By Michael Stafford-Jones
- England win by 18 runs (DLS Method) to go 3-0 up with one match to play
- Dasun Shanaka scores blistering 66 to propel Sri Lanka to 273-7
- Jason Roy’s 45 helps tourists reach 132-2 in reply before rain halts action early
KANDY, SRI LANKA – England seal series win in Sri Lanka after Jason Roy scores 45 to guide them to victory by 18 runs (DLS Method) in another rain-hit ODI.
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Jason Roy – 7/10 – Looked in control once again (even against left-arm spin) and played some classy shots en route to 45. He was given out lbw to Akila Dananjaya on review.
Alex Hales – 2/10 – Failed to take advantage of his first chance in a while when he was stumped after muddling his way to 12.
Joe Root – 5/10 – He did not look fluent at all but he was still at the crease on 32 not out when the rain came down.
Eoin Morgan – 7/10 – Continued his excellent form with a confident, aggressive knock of 31 from 34 balls that was sadly cut short by the weather.
Ben Stokes – 4/10 – Bowled four expensive overs for 27 and was not required with the bat. He also effected a run out.
Jos Buttler – 6/10 – Took two catches but the rain robbed him of a chance to bat for the third time this series.
Moeen Ali – 7/10 – Got the important wickets of Dickwella and Chandimal during a good spell of 2-55 in ten overs.
Chris Woakes – 6/10 – Dismissed Samarawickrama during ten tidy overs that went for just 45 runs.
Tom Curran – 5/10 – He did not bowl as well as in the 3rd ODI but he still got the wicket of Dhananjaya de Silva during his spell of 1-50 in nine overs.
Adil Rashid – 7/10 – He dismissed Mendis and strangled Sri Lanka’s run rate during his ten-over spell of 1-36.
Olly Stone – 3/10 – He was carted all around the ground in conditions that did not favour him. He conceded 50 runs in just seven overs.
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Niroshan Dickwella – 7/10 – Gave his teammates a good platform to build on with a steady innings of 52 from 70 balls. He eventually fell lbw to Moeen.
Sadeera Samarawickrama – 1/10 – Dismissed by Woakes for 1.
Dinesh Chandimal – 5/10 – For the second match in succession, he made it to 30 and then got out shortly afterwards. This time, he was bowled by Moeen for 33.
Kusal Mendis – 1/10 – Dismissed by Rashid (again) for just 5.
Dhananjaya de Silva – 5/10 – Contributed 17 runs with the bat and then bowled four tidy overs for 18 runs.
Dasun Shanaka – 8/10 – Blazed his way to a superb run-a-ball 66 that included five sixes before an avoidable run out cut short his fun.
Thisara Perera – 1/10 – Clubbed 44 from 41 balls to help his team add vital runs in the last 10 overs. He did not bowl.
Akila Dananjaya – 8/10 – He demonstrated his batting ability by scoring an unbeaten 32 from 26 balls and then bowled impressively to take 2-27 in 7 overs.
Lasith Malinga – 6/10 – Showed excellent control during five economical overs that went for just 15 runs.
Amila Aponso – 3/10 – Roy played him much better than in the last match and, consequently, he was quite expensive as he conceded 37 runs in six wicketless overs.
Kasun Rajitha – 3/10 – Did not threaten much during five overs that went for 27 runs.
The 5th and final ODI between England and Sri Lanka begins in Colombo at 10am on Tuesday 23rd October 2018.
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