Eng­land lead as Woakes sinks Sri Lanka in rain-marred ODI

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Eng­land’s Eoin Mor­gan and Joe Root shone with the bat while team­mate Chris Woakes was on fire with the ball in a 31run vic­tory agaisnt Sri Lanka via the Duck­worth Lewis method in the rain-soaked sec­ond one­day in­ter­na­tion­a­lyes­ter­day.

Chas­ing 279 for vic­tory, Sri Lanka over­came Woakes’ triple strikes to reach 140-5 in 29 overs when heavy rain stopped play and Eng­land won af­ter the cal­cu­la­tors came out.

Mor­gan’s men go 1-0 up in the five-match se­ries which be­gan with a washout. The teams now move to Kandy for the third match on Wed­nes­day.

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

Ear­lier, Sri Lanka’s La­sith Malinga re­dis­cov­ered some of his old magic and claimed 5-44 to limit Eng­land to 278-9 af­ter the tourists looked set for a 300plus to­tal.

Mor­gan led from the front with nearly a run-a-ball 92, while Test cap­tain Root con­trib­uted 71. Eng­land lost Ja­son Roy in the first over but Root played with char­ac­ter­is­tic as­sured­ness, hit­ting six bound­aries in a flu­ent in­nings.

Root added 68 runs with Mor­gan, who ini­tially strug­gled to mid­dle the ball but soon got into a rhythm, of­ten em­ploy­ing the sweep and re­verse sweeps against the spin­ners.

Ak­ila Danan­jaya dis­missed Root but it was Malinga who de­nied the tourists a late surge, and Mor­gan his 12th ODI hun­dred, when he had the Eng­land cap­tain caught and bowled in the 42nd over. Malinga’s mas­tery was in full dis­play again as the 35 year old used the slower ball to good ef­fect and Eng­land lost five wick­ets for 36 runs.

He dis­missed Mor­gan and Moeen Ali off suc­ces­sive de­liv­er­ies and re­turned to re­move Woakes and Liam Daw­son in the same over.

Woakes then de­railed Sri Lanka’s chase with the ball. In his first over, he was hit for a cou­ple of bound­aries by Niroshan Dick­wella, but he replied by dis­miss­ing Upul Tha­ranga for a duck. The pace­man then ac­counted for cap­tain Di­nesh Chandi­mal in his third over and Da­sun Shanaka in his fifth and Sri Lanka could never re­ally re­cover from the blows.

This­ara Per­era (44 not out) and Dhanan­jaya de Silva (36 not out) tried to put the chase back on track but the hosts had lost too many wick­ets by the time rain in­ter­vened.

“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,” Chandi­mal said.

AP

Chris Woakes’ triple strike en­sured Eng­land were ahead of Sri Lanka by Duck­worth-Lewis method when rain halted play

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