Shanaka, Perera push Sri Lanka to competitive total

Annette Crawford
October 23, 2018

Bairstow has established himself at the top of the order as Jason Roy's opening partner, but could miss out in Kandy.

Keeping wicket on the low, slow turning pitch in Galle will be physically and mentally demanding and needs practice to attune to conditions but Bairstow will not have worn the gloves since the end of the English season with Jos Buttler wicketkeeping in the current one-day series.

The final margin of victory, 18 runs on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern, was comfortable but England's closing position of 132 for two after 27 overs would have been worse had Joe Root not been reprieved in unusual circumstances.

Leading 2-0 in the five-match series, victory at Pallekele will wrap it up with a game to spare, while the hosts are hoping their score of 7-273 will be enough to keep the contest alive heading to Colombo.

The result continues the tourists' dominance in a format in which they had won their past nine series - a sequence only interrupted by a shock one-off loss to Scotland.

While frustrated, Morgan must be satisfied with the show from his team in hard circumstances. The umpire did not give him out - but Sri Lanka demanded a review, which proved their shouting was justified.

Hales, standing in for the injured Jonny Bairstow, was less assertive and by the time he was smartly stumped pressing forward at Akila Dananjaya the stand-in opener had scored only 12 of England's 54. All-rounder Thisara Perera made 44 off 41 balls as he and Shanaka added 58 for the sixth wicket.

The final one-day game is on Tuesday in Colombo, Sri Lanka, while the two play a 20-over challenge on Saturday.

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