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Last-ball six earns England tie

Sky Sports Sky Sports 21/06/2016
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Liam Plunkett smashed the final ball for six to earn England a thrilling tie against Sri Lanka in the first ODI at Trent Bridge.

Plunkett lashed Nuwan Pradeep over long-off as the hosts matched their opponents' total of 286 after Chris Woakes (95no) and Jos Buttler (93) posted a seventh-wicket stand of 138 to rescue England from 82-6.

Buttler's dismissal, the Lancashire star caught brilliantly on the boundary by Dasun Shanaka in the 43rd over with 67 still required, swung the game back Sri Lanka's way, but Plunkett had the ultimate say to leave the Super Series score 11-3 in England's favour.

Sri Lanka's batting effort hinged on a dogged 73 from 109 balls from skipper Angelo Mathews and a pulsating 28-ball 59 from Seekkuge Prasanna after England had contained the tourists to 59-3 during the powerplay.

Dinesh Chandimal (37) and Mathews rebuilt with a patient 64-run stand before Prasanna provided the fireworks, lamping four sixes in five balls en route to a 24-ball fifty and dominating a partnership of 68 with his captain.

Prasanna was caught and bowled by Woakes from the first ball of the 34th over, though, and Sri Lanka added just 98 runs from that point, despite a neat late cameo from Farveez Maharoof (31no off 30).

The tourists soon seized control, however - England reduced to 7-2 when Jason Roy (3) was pinned lbw by a Mathews in-jagger and Alex Hales (4) was caught at midwicket, and then 30-4 once Joe Root (2) snicked Mathews onto his stumps and Jonny Bairstow (3) pushed tamely to backward point.

Getty © Provided by BSkyB Getty Buttler's 42-run salvo with Eoin Morgan (43) repaired the damage slighty but the skipper then edged Pradeep behind to wicketkeeper Chandimal before Moeen Ali (7) chopped the same bowler onto his stumps to leave England's innings in tatters after 18 overs.

However, with Mathews off the field nursing a stiff hamstring, Buttler and Woakes launched a counter-attack, securing their 100 partnership from a mere 109 deliveries, before Woakes hit his maiden ODI fifty.

Buttler's exit, coupled with David Willey given out caught off a potential front-foot no-ball from Maharoof, left the home side second favourites, but after Woakes - whose score was the best in ODIs by a No 8 batsman - scampered a three from the penultimate ball, Plunkett found the stands off the last.

Eoin Morgan: "Buttler, Woakes, and Plunkett dug us out of a real hole - Buttler guided us through and Woakes played out of his skin - and to come out of it with a tie is pleasing. A performance like that, though, can mask what a poor day we had with the ball, in the field and with the bat early on."

Angelo Mathews: "We fell 15 or 20 runs short with the bat - we should have got at least 300 on that wicket - but we lost wickets at crucial times and had to push back our attacking roles. As for me, my hamstring is a little stiff so we will see how I am in a few days."

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