England vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI. The match took place at the Riverside Ground in Durham. Sri Lanka started the match with 3 of their main players Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, and Danushka Gunathilaka suspended. As the 3 players breached the bio-secure bubble. England on the other hand had players returning to the One-Day setup after long hauls. England defeat Sri Lanka in the first ODI.
1st ODI England vs Sri Lanka
Eoin Morgan captain of England won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Opening the batting for Sri Lanka was Pathum Nissanka and Captain Kusal Perera. Sri Lanka got off to a shaky start losing 3 quick wickets. Captain Kusal Perera and Wanindu Hasaranga got in the middle and built a partnership. Both batsmen crossed their half-centuries. Disciplined bowling from the English side ensured that Sri Lanka was restricted below 200. Sri Lanka ended 185/10 in 42.3 overs. Chris Woakes was the pick of the bowler picking up 4 wickets and giving away only 18 runs in his spell of 10 overs. It also included 5 maiden overs. For Sri Lanka, captain Kusal Perera was the pick of the batsman scoring 73.
Opening the batting for England was Jhonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone. Jhonny Bairstow got off to a thunderous start and helped England cross 50 runs in less than 5 overs. Sri Lanka then bounced back and took quick wickets. Before, Joe Root and Moeen Ali stuck in the middle and helped England chase the target. Joe Root crossed the half-century mark. England completed 189/5 in 34.5 overs. Joe Root was the pick of the batsman scoring 79. For Sri Lanka, Dushmantha Chameera was the pick of the bowlers picking up 3 wickets. England defeated Sri Lanka by 5 wickets and 91 balls to spare.
Chris Woakes won the Man of the Match Award.