England secure series win against Sri Lanka
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.