Sri Lanka have inflicted upon England the heaviest defeat – in terms of runs – in their ODI history to clinch a morale-boosting victory in Colombo. Despite not having won any of their five most recently completed ODIs, Sri Lanka took advantage of a fine batting track and a slightly under-strength England attack to produce a vastly improved performance with the bat.
And, after their top four all scored half-centuries – the first time since 1998 each of Sri Lanka’s top four had passed 50 in the same ODI innings – in producing their highest-ever ODI total against England, they had them three down within 10 balls of their reply to all but settle this match as a contest.
Batting first Sri Lanka scored 366 for 6 wickets Niroshan Dickwella 95, Diensh Chandimal 80, Kusal Mendis 56, Sadeera Samarawickrama 54. England were only able to score 132 for wickets 9 Ben Stokes 67, Dananjaya Silva took 4 wickets for 19 runs, Dushmantha Chameera 3 for 20. Sri Lanka won by 219 runs by Duckworth–Lewis method.