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.

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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.

AFP

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