England v Sri Lanka: Rain wipes out third ODI in Bristol after tourists collapse again

By Matthew HenryBBC Sport in Bristol
Third one-day international, County Ground, Bristol:
Sri Lanka 166 all out (41.1 overs): Shanaka 48*, T Curran 4-35, Willey 2-36, Woakes 2-28
England: Did not bat
Match abandoned

England won their one-day international series against Sri Lanka 2-0 after the third match in Bristol was washed out.

England, who also won the Twenty20 series 3-0, looked well-placed for another victory when they dismissed a sorry Sri Lanka cheaply once more - the tourists all out for 166 in 41.1 overs.

But heavy rain arrived soon after 15:00 BST, during the change of innings, and no further play was possible.

The match was abandoned at 16:15 with puddles forming on the outfield.

In another strong England bowling performance, Tom Curran impressed with 4-35 in his 10 overs.

Curran ripped through Sri Lanka's middle order after Chris Woakes and David Willey had reduced the tourists to 42-4.

England will likely face a far sterner test on Thursday when they play Pakistan in the first of three ODIs. A three-match T20 series follows afterwards.

Rain arrives but not before another Sri Lanka collapse

This has been a miserable tour for Sri Lanka whose only relief is that the rain allowed them to escape before what would almost certainly have been a sixth defeat in six games.

In the first ODI in Chester-le-Street they were 46-3, the second at The Oval 21-4, and here they were four down within nine overs.

Woakes in particular managed to swing the ball throughout but the majority of wickets fell to bad shots rather than good bowling.

Dhananjaya de Silva, who made 91 in the previous game, was one of two batters out on the hook, Oshada Fernando smashed Curran to mid-off to make the score 63-5 and the final wicket came in comedic fashion when Asitha Fernando was run out.

So poor was the opposition, England have learned little from the series but four wickets were a welcome boost for Curran.

The Surrey bowler, whose brother Sam took 5-48 at The Oval, had only taken three wickets in his previous 11 ODIs.

He was helped by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, who took a brilliant diving one-handed catch to dismiss Chamika Karunaratne for Curran's third.

The win extends England lead at the top of the Super League,external-link which acts as qualification for the next 50-over World Cup. Sri Lanka are 11th and in danger of not qualifying for the 2023 showpiece should their results not improve.

'I don't feel I've done anything different' - reaction

England bowler Tom Curran: "It is disappointing. We sort of knew there was a bit of rain, but I didn't quite think it was going to come down that hard, that quickly, but look it was nice to contribute with a few wickets.

"I don't feel like I've done anything different, it is a funny game. I've felt pretty good for a while to be honest, and I just haven't quite been getting the wickets."

England captain Eoin Morgan: "We're delighted with the series win, and more so today with the way we started.

"We looked to be aggressive, create pressure and create opportunities. We're delighted that we continued to be ruthless and disciplined in the nature that we showed."


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