LONDON: Dhananjaya de Silva’s run-a-ball 91 rescued Sri Lanka from a top-order collapse as they recuperated to make 241-9 in the 2nd One-day International versus England at The Oval on Thursday.
Sri Lanka were dealing with embarrassment at 21-4, with paceman Sam Curran creating chaos after England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss.
Yet de Silva, in at 6-2, reacted with his highest ODI rating and included 78 for the sixth gate with Dasun Shanaka (47) to maintain Sri Lanka in the contest.
Curran ended with ODI-best figures of 5-48, with David Willey the only various other England bowler to take wickets, in a return of 4-64. Sri Lanka shed four wickets inside the opening 7 overs. Curran struck with just his 2nd sphere when Sri Lanka captain Kusal Perera was lbw for a duck. 2 balls later, Avishka Fernando was lbw to Curran as he mixed throughout the fold.
Sri Lanka plunged to 12-3 when Pathum Nissanka was bowled between bat and pad by Curran on the drive. The collapse continued when Charith Asalanka miscued a carry out Willey to brief mid-wicket.
At 21-4, Sri Lanka risked being dismissed for less than their all-time cheapest ODI overall of 43 full blast against South Africa in Paarl in 2012. However de Silva ensured they prevented that humiliation.
P. Nissanka b S. Curran 5
M.D.K.J. Perera lbw b S. Curran 0
W.I.A. Fernando lbw b S. Curran 2
D.M. de Silva c Root b Willey 91
K.I.C. Asalanka c sub b Willey 3
W. Hasaranga c Billings b S. Curran 26
M.D. Shanaka c S. Curran b Willey 47
C. Karunaratne c Bairstow b S. Curran 21
B. Fernando c Rashid b Willey 17
P.V.D. Chameera not out 14
A.M. Fernando not out 1
EXTRAS (LB-1, W-13) 14
TOTAL (for nine wkts, 50 overs) 241
FALL OF WKTS: 1-4, 2-6, 3-12, 4-21, 5-86, 6-164, 7-206, 8-217, 9-229.
BOWLING: Willey 10-1-64-4 (6w); S.M. Curran 10-1-48-5 (2w); T.K. Curran 10-0-43-0 (2w); Wood 10-1-35-0 (1w); Adil Rashid 10-0-50-0 (2w).
ENGLAND: J.J. Roy, J.M. Bairstow, J.E. Root, E.J.G. Morgan, S.W. Billings, Moeen Ali, S.M. Curran, T.K. Curran, D.J. Willey, M.A. Wood, Adil Rashid.
UMPIRES: R.A. Kettleborough (England) and R.J. Bailey (England).
TV UMPIRE: M.A. Gough (England).
MATCH REFEREE: B.C. Broad (England).