Sri Lanka in England, 3 T20I Series, 2021 |2nd T20I |6/24/2021 Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
So, that's it from this game! Another game to go which is going to be played on Saturday! Chance for England to inflict a whitewash and for Sri Lanka to avoid it. Do join us for all the action. Till then, take care and goodbye!
Liam Livingstone, Man of the match. Says it was not his preferred position early on, but the partnership helped a lot. Adds that he likes to come in down the order and put himself in his team's shoes and play according to the situation. Ends by saying that he enjoys to play the game without pressure and would love to continue the same way.
Eoin Morgon, England skipper, says it was a good challenge, the wicket was a bit difficult to bat on but in the end he is pleased they came up on top. Adds the initial hiccups were not what we expected but the boys did well to recover and see off the game. States it is amzing to see Wood play. Ends by saying his consistency and hard work helps them a lot.
Sri Lanka skipper, Kusal Perera, says that being in the losing side is not ideal but he is happy with the fight his bowlers showed. Adds batting was once again the problem. Mentions that they should have got to 140-150 to give their bowlers a chance to win the game. Ends by saying that the intent is to play positive but admits the execution was not there and they need to get it right
The Lankans were really impressive with the ball. Their bowlers kept them in the game till the rain arrived. After the break the ball seemed to be coming on a lot easier and they also did not have enough on the board. It was a whole-hearted effort with the ball by them but the batters once again disappointed and the first innings is probably where they lost the game.
The English side though did not start all that well, they had lost 3 in the Powerplay and then Roy too followed shortly after it. They were in trouble at 36 for 4 but Livingstone and Billings showed maturity, batted sensibly, they took England close to the target before Billings was dismissed. Curran though added the finishing touches with a few cracking shots.
An easy win for England in the end and they have sealed the series! The initial target was 112 in 20 overs but after the rain break, 103 was the revised target which was chased down easily in the end.
Akila Dananjaya to Sam Curran, SIX! Curran finishes it off in style! He skips down the track, gets to the pitch of it and lofts it over the long on fence for a biggie. ENGLAND WIN THE GAME BY 5 WICKETS AND THE SERIES 2-0!
END OF OVER 16 | 9 Runs & 0 Wkt | ENG 102/5
Isuru Udana to Sam Curran, SCORES LEVEL! A short one on middle, Curran pulls and it goes through square leg. He retains strike and has the chance to hit the winning run.
Isuru Udana to Liam Livingstone, Another one! Liam guides it down to third man and gets to the other end.
Isuru Udana to Sam Curran, Doing it in singles now! Just three needed as the 100 comes up! On middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.
Isuru Udana to Liam Livingstone, Two is the call but Sam says no! Livingstone comes down the track and works it with soft hands on the leg side. He takes one quickly but there is only one in it.
Isuru Udana to Sam Curran, Full and on the pads, Curran works it through square leg for one.
Isuru Udana to Sam Curran, FOUR! Cracked away! Just a big hit needed now! This is short and wide outside off, it is slapped through covers for a boundary.
END OF OVER 15 | 7 Runs & 1 Wkt | ENG 93/5
Wanindu Hasaranga to Sam Curran, Tossed up, around middle, Curran nudges it to mid-wicket for a single. 10 needed from 18.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Sam Curran, Floated on off, Curran flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Sam Curran, On off, kept out.
Sam Curran walks out to bat!
Wanindu Hasaranga to Sam Billings, OUT! TIMBER! Wanindu Hasaranga kept bowling at the stumps and finally gets his man. An important breakthorugh for the Islanders as this partnership was growing. Tossed up, on off, Billings stays back and looks to cut it away, but misses and the ball goes onto disturb the stumps. Wanindu Hasaranga is delighted.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Sam Billings, FOUR LEG BYES! A loopy ball, full and on the pads. Billings looks to sweep again but misses as the ball clips the pads and rolls towards the fence at fine leg. Leg bye given.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Sam Billings, OH DEAR! Wanindu Hasaranga can't believe it. Loopy ball, outside off. Sam Billings gets low looking for the sweep but misses as the ball zips past the off pole. That was close.
END OF OVER 14 | 12 Runs & 0 Wkt | ENG 86/4
Dushmantha Chameera to Liam Livingstone, A length ball, on off, Livingstone pushes it to cover.