December 8, 2014Sri Lanka beat England in the 4th ODI to give themselves a 3-1 lead in the series.
Kumar Sangakkara’s the leading ODI run scorer in 2014 scored a match winning 86 off 105 balls after England post a competitive total of 265 off their 50 overs.
England’s stand in captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat first. They were without Alastair Cook who was out because of suspension for slow over rate and this forced a change in the line-up.
This brought about James Taylor batting at 3 for his country, he certainly made the spot his. Flashes of classical drives, to charging the seamers and whacking the ball over the mid-wicket boundary the little fella played a fine knock.
Taylor went on to record 90 off 109 balls, probably should have got a hundred but that’s cricket for you! He got his first international half-century and helped to set a total of 265, a target that could have been higher had it not been for the loss of late wickets.
Morgan reached a respectable 62 playing some exquisite shots on his way to reach a 42-ball fifty. He then hit a straight six and gave a catch from the final delivery of the innings.
In the reply Woakes quickly removed Dilshan during the powerplay. The right-hander looped a catch to mid-off. Kusal Perera followed shortly edging a flighted Moeen delivery to slip for 31.
That brought about Sangakkara and Jayawardene who played themselves in and showed how much these two really enjoy batting together, it looked at a stage like there was a race on for fifty.
Jayawardene was first to go for 44 being undone by Chris Jordan who castled him.
Sangakarra went on with his captain Angelo Matthews with a partnership of 49 before Kumar gave a catch to deep point off the bowling of Chris Jordan for a splendid 86.
Angelo Matthews was a lucky boy on 33 when he was dropped by Alex Hales at deep third man off a gutted Chris Jordan.
Sri Lanka were left 24 at a run a ball, when Mathews and Thirimanne knocked it off despite a grand effort from England.
With the series now moving to Kandy for the 5th & 6th ODI before returning to the Premadasa, England have got a lot to prove in the last 3 games if they’re to come away with something here.