Root and Morgan pair up to top Sri Lanka despite Malinga's fifer

England's captain Eoin Morgan (L) and Adil Rashi
England's captain Eoin Morgan (L) and Adil Rashi
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Chris Woakes and Olly Stone took England to a 31-run win by DLS method after Joe Root and Eoin Morgan led the team to an above par score on a tricky Dambulla pitch.

England - 278/9 (50.0 Overs)
Sri Lanka - 140/5 (29.0 Overs)

Rain has unfortunately forced a premature end to today's play, meaning England win by 31 runs (DLS method).

Eoin Morgan's 92 was the standout contribution, but England's bowlers did well to peg Sri Lanka back to 140/5

This is the fourth time that England have faced Sri Lanka on this tour including the first two practice matches and it is the fourth time that rain has played spoilsport. Though this time the interference of rain was only partial as almost 80 overs were bowled. However, the match could not be resumed after heavy rain came down at the end of the 29th over of the Sri Lankan innings.

England lost opener Jason Roy in the first over itself after which Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root steadied the ship. After Bairstow's departure, Root and Morgan showed that why they are the two key players of this English batting lineup. However, marred by Lasith Malinga's vintage death bowling, England could not reach the magic figure of 300 which was looking possible at one point.

To make up for these runs, Warwickshire lads Chris Woakes and Olly Stone put up a great show with the new ball, toppling the top four Sri Lankan wickets within the first nine overs.

Eoin Morgan brought spinners Liam Dawson and Moeen Ali into the attack quite early with an eye on the imminent rain. This led England to breach the 20-over mark which helped them with the 31-run victory when rain came down heavily and Sri Lanka were found short by 31 runs.

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