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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: 17 October 2018

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

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So that is it from this game! Another truncated one and once again the English side comes 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 9.45 AM local (4.15 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 Dinesh 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 early wickets but the other bowlers struggled to provide the breakthrough. 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.

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 stitched in a 46-run stand and then English skipper along with Ben Stokes 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 a 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
6
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
1
18.2: A Aponso to E Morgan, Pushes it to long on and gives the strike over to Ben Stokes.
18.1
4
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
0
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
1
17.5: T Perera to Ben Stokes, Dances down the track and hits it down to long off for a run.
17.4
0
17.4: T Perera to Ben Stokes, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
17.3
1
17.3: T Perera to E Morgan, Clips it through square leg for a run.
17.2
4
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
2
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
1
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
2
16.5: L Malinga to E Morgan, Very full and outside off, it is driven through cover-point for a run.
16.4
1
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
0
16.4: L Malinga to Ben Stokes, Slower ball down the leg side, wide given. Not been at his best today, Malinga.
16.3
0
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
0
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
0
16.1: L Malinga to E Morgan, A yorker, Morgan jams it out.

Lasith Malinga is in for another over.

15.6
2
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
1
15.5: de Silva to E Morgan, Another one which is tucked through the leg side for a run.
15.4
1
15.4: de Silva to Ben Stokes, Works it with the angle through mid-wicket for a run.
15.3
0
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
1
15.2: de Silva to E Morgan, Eased down to long off for a run.
15.1
1
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
1
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
6
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
1
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
0
14.3: N Pradeep to E Morgan, Outside off, guided to point.
14.2
1
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
1
14.1: N Pradeep to E Morgan, On the pads, tucked around the corner for a run.

Nuwan Pradeep is back on.

13.6
1
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
1
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
0
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
2
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
0
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
0
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
0
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
0
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
0
12.4: L Malinga to E Morgan, On a length and around off, kept out.
12.3
0
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.
12.2
4
12.2: L Malinga to E Morgan, FOUR! But boundaries will be even better! Short and wide outside off, Morgan cuts it over point and the ball races away to the fence in a jiffy.
12.1
1
12.1: L Malinga to Ben Stokes, Slower ball to begin with but the length is a touch shorter. Stokes guides it down to third man and gets to the other end. England won't mind doing it with singles.

Lasith Malinga is back on.

11.6
0
11.6: de Silva to E Morgan, Quicker and outside off, Morgan tries to cut but the ball is a little too close to play that shot. He ends up chopping it to point. So two dots to end the over.
11.5
0
11.5: de Silva to E Morgan, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
11.4
2
11.4: de Silva to E Morgan, Another couple as it is slapped through covers. Akila does well in the deep but can't stop the brace.
11.3
1
11.3: de Silva to Ben Stokes, Flatter on off, this is punched through covers for a run. 100 up for England, they are doing this easily.
11.2
2
11.2: de Silva to Ben Stokes, Misfield but good backing up! This is on the pads, Stokes plays it with a straight bat towards wide long on. The fielder there runs to his left but lets the ball through his legs. However, Mendis from deep mid-wicket backs up and keeps it down to two.
11.1
1
11.1: de Silva to E Morgan, Fires it on off, Morgan times it to long off and takes a run.

Dhananjaya de Silva is back on.

10.6
2
10.6: A Dananjaya to Ben Stokes, On the pads, Stokes flicks it towards mid-wicket. He runs the first one hard, the fielder fumbles and enables the second. Excellent running. 55 more needed in 60 balls.
10.5
0
10.5: A Dananjaya to Ben Stokes, Dances down the track but Akila shortens the length. Stokes blocks it out.
10.4
1
10.4: A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Very full on middle, Morgan hits it down to long on and changes strike.
10.3
1
10.3: A Dananjaya to Ben Stokes, Flatter around off, it skids off the surface. Stokes times it to long off for another run. Singles will do in this over, especially after the last one being a good one for England.
10.2
1
10.2: A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Dances down the track and eases it down to long off for a run.
10.1
0
10.1: A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Flatter on the stumps, Morgan keeps out the good delivery.
9.6
1
9.6: N Pradeep to E Morgan, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total. 11 from Pradeep's first.
9.5
1
9.5: N Pradeep to Ben Stokes, Uses his feet but this time mistimes it towards mid on. They go for the run and the fielder makes it easier for them by fumbling.
9.4
4
9.4: N Pradeep to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Off the mark in style! Just a push that one but such was the timing that it races away. On a length around middle, Stokes stands tall and strokes it through mid on, the ball races away. Already an expensive first over by Pradeep.
9.3
1
9.3: N Pradeep to E Morgan, A little fuller than the last ball and a little bit closer to the off pole. Morgan chops it towards the keeper for a quick run.
9.2
4
9.2: N Pradeep to E Morgan, FOUR! A little too short and a little too wide and Pradeep pays the price. He cuts it through point. Akila in the deep makes good ground to his right, dives but can't stop the ball.
9.1
0
9.1: N Pradeep to E Morgan, Starts off with a back of a length delivery around off, Morgan punches it to covers.

Ben Stokes is the new man in. Also, Nuwan Pradeep is into the attack.

8.6
0
8.6: A Dananjaya to J Roy, OUT! Of nowhere! What a review. They went upstairs for a catch but get an LBW instead. They will take it anyway. Akila strays down leg, Roy goes for the sweep but cannot get bat to ball. It touches something and goes behind to the keeper. Dickwella takes the catch and puts in a half-hearted appeal. The umpire does not signal a wide thinking it went off the pads. Sri Lanka have a chat and take it up. The ball did go off his pad but when the third umpire checked Ball Tracking, we see all three reds. Big wicket for the hosts. The 46-run stand ends and the away side need more 71 runs from the last 12 overs.
8.5
1
8.5: A Dananjaya to E Morgan, The batsman has driven it through mid on. One run added to the total. Smart batting, follows the boundary with strike rotation.
8.4
4
8.4: A Dananjaya to E Morgan, FOUR! England dealing in boundaries. They are going about things very well here. Dananjaya gives this air on off, Morgan goes inside out and lifts it over covers. The ball races to the boundary.
8.3
1
8.3: A Dananjaya to J Roy, Milked through mid on to give Morgan the strike.
8.2
6
8.2: A Dananjaya to J Roy, SIX! What a strike! Tossed up ball in line of the stumps, Roy extends his arms with a full bat swing and smokes it over the long on fence.
8.1
1
8.1: A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Short ball down leg, Morgan turns his bat to the on side and picks up a run.
8.1
0
8.1: A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Wide. The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it. The umpire signals a wide.

Akila Dananjaya is back on.

7.6
4
7.6: L Malinga to J Roy, FOUR! SHOT! Full and outside off, Roy lofts it over covers. The sweeper hares to his left but cannot get near the ball. Boundary. Second off the over.
7.5
1
7.5: L Malinga to E Morgan, Driven to long off and they jog to complete the run.
7.4
2
7.4: L Malinga to E Morgan, Length ball outside off, played with an open bat face behind point. They manage to come back for the second.
7.3
1
7.3: L Malinga to J Roy, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They pick up a single.
7.2
4
7.2: L Malinga to J Roy, FOUR! Short ball on middle and leg, Roy picks it up early and pulls it through square leg for a boundary. They are keeping up with the run-rate.
7.1
0
7.1: L Malinga to J Roy, Length ball outside off, Roy touches it to mid off. Morgan is out of his crease to take the run but is sent back by his partner.

Lasith Malinga is back on.

6.6
4
6.6: A Aponso to E Morgan, FOUR! SHOT! Morgan is in the form of his life. Short ball outside off, Eoin punches the ball in the gap through mid off for a boundary.
6.5
1
6.5: A Aponso to J Roy, Uses his feet and milks this thorugh the on side for a run.
6.4
0
6.4: A Aponso to J Roy, Reverse sweep which Roy fails to put bat on ball. A risky shot which is not giving much dividends.
6.3
0
6.3: A Aponso to J Roy, Brings out the reverse sweep again. This time Roy connects but cannot get it past point.
6.2
1
6.2: A Aponso to E Morgan, Pitched on middle and leg, flicked towards mid-wicket for another run. 50 up for the tourist.
6.1
0
6.1: A Aponso to E Morgan, Darted full outside off, Morgan goes for the reverse sweep but fails to make connection.

Change of ends for Amila Aponso.

5.6
1
5.6: de Silva to E Morgan, Rocks back and pushes this along the turf through mid on for a single. England need 103 runs in 90 balls.
5.5
0
5.5: de Silva to E Morgan, Short ball coming into Morgan who goes back and gives it back to the bowler.
5.4
1
5.4: de Silva to J Roy, Short ball outside off, cut to deep backward point for an easy run. England rotating the strike well.
5.3
1
5.3: de Silva to E Morgan, Full and outside off, driven past mid off to get to the other end.
5.2
0
5.2: de Silva to E Morgan, Played to the mid-wicket region by EM.
5.1
4
5.1: de Silva to E Morgan, FOUR! SWEET! Full and on off, it was there to be hit, Morgan drives it from the middle of the bat through mid off for a boundary.

Dhananjaya de Silva is into the attack now.

4.6
1
4.6: A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Short ball on leg, turned to square leg for one. Sri Lanka putting the pressure back on England.
4.6
0
4.6: A Dananjaya to E Morgan, WIDE! Drifted down leg, Dickwella makes a good stop.
4.5
1
4.5: A Dananjaya to J Roy, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
4.4
0
4.4: A Dananjaya to J Roy, Full in line of the stumps, Roy gets an inside edge onto his pads.
4.3
0
4.3: A Dananjaya to J Roy, Full and down leg, helped to short fine leg.
4.2
2
4.2: A Dananjaya to J Roy, Short outside off, played with soft hands past point. The batsmen run the first one hard which enables them to come for the second.
4.1
1
4.1: A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Darted on the leg side, Morgan works it around the corner to give Roy the strike.

Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 17th over.

3.6
1
3.6: A Aponso to E Morgan, Short ball on leg, Morgan punches the ball off his back foot. Another successful over for Aponso comes to an end.

Eoin Morgan walks out to the middle.

3.5
0
3.5: A Aponso to Joe Root, OUT! Bowled 'em! Another wicket for Aponso. Bowls this one slower through the air on middle and leg. It is the arm ball and also skids through. Root is a bit early into his flick. Plays all around it, ends up missing it and the ball goes on to hit his pad and crash into the off pole. Big wicket for the hosts.
3.4
1
3.4: A Aponso to J Roy, The batsman has driven it through mid on. One run added to the total.
3.3
4
3.3: A Aponso to J Roy, FOUR! SHOT! Great timing on that one. It was full on off, Roy gets ahead and drives it through cover for a good looking boundary.
3.2
2
3.2: A Aponso to J Roy, Well stopped! Full and on leg, Roy swings hard and drives it towards long on. The fielder there moves to his left, dives and saves a certain two runs. Two runs added to the total.
3.1
0
3.1: A Aponso to J Roy, Off spinner on middle and leg, Roy goes back and pushes it to the on side.
2.6
1
2.6: A Dananjaya to J Roy, Full around off, hit towards mid on for one. Roy will retain strike for the next over.
2.5
1
2.5: A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Floated ball on leg, the batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
2.4
4
2.4: A Dananjaya to Joe Root, FOUR! Googly but way too short, Root rocks back and punches this through cover-point. The fielder hares behind it but cannot stop it from touching the ropes.
2.3
0
2.3: A Dananjaya to Joe Root, JR rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
2.2
2
2.2: A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Hits it along the turf through that region this time and gets a couple of runs. Full and on middle and leg, flicked past mid-wicket.
2.1
0
2.1: A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Short ball on middle and leg, Root flicks it uppishly towards mid-wicket.

Akila Dananjaya is into the attack. Spin from both sides now.

1.6
1
1.6: A Aponso to Joe Root, Excellent over! Just a couple from it and a big wicket. Tosses this one up on off, Root drives it to cover-point and the fielder there makes a good stop.
1.5
0
1.5: A Aponso to Joe Root, Off spinner around off, Joe gets it off the inner half back to the bowler.
1.4
0
1.4: A Aponso to Joe Root, Darts this full on the legs of Root who hits it to mid-wicket.
1.3
0
1.3: A Aponso to Joe Root, Goes full again outside off, Root jams it out to covers.

Joe Root is the new man in.

1.2
0
1.2: A Aponso to J Bairstow, OUT! Bairstow looks to take Aponso on and gets caught. Amila holds it back a bit and tosses this one up. Jonny looks to go over mid off but gives it straight to Thisara Perera there. The move to bowl Aponso ahead of Dananjaya has worked for the home side. They needed this wicket especially after Malinga was taken for plenty in the first. Can the left-arm spinner do further damage?
1.1
1
1.1: A Aponso to J Roy, Full and on leg, hit to long on for an easy run.

Amila Aponso to bowl from the other end. Strange they haven't gone with Akila Dananjaya.

0.6
4
0.6: L Malinga to J Bairstow, FOUR! Great start for England. 17 runs off the over. Full and down leg yet again, Jonny flicks it behind square for a boundary.
0.5
1
0.5: L Malinga to J Roy, Full on off, Roy plays it with soft hands towards the off side and gets a run.
0.4
2
0.4: L Malinga to J Roy, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. Two runs added to the total.
0.3
2
0.3: L Malinga to J Roy, Slower ball again on off, Roy closes the bat face early and gets a leading edge towards cover-point. Samarawickrama dives to his right but cannot get close to the ball. Two runs added to the total.
0.2
6
0.2: L Malinga to J Roy, SIX! It took Sri Lanka more than 15 overs to hit their first biggie, England get it in the second ball itself. Slower ball in line of the stumps, Roy flicks it over square leg to deposit it over the ropes.
0.2
0
0.2: L Malinga to J Roy, Wide. Down the leg side again, Roy leaves it alone.
0.1
0
0.1: L Malinga to J Roy, Full, pitched on middle and leg, Roy plays it with a straight bat to mid on.
0.1
0
0.1: L Malinga to J Roy, Wide. Comes in from over the wicket and lands it way down leg. Dickwella does really well to stretch and collect it. Looks like he has hurt himself but is fine to continue.

We are back for the chase. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow walk out to the middle to open the England innings. Lasith Malinga will bowl the first over for Sri Lanka.