England dominate Sri Lanka in third ODI as Adil Rashid and Tom Curran star with the ball

England dominate Sri Lanka as Adil Rashid and Tom Curran star with the ball before Eoin Morgan hits 58 to give tourists unassailable lead in series

  • Adil Rashid took four wickets and Tom Curran three as Sri Lanka finished 150-9 
  • Jason Roy scored rapid 41 from 26 balls to put England in comfortable position  
  • Eoin Morgan hit impressive 58 to continue his fine form on the tour so far
  • England are now two games up with just two remaining in five-match series  

Paul Newman for MailOnline

If nothing else comes from the soggy one-day leg of this Sri Lanka tour then at least England are discovering more and more World Cup options.

First Olly Stone put his hand up to gatecrash the World Cup party with his sheer pace in Dambulla and on Wednesday Tom Curran, another fringe member of England’s 50-over squad, displayed the variations that make him a viable pick.

Curran was outstanding in England’s seven-wicket third one-day international victory in what became a 21-over game because of more of the heavy rain that has exposed the sheer folly of staging the tour in the Sri Lankan monsoon season.

Tom Curran performed impressively with the ball as England restricted Sri Lanka to 150

Tom Curran performed impressively with the ball as England restricted Sri Lanka to 150

Dasun Shanaka was one of four wickets claimed by Adil Rashid who was a constant menace

Dasun Shanaka was one of four wickets claimed by Adil Rashid who was a constant menace

Rashid found plenty of turn and exploited the conditions to perfection in Kandy

Rashid found plenty of turn and exploited the conditions to perfection in Kandy

The heavy clouds in Kandy matched the metaphorical ones hanging over Sri Lanka whose turmoil on and off the field was increased with a defeat that gives England an unassailable 2-0 lead with two 50-over games to play.

This was all too easy for an England side who resisted the temptation to turn this into a Twenty20 exercise by bringing in an extra batsman in Alex Hales and promoting Jos Buttler to open when they then faced a chase of 151 in 21 overs.

Instead Eoin Morgan treated it as a truncated one-day international and was rewarded with a demonstration of the strength in depth of his squad in the form of a man who spent the summer being overshadowed by his little brother.

It was Sam Curran who took the plaudits for his starring role in the Test series victory over India but now big brother Tom showed the competition for places that has made England the best 50-over side in the world.

Eoin Morgan will have been delighted by his bowlers, particularly Curran and Rashid

Eoin Morgan will have been delighted by his bowlers, particularly Curran and Rashid

Jason Roy went on the attack from the off and scored a rapid 41 from 26 deliveries 

Jason Roy went on the attack from the off and scored a rapid 41 from 26 deliveries 

Curran, coming into the side for the injured Liam Dawson, took three wickets for just 17 runs in his four overs, impressing with his well-disguised slower ball out of the back of his hand and his ability to take on responsibility at the death.

It was also Curran who made the initial crucial breakthrough by dismissing Niroshan Dickwella for 36 off 20 balls after Sri Lanka had set off like a train in an attempt to make up for lost time after another frustrating, gloomy day.

The hosts, reeling from corruption allegations against one of their greats in Sanath Jayasuriya, and bracing themselves for more against current players, looked set for a big score when they raced to 55 without loss off five overs.

The aggressive batsman set the platform perfectly to increase England's dominant position

The aggressive batsman set the platform perfectly to increase England’s dominant position

Eoin Morgan continued his brilliant form and looked in fantastic touch in Pallekele

Eoin Morgan continued his brilliant form and looked in fantastic touch in Pallekele

But once Curran had Dickwella caught at the second attempt by Chris Woakes it was all downhill for Sri Lanka, who lost nine wickets in scoring 95 off their remaining 16 overs.

If Curran the elder was the pick of the bowlers then the most productive was Adil Rashid who has become the wicket-taker in the middle overs of a one-day game that England so badly lacked before their white-ball revolution.

Rashid displayed his intent with a brilliant googly to bowl Kusal Mendis with only his second ball and ended up with four for 36 off five overs that showed his absolute importance to this England one-day side.

Morgan, making a mockery of his pre-series suggestion he could drop himself from the World Cup side, made his second successive half century against Sri Lanka and fourth in four one-day innings after Jason Roy had got England off to a flying start.

And with Ben Stokes, who finished the match with a six, joining his captain in an unbroken stand of 73 for the fourth wicket it was all over with 15 balls to spare as the local time ticked towards midnight.

The England skipper helped his side to put the series out of reach of a Sri Lanka win

The England skipper helped his side to put the series out of reach of a Sri Lanka win


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