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Alastair Cook: England performance "hard to take"

England captain Alastair Cook says that the team's performance in their 90-run defeat to Sri Lanka is "hard to take".

Alastair Cook has admitted that it is "hard to take" England's performance during their defeat to Sri Lanka in their sixth one-day international.

The tourists were beaten by 90 runs in Pallekele this morning, ending their hopes of winning the seven-match series.

The captain told BBC Sport: "For the first 20-odd overs we bowled really well, but it didn't help me dropping [Kumar] Sangakkara on 41 and then he made us pay for it.

"We'd built up quite a bit of pressure on them and then they went hard at us. We came here trying to make it 3-3, but we were outplayed in all departments and that's hard to take."

The final match of the series takes place in Colombo on Tuesday.

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