Eng vs SL 2nd ODI Highlights today Thursday, 7-1-2021 – 2nd ODI, Sri Lanka tour of England from Kennington Oval, London.
Morgan won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Two changes for England: Roy and T Curran replace Livingstone and Woakes. “Hopefully we can continue our momentum,” Morgan says. “The further we get into the summer, we want to consistently produce performances, and continue the level of intensity we’ve been at so far in our white-ball summer. It’s an awesome venue, good memories from 2019 but a chance to build some new ones.”
“We were planning to bowl,” Kusal Perera says. “Most concerned about our batting. Hopefully, our batsmen take responsibility and put runs on the board. [Captaining, keeping, opening?] Hard!” Three changes for SL: Avishka, DDS, and Asitha Fernando come in. Praveen, Lakshan, Ramesh Mendis drop out.
England team: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (captain), 5 Sam Billings, 6 Moeen Ali, 7 Sam Curran, 8 Tom Curran, 9 David Willey, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Mark Wood.
Sri Lanka team: 1 Kusal Perera (captain/wk), 2 Pathum Nissanka, 3 Avishka Fernando, 4 Dhananjaya de Silva, 5 Wanindu Hasaranga, 6 Dasun Shanaka, 7 Charith Asalanka, 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Binura Fernando, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Asitha Fernando.
Post Match Presentation.
Kusal Perera: [Tough day?] “Top order, 21 for 4, it’s hard to get back but Dhananjaya and Wanindu gave us a start, followed by Shanaka and at least 240 is something for our bowlers. [Dhananjaya] He played tremendously, but can’t get a hundred unfortunately, we’re inconsistent but there are positives. [Final match?] Series is lost but we have to try to finish with a win.”
England captain Eoin Morgan: “Nice to score some runs and make a contribution to a series win. The game was set up by the bowling unit, two left-armers swinging it early, and then the wicket became a bit flatter and slower and we had to sit in and build pressure to create chances. Chasing down a target like that on a wicket like this should be reasonable. [Form?] It’s worked in my favor, distractions as a captain, to not think about your batting for some time. Still don’t think I’m striking it that well but nice to get some time in the middle. [Bristol] Think we’ll see more changes, only three days but also an eye on the Pakistan series, 50-over cricket is a chance to bring guys in. Always looking to grow and get better.”
Sam Curran is Player of the Match: “Really special, to be playing in front of the fans, you can hear them now. Awesome atmosphere, to do it on the home ground really special, and to get the win. In T20s the ball swung quite consistently which was nice. Don’t know why but not going to complain. [Still learning?] I definitely feel I’ve played a lot of cricket, feel like I’m learning, picking the brains of other guys. The more I play and fail I learn from those experiences. [Tom?] Though he was a bit unlucky, I got the wickets but the team played well. To be playing with Jase and Tom, two Surrey players, and to get the result was very cool.”