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Rain ends England hopes of sweeping ODI series vs Sri Lanka

July 4, 2021 GMT
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Spectators hold umbrellas after rain stopped play during the third one day international cricket match between England and Sri Lanka, at Bristol County Ground in Bristol, England, Sunday, July 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Spectators hold umbrellas after rain stopped play during the third one day international cricket match between England and Sri Lanka, at Bristol County Ground in Bristol, England, Sunday, July 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

BRISTOL, England (AP) — Heavy rain prevented England completing a likely whitewash of its one-day international series against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

The third and final ODI was abandoned in the afternoon with no result before England could reply to Sri Lanka’s uncompetitive 166 all out in 41.1 overs.

Surrey seamer Tom Curran claimed 4-35.

England had already clinched the series 2-0 with comfortable wins in the first two ODI games by five and eight wickets, respectively.

Dasun Shanaka hit an unbeaten 48 off 65 balls as Sri Lanka recovered from 87-6 in the 21st over after England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to field at the County Ground in Bristol, southwestern England.

England beat Sri Lanka 3-0 in their Twenty20 series.

It was an important return to form for Curran, who had gone wicketless in his last five matches across both white-ball formats. He had failed to get a single wicket in 34 overs across three ODIs and two T20s — inviting questions over his place in a full-strength squad.

“It is nice to get wickets today, but I haven’t felt the real need for wickets,” Curran said. “I guess it’s a funny game, sometimes you bowl really well and don’t get a wicket, other times you can cash in with some average balls.”

New-ball bowlers Chris Woakes and David Willey shared the wickets as Sri Lanka lumbered to 42-4 in the powerplay.

Woakes had replaced Mark Wood in the only change to England’s team.

England faces much tougher opposition in Cardiff on Thursday when it plays Pakistan in the first of three one-day internationals.

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