Malinga’s five-for goes in vain as England clinch a D/L win

Lasith Malinga’s five-wicket haul went in vain as England won the second ODI between both nations in Dambulla by 31 runs under D/L method.

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England have landed in Sri Lanka to play five ODIs, One T20I and three Tests. A couple of days ago the tour started with the first ODI of the five-match ODI series between two teams in Dambulla.

Unfortunately, the first ODI game was abandoned due to rain only after 15 overs of play.  The second ODI game was also scheduled to play in the same venue as a day game. Like in the first ODI, rain played a part in this game too but luckily was able to get a result.

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Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss in the morning and elected to bowl first. In the first over itself, Lasith Malinga struck as he sent back Jason Roy for a duck.

After an early blow, Bairstow and Root added 72 runs for the second wicket before the wicket of Bairstow on 26.  Following his wicket, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan took the responsibility and added 68 runs. Joe Root was dismissed on 71 after a well made fifty.

A couple of overs later from Root’s fifty England skipper Eoin Morgan brought up his 40th ODI fifty. On the other end, the captain got some supports from Ben Stokes and Jos Butler and he returned back on 92 and missed a deserved ton by 8 runs.

In the end, England posted 278 runs on the board for the loss of 9 wickets. In hosts side, Lasith Malinga took his 8th five-wicket haul in ODIs and more importantly his first one after coming back from injury issues in last two years.

So Sri Lanka were asked to chase 279 runs for a victory.  But Lankans also had a terrible start as Upul Tharanga went out without scoring any runs in the first over. Following the opener captain, Chandimal, Dickwella and Dasun Shanaka also returned consecutively.

That resulted in a heavy batting collapse, Sri Lanka struggled at 31/4. After the early four wickets, Kusal Perera and Dananjaya de Silva managed to hold the wickets flow with their 43 runs stance for the fifth wicket.

After the wicket, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera and Dananjaya de Silva joined together and anchored the chase for Sri Lanka before the interruption of play due to rain. Perera and Silva were on 44 and 36 respectively during the interruption during the 29th over when the score was 140/5.

Since then after an hour of rain interruption, there were no hints for rain stopping and the officials went on to make a call on the game. As England were ahead in D/L par score, England won the game by 31 runs under D/L method.

In the England bowling chart, Chris Woakes had some fireworks with three wickets while Olly Stone and Liam Dowson bagged one wicket each. Eoin Morgan was awarded as the man of the match for his 92 runs.

Watch Malinga’s 2 balls 2 wickets here-


Brief Scores:

England: 278/9
Eoin Morgan 92, Joe Root 71
Lasith Malinga 5/44  Thisara Perera 1/37

Sri Lanka: 140/5
Thisara Perera 44*, Dhananjaya de Silva 36*
Chris Woakes 3/26, Olly Stone 1/23



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