4th ODI, Pallekele, October 20, 2018, England tour of Sri Lanka
(27/27 ov, T:115) 132/2

England won by 18 runs (D/L method)

Player Of The Match
31* (34)
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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka 273/7(50 overs)
Moeen Ali2/55 (10)
England 132/2(27 overs)
Jason Roy 45 (49)
Joe Root *32 (57)
end of over 275 runs
ENG: 132/2CRR: 4.88 
Eoin Morgan31 (34b 3x4 1x6)
Joe Root32 (57b)
Dhananjaya de Silva 4-0-18-0
Lasith Malinga 5-0-15-0

5.03pm So, that'll do. England are 3-0 series winners. Can Sri Lanka steal a consolation win against what Morgan has hinted might be a bit of a rejigged team in Colombo on Tuesday? See you then. In the meantime, Chelsea-Man Utd is just getting underway...

Eoin Morgan is Man of the Match for the manner in which he guided the run-chase, and marshalled his bowlers... "Flattering," he says. "Today was a scrappy game, the wicket was a bit tacky, we let Sri Lanka creep up to a very competitive score. Credit to Sri Lanka, they fought back well, with their two spinners. They didn't get too far away from us in the last 10. We were trying to be cagey with the rain all day. Our two best bowlers were Adil and Moeen so I bowled them out as quickly as I could. Woakesy has been incredible in the powerplay, we're learning more about Olly Stone and Tom Curran has been outstanding."

Dinesh Chandimal: "We played some outstanding cricket. We can take the positives and are looking forward to the next game. 274 is a winning total, and unfortunately the rain came. You can't say every time when you are losing a game you made a mistake, we are a young unit and will learn quickly."

Match abandoned Nothing left to see here...

Lindsay O'Regan: "This seemingly meaningless, pointless tour has been very important to England. They've taken a big step towards being able to adapt and not be phased by the unexpected, uncertainty or adversity. They've looked in control in every match despite pitches not being to their liking, the permanent threat of rain, the loss of Dawson, a key player in these conditions. They're learning how to win from anywhere. But, this is England and I may just be dreaming. If I am, please don't wake me up until 2020"

Sharan: "some perspective please. england are beating a SL team that's very very poor. and are missing mathews. even with mathews they're playing awful. england beat an australia B side, and beat india 2-1 but india were without bhuvi and bumrah.. still waiting for england to face a strong team." Leaving aside the obvious, they did win 4-1 in Australia earlier this year. Which wasn't to be sniffed at...

4.24pm Stuart: "Credit where credit's due, the Monsoon has performed consistently this series. Right on cue, he's come on executed his skills and hit the right areas and all that." The ultimate finisher. Arrives on cue, leaves no room for equivocation. Brutal power and timing.

Denis Crampton: "MoM? Shanaka of course! Without his contribution there wouldn't have *been* a real match." You've got a point ...

Rathan: "Hi did you guys notice that Aussie women's team and the Sri Lankan's equally finished 273/7 .." Certainly did, Slight difference in the final result though ...

4.15pm It's not officially all over yet ... but it's only a matter of time surely. Frankly you'd be better off popping off to watch the football, which I'm sure is what the England players will be doing right now. ESPNFC's coverage of Chelsea-Man Utd is just about to get underway.

James : "Soham Basal I think a lot of Jurgen Klopp's comments about football being a year round sport and the need for players to rest also apply to cricket. " Too right. And this series knocks his criticism of the Nations League into a cocked hat!

Imran Master: "What if rain stops and there is a chance of 29 over match with target already achieved by England ? Do they come and play 2 overs ?" Funnily enough, I do believe that happened once before in an England game. The point being, of course, that it would still be possible to lose enough wickets to turn the DLS back in the bowling team's favour.

4pm Right, it is absolutely hacking it down in Pallekele. If we get any more play tonight, then I will ... err ... do something careless with my dignity.

Adrian: "Whoopsie daisy! I was off by almost 4 hours with my prediction of the biblical deluge. Ah well, weather forecasting is a humbling science. What is highly predictable though is the result - England winning another match. Happy! "

3.56pm Steve: "Sri Lanka typical of a team that is struggling for both form and probably skill level at the moment. Play badly, get absolutely smashed. Play OK, still lose comfortably. Play well, and you do something stupid to mess it up anyway." So true ... it's a long old haul when you are stuck in a rut

Soham Basak: "@James : You think ECB has scheduling problems? Look at India, they play all year - sun, rain, hail or snow. There were IPL matches held in a drought hit state this year."

3.53pm Fidel is not hopeful of a resumption, and I can't say I blame him.

James : "SLC: "Surely no one would be stupid enough to hold an ODI series in the middle of the monsoon season". ECB: "Hold my CAMRA approved real ale"." Yep. Address all correspondence to Lord's Cricket Ground, NW8 8QZ

lakhan13: "I had been on another website to read the commentary and came back to see what have i messed, its the magic of comments of alan and andrew!!! DAMN CRICKET IS SO DIFFERENT HERE." Welcome back Lakhan, we missed you too. Beware imitations ...

3.50pm It is now hosing down ... and you have to say, the monsoon is nothing if not punctual. The rain arrived at 3.50-something pm in each of the first two games. Virgin Trains could learn from this scheduling.

Liaquat Ali: "Your Man of the match if the game doesn't restart?" Difficult call, isn't it? I guess Moeen was the pivotal bowler, but no-one really stands out today. Which is a measure of Engand's team dynamic at the moment.

Rain stopped play. The umpires know that the deluge is imminent. They've given the groundstaff a chance to get the pitch covered before things get messy.

So, for clarity's sake, England are currently 18 runs ahead on DLS - the current par score is 114. That would have been rather dicier if Root had not been reprieved on a fielding technicality a few overs ago...

Nikhil : "A DLS par score of 110 after 26 overs in a chase of 273 seems ridiculous to me. So unfair to the bowling side. " It's all to do with wickets in hand. That requirement rises exponentially as the wickets run out

Dhananjaya to Morgan, FOUR runs

too short, and slammed high and mightily over the leg side! Picked the length early, and that buys England some breathing space.

Dhananjaya to Morgan, no run

forward once again

Dhananjaya to Morgan, no run

poked into the leg side

Dhananjaya to Morgan, no run

solid in defence on the front foot, England as cautious about preserving wickets as pushing forward

Dhananjaya to Root, 1 run

full-face of the bat, up to mid-on

Dhananjaya to Root, no run

tapped to mid-on

end of over 263 runs
ENG: 127/2CRR: 4.88 RRR: 6.12
Eoin Morgan27 (30b 2x4 1x6)
Joe Root31 (55b)
Lasith Malinga 5-0-15-0
Dhananjaya de Silva 3-0-13-0

The 12th man has just run a message out to the Sri Lankan fielders. Presumably DLS-related. And the groundstaff are now getting busy...

Malinga to Morgan, no run

full length, swinging away, eased to point with a languid drive. Another Malinga over resisted

Malinga to Morgan, no run

short again, that's an excellent length, as Morgan is once again forced to take evasive action

Wishwanath: "It's raining cats and dogs here in Matale. Expect the same within half an hour"

Malinga to Morgan, no run

short and sharp, Morgan sways inside the line

Malinga to Root, 1 run

inswinging yorker, but Root calmly watches it onto the middle of his leg-sided clip

Bharat Thej: "All srilanka need now is to convert these half chances and put pressure on england. It looks like a cake walk for now."

Malinga to Morgan, 1 run

back of a length, bashed on the up into the covers to bring up the fifty partnership

Malinga to Root, 1 run

flicked off the toes to the leg side

end of over 255 runs
ENG: 124/2CRR: 4.96 RRR: 6.00
Joe Root29 (53b)
Eoin Morgan26 (26b 2x4 1x6)
Dhananjaya de Silva 3-0-13-0
Lasith Malinga 4-0-12-0

SalmanRazeen: "I'm about 15 KM away from the ground and it's pelting over here, hope it won't get over there and spoil the game." I fear it will. But it's exciting for the moment...

Dhananjaya to Root, 1 run

swept out to deep square leg

Dhananjaya to Morgan, 1 run

Morgan returns the favour with a poke to mid-off

Dhananjaya to Root, 1 run

picks the gap yet again to keep the strike rotating

107 would be the par score at the end of this over. Lose one wicket, it would go up to 121, and two wickets would be 139... so crucial

Dhananjaya to Morgan, 1 run

round the wicket, tucked off the hip, England happy to deal in singles

Dhananjaya to Root, 1 run

whipped off the toes through the leg side

Dhananjaya to Root, no run

forward and deflected behind point

end of over 243 runs
ENG: 119/2CRR: 4.95 RRR: 5.96
Joe Root26 (49b)
Eoin Morgan24 (24b 2x4 1x6)
Lasith Malinga 4-0-12-0
Dhananjaya de Silva 2-0-8-0

It wasn't what Sri Lanka needed, but that Root reprieve has really got the atmosphere at Pallekele crackling. Unless that's the actual atmosphere crackling as the clouds gather...

Malinga to Root, 1 run

slower ball, fuller length, slice-drive into the covers

Malinga to Root, no run

solid in defence, pressing onto the front foot to repel all borders

"It was Rajitha at mid off who hadn't quite taken the step into the circle when that ball was bowled," says Fidel. "Some dark looks shot in his direction immediately after that." Naughty naughty

Best performances - batters
MD Shanaka
MD Shanaka SL
66 runs (66)
4 fours5 sixes
Productive shot
slog shot
18 runs
0 four3 sixes
N Dickwella
N Dickwella SL
52 runs (70)
5 fours0 six
Productive shot
sweep shot
13 runs
0 four0 six
Best performances - bowlers
A Dananjaya
A Dananjaya SL
MM Ali
Match details
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
TossEngland, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Eoin Morgan
Series resultEngland led the 5-match series 3-0
Match numberODI no. 4055
Hours of play (local time)09:45 start, First Session 09:45-13:15, Interval 13:15-14:00, Second Session 14:00-17:30
Match days20 October 2018 - day (50-over match)
Sri Lanka
Lyndon Hannibal
Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire
Aleem Dar
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka
Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match Referee
West Indies
Richie Richardson