Jos Buttler starred with an unbeaten 55 while Moeen Ali’s entertaining 58 helped England to an important victory which came when Joe Root hit the winning runs. It means England are now trailing 2-1 in the series with the teams due to meet next in Colombo.

England managed to keep the seven-match One-Day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka alive by winning the third game at Hambantota by five wickets, with the series at 2-1 in favour of the hosts after the match. Jos Buttler and Joe Root guided England to the victory with an unbroken 84 run partnership, scoring 55 and 48 in the process. Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews was the leading wicket-taker for the hosts with figures of two for 34. Moeen Ali top-scored for the visitors with a quickfire innings of 58 from 40 balls.