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Sri Lanka miss out on automatic qualification for 2019 World Cup

Sri Lanka have lost all four games in the series
Sri Lanka have lost all four games in the series

Sri Lanka have missed out on the chance to gain an automatic qualification to the 2019 World Cup after losing four continuous games in the One-Day International series against India.

The home side needed to win at least two matches in the five game series to join the other top six positioned teams in the International Cricket Council ODI rankings as on 30th September cut-off along with hosts England to make it to the showpiece event.

Instead, they will now have to wait for West Indies to lose one of its upcoming six matches against England and Ireland combined during their United Kingdom tour.

Sri Lanka started the series with rating points of 88 but the defeat in the first four games has put them in a spot of bother. A win in Sunday's final game can restore their 88 points which will not be enough for an automatic qualification.

In case they lose the final game to India in Colombo, then West Indies, who are on 78 points now can pip the 1996 champions if they beat Ireland in the solitary ODI and win the five match series against England 4-1.

Teams missing out on the automatic qualification will have to battle it out in a qualifying tournament to join the other eight teams in the 2019 World Cup to be played in the United Kingdom.

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