England vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI at Birmingham
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England got off to a solid start with Alastair Cook (right) and Ian Bell sharing a 76-run opening stand. However, there was not much solidity in the rest of the batting performance from England © Getty Images
Sri Lanka proved too strong with both ball and bat as they beat England by six wickets in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) at Edgbaston to clinch a 3-2 series victory. First paceman Lasith Malinga took three for 50 as Sri Lanka restricted England to 219 all out.
Then, after Sri Lanka had wobbled at 62 for three, fifties from Mahela Jayawardene (53) and Lahiru Thirimanne (60 not out), together with captain Angelo Mathews‘s 42 not out off 34 balls, saw the tourists home with 10 balls to spare.
But there was a controversial moment during England’s innings when Sachithra Senanayake ran out Jos Buttler as the non-striker backed up. Mathews upheld the appeal for a perfectly legitimate dismissal and Buttler, whose blistering 121 had so nearly taken England to victory in the fourth ODI at Lord’s, was out for 21.