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23-Oct-2018 16:58:00 GMT
SL v Eng - 5th ODI, Colombo

Sri Lanka register record win over England in dead rubber

Colombo: A dismal England fell to their heaviest defeat in one-day international cricket as Sri Lanka thrashed the tourists by 219 runs in the final ODI in Colombo.

With England having already won the five-match series, they made three changes, resting captain Eoin Morgan.

They bowled and fielded poorly, with Niroshan Dickwella scoring 95 as Sri Lanka posted 366-6 - the hosts' highest score against England in ODI cricket.

England slumped to 4-3 in reply and were 132-9 when rain stopped play.

Umpire Aleem Dar ran from the pitch as a heavy storm broke while also signalling that Liam Plunkett's dismissal for lbw had been confirmed on review.

That ninth wicket lifted the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern par score to 351 and, with no further play possible, the match was abandoned shortly after 16:35 BST, leaving England 219 runs behind.

Brief scores:
Sri Lanka 366 for 6 (Dickwella 95, Chandimal 80, Kusal Mendis 56, Samarawickrama 54) beat England 132 for 9 (Stokes 67, Dananjaya 4-19, Chameera 3-20) by 219 runs (by DLS method)

England's previous biggest margin of defeat in terms of runs was 165 runs, which has happened twice - against Pakistan at Karachi in 2005 and West Indies at Kingstown in 1994.

Having won the ODI series 3-1, England now face Sri Lanka in the sole Twenty20 on Saturday before the three-Test series starts on 6 November.


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