Joe Root's third hundred powered England to a five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the fifth ODI in Pallekele and kept alive their hopes in the seven-match series.

After rain forced play to be suspended on Wednesday, the visitors returned to chase down a 240-run victory target with five balls to spare. They trail the hosts 3-2 in the series.

The 23-year-old Root (104 not out) added 104 for the third wicket with James Taylor (68) after England lost both openers cheaply to off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake.

The Yorkshire right-hander, who hit seven fours in his 117-ball knock, reached his hundred by slog-sweeping Ajantha Mendis for a six in the penultimate over.

Earlier, England paceman Chris Woakes (6-47) tore through the Sri Lankan lower order to bowl out the hosts for 239 in 49 overs on Wednesday despite a cultured 91 from Kumar Sangakkara.

A torrential downpour then kept the players off the pitch and prompted the match officials to abandon the day's play.

Scorecard:

Sri Lanka 239 all out in 49 overs (Sangakkara 91, Woakes 6-47)

England 240-5 in 49.1 overs (Root 104*, Senanayake 2-41)

Source: Reuters