Eng­land se­cure se­ries win against Sri Lanka

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - SPORT -

Eng­land sealed the one-day se­ries over Sri Lanka with a third suc­ces­sive win as an­other del­uge and a ris­i­ble er­ror in the field pre­vented the hosts fight­ing back. Eoin Mor­gan’s side were al­most half­way through their pur­suit of 274 when the thun­der­storms which have blighted the tour made their way to Pallekele and en­sured the re­sult would be de­cided by the math­e­ma­ti­cians once again.

The fi­nal mar­gin of vic­tory, 18 runs on Duck­worth-lewis-stern, was com­fort­able but Eng­land’s clos­ing po­si­tion of 132 for two af­ter 27 overs would have been worse had Joe Root not been re­prieved in un­usual cir­cum­stances. Root was on 22 when he was caught at short fine leg, only for um­pire Lyn­don Han­ni­bal to sig­nal no-ball hav­ing spot­ted a fifth fielder out­side the cir­cle.

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