 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).
Published: May 28, 2014 04:00 AM