very full, dipping into the toes, clipped to deep midwicket... and it's a hopeless run out! Both men are parked at the non-striker's end as the shy comes in. Curran gathers, lobs to Bairstow. Off come the bails, and that is the end of that! Fernando wanted to get his partner back on strike, but Billings was the fielder so Shanaka rightly respected his arm... his team-mate just kept coming regardless. And that's just a bit village.
4.15pm: Match abandoned! So Sri Lanka can squelch away with a draw (and five precious WCSL points), and there'll be no 6-0 for England, either. Sadly this one was telegraphed a while back - Matt was right, never mind his west country allegiances - and another solid performance from the home side with the ball will go unrewarded this time. Anyway, thanks for sticking around in the drizzle - it's Pakistan up for England next, with the ODI series starting in Cardiff on Thursday. Until then, stay safe wherever you are. Cheerio!
4pm: Still bucketing down in Bristol, from the sounds of it, though there is a fair bit of cricket going on around the country in the latest round of Championship fixtures - which, predictably enough after a solid month of T20, doesn't look like being a good one for batters (unless, predictably enough, your name is Devon Conway).
"Just got heavier again," reports Matt. "So much standing water on the outfield, it's surely terminal. Lots of fans going home, SL on course for a fourth successive Bristol ODI washout after a bilateral one in 2016 and two in the CWC two years ago - and would crucially leapfrog SA and Zim in the Super League with five vital points (albeit having played, err, three times as many games)."
"I don't think D/L will have any impact on the chase unless England is forced to score something ridiculous like 30 runs per over. 167 from 15 overs is doable," reckons Saranga. Other than the fact you need 20 overs for a completed ODI, yes, England would probably have a tilt at whatever score the calculations spat out
3.40pm: We are officially losing overs now, and therefore the hill of beans that SL will have to defend is shrinking also. But the odds on rain saving them might be rising. "Loads of standing water on the covers, been lashing it down for half an hour, dark clouds, no sun etc etc," says Matt. "Big puddle at deep extra cover." He reckons this interlude might prove terminal... though that might just be the Somerset in him talking down Bristol's groundstaff.
George Macphers: "Any word on the DL method target for England." Don't think they'll start doing the calculations until we know how many overs might be possible...
3.30pm: More from Matt: "This looks pretty bleak. Can't see how we get back on within an hour." On the plus side, we've got plenty of time to hang around and wait for improvements. The latest a 20-over game can start is 6pm, and you'd think it won't be a particularly stiff target once DLS comes into it. Sri Lanka aren't getting out of this one just yet
3.15pm: We should be getting underway again soon - but news from the ground isn't great. "Hooning it down," reports Matt Roller. Sri Lanka were out warming up but they've returned to the dressing room again. Arguably a stay of execution for them, although they're probably keen just to get this tour done now...
2.52pm Well, that's another deeply unimpressive effort from Sri Lanka, sadly. Shanaka is the one player to resist today, making 48 not out from 65 balls. But they've left the best part of nine overs unused. Tom Curran is the England stand-out bowler today with figures of 4 for 35. A brace for Woakes and Willey... and surely a saunter to England's 3-0 win, and six out of six... surely? Back in a bit for the chase.
AussieBren: "Maybe England should have batted first- not for "putting on a show for the crowd" but to give some time in the middle for the middle order (even though in game 1 they had a mini collapse). These totals you'd expect to get eaten up nicely by England's top order." I completely agree. Morgan however still believes that a win is a win is a win. And winning ruthless is a mentality that's worth cultivating too.
Matt Roller has his ears tuned to the ground's tunes: "Kasabian over the PA: Shoot the runner, shoot, shoot the runner". Yep, seems fair
skids past the outside edge, so close to the bat. But Fernando survives, which is all he needs to do
Abhijato: "Shanaka clearly hasn't gotten the memo: he thinks he can still make a match out of this!" He's doing his damnedest!
wide line on the legbreak, hit with the spin to deep point
A bit of a hunt for the ball which has landed on a balcony. It'll need sanitising now that it's been returned
back of a length, and pelted over long-on with a huge mow! Deep in the crease, clearing the front leg, strong base, big wallop!
advances to the pitch, and defended into the covers
bashed out to cover, hit off the full length
back of a length, tonked to midwicket. A grumble from Bairstow, I think, over the stump mic about running on the pitch
Rashid to continue
tight lines, bending into the off stump, tapped to cover, and Willey's shy would have been miles out with a direct hit!
Yehan : "It's all upto shanaka now. Hope he can be like thissara Perera in New Zealand. Fingers crossed "
battered off the front foot, beats Morgan in the covers for a welcome boundary!
right up to the bat, fenced into the off side
Swarnanka: "What is the reason for Moeen Ali not bowling?" I have absolutely no idea. Morgan just doesn't fancy him as an option at present
attempted lap from outside off, but can't connect on the stroke. Out comes the physio as that thumped him on the forearm I think
very full, driven on the up through the covers, and turns down the single to protect his partner
firm block on the back foot, solid in defence
bending down the leg side, a bit of a nothing ball
One Curran's done, another returns. Here's Sam
Paarth : "Sharjah is a horrific place to bowl, small ground and so much 2nd innings due as well as flat batting track is ridiculous for any bowler." Very true
big appeal again, another googly, but sliding past the legs
fenced off the back foot to the off side
very slow googly to follow up, turning into the pads
flat-footed stab as Rashid zips down a seaming delivery! Cunning variation, and brisk too
Rashid has his first... what can Sri Lanka cobble together from here?
huge appeal from Bairstow for the stumping! He's convinced he's got it. Big legbreak from Rashid, a wafty drive, and almost a last-minute decision to whack off the bails as Chameera's toe strayed. There certainly doesn't seem to be much behind the line. A stud at best. And yep, the umpire is happy that the line belongs to the keeper!
bashed hard off the front foot to the cover sweeper
|County Ground, Bristol|
|Toss||England, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||England won the 3-match series 2-0|
|Match number||ODI no. 4298|
|Hours of play (local time)||11.00 start, First Session 11.00-14.30, Interval 14.30-15.15, Second Session 15.15-18.45|
|Match days||4 July 2021 - day (50-over match)|
|Points||Sri Lanka 5, England 5|