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Incessant rain leads to abandonment of third ODI

Incessant rain leads to abandonment of third ODI
Only 54 overs were possible in the third ODI between England and Sri Lanka in Bristol.
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Sri Lanka 248-9 (Chandimal 62) v
England 16-1 (Root 11no)
Match Abandoned
Third One-Day International, Bristol

Incessant rain ensured that the third One-Day International between England and Sri Lanka in Bristol was abandoned after the hosts scored 16 for one in four overs in reply to the visitors’ total of 248 for nine.

Earlier in the day, fifties from Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews and a 40 from Upul Tharanga were the only double digit scores for Sri Lanka.England won the toss and opted to bowl first.

David Willey (1-55) struck in the very first over as Danushka Gunathilaka (1) played a delivery onto his stumps. The England bowlers kept things tight with some good bowling.

After struggling to get going, Kusal Perera (9) looked to take on Liam Plunkett (3-46) and got a top edge that was caught by the wicket-keeper.

Mendis (53) and Chandimal (62) began to rebuild the innings. Sri Lanka went past the 50-run mark in the 15th over. Soon after the drinks break, Mendis went on to complete his fifty.

However, he aimed to take on Plunkett in the 22nd over and was caught at deep square leg soon after. Mathews (56) started off positively and along with Chandimal, he took Sri Lanka to 104 for three at the halfway mark.

Chandimal soon reached his own fifty in the 33rd over. The pair went on to add 80 runs for the fourth wicket.

Chris Woakes (3-34) had Chandimal caught at third man to break the stand. Seekkuge Prasanna (2) failed to last as he was caught at deep midwicket minutes later.

When Mathews reached his fifty in the 41st over, Sri Lanka were 191 for five. Once Mathews fell in the 44th over, Upul Tharanga (40) played a well despite running out of partners.

Though Tharanga fell in the 49th over, his innings was crucial for Sri Lanka to post 248 for nine in 50 overs.

After the innings break, rain delayed the start of play for almost an hour. When the game resumed, Sri Lanka struck by having Alex Hales (0) caught behind off the third ball of the innings.

However, three overs later, the rain returned with England at 16 for one after four overs. The rain refused to relent this time and simply held steady.

After waiting for an hour and a half, the umpires decided to abandon the game. The series remained at 1-0 in favour of England.

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