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England down Sri Lanka in fifth ODI

England down Sri Lanka in fifth ODI
England’s win keeps their chances alive in the seven-match series, with the visitors now trailing 2-3 against Sri Lanka with two matches still to play. Root’s 104 not out laid the foundation for England’s win, and earned him man of the match. Taylor was omitted for the first three games, and has been determined to prove the selectors wrong ever since, scoring 90 in the last game.

His robust knock of 68 this time around included five fours and a six.

Sri Lanka opened with two spinners when England began the chase on Thursday, after rain forced the visitors to abandon starting their innings on Wednesday night. Sachithra Senanayake, the comeback man for Sri Lanka, struck in his fourth ball to dismiss the dangerous Moeen Ali and followed up later by trapping England captain Alistair Cook lbw to leave England 35-2.

BRIEFSCORES England 240 for 5 (Root 104*, Taylor 68) beat Sri Lanka 239 (Sangakkara 91, Woakes 6-47) by five wickets.
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