Yesterday in the first match between Sri Lanka snd the home team England, the visitor team Sri Lanka scored 129 runs in 20 overs with 7 wickets down. Dasun Shanaka scored his half-century off 44 balls. Kusal Perera (c)† faced 26 balls and scored 30 runs. The opener of the team Danushka Gunathilaka added 19 runs to his team’s scorecard. Sam Curran, Adil Rashid both took two wickets each. The rest of the English bowlers took one wicket each, Chris Woakes hasn’t taken any wicket.
In reply, the home team England chased down the target in 17.1 overs with the loss of just two wickets. Jason Roy scored 36 runs off 22 balls, Dawid Malan 7 of 14. Jos Buttler † 68 off 55 not out, Jonny Bairstow 13 not out. Dushmantha Chameera, Isuru Udana both took one wicket each.
Eng vs SL 2nd T20I Highlights today Thursday, 6-24-2021 – 2nd T20I (N), Sri Lanka tour of England from Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
Dri Lanka batted first after winning the toss.
Eoin Morgan: “I would have looked to do the same, we like chasing if we play well it suits us. One forced change, Jos picked up a calf strain yesterday, and Chris Woakes can’t play two days in a row, so Dave Willey takes the new ball.
The level of intensity last night was as good as it’s been for a while, so hopefully, we can use the confidence and momentum.
Kusal Perera: “We want to put a decent score on the board so that our bowlers can defend it, 130 was not enough. Hopefully, our batsmen will give them a chance.”
England team: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Sam Billings, 6 Liam Livingstone, 7 Sam Curran, 8 David Willey, 9 Chris Jordan, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Mark Wood.
Sri Lanka team: 1 Danushka Gunathilaka, 2 Avishka Fernando, 3 Kusal Perera (capt), 4 Kusal Mendis, 5 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 6 Dasun Shanaka, 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, 8 Isuru Udana, 9 Akila Dhananjaya, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Binura Fernando.
Post Match Presentation.
“I’ll keep charging in and giving what I can. Junior kicking it on the stumps gave us great energy, CJ leads the bowlers from mid-off, and I keep whacking the wicket and make it as difficult as I could.”
“Not enough runs, they are a No.1 ranked bowling attack, we’re ranked No.9 and you can see the difference, for us it’s about learning from every game, every experience, and getting better as we go along.
“We are consistently talking about freedom and taking the handbrake off but you can only bat as well as you are allowed to. We can be more proactive, try and do different things, but we are learning all the time. We bowled really well, and the fielding has gone up another level. Excited by the bowling unit, and our batters are excited in our own conditions. It’s about transferring those skills to other environments.”
“Our bowling was right on point, both batting sides struggled to take aggressive options which is a shame, but it ended up being a tight game. Took risks and lost wickets, which is disappointing, but Liam showed the class he’s shown for Lancashire and Sam for Kent. Juggling DLS, and being challenged by the Sri Lanka bowlers.
“DLS crept upon us, it was clear all morning. We were thankful we managed to reduce Sri Lanka so that it didn’t jump upon us. Two big areas for us are fielding, you play on smaller grounds with a high value on boundaries – out, or dropped catch and six – and our death bowling away from home is an area to improve on.”