Sam Curran demanded his best figures before the English captain Eoin Morgan shone with the bat as world champions England won after a series victory Sri Lanka in the second one-day match at the Oval Thursday.
The host pursued the goal of 242, and managed to complete their task with seven overs. Morgan scored the best with a brilliant 75 that was not from 83 balls, including eight fours and a six. He is well supported by senior team Joe Root, which remained unbeaten on 68 of 87 deliveries using five boundaries.
The pair Morgan and Root added an unbeaten stand of 140 runs for the third wicket to take their side over the finish line. Apart from the experienced duo, the openers also did a tremendous job and dominated the proceedings.
Jason Roy, who made a turn to the side after a thigh muscle injury, gave his team a flying start by forming a 75-run partnership for the first wicket Jonny Bairstow. Roy scored 60 off 52 balls, while Bairstow could only manage to hit 29.
Earlier, Curran completely destroyed the Sri Lankan batting order and picked up his first five wickets in the 50-over format. Curran removed the top three batsmen, Pathum Nissanka (5), Kusal Perera (0), en Avishka Fernando (2), to reduce the visitors to 12/3. The left-handed shooter then fired Wanindu Hasaranga (26) and Chamika Karunaratne (21) to complete his fiver in the game.
Dhananjaya de Silva and Dasun Shanaka took their side out of the hot water and secured the ship. The duo formed an important 78-run partnership around the sixth wicket to help Sri Lanka reach a competitive total.
Dhananjaya scored a remarkable century with just nine runs as David Willey fired him in the 35th over. Willey not only stopped there when he also sent Shanaka back in the 45th over. Willey took a 4-fer for 64 runs in his ten-over quota.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
An excellent ten overs from Sam Curran. He throws it up and swings it to start and then hits it short to finish. He finishes with five wickets in front of his home crowd. Nice #ENGvSL
– Rob Johnston (@RobJ_Cricket) 1 July 2021
England wins the 2nd ODI!
– ICC (@ICC) 1 July 2021
Tom Curran claimed his girlfriend ODI 5-wkt haul (5/35) against Aus on 28 January 2018.
He was then 22 years-322 days!
The younger brother, Sam Curran, claimed his first 5-watch today (5/48) # ENGvsSL at the Oval at 23 years-28 days!
They are the 4th and 5th youngest for England!
– Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 1 July 2021
It’s about control today. The English batsman was in control throughout their innings, and yet succeeded at a faster pace than Sri Lanka. They performed their skills perfectly.
False shots in England: 13.3% (RR: 5.62)
False shots in Sri Lanka: 18.2% (RR: 4.82)#ENGvSL
– The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) 1 July 2021
– Tammy Beaumont (@Tammy_Beaumont) 1 July 2021
What happened here is that Sam Curran and David Willey bowled out a team with bouncers. True story.
– Rory Dollard (@thervd) 1 July 2021
Sam Curran has taken more wickets today than Tom Curran has scored in his last ten ODIs over the past two years.#ENGvSL
– Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) 1 July 2021
Joe Root vs Sri Lanka in 2021: 228, 1, 186, 11, 79 *, 68 *
– Nick Friend (@ NickFriend1) 1 July 2021
Some many things to love and admire about Eoin Morgan as a cricketer. For me his calling, it is a thing of beauty. Loud, clear and decisive, his partner never in the dark as to what is about happen. #yesnowait #nerdycomment
— Seth Bennett (@Sethb45) July 1, 2021
– Wisden (@WisdenCricket) 1 July 2021
Eoin Morgan is the first player with a 50+ score on the tenth anniversary of a 50+ score against the same team in ODIs.
1 Jul 2011 – 52 (40) v SL in Leeds
1 Jul 2021 – 75 * (83) v SL by The Oval#ENGvSL
– Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) 2 July 2021
I hope Sam Curran leaves CSK with at least 3-4 trophies.
– Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) 1 July 2021
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 1, 2021