Sri Lanka vs England 5th ODI: England to chase 240 tomorrow after rain refuses to relent

Heavy rain led to the game being abandoned after Sri Lanka's innings

Heavy rain led to the game being abandoned after Sri Lanka’s innings

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England will chase 240 to win tomorrow since the rain refused to relent after Sri Lanka were bowled out for 239.

Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara starred with the bat as he made a brilliant 91.

However, England pace bowler Chris Woakes also stole some of the spotlight for taking a six-wicket haul.

England captain Alastair Cook would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first after it took pace bowler Steven Finn just three deliveries to dismiss Kusal Perera for a duck.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sangakkara made up for the early loss of Perera with a 51-run partnership before Dilshan was clean bowled by Chris Jordan for 35.

Mahela Jayawardene only made two runs before he was caught by Jordan at slip off the bowling of Woakes.

Sangakkara and Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews stabilised the innings with an 85-run partnership, during which Sangakkara brought up his half-century, before Mathews was caught by Woakes at long leg off the bowling of Jordan for 40.

Lahiru Thirimanne made eight runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of James Tredwell.

Thirimanne decided to review the decision, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit the top of middle stump. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Sangakkara went on to score 91 off 123 balls, which included 10 boundaries, before he was caught by Joe Root at deep midwicket off the bowling of Woakes.

Sangakkara hit 10 boundaries during his knock of 91

Sangakkara hit 10 boundaries during his knock of 91

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Woakes struck again four balls later when Jeevan Mendis was caught and bowled for 12 runs.

Sachithra Senanayake failed to trouble the scorers as he was clean bowled by Woakes.

Woakes completed his second five-wicket haul when Thisara Perera was caught by Root at deep midwicket for a quickfire 27.

Sri Lanka were bowled out for 239 just two balls later when Ajantha Mendis was cleaned up by Woakes for a golden duck.

Woakes was easily the pick of the bowlers with six wickets, while Jordan snapped up two and Finn and Tredwell chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Woakes finished with figures of 6-47 off eight overs

Woakes finished with figures of 6-47 off eight overs

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Chasing 240 to win, England’s innings did not start on time since the heavens parted.

With the rain refusing to relent, play was abandoned for the day, which means that the reserve day will come into effect. This means that England will chase 240 to win tomorrow at 14:30 local time or 09:00 GMT.

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