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Live Reporting

Matthew Henry and Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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    That is all from us. When there has been play, we have seen an interesting series. But we have also seen an awful lot of rain.

    Here's hoping that improves for Saturday's T20 and the Test series which starts on 6 November.

    Read all about England's record defeat in the fifth ODI here.

    Thanks for joining us.

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    Man of the series Eoin Morgan, who didn't play today, says: "Sri Lanka took advantage of a very poor day from us. It's really disappointing to end the series on this note.

    "We gave some guys the chance to play but Sri Lanka put us under the pump and as an exercise it's tremendously valuable but we were outplayed.

    "It's a platform to learn. Having won the three previous games we can go back with a healthy changing room and look where we can learn.

    "We're planning for a World Cup and it was best for the team for other guys who haven't been playing to get experience under their belt. That's important for the progress of the team as a group to learn how we can improve our weaknesses."

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    Morgan doesn't sound very happy with his team's performance.

    "It was a very poor day," he says. "It is disappointing to end the series on this note."

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    Eoin Morgan may have been rested today but the England captain is named man of the series.

    He ends the series with an average of 195.

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    Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal: "Dickwella and Sadeera set the tone and then myself and Kusal Mendis played a good partnership. It has been hard work from everyone. Finally it has paid off.

    "We need to put in consistent performances going forward. We are a young team. We keep improving. Consistency is the main thing and that is what we are looking at."

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    Sri Lanka opener Niroshan Dickwella is named the man of the match for his 95 from 97 balls.

    "At last we won a game in this series," he says.

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    It's time for the presentation.

    It's taking place indoors... again...

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    Sri Lanka deserve some praise too. They were aggressive with the bat. All four of their top four scored half centuries and that helped them to their highest ODI score against England.

    The hosts were also faultless with the ball and excellent in the field.

    They outplayed England.

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    But, when the dust settles on this series, it won't be remembered for the cricket.

    I'll remember it for these big, blue sheets.

  10. England's dismal start

    Roy out

    Jason Roy was the first to go - to the sixth ball of the first over.

    Hales out

    Alex Hales went next - for a duck and without a run being added to the score - as England fell to 4-2.


    Stand-in skipper Jos Buttler followed shortly afterwards - also departing without troubling the scorers - as Sri Lanka's seamers got the ball moving. This made the score 4-3.


    Dushmantha Chameera then saw off Joe Root for 10 - his third wicket in a superb spell - as England slumped to 28-4.

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    These were the England bowling figures.

    They conceded 41 boundaries in total. Rashid and Moeen were OK but there of the bowlers didn't have the best of days.

    England bowling figures
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    Ben Stokes was the only batsman to really put up a fight in the England innings.

    He made 67 and was batting on one leg for most of the knock, seemingly struggling with cramp.

    Moeen Ali made 37 and together with Stokes put on 79 but that was the only real time England had any hope.

    Ben Stokes
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    Mark Taylor: Never change a winning never saw the Aussies do this sort of thing, they just kept on hammering everyone which is what we should have done. This is embarrassing.

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    Nothing really went right for England since they lost the toss and named a changed team at 09:30 BST this morning.

    Captain Eoin Morgan was rested while Chris Woakes and Olly Stone also sat out.

    Stand-in captain Jos Buttler should be asked about the decision to rest players at the presentation. We'll let you know what he has to say on the matter.

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    The series ends with a 3-1 win for England. Sri Lanka get themselves a consolation victory.

    England were poor today. They were smashed all over the place in the field - conceding 366 - and then were 4-3, 28-4 and 132-9 with the bat before the rain came.

    A thrashing.

  16. BreakingSri Lanka beat England in fifth ODI

    The umpires have done the sensible thing. The match has been abandoned due to this torrential downpour.

    England's have lost by 219 runs on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern - their heaviest ever defeat in ODI cricket.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Radio 5 live in Colombo

    Extraordinary scenes - thunder and lightning. Our window is covered in water, we can't see out. It is inconceivable we will see play tonight but we do have the extra hour. The ground is a lake.

    We have seen rain in this series but I don't think I have seen a ground flooded like this.

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    Luke Randall: Aleem Dar running off the field while giving Plunkett out, had an air of vintage Shearer celebration about it.

    Alan Shearer
  19. Rain stops play

    Sorry, Aleem. I shouldn't laugh.

    So play has been stopped. England are 132-9 after 26.1 overs, chasing 367.

    England are obviously miles behind on Duckworth Lewis Stern so if we don't get back onto the field, which looks unlikely, Sri Lanka will win.