England beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in rain-hit ODI

England thrashed Sri Lanka by seven wickets in rain-hit third One-Day International (ODI) being played at Kanday on Wednesday.


England bowlers Adil Rashid and Tom Curran shared seven wickets between them to help restrict Sri Lanka to 150 for nine in a rain-shortened third one-day international.

Put in to bat after nearly six hours of play was lost due to rain, the hosts were off to a breezy start courtesy of a 20-ball 36 from Niroshan Dickwella in the 21-over-a-side contest in Kandy.

But Rashid helped England bounce back with wickets at crucial junctures as he claimed four from his five overs of leg-spin.

The left-handed Dickwella put on 57 runs off 33 deliveries with opener partner Sadeera Samarawickrama, who also made a brisk 35.

Fast bowler Curran got Dickwella caught at mid-off to check Sri Lanka’s surge. Curran returned figures of 3-17 from his four overs.

Rashid hit Sri Lanka hard with the wickets of Samarawickrama and Thisara Perera for nought in consecutive deliveries to be on a hat-trick.

Skipper Dinesh Chandimal played out the hat-trick ball and stayed on to make 34 crucial runs before falling to Curran in the final over.

Eoin Morgan’s England lead the five-match series 1-0 after the opener was washed out, and the tourists won the second rain-shortened game.



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