Opener Niroshan Dickwella made an enterprising 95 off 97 deliveries, combining for an opening stand of 137 runs with Sadeera Samarawickrama (54) in 19.1 overs. This was Sri Lanka’s first 100 plus opening-wicket stand in 30 ODIs.
Opener Niroshan Dickwella made an enterprising 95 off 97 deliveries, combining for an opening stand of 137 runs with Sadeera Samarawickrama (54) in 19.1 overs. This was Sri Lanka’s first 100 plus opening-wicket stand in 30 ODIs.

After conceding the series, Sri Lanka’s top-order finally put up a strong show against a heavily rejigged England bowling unit, posting 366/6 in the fifth ODI at the R Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo on Tuesday.

Opener Niroshan Dickwella made an enterprising 95 off 97 deliveries, combining for an opening stand of 137 runs with Sadeera Samarawickrama (54) in 19.1 overs. This was Sri Lanka’s first 100 plus opening-wicket stand in 30 ODIs.

The fall of Samarawickrama – cleaned up by Moeen Ali – brough skipper Dinesh Chandimal to the crease and after the removal of Dickwella by Ali, in the 26th over, took over the sheet anchor role. Kusal Mendis, who had totalled just five runs in his last four ODIs, got back in to form with a breezy 33-ball 56 with the help of six sixes and one four. He was taken by Liam Plunkett.

Chandimal then accelerated taking Sri Lanka past the 300-run mark before falling to Tom Curran for 80. Curran removed Thisara Perera in the same over for 11 to dent SL’s progress.

However, handy cameos from Dhananjaya de Silva (19*) and Akila Dananjaya (18*) then pushed SL’s total to 366/6.

For England, Tom Curran (2/71) and Moeen Ali (2/57) picked two wickets each while a returning Mark Wood (0/55) and Sam Curran (0/46), playing his 2nd ODI, went wicketless. Plunkett gave away 55 runs in his five overs. Adil Rashid claimed 1/52 in his 10.

Brief Scores: 366/6 (Niroshan Dickwella 95, Dinesh Chandimal 80, Kusal Mendis 56; Tom Curran 2/71, Moeen Ali 2/57) vs England