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England shock Sri Lanka in Champions opener

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  • Eoin Morgan leads England to surprise Champions Trophy win over Sri Lanka
  • Morgan hits an unbeaten 62 as England secure a shock six-wicket success
  • England achieved their 213-run target on a lively track with five overs to spare
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(CNN) -- Eoin Morgan steered England to a surprise six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in their opening Champions Trophy match in Johannesburg on Friday.

Morgan hit an unbeaten 62 to lead England to a deserved six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka.

Morgan hit an unbeaten 62 to lead England to a deserved six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka.

England achieved a 213-run target on a lively track with five overs to spare in the day-night match, thanks to Morgan (62 not out), man-of-the-match Paul Collingwood (46) and Owais Shah (44).

South Africa and Sri Lanka now have one win apiece from two games in the four-team group.

England were playing their first match after being thrashed 6-1 by Australia in their recent home one-day series, while New Zealand have lost their opening match in the group. The top two sides will make it to the semifinals.

Sri Lankan spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis, who were expected to keep the pressure on England, could not make an impact on a pitch which hardly helped slow bowlers.

England's win was set up by pacemen James Anderson (3-20), Stuart Broad (3-49) and Graham Onions (2-58) who bowled well to restrict Sri Lanka on a seamer-friendly track.

They were struggling at 19-2 when they lost openers Andrew Strauss and Joe Denly, but Collingwood put the innings on the right track with a vigoros counter-attack.

Paceman Nuwan Kulasekara did the early damage when he removed Strauss (nine) and Denly (five) in his sharp opening spell.

Collingwood then eased the pressure, advancing down the pitch to swing Kulasekara over mid-wicket for a six and then smashing the next two deliveries for boundaries.

He did not spare seamer Angelo Mathews, hitting two boundaries in an over and later swung Lasith Malinga for two sixes. His flourish ended when he inside-edged a Malinga delivery on to his stumps.

Shah was involved in two partnerships, adding 63 for the third wicket with Collingwood and 76 for the next with Morgan.

Morgan then batted steadily to see England home, hitting seven fours in his seventh half-century in one-day international matches.

Kandamby and Mathews earlier hit impressive half-centuries under pressure as Sri Lanka recovered from a horror start to post a competitive total.

Sri Lanka were struggling at 17-4 before Kandamby (53) and Mathews (52) led the fightback with an 82-run stand for the sixth wicket.

It was a rare sporting gesture by Strauss that allowed Mathews to resume his innings after he was run out.

Mathews turned Onions to square-leg and completed the first run before colliding with the bowler going for a second, with wicket-keeper Matt Prior effecting the run out after receiving the throw.

The Sri Lankan batsman stood briefly at the pitch before walking back to the pavilion, but Strauss called the batsman back.

Mathews, who was then on 51, failed to make the most of the opportunity as he added just one run more to his score before being caught behind off Luke Wright.

Kandamby added 64 for the fifth wicket with Thilan Samaraweera (30) and 82 for the next with Mathews.

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