By Michael Stafford-Jones
- Adil Rashid takes 4-36 and Tom Curran earns 3-17 as tourists restrict Sri Lanka to 150-9*
- Captain Eoin Morgan top scores again with unbeaten 58 to guide England to victory
- He is backed up well by 41 from Jason Roy and 35 not out from Ben Stokes
KANDY, SRI LANKA – Superb bowling from Adil Rashid and Tom Curran sets England up for a seven-wicket win that gives them a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.
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Jason Roy – 7/10 – Played in a more controlled manner while maintaining his aggressive intent and his 41 from 26 balls set the tone for England’s chase.
Jonny Bairstow – 1/10 – Hit one ball to the boundary before gifting a simple catch to mid-off with a very loose drive.
Joe Root – 1/10 – Suffered a rare failure in ODI cricket when he completely missed a slider from Amila Aponso and the ball went through to hit his off-stump.
Eoin Morgan – 8/10 – Seemed totally at ease as he guided England to victory with a calm, fluent knock of 58 not out. He also made some smart bowling changes at crucial times.
Ben Stokes – 7/10 – Put the brakes on Sri Lanka’s scoring with a disciplined four-over spell that went for just 21 runs. He then found some form with the bat as he made a quick-fire unbeaten 35.
Jos Buttler – 6/10 – Had very little to do behind the stumps and was not required with the bat.
Moeen Ali – 4/10 – Only bowled one over which went for 10 runs and he was not needed when England batted.
Chris Woakes – 3/10 – Had an off-day with the ball as Dickwella and Samarawickrama attacked well against him. Not needed with the bat.
Tom Curran – 8/10 – Got the crucial wickets of Dickwella and Chandimal during an excellent spell of 3-17 which showcased all of his variety.
Adil Rashid – 8/10 – He stopped Sri Lanka’s momentum in its track with a fine display of controlled leg-spin bowling and deservedly ended with excellent figures of 4-36.
Olly Stone – 5/10 – His bowling disappeared to all parts of the ground in his first over but he came back well to bowl two tidier overs.
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Niroshan Dickwella – 7/10 – Got the hosts’ innings off to an exceptional start with an explosive innings of 36 from 20 balls. However, his team needed him to turn that 30 into a 70.
Sadeera Samarawickrama – 6/10 – Compiled a steady 35 from 34 balls during an excellent opening partnership of 57 in just 5.3 overs with Dickwella. But he also got out too early.
Kusal Mendis – 0/10 – Bowled first ball by Rashid.
Dinesh Chandimal – 5/10 – Steadied the innings with 34 after a flurry of wickets but scored a little too slowly when Sri Lanka needed more runs.
Thisara Perera – 1/10 – He was dismissed first ball by Rashid and then only bowled one over which went for eight runs.
Dhananjaya de Silva – 5/10 – Demonstrated skill and control during spell of 0-23 in 4 overs but he made just 3 when Sri Lanka batted.
Dasun Shanaka – 5/10 – His blistering cameo of 21 from 10 balls helped the hosts reach 150.
Akila Dananjaya – 6/10 – Bowled well during his four overs to finish with 1-33 and got the important wicket of Roy.
Nuwan Pradeep – 1/10 – Conceded 21 runs in two expensive overs.
Amila Aponso – 8/10 – He produced the best display by any Sri Lankan on the day as he snared Bairstow and Root during an excellent spell of 2-27 in 3.3 overs.
Lasith Malinga – 3/10 – He struggled on a pitch that offered him no assistance. However, his final three overs were a marked improvement on his first over, which went for 17.
*Match reduced to 21 overs per side due to rain delays.
The 4th ODI between England and Sri Lanka begins in Kandy at 5.15am on Saturday 20th October 2018.
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