Adil Rashid’s brilliant spell and Eoin Morgan’s unbeaten half-century was enough for England to register a comfortable seven-wicket win against Sri Lanka in the third ODI of the five-match series in Kandy on Wednesday.
Due to constant rain, the match was shortened to 21-over-a-side game and it was visiting captain Morgan who won the toss and opted to bowl first.His decision seemed to backfire early on as the hosts registered an outstanding beginning courtesy 57-run opening partnership in just 5.3 overs between Niroshan Dickwella and Sadheera Samarawickrama.
But once the former departed, the home side started to lose wickets at regular intervals and only managed to register 150 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 21 overs.Dickwella finished the innings with the top score of 36 off 34 balls with the help of eight fours, whereas Samarawickrama and captain Dinesh Chandimal scored 35 and 34 respectively.
Visitors register seven-wicket win in third ODI of the five-match series
For England, leg-spinner Rashid was the star of the show as he claimed figures of four for 36, whereas pacer Tom Curran claimed figures of three for 17.
In reply, the visiting side also had a difficult start as they lost Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root at the score of 34 inside the first four overs.But from there on, it was all Morgan’s show who scored an unbeaten 58 off just 49 balls with the help of seven fours and helped his team in getting over the line with 15 balls to spare at the expense of just three wickets.
He was well-supported by opener Jason Roy, who scored 41 off just 26 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes, and Ben Stokes, who scored 36 not out off 24 balls with the help of one four and two sixes.For Sri Lanka, left-arm spinner Amila Aponso was the best bowler on show as he claimed figures of two for 27.