Sri Lanka vs England 2nd ODI Highlights: In another rain marred day at Dambulla, England came out victorious with 80 overs being bowled. Despite Lasith Malinga’s fifer, Eoin Morgan and Joe Root persisted and posted an above-par total of 278 runs. At one stage, England were set for 300 runs until Malinga reduced that gap. In reply, Sri Lanka suffered a horrendous start with Chris Woakes picking up three wickets early on. Supported by Olly Stone, who picked his maiden international wicket, Sri Lanka’s woes were compounded. With five down, and well behind on the DLS, Sri Lanka had their task cut out before drizzle turned into heavy rain. England lead the five-match ODI series 1-0.
Sri Lanka vs England 2nd ODI Score and Updates
An hour after the interruption, play has been called off with rain. England win by 31 runs via the DLS method.
Play has been stopped due to rain and the covers are on. Sri Lanka are 140/5 after 29 overs.
Fifth delivery of the Rashid over and this is sent for an even bigger six. Thisara Perera once again. Notices the flight and goes bang straight this time with the loft. Struck cleanly and goes further past the ropes. 14 runs from the over
Adil Rashid comes into the attack and first ball is pummeled for a six by Thisara Perera. Flat delivery with little spin moving in, Perera flexes his muscles and thrashes it over long-on boundary for a six!
100-up for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka go past the 100-run mark in the 22nd over. Olly Stone's delivery is sent over deep mid-wicket by Perera with no fielder in the deep.
After 20 overs, Sri Lanka are 95/5, need 184 runs from 180 balls. Crossed the official mark and no need for the reserve day tomorrow should this game be interrupted by rain at any stage going forward. DLS score at this point is 160. Sri Lanka far away from it.
Droplets in the horizon
It is raining a wee bit and the covers are being readied. An over away from getting the DLS into play and Sri Lanka are well behind, England in comfortable advantage should rain continue.
Sri Lanka were getting fours and sixes regularly but that run is stopped by Liam Dawson who removes Kusal Perera for 30 runs. Kept it short and Perera goes for the pull but doesn't get the elevation on it. Simple catch for Jason Roy. Very soft dismissal in the end. Sri Lanka are 74/5
Dhananjaya de Silva comes long way down the pitch and it has struck him in front off Liam Dawson. Luckily for him, the impact is over 3 meters and de Silva survives. England won't lose the review either.
Chris Woakes gets his third. Shanaka walks back for 8 and Sri Lanka are in deep, deep trouble. Moves away off the deck, Shanaka doesn't read that either, takes the outside edge and Buttler takes an easy catch. Sri Lanka four down, all four to seamers.
Dinesh Chandimal joins the early wickets list now. Chandimal dismissed for just 6 runs and Woakes has his second wicket. Extra bounce does the trick again. Back of length and it bounces extra while coming back in. Chandimal looked to play it through cover. But it comes in, takes the inside edge clatters the stumps.
Poor, poor defensive job by Dickwella on a short ball by Olly Stone. First wicket in international cricket for Stone. Nicely banged in short, kept rising into the left handed batsman and the effort to fend it off is a tame on. Loops up for a simple catch behind for Buttler. Sri Lanka lose both openers inside the first four overs. Dickwella walks back after scoring 9 runs
Niroshan Dickwella with consecutive boundaries in the first over to Chris Woakes but the England seamer strikes on the last delivery. Tharanga walks back for a duck. Late movement off the surface engulfs Tharanga. Plays inside the line of the ball and gets the outside edge which hands comfortably to Jos Buttler. Sri Lanka are 9/1 after the first over
Malinga during the break
Lasith Malinga picked up a fifer and spoke at the mid-innings break: " I didn't play one and a half years of cricket for Sri Lanka. But after Asia Cup, I feel I can do well, may be not perform like previous years but I can do something for the team. My first 3 overs today were not ideal but I came back well. I wanted to stick to my wicket-taking options. I am in the last stage of my career. I am not sure how much cricket I have left for the country. Still, I am very proud to represent my country. I try my best in the every match. I am not sure about the selectors plan but in the last one and a half years, they didn't have any plan with me. But now I got the chance and I wanted to prove, I am still Lasith Malinga. I just want to focus on the next match and I am not thinking too far towards the World Cup. I don't know what is in their (selectors) mind. Whenever I get an opportunity, I want to give my best. The wicket is too dry, it will not help fast bowlers. We are an Asian country, we play spin well and we can chase this total down."
END OF INNINGS
England reach 278/9 in 50 overs. Sri Lanka need 279 runs to win.
FIVE WICKET HAUL FOR MALINGA! He dismisses Liam Dawson and England reach 254/9 in 47 overs.
DRS helps Sri Lanka and Lasihth Maling in getting another wicket and Chris Woakes has to walk back. England 246/8
Buttler's resistance comes to an end and Nuwan Pradeep gets a wicket. ENG 245/7
WICKET! Moeen Ali departs first ball for a duck. Malinga on a Hat-trick!
WICKET! Morgan's captain's knock comes to an end. Massive blow from Malinga! No century for Morgan who had batted superbly until now. Malinga goes fuller with another slower ball. The England captain tried to dig it out but probably went too hard at it and a bit early as well. ENG 218/5
Dananjaya to Stokes, out Caught by D de Silva!! There is the wicket SL were looking for. They needed this and although it isn't Morgan, the hosts will take it. ENG 190/4
De Silva strikes and the big man, Joe Root, has to walk back. BIG, BIG WICKET! Gets a leading edge from the bat and it went straight to Dananjaya's hands. ENG 140/3
25 overs gone
Joe Root and Eoin Morgan have taken England's total to 127/2 in 25 overs.
100 up for England
Joe Root and skipper Eoin Morgan have brought 100 up for England.
50 for Joe Root!
Joe Root continues to show his return to form as he takes a single to score his 29th ODI half century.
Jason Holder replaces Shannon Gabriel
A change of end for Jason Holder as he comes out in place of Shannon Gabriel. He is up against Prithvi Shaw. Holder said that he has plans for Shaw. Time to see if he delivers on them.
Jonny Bairstow did not look comfortable at all in the middle and his stumps have been knocked down by a straighter delivery from Thisara Perera. ENG 72/2
1000 ODI runs in 2018 for Bairstow and he crosses 2000 career runs in ODIs too.
10 overs gone
50 up for England as Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root have started to pick up momentum after a slow start. The duo have settled down England and the visitors would hope the two can spend more time in the middle. 10 overs gone, ENG 54/1
8 overs gone, ENG 39/1
England's highly rated batting order is appearing to be shackled by the Sri Lankan bowlers at the moment. 8 overs gone, ENG 39/1
Strange innings from Baristow
In 13 balls he has faced so far, Jonny Bairstow has just scored a single run. Joe Root is scoring runs at fast pace, though. ENG 28/1 in 5 overs.
MALINGA STRIKES! England lose Jason Roy for a duck in the first over. ENG 0/1
HERE WE GO!
Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow are at the crease. Roy is on strike. Lasith Malinga will open the attack. HERE WE GO!
"Looks a really good wicket with just a bit of spin. Seemed to be good in the other game too and should remain the same. The average first innings score here has been 210 and I'd be surprised if they don't get more than that today. The outfield has also quickened up a bit and all in all, looks a good pitch," opines Nasser Hussain.
Morgan: I would have bowled as well with the unpredictable weather around. Looks a good wicket and we got a good start the other day, hopefully we can do it again. Going with the same team. The two openers set the tone, Jason and Jonny were positive upfront and done a good job for us for a long time. Today is a new day and we need to adapt to it. Pitches in the sub-continent are generally good for batting, it's just about adapting. The guys have enjoyed their time here in Sri Lanka, hopefully we can get a full day's play today.
Chandimal: We will have a bowl, looks like a good wicket and hope to take early wickets to put them under pressure. We're going with the same XI. When we were fielding, our energies were good and I am happy with the wya it went. Hope to take early wickets and restrict them as much as we can. We all know they are the number one side, we always discuss how to compete with them. Main concern is the fielding for us, if we have the energy, we can do well.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep
England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid, Olly Stone
Sri Lanka win toss, elect to bowl against England!
Sri Lanka vs England 2nd ODI Live
Hello and welcome to our Live blog on the 2nd ODI of Sri Lanka vs England. After the first ODI seeing only 15 overs of action, both skippers will be hoping the rain do not come out to play another role in the 2nd ODI. But for now, things do not look good. There is 65 to 90 per cent chances of rain as per weather forecast, and one must question why would ICC organise a tour in Sri Lanka during the monsoon season. But it is what it is, for now, and the fans will hope that at least some result can come out today.