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Sri Lanka Face Defeat in Only T20I Since England Play as a Unit

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Sri Lanka Face Defeat in Only T20I Since England Play as a Unit

July 07
16:17 2016

engNew Delhi, Thursday, July 7 – The stage was set to host final match between England and Sri Lanka at the Rose Bowl in Southampton a couple of days ago. And the outcome towards the end of the day made the visiting squad go back home being winless. Every time they had the opportunity to rise and do better, Angelo Mathews’ men did not succeed. Sri Lankan fans were unquestionably disappointed. England made the travellers succumb under pressure whenever they got the chance to do so. The stadium was crowded given that the audiences were ready to observe an exciting contest between the two teams.

Eoin Morgan-led England had Jason Roy, James Vince, Jos Buttler, Sam Billings, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills and Jonny Bairstow. David Willey and Dawid Malan were the players in extra. Team Sri Lanka looked strong on paper having Angelo Mathews, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Dasun Shanaka, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ramith Rambukwella, Farveez Maharoof, Nuwan Pradeep, Chaminda Bandara and Kusal Perera. Expectations were huge from these men taking the potential housed by them into consideration but confidence was not there right from the beginning of the match till its end. The players to sit on bench were Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Suraj Randiv and Upul Tharanga

Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first. However, they did not play in a manner that could have let them shine and finish the contest with a win in their pocket. Winning the toss is considered imperative but England once again proved that it was a good toss to lose. The team was invited to bowl and played as a unit. A few England cricketers were looking forward to get a break to perform in an impressive manner. Those who showcased their ability to restrict the opposition in the only T20 match played on Tuesday were Jordan, Dawson, who took three wickets each, and Plunkett, who dismissed two batsmen. Thanks to great bowling, it was a little bit easy for England to stay on the right track from where winning the last series was possible.

It has correctly been said that a 20-20 over match is not only about entertaining people with superb batting skills. More than a few matches held in the past are a proof that the bowlers can help the team to pull off and get the job done. there was no room for the visitors to make any mistake. Early wicket was eyed by England bowlers and they were able to get as soon as the match began. Kusal Perera was dismissed by Plunkett at a score of 13 that came in 15 balls. His innings included a boundary too. Danushka Gunathilaka was next to depart. Dawson was the man behind the opener’s dismissal. He scored 26 runs off 16 balls. His focus was in scoring runs in speed and he was successful to a certain extent by hitting four 4s. Kusal Mendis hit a six in his knock of 21 runs. But a quick response by Dawson post delivering the ball ended his stint on the crease. Things may have been a tad different has Mendis been not dismissed at a time when his presence was needed.

A four was struck by Angelo Mathews. Viewers expected a wonderful knock from him keeping in mind some great innings he played earlier. A knock of captain was required by Sri Lankan skipper but Dawson took his wicket when he was playing at an individual score of 11.  Wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Chandimal, on the other hand, was not in hurry. He took time to settle and hit shots when there wasn’t much risk. Dasun Shanaka, who was run out by Roy and Buttler at a score of 1, was not able to go inside the safe line while attempting to get a run. His early dismissed soon after arriving at the pitch added to stress and somehow made certain that Sri Lanka are heading towards putting a small target in front of England that might not be sufficient to defend. And this turned true.

Ramith Rambukwella was run out as well the moment Vince showed quickness in giving England an unexpected breakthrough. Rambukwella struck a six and four in his 19-run knock.  Seekkuge Prasanna couldn’t do any better for the team as Plunkett showed his the way back to the dressing room when he just opened his account.  Now, it was the time when Chandimal has to go back as Jordan bowled a good delivery. 23 runs off 22 balls (4 x 1 and 6 x 1) were his contribution. Farveez Maharoof was out when substitute Willey took a catch in Jordan’s over. Maharoof scored 10 runs in 16 balls. Nuwan Pradeep also lost his wicket to Jordan at a zero on the final ball. Chaminda Bandara was not out at 2 runs. With 13 extras, Sri Lanka scored a total of 140 runs in 20 overs. Despite starting well and scoring 51 runs in mandatory powerplay, Sri Lanka stumbled.

Defending a ‘not so impressive’ total was a tough task. It became difficult as England got to know the rivals may miss the edge while bowling but Jason Roy’s dismissal by Mathews on a naught made at least one point clear that casual approach may cost them a match. Jos Buttler was in tremendous form and scored 73 runs by facing only 49 deliveries. Three fours and four sixes grabbed eyeballs. James Vince, even though, could not play a big knock but changed strike whenever England wicket-keeper wanted. He was stumped by Chandimal in Mathews’s over. His 16 runs off 14 balls comprised a couple of 4s as well. When Vince was dismissed, England were 101 runs away from pocketing the victory but Buttler and captain Eoin Morgan kept the calm and let the bat speak.

Morgan was not out at 47 runs (4 x 1 and 6 x 2) when target was attained by England. To cut a long story short, brilliant batting by England batsmen made things look so simple. Bairstow, S Billings, Liam Dawson, Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jordan and Tymal Mills did not need to bat as job was done by the top-order already. Sri Lanka were hopeful and wished to go back home with head held high but losing in all three formats have made them take a pause, think for a while and figure out the mistakes the team did that kept them stay away from the victories. Mathews was the only man to get two wickets. Ramith Rambukwella, Farveez Maharoof, Seekkuge Prasanna, Danushka Gunathilaka, Nuwan Pradeep and Chaminda Bandara did not get any wicket. As a matter of fact, the tour of England did not turn up in a way they wanted. Defeats in a row may either make confidence dip or rise, which is only possible when efforts will be poured on improving day by day. Buttler was declared ‘Man of the Match’.

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