An Unexpected bumper has stopped the game after a delayed start and five overs of play the mighty drizzle has returned and is getting the ground staff to rush in with the trademark English pitch cover. It is getting mightier by the minute. The entire ground has been put under sheets. The only thing we can do is to just wait for the drizzling to stop.
The England take on Sri Lanka in the fifth and final ODI of the series in Cardiff on Saturday and after being pocketed the series, England play for dominance while Sri Lanka need a win to get some momentum ahead. Catch live cricket scores and live cricket updates from the match here.
There is’nt the small matter of putting on a show for the Cardiff crowd. Attendances in whole this series have been stayed excellent.
The Royal London Cup scores this season have ranged between 218 to 302. There is a short straight boundary towards the River Taff which will tempt the powerful hitters in both teams. The spinners will need to hold their nerve. The forecast is promising with just the outside chance of a shower.
The shocking out-of-form England batsman is none-other than it’s own captain, Eoin Morgan. All things are relative – he has scored 43 and 22 in his two innings of the series – and he fell to a spectacular catch in the ground. He has plenty of credit in the bank, as Alastair Cook did when he struggled in the Test side, but as the current climate in the UK shows banks can still run them into many troubles. Morgan appears to have shelved his first-class ambitions, so the limited-overs game is his domain and no captain wants discussion about his own form to become a dominating issue.
The Sri-Lankan Batsman Danushka Gunathilaka enjoyed his best match of the series at The Ova by scoring a composed 62 off 64 balls, nipping in with the wicket of Joe Root then holding that catch for the ages at backward point when Morgan interrupted his square cut. Sri Lanka want to give youth a chance at the top of the order – it is one of the reasons they have resisted promoting Upul Tharanga and it has become the sort of the whole tour where small successes such as Gunathilaka’s are what they need to grab hold of in their upcoming time.
England Team Squad
Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid
Sri Lanka Team Squad
Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews (capt), Seekkuge Prasanna, Upul Tharanga, Dasun Shanaka, Farveez Maharoof, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal.
so lets see what happens when the Drizzling stops and whom it will going to give benefit to.