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Lucky to get out of this game with a tie: Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan
England’s captain Eoin Morgan. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

After the first ODI of the 5-match series between England and Sri Lanka ended in a tie, the England skipper Eoin Morgan said that his side was lucky to escape with a dramatic tie.

Chasing a target of 287, England were struggling at 82 for six but Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes got the home side back on track. Buttler scored 93 runs from 99 balls with 6 fours and a six, and Woakes remained unbeaten on 95 from 92 balls with 4 boundaries. The skipper also contributed 43 runs off 49 balls.

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The home side needed 14 off the last over, and it went all the way down to the last ball with 7 to win. Liam Plunkett smacked Nuwan Pradeep over his head for a six  to tie the match. Chris Woakes was adjudged as the man of the match.

“We are very lucky to get out of this game with a tie and go to Edgbaston at 0-0 all square,” Morgan was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “The general performance was poor. Bat, ball, field, was really rusty. That was as bad as we have performed with the bat over the past year,” the 29-year old added.

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He also insisted that he had great belief in the capability of the players and this performance boosted the confidence especially with the tail enders finishing off matches for the team.

“You can always win the game from any situation and today proved that a little bit,” Morgan said. “We were dead and buried a couple of times in the World T20. There is a lot of belief in the changing room, particularly with the bat.”

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