Woakes delighted as England nick final-ball draw


England could not get the win but man of the match Chris Woakes was happy to share the spoils with Sri Lanka in the first of their five-match one-day international series.

Sri Lanka's tour of England did not start well in the Test series, with the tourists easily outdone, but if the first game of the ODI series is anything to go by, they will provide much stiffer opposition in the shorter form.

Sri Lanka set a tricky 286 for their hosts to chase down on Tuesday and looked good for the win when they had England at 3-17, but a stunning knock of 95 from Woakes - who combined brilliantly with Jos Buttler (93) for a 138-run seventh-wicket partnership - got England back in the game before a last-ball six from Liam Plunkett (22 not out) tied the game.

"It's great to tie after being in a tricky position," Woakes said.

"We were calm in that partnership, ticking over nicely. But when you are in that position you don't think too much.

"When you need ten off two you have to clear the ropes, and for 'Plunksy' to hit that ball like that was exceptional. I was struggling to find the fence."

Captain Eoin Morgan said he was happy with the tie after a poor performance.

"To come out with a tie is pleasing because a performance like that can mask what a poor day we've had. Buttler, Woakes and Liam Plunkett got us out of a hole at the end. Jos called on his experience and Chris played out of his skin," he said.

If the hosts were happy to nick the draw, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was desponded - particularly after such a strong overall display.

"We had the game in the bag for most of the overs, but unfortunately the yorker fell just off-line," he said.

"It happens, unfortunately for bowlers. All the bowlers bowled really well, we should have got at least 300 on that wicket. We bowled pretty well but were pretty poor in the field."

Mathews made a solid 73 with the bat before taking two wickets with the ball, only for a hamstring niggle seeing him miss out the rest of the game.

The tourists' captain revealed he was not sure about the damage done but conceded he was feeling "pretty stiff".