About the Match
England registered an emphatic win against Sri Lanka in the 2nd OD to take a 1-0 lead; the two teams had earlier drawn a tie in the first match of the series and will now look to dominate each other when they meet for the 3rd ODI at Bristol on 26th June. The hosts put up a tremendous show of batting grit as they chased down 255 runs in 34 overs registering a record win in their ODI history; they excelled with both bat and ball and will be eager to continue with their winning momentum. Sri Lanka on the other hand, will need to make amends here and bounce back before it’s too late.
Roy and Hales created headlines by posting the highest partnership of 256 runs in England’s ODI history; while Roy smashed 112 off 95, Hales posted a gigantic 133 from just 110 balls, the duo making no mistakes in outwitting the Lankan pace and spin. Earlier, Plunkett continued with his brilliant form as he claimed 2-49 while Adil Rashid put up an exemplary show by taking 2-34. Woakes, Willey, Moeen Ali and Joe Root did well to stifle the visitors and contain them to 254 runs.
In the first match too, the bowlers took wickets consistently, toppling the Lankan batting line-up; they restricted the visitors to 286, which the batsmen almost chased down successfully but could only manage a draw as the top-order collapsed without a fight. All-rounder Woakes posted a brilliant 95 off 92, remaining unbeaten while Jos Buttler steadied the innings with 93 runs; Morgan and Plunkett tried their best to keep the scoreboard ticking but they failed to make it a win in the end.
Overall, they have a strong in-form batting and bowling squad that will leave no stone unturned to dominate here again; if batting first or during chase, they must focus on building partnerships and with the recent phenomenal win, England definitely go in as favourites.
Chandimal and Mathews posted an 82-run stand in the middle after losing the openers but it was Upul Tharanga’s superb and unbeaten half-century that got them to a respectable total of 254 runs in the 2nd match. Earlier, Gunathilaka and Perera contributed with steady runs but they couldn’t create anything special. However, it was the bowlers who let the team down as they got no breakthroughs. Lakmal and Maharoof were good with their spells but none of them could outwit the English openers, losing the match by 10 wickets.
In the opening match of the series, Lakmal, Mathews and Pradeep used their pace skills to take 2 wickets each and stifle the hosts during their chase for 287; Maharoof and Prasanna spun their magic and restricted the efforts of the lower-middle order from winning the match. They will need to make a comeback with the ball in order to challenge the English batting line-up.
They have good resources in batting and bowling but aren’t coming out all guns blazing; to get redemption, the Lankans must strategize well and put up a strong fight, rising above their weaknesses here on Sunday.
England has been on the rising and they definitely look well placed to repeat their winning performance; Sri Lanka will fight hard here but we feel the hosts will emerge victorious again