ENG defeat SL, 1st ODI: Root slams unbeaten 79* as England win by 5 wickets; takes 1-0 series lead; Joe Root celebrated his 150th one-day international appearance with an unbeaten half-century as England claimed a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their series opener at Chester-le-Street on Tuesday.
Chasing a target of 186, England opener Jonny Bairstow made a fast start as England reached 50 inside five overs but soon lost his opening partner Liam Livingstone, who clipped a Chamika Karunaratne delivery straight to mid-on.
Bairstow fell seven runs short of a half-century after he was bowled by Binura Fernando, and the hosts were soon reduced to 80-4 as Dushmantha Chameera removed skipper Eoin Morgan (6) and Sam Billings (3) cheaply.
Root and all-rounder Moeen Ali (28) stitched together a patient 91-run partnership to steady the ship.
Chameera returned to dismiss Ali but Root finished with an unbeaten 79, and along with Sam Curran, ensured there were no further hiccups as England clinched victory in the 35th over.
ENG defeat SL, 1st ODI: Root slams unbeaten 79* as England win by 5 wickets; takes 1-0 series lead
ENG vs SL 1st ODI Full Scoreboard
|Jonny Bairstow (WK)||b B Fernando||43||21||6||1||204.76|
|Liam Livingstone||c PVD Chameera b C Karunaratne||9||12||0||1||75.00|
|Joe Root||Not out||79||87||4||0||90.80|
|Eoin Morgan (C)||c K Perera b PVD Chameera||6||17||1||0||35.29|
|Sam Billings||c W Hasaranga b PVD Chameera||3||8||0||0||37.50|
|Moeen Ali||b PVD Chameera||28||57||1||0||49.12|
|Sam Curran||Not out||9||9||1||0||100.00|
|Extra||12 (b 0, w 5, nb 2, lb 5)|
|Yet To Bat||Chris Woakes, DJ Willey, AU Rashid, Mark Wood|
185/10 (42.3 ov)
|Pathum Nissanka||c MM Ali b Chris Woakes||5||19||0||0||26.32|
|Kusal Perera (WK/C)||c Sam Billings b DJ Willey||73||81||7||0||90.12|
|Charith Asalanka||c JE Root b DJ Willey||0||6||0||0||0.00|
|Dasun Shanaka||c JM Bairstow b Chris Woakes||1||9||0||0||11.11|
|Wanindu Hasaranga||c LS Livingstone b Chris Woakes||54||65||6||1||83.08|
|Dhananjaya Lakshan||c JE Root b Chris Woakes||2||9||0||0||22.22|
|Ramesh Mendis||lbw b MM Ali||1||5||0||0||20.00|
|Chamika Karunaratne||Not out||19||33||0||1||57.58|
|Binura Fernando||c MM Ali b DJ Willey||2||7||0||0||28.57|
|Dushmantha Chameera||runout (SM Curran / Sam Billings)||7||15||1||0||46.67|
|Praveen Jayawickrama||runout (Sam Billings)||4||7||1||0||57.14|
|Extra||17 (b 0, w 7, nb 1, lb 9)|
|Yet To Bat|