Alex Hales and Jason Roy hailed after record opening stand
England openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales decimated Sri Lanka with their charismatic opening stand to guide England to a victory by 10 wickets in the 2nd ODI at Birmingham. Hales and Roy were simply devastating as the visiting bowlers were thrashed to all parts of the ground. The duo put on a magical stand of 256 in just 34.1 overs as the crowd stood amazed with fabulous batting displays from two upcoming star batsmen.
Earlier, the England bowlers were on the money with a disciplined show as the Sri Lankan batsmen were restricted to just 254-7. Wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga scored half centuries to get their side to a respectable total. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid was the pick of the bowlers for England as he got two scalps while conceding just 34 runs in 10 overs.
Post England’s emphatic win, skipper Eoin Morgan hailed his openers. “We found different ways of taking wickets and restricting Sri Lanka to 256 was a terrific effort. And then Hales and Roy were exceptional and put on a clinic. A pleasure to be a part of it. There wasn’t a lot on offer, it held up a little bit when you smashed it in the middle of the wicket. Our bowlers were miserly. Talking about plans is one thing and doing it is another and today we did it,” said Morgan.
Morgan was also quick to praise Rashid for his efforts. “Rashid is very versatile. I chose with Ali (Moeen) to start with because there was a left-hander today but they are working very well together. There was nothing which needed to be said at the interval, we knew the target was within our reach. We spoke about it after the last game, it was a bad performance at the top of the order – something we have never done before. We’ll travel to Bristol tomorrow and hopefully, the weather is set fair. Won’t be able to be as good as today I guess,” Morgan concluded.
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