Sri Lanka beat England by six wickets in what proved a controversial fifth and final one-day international at Edgbaston to complete a 3-2 series victory.
Skipper Alastair Cook had made a half century as England were bowled out for 219 from 48.1 overs, but it never looked like being enough and Sri Lanka got home with ten balls to spare following a watchful chase.
But the game's main talking point came during England's innings when Sachithra Senanayake ran out Jos Buttler, backing up at the non-striker's end, albeit after warning him in his previous over for pinching yards.
It is a legitimate mode of dismissal, but one often frowned upon and rarely enforced - only seven times previously, in fact, in the history of international cricket.
Buttler's status as England's man-of-the-moment after his brilliant maiden hundred at Lord's, and Senanayake's as a controversial figure since he was reported for a suspect action in the same match, only added to the jeers.
The unusual event - captains more often call batsmen back in such instances, but Angelo Mathews chose not to - came in the 43rd over of an otherwise unremarkable innings in which England struggled for a par score after choosing to bat first.
Sri Lanka's openers then set off in a hurry, but the tourists needed Mahela Jayawardene (53) and man-of-the-match Lahiru Thirimanne (60 not out) to put them back on track after James Tredwell took two of three wickets to fall for seven runs.
Harry Gurney's second over had cost 14 runs, and Chris Jordan got through just one for 12 before Tredwell broke the opening stand with only his second delivery when Joe Root took a very good catch at short extra-cover to see off Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Tredwell struck again in his second over, finding enough turn to have Kumar Sangakkara edging in back-foot defence to slip - and then James Anderson had Kusal Perera lbw.
At 62-3, Jayawardene and Thirimanne had to dig in, but they had the reassurance of a target which would be within range if they could keep England's bowlers at bay - and apart from a Jayawardene edge between wicketkeeper and slip on eight off Gurney, and Thirimanne's mis-hook just short of long-leg off Ravi Bopara, there were no mistakes.
It was not until Jayawardene holed out to mid-off that England had another chance, but Thirimanne saw the job through with an 89-ball 50 and the help of some late power from Mathews (42 not out) in an unbroken stand of 62.
In a patchy performance from England's batsmen, the top six all got out after promising starts on a slow, sticky wicket.
Cook and Ian Bell's opening stand of 75 ended when the latter poked a return catch back to Ajantha Mendis when on 37.
Gary Ballance also pushed a simple catch back to the bowler, Lasith Malinga (3-50) this time with the first delivery of his second spell; then Root and Cook both went caught-behind to variations of the sweep, the Yorkshireman attempting a reverse.
Bopara's departure was a comical exaggeration of England's difficulties, when he set himself to pull Mendis but instead contrived to be bowled through his legs as the ball failed to get to him in time for his intended shot.
It all meant England's habitual six-hitters Buttler and Jordan had to join forces earlier than intended.
They were beginning to gather a little purpose when Buttler was caught out of his ground - and after Jordan was run out more conventionally via a mix-up with Anderson, England were eventually all out with almost two overs unused.
They had therefore mustered only a very vulnerable total, and so it proved as a series success evaded them at the start of the Cook-Peter Moores era.