Sri Lanka hand England heaviest ODI defeat
Sri Lankan cricket, marred by match-fixing controversy and lots of internal issues within the national side, has finally something to cheer about. They have handed the visiting England side the heaviest ODI defeat ever.
Coming to bat at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo after winning the toss, the home side racked up a mammoth total of 366 runs for six wickets even without having any century contribution.
Opener Niroshan Dickwella was the topscorer of his side with a 95-run effort. Dinesh Chandimal was the second highest with a solid 80, while 56 and 54 came off Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama’s bat respectively.
This was Sri Lanka’s highest ODI total against the English. Their previous best against England was 324 that they had made back in 2006 thanks to centuries from Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya to pick up a huge 8-wicket win under the captaincy of Mahela Jayawardhene.
In response to Sri Lanka’s 367-run target, the England cricket team led by Jos Buttler found themselves ion 132 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 26.1 overs. As rain interrupted the match thereafter, no more play was possible and the hosts earned themselves a 219-run victory as per the DLS method.
With this victory, now the five-match series stands 3-1 in England’s favour, as they had already taken an unassailable lead in the previous match to seal the series to their name.
Sri Lanka 366 for 6 (Dickwella 95, Chandimal 80, Kusal Mendis 56, Samarawickrama 54) beat England 132 for 9 (Stokes 67, Dananjaya 4-19, Chameera 3-20) by 219 runs (by DLS method)