By Michael Stafford-Jones
- Sri Lanka hammer England by 219 runs (DLS Method) to earn consolation win
- Hosts rack up 366-6 thanks to 95 from Niroshan Dickwella’s 95 and 80 from Dinesh Chandimal
- Akila Dananjaya takes 4-19 as Sri Lanka reduce England to 132-9 before the rain
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA – England’s triumphant series in Sri Lanka ends on a sour note as they are thrashed by 219 runs (DLS Method) in the fifth ODI.
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Jason Roy – 2/10 – He hit one sweetly-timed four to the mid-wicket boundary and then missed a straight delivery from Rajitha. He also took two catches.
Alex Hales – 1/10 – Caught at slip second ball for a duck after playing a loose shot. Took one catch and dropped another.
Joe Root – 3/10 – Struggled to 10 before slashing a wide ball straight to the point fielder. Also took a catch.
Jos Buttler – 1/10 – Wafted at his second ball and was caught behind for a duck. He was let down badly by his teammates in the field.
Ben Stokes – 7/10 – He was England’s best batsman on the day by far as he scored 67 from 60 balls and saved the team from further embarrassment. He conceded 34 runs in five wicketless overs.
Moeen Ali – 7/10 – He batted well alongside Stokes to give England a glimmer of hope in their chase. He also dismissed both Sri Lankan openers but he was uncharacteristically expensive with the ball.
Sam Curran – 2/10 – Had a debut to forget as he gave away 46 runs in six wicketless overs and made just two runs when he batted.
Adil Rashid – 6/10 – Yet again, he was the pick of England’s bowlers and the only one who gave them some measure of control. He dismissed Shanaka and finished with 1-52.
Liam Plunkett – 3/10 – He looked very rusty as delivery after delivery disappeared around the park. He took 1-44 in 5 overs.
Tom Curran – 5/10 – Took two important wickets (Chandimal and Perera) in two balls and bowled quite well at crucial times. However, he conceded far too many runs (71 in eight overs).
Mark Wood – 3/10 – He was less expensive than the other seamers but also less threatening (0-55 in 8 overs).
Niroshan Dickwella – 9/10 – Batted superbly to score 95 from 97 balls and set up everything that followed for his team.
Sadeera Samarawickrama – 7/10 – Helped Dickwella get Sri Lanka off to a perfect start by scoring 54 from 48 balls.
Dinesh Chandimal – 8/10 – He timed the ball beautifully during his best innings of the series by far (80 from 73 balls).
Kusal Mendis – 8/10 – Demolished England’s bowling with an extraordinary cameo of 56 from 33 balls that included six sixes.
Dasun Shanaka – 4/10 – Chipped in with 18 from 11 balls before falling to Rashid.
Thisara Perera – 3/10 – Scored 11 with the bat and bowled two expensive overs.
Dhananjaya de Silva – 7/10 – He took a wicket and bowled four good overs. He also added a rapid unbeaten 19 with the bat.
Akila Dananjaya – 9/10 – Ripped through England’s middle and lower-order with high-class spin bowling and finished with excellent figures of 4-19. He made a useful cameo of 18 from 11 balls when the hosts batted.
Dushmantha Chameera – 8/10 – He did the early damage by dismissing Hales, Root and Buttler and ended with superb figures of 3-20 in six overs.
Kasun Rajitha – 7/10 – Bowled a tidy opening spell and got the key wicket of Roy.
Lakshan Sandakan– 2/10 – Hammered for 35 runs in his three overs.
England next play Sri Lanka in a one-off T20 International which starts at 2.30pm GMT on Saturday 27th October 2018.
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