Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Moeen Helps England To Complete Odi Series Success In Sri Lanka

Moeen Ali picked up two key wickets as England sealed the ODI Series against Sri Lanka with an 18 run victory via the Duckworth-Lewis Method in Kandy.

The Worcestershire all-rounder dismissed two of the Sri Lankan top three in captain Dinesh Chandimal and wicket-keeper-opener Niroshan Dickwella.

Moeen ended with figures of 10-0-55-2 as Sri Lanka totalled 273-7 in their 50 overs but England were ahead of the required run rate at 132-2 from 27 overs when rain once again intervened.

It enabled them to achieve a 3-0 winning lead with one ODI remaining.

Moeen came into the attack at the end of the first powerplay with Sri Lanka 44-1 and bowled his 10 overs in one spell.

He struck in his fifth over when Chandimal (33) was drawn forward and bowled by a ball which spun through the gap and hit off stump.

Moeen enjoyed a second success when Dickwella (52) was trapped lbw and unsuccessfully reviewed the decision.

A third victim should have been claimed by Moeen when Dhananjaya de Silva came down the wicket and missed his first ball only for Jos Buttler to miss the stumping chance.