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Sri Lanka Close Out Six-Wicket Win

Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara top scored for Sri Lanka as they beat England in Colombo
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James Taylor hits out
James Taylor hit a fine knock of 90 in 107 balls for England
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Eoin Morgan's quickfire 62 guided England to 265
Eoin Morgan's quickfire 62 guided England to 265
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Sri Lanka 267-4 (Sangakkara 86) beat
England 265 (Taylor 90) by six wickets
Fourth One-Day International, Colombo

England ran Sri Lanka close before the home side closed out a six-wicket win in the fourth One-Day International in Colombo to move into a 3-1 series lead.

Kumar Sangakkara passed 1,000 ODI runs in the calendar year to make 86 before Angelo Mathews led Sri Lanka home after England had been bowled out for 265.

James Taylor hit 90 and Eoin Morgan, standing in as captain for the suspended Alastair Cook, cracked 62, but it still wasn't quite enough.

Sangakkara hit 86 in 105 balls, Mahela Jayawardene 44 in 50 and Mathews was unbeaten on 51 in 60 deliveries as Sri Lanka knocked off the runs with three balls to spare.

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis had earlier all taken three wickets for Sri Lanka.

They all came after Taylor, playing just his third ODI, helped England recover from losing openers Moeen Ali (19) and Alex Hales (0) cheaply, with a sublime knock of 90 in 109 balls.

He hit nine fours and a brace of sixes to push England forward with support coming from Joe Root (36) and then Ravi Bopara (22).

Morgan cracked four fours and three sixes at the end of the innings, facing 47 balls, to put a competitive score on the board.

Dilshan finished with three for 64, Herath three for 36 and Mendis three for 56 with Dhammika Prsada (1-29) the other wicket-taker.

Dilshan (16) and Kusal Perera (31) put on 28 together before Woakes had Dilshan caught by Morgan and Perera edged Ali to Chris Jordan at slip to leave the score at 69 for two.

Sangakkara and Jayawardene then rebuilt the innigs with a 96-run stand for the third wicket that put their side on course for victory.

And despite both falling to Jordan, who bowled impressively to return two for 35 from 10 overs, Sri Lanka kept their heads to see off England's challenge.

Mathews hit five fours and Lahiru Thirimanne was unbeaten on 19 in 21 balls at the other end.

The series now moves to Pallekele, where the fifth and sixth matches will be played on 10th and 13th December.

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