Joe Root Sets Up England Win

Joe Root celebrates reaching his match-winning century in Pallekele
Joe Root celebrates reaching his match-winning century in Pallekele
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England 240-5 (Root 104no, Taylor 68) beat
Sri Lanka 239 by five wickets
Fifth One-Day International, Pallekele
Scorecard

Joe Root's third One-Day International century set England on course for a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the fifth match in Pallekele, as the tourists used the reserve day to chase down 240.

After Chris Woakes took six wickets to dismiss Sri Lanka for 239 - Kumar Sangakkara top scoring with 91 - play was called off due to rain, meaning both sides returned on the reserve day for England's run chase.

Root finished unbeaten on 104 and James Taylor scored 68 as they achieved their target with five balls to spare.

They made an inauspicious start, however, when Moeen Ali (4) and Alastair Cook (20) fell to Sachithra Senanayake, the former bowled and the latter trapped in front.

Taylor and Root then took England from 35 for two to 139 for three through sensible batting before Taylor was caught by Ajantha Mendis off Thisara Perera.

Following up the 90 he scored in the fourth game, his second ODI half-century including five fours and a six in 90 balls.

After Taylor's departure, Root stood firm as Ravi Bopara (28) and Eoin Morgan (5) fell to Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mendis as England homed in on the win.

They got there with the Yorkshireman having faced 117 balls, hitting seven fours and a six with Jos Buttler unbeaten on two at the other end.

Senanayake, in his first game back since his bowling action was remodelled and passed by the ICC, returned figures of two for 38.

Sri Lanka hold a 3-2 lead heading into the sixth match, also in Pallekele, on Saturday 13th December.

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