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Fernando fires SL to consolation win

Paceman Dilhara Fernando bags a 6-27 to help Sri Lanka post a 107-run win over England in the final ODI at Colombo.

cricket Updated: Oct 14, 2007 16:05 IST

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 in Colombo 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.

England fast bowlers Stuart Broad (3-36) and Ryan Sidebottom (2-41) had earlier shared five wickets to restrict Sri Lanka.

Middle-order batsman Chamara Silva top-scored with a fighting 73 for his second successive half-century, but received little support from the other end. He hit nine fours in his 109-ball knock.

"It is nice to finish the series with a win as we played ordinary cricket in the middle," said Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene.

"England played really well and deserved to win the series."

Sri Lanka were strongly placed at 74-1 after winning the toss, but lost their way against England's disciplined pace-spin combination.

Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, who came in place of the injured Graeme Swann, conceded just 31 runs in his 10 overs while part-time spinner Owais Shah grabbed a vital wicket in the middle overs.

Sri Lanka put on 45 for the opening wicket in only seven overs, with Sanath Jayasuriya hitting two sixes in his 18-ball 26 and debutant Dilruwan Perera playing some attractive shots in his 41-ball 30.

But man-of-the-series Sidebottom ended Sri Lanka's early flourish with two wickets in an over, removing Perera and then Jayawardene for a duck.

Kumar Sangakkara (26) also failed to capitalise on the start. He looked like steadying the innings with Silva before being bowled round the legs by off-spinner Shah, but not before completing 6,000 runs in one-dayers.

Silva, who scored 67 in the previous game, kept one end intact before becoming the ninth man out in the 47th over, caught by James Anderson at third-man off Broad.

First Published: Oct 14, 2007 15:52 IST