England beat Sri Lanka by 122 runs to wrap series 3-0


Cardiff—Joe Root and Jos Buttler laid the platform for England’s dominant 122-run win over Sri Lanka in the fifth and final one-day international in Cardiff on Saturday.
Root top-scored with 93 as England made 324 for seven.
Together with man-of-the-match Buttler, who made a typically rapid 70, he put on 109 for the fifth wicket. Sri Lanka’s chase never got going and they were bowled out for 202 with more than seven overs to spare. That gave England a convincing 3-0 series win, with one tie and one no result.
It was further proof of the progress England ha made in ODI cricket since their humiliating first-round exit from last year’s World Cup, which included a nine-wicket thrashing by Sri Lanka in Wellington.
Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, opted to bowl first Saturday after winning the toss on a green-tinged pitch.
Man-of-the-series Jason Roy, who scored a superb 162 on his Surrey home ground during England’s six-wicket win at The Oval on Wednesday, again looked in good touch with a run-a-ball 34.
But there was to be no third hundred this series after his 112 not not out at Edgbaston, with Roy hoisting paceman Suranga Lakmal to deep square leg.
James Vince, opening in place of the injured Alex Hales, marked his maiden ODI innings with a stylish fifty before carelessly getting himself stumped after charging at off-spinner Danushka Gunathilaka. His exit left England 108 for two.
England captain Eoin Morgan made 20 that included a soaring six over long-on off leg-spinner Seekkugge Prasanna.
However, the left-hander also fell to Gunathilaka when he sliced the off-spinner to cover sweeper Kusal Mendis.
It was the 21st successive innings in all international cricket where the Irishman had failed to make a fifty. Gunathilaka, best known as a batsman, took an ODI best three for 48.
Buttler, scooping fours and launching Lakmal for a spectacular six over long-off, added fresh impetus.—Agencies

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