Dismal England fall to record ODI defeat

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A dismal England fell to their heaviest defeat in one-day international cricket as Sri Lanka thrashed the tourists by 219 runs in the final ODI in Colombo.
With England having already won the five-match series, they made three changes, resting captain, Eoin Morgan.
They bowled and fielded poorly, with Niroshan Dickwella scoring 95 as Sri Lanka posted 366-6 – the hosts’ highest score against England in ODI cricket.
England slumped to 4-3 in reply and were 132-9 when rain stopped play.
Umpire Aleem Dar ran from the pitch as a heavy storm broke while also signaling that Liam Plunkett’s dismissal for lbw had been confirmed on review.
That ninth wicket lifted the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern par score to 351 and, with no further play possible, the match was abandoned shortly after 16:35 BST, leaving England 219 runs behind.
England’s previous biggest margin of defeat in terms of runs was 165 runs, which has happened twice – against Pakistan at Karachi in 2005 and West Indies at Kingstown in 1994.
Having won the ODI series 3-1, England now face Sri Lanka in the sole Twenty20 on Saturday before the three-Test series starts on 6 November. (BBC Sport)

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