England’s Jos Buttler was dismissed for a duck from simply his second ball
Fifth one-day worldwide, Colombo
Sri Lanka 366-6 (50 overs): Dickwella 95, Chandimal 80, Ok Mendis 56, Sadeera 54, Moeen 2-57
England 132-9 (26.1 overs): Stokes 67, Akila 4-19
Sri Lanka win by 219 runs (DLS methodology)

A dismal England fell to their heaviest defeat in one-day worldwide cricket as Sri Lanka thrashed the vacationers by 219 runs within the closing ODI in Colombo.

With England having already gained the five-match sequence, they made three modifications, resting captain Eoin Morgan.

They bowled and fielded poorly, with Niroshan Dickwella scoring 95 as Sri Lanka posted 366-6 – the hosts’ highest rating in opposition to England in ODI cricket.

England slumped to 4-Three in reply and had been 132-9 when rain stopped play.

Umpire Aleem Dar ran from the pitch as a heavy storm broke whereas additionally signalling that Liam Plunkett’s dismissal for lbw had been confirmed on overview.

That ninth wicket lifted the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern par rating to 351 and, with no additional play attainable, the match was deserted shortly after 16:35 BST, leaving England 219 runs behind.

England’s earlier largest margin of defeat by way of runs was 165 runs in opposition to Pakistan at Karachi in 2005 and in opposition to West Indies at Kingstown in 1994.

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