England one-day captain Eoin Morgan heaps praise on Warwickshire pair Chris Woakes and Olly Stone after win over Sri Lanka

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Eoin Morgan hailed the impact of Chris Woakes and Olly Stone following England’s comfortable one-day international victory over Sri Lanka in Dambulla.

The tourists batted first and registered a score of 278-9 at the end of the innings with Morgan scoring a very creditable 92.

Morgan was England’s standout batting performer

Morgan was England’s standout batting performer

In reply, Sri Lanka were 140-5 after 29 overs before the rain came down and England were later awarded a 31-run win on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method.

The triumph puts England 1-0 up in the five-match series after the first game produced no result due to excessive rain.

And although the tourists’ total signalled their strength with the bat, Morgan praised Warwickshire pair Woakes and Stone, who claimed four of the five Sri Lankan wickets between them as it “set the tone” towards guiding England to victory.

Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT’s Mark Nicholas, Darren Gough and Gareth Batty after the game, Morgan said: “The two Warwickshire boys really did set the tone.

Woakes claimed bowling figures of 3-26 in five overs

Woakes claimed bowling figures of 3-26 in five overs

“We know a huge amount about Chris Woakes as he’s been our MVP for years and we’re very lucky to have such a skilled bowler and a reliable campaigner in him.

“I thought Olly got off to a flyer. He’s been bowling exactly like he’s been bowling since he landed in Sri Lanka.

“He’s been bowling with pace and got the ball to move laterally which is great and he showed a cool calm head which is a delight.

“One of the benefits of batting first is having been out there and experiencing what works on the pitch, you can ultimately feed that back to the bowlers and what myself and Joe [Root] noticed was the most effective ball was cutters and our bowlers did it from ball one.

The dismissal of Niroshan Dickwella was Stone’s first wicket in international cricket

The dismissal of Niroshan Dickwella was Stone’s first wicket in international cricket

“Not only did our bowlers go out and perform but they were willing to take in information from us batsmen.”

Morgan did, however, praise England’s work with the bat, claiming their score of 278 was actually higher than anticipated.

He added: “We actually thought it was above par. We were aiming for around 260 or 270 as a total and for a long time during the innings we looked like we were going to bat past that and we were putting ourselves in a really commanding position.

“I thought Sri Lanka fought back really well. After I got out, Lasith Malinga continued the momentum and showed what he has to offer; he remains a very highly skilled bowler and some of the guys who hadn’t faced him before struggled.

“With the tail wagging I thought Adil Rashid and Olly Stone played a huge part and made a big difference between chasing 250 and 270.”

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