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Sam Curran claimed the first five-wicket haul of his white-ball career as England wrapped up the Royal London Series against Sri Lanka with a game to spare at the Kia Oval. (stock photo)

Sam Curran claimed the first five-wicket haul of his white-ball career as England wrapped up the Royal London Series against Sri Lanka with a game to spare at the Kia Oval. (stock photo)

Sam Curran claimed the first five-wicket haul of his white-ball career as England wrapped up the Royal London Series against Sri Lanka with a game to spare at the Kia Oval. (stock photo)

Sam Curran claimed the first five-wicket haul of his white-ball career as England wrapped up the Royal London Series against Sri Lanka with a game to spare at the Kia Oval.

The hosts sauntered to an eight-wicket victory as Joe Root and Eoin Morgan piled on an unbroken stand of 140, comfortably chasing down a target of 242 to make it 2-0 heading to Sunday’s finale in Bristol.

Curran was promoted to new-ball duties on his home ground and rose to the occasion with figures of five for 48, including three in his first nine deliveries as the tourists slumped to a torrid 21 for four.

Dhananjaya De Silva’s excellent 91 staved off the threat of outright humiliation as they reached the relative respectability of 241 for nine but that was still nowhere near enough to constrain the world champions.

Root picked up precisely where he left off in making a match-winning 79 not out in Durham on Tuesday, easing to an elegant 68no but Morgan’s knock came with added importance.

He had gone 15 innings and 10 months without an international half-century but hit his way back into form with 75no, including eight fours and a six.

England captain Morgan said: “It was a good day. As a captain I don’t think massively about my batting. Today it was nice to get some time in the middle and hopefully the runs continue.”

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Curran added: “It was awesome to pick up some wickets on my home ground with my brother (Tom) and another Surrey player in Jason Roy too.”


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