World No 1 T20 batsman Dawid Malan hits a formidable 76 from 48 balls in a crushing 89-run win over Sri Lanka as England seal 3-0 sequence whitewash
- Dawid Malan produced a superb show as England overcame Sri Lanka
- Malan hit 76 from 48 balls as England managed to finish a 3-0 sweep
- After the sport Malan emphasised that he relishes opening the batting
It says one thing of the wealthy sources England presently possess in short-form cricket that the world’s primary Twenty20 batsman got here into this sequence finale beneath a little bit of strain.
Dawid Malan’s response was emphatic: his twelfth 50-plus rating in 27 appearances on this format proved the cornerstone of a crushing 89-run win over a Sri Lankan facet which have dropped so low within the worldwide standings they enter a Twenty20 World Cup that Eoin Morgan’s group have designs on profitable this autumn on the qualifying stage.
The problem for Malan, nevertheless, was offered not by the energy of the opposition however of rivals queueing up for top-order batting locations behind him.
Dawid Malan hit 76 from 48 balls as England accomplished a 3-0 sweep in opposition to Sri Lanka
Discuss has turned to presumably accommodating Ben Stokes at quantity three when he returns to health, whereas gamers of the ilk of Joe Root, high scorer for England on the final World Cup, and Alex Hales, who struck 100 for Nottinghamshire on Saturday, don’t function within the present choice equation.
There have been faster Malan 50s in T20s for England – two for the document – however this innings couldn’t have been higher timed following two single-figure flops in Cardiff.
And it got here from his favoured opening place after Jason Roy was dominated out as a consequence of a good hamstring. This was solely the fourth event on which Malan has gone in first for his nation.
‘I’ve all the time opened. As a result of I bat three for England – it was the one spot accessible – individuals suppose I am a quantity three batter however I am an opener, so it’s again to doing what I do and what I really feel snug with,’ Malan stated, following a 48-ball 76 that started in his customary conservative method earlier than exploding right into a bathe of sixes.
Jonny Bairstow (left) congratulates Malan after scoring a 50 throughout the conflict with Sri Lanka
‘We all know how we wish to play as a group, we’re backed to play our manner and generally that will get criticism, however we all know our strategies. The criticism does hassle me generally, however it drives me as effectively. I wish to show some extent so once I do get criticised, I like going on the market and proving mistaken these with their opinions.’
100 stand with Jonny Bairstow – after Sri Lanka captain Kusal Perera bucked the earlier development and inserted the hosts – was England’s first for the primary wicket since 2013.
The Ageas Bowl will be the English floor with the largest boundaries, however you wouldn’t have recognized it so imperiously did Malan flick and loft. Except for being barged to the ground by left-armer Binura Fernando in his comply with via throughout the second over, he appeared in little discomfort.
England captain Eoin Morgan (centre) with the trophy after his group gained the sequence 3-0
However, starved of the strike for lengthy spells, his personal innings misplaced impetus throughout a Sri Lankan spell of 5 for 19 which included his personal holing out.
At midway, England appeared on for 200 however Bairstow’s departure to a full toss quickly afterwards prompted a tactical transfer to take tempo off the ball.
Morgan’s seamers took observe. Chris Woakes, again in for the rested Mark Wooden, went for simply 9 runs – probably the most economical T20 worldwide evaluation by an Englishman – whereas Sam Curran and Chris Jordan weren’t a lot additional behind. David Willey claimed three wickets as a 3-0 clear sweep was achieved at a canter.
Sophia Dunkley will make her one-day debut for England in opposition to India on Sunday within the first assembly between the international locations in 50-over cricket since Heather Knight’s group grew to become world champions at Lord’s 4 years in the past.