Sri Lanka vs England, 2nd ODI

England Players Enjoy Jungle Safari Ahead Of Second One Dayer Against Sri Lanka

England Players Enjoy Jungle Safari Ahead Of Second One Dayer Against Sri Lanka

The hosts showed some middle order resolve but they were 140-5 after 29 overs when the rain caused a match-ending stoppage, way off the DLS target of 171, meaning Morgan's men took a 1-0 lead in the five-game series following Wednesday's washout at the same venue. At anywhere between 65 to 95 per cent chances of rain is forecast in Dambulla for Saturday, the second ODI looks like going down the same road as well. However, there is a reserve day kept for Sunday, unlike the first game, but the players, officials and fans alike will be hoping to see some sort of action on Saturday. The first ODI didn't give much chance for any of the two sides to analyse much.

England's openers had sped to 49 in eight overs before Nuwan Pradeep had Jonny Bairstow caught behind for 25 and Jason Roy miscued offspinner Akila Dananjaya and was caught for 24. In short, scheduling cricket during monsoon season in Sri Lanka is a risky endeavour, a gamble that didn't pay off on Wednesday when only 15 overs were possible in the first, abandoned ODI, and which is looking decidedly dodgy once again.

The Test action between Sri Lanka and England will begin from November 6 in Galle. Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella and Dhananjaya de Silva will all be expected to rally around their captain. The team winning the toss will be keen on fielding first considering there is plenty of rain around. Earlier, England handed over maiden ODI cap to Olly Stone who came in as a cover for Liam Plunkett.