Jun 30, 2021

Root guides England to win in 1st ODI

Joe Root led England to a five-wicket win against Sri Lanka in the first one-day international at Chester-le-Street.
 
Chasing just 186, the hosts wobbled at 80-4 in the 12th over but Root's unbeaten 79 from 87 balls saw them win with 15.1 overs to spare.
 
He and Moeen Ali calmed any nerves with a stand of 91 and when the latter was out for 28 the win was all-but assured.
 
Sri Lanka dropped Moeen first ball and put in another dismal batting effort - bowled out for 185 in 42.3 overs.
 
Captain Kusal Perera made 73 from 81 balls and Wanindu Hasaranga a 65-ball 54 but only one other batter made double figures.
 
Chris Woakes returned an impeccable 4-18 and David Willey 3-44, while there were also two run-outs and a raft of soft dismissals in a Sri Lanka batting effort weakened by three players being sent home for breaching Covid-19 protocols on Monday.
 
England, comprehensive winners in last week's Twenty20 series, now lead the three-match one-day series 1-0.
 
The sides meet again in the second ODI on Thursday at The Oval before the final match in Bristol on Sunday.
 
(BBC Sport)
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