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Rain rescues Sri Lanka women and frustrates England


England's bid to move into an unassailable lead in their ODI series against Sri Lanka has been foiled by rain as another polished bowling display counted for nothing at Wantage Road.

Steady drizzle turned heavier and forced the teams off the field after Sri Lanka's innings had slowly unravelled from a solid platform of 53 for two from nine overs to 106 for nine in the 31st.

Chamari Athapaththu's run-a-ball 34 put England under pressure but the Sri Lanka captain's dismissal in Charlie Dean's first over led to a momentum shift as the tourists again struggled with the bat.

Dean (2-12), Alice Davidson-Richards (2-16) and Lauren Filer (2-25) all took two wickets.

Hasini Perera anchored proceedings after Athapaththu's dismissal, amassing 31 not out off 58 balls, but was helpless to stop wickets tumbling at the other end, with Sri Lanka's plight encapsulated by Achini Kulasuriya being absent-mindedly run out by Kate Cross just before the players were brought off.

A two-hour delay ensued but as puddles developed on the outfield, the match was abandoned with just 30.5 overs possible. The abandonment means Sri Lanka escape, but still trail 1-0 in this three-match series.