England beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets

JOHANNESBURG: England have won their first match in the Champions Trophy 2009, defeating Sri Lanka by six wickets here at the New Wanderors Stadium on Friday.

Chasing 213, England achieved the winning target in 45 overs as Eion Morgan emerged top scorer with an unbeaten 62.

Other main scorers were Paul Collingwood (46) and Owais Shah (44).

Earlier, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 212 after England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and opted for fielding.

Sri Lanka were in trouble right from the beginning as their four top-order batsmen returned to pavilion for only 17 runs on the board.

However, Thilan Samaraweera (30) and Thilina Kandamby (53) came to rescue and added 64 runs for the fifth wicket and after Samaraweera departed at 81, Angelo Mathews joined Kandamby and they also added 82 runs for the sixth wicket.

Mathews made 52 but the remaining four wickets fell for 49 runs and Sri Lanka were all out for 212 in 47.3 overs.

For England, pace bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad captured three wickets for 20 and 49 runs, respectively while Graham Onions claimed two for 58.


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