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Sri Lanka vs England - 4th ODI

Series: England in Sri Lanka, 5 ODI Series, 2018
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
Date & Time: 20 October 2018

England 132/2 (27.0 Ovs) RR: 4.88 | England beat Sri Lanka by 18 runs (D/L method)

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Jason Roy lbw b Akila Dananjaya Akila Dananjaya lbw b Akila Dananjaya Akila Dananjaya 454951
Alex Hales st Niroshan Dickwella b Akila Dananjaya Akila Dananjaya st Niroshan Dickwella b Akila Dananjaya Akila Dananjaya 122320
Joe Root not out not out 325700
Eoin Morgan (C) not out not out 313431
Ben Stokes
Jos Buttler (W)
Moeen Ali
Chris Woakes
Adil Rashid
Tom Curran
Olly Stone
Extras 12 (b 8, lb 0, w 3, nb 1)
Total 132 (2 Wkts, 27.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
52-1 (Alex Hales,9.1), 76-2 (Jason Roy,15.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Lasith Malinga5,0 0 15 0 3.00
Amila Aponso6,0 0 37 0 6.17
Kasun Rajitha5,0 0 27 0 5.40
Akila Dananjaya7,0 0 27 2 3.86
Dhananjaya de Silva4,1 0 18 0 4.50

We now head to a drier part of Sri Lanka, Colombo, where it has not rained for a long time. The series is done and dusted with England gaining an unassailable 3-0 series lead but the hosts can still avoid a clean sweep. We hope that the fifth and final ODI, slotted on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 2.30 pm local (0900 GMT), is a properly contested game. Do join us for that. You can also check for other matches in the meanwhile. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

VICTORIOUS ENGLISH CAPTAIN, EOIN MORGAN, HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Is blunt about his side's performance as scrappy in this game, with the bowlers not being consistent. Agrees that Sri Lanka got to a very competitive score but at the same time, felt that the wicket got better so it was easier to blend partnerships. On his team's bowling, he feels that there was a lack of discipline today. Feels that the wicket was tacky and the bowlers could not exploit that properly, yet states that Sri Lanka did not exactly get away from them. On the approaching rain, Morgan says that he was always expecting bad weather around, hence bowled out Rashid and Moeen quickly. Admires his young attack and believes that it has shown a lot of potential. Admits that they will try and experiment with the playing XI on Tuesday, albeit that will not be at the cost of winning.

Sri Lankan skipper, Dinesh Chandimal, manages a smile. Says that they had a much better game today. Details that after losing a couple of quick wickets, the middle order batted really well. Stresses that 273 was a winning total and had they got a full game, they would have won the match. But does not want to rue about the weather and looks at the positives from the game. On the no ball call which gave Joe Root a reprieve, the captain admits that it was his mistake. On being asked whether the tactic to bowl Malinga and de Silva before the rain came was the right tactic, Chandimal says he certainly believed so as the latter was bowling well.

The Lankan bowlers still had a chance when they had Joe Root caught at short fine leg but it was a no ball as one fielder was less inside the ring. The score read 112 at that time, in the 23rd over. You never know what might have happened to the par score then. Please stay tuned for the presentation...

It was a game where we saw a much improved performance from the hosts. Gritty batting, accompanied by 4 50-plus stands, saw them reach 273. England were in a spot of bother after losing two quick stands following a great start, but the unbeaten 56-run stand between Root and Morgan steadied the game. They played it perfectly, knowing well what was the DLS par score and accordingly mixed caution with aggression.

1638 local (1108 GMT) - THE FOURTH ODI HAS BEEN CALLED OFF. England have won the match by 18 runs, courtesy DLS method. Cannot totally say that they would not have chased down 274, but still, the Lankans did have a greater chance in a full game.

They have arrived. As promised, they might be a little late but have surely come. Plenty of dark clouds around but the rain is not that heavy. We hope it is a passing shower. The DLS par score after 27 overs is 114.

26.6
4
de Silva to E Morgan, FOUR! Morgan not helping Sri Lanka's cause. Picks up the length early and pulls this short ball over mid-wicket for a boundary.
26.5
0
de Silva to E Morgan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
26.4
0
de Silva to E Morgan, Tossed up on middle and leg, hit to mid on.
26.3
0
de Silva to E Morgan, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
26.2
1
de Silva to Joe Root, Comes ahead and hits this past mid on. One run taken.
26.1
0
de Silva to Joe Root, Full and on leg, hit to mid on.
25.6
0
L Malinga to E Morgan, Pitches this one up outside off, carved through cover-point for nothing.
25.5
0
L Malinga to E Morgan, Another snorter from Malinga. Makes Morgan rock back and sway away.
25.4
0
L Malinga to E Morgan, Short ball outside off, Morgan sways away.
25.3
1
L Malinga to Joe Root, Full and outside off, flicked through mid-wicket for one more.
25.2
1
L Malinga to E Morgan, Back of a length ball outside off, Morgan hops a touch and punches it to covers. They pick up a run to complete their 50-run stand.
25.1
1
L Malinga to Joe Root, Low full toss down leg, flicked to deep square leg for one.
24.6
1
de Silva to Joe Root, Root has swept that one through the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
24.5
1
de Silva to E Morgan, Full and outside off, driven to mid off for one more.
24.4
1
de Silva to Joe Root, Full on middle and leg, hit to long on to rotate strike.
24.3
1
de Silva to E Morgan, Slower ball on the leg stump, tucked away around the corner for a single.
24.2
1
de Silva to Joe Root, Darts this on the legs of Root who clips it to the on side for one.
24.1
0
de Silva to Joe Root, Full and outside off, guided to short third man.
23.6
1
L Malinga to Joe Root, It's been driven superbly through the covers. They pick up a single.
23.5
0
L Malinga to Joe Root, Back of a length ball around off, Joe defends it from within the crease.
23.4
0
L Malinga to Joe Root, Slow length ball in line of the stumps, Root plays it with a straight bat.
23.3
1
L Malinga to E Morgan, Full and down leg, Morgan works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
23.2
0
L Malinga to E Morgan, The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
23.1
1
L Malinga to Joe Root, Length ball on the pads of Root who helps it to the on side for one.

Lasith Malinga is in for another spell.

22.6
1
de Silva to Joe Root, Full and down leg, worked to square leg for a run.
22.5
0
de Silva to Joe Root, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
22.4
0
de Silva to Joe Root, Outside off, punched off the back foot by the batsman.
22.3
1
de Silva to E Morgan, Full outside off again, driven past mid off for a run.
22.2
1
de Silva to Joe Root, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total.
22.1
0
de Silva to Joe Root, No damage done. Full and on off, Root hits it back to the bowler.
22.1
0
de Silva to Joe Root, OUT! No, wait! The umpire has signaled a no ball. Not for height or overstepping but for the field set. SL had just 4 fielders inside the circle instead of the mandatory 5. Dhananjaya dishes out a full toss down leg, Root gets low to sweep the ball but gets a top edge which goes to Malinga at short fine leg. He takes the catch but it is a no ball. Great spot by the square leg umpire. Free Hit coming up.
21.6
0
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Driven through the covers by the batsman.
21.5
0
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Full and on middle and off, Morgan comes forward and gently pushes it to covers. Thinks of the run but is rightly sent back.
21.4
0
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Tossed up around off, tapped to to the off side.
21.3
0
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
21.2
1
A Dananjaya to Joe Root, Full on middle and leg, Root milks it through mid on for a run.
21.1
1
A Dananjaya to E Morgan, Flighted one on off, driven past covers for a single.
20.6
0
de Silva to Joe Root, Pitched up on off, Root pushes it to covers.
20.5
1
de Silva to E Morgan, Full and don leg, Morgan uses his wrists and works it for one.
20.4
1
de Silva to Joe Root, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. One run added to the total.
20.3
0
de Silva to Joe Root, Given air outside off, driven to covers.
20.2
1
de Silva to E Morgan, Tosses this one up on middle and off, driven through mid off for a run.