Chris Jordan, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell (Left-Right) celebrate after securing a victory in the first ODI. Getty Images

England host Sri Lanka at the Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street, for the second One-Day International (ODI) game scheduled between the two sides on Sunday.

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The match is set to begin at 10:30am 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.


England registered an 81-run victory by Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) Method as rain played spoilsport during the first ODI on Thursday. Home captain Alastair Cook lost the toss and the hosts were put in to bat first.

Ian Bell and Gary Ballance starred with the bat as both the top-order batsmen scored half-centuries knocking 50 and 64 respectively. England had lost two wickets in Cook and Bell before rain forced the game to halt in the 21<sup>st over. The game was then reduced to 39 overs and once play resumed, Joe Root put in a cameo display adding 45 runs from 41 balls.

Peter Moores' side lost six wickets in total before Jos Buttler and Chris Jordan started smashing the ball beyond the boundary lines. The duo remained unbeaten till the end with the former scoring 26 runs while the latter boasted a strike-rate of 292.30, courtesy of his knock of 38 runs from 13 deliveries.

Sachithra Senanayake was the only bright performer for Sri Lanka with the ball as he conceded just 30 runs after bowling eight overs, taking three wickets in the process.

England scored 247 runs but the target for the Lankans was adjusted to 259 owing to the D/L Method. The visitors started poorly and lost opener Lahiru Thirimanne in the first over without adding a single run.

No Lankan batsmen managed to last longer than the 44-run partnership between Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene. They scored 33 and 35 runs respectively while Skipper Angleo Mathews was their third highest run-getter with 18 runs.

Kumar Sangakkara
A dejected Kumar Sangakkara walks back to the pavilion after being bowled by Harry Gurney after adding just eight runs. Getty Images

Marvan Atapattu's side collapsed after adding just 144 runs in 27.5 overs thus ensuring England take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

James Tredwell and Jordan shared six wickets evenly between themselves, Harry Gurney scalped two as James Anderson and Ravi Bopara added one wicket each to their names.

Although the Sri Lankans could blame the rains for interrupting play their performance lacked the necessary spark to edge out the home side. Mathews will be hoping that his side can put up a tougher challenge and bounce back with a victory in the second match to draw level in the series.

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Probable Lineup: Alastair Cook (c), Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Ravi Bopara, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, James Anderson, Harry Gurney

Sri Lanka

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