Alastair Cook - Angelo Mathews
England and Sri Lanka captains Alastair Cook and Angelo Mathews pose with the trophy on the eve of the first game of the five-match ODI series. Reuters

England take on Sri Lanka at the Kennington Oval for the first of the five One-Day International matches scheduled between the two sides on Thursday.

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The game is set to begin at 1pm BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Live text updates of the game will be available on ESPN Cricinfo. Click here for the live streaming link.


Sri Lanka drew first blood in their tour of England with a nine-run victory against the hosts in the only T20 game played on Tuesday. Skipper Eoin Morgan elected to field after winning the toss and saw his bowlers concede 183 runs in 20 overs.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kusal Perera gave the visitors a strong start, smashing four fours and one six within the opening three overs. Following their dismissal, Kithuruwan Vithanage scored 38 runs in 26 deliveries while Lahiru Thirimanne added 40 runs from 32 balls to give their Graham Ford's side a healthy score.

But it was Thisara Perera's cameo that proved to be the vital contribution for Sri Lanka. His knock of 49 runs from 20 balls helped them set a target of 184 runs which England eventually failed to chase.

Harry Gurney was England's only economical bowler conceding 26 runs in four overs, taking two wickets in the process.

After losing Michael Carberry in the second over while chasing down the score, Alex Hales was England's only hope as his compatriots failed to produce the goods with the bat. The opener knocked 66 runs from 41 balls before being dismissed by Lasith Malinga in the 17<sup>th over.

Jos Buttler and Ravi Bopara were the only other batsmen to contribute more than 20 runs. The wicket-keeping batsman scored 26 from 16 balls while the latter remained unbeaten till the end scoring 28 runs from 15 deliveries.

England managed to score only 174 runs before running out of overs, thus handing the momentum to the Lankans going into the ODI series. Malinga took three wickets but Thisara Perera took home the Man of the Match award courtesy of his exploits with the bat.

England are playing their first ODI series on home soil this year and have managed to win only one ODI series on their travels which came against West Indies. Newly appointed coach Peter Moores will be hoping to motivate his players to bounce back from the T20 setback and give the home crowd some joy.

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Probable Lineup: Alastair Cook (c), Michael Carberry, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, James Anderson

Sri Lanka

Probable Lineup: Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews (c), Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga