An England dominated series or a rain centric tour? Anyhow both factors have worked together into Sri Lanka’s downfall. The downfall has been consistent and only an equivalent of a miracle can save Sri Lanka from this situation. It can be believed that Sri Lanka had a slight of winning the 4th ODI if not for the rain and the DLS. They played their spinners well but in the end, batting slowly in the last 10 overs of their innings cost them the match at Pallekele. England thus beat Sri Lanka by 18 runs to seal the five-match series 3-0.

However, this is not a matter of a game or two. Not even of a series or two. The list of failures is long and Sri Lanka’s struggling to come out of it and put things together. But to be fair, yesterday was Sri Lanka’s best chance to win a game before rain marred the opportunity altogether.

Dasun Shanaka produced a swift 66 off 66 to give Sri Lanka the edge. Shanaka along with Niroshan Dickwella helped Sri Lanka score a competitive total of 273 for 7. Thisara Perera and  Akila Dananjaya added 44 and 32 n.o. runs respectively. When Shanaka had come down to bat, Sri Lanka were struggling at 102 for 4. He scored heavily against the spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid. At the time of his departure, the hosts were at 212 for the loss of 6 wickets at 42.1 overs. In the next eight overs, Sri Lanka managed to score another 61 runs. Had they added 20 more runs, the result would’ve been different.Rain started pouring down during the 27th overs and the covers were out by the end of it when England were 132 runs strong for the loss of two wickets. The DLS method was applied when there more scope for play. It suggested that England were 18 runs ahead of the target at that point. The dead rubber 5th ODI is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, in Colombo.

Scorecard:

Sri Lanka 273/7 in 50 overs (Dasun Shanaka 66, Niroshan Dickwella 52; Moeen Ali 2-55) lost to England 132/2 (Jason Roy 45, Joe Root 32*; Akila Dananjaya 2-32) by eight wickets (DLS Method).

Results and Fixtures:

1st ODI (D/N) –  No Result. (Match abandoned due to a wet outfield). 

2nd ODI – England won by 31 runs. (DLS method) 

3rd ODI (D/N) – England won by 7 wickets (Match reduced to 21 overs per side due to rain)

4th ODI – England won by 18 runs (DLS method)

5th ODI (D/N) – Colombo: Tuesday, October 23, 2.30pm Local Time

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