Tom Curran takes four wickets to skittle Sri Lanka before rain denies England chance of clean sweep

England’s hopes of sweeping the series 3-0 over Sri Lanka were dashed when the rain ended their pursuit; Tom Curran’s four-wicket round had seen England drop Sri Lanka 166 in 41.1 overs; England win the series 2-0 after having won the previous series T20I 3-0

Tom Curran took four wickets as England demolished Sri Lanka for 166 before rain wiped out the chase and denied the hosts a chance to add a 3-0 ODI series sweep to their T20 sweep.

Curran, who watched his younger brother Sam take 5-48 in England’s eight-wicket victory in the second ODI at The Oval on Thursday, packed 4-35 as Sri Lanka was swept away in 41.1 overs in the series finale in Bristol board.

However, the humid weather that had caused a 40 minute stoppage of Sri Lanka’s innings returned during the interval and they did not relent, meaning that England were unable to pursue their goal and had to settle for a score of 2-0, with the party abandoned. at 4:15 p.m.

Sri Lanka avoided a series sweep, but that was one of the few comforts of a tumultuous tour, which saw them suffer heavy defeats in all three T20s and the first two ODIs and senior players Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka and Niroshan Dickwella sent. home for violating biosecurity. measures.

Tom Curran had run out of wickets in his last five international white ball matches, but snapped that streak when he broke through Sri Lanka’s middle and lower order on Sunday, with one of his wickets, that of Chamika Karunaratne (11), coming to through a brilliant-trapped one delivered by Jonny Bairstow.

Chris Woakes took two wickets in the power play as Sri Lanka fell to 42-4

Chris Woakes (2-28) and David Willey (2-36) got stuck twice in the power play when Sri Lanka fell to 42-4 during another hitting horror show, having been 21-4 in seven. overs at The Kia Oval.

Dasun Shanaka, who came in 63-5 in the 15th, set the all-time high for Sri Lanka with 48 unbeaten, but that was the only high point when the visiting team went down with the bat once more.

Sri Lanka’s modest total was not a surprise, but the England team selection perhaps was, and the hosts opted for a number of changes: Woakes for closing partner Mark Wood was the only alteration, despite that the series had already been won.

That meant George Garton, a topless closer from Sussex, waited for his debut and there was no way out for Somerset hitter Tom Banton.

Both could still have a chance in the three-game series against Pakistan that begins in Cardiff on Thursday, a set of games that will hopefully prove to be far more competitive than the confrontations with Sri Lanka.

Moist conditions, allied to Sri Lanka’s batting problems, meant England captain Eoin Morgan chose to go bowling after winning a pitch at Bristol that was delayed 10 minutes due to inclement weather, and That decision paid off when the visiting team lost a series of early wicket games once again.

Woakes made the first breakthrough when Sri Lanka captain Kusal Perera (9) dragged a full ball over his stumps as he looked to drive expansively.

Sri Lanka had been 19-0 after two overs, but then declined, with Perera exiting Woakes in the third over followed by Willey dismissing Avishka Fernando (14) lbw in review in the sixth and then Pathum Nissanka (6 ) trapped behind by Bairstow. on the road in the eighth.

Woakes put Sri Lanka down four and later when Dhananjaya de Silva (4) failed to back up his 91st run last time out, the batsman hit a well-aimed short ball directly at Adil Rashid on the thin leg.

Curran then assumed the wicket-making mantle, having the so-called Oshada Fernando (18) captured midway by Woakes and then Wanindu Hasaranga (20) pocketed by Willey in deep square while another Sri Lankan hitter in this series went to a porter. .

The Curran-Bairstow combination sparked the next two wickets, with the latter taking a full leap to his right to catch Karunaratne and then releasing a more routine grip when Binura Fernando (7) snuck in behind shortly before rain stopped play. .

Curran pushed for a five on the restart, topping the edge of Dushmantha Chameera (16) a couple of times in his last over, but it was Rashid who sent off the tailender when Bairstow completed a revenge for Rashid after Chameera hit. his first two installments after the rain break for four.

Shanaka was looking up at fifty after toning Sam Curran for four and Rashid for six, but was stranded with two short runs when a comedic run, which brought a fitting end to another random hitting effort, saw Asitha Fernando ( 0) run out of punctuation.

England will look forward to a tougher test in all three ODIs and the same amount of T20I against Pakistan, with Sri Lanka now targeting an improvement in luck when they host India for the same number of games later this month.

Catch the first England-Pakistan ODI, in Cardiff, live on Sky Sports Cricket starting at 12.30pm on Thursday.

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