Eng v SL live: Late slump undermines England effort, 5th ODI, Old Trafford

Trott helps England to competitive total but it could have been more.

Score (close of first innings): England 268-9 off 50 overs (Trott 72, Morgan 57; Randiv 5-42) Full scorecard

It was a typical one-day innings on the subcontinent. Only it took place on the newly-spun square at Old Trafford.

England powered out of the blocks in their NatWest Series decider against Sri Lanka, running with the momentum developed by captain Alastair Cook and Craig Kieswetter in the landslide victory under the Trent Bridge lights in midweek.

Having shared an unbeaten 171-run stand on Wednesday, they took 75 runs from the 10 overs of mandatory powerplay – the highest of the series – to make best use of pace on the ball. But as it got softer, scoring got harder.

So much so that the final 10 overs reaped only 40, and did not contain a single boundary. In fact, Cook and Kieswetter found or cleared the rope nine times in the first nine overs, while only five more followed in the final 41 from the bats of others.

England’s Achilles heel in ODIs has been exploitation of the batting powerplay and it was perhaps inevitable therefore that the innings began heading south from the moment that Cook took the bold decision to take it at the start of the 13th over. Five overs later, from a position of 83 without loss, England were 97 for three.

Nevertheless, even allowing for that period of drastic disruption, such was the initial impetus that Eoin Morgan and Jonathan Trott were able to resuscitate things without risk.

Only when their 118-run stand was terminated, in fact, was the vibrancy of the innings snuffed out by spin: Suraj Randiv rewarded for his adventure on the infant international surface.

Morgan replicated the mode of Cook’s dismissal when he ran past one from off-spinner Randiv and was stumped, having struck 57 from 60 balls. Trott also scored at a decent lick before deflecting onto the stumps from an attempted pull.

England’s bowlers will have taken note of the variation in bounce produced by recalled seamer Dhammika Prasad that accounted for Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen: the former castled by one that kept low and a lifter taking the edge of Pietersen’s bat.

The attack was minus Stuart Broad, however, after his Nottinghamshire team-mate Samit Patel was preferred. The pitches here have been bedfellows for spinners since the turning of the square through 90 degrees last winter.

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