Sri Lanka vs England, 2nd ODI

Rex Christensen
October 13, 2018

At anywhere between 65 to 95 per cent chances of rain is forecast in Dambulla for Saturday, the second ODI looks like going down the same road as well.

Monsoon rains impeded Sri Lanka's training on the day before the match, and had also washed out one of England's warm-up games.

Woakes struck again in his third and fifth overs, with Dinesh Chandimal (6) chopping on and Dasun Shanaka (8) forced to play a superb back-of-length delivery and handing Buttler his third catch of the match. Sri Lanka, after a poor show at the 2018 Asia Cup, would have harboured hopes of a strong comeback at home.

Woakes struck three times inside his first five overs and the rapid Olly Stone snared his maiden wicket in worldwide cricket as Sri Lanka tumbled to 31-4 in pursuit of England's 278-9, in which Morgan top-scored, Joe Root notched 71 and Lasith Malinga claimed 5-44.

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The visitors, put into bat after Sri Lanka's new captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss, breezed to 92 for 2 in 15 overs before the heavens opened. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy started off the innings in their usual belligerent self, while Eoin Morgan and Joe Root did a good job managing the middle-overs before rain came down. If we do get some action on Saturday, Sri Lanka will be keen to get their batting in order.

England's momentum carried over, with Upul Tharanga (0) snicking Woakes behind in the first over of the reply and Niroshan Dickwella (9) gloving a searing bouncer from Stone in the fourth. England were 92/2 when the play was suspended.

World number one England had handed ODI debuts to fast bowler Olly Stone, 25, and left-arm spinner Liam Dawson, 28, leaving out both Curran brothers.

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