By Michael Stafford-Jones
- Eoin Morgan makes 92 and Joe Root adds 71 to carry England to 278-9
- Lasith Malinga takes 5-44 to ensure England fall short of 300.
- Chris Woakes grabs three wickets to restrict Sri Lanka to 31-4 before Thisara Perera leads the home side’s resistance with 41.
DAMBULLA, SRI LANKA – Eoin Morgan leads by example as hits 92 to help England beat Sri Lanka by 31 runs (DLS Method) and go 1-0 up in the series.
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Jason Roy – 1/10 – Out for a duck: he misjudged the pace of a Lasith Malinga delivery and spooned an easy catch to mid-wicket. He took a catch in the field.
Jonny Bairstow – 4/10 – Played a couple of good pull shots for four but never fully settled and was eventually bowled by Thisara Perera for 26 from 40 balls.
Joe Root – 8/10 – Timed the ball beautifully during a composed innings of 71 from 83 balls that was exactly what England needed on quite a slow pitch.
Eoin Morgan – 9/10 – He looks to be in sparkling touch and he hit the Sri Lankan bowling to all parts of the ground during a characteristically inventive 92 from 91 balls.
Ben Stokes – 3/10 – Moved on to 15 in relative comfort before he was deceived by a googly from Akila Dananjaya. He did not bowl.
Jos Buttler – 4/10 – He looked all set to finish England’s innings with a flourish before he completely missed a full, straight delivery from Nuwan Pradeep when on 28.
Moeen Ali – 6/10 – Produced a tidy spell of 0-47 in ten overs but never really looked like taking a wicket. He completely misjudged the first delivery he faced with the bat – a slower ball from Malinga.
Chris Woakes – 8/10 – Ripped through Sri Lanka’s top order as he took three wickets during his superb opening spell. He made just five when he batted before falling to Malinga.
Liam Dawson – 4/10 – Got a wicket but bowled far too many short balls during his six overs. He made just four with the bat.
Adil Rashid – 4/10 – He only had time for two overs before the rain came but Thisara Perera still hammered him for six twice. Made a useful cameo of 19 not out with the bat.
Olly Stone – 7/10 – Caused the Sri Lankan all sorts of problems with his pace, bounce and control. He was rewarded with the wicket of Niroshan Dickwella. He also did well to stick with Rashid during tenth-wicket partnership of 24.
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Upul Tharanga – 0/10 – He was dismissed first ball by a good delivery from Woakes.
Niroshan Dickwella – 2/10 – Hit two boundaries – an elegant glance and a ramp shot – before Stone got the better of him with a vicious bouncer.
Dinesh Chandimal -2/10 – Made a steady start before chopping a regulation delivery from Woakes onto his stumps.
Kusal Perera – 6/10 – Took the attack to England’s spinners to help his team begin the process of rebuilding their innings with a quick-fire 30. However, he got out in disappointing fashion when he slapped a long hop from Dawson straight to Roy at mid-wicket.
Dasun Shanaka – 2/10 – Struggled to get going at the crease and then Woakes removed him with an excellent swinging ball.
Dhananjaya de Silva – 7/10 – Looked assured during a measured innings of 36 from 50 balls. He was still there when the rain came down and forced an early finish.
Thisara Perera – 7/10 – Launched both Stones and Rashid (twice) into the stands for sixes during a promising unbeaten knock of 44 from 49 balls. He got the wicket of Bairstow during his spell of 1-37.
Akila Dananjaya – 3/10 – Root and Morgan flayed his bowling all around the ground as he went for 64 runs in his 10 overs. However, he dismissed Stokes with an excellent googly.
Nuwan Pradeep – 6/10 – He did not bowl badly but ultimately did not threaten enough during his spell of 1-52 in 10 overs.
Lakshan Sandakan – 2/10 – Heavy hitting from Morgan ensured he was the most expensive bowler on either side.
Lasith Malinga – 9/10 – He bamboozled Roy, Morgan, Moeen, Woakes and Dawson with his clever variations to end with excellent figures of 5-44.
The 3rd ODI between England and Sri Lanka begins in Kandy at 10am on Wednesday 17th October 2018.
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