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Sri Lanka Win Heated Decider, Claim Series 3-2

Sachithra Senanayake (right) looks on as Jos Buttler (not in picture) is given out after he Mankaded him
Sachithra Senanayake (right) looks on as Jos Buttler (not in picture) is given out after he Mankaded him
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Sri Lanka 222-4 (Thirimanne 60no) beat
England 219 (Cook 56) by six wickets
Fifth One-Day International, Edgbaston

Sri Lanka beat England by six wickets in the decisive fifth One-Day International at Edgbaston in a game that saw a rare instance of 'Mankading' during England's innings.

What is 'Mankading'?

Mankading, so named after Vinoo Mankad, is the act of a bowler running out the non-striking batsman instead of delivering the ball.

Although rarely effected, tt acts as a deterrent to batsmen stealing ground by backing up a long way.

It is often considered against the spirit of the game to dismiss an opponent in this manner, although it is certainly not against the rules.

Bowlers may warn a batsman against backing up too far by stopping and feigning as if to break the stumps - as Senanayake did prior to Buttler's dismissal - but not actually follow through with a Mankad.

The fielding captain will be asked by the umpires whether they wish the Mankading to stand.

Non-striker Jos Buttler was run out by bowler Sachithra Senanayake during England's innings of 219 all out.

He had already been warned by the bowler about backing up too far, Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews decided to uphold the appeal, and Buttler was sent on his way.

After that, there was a certain edge to proceedings, which were played out in front of a disappointingly low crowd and unwelcoming dark clouds that occasionally brought a few showers.

Chasing 220, Sri Lanka got home with 10 balls to spare with Lahiru Thirimanne unbeaten on 60.

Although England, through Alastair Cook (56) and Ian Bell (37) made a solid, if not spectacular, start with a 76-run opening stand, they failed to build on their platform.

A series of batsmen made starts but couldn't go on, leaving 11 balls unbowled in the end.

Lasith Malinga (3-50), Ajantha Mendis (2-50) were the leading wicket-takers for the Sri Lankans while Senanayake, Ashan Priyanjan and Mathews took one apiece.

It will be Buttler's wicket, however, which generated plenty of interest, talk of the spirit of the game, regulations and laws.

The Lancashire man had made 21 in 24 balls when Senanayake, who had given him a warning previously, broke the stumps instead of bowling at James Tredwell at the other end.

Mathews chose not - as Virender Sehwag did against Sri Lanka a few years back - to take back the appeal and England's collapse from 170 for five to 219 all out continued with the Mankad a perfectly legitimate way of dismissing a batsman.

With the bat, Sri Lanka then made a brisk start, perhaps mindful of the dark clouds above, and it was provided to them by Tillakaratne Dilshan (28) and Kushal Perera (19).

The introduction of Tredwell on a slow, sticky pitch (Bell, Gary Ballance and Joe Root had all earlier fallen to balls sticking in the surface) gave England some hope as he removed Dilshan, caught by Root and Kumar Sangakkara, bowled for two.

And when Anderson had Perera trapped in front Sri Lanka were 62 for three but England couldn't capitalise.

An edge induced by Harry Gurney off Mahela Jaywardene went begging and a few other sharp chances were missed, enabling Jayawardene (53 in 90 balls) and Thirimanne (60 in 101) to rebuild and put their side on course for victory.

Chris Jordan dismissed Jayawardene to break the 98-run partnership, leaving the home crowd's second least favourite Sri Lankan - Mathews - to stride to the crease, score an excellent 42 not out in 34 balls, and see his side to victory.

Words were exchanged between Cook and Mathews following the winning runs being hit and it didn't look like Buttler and Mathews shared a handshake.

Regardless of who said what, or didn't shake hands, Sri Lanka won the series 3-2 and that came despite a performance at Old Trafford where they were bowled out for 67.

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