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.
Amila Aponso to roll his arm.
Thisara Perera is called to bowl.
Lasith Malinga is in for another over.
Nuwan Pradeep is back on.
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.
Lasith Malinga is back on.
Dhananjaya de Silva is back on.
Ben Stokes is the new man in. Also, Nuwan Pradeep is into the attack.
Akila Dananjaya is back on.
Change of ends for Amila Aponso.
Dhananjaya de Silva is into the attack now.
Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 17th over.
Eoin Morgan walks out to the middle.
Akila Dananjaya is into the attack. Spin from both sides now.
Joe Root is the new man in.
Amila Aponso to bowl from the other end. Strange they haven't gone with Akila Dananjaya.
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.