Sam Billings and Liam Livingstone gained their twenties faith when England were able to withstand a shake-up in the top order to clinch a series victory over Sri Lanka after a second match hit by the rain.
The duo are on the verge of setting up limited overs, but after England stumbled to 36 for 4 in the pursuit of 112 – a target reduced to 103 from 18 overs after a sharp shower – they ‘ scored an important 54 out of 48 balls.
Billings (24) left with 13 still needed, but Livingstone (29 not out) and Sam Curran (16 not out) got England over the finish line with five wickets and 11 balls left when they were in an undisputed lead. moved from 2-0 in the three. match series.
A stellar joint effort in the field limited Sri Lanka to 111 for 7 – the lowest total England ever conceded when he sent off the full award – with Mark Wood and Adil Rashid taking two wickets apiece.
Another overwhelming performance with the bat of Sri Lanka after winning the toss blew to fear for another blow after the defeat of eight wickets the day before, but an English top order missing Jos Buttler due to a calf strain , bumped on an uncomfortable surface. one like Wednesday.
Then the tourist struggled with the occasional fluctuating bounce, continuously losing wickets and only occasionally finding the boundary. It was a similar story 24 hours later when David Willey and Sam Curran suffocated Sri Lanka, who stumbled to 26 for 2 after the first match without hitting a four or six.
It was the first time England had blocked their opponent in the first six overs in this format – Sri Lanka finally got their boundary set going after 46 balls – while Curran’s clever footwork Danushka Gunathilaka ran out, whose opening partner Avishka Fernando ghol to deep square leg.
Kusal Mendis cut Mark Wood away in the eighth lead of third man for the first four of Sri Lanka, and made Chris Chris spin a bit for six, but a 50-run alongside Kusal Perera used 54 balls, after which the pair departed . fast in succession.
Perera, who dropped David Malan at 19, added just two more, before a switch struck Rashid slack in the 13th over. Five balls later, Mendis leaves for a run-a-ball 39 after jumping Wood high into the night sky.
Jonny Bairstow ran a difficult shot to the left, while Wood had two in two when Dickwella got a lead to cover.
Rashid had a second time when Wanindu Hasaranga missed a corner after loading on the field, leaving Bairstow with a simple bump. Sri Lanka could not gain momentum until Isuru Udana knocked Jordan off the ground when he was past three figures in the final lead.
Any thought of an easy chase at a problematic pitch was quickly banished when Bairstow were cleared in the second over, while Malan had his second single-digit score of the series when he was caught in front of Dushmantha Chameera. the review showed that the ball would have plunged into the bone stump.
Those who support Sri Lanka among the nearly 3,000 fans made their full voice heard when Morgan beat as he slammed England to 31 for 3 at the end of six overs. The position worsened when Jason Roy was 17 years old long term when he wanted to increase the pace.
Billings and Livingstone started nervously – both could have hacked early in their innings – but gradually warmed up with rain in the air, manipulating the field and running hard between the wickets.
They took England to 69 for 4 after 12 overs when the shower got heavier, leading to a short break and a reduced target of 12 fewer balls.
Billings slammed Hasaranga on his butt, but an eight-ball como from Curran completed the match, giving England a series victory ahead of the final on Saturday in Southampton.
Sri Lanka 111 for 7 in 20 overs (Mendis 39) lost by England 108 for 5 in 16.1 overs (Livingstone 29 no.) With five wickets.