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ODI Series: England 2-0 Sri Lanka

The great thing about an ODI series? The matches come round so quickly that, for a weekly blog, three matches have taken place since our last entry!

Following England’s final 6’er to tie the opening match against Sri Lanka, the hosts would absolutely thrash the visitors in the second ODI. Having set 254-7 in their 50 overs, Sri Lanka could only watch as England reached 255 with 95 balls to spare without losing a single wicket. 255-0. 1-0 for England in the bag.

That result also meant that, under the new “Super Series”, England went to an unassailable 13-3 – a points-based format across all three types of game (Test Series, ODI and T20).

The third ODI… not so much luck for everyone. Sri Lanka set 249-9, a worse score than even last time out – but before England could even begin to start clawing back at that, the rain thwarted any hopes of continuing the game. After four overs and a score of 16-1, rain stopped play and they wouldn’t be back again. Match abandoned, and England stayed 1-0 ahead.

It left a simple task for England: avoid defeat in either of the remaining matches and it was all sorted. A win was duly delivered instead, leading England to an unassailable 2-0 lead with one ODI left.

The hero this time was Jason Roy. Despite a vastly improved score by Sri Lanka (305-5, increased by the DLS method), Roy hit 162 not out – the 2nd highest score by an England batsman in a ODI – to help England reach 309-4. Another day’s work done and romping away against Sri Lanka now.

With one ODI remaining tomorrow and a T20 left, can Sri Lanka get anything back against England?

Ashley Redman
Iceland don’t play cricket, do they?

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