Cricket: English team seize first victory in series

Cricket: English team seize first victory in series

Cricket: English team seize first victory in series

Written by Staff Writer

04 Dec, 2014 | 8:31 am

Joe Root and Jos Buttler carried England to a much-needed five-wicket victory in the third one-day international against Sri Lanka.

Chasing 236 in 35 overs, as rain inturrupted play early on, England were wobbling on 152-5 despite a good start by Moeen Ali and Alastair Cook. But Root, 48 not out and Buttler who was 55 not out shared 84 in 10.3 overs to see England home with eight balls to spare.

Sri Lanka, who lead the seven-match series 2-1, earlier reached 242-8, with Lahiru Thirimanne making 62 not out.

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That came after Kumar Sangakkara compiled 63 to become only the fourth man to pass 13,000 runs in one-day internationals.

The win – only England’s eighth in the past 23 completed ODIs against Test-playing sides – will slightly ease the pressure on captain Cook, who faced calls to stand down after a heavy defeat in the second match.

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