England went 1-0 up in the series with a rain affected victory in Dambulla last Saturday. The third match of the series in Pallekele on Wednesday and England won another rain affected match. The two teams play at the same venue in the fourth ODI on Saturday, if the weather allows.
Captain Eoin Morgan struck his fourth fifty in five ODI innings as England earned an unassailable 2-0 series lead over Sri Lanka with a seven-wicket victory in the rain-shortened third one-day international at Kandy.
Morgan (58no off 49 balls) continued his rich vein of form by steering the tourists to their victory target of 151 in 18.3 overs in a match reduced to 21-overs-a-side after a five-hour rain delay.
Jason Roy (41) and Ben Stokes (35no) also made telling contributions but the win was underpinned by leg-spinner Adil Rashid (4-36) and the recalled Tom Curran (3-17), who pegged Sri Lanka back to 150-9 after the home side made a rollicking start having been put in to bat.
At the Asia Cup, Sri Lanka were 38 for four against Bangladesh and 88 for four against Afghanistan. From these positions, chances of success are always going to be slim.And, unsurprisingly, that has turned out to be the case. Sri Lanka’s two successful chases in ODIs in 2018 have come when their targets were below 200.
England are once again 1/2 to win here and there is better value in the sub-markets. At 7/2 top England batsman Joe Root is of interest. 113*, 100*, 25*, 71 are his latest scores in non rain affected ODIs
Joe Root’s unbeaten streak at the crease surpassed the previous England record for most runs between dismissals in ODIs, beating Graeme Hick’s 301 set in 1999.
By the time Root was finally out in Dambulla, caught at extra cover off the bowling of Dhananjaya de Silva, he had accumulated 309.
It should come as little surprise that the Yorkshireman took naturally to conditions in Dambulla. Over the course of his career, Root has always scored well in Sri Lanka.His average in 50-over cricket in the country is all of 77.16, compared to his career equivalent of 52.08 and 48 in England. And it’s not from a meagre sample pool, either. Root has amassed 463 runs in nine knocks.