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Sri Lanka vs England 1st ODI 1982 Article

Read the article of Sri Lanka vs England 1st ODI 1982 - England tour of Sri Lanka 2-match one-day international series of the 1st ODI match first time played between England and Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo in 13th February 1982.


All-round display from Ian Botham's fifty with two key wickets and Graham Gooch's half-century, he held his nerve to England registered their historic first ODI win against Sri Lanka by a thrilling 5-runs, despite a fighting knock from No.8 batsman Anura Ranasinghe's fifty and take a unassailable 1-0 lead in a historic game of the first ODI.

Match Stats :
  • England's 5-run win was their second smallest victory by terms of runs in One-day Internationals after their 2-run victory against West Indies at Sydney in 1979.
  • Between Sri Lanka and England - This is the first-ever ODI match played in Sri Lanka.
  • Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo the 1st Sri Lankan venue to host a One-day international match and the 31st venue in the world to host a ODI match.

* Sri Lanka when last of their 45 overs came around, they required 12 to win, come the last ball face by debutant Ashantha de Mel, they needed a six to draw level and therefore, win the match because they had lost fewer wickets, Gooch the bowler, bowled by overpitching rather than bowling short, He conceded just 5-runs in the final over.


England scored 211 for all-out in 44.4 overs with top scorer by Graham Gooch struck 64 off 107-balls including 8-fours.

Ian Botham blasted a 60 off 51-balls, Geoff Cook scored 28 off 52-balls including 2-fours and David Gower hit 15 off 23-balls included 2-fours.

Sri Lanka best bowler by Debutant Ashantha de Mel - who claimed a 4-wickets for 34-runs in 8.4-overs including a maiden on his debut ODI match, Ajit de Silva took 2-wickets and one for Somachandra De Silva - Lalith Kaluperuma.

Sri Lanka scored 206-8 in in the alloted 45 overs with top scorer by Anura Ranasinghe hammered a 51 off 41-balls including 3-fours & a six with strike rate of 124.39.

Sidath Wettimuny struck 46 off 80-balls including three boundaries, Ranjan Madugalle hit 22 off 21-balls included 3-fours and Debutant Rohan Jayasekera - who scored 17-runs on his debut ODI match.

England best bowler by Bob Willis, Derek Underwood, Ian Botham each took 2-wickets and Debutant Paul Allott - who took 2-wickets on his debut ODI match.

Ian Botham named Player of the match for his all-round performance to took key wickets after smashing a quick-fire 60 off 51-balls including 7-fours and 2-sixes with strike rate of 117.64.