Sri Lanka’s Fernando fires team to consolation win

Chief Regulatory Officer at CSE Renuke Wijayawardhane presenting the listing certificate to Executive Chairperson at Renuka Hotels Shibani Thambiayah

COLOMBO, Oct 13, 2007 (AFP) – Paceman Dilhara Fernando bagged a career-best haul of 6-27 to help Sri Lanka post a consolation 107-run win over England in the fifth and final one-day international here on Saturday. Man-of-the-match Fernando’s maiden bag of five or more wickets in an innings came in eight sharp overs as England crashed to 104 chasing a modest 212-run target on a slow pitch in the day-night match.

But England had already clinched the series going into the last match by winning the second, third and fourth one-dayers.

“It’s fantastic to win the series (3-2). I’m proud of the boys as they adapted well to the Sri Lankan conditions after losing the opening match. Credit goes to all the boys,” said England captain Paul Collingwood.

“I was disappointed with today’s result although the bowlers did a good job. But we learnt a lot during the series.”

Fernando, 28, was superbly backed by veteran left-arm seamer Chaminda Vaas who finished with two wickets, including that of Kevin Pietersen for 28, to help their side win the battle of pacemen.

Alastair Cook (28), Ravi Bopara (16 not out) and Ian Bell (11) were the other batsmen to reach double-figures in a dismal batting performance.