Mor­gan guides Eng­land to vic­tory in rain-hit SL ODI

Cap­tain’s 92-run knock leads vis­i­tors to 278 be­fore rain forces a DLS de­ci­sion

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Cap­tain Eoin Mor­gan hit 92 de­ci­sive runs to guide Eng­land to a damp squib win over Sri Lanka with rain halt­ing play for the sec­ond straight match in their one-day se­ries.

Eng­land were awarded a 31run vic­tory on a faster run rate af­ter tor­ren­tial down­pour at the Dam­bulla ground.

The tourists scored 278-9 from 50 overs, with Mor­gan hit­ting 11 fours and two sixes in his in­nings, while Test cap­tain Joe Root made 71.

The um­pires stopped play with Sri Lanka on 140-5 af­ter 29 of their overs. This­ara Per­era was on 44 and Dhanan­jaya de Silva on 36 when play was halted. They put on 66 for the sixth wicket af­ter Sri Lanka looked in deep trou­ble at 74 for five.

Heavy rain was still fall­ing an hour af­ter the sus­pen­sion and Eng­land were given vic­tory un­der the Duck­worth-Lewis-Stern run rate sys­tem.

Only 15 overs of the first ODI be­tween the two sides was pos­si­ble on Wed­nes­day be­fore the game had to be aban­doned without a re­sult.

A warm-up game against a Sri Lanka Cricket XI on Oc­to­ber 6 did not start be­cause of rain.

“We have had a halted start in train­ing and the first game with the rain,” said Mor­gan.

“I wouldn’t say it was our best game. The bat­ting man­aged to scrape some­thing to­gether. We should have gone past a par score but ended up scrap­ing to that.”

Mor­gan and Root put Eng­land on tar­get to reach 300 but vet­eran pace­man La­sith Malinga took crit­i­cal wick­ets at the start and in the lower or­der to fin­ish on five for 44 on the tricky Dam­bulla pitch. He claimed Eng­land opener Ja­son Roy with the fourth ball of the day, bril­liantly ended Mor­gan’s in­nings caught and bowled and also took Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Liam Daw­son cheaply.

Malinga shook Eng­land, who slipped from 209 for four. Tailen­der Adil Rashid’s 19 runs off 15 balls helped raise Eng­land from 254 for nine to a re­spectable score.

Chris Woakes was Eng­land’s most threat­en­ing bowler, tak­ing three for 26 off just five overs.

Sri Lanka cap­tain Di­nesh Chandi­mal be­moaned the loss of his top or­der bats­men.

“Apart from the first seven or eight overs when bat­ting we com­peted re­ally well,” he said. “The en­ergy in the field was good to see, and was a plus point to­day.

“We are al­ways giv­ing away three or four wick­ets — and that’s an area we have to im­prove as a unit, be­cause that was a win­ning tar­get.”

The third 50-over match is in Pallekele on Wed­nes­day. Eng­land will also play two Tests and a Twenty20 in­ter­na­tional against Sri Lanka on the tour, which runs through Novem­ber 27.

(AFP)

Eng­land’s Eoin Mor­gan (right) plays a shot dur­ing the sec­ond one-day in­ter­na­tional against Sri Lanka in Dam­bulla, Sri Lanka, yes­ter­day.

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