So that is it from the series. Morgan is handed the trophy. Cricket though between the two sides has not ended as of now. There is still a T20I to go and then a Test series to follow. The one-off T20I between the two will take place in Colombo at 1900 local (1330 GMT) on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Till then, goodbye and cheers!
England skipper, Eoin Morgan, says they were very poor today and is disappointed how they ended the series. Adds further the guys brought in did not click and failed to execute the plans. Admits they were outplayed. Mentions there was plenty on offer in today's game but they were not upto the mark. States they will look to learn from this game but is happy for the way they have played throughout. He is happy the younger guys and the players who did not play in this series got an opportunity which enables them to have more players to select from for the World Cup.
Sri Lanka skipper, Dinesh Chandimal, says the hard work paid off today. Credits the openers for the way they played. Further adds himself and Mendis did well to build on it. Reckons it is not easy to play after losing the series but the boys showed great character. Admits their fielding was an issue before the series but they have done well. States they need to be consistent and he hopes they can keep improving as they are a young squad.
Man of the Match, Niroshan Dickwella, says he is happy with the way he played. He believes he was unfortunate to not get to his 100. He admits it was his mistake but he was attacking throughout and wanted to play the same. Admits the words with the coaches helped him with his batting. Adds further it was a hot day and he was taking his time and was not cramping. Ends by saying he moves around to unsettle the lines and the lengths of the bowlers.
You get a feel it was just not England's day today. They were poor in the field, dropping several catches, their bowlers were very poor and their batting which most of the times fires, did not come off. Probably a day to forget for them but a series to remember as they have won it 3-1.
Now coming to the defense - Their bowlers started off in great fashion with both Rajitha and Chameera running through the top order. The former took one and the latter took three. In no time England were 28 for 4 and then it was an uphill task. A struggling (cramps) Stokes along with Moeen then counter-attacked. The two added a lovely 79-run stand. Ben Stokes got to his fifty but once the off spinning all-rounder fell, Sri Lanka ran through the lower order. Akila was the destroyer as he bagged four. However, the clouds opened up, just as the 9th wicket fell and that was that.
So, the inevitable has happened, the game has been CALLED OFF, which means, Sri Lanka have won the last ODI by a whopping margin of 219 (DLS). A complete team performance by them. They were ruthless with the bat first up, led by their opener, Dickwella and Chandimal. Samarawickrama and Kusal Mendis also played handy knocks which saw the hosts post a massive 366 - their highest score against England.
A massive downpour is sweeping the Khettarama now. The ground is getting spread with covers from everywhere. Don't look like we are resuming any time soon, or probably not tonight. Neither team will be complaining too much, given the state of the game, Please stay tuned...
Plunkett has been adjudged LBW! He has taken the review though... Meanwhile, the covers are already coming on.
Oh dear... the heavens have opened up. The rain is coming down pretty heavily.
Direct hit! Has Plunkett been run out here?
Dushmantha Chameera is back on. 5-0-19-3 so far. We hear a huge rumble in the background. Aleem Dar is worried...
Tom Curran walks in at number 10, replacing Rashid.
Liam Plunkett walks in at number 9. Will this end soon?
Adil Rashid comes in at number 8 as Ben Stokes gets more treatment on his right knee...
Dhananjaya de Silva is back on. 2-0-15-0 so far.
Sam Curran is the new man in.
Drinks! So Sri Lanka are way ahead in the game at the moment. Their new-ball bowlers wrecked havoc but after that, Stokes and Ali have managed to build a good stand here. The two hold the key and England would hope they can continue. Stokes though seems to be struggling a touch but he would look to shrug off the cramps and pull out something extraordinary here.
Lakshan Sandakan is on.
Akila Dananjaya is into the attack.
Just as Perera was about to bowl, Ali pulls out. Sightscreen problem, maybe.
Dhananjaya de Silva is into the attack.
POWERPLAY 2 has been signalled. 4 players allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over (if the match lasts till then). Thisara Perera is the first bowling change of the night.
Moeen Ali walks in at number 6, replacing Root.
Is that taken? Sadeera Samarawickrama is claiming the catch but Root is not going anywhere. The umpires refer it upstairs and the soft signal is OUT.
Huge shout for LBW! Sri Lanka seem to be confident. They take a review against Stokes. Seemed to be pitching outside leg.
Ben Stokes is in at number 5 and we are not even beyond over 2 yet...
Skipper Jos Buttler walks in at number 4, replacing Hales.
Joe Root comes in at number 3, replacing Roy. But he will not be on strike. Dushmantha Chameera to bowl with the second new ball.
Welcome back for the run chase. First things first. NO RAIN. We have a resumption on time. The Lankans get together in a huddle. Out come the umpires, followed by the players. Jason Roy and Alex Hales are the openers for England. Kasun Rajitha to begin proceedings for the run chase. Roy to face, with a slip in place. Here we go!!!