England win rain-affected ODI against Sri Lanka; take 1-0 series lead

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Joe Root and Eoin Morgan commanded with the bat early on before Chris Woakes picked up wickets later to see England take a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. The first ODI of the series was washed out after just 15 overs were bowled but there was enough in the second to get a result. When the drizzle turned into heavy rain, Sri Lanka were well behind the cutoff and after an hour of delay, England won by 31 runs under the DLS method.
England needed to bowl 20 overs in Sri Lanka’s chase to ensure a result and not have to play on the reserve day on Sunday. The weather held up until then with drizzle coming down at the time. To facilitate that, England bowled 10 overs in 31 minutes at one point with play being eventually stopped in the 29th over.
Batting first, England lost the plot to lose five wickets with 59 runs coming during the middle to latter part of the innings. But boosted by Root and skipper Morgan, did enough to get a competitive 278/9 total while looking like getting 300-plus at one stage. Morgan scored 92 runs from 91 balls but his attempt of a 12th ODI ton was stopped by Lasith Malinga who picked up a fifer.
Malinga’s figures of 5/44 made him the oldest seamer to take an ODI five-wicket haul since Wasim Akram in 2003. The Sri Lankan seamer picked up wickets of Jason Roy, Morgan and closed out the tail with dismissals of Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Liam Dawson.
Morgan saw support from Root who scored 71 runs from 83 balls and looked set for a century himself before giving a catch off a leading edge off the bowling of Dhananjaya de Silva.