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England v Sri Lanka T20 Series 3-0
The T20 series was largely a formality as England cruised to a series whitewash with three convincing victories over Sri Lanka. England would have preferred a sterner test before the Pakistan series to follow as well as the T20 World Cup later in the year, but a few players on the cusp of the team got a needed run out on the international stage.
1st T20 | England v Sri Lanka – England won by 8 wickets with 17 balls remaining
The first match saw Sri Lanka bat first in Cardiff and post 129 with Dasun Shanka scoring reaching 50 and Kusal Perera reaching 30 but it was never likely to be enough to trouble England who responded accordingly. Jason Roy and Jos Buttler opened the batting and immediately hit the ground running as Buttler’s score of 68 from 55 earned him the player of the match.
Sam Curran and Liam Livingstone got a few overs in with the ball and took three wickets between them to boost their case for selection going forward.
2nd T20 | England v Sri Lanka – England won by 5 wickets (with 11 balls remaining) (D/L method)
The rain affected 2nd T20 at Cardiff was arguably the closest of the three matches as England once again chased a poor score from Sri Lanka. It was an largely unchanged side from England as just one change was made by Eoin Morgan and the selectors with Sam Billings coming in for Jos Buttler with the gloves.
112 was the target set for England as Adil Rashid and Mark Wood continued their good form with the ball, grabbing two wickets each on a slippery surface at Sophia Gardens. Bairstow replaced Buttler in the opening partnership with Roy and went for a duck on his third ball. The top order didn’t help the chase with Roy, Morgan and Malan all going for less than 20 but the depth of the squad and battling line up did the damage required.
Billings, Livingstone and Sam Curran got England over the line with 11 balls remaining to seal the series.
3rd T20 | England v Sri Lanka – England won by 89 runs
It was England’s turn to open the batting in the third and final game in Southampton and a chance for the team to stretch their legs and post a strong score. With Roy sitting this one out, it was down to Malan and Bairstow to show what they can do and they didn’t disappoint. The opening partnership scored 105 from 11.4 overs and put England in a commanding lead, but the rest of the team failed to post any significant score, with England settling for 180 runs in the end.
Sri Lanka knew they had to come out aggressive to try and make the game competitive but early wickets from David Willey and Chris Woakes took the sting out of any potential Sri Lanka upset. Willey ended up with three wickets and the Sri Lankan’s were out for a measly 91 runs to sign off on a disappointing series. They would be looking for significant improvements in the ODI series.
England v Sri Lanka ODI Series 2-0
Having lost recent ODI series against the West Indies and Bangladesh, the Sri Lanka team wouldn’t have been feeling too confident facing up against the world champions. England were again looking at the squad players to make a claim and try and force their way into the side with tougher tests to come.
1st ODI| England v Sri Lanka – England won by 5 wickets (with 91 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka were out to bat first and had the pacy David Willey and Chris Woakes to contend with first up. Woakes took two and Willey two one as Sri Lanka were reduced to 46-3, as Kusal Perera held his own and made 73 from 81. 7 of the players from Sri Lanka scored less than 10 and a target of 185 was set.
It took less than 35 overs for England to win the opening game of the series as Bairstow went off strong with 43 off 21 balls and man of the match Joe Root scored 79 from 87. Just like the T20 series, England won their first match at a canter and the lack of competition was disappointing for the spectators.
2nd ODI| England v Sri Lanka – England won by 5 wickets (with 91 balls remaining)
After a horrific start with the bat, Sri Lanka recovered well and posted 241 for England to chase. It was three wickets in the first 21 balls for England as Sam Curran ripped through the opening batsmen with incredible accuracy and all three wickets, ended the game as man of the match and five wickets in total. Willey added another four to his impressive tally, including the important wicket of Dhanajaya de Silva who was close to his century and fell for 91.
This was the kind of target that England wanted to test themselves at and they passed it with flying colours. Roy scored 60 and Bairstow 29 to put England on their way but Joe Root and Eoin Morgan earned England the win emphatically. Root scored 68 and Morgan 75, both not out to make it another comfortable victory for the home team.
3rd ODI| England v Sri Lanka – No Result
England were never able to bat as the day was rained off. Sri Lanka posted 166 and it’s highly likely England would have made it 6-0 and a clean sweep.
England play Pakistan throughout July with three ODI and T20 matches coming thick and fast around the country. Pakistan should prove a sterner test than Sri Lanka coming off the back of two solid T20 series victories against South Africa and Zimbabwe. We have limited capacity for this series but please enquire on the game of your choice and we will do our best to accommodate you.
- 08/07/2021 | England v Pakistan ODI – Cardiff
- 10/07/2021 | England v Pakistan ODI – Lord’s
- 13/07/2021 | England v Pakistan ODI – Edgbaston
- 16/07/2021 | England v Pakistan T20 – Trent Bridge
- 18/07/2021 | England v Pakistan T20 – Headingley
- 20/07/2021 | England v Pakistan T20 – Emirates Old Trafford
The final series and arguably the highlight for England this summer is the 5 match test series against India, one of the toughest match ups in world cricket. After losing in India in the winter, England will be desperate to perfect their line up ahead of the Ashes so expect full strength sides and competitive games throughout.
- 04/08/2021 | England v India Test Match – Trent Bridge
- 12/08/2021 | England v India Test Match – Lord’s
- 25/08/2021 | England v India Test Match – Headingley
- 02/09/2021 | England v India Test Match – Kia Oval
- 10/09/2021 | England v India Test Match – Emirates Old Trafford
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