Eoin Morgan led from the front as England register a comfortable 31-run win on Duckworth Lewis-Stern method against Sri Lanka in the second ODI of the five-match series in Dambulla on Saturday. The day started with the home side winning the toss and opting to field first.
That decision seemed a correct one early on as the visitors lost in-form Jason Roy on the fourth ball of the match. From there on, it was all England show as they bounced back in style, first with a 72-run partnership for the second wicket between Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, and then 68-run partnership for the third-wicket between Root and Morgan as the Three Lions looked set to post more than 300 runs on the board.
But a flurry of wickets in the later stages of the innings caused by veteran pacer Lasith Malinga helped the home side in restricting England to 278 runs from their 50 overs. Morgan finished the innings with the top score of 92 off 91 balls with the help of 11 fours and two sixes, whereas Root scored 71 off 83 balls with the help of six fours. For the home side, Malinga was the star of the show as he finished with figures of five for 44 in his 10 overs.
The Three Lions register 31-run win on DLS method to take 1-0 lead in five-match series
In reply, Sri Lanka had a horrid beginning as they lost first four wickets for just 31 runs inside the first nine overs.A 43-run partnership for the fifth-wicket between Kusal Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva gave momentum to the innings, and a 66-run unbeaten partnership for the sixth-wicket between De Silva and Thisara Perera gave the home side more than just a sniff in the game. But all that effort went in vain as the rain interrupted the match which had to be called off eventually.
Perera finished the innings with the top score of 44 not out off 49 balls with the help of one four and three sixes. For England, pacer Chris Woakes was the star of the show as he claimed three wickets.