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Sri Lanka defeat England in ODI series

Sri Lanka have managed to defeat England in the One Day International (ODI) series on the final day, as the overall score out of 5 matches was 3-2 to Sri Lanka. England had the advantage over Sri Lanka as all of the ODI’s were played in England, so they had the backing of the home crowd and they still managed to be defeated. The final ODI had a major turning point in the day which arguably made Sri Lanka win the final match. There was a controversial decision in the final ODI, which was the dismal of England’s Jos Buttler, who was run out backing up at the non-striker’s end.

England’s poor batting gave Sri Lanka the victory

In the final ODI, England did not perform up to the standards that the fans were expecting as their abysmal batting basically lost them the match, being bowled all out for 219 runs. The England captain, Alastair Cook was the only person on the entire England team to hit half a century, so Sri Lanka eased their way to victory after having only four players caught out. Sri Lanka had three players that really impressed during the final ODI as Mahela Jayawardene scored 53 runs, whilst Lahiru Thirimanne and captain Angelo Mathews saw the match out by scoring 60 and 42 respectively, without getting out.

The captain of the England team, Alastair Cook commented on the controversial move by Sri Lanka, “I thought it was a pretty poor act.” When asked whether he would’ve done the same as Sri Lanka, the Englishman admitted, “You don’t know until you’re put in that position, but I hope I wouldn’t. Yes, he had warned him, but it was not as if he was sprinting down the wicket. There’s a way of doing things, in my opinion.” England are set to play Sri Lanka two more times in their tour of England as they will play in 2 tests, one at  Lord’s and the final test at Headingley.

Author Daniel Foster.
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