England produced the perfect response to their humiliating defeat at Durham as they beat Sri Lanka by ten wickets at Old Trafford on Wednesday to take a 2-1 lead in their five-match one-day international series.
The hosts had been bundled out for 99 as they slumped to a shambolic 157-run loss at Chester-le-Street on Sunday, but this time it was the tourists who were skittled, managing just 67 as a rejuvenated England set the platform for a comprehensive victory.
Chris Jordan (5-29) took centre stage with five wickets, while James Anderson and James Tredwell chipped in with two apiece as Sri Lanka lasted a mere 24 overs in posting their third lowest ODI total.
From there it always appeared a facile task and, although Cook (30 not out) rode his luck at times, he and opening partner Ian Bell (41 not out) got England over the line without loss in a little over 12 overs.
Having won the toss and inserted the opposition in testing, overcast conditions, returning England skipper Alastair Cook must have hoped his seam bowlers would do some early damage, but possibly could not have imagined just quite how much.
Lancashire duo Anderson and Jos Buttler set the tone on their home ground as they combined to remove opening duo Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lahiru Thirimanne inside the first five overs.
Dilshan (two) was first to depart as he got a thin inside edge on an excellent delivery that nipped back, while Thirimanne (seven) top-edged through to the wicketkeeper after giving Anderson the charge.
Jordan joined the party when he too induced an edge from a driving Kumar Sangakkara who departed having top-scored with 13 - Buttler again doing the necessary behind the stumps.
Dinesh Chandimal offered Bell a sharp chance at cover which he pouched to give Jordan his second victim and the Sri Lankans were in complete disarray when Mahela Jayawardene (12) was trapped in front by Tredwell having got in a surprising tangle to a slow-turning straight ball.
Buttler snaffled his fourth catch of the innings as Angelo Mathews departed after the fourth umpire upheld the on-field decision that he had feathered a Jordan delivery, while Ravi Bopara produced a smart piece of fielding to run out Ashan Priyanjan as the tourists slumped to 65-7.
From there the end was swift in coming as Jordan removed Nuwan Kulasekara and substitute fielder Chris Woakes ran around the boundary to take a smart catch to account for Sachithra Senanayake as Tredwell claimed his second scalp.
Fittingly it was Jordan who brought the curtain down as he pinned a retreating Lasith Malinga leg before for just two as Sri Lanka's tame collapse was confirmed.
In their reply, England's biggest worry always appeared to be disruption from the inclement Manchester weather, but any heavy rain held off as they were able to coast to their target with ease.
Cook was dropped by Senanayake at square leg when 12 after an uppish pull off Malinga and then survived a review shortly afterwards when Senanayake's spin caught him back on his crease.
But they proved the only alarms as England clinched a morale-boosting victory, sealed in fine style by Bell who capped off a sprightly and elegant knock by lofting Rangana Herath for six.