Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sri Lanka vs England, 4th ODI : Preview and Predicted Playing XI

Sri Lanka vs England, 4th ODI : Preview and Predicted Playing XI

England sealed a ninth bilateral one-day worldwide series win in a row, as they overcame Sri Lanka by 18 runs on DLS in a rain-affected fourth match in Kandy. The first match of the series was canceled due to rain, after which England have defeated Sri Lanka three consecutive matches.

Captain Eoin Morgan (31) and Joe Root (32) shared an unbeaten 56-run stand in the visitors' chase of 275 for victory before the weather intervened, as they took an unassailable 3-0 lead in their five-match series. England were 132 for 2 in 27 overs, but rain began to rain.

Sri Lanka could have captured the wicket of Root when he was on 22 but for a careless technical mistake on their part in the 23rd over bowled by Dhananjaya de Silva.

Dickwella and Dinesh Chandimal added 70 runs for the second wicket before Chandimal was bowled by Ali for 33.

Spinners Moeen Ali (2-55) and Adil Rashid (1-36) impressed with the ball, but England were not as sharp as Morgan would have liked in the field and the captain says there is room for improvement from the top-ranked side.

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Morgan who was named Man of the Match said: "Today was a scrappy game, the wicket was a bit tacky and we let Sri Lanka creep up to a very competitive score".

Eoin Morgan's has been in fine batting in this series, the England skipper started his Island campaign with 91 not out in the warm-up match, followed by respective scores of 14*, 92 and 58* in his three innings in the ODI series so far.

The 4th ODI ODI between Sri Lanka and England will be played on October 20, Saturday. "We can take the positives and are looking forward to the next game".

Shanaka and Thisara Perera halted England's momentum with a much-needed partnership of 58, the former having benefited from a stroke of luck when Alex Hales failed to hold on to a catch on the boundary.

"If we had not made a mistake of having five fielders outside the circle and got Root's wicket it would have been a close game". Other lower-middle order contributors included Thisara Perera, who made 44 off 41 balls, and Akila Dananjaya who hit a tenacious 32 not out off 26. "We could have built on the pressure from there and forced another mistake". Jason Roy was comfortable against the left-arm spin of Amila Aponso, which you suspected had been specifically deployed to unseat him.

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