England vs Sri Lanka: ENG vs SL, 2nd ODI: Sri Lanka badly battered in 2nd ODI, England have invincible lead, these four became heroes of victory, Sam Curran helps England beat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in second ODI at Oval
England vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI match result  |  Photo Credits: AP
- Sri Lanka cricket team tour of England – ODI Series – 2nd ODI
- England won by 8 wickets at The Oval ground
- England won two consecutive matches and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in this three-match series
In the second match of the three-match ODI series, on Thursday, England again registered a big victory on the basis of excellent all-round performance. England thrashed Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in the second ODI, taking the hosts to an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. After winning the T20 series, the England team has now captured the ODI series. The third and final ODI match of the series will now be a mere formality.
In the second ODI, England won the toss and invited Sri Lanka to bat first. The Sri Lankan team came out to bat first and within 12 runs Sam Curran dropped the wickets of their top three batsmen. After this, the fourth wicket also fell on the score of 21 runs. Thankfully, after four blows, Dhananjay de Silva did the job of hammering the pitch.
Dhananjay missed out on his first ODI century, he definitely played a brilliant innings of 91 runs in 91 balls. Apart from him, Dasun Shanaka scored 47 runs. Both these batsmen were shown the way to the pavilion by David Willey. As a result, Sri Lankan team could only manage 241 runs in 50 overs for the loss of 9 wickets. During this, Sam Curran took 5 wickets and David Willey took 4 wickets for England.
The target of 242 runs was in front of the England team to answer. The opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy made the team’s intentions clear by sharing a 76-run partnership for the first wicket. In the 13th over of the innings, Hasaranga broke the partnership by bowling Jonny Bairstow (29) but it seemed to be of no use as Jason Roy scored 60 off 52 balls before being dismissed.
Jason Roy returned to the pavilion on the first ball of the 18th over of the innings, was caught by Karunaratne, although this did not affect the intentions of the oncoming batsmen. Because Test team captain Joe Root and ODI team captain Eoin Morgan were on the pitch. Both the experienced players batted brilliantly and gave their team victory at the loss of just 2 wickets in 43 overs. Joe Root scored a half-century in the second consecutive match, scoring an unbeaten 68, while captain Morgan scored an unbeaten 75. Roy, Root, Morgan, Willie and Sam Curran performed well for England in the match but the ‘Man of the Match’ title was given to Sam Curran, who took 5 wickets.
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