Ambidextrous Kamindu Mendis enlivens England warm-up saunter

England XI 215 for 2 (Morgan 91 *, Root 90 *) expired Sri Lanka Cricket Board XI 288 (Chandimal 77, Moeen 3-42) for 43 races (DLS method) [19659002] Scoring card

Joe Root and Eoin Morgan attacked the confident and undefeated ninety in England's first game of the Sri Lankan tour, after Moeen Ali, Mark Wood and Ben Stokes shared seven windows against each other against a strong XI Board Board Sri Lanka.

Their collective efforts allowed England to sail to a 43-race victory at Duckworth-Lewis, after the rain and bad light prevented the game from reaching its natural conclusion. In search of a goal of 288, England finished with 215 for 2 after 35.3,

The new captain of ODI of Sri Lanka, Dinesh Chandimal, also took advantage of the occasion, spending 85 deliveries in the middle and batting 77 races in the process. Kamindu Mendis, 20 years old, was the other half centurion of the XI Board with 61 of 72. He also shook his ambidextrous turn later in the day, throwing shoots at Morgan left-handed and orthodox on the left. to the right, Root, while those two batters advanced through their uninterrupted stand of 174 races.

Board XI had a brilliant start to the day when Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunaratne starter produced a fifty-race endurance. But Moeen then claimed the first spoils of England, twisting two deliveries between the defenses of both batters in the space of three installments.

Kusal Mendis, recently retired from the ODI side, was able to achieve only 22 before becoming Moeen's third victim, leaving Chandimal to rebuild the 107-for-3 innings. Forged a 56-race stand with Kamindu for the fifth ground, before Root dismissed him. That Board XI approached 300 was also thanks to the company of No. 8 hitter Isuru Udana, who hit three sixes and three legs on his 40th ball.

England lost to Jonny Bairstow at Udana's bowling alley in the fourth quarter , and Jason Roy to Kasun Rajitha in the ninth, but Root and Morgan quickly took control of the situation, and visitors practically sailed thereafter. Morgan, as expected, was the most anxious of the couple to venture with big blows, with three six and nine legs in their 91 not out of 84 balls. Root was 90 off 92 with eight legs to his name, when the covers went on for the last time

England played his second warm-up of a day in so many days on Saturday, also in the P Sara Oval. [19659010]

source:- espncricinfo.com

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