Alex Hales on standby for England after Bairstow twists ankle playing football

Jonny Bairstow goes down after twisting his ankle

Dasun Shanaka hit 66, and opener Niroshan Dickwella got 52 as Sri Lanka ground out 273-7 in the opening innings of their one day global against England at Kandy on Saturday.

Unlike in their previous games, the home side managed to rally with Shanaka playing with intent - smashing four fours and five sixes in run-a-ball 66 to register his highest ODI score - but just as he looked to be leading Sri Lanka towards a big total he was run out at the non-striker's end by Morgan.

From the side of Srilanka, opener Nirosho Dikewala scored 52 but after his wicket Sri Lankan team was in trouble and lost 5 wickets on 154 but lower-order batsman Dasunankarca (66) and Thisara Perera (44) and helped Srilanka in making score of 273 runs.

But despite losing Root's wicket and with the game continuing till the 27th over England would have still won by five runs under the D/L rain rule.

Denly may well earn his first ODI for nine years regardless, with England mulling over whether to augment the bowling attack with his leg-breaks following Adil Rashid's impressive four-wicket haul in Wednesday's seven-wicket on the same ground.

Rashid, whose variations the batsmen did not always read, was more hard to milk for singles, and collected the third wicket in Sri Lanka's mini-collapse, trapping the struggling Kusal Mendis in front with a slider.

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Hales is now the man on the outside looking in, and he will doubtless be itching to seize back his place, having lost out only two matches after he top-scored with 147 out of England's world-record 481 for 6 against Australia at Trent Bridge in June. England, in general, were sloppy on the field, several fielding lapses marring their performance, while they spurned three clear-cut wicket opportunities.

The final one-day game is in Colombo on Tuesday, while the two play a 20-over challenge next Saturday. Liam Plunkett got married to Emeleah last weekend in the Cotswolds and the couple are now here in Sri Lanka enjoying their time together.

Dinesh Chandimal (C), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Amila Aponso, Niroshan Dickwella, Saneera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis and Dasun Shanaka. They could have also got rid of Joe Root (32*) when he was on 22, but a silly mistake cost them the wicket.

Spinner Akila Dananjaya took 2-27.

"If it was not a no-ball we could have won the game but that's our mistake." said Chandimal. "We were better in the last game but today we weren't anywhere near as good as we should be".

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