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Sri Lanka vs England - 3rd ODI

Series: England in Sri Lanka, 5 ODI Series, 2018
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
Date & Time: 17 October 2018

England 153/3 (18.3 Ovs) RR: 8.27 | England beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Jason Roy lbw b Akila Dananjaya Akila Dananjaya lbw b Akila Dananjaya Akila Dananjaya 412632
Jonny Bairstow c Thisara Perera b Amila Aponso Amila Aponso c Thisara Perera b Amila Aponso Amila Aponso 4210
Joe Root b Amila Aponso Amila Aponso b Amila Aponso Amila Aponso 81010
Eoin Morgan (C) not out not out 584970
Ben Stokes not out not out 352412
Jos Buttler (W)
Moeen Ali
Chris Woakes
Tom Curran
Adil Rashid
Olly Stone
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 2, w 5, nb 0)
Total 153 (3 Wkts, 18.3 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
18-1 (Jonny Bairstow,1.2), 34-2 (Joe Root,3.5), 80-3 (Jason Roy,9),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Lasith Malinga4,0 0 39 0 9.75
Amila Aponso3.3,0 0 27 2 8.18
Akila Dananjaya4,0 0 33 1 8.25
Dhananjaya de Silva4,0 0 23 0 5.75
Nuwan Pradeep2,0 0 21 0 10.50
Thisara Perera1,0 0 8 0 8.00


So that is it from this game! Another truncated one and once again the English side come out on top. They haven't lost a bilateral series of 3-matches or more since 2017. They now can't lose this one also. However, the hosts can still level the series as there are two more games to go. The 4th ODI will take place on the 20th of October on the same venue at 0945 AM local (0415 AM GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

England captain, Eoin Morgan, suggests that they have improved as a team. Reckons that it is not easy waiting for the rain to stop. Gives credit to the bowlers and mentions about Stokes, Curran and Rashid. Says he cannot praise the bowlers enough for restricting Sri Lanka to 150 as they executed their plans well. On their batting, he says that they have an aggressive opening pair which looks to put the bad balls away. States that they just needed one partnership to take the game away from the opponents. Mentions that there is competition for places in the side which is a good headache.

Thisara Perera speaks in place of Chandimal who is ill. He starts by saying they got a good start by the openers but could not continue on it. Adds further with it being only a 21-over game they needed more runs. Admits they were 30-35 runs short. Reckons the batting line-up has to be blamed and they would hope to do better in the next game. He hopes Chandimal gets better before the 4th ODI.

Man of the Match, Adil Rashid, says he feels good. Adds the conditions were nice but the ball was a little wet. Mentions the googlies came out nicely as he has been practicing hard in the nets. Admits they do practice with the wet ball in the nets and it came in handy. States Morgan as a captain backs each bowler and it is his job to create chances and take wickets. Ends by saying he had a game plan and it came out well tonight.

The Sri Lankan bowlers did not have a lot to defend. Aponso did give them hope with a couple of quick wickets but none of the other bowlers were able to break through. Akila Dananjaya was played out smartly and the pace bowlers were attacked. Pradeep and Malinga both went for around 10 runs per over and while defending a not-so-big total, that is not affordable. Stay tuned for the presentation in a while.

The chase also began in brilliant fashion with the visitors hitting 17 from the first over. Bairstow and Root did fall in quick succession but Morgan and Roy first with a 46-run stand and the English skipper and Ben Stokes with another 50-plus stand took the away team over the line. Jason Roy played a flamboyant innings and was unfortunate to miss out on a half ton. Morgan played as the anchor and stroked a lovely unbeaten 58. He was well supported by Ben Stokes who finished the game off in style.

England now have gone 2-0 up in the series and have taken an unassailable lead, given that the first match was washed out. They have chased this average total down with ease. Their bowlers did an excellent job in the first half, especially after the Lankan openers got them off to flier. Tom Curran and Adil Rashid especially, the two finished with combined figures of 9-0-53-7 ensuring England head into the break ahead.

18.3: A Aponso to Ben Stokes, SIX! Ends it with a bang! Ben Stokes is nimble on his feet and also makes room. Gets underneath the length and tonks it over the long off fence for a biggie. ENGLAND WIN BY 7 WICKETS!
18.2: A Aponso to E Morgan, Pushes it to long on and gives the strike over to Ben Stokes.
18.1: A Aponso to E Morgan, FOUR! Welcome back into the attack! 5 more needed! A friendly full toss outside off. Morgan hits it through covers. No fielder in the deep and a boundary results.

Amila Aponso to roll his arm.

17.6: T Perera to E Morgan, Slower ball on the pads, Morgan tries to work it fine but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards short fine leg and the batsmen take a leg bye.
17.5: T Perera to Ben Stokes, Dances down the track and hits it down to long off for a run.
17.4: T Perera to Ben Stokes, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
17.3: T Perera to E Morgan, Clips it through square leg for a run.
17.2: T Perera to E Morgan, FOUR! UP AND OVER! Fifty for Morgan! His good form in ODIs continues. Back-to-back fifties for him. Also this is his 41st in this format. Short and wide outside off, Morgan cuts it over backward point and the ball races away. A gift to get to that milestone. Poor bowling with third man up. Morgan though, raises his bat to soak in the applause by the crowd.
17.1: T Perera to E Morgan, Shorter in length outside off, Morgan guides it through point for a brace.

Thisara Perera is called to bowl.

16.6: L Malinga to E Morgan, The dipping slower ball on off, it is a full toss. Morgan times it down to long off for a run.
16.5: L Malinga to E Morgan, Very full and outside off, it is driven through cover-point for a run.
16.4: L Malinga to Ben Stokes, Very full on the middle pole. Stokes pushes it to covers for a run. 50-run stand between the two comes up. They have taken their team to the brink of victory. Can they stay there till the end?
16.4: L Malinga to Ben Stokes, Slower ball down the leg side, wide given. Not been at his best today, Malinga.
16.3: L Malinga to E Morgan, Ball hits the batsman low on the pads. The batsmen have run through for a single. Leg byes signalled by the umpire.
16.2: L Malinga to E Morgan, Uppish but Malinga can't get down in time. It is full and on middle, Morgan tries to flick but gets a leading edge back towards the bowler. It goes past him and to the fielder at mid off.
16.1: L Malinga to E Morgan, A yorker, Morgan jams it out.

Lasith Malinga is in for another over.

15.6: de Silva to Ben Stokes, Dances down the track and hits it through wide mid on for a brace. 24 more needed in 30.
15.5: de Silva to E Morgan, Another one which is tucked through the leg side for a run.
15.4: de Silva to Ben Stokes, Works it with the angle through mid-wicket for a run.
15.3: de Silva to Ben Stokes, Lovely stop! Saves a run there. Stokes hammers it to the right of Dhananjaya. He dives full stretch and partially stops it.
15.2: de Silva to E Morgan, Eased down to long off for a run.
15.1: de Silva to Ben Stokes, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
14.6: N Pradeep to Ben Stokes, Uses his feet again but Pradeep bowls it short. Stokes chops it towards covers for a run.
14.5: N Pradeep to Ben Stokes, SIX! All the way! Amazing from Ben Stokes! Excellent piece of innovation! He first shows the bowler that he is stepping away. This makes Nuwan bowl on the stumps. However, Stokes then shuffles across and paddles it over the fine leg fence for a biggie.
14.4: N Pradeep to E Morgan, Dances down the track, Pradeep bowls a slower one. Morgan defends it towards point and takes a quick run.
14.3: N Pradeep to E Morgan, Outside off, guided to point.
14.2: N Pradeep to Ben Stokes, A bouncer on middle, Ben Stokes tries to pull but gets a bottom edge onto his stomach. The ball rolls onto the leg side and the batsmen take a run.
14.1: N Pradeep to E Morgan, On the pads, tucked around the corner for a run.

Nuwan Pradeep is back on.

13.6: de Silva to E Morgan, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single. 4 from this over, they need a few more tight overs.
13.5: de Silva to Ben Stokes, Another quicker delivery and shorter in length. Stokes pulls it all along the ground towards deep mid-wicket for a run. He is really hitting the ball with a lot of power.
13.4: de Silva to Ben Stokes, Sees Stokes come down the track and fires it short and into the batsman. Ben misses the flick and gets hit on the pads.
13.3: de Silva to Ben Stokes, Works it with the angle through square leg. It is in the gap and a couple is taken.

The physio is out and having a look at him. Brings out the magic spray. The spray has done its job and Akila is good to go.

13.2: de Silva to Ben Stokes, DROPPED! But that was hit like a rocket. More like the ball hit Dhananjaya's hand than Dhananjaya getting a hand to the delivery. Had to stick that one. Stokes comes down the track and with brute force, powers it back towards Dhananjaya. The bowler tries to take it but the power is such that the ball brushes his fingers and hits him around the shoulder area. He does have the awareness to look for the rebound but has no idea where the ball is as it lands on the pitch. Dhananjaya is in pain though.
13.1: de Silva to Ben Stokes, Slightly slower through the air on the pads, Stokes tries to work it on the leg side but closes the face of the bat a touch early. He gets a soft leading edge to point.
12.6: L Malinga to E Morgan, 4th dot in a row! Only 5 from the over despite going for a boundary. On a length around off, guided to point.
12.5: L Malinga to E Morgan, Another length ball on off, Morgan defends it out. So three dots after going for a boundary. One ball to go, needs to end it well.
12.4: L Malinga to E Morgan, On a length and around off, kept out.
12.3: L Malinga to E Morgan, Another slower one on off, the ball sticks on the surface. Morgan mistimes his drive back to the bowler.