Dambulla:Farveez Maharoof's devastating four-wicket spell and a quick fire 22 runs guided Sri Lanka to a massive 119-run win against England in the opening limited-overs match on Monday.
Maharoof accounted for Phil Mustard, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen and Alastiar Cook to give the hosts total control early, defending a competitive 269 runs from its 50 overs.
Earlier, Maharoof made 22 runs off just 12 balls to boost the team total.
England, without a one-day international win on Sri Lankan soil for 25 years, failed to put up fight.
Coming in as second change, the right-arm paceman lured debutant Mustard to drive to Lasith Malinga and then struck twice by forcing Bell and Pietersen to nick to wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara.
The two wickets in the space of two overs was the killer blow for England's run chase as both Pietersen and Bell were key batsmen for them.
Bell had scored a hundred in a warm-up game ahead of the series but was dismissed without scoring and Pietersen was out for just one run.
Maharoof missed a fifth wicket when he dropped a return catch from Paul Collingwood, the English skipper.
Collingwood, however, didn't last long, as he edged a delivery to his opposite number Mahela Jayawardene after making nine.