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Willey, Plunkett bowl England to 3-0 series victory

England team celebrating 3-0 series victory over Sri Lanka
England team celebrating 3-0 series victory over Sri Lanka
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England 324-7 (Root 93) beat
Sri Lanka 202 (Chandimal 53) by 122 runs
Fifth One-Day International, Cardiff

David Willey and Liam Plunkett shared seven wickets as England bowled Sri Lanka out for 202 runs in a chase of 325 runs to complete a 3-0 series victory with a massive 122-run win in the fifth and final One-Day International in Cardiff.

Earlier in the day, Joe Root struck a fluent 93 while James Vince and Jos Buttler played crucial knocks to propel England to 324 for seven in 50 overs.

Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to field first. There was a 10-minute delay due to rain. Five overs into the innings, the rain came down once again. After another short delay, the game resumed.

Vince (51) and Jason Roy (34) took England to 60 for naught in the first 10 overs without taking many risks. An over later, Suranga Lakmal (1-65) had Roy caught at deep midwicket.

Root (93) joined hands with Vince to share a 41-run stand for the second wicket. Soon after completing his maiden ODI fifty, Vince was out stumped in the 19th over.

Root continued to play a patient innings while Eoin Morgan (20) saw himself off to a brisk start. However, the England skipper failed to make it count and was dismissed in the 25th over.

At the halfway mark, England reached 138 for three. Root and Jonny Bairstow (22) posted a 45-run stand. Soon after Root completed his fifty, Bairstow fell, caught at long on.

The arrival of Buttler (70) gave the England innings the impetus it needed. In their 109-run stand, Buttler and Root started off steadily. Buttler quickly shifted gears and brought up his fifty in 35 balls.

With five overs to go, England’s score was 277 for four. Buttler struck two more fours before he was castled by Chaminda Bandara (1-83) in the 48th over.

Though Root fell in the final over, a cameo from Chris Woakes (17 not out) took England to 327 for seven.

England struck as early as in the fourth over with Willey (4-34) dismissing Kusal Perera (6) lbw. A review by the batsman did not save him.

Danushka Gunathilaka (48) and Kusal Mendis (22) took Sri Lanka to 41 for one by the 10th over.
The pair added 57 runs for the seventh wicket before Mendis was run out in the 14th over, attempting a second.

Two overs later, Gunathilaka was trapped lbw by Plunkett (3-44). Sri Lanka slipped further as Angelo Mathews (13) and Upul Tharanga (0) fell in the space of three balls.

The visitors lost half their side with 106 runs on the board. Dasun Shanaka (22) shared a brief partnership with Dinesh Chandimal (53) but he was stumped in the 28th over off Adil Rashid (2-41).

With 20 overs left, Sri Lanka needed 176 runs with four wickets in hand. Despite losing wickets at the other end, Chandimal kept fighting and brought up a 61-ball fifty.

However, the final blow came in the 41st over with Willey striking twice and dismissing Lakmal (10) and Chandimal. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 202 runs in 42.4 overs.

England completed an emphatic 112-run win along with a 3-0 series victory. Buttler was the man of the match for his 45-ball 70. Roy took home the player of the series award.

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