4th ODI, England tour of Sri Lanka at Kandy, Oct 20 2018

It's a do-or-die encounter for Sri Lanka on Saturday at Pallekele

It's a do-or-die encounter for Sri Lanka on Saturday at Pallekele

England batsman Jonny Bairstow is a doubt for Saturday's fourth one-day worldwide against Sri Lanka after twisting his ankle playing football in training.

Shanaka made five sixes and four fours in his highest 50-over score, which kept Sri Lanka in a game they had to win to hold out any hope of avoiding another series defeat.

Perera who hit a six and two fours in his 41-ball knock found another useful ally in Akila Dananjaya who played a plucky little innings of 22 not out off 26 balls and added 56 valuable runs for the seventh wicket that was largely responsible for Sri Lanka getting over the 250-run mark.

England have now won their past nine one-day series of two or more matches following a 2-1 defeat by India in January 2017, having lost the sole ODI against Scotland a year ago.

With England on 132 for two from 27 overs, Root (32) and Morgan (31) seemed well placed to put their side on the route to victory.

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Rashid, whose variations the batsmen did not always read, was more hard to milk for singles, and collected the third wicket in Sri Lanka's mini-collapse, trapping the struggling Kusal Mendis in front with a slider. Joe Root mis-hit a sweep off the bowling of Dhananjaya de Silva, and although the resulting top-edge was caught at short fine leg, Sri Lanka had too many men outside the circle - Kasun Rajitha having failed to come in from the boundary to mid off. Since CWC 2015, the team has been in stunning ODI form, which can be proved by the fact that, they lost just three bilateral series (two or more ODI's) out of 16 they have played till date.

Except that Plunkett is now a player on the England cricket tour.

From 1-89, Sri Lanka were soon 4-102, Adil Rashid taking care of Kusal Mendis lbw on his way to the tidiest figures of the day, just 36 from his 10 overs. "We were better in the last game but today we weren't anywhere near as good as we should be".

"If we had not made a mistake of having five fielders outside the circle and got Root's wicket it would have been a close game".

Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya dismissed opener Jason Roy for an attacking 45 off 49 deliveries and Alex Hales for 12 but the hosts made no further inroads. "We could have built on the pressure from their onwards", said Shanaka at the end of the match.

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