England won the third and final T20 international against Sri Lanka by 89 runs to complete a 3-0 clean sweep at the Southampton’s Hampshire Bowl. The Eoin Morgan-led side ticked all the boxes and rode on outstanding performances from Dawid Malan and David Willey to register their fourth biggest win in terms of runs in the shortest format of the game. While chasing 181, Kusal Perera & Co. were bowled out for a paltry 91 in 18.5 overs with Willey grabbing 3 wickets while Sam Curran picked 2 scalps. The Lankans were no match for a spirited English team led by Eoin Morgan as they were outplayed throughout the three-match series.
As Sri Lankan’s have emerged as new minnows of world cricket and are focusing everything apart from cricket, it has saddened Island’s greatest ever match winner Sanath Jayasuriya. The ‘Matara Mauler’, who rewrote the rules of ODI cricket with his swashbuckling batting, cited that the situation is critical, and it need immediate measures to save Sri Lanka cricket.
“Very sad day for Sri Lankan cricket. The situation is critical. We need immediate measures to save cricket” Jayasuriya posted on his twitter handle.
Jayasuriya was the aggressor for Sri Lanka up the order and got his team off to some electrifying starts. He, along with Aravinda De Silva, became the linchpin of the Lankan batting for the next decade.The current batsmen are truly hapless and helpless, the worst touring line-up to visit England in a long time. With scores of 111 for 7, 129 for 7 and 91 all out, Sri Lanka’s batters looked strangely impotent. They were never able to register a total that threatened England and only one of them could get up to a score of 40 all series. Eoin Morgan’s side bowled well, but should be wary of drawing too many conclusions, with the figures flattering basically all of them. Sri Lanka’s batting line-up is, on this evidence, a long way from being able to challenge on the world stage. More pressing is whether they can avoid the danger of relegation from the Cricket World Cup Super League.