England vs. Sri Lanka, 5th ODI: Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJune 3, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 03:  Sri Lanka celebrate winning the series after the Royal London One Day International match between England and Sri Lanka at Edgbaston on June 3, 2014 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Sri Lanka held their nerve to win the fifth one-day international against England by six wickets at Edgbaston, claiming the series 3-2.

England chose to bat first after winning the toss, but lost their way after a steady start and were bowled out for a disappointing 219.

In response Sri Lanka wobbled early on, but Lahiru Thirimanne, Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews nursed the team slowly to the target.

The win is set to boost Sri Lanka up to second in the ICC's ODI rankings when they are next updated, but will leave Alastair Cook's men with plenty to think about heading into their two upcoming Test matches.

England Innings
Cook c Sangakkara b Senanayake 56 118 85
Bell c and b A Mendis 37 59 42
Ballance c and b Malinga 10 19 15
Root c Sangakkara b Priyanjan 10 16 11
Morgan c M Jayawardene b Mathews 17 28 27
Bopara b A Mendis 17 37 30
Buttler run out (Senanayake) 21 55 24
Jordan run out (K Perera) 30 44 42
Tredwell b Malinga 0 5 5
Anderson b Malinga 5 14 7
Gurney not out 0 2 2
Extras 1nb 12w 0b 3lb 16
Total all out 219 (48.1 ovs)
N Kulasekara 5.0 0 22 0
Malinga 9.1 0 50 3
Senanayake 10.0 0 36 1
A Mendis 9.0 0 50 2
Dilshan 5.0 0 17 0
Priyanjan 4.0 0 18 1
Mathews 6.0 0 23 1

England began in typically cautious fashion, Cook and Ian Bell putting together 76 for the first wicket. It was a confusing approach, however. They opted to take the batting powerplay early, and yet played it with almost no attacking intent. To make matters worse, they lost Bell to a simple caught-and-bowled to Ajantha Mendis from the final ball of the powerplay.

From there, England struggled to come to grips with the pace of the pitch. Cook top-scored with 56, though it took him 89 balls to compile it. Meanwhile, those around him got a series of starts, but none made a telling score.

The atmosphere of the match was charged when Sachithra Senanayake ran out Jos Buttler on his run-up. Buttler was repeatedly out of his crease, and the bowler had warned him once already in the innings before he made a formal appeal.

It clearly rankled England, but Buttler and his team could have little cause for complaint. In the meantime, the wickets continued to fall, and the innings came to a timid end.

Sri Lanka Innings
Dilshan c Root b Tredwell 28 30 23
K Perera lbw b Anderson 19 48 29
Sangakkara c Jordan b Tredwell 2 8 13
M Jayawardene c Anderson b Jordan 53 111 90
Thirimanne not out 60 155 101
Mathews not out 42 49 34
Extras 0nb 12w 0b 6lb 18
Total for 4 222 (48.2 ovs)
Anderson 10.0 1 33 1
Gurney 10.0 1 46 0
Jordan 8.0 0 55 1
Tredwell 10.0 2 30 2
Root 6.0 0 25 0
Bopara 4.2 0 27 0

Sri Lanka began brightly when they came to chase, with Tillakaratne Dilshan scoring freely en route to 28. But his departure sparked a wobble, with Kusal Perera and Kumar Sangakkara following cheaply as James Anderson and James Tredwell turned the screw.

Jayawardene and Thirimanne were left to rebuild, and they slowly but surely did.

The duo leant on their experience, with Thirimanne scoring at a gentle pace but rotating the strike with a series of nurdles. 

Chris Jordan collected the wicket of Jayawardene to give England half a chance, but with the required run rate manageable and finisher Mathews fresh to the crease, Sri Lanka remained in total control, getting over the line with 10 balls to spare.