Sri Lanka slide to 166 in third ODI against England
There was only a single performance of note from the batting unit – with Dasun Shanaka making an unbeaten 48 – as the England pacers made merry in gloomy conditions after they had elected to field. There were some positive signs early on as Avishka Fernando and Kusal Perera scored 19 in the first two overs. But once the Sri Lanka captain chopped one back on – against Chris Woakes in the third over – the batting unit gave up in unison.
Fernando fell in the sixth over to David Willey and the left-arm pacer also removed Pathum Nissanka in his next over.
Sri Lanka lost four wickets inside the powerplay with the last being Dhananjaya de Silva. Oshada Fernando, included in the eleven for this contest and Wanindu Hasaranga both fell to Tom Curran to leave the side reeling at 87 for six.
Adil Rashid’s introduction gave Dasun Shanka some confidence to play more aggressively. He hit the leg-spinner for a six but the partnership with Chamika Karunaratne never really threatened England.
There was a brief rain delay and once play resumed Dushmantha Chameera struck two boundaries to make his intentions clear.
Heavy rain resulted in the final ODI being called off after one innings was completed.