Sri Lanka vs England 4th ODI: All-round Sri Lanka breeze past England

Sangakkara was named Man of the Match for his superb knock of 86

Sangakkara was named Man of the Match for his superb knock of 86

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An all-round performance by Sri Lanka saw them not only cruise past England by six wickets in the fourth ODI in Colombo, but also take a 3-1 lead in the seven-match series.

Kumar Sangakkara and captain Angelo Mathews starred with the bat for Sri Lanka as they scored 86 and 51 respectively.

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis all inflicted a lot of damage with the ball as they took three wickets apiece.

However, England batsman James Taylor and skipper Eoin Morgan deserve a lot of credit for their valiant half-centuries.

Morgan would have been brooding over his decision to bat first after opening batsman Alex Hales was caught by Mahela Jayawardene at slip off the bowling of Dhammika Prasad for a golden duck.

Moeen Ali scored 19 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Dilshan.

Taylor and Joe Root stabilised the innings with a 93-run partnership, during which Taylor brought up his maiden ODI half-century, before Root was clean bowled by Herath for 36.

Taylor went on to score a career-best 90, which came off 109 balls and included six boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Kusal Perera at cover off the bowling of Mendis.

Taylor's career-best knock of 90 went in vain

Taylor’s career-best knock of 90 went in vain

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Ravi Bopara made 22 runs before he was cleaned up by Dilshan.

Jos Buttler mustered 15 runs before he was caught by Jayawardene at long-on off the bowling of Herath.

Ben Stokes only made six runs before he was caught by Thisara Perera at deep square leg off the bowling of Mendis.

Chris Woakes also scored six runs before he was clean bowled by Herath.

Chris Jordan fared no better as he was caught by Thisara Perera at backward point off the bowling of Mendis for one run.

Thanks to Morgan’s knock of 62, which came off 47 balls and included four boundaries and three sixes, England ended up being bowled out for 265 at the end of the their 50 overs.

Morgan made a gutsy 62

Morgan made a gutsy 62

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Herath, Dilshan and Mendis picked up three wickets apiece, while Prasad chipped in with one.

Chasing 266 to win, Sri Lanka got off to a poor start as Dilshan was caught by Morgan off the bowling of Woakes for 16.

Kusal Perera managed to make 31 runs before he was caught by Jordan at slip off the bowling of Ali.

Kumar Sangakkara and Jayawardene steadied the innings with a 96-run partnership, during which Sangakkara registered his half-century, before Jayawardene was clean bowled by Jordan for 44.

Sangakkara went on to score 86 off 105 balls, which included seven boundaries, before he was caught by Woakes at deep cover off the bowling of Jordan.

Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne finished things off with an unbeaten 53-run partnership, during which Mathews recorded his half-century.

Mathews ended up making 51 off 60 balls, which included five boundaries, while Thirimanne remained undefeated on 19 off 21 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Mathews hit five boundaries during his match-winning innings of 51

Mathews hit five boundaries during his match-winning innings of 51

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Jordan was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Ali and Woakes claimed one wicket each.

Morgan was gutted to have lost the match, and said: “We were good in patches, Taylor played outstandingly well. But in patches we weren’t at the races. It’s nice to get some runs under my belt, it will lift my confidence. If we’d got Mahela or Sanga earlier it would have opened up the middle order and given us a chance. It probably would have been nice to have another spinner.”

Mathews was ecstatic to have taken a 3-1 lead in the series, and said: “It was a good, close game. We had to fight hard. The spinners after the 35th over did brilliantly. I was a bit nervous at the end, but I knew we had wickets in hand. It was a good team effort.”

Sangakkara was named Man of the Match, and said: “It wasn’t ideal to get out at that time, but the match was well in hand. We just needed to rotate the strike and pick up a few boundaries. You will always back yourself to chase six an over in the last ten.”

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