ENG Vs SL: Hosts England beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the first ODI at Riverside Ground. With this, England has managed to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Returning to the ODI team after a long gap, Joe Root was the hero of England’s victory. In his 150th ODI, Root scored an unbeaten 79 to guide England to victory.
Sri Lankan batsmen disappointed
Earlier, apart from Perera and Hasaranga, no other batsman could play a big innings for Sri Lanka, due to which the team could not bat even for the stipulated 50 overs. There was a 99-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Perera and Hasaranga. After the break of this partnership, the Sri Lankan innings fell apart like a pack of cards.