Eng beat SL 2nd T20I: It is 2-0 to England as they brush aside Sri Lanka once again. The 2nd innings was reduced to 18 overs with the rain coming into play but England won by 5 wickets.
This was the lowest 20-over score that England have ever conceded, and apart from Mendis’ 39, there was nothing the Sri Lankan team could have been proud of from their innings.
Having chased 130 pretty easily just 24 hours before, England’s chase was supposed to be a formality but Jonny Bairstow was bowled in the second over by Binura Fernando before Dawid Malan was given out lbw on review.
England had a shaky start but the middle order handled the job.
Malan, who is the number-one ranked T20 batsman in the world, averages 48 in the format, but has struggled in 2021 against India and now in this series, with his average down at 26.50.
Eng beat SL 2nd T20I:
Eoin Morgan: “Our bowling was right on point, both batting sides struggled to take aggressive options which is a shame, but it ended up being a tight game. Took risks and lost wickets, which is disappointing, but Liam showed the class he’s shown for Lancashire and Sam for Kent. Juggling DLS, and being challenged by the Sri Lanka bowlers.
“DLS crept up on us, it was clear all morning. We were thankful we managed to reduce Sri Lanka so that it didn’t jump up on us. Two big areas for us is fielding, you play on smaller grounds with high value on boundaries – out, or dropped catch and six – and our death bowling away from home is an area to improve on.”
|Danushka Gunathilaka||run out (Curran)||3||4||9||0||0||75.00|
|Avishka Fernando||c Livingstone b Curran||6||10||20||0||0||60.00|
|Kusal Perera (c)||c Morgan b Rashid||21||25||48||0||0||84.00|
|Kusal Mendis||c †Bairstow b Wood||39||39||44||3||1||100.00|
|Niroshan Dickwella †||c Morgan b Wood||3||3||8||0||0||100.00|
|Dasun Shanaka||c Willey b Jordan||8||14||21||0||0||57.14|
|Wanindu Hasaranga||st †Bairstow b Rashid||3||7||14||0||0||42.85|
|Isuru Udana||not out||19||14||20||1||1||135.71|
|Akila Dananjaya||not out||2||4||15||0||0||50.00|
|Extras||(lb 3, w 4)||7|
|TOTAL||(20 Ov, RR: 5.55)||111/7|
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 1.3 ov), 2-18 (Avishka Fernando, 3.3 ov), 3-68 (Kusal Perera, 12.3 ov), 4-76 (Kusal Mendis, 13.2 ov), 5-76 (Niroshan Dickwella, 13.3 ov), 6-87 (Wanindu Hasaranga, 16.4 ov), 7-90 (Dasun Shanaka, 17.4 ov)
|Jason Roy||c Shanaka b de Silva||17||17||37||2||0||100.00|
|Jonny Bairstow †||b B Fernando||0||3||7||0||0||0.00|
|Dawid Malan||lbw b Chameera||4||5||9||1||0||80.00|
|Eoin Morgan (c)||c de Silva b Udana||11||9||15||2||0||122.22|
|Sam Billings||b de Silva||24||29||41||2||0||82.75|
|Liam Livingstone||not out||29||26||42||0||1||111.53|
|Sam Curran||not out||16||8||9||1||1||200.00|
|Extras||(lb 4, w 3)||7|
|TOTAL||(16.1 Ov, RR: 6.68)||108/5|
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Jonny Bairstow, 1.2 ov), 2-8 (Dawid Malan, 2.3 ov), 3-30 (Eoin Morgan, 5.2 ov), 4-36 (Jason Roy, 6.3 ov), 5-90 (Sam Billings, 14.3 ov)
England vs Sri Lanka Playing XI
England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan(c), Sam Billings(w), Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera(c), Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando
ENG vs SL – 1st T20 LIVE: England, earlier this year, lost the five-match series versus India 2-3. Going into the upcoming series, Jonny Bairstow has become uncertain due to an ankle sprain which he sustained during the ongoing T20 Blast and is likely to be omitted from the England playing XI.
England vs Sri Lanka: England Predicted XI – 2nd T20
WICKET-KEEPERS: J Buttler, K Perrera
BATSMEN: D Gunathilaka, K Mendis, D Malan
ALL-ROUNDERS: D Shanaka, S Curran, W Hasaranga
BOWLERS: C Woakes, D Chameera, C Jordan
England vs Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Predicted XI
Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (C and WK), Kusal Mendis, Oshada Fernando/Pathum Nissanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep
Bench: Ramesh Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Ishan Jayaratne, Charith Asalanka, Chamika Karunaratne, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Asitha Fernando, Binura Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Praveen Jayawickrama, Oshada Fernando/Pathum Nissanka, Shiran Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella