After a dramatic tie with Sri Lanka in their first One Day International match, the England cricket team put together a dominant performance in the second ODI, and will look to build on that 10-wicket victory in the Third ODI that will stream live from Bristol on Sunday, just two days later.
Sri Lanka hope they will not have to contend with another record-breaking performance from the two opening England batsmen, after Alex Hales and Jason Roy combined for an unbeaten 256, the highest partnership ever recorded for a single wicket in an England ODI.
England’s Jason Roy and Alex Hales hammer centuries in rout of Sri Lanka https://t.co/r6W5LEoZpY
— The Guardian (@guardian) June 25, 2016
The combined centuries from Hales and Roy made for the fifth-best opening stand in the history of ODI cricket play.
“I’ve never experienced anything like that, where we were so in control without being reckless,” England one-day Captain Eoin Morgan said after the second ODI, at Edgbaston.
“I thought the two boys were outstanding, very imposing. They just played brilliant cricket, very entertaining.”
But even with the stunning, match-winning partnership from Hales and Roy, arguably the best performance for England came from spinner Adil Rashid, who was touched for just 34 runs in his 10 overs while taking a pair of wickets.
Rashid has surrendered only 70 runs in 20 overs across the first two matches of the five-match ODI series against visiting Sri Lanka.
“It is just about that mindset – the positive mindset,” Rashid said, explaining his brilliant run of form in the two matches so far. “It was not really a technical thing, it was more about keeping it simple and the basics.”
Watch highlights of the dominant England victory over Sri Lanka in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the England vs. Sri Lanka Third ODI match, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. First ball is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. British Summer Time at Brightside Cricket Ground in Bristol, England, on Sunday, June 26.
Fans in the United States can log in to the live stream at 5:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 2:30 a.m. Pacific.
Sri Lanka have relied heavily on the bats of Angelo Matthews and Dinesh Chandimal, who managed 44 and 52 respectively in the second ODI. But both stars could be doubtful for the third match in Bristol, as each has been suffering from a nagging hamstring issue.
3rd ODI preview – Sri Lanka sweat over fitness of Mathews and Chandimalhttps://t.co/U3HJAOvo7u
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) June 25, 2016
“We have to try to flush it out of the system and forget about this game as quickly as possible, because we’ve got only one day to come back and play pretty well,” said Sri Lanka Skipper Mathews after enduring the thumping from Hales and Roy in Friday’s match.
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There are two ways to watch a live stream of the England Vs. Sri Lanka Third 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, including the third match — at Brightside Cricket Ground in Bristol, England — 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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