Jason Roy, Joe Root & Eoin Morgan’s blistering half-centuries guided England to a scintillating eight wickets victory over Sri Lanka to clinch the ODI series at the Oval stadium on Thursday.
After winning the toss, England captain Eoin Morgan opted to field first & the decision reaped rewards for England as Sam Curran struck twice in the second over to remove Kusul Perera & Avishka Fernando from the crease. Soon Pathum Nissanka & Charith Asalanka was sent back to the pavilion & Sri Lanka was left reeling at 21/4.
Dhananjaya De Silva & Wanindu Hasaranga together stitched 65 runs stand before Hasaranga was removed by Sam Curran. Dasun Shanaka & de Silva then stitched another decent partnership but soon their stand was ended by David Willey who removed De Silva for 91 runs & restricted him from registering his first ODI century. Shanaka too missed on his half-century as he fell prey to David Willey’s bowling & got out for 47 runs while trying to accelerate the innings.
Just one over after Silva’s dismissal Sam Curran completed his five-wicket haul across all formats by scalping the wicket of Chamika Karunaratne for 21 runs. Binura Fernando made a valuable contribution of 17 runs off 15 balls at the end of Sri Lanka’s innings before Sri Lanka finished their innings at 241/9. The left-arm pace duos of Sam Curran & David Wiley scalped all nine wickets of Sri Lanka to limit them to 241 runs.
Chasing a decent target of 242 runs was an easy task for England as its openers Jason Roy (60), Joe Root (68) & Eoin Morgan (75) the trio scored more than half-centuries to guide England towards a comfy eight wickets triumph. With this brilliant win, England went ahead to take a crucial 2-0 series lead in the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka. The third & the final ODI of the series between England & Sri Lanka will be played on Sunday in Bristol.
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