England fail to cash in on Moeen flurry

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England captain Alastair Cook was a frustrated man after Moeen Ali scored the third quickest one day hundred in England’s history but his side failed to take advantage as they lost by 25 runs to Sri Lanka in the first one day international.

Moeen Ali needed just 72 balls to reach triple figures before he fell for 119 and although Ravi Bopara made 65, the rest of the middle order failed as England were bowled out for 292 in Colombo.

“Mo played a fantastic innings to get ourselves going, we lost a few wickets and you can put that down to a lack of match practice,” Cook said in the post-match presentation. “Obviously Sri Lanka are battled hardened.

“Over here if you get behind the run rate it is very hard to catch up and Mo played a super innings. We’ve got a lot of talent there. He showed us the way. It is frustrating we didn’t put the whole game together. This is the first game on tour but it has been happening for a while now.

“When someone gets the third quickest hundred you should win games of cricket, we showed a lot of good things in patches we are just not putting a whole game together.”

Cook was also quick to blame the lack of discipline which we felt was a big factor in defeat: “The first 10 overs we didn’t bowl as well we could,” he said.

“We dragged it back nicely in the middle overs and they could have got a bigger score than that.

“We thought 300 was a par score and we knew we would have to really play well to chase that down.

“Our wides cost us, we bowled 16 and if you add up the extra balls and runs that is an extra 30 and we lost by 30 so that’s obviously disappointing.”