England v Sri Lanka third ODI abandoned due to rain

Lanka recover from poor start to make 248-9

Rain forced the abandonment of the third one-day international between England and Sri Lanka on Sunday with the hosts' hopes of taking a 2-0 lead thwarted just four overs into their run chase at Bristol.

England, who lead the five-match series after a thumping 10-wicket triumph at Edgbaston on Friday, were on 16-1 and chasing Sri Lanka's tally of 248 for nine when the match was called off.

Rain had earlier delayed the start of England's reply.

Kusal Mendis (53), Dinesh Chandimal (62) and Angelo Mathews (56) had made half centuries for the visitors with Liam Plunkett taking 3-46.

Alex Hales, who had scored 133 not out in the second one-dayer in an England record opening partnership of 256 with Jason Roy, was caught off Suranga Lakmal for a golden duck on the third ball of the run chase.

England can wrap up the series at The Oval on Wednesday.

England are 16-1 after 4 overs when heavy rains forces the players back into the pavilion.

Hales is gone for a golden duck caught behind. Eng 1-1. 0.3 overs.

Alex Hales c Chandimal b Lakmal 0 (1b)

Lanka innings

Sri Lanka recovered from a poor start to make 248-9 helped by half centuries from Mendis (53), Chandimal (62) and Mathews (56) followed by a brisk 40 from Tharanga.

The wickets were shared by Woakes (3-34) and Plunkett (3-46).

Double strike by Woakes as Tharanga swings and misses. SL 242-9, 49 overs.

Upul Tharanga b Woakes 40 (33b 2x4 1x6)

Bairstow takes another good catch as Maharoof departs. sL 242-8, 48.5 overs.

Farveez Maharoof c Bairstow b Woakes 9 (11b)

Shanaka is run out by the narrowest of margins in a line decision. SL 215-7, 45 overs.

Dasun Shanaka run out 2 (8b)

Mathews attempts to smash Jordan only to give a top edge behind. SL 209-6, 43.1 overs.

Angelo Mathews c Buttler b Jordan 56 (67b 3x4 1x6)

Prasanna perishes holing Plunkett to midwicket. SL 171-5, 36.5 overs.

Seekkuge Prasanna c Bairstow b Plunkett 2 (5b)

Woakes breaks the 80-run stand as Chandimal top edges to third man. SL 168-4, 35.5 overs.

Dinesh Chandimal c Jordan b Woakes 62 (77b 5x4)

Chandimal completes his 17th ODI half century as he spearheads Lanka's fightback. SL 154-3, 33 overs.

Mathews gives Plunkett the charge and plonks him down the ground for a six.

Just when Sri Lanka's innings seems to be recovering, they suffer another blow as Mendis holes out. SL 88-3, 21.2 overs.

Kusal Mendis c Hales b Plunkett 53 (66b 5x4 1x6)

Mendis completes a well compiled half century, his second in five matches. SL 79-2, 19 overs.

Mendis swings Jordan overe square leg for the first six of the match. SL 76-2, 18 overs.

Kusal perishes swinging at Plunkett in frustration and giving a skier to the keeper. SL 32-2, 8 overs.

Kusal Perera c †Buttler b Plunkett 9 (25b)

Mendis hits the first boundary of the match smacking Woaks through point. SL 12-1, 2 overs.

Willey has drawn first blood castling Gunathilaka. SL 3-1. 0.5 overs.

Danushka Gunathilaka b Willey 1 (2b)

England have won the toss and put Sri Lanka into bat in the third one-day international at Bristol on Sunday.


England: Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid

Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Angelo Mathews (capt), Upul Tharanga, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dasun Shanaka, Farveez Maharoof, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal


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