Sri Lanka score competitive 269-7 against England

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DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka, Oct 1 (Reuters) Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene top scored with 66 to guide his team to a competitive 269-7 in the first one-day international against England today.

Sri Lanka chose to bat after winning the toss but were forced to graft hard on a slow pitch. The top order patiently laid a strong foundation with Sanath Jayasuriua (41), Upul Tharanga (40) and Kumar Sangakkara (38) all chipping in.

All-rounder Farveez Maharoof clubbed three boundaries in his 22 from 12 balls near the end.

England captain Paul Collingwood was the tourists' most effective bowler, claiming two for 44 from his 10 overs.

Graeme Swann, a surprise choice ahead of frontline left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, returned one for 47 from his 10 overs.

This is the first of five day-night ODI matches to be played in Dambulla and Colombo over the next two weeks.

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