|One-day international premier, Emirates Riverside:|
|Sri Lanka 185 (42,3 overs): Perera 73, Hasaranga 54 ; Woakes 4-18, Willey 3-44|
|England 189-5 (34.5 overs): Racine 79 *; Chameera 3-50|
|England wins by five wickets; lead series 1-0|
Joe Root led England to a five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first day international match at Chester-le-Street.
Chasing just 186, the hosts faltered to 80-4 in the 12th, but Root’s undefeated 79 on 87 balls saw them win with 15.1 overs to spare.
He and Moeen Ali calmed all nerves with a score of 91 and when the latter was out for 28 the victory was almost assured.
Sri Lanka dropped Moeen’s first ball and put in another dismal batting effort – pulled out for 185 on 42.3 overs.
Captain Kusal Perera had 73 of 81 balls and Wanindu Hasaranga a 65-ball 54 but only one other hitter made double digits.
Chris Woakes returned an impeccable 4-18 and David Willey 3-44, as there were also two outs and a series of smooth dismissals in a batting effort from Sri Lanka weakened by three players sent home for violating Covid-19 protocols on Monday.
England, complete winners of last week’s Twenty20 series, now lead the three-game matchday streak 1-0.
The teams will meet again in the second ODI on Thursday at The Oval ahead of the final match in Bristol on Sunday.
England still too good
England started their chase with Jonny Bairstow racing 43 on 21 balls, at which point it looked like a victory could be achieved in record time.
After seeing his opening partner Liam Livingstone go down the wrong path for a long time, Bairstow went on to play and, when captain Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings called into the six overs, Sri Lanka had an outside chance for an unlikely victory.
If wicket keeper Perera had latched on to his left to send Moeen away for a duck, things might have been different.
In the end, Root – who was pardoned on 36 when a much harder thin-leg chance was canceled out by Dushmantha Chameera – artfully pushed England to an easy win.
Woakes stars as Sri Lanka batting woes continue
Sri Lanka were sacked for their fourth lowest total in third T20 on Saturday and that batting effort was not much better. The 99 stand between Perera and Hasaranga saved them from a similar embarrassment.
Woakes recorded five young girls in his 10 one-line and one-length overs, and threw a brilliant swinger away to get Dasun Shanaka caught behind.
But he was also helped by looser hitters – opener Pathum Nissanka, one of those culprits, was caught in the middle of the wicket toes ending a fired shot.
Newbies Charith Asalanka and Dhananjaya Lakshan made zero and two respectively and, after Hasaranga was caught pulling towards Woakes’ deep square leg, Sri Lanka lost their next four wickets for seven points, with Perera also caught. in the depths.
There was still time for a comedic outing, with Chameera being sacked after finding herself with the same goal as Binura Fernando.
The final wicket, a brilliant direct hit by Billings from the edge of the 30-yard circle, summed up the difference between the two sides.
‘Professional performance’ – reaction
Chris Woakes, English all-rounder, talks to Test Match Special: “I felt great today, it’s always nice to have a few early. This sets up your bowling game. It was a professional performance of the unit, it wasn’t the best wicket but it wasn’t the worst so bringing them out for 185 was a good effort. “
English captain Eoin Morgan: ” I am delighted. All credit to our bowling unit today it really caught on fire.
“Joe Root is one of the best in the world in most situations. He showed his class. Even yesterday in training it was remarkable how easily he found things. “
English bowler James Anderson on TMS: “The bowling was fantastic, the fielding was exceptional and England could have been a little more ruthless with the bat. “