Sam Quran is claiming the first shot with five wickets in his career with white balls, as England won the one-day international series against Sri Lanka with a game that saved the Oval on Thursday.
The hosts came to victory with eight wickets as Joe Koren and Eoin Morgan accumulated in a continuous grandstand of 140, conveniently chasing the goal of 242 to make it 2-0 towards the final on Sunday in Bristol.
Curan was promoted with new balls on his home turf and rose 5-48, including three in his first nine deliveries, while the tourists fell to a terrible 21-4.
Danajaya De Silvathe excellent 91 repulsed the threat of outright humiliation when they reached a relative respect of 241-9, but that was still not close enough to limit the world champions.
Ruth continued right where she left off, making a 79-game win that didn’t come out in Durham on Tuesday, reducing it to an elegant 68 no, but Morgan’s hammer came with extra significance. He had spent 15 innings and 10 months without an international half-century, but returned to form with 75 instead of eight, including eight fours and six.
England rested Chris Wakes, his player in four games on Tuesday, but found the Koran more than ready to fill his shoes.
Colorless and relatively expensive in Chester-le-Street, it was revitalized in the Oval, taking the first leash in its first as an assertive, attacking length and hint of swing, convicted Perera bit and Avishka Fernando to lbws.
Pathum Nissan lost his middle stump as Curan got into money for reckless driving. When Charith Asalanka joined the exit in the seventh, waving David Willie bounced to a short middle wicket, it already seemed a lost cause.
A step forward De Silva, who first showed his teammates how to use the restrictions of the field and then set to place 65 with Vanindu Hasaranga and 78 with Dasun Shanaka.
De Silva was particularly strong at pulling, driving violently when he sniffed a half-volley, and showed delightful know-how when he stepped back and redirected Mark Wood’s pace of 145 km / h to the third man’s ropes. His efforts were worthy of a maiden century, but he fell nine when he pulled Willie into Ruth’s safe hands.
England’s performance in the middle was weak as Tom Curan and Adil Rashid sent 20 colorless avers for 93, but the younger Curan made his first international five as he and Willie (4-64) restarted their double act. Neither is known for speed or bounce, but together they took six gates of insistent short-field bowling.
The persecution was led by Jason Roy on his return from problems with the lower leg. He dominated the power play, scoring 41 of England’s 65 runs while standing tall and hitting the ropes hard.
Johnny Beirstov drags his stumps at 29, but Roy continues to issue the penalty and accelerates to 60 when De Silva throws himself into the air to extract a quality catch.
This cleared the scene for Ruth and Morgan, who quickly got to work. Ruth removed the gaps with minimalist guides and strains. There were more ups and downs for Morgan, but he exploded in life with four fours in six deliveries from Chamika Karunaratne.
He reached his 50’s with an accurate run, 13 faster than his partner, and entertained the crowd with a trademark reverse sweep before charging Hasaranga for six. Ruth’s job was completed when Morgan dragged the winning tracks through square legs, leaving seven overs unused and no doubt about the balance of power.