England subsided to Sri Lanka in embarrassing fashion, losing the second one-day international between the two sides by 157 runs in Durham.
Eoin Morgan won the toss, standing in for captain Alastair Cook, who was rested after complaining of a tight groin. He put the visitors in to bat first.
They made a competitive total of 256-8 from their 50 overs, buoyed by Tillakaratne Dilshan's 88.
But accurate and penetrating bowling ripped England's reply to shreds.
|Sri Lanka Innings|
|Thirimanne||c Tredwell||b Anderson||10||36||37|
|Sangakkara||c Buttler||b Tredwell||40||82||67|
|M Jayawardene||run out (Ballance)||2||8||8|
|Mathews||c Bopara||b Gurney||30||67||35|
|Priyanjan||c Morgan||b Anderson||43||51||33|
|Chandimal||c Bopara||b Gurney||14||11||9|
|N Kulasekara||c Root||b Gurney||0||7||2|
|Extras||0nb 15w 0b 5lb||20|
|Total||for 8||256||(50.0 ovs)|
They lost wickets at regular intervals to slip to just 99 all out.
The emphatic manner of England's win at The Oval might have come as something of a surprise, given the team's recent loss of form.
But they appeared to have rediscovered some confidence going into the second game. Lahiru Thirimanne fell cheaply early on, but thereafter Dilshan found support in Kumar Sangakkara, although both had to exercise plenty of caution and discretion to survive.
Still, their stand of 96 looked to set up a strong score, and even when Dilshan's fine knock came to an end, the duo of Angelo Mathews and Ashan Priyanjan threatened to set up an impressive score.
250 ODI wicket for James Anderson - the 24th bowler to reach the mark in ODIs - first from England. #EngvSL— Cricket Record (@cricinfo_record) May 25, 2014
England's late wickets—Harry Gurney and James Anderson shared five between them, the latter passing 250 ODI wickets in the process—made it seem as if they had the momentum going into the second innings.
They did not.
|Carberry||c Sangakkara||b N Kulasekara||6||10||8|
|Bell||c Sangakkara||b N Kulasekara||12||20||17|
|Ballance||lbw||b N Kulasekara||5||17||7|
|Morgan||c Chandimal||b Prasad||40||87||58|
|Buttler||c Senanayake||b Mathews||4||10||6|
|Tredwell||c N Kulasekara||b Senanayake||4||11||14|
|Extras||1nb 5w 0b 3lb||9|
|Total||for 10||99||(26.1 ovs)|
Seamer Nuwan Kulasekara prised out the top three batsmen, Michael Carberry, Ian Bell and Gary Ballance, while Lasith Malinga bowled Joe Root to leave the hosts in trouble at 29-4.
Morgan remained, as did the batting talents of Jos Buttler and Ravi Bopara, but only Morgan could make any semblance of a score.
As the wickets fell around him, the Irish-born skipper posted 40 runs before holing out to midwicket.
But all he'd managed to do was to take England past their lowest-ever ODI total—86 against Australia in 2001.
It was some ignominy avoided, but not much, as Sachithra Senanayake collected four cheap wickets to finish off the innings in just 26.1 overs.
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