England and Sri Lanka played a total of 32 ODI’s since 1983 till now. One ODI was tied, one got no result, 16 won by England, 14 won by Sri Lanka. Three Sri Lanka players have breached the bio-Buble and sent to their homes in Sri Lanka. So Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Praveen Jayawickrama are the debutants today.
338 is the highest total of the venue scored by the Sri Lankan team on 1 July 2019 against the West Indies. The English team’s highest total at this ground is 314 scored against Australia on 21 Jun 2018.
Eng vs SL 1st ODI Highlights today Tuesday, 6-29-2021 – 1st ODI, Sri Lanka tour of England from Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street.
Morgan won the toss and chose to bowl first.
“It has significant importance in relation to the next World Cup, allows us to give games to guys who might not appear in best XI,” Morgan says of the series. “We’ve had limited chances to have our best XI out on the field.” Root and Willey both play for 150 and 50th caps. “Two huge milestones,” Morgan says. Peter Willey presented his son’s cap in the team huddle, which is nice.
Kusal Perera: “We were also planning to bowl,” he says. On the team breaches, “It’s hard to manage the combination, but we have given the youngsters a chance for international experience. It’s been difficult, no need to lie…” he adds. “It’s concerning but we can’t control that.”
England team: 1 Liam Livingstone, 2 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Sam Billings, 6 Moeen Ali, 7 Sam Curran, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 David Willey, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Adil Rashid.
Sri Lanka team: 1 Kusal Perera (capt/wk), 2 Pathum Nissanka, 3 Charith Asalanka, 4 Ramesh Mendis, 5 Dasun Shanaka, 6 Wanindu Hasaranga, 7 Dhananjaya Lakshan, 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Binura Fernando, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Praveen Jayawickrama.
Post Match Presentation.
Kusal Perera, who made a battling 73. “I am trying to back myself and do my basis, try to bat to the 40th over, 50 would have been great. But two more games to go. Hasaranga did a good job for the team, we got a partnership but not enough for the team. It’s a team game, we have to get together to get a good score.”
Eoin Morgan “Delighted, good lengths, adapting to conditions, good lengths, cross-seam, full credit to the bowling unit, they really did fire. The lead bowlers at mid-off, mid-on, good communication with the three of us and the keeper is crucial.
On Root: “he’s one of the best in the world, in most situations. Notable in training how easy he finds things never seems to struggle. I think you can’t rule Joe out [of T20 World Cup] the role he played in 2016 was a big part in getting us to the final, and the knock he played in the final was outstanding.” So there you go.
The Player of the Match is Chris Woakes: “I think opening the bowling, a big part of the job is assessing conditions and communicating. Taking wickets stems from the run-flow but trying to be as accurate as possible. Don’t want to give any freebies, width goes to the boundary, try not to leave the stumps, find the length that hits the bails until the batsman tries something different. My rhythm wasn’t too bad, a bit short in first two overs, a couple of games for Warks hit my straps well.”