England lead as Woakes sinks Sri Lanka in rain-marred ODI
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.
Chris Woakes’ triple strike ensured England were ahead of Sri Lanka by Duckworth-Lewis method when rain halted play