England 153 for 3 (Morgan 58 *) won Sri Lanka 150 for 9 (Rashid 4-36) for seven windows
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] England have taken a 2-0 lead in the series over Sri Lanka after victory in another rain-affected match in Pallekele.
An excellent bowling spell by Adil Rashid and Tom Curran's well-controlled variations led Sri Lanka to a total that always appeared significantly at par before Eoin Morgan organized a quiet and controlled race chase. The victory was perhaps even more comfortable than the margins: seven windows and 15 deliveries were suggested. Sri Lanka, which has now lost 32 of its last 42 ODIs completed, will have to win the remaining two games to square the series.
In many ways, this was a very difficult meeting to forget. With the launch delayed for more than five hours by the rain, the game was reduced to 21 per side and both grab the ball and retain the foot proved to be a challenge. Not for the first time, the madness, greed or despair (eliminate as appropriate) of scheduling a tour during the monsoon period was evident. Every day of cricket on the tour of England have been affected by the rain.
But an England team that is working hard to get rid of its reputation as flat track bullies will be encouraged by such professional performance in difficult circumstances. When their hopes in the Champions' Trophy were stopped in the semi-final stage by a skilled Pakistani team and a used window, England acknowledged that they had to learn some adaptability if they were to go one step further in these tournaments. They could not simply plunder vast scores on perfect hitting surfaces; they had to learn to win when the ball turned, sewed or even stopped.
In this regard, this soaked series can still be a valuable learning experience. While conditions are unlikely to have many comparisons with those expected at the World Cup in England next year, that ability to play a little more clinically, and the calm required to do so, is an adaptive ability. that will serve you well. .
There were a couple of nervous moments here. When the spinner of the left arm, Amila Aponso, opened the bowling game and made Jonny Bairstow deviate halfway and then skated one through the front press of Joe Root, England found 34 by 2 and faced the prospect of a nervous pursuit.
However, Jason Roy was so fluent and assured Morgan that Sri Lanka could never exert any pressure. While the hitters of Sri Lanka faced 53 point balls, England faced 37, managing to rotate the strike and find the breaches with much greater freedom.
And while Roy's impressive innings – he left the mark with a six in the middle of Lasith Malinga and pulled another out of Akila Dananjaya: it was over when Sri Lanka reviewed a scream for leg before, so good is the shape of Morgan and Ben Stokes, who achieved victory without Jos Butler, perhaps the best ODI batter in England, being required to hit.
Morgan has been fired just once on this tour, including the warm-up game, for a total of 255 runs, while Stokes remembered his best level. He left the mark with a seemingly gentle thrust that ran to the longest limit and then hit two sixes: one a Nuwan Pradeep scoop that would have pleased Buttler; the other was a blow on the ground in front of Aponso that sealed the game.
Sri Lanka started the game brilliantly. With Niroshan Dickwella hitting the ball perfectly, Sri Lanka hit nine goals in the first three, Olly Stone's first, which cost 17, included four of them, and ran to 55 without losses after five.
It was to demonstrate that High watermark of its performance. The next 16 standouts made only 95 runs and nine wingers, as they were lost to a disciplined team from England that showed precise control of their variations with the ball and continued to hit well despite the slippery conditions.
If Curran started the rot with a perfect slower ball delivered to the back of his hand (Dickwella's attempt to hit the top resulted in a comfortable catch for half the game) it was Rashid who inflicted the most serious damage . Striking with his second delivery, a good googly that cheated on Kusal Mendis, followed with the goal of Thisara Perera, whose attempt to get his first ball off the ground resulted in a ski-in catch, and Dasun Shanaka, who was also tricked by a googly. .
And, if the window of Sadeera Samarawickrama, who runs a horrible square-leg throw, owes more than a little to fortune, maybe Rashid deserved it for maintaining composure and control despite the wet ball and the good bat
Dinesh Chandimal's unconvincing innings – his 34 of 42 balls proved to be well at a good pace – ended with another fine fine from Curran, who continues to defend his inclusion in the England team. . They are the kind of problems that a team loves having a few months out of a World Cup; the kind of problems that Sri Lanka should dream about today.