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3rd ODI (D/N), Kandy, Oct 17 2018, England tour of Sri Lanka
(18.3/21 ov, target 151)153/3
England won by 7 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
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• The Report by George Dobell

Eoin Morgan guides chase in shortened game as England go 2-0 up

England have taken a 2-0 series lead over Sri Lanka after victory in another rain-affected match in Pallekele

Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka150/9(21 overs)
England153/3(18.3 overs)
Eoin Morgan*58 (49)
Jason Roy41 (26)

11.58pm So, it's been an unnecessarily long day, full of digressions, delays, and ultimately some flamboyant cricket from a mightily confident England team who have lived up to their pre-tour billing. And, well, it's now two minutes to midnight in Pallekele. Which, in light of everything we were (head)banging on about earlier today, feels distinctly apt. Goodnight all!

Eoin Morgan "It's been quite a long day, I can't fault our bowlers, Sri Lanka came out fighting early on but three of our bowlers were outstanding today. To restrict them to 150 on a surface like this was a fantastic effort."

"We bowled our slower balls and cutters really well. Can't praise the bowlers enough.

"Losing two wickets, there was potential for a stutter, but the wicket was too good."

Good headaches for England, he adds. "Lots of disappointed guys in the dressing room, but competition for places creates a very healthy atmosphere."

11.45pm Here are the presentations. Oh, and here's a gallery that Alan has lovingly compiled too ...

The Man of the Match is Adil Rashid for his 4 for 36 haul. "We bowled exceptionally well as a team. It came out nicely, I've been practising hard in the nets, and I've got a simple gameplan." And a simple interview technique too.

Thisara Perera speaks on behalf of Sri Lanka ... Chandimal is hors de combat for some unknown reason. But he'll be fine, we are assured.

11.39pm Sean H.: "Today's performance can be summarized by the top 5 batsmen from each team. Sri Lanka's top 5: 105 runs from 98 balls. England's top 5: 146 runs from 111 balls." It can also be summarised by the split of Sri Lanka's innings. 45 for 0 after four overs. 105 for 9 in their next 17...

Ishan G : "@Devamithra: Morgan's strike rate was 118, Chandimal's was 81. Definitely not "run-a-ball"." Well there you go, a nonsensical gripe is proven to be even more nonsensical. Next!

11.34pm A seven-wicket win, sealed in style in spite of the abysmal weather and even worse scheduling. England are guaranteed a share of the series at least, and it's hard to see how they'll be denied by a team whose morale is pretty low at present. An off-night for Malinga after his five-wicket heroics at Dambulla, and though Akila threatened, there's was little to prevent England cruising home.

Devamithra: "Wow, While Morgan is praised for his run-a-ball innings, Chandimal is being criticized for same. #DoubleStandards" Not remotely the same context, but at least Chandimal hung around. The sense was that Morgan had unused extra gears, whereas Sri Lanka's batsmen were permanently at their limits

Siva: "Im just asking myself: Would England play the same way if say, Stokes was captain.. and I think yes.. Agreed, Morgan brought this style and the team bought it.. But doesnt mean hes indispensible, even as captain..." Morgan has a tactical awareness and a man-management sense that goes way beyond what you see in the final analysis

18.3
6
Aponso to Stokes, SIX runs

down the track, over the ropes, that'll do! After nearly 12 hours at Pallekele, some eight of those spent warming up and waiting, England seal a 2-0 series lead!

18.2
1
Aponso to Morgan, 1 run

nurdled to the leg side, another single

18.1
4
Aponso to Morgan, FOUR runs

a dirty full toss, dumped through the covers. Oh well. Tomorrow's a new day

Nine to win. Not long to go now ...

end of over 189 runs
ENG: 142/3CRR: 7.88 RRR: 3.33 • Need 10 from 18b
Eoin Morgan53 (47)
Ben Stokes29 (23)
Thisara Perera1-0-8-0
Lasith Malinga4-0-39-0
17.6
1lb
Perera to Morgan, 1 leg bye

on the pads, deflects fine

Dez: "50 from Morgan but surely Curran for MOM?" Either him or Rashid. Four wickets for a leggie in damp weather is exceptional

17.5
1
Perera to Stokes, 1 run

retreating to leg to free up the arms, a cracking drive into the off side

17.4
Perera to Stokes, no run

flogged into the covers, not quite there for the stroke

17.3
1
Perera to Morgan, 1 run

nudged off the hip

Mohd Irshad: "Is that the same Morgan guy, suggesting to be sitting on bench during world cup if needs to be?" He was obliged to volunteer his vulnerability, it's not the same as promising to drop himself. And besides, I'd keep him regardless of form. He's too important as a captain

17.2
4
Perera to Morgan, FOUR runs

crashed through backward point for his fifty! He's purring now

17.1
2
Perera to Morgan, 2 runs

sliced past backward point, too short, using the pace. Easy peasy

Four overs to go. Powerplay 3. Here's Perera for the first time tonight

end of over 176 runs
ENG: 133/3CRR: 7.82 RRR: 4.75 • Need 19 from 24b
Eoin Morgan46 (43)
Ben Stokes28 (21)
Lasith Malinga4-0-39-0
Dhananjaya de Silva4-0-23-0
16.6
1
Malinga to Morgan, 1 run

low full toss, tapped to long-off, England continue to breeze along

16.5
2
Malinga to Morgan, 2 runs

width, and a wristy drive to the point sweeper.

16.4
1
Malinga to Stokes, 1 run

better line, but easily worked into the covers off a full length. Up comes the fifty stand

Omar Wasim : "Srilanka are looking utterly toothless... This is getting too easy for England! Wouldn't be surprised if Srilanka slip further down the rankings below Afghanistan (and possibly other associate nations). "

16.4
1w
Malinga to Stokes, 1 wide

that rather sums up Malinga's day, a powder-puff down the leg side. Free runs ...

16.3
1lb
Malinga to Morgan, 1 leg bye

full and targetting the pads, deflects into the leg side

16.2
Malinga to Morgan, no run

very full again, nearly chipped back to the bowler but eludes Malinga in his followthrough

16.1
Malinga to Morgan, no run

round the wicket, there's the yorker but it's easily dug out this time

end of over 166 runs
ENG: 127/3CRR: 7.93 RRR: 5.00 • Need 25 from 30b
Ben Stokes27 (20)
Eoin Morgan43 (38)
Dhananjaya de Silva4-0-23-0
Nuwan Pradeep2-0-21-0

Graham Hartley: "Another "anonymous" SHPT from Stokes? The man's got plenty of gears, and given his recent trials and tribulations, he's developed some maturity. I don't think we should bash him. " In all honesty, I don't think it's a criticism. He doesn't have to be the hero every time, he just has to chip in, and he invariably does

15.6
2
Dhananjaya to Stokes, 2 runs

worked through the leg side once again

15.5
1
Dhananjaya to Morgan, 1 run

clipped off the pads to the leg side

15.4
1
Dhananjaya to Stokes, 1 run

tucked to the leg side, the target moves ever closer

15.3
Dhananjaya to Stokes, no run

an athletic interception by the bowler as Stokes makes room for a pummel through mid-off

Best performances - batters
Eoin Morgan portrait
EJG Morgan ENG
58 runs (49)
7 fours
0 six
Control86%
Productive shot
cover drive
18 runs
4 fours
0 six
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Jason Roy portrait
JJ Roy ENG
41 runs (26)
3 fours
2 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
off drive
15 runs
2 fours
1 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Rashid player portrait
AU Rashid ENG
O
5
M
0
R
36
W
4
ECO
7.2
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Tom Curran portrait
TK Curran ENG
O
4
M
0
R
17
W
3
ECO
4.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
TossEngland, elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of Sri Lanka
Season2018/19
Player Of The Match
Adil Rashid
Adil Rashid
Series resultEngland led the 5-match series 2-0
Match numberODI no. 4054
Match days17 October 2018 - daynight(50-over match)
Umpires
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Aleem Dar
Sri Lanka Image
Raveendra Wimalasiri
TV Umpire
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Paul Reiffel
Reserve Umpire
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Lyndon Hannibal
Match Referee
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Richie Richardson