Dambulla was under the clasps of heavy rains once more, but this time there was a result. The English pacers had taken early wickets and by the end of the 16th over, Sri Lanka was 5 wickets down for 74. Those early wickets went on to fetch victory to England in the 2nd ODI. The play was stopped by the end of the 29th over of the Sri Lankan innings, as they were chasing a target of 279. With no chances of any further play, the result was decided by the DLS method. According to DLS, Sri Lanka 140/5 was 31 runs behind the desired target. England thus won the 2nd ODI by 31 runs.
It was one of those instances in ODIs when Lasith Malinga took a five-for, his 8th. Despite that, a couple of strong knocks from the batsmen helped England put up a total of 278/9 at the end of 50 overs. The batsmen made the best use of the slow pitch maintaining a decent run-rate throughout. Skipper Eoin Morgan scored a solid 92 and at the time of his dismissal, England were 218 for 5 at 41.4 overs. Although he was dismissed early, Joe Root added 71 off 83 deliveries giving England a strong start. The lower order added 60 runs after Eoin Morgan had walked back to the pavilion.
Sri Lanka’s innings was shaky right from the start. The two openers were removed quickly, by the start of the 4th over. Bagging Dickwella’s wicket, Olly Stone finally got his first ODI victim after being denied a chance to bowl in his first ever ODI game. “Olly bowled exactly as he has in the nets and warm-up and that’s a really good sign. He had pace, got the ball moving. It was all done with a calm head,” Eoin Morgan’s words on Stone. “I don’t think you can disregard Olly from the World Cup based on today,” the skipper added.
Results and Fixtures:
1st ODI (D/N) – No Result. (Match abandoned due to a wet outfield).
2nd ODI – England won by 31 runs. (DLS)
3rd ODI (D/N) – Kandy: Wednesday, October 17, 2.30 pm Local Time
4th ODI – Kandy: Saturday, October 20, 9.45 am Local Time
5th ODI (D/N) – Colombo: Tuesday, October 23, 2.30pm Local Time