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Images: Sri Lanka vs England, Champions Trophy

Last updated on: September 26, 2009 

Onions strikes early

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Graham Onions strikes the first blow for England as he finds the edge of Sri Lanka opener Sanath Jayasuriya

The perfect out-swinger from Onions saw Jayasuriya edging the ball and was snapped up by England wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

Eoin Morgan's unbeaten half-century helped England get off to a winning start in the ICC Champions Trophy after an emphatic six-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the Group B match at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, on Friday.

Morgan carried England home with his unbeaten knock of 62 from 83 deliveries, inclusive of seven boundaries, as England recovered after a couple of early wickets to coast to 213 for four in 45 overs.


Image: Graham Onions celebrates the wicket of Sanath Jayasuriya
Photographs: Reuters
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Anderson cripples Sri Lanka

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James Anderson was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with amazing figures of three for 20 in 9.3 overs.

The Lancashire paceman picked up the dangerous Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene in his first spell and came back to pick up Ajantha Mendis.


Image: James Anderson

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Kandamby rescues Sri Lanka

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Thilan Kandamby rescued Sri Lanka with a vital innings of 53.

The left-hander dropped anchor and was involved in two crucial partnerships with Samarweera, then with Angelo Mathews and ensured Sri Lanka post a fighting total.


Image: Thilan Kandamby

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England hand Mathews a lifeline

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There was plenty of drama to follow. As Angelo Mathews neatly played a ball on to the leg side for a possible couple, stumbles on to Graham Onions while taking the second run. Meanwhile Prior removes the bail much to the frustration of Mathews.

The Sri Lankan all-rounder stood in the middle protesting, only to be told to walk off. However Andrew Strauss shows sportsmanship and calls him back to carry on his innings. A run later, Mathews was caught behind off the bowling of Luke Wright. He scored a crucial 52.

Nuwan Kulasekara finished unbeaten on 17 from 24 deliveries as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 212 in 47.3 overs.


Image: Angelo Mathews

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