England beat Sri Lanka by 18 runs via the Duckworth Lewis method in the rain-marred fourth one-day worldwide yesterday to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. The first match of the series was canceled due to rain, after which England have defeated Sri Lanka three consecutive matches. Dasun Shanaka, whose run-a-ball 66 did the most to propel Sri Lanka toward respectability, pinpointed two of the instances in which his team had let the match slip.
With England on 132 for two from 27 overs, Root (32) and Morgan (31) seemed well placed to put their side on the route to victory.
England, chasing a target of 274 in their 50 overs, were 132/2 in 27 overs when rain stopped played.
However, one ball later Rashid dismissed Kusal Mendis (5) lbw as England claimed 3-18 in six overs to take control of the match.
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Dickwella steadied the Sri Lanka innings, putting on 60 for the second wicket, with captain Dinesh Chandimal (30) after Sadeera Samaawickrama fell for one.
Eoin Morgan's has been in fine batting in this series, the England skipper started his Island campaign with 91 not out in the warm-up match, followed by respective scores of 14*, 92 and 58* in his three innings in the ODI series so far. Had he not attempted a suicidal single just as he was starting to ramp up the big hitting in the death overs, Sri Lanka might have managed a score closer to 300. However, Trevor Bayliss, England's head coach, is unlikely to prevent the players from warming up by playing football, as he still believes that the benefits of them enjoying the competition outweigh the risks of injury. But then, disaster. Thisara Perera mis-hit a ball into the leg-side, more or less directly to the fielder ranging close at midwicket.
The 4th ODI ODI between Sri Lanka and England will be played on October 20, Saturday. "It's an important game but also may be an opportunity to look at some other guys as well". Normally I have this habit of coming down the wicket about two feet whenever a shot is played.
"If it was not a no-ball we could have won the game but that's our mistake." said Chandimal.