Liam Plunkett smashed the final ball of the match for six as England tied a remarkable first one-day international against Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge.
Chasing 287, Jos Buttler’s 93 and Chris Woakes’s unbeaten 95 helped the hosts recover from 30-4 and 82-6.Their innings looked to have been in vain until number 10 Plunkett launched Nuwan Pradeep’s last ball down the ground and into the stand.
Angelo Mathews scored 73 and Seekkuge Prasanna 59 in Sri Lanka’s 286-9.The tourists remain without a victory against England on this tour, having lost the three-Test series 2-0.
“There was nothing else but to try and hit it out of the ground,” said Plunkett after the tie, England’s eighth in one-day history. “I was telling myself that I’ve been hitting it well for Yorkshire, so stay still and hopefully I can get enough on it. You know when you have nailed the ball, it’s like a golf ball off the tee – a similar feeling.”
Woakes, whose 95 not out was the highest score by a No8 in ODI cricket, was rightly man of the match following his earlier two for 56 with the ball. He acted as the perfect foil for Buttler’s typically lustered batting and demonstrated why he can go beyond simply being an understudy to the injured Ben Stokes. “Woakes was outstanding,” said Morgan. “His story is that he has been competing with Stokes but the two of them are incredible cricketers – we are lucky to have both of them around. We are very lucky to get out of this game with a tie and go to Edgbaston on Friday all square. That was as bad as we have performed with the bat over the past year.”
Quick Notes Of Final Over :
England went into Nuwan Pradeep’s final over on 273-8, requiring 14 runs for victory.
Here is how the late drama unfolded:
-Woakes swats to long-off and Plunkett scrambles to turn it into a two
-Woakes digs out a superb Pradeep yorker. One run
-Another yorker from Pradeep which Plunkett bundles into the off side for a single
-Woakes is almost run out as the bowler gathers the ball and misses with his throw at the striker’s end. Dot ball
-Pradeep finds the blockhole again but Woakes scampers three to fine leg
-Plunkett clears his front leg and hammers Pradeep over long-off for six
The next match of this five-game ODI series is at Edgbaston on Friday.