After England pulled off a dramatic, final-ball tie against Sri Lanka in the first One Day International of their five-match ODI cricket series on Tuesday, the two countries will fight for a leg up in the series in a match that will stream live from Edgbaston, in England’s second-largest city of Birmingham on Friday.
After allowing 286 runs to their visitors in the first innings, England got off to what appeared to be a disastrous start, falling to just 82 with six wickets down when Jos Buttler’s 93 and an unbeaten 95 from Chris Woakes rebuilt the hosts’ chances in the match at Trent Bridge June 21.
— The Guardian (@guardian) June 21, 2016
But it was Liam Plunkett who played the hero’s role on the day. Coming in at Number 10, Plunkett was on strike with England needing seven runs off a single ball in the 50th over to win.
Plunkett ended up with Engalnd’s fate in his hands after Woakes was able to take three runs on a shot to fine leg, bringing England into view of miracle finish, but surrendering the strike in the process.
While of course Plunkett couldn’t deliver the full seven, he smashed the final delivery from Sri Lanka pacer Nuwan Pradeep into the grandstand for the full six required to tie the game and complete the England comeback.
Watch full highlights of the thrilling first ODI England vs. Sri Lanka match in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the second England vs. Sri Lanka ODI cricket match, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. First ball is scheduled for 2 p.m. British Summer Time, at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham, England, on Friday, June 24.
For fans in the United States, the live stream gets underway at 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 6 a.m. Pacific.
While many of the England players were ecstatic over the nail-biting finish — all-rounder David Willey said, “I don’t think I have I have been involved in as exciting a finish as the tie at Trent Bridge on Monday night,” — England one-day Captain Eoin Morgan threw cold water on their enthusiasm.
“We are very lucky to get out of this game with a tie,” Morgan said after the match. “That was as bad as we have performed with the bat over the past year.”
Last time England played Sri Lanka at Edgbaston a Thirimanne 60 helped his team to a 6 wicket victory in 2014 pic.twitter.com/pLJWZs84fx
— ICC (@ICC) June 24, 2016
On the other side, Sri Lanka captain and the team’s last remaining true international superstar, Angelo Matthews, appeared in doubt for Friday’s second ODI match, as there was still the hamstring injury he suffered against England during the T20 World Cup in India on March 26.
Matthews said that he was playing at 70 percent of his ability during the first ODI on Tuesday, and he underwent testing on the hamstring injury after the match. If he cannot play on Friday, Sri Lanka will face an especially difficult task against England at Edgbaston.
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There are two ways to watch a live stream of the England Vs. Sri Lanka Second ODI match in the five-match series, free and legally. The first option is ESPN3, the online-only service of ESPN, which will stream the entire ODI series, infusing the Edgbaston match, at this link. ESPN3 is free to subscribers of almost any major internet service provider and dozens of smaller ISPs. For a complete list, check this link, or try the instructions at this link if you do not have an account with an ISP that carries ESPN3.
The entire England Vs. Sri Lanka five-match ODI cricket series will also be streamed live online by international sports network One World Sports. The Sling TV international sports package includes One World Sports and costs a fee of $10 per month. But the first month is free, and the subscription can be cancelled at any time. To access the Sling TV offer, visit this link.
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