England Too Good For Sri Lanka In First ODI

England have won the first ODI against Sri Lanka by 5 wickets.

On a barmy day at the Emirates Riverside in Durham, Eoin Morgan won the toss and inserted Sri Lanka in to bat on a very good batting wicket.

A combination of the inexperience of the Sri Lankan side, and the class of the world-class England bowling attack, meant that Sri Lanka had precious few opportunities to impose themselves on the game.

Kusal Perera provided resistance with a gutsy 73 off 81, alongside Wanindu Hasaranga who aided with an able 54  off 65.

The class of Chris Woakes, however, prevailed, with him finishing with figures of 10 overs, 5 maidens, 18 runs for 4 wickets.

This restricted Sri Lanka to a total of 185 all out. A disappointing total? Yes. Even worse, however, was the fact that they only managed to bat for 42.3 overs.

If Sri Lanka are to be a serious contender in world cricket, their line up will have to last the 50 overs of a match.

That being said, Sri Lanka showed great heart in overturning early momentum going the host's way after Jonny Bairstow hit a brutal 43 off 21 to start England's reply.

At one point, England wobbled to 80-4, but underpinned by the ever green Joe Root's 79 not out, they ended up cruising to a 5 wicket victory.

All eyes turn to the Oval on Thursday to see if Sri Lanka can turn their fortunes around. England? They will surely look to continue the momentum of being unbeaten across the last 4 matches.


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