Revitalised top order powers Sri Lanka to 366-6

Interruption of innings Sri Lanka 366 for 6 (Dickwella 95, Chandimal 80, Mendis 56, Samarawickrama 54) v England
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] The improved batting performance has helped Sri Lanka achieve its highest ODI score in 29 months and 62 games and its ODI total higher than ever against England.

Making the most of a very good hitting surface and an attack from England with little force. Sri Lanka looted 366 to give themselves a good chance of a first victory in six completed ODI. It is their highest total in this format, as they scored 377 against Ireland in June 2016 and only the second time they have exceeded 300 in their most recent 31 ODIs.

Given a good start from Niroshan Dickwella and Sadeera Samarawickrama, who provided Sri The first opening of the century in Lanka since July 2017, Kusal Mendis then hit its first half century since June 2017 (it makes 24 ODI entries) before that Dinesh Chandimal made his first half ODI in 18 innings. Although they do not yet have an ODI centurion this year, this was the first time since 1998 that each of the four best of Sri Lanka exceeded 50 in the same ODI entries.

While Dickwella contributed to the entries, he has threatened all the series and Samarawickrama produced his first half-century ODI was, perhaps, the form of Mendis that may be more relevant. He is expected to play a crucial role in the series of tests, but came into this game with a result of 0, 0, 0 and 5 in his four most recent entries in ODI.

As it was, he hit the ball admirably clean by hitting six of the sixes, which include two striking units over Ben Stokes' head and two in Tom Curran's successive deliveries, reaching 50 from just 30 balls.

It can also be an important possibility for Chandimal. His batting battles at the pace required in ODI's modern cricket have been a hallmark of his recent innings, but here he reached 50 at an attack rate better than a ball run for the first time since The Oval in June 2016. final his score of 80 was the highest in ODI cricket since August 2016.

England, however, will regret a couple of missed opportunities. Chandimal was lost twice on the field before reaching 10: once when Tom Curran missed a relatively simple opportunity in the deep midwicket in 6 and once when Mark Wood, in the third man, failed to grasp a more difficult opportunity in a reverse sweep. Moeen Ali was the unlucky bowler on both occasions. Later, at the completion of the tickets, Moeen also had a direct opportunity offered by Akila Dananjaya of Tom Curran.

England also lost to Chris Woakes. Entering the final match of this series with an undeniable advantage of 3-0, they opted to provide opportunities to three men who had not yet participated in this tour. Then, Woakes, his best seamstress, Eoin Morgan, his captain and best runner in the series, and Olly Stone, were Sam Curran, who played an international game with his brother Tom for the first time (it was also the first time that brothers had played international cricket together for England since Adam and Ben Hollioake did it for the last time in 1999) – Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood.

No one will particularly enjoy the experience or find it particularly useful for their chances of selecting the world cup. Sam Curran granted four limits in his second win, including three in the succession of admirably aggressive Samarawickrama, who drove sweetly both on the field and on his own, and, like his brother, granted over seven years along his spell [19659005] Plunkett, meanwhile, looked a bit rusty: his average pace was reduced to less than 80 mph (to be fair, he threw a few cutters in an attempt to contain the flow of races) in a spell that cost 8.80 runs Consecutive While Wood played at a decent pace, he played at 90 mph at times, conceding five widths and seven limits when Sri Lanka rediscovered his fluency dramatically.

England batting has led ODI cricket in the last two years, but without Morgan or Jonny Bairstow (who is injured), they have left a mountain to climb here


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