Eoin Morgan has made half-centuries in every of his previous three accomplished ODIs
Second one-day worldwide, Dambulla
England 278-9 (50 overs): Morgan 92, Root 71, Malinga 5-44
Sri Lanka 140-5 (29 overs): Thisara 44*, De Silva 36*, Woakes 3-26
England win by 31 runs (DLS technique)

Eoin Morgan, Joe Root and Chris Woakes impressed as England gained a rain-affected second one-day worldwide in opposition to Sri Lanka in Dambulla.

Morgan (92) and Root (71) have been the one batsmen to move 30 in England’s 278-9, Lasith Malinga taking 5-44.

Sri Lanka have been unlikely to overtake that concentrate on after falling to 31-4 – Woakes taking three wickets.

Thisara Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva rallied, however Sri Lanka have been far behind when a storm curtailed play.

After the primary recreation within the five-match collection was washed out, England’s 31-run win – on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern technique – places them 1-Zero up with three to play.

The third ODI takes place in Kandy on Wednesday at 10:00 BST.

England’s maturity reveals on tough pitch

Joe Root is averaging 64 in ODI cricket in 2018

That England, who’re ranked primary on this planet, reached a aggressive rating was predominantly all the way down to the nous and ingenuity of their senior batsmen.

Each Take a look at skipper Root and white-ball counterpart Morgan performed measured knocks – the previous discovering the gaps and working onerous between the wickets, whereas the latter saved the scoreboard transferring with some extra forceful blows.

Root took accountability after the early lack of Jason Roy for a duck and was notably dismissive of Malinga, hitting the veteran for 3 successive fours early in his innings.

The primary was steered by backward level, the second pushed into the leg aspect and the third was an excellent back-foot drive by the covers.

The precise-hander was dropped on 48 by De Silva and capitalised to make one more half-century, the 29th of his ODI profession, earlier than he looped a forefront into the covers for 71 – a lot to his apparent frustration.

Morgan, in distinction to Root, was capable of finding the boundary extra often – placing 11 fours and two sixes in a knock which appeared sure to finish with the captain elevating his bat to have a good time three figures.

Nevertheless, Malinga obtained one to stay within the pitch and Morgan supplied a easy return catch to the Sri Lankan, who went on to decimate England’s decrease order together with his repertoire of slower balls and yorkers.

His dismissal of Moeen Ali – bowled for a first-ball duck – was his 500th in worldwide cricket.

Pacy Stone impresses

Stone took his maiden wicket in his second over in worldwide cricket

Morgan’s aspect are a settled unit heading into subsequent summer season’s World Cup on residence soil and it’s maybe solely in a single space the place they might tinker with their line-up.

Of their effort to discover a strike bowler of appreciable tempo, the selectors have introduced in Warwickshire’s Olly Stone for this tour.

And the 25-year-old impressed as he repeatedly clocked 90mph.

His maiden worldwide wicket was an attention grabbing one as he hurried Niroshan Dickwella with a brief ball that grazed the batsman’s glove on its method by to the keeper at head top.

Woakes, whereas not as fast, gained his wickets with nagging accuracy, expertly exploiting the help within the pitch which Malinga had earlier discovered.

Sri Lanka did get well from 31-Four and 74-5 to achieve 140-5, however they have been unlikely to problem England’s above-par rating and may have few complaints with the top outcome.


Henry Moeran, BBC Radio 5 stay in Dambulla

England’s rise to primary on this planet has usually seen the ability hitters grabbing the headlines.

In the present day’s win, nevertheless, owed a lot to the opposite sides of England’s one-day renaissance – specifically well-managed accumulation with the bat, canny bowling and excellent fielding.

Having stated this week he would drop himself if he thought it might profit the crew, Morgan confirmed why that notion is at present unimaginable.

His 92 from 91 was brilliantly paced in humid situations, and the very important glue in England’s innings.

With the ball, England look to have discovered an thrilling prospect in Stone. The Warwickshire seamer visibly unnerved the Sri Lankan prime order as he bowled at 90mph-plus.

And Woakes once more confirmed why he is so vital to this aspect. Three wickets – all caught behind the stumps – have been the product of high quality seam bowling on a floor not conducive to lateral motion.

Stone impresses Anderson – response

England Take a look at bowler James Anderson on The Cricket Social: “I used to be actually impressed with Olly Stone.

“His first ball was an absolute jaffa that seamed away from the left-hander. For somebody to point out that quantity of confidence within the first recreation wherein they’ve bowled, when there are going to be nerves, was actually spectacular.

“All of us knew he had good tempo however if you cannot hit the fitting areas and bother batsmen then it isn’t that efficient. However he was actually efficient at this time.

“Though Chris Woakes obtained three wickets, I believed Stone was the decide of the bowlers.

“It is a actually good signal for England to have that choice after which additionally know they have the likes of Liam Plunkett, Mark Wooden, Tom Curran and Sam Curran and David Willey.”

England captain Eoin Morgan, talking to BBC Sport: “It has been irritating since we arrived due to the climate but it surely’s satisfying to get a outcome. We weren’t at our greatest at this time, which is comprehensible, however to get a win whenever you’re not at your finest is a optimistic.

“Kind just isn’t one thing which comes simply to me. I be ok with my recreation in the mean time although. I by no means really get off to a very good begin however having someone like Joe Root on the different finish retaining issues below management is a large assist.”

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal: “Credit score to England, they performed some excellent cricket particularly when bowling. We competed very well when bowling, and aside from the primary seven or eight overs when batting we competed very well. The power within the discipline was good to see, and was a plus level at this time.

“We’re all the time gifting away three or 4 wickets, and that is an space we now have to enhance in as a unit, as a result of that was a successful goal.”


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