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PHOTOS: Sri Lanka hand England a thrashing

March 01, 2015 12:33 IST
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Lahiru Thirimanne

Lahiru Thirimanne celebrates after completing his century. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Left-handers Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne struck fluent centuries to help Sri Lanka outplay a hapless England by nine wickets in a Pool A match of the ICC World Cup, in Wellington, on Sunday.

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Chasing 309 for a win at the Westpac Stadium, Sri Lanka looked comfortable from the very start after a 100-run opening partnership and then Thirimanne (139 not out) and Sangakkara (117 not out) managed an unbeaten 212-run stand to help the islanders canter to their target in 47.2 overs.

Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara celebrates after completing his century. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The duo combined well to make the James Anderson-led bowling attack not only look ordinary but also put up a commanding batting display in their record second-wicket partnership against England in ODIs.

Opener Tillakaratne Dilshan (44) was the only casualty in an otherwise supreme batting show -- off-spinner Moeen Ali being the beneficiary of the lone wicket to fall.

Kumar Sangakkara hits out. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The 25-year-old Thirimanne, who was dropped on three off Stuart Broad in the fourth over of the innings, capitalised on the spill to become the youngest Sri Lankan to score a century in a World Cup. His 143-ball knock was studded with 13 fours and 2 sixes - hit the winning six.

Sangakkara showed his class once again to register a chanceless 23rd ODI hundred, his 86-ball knock laced with 11 fours and 2 sixes.

Joe Root

England batsman Joe Root after completing his century. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Earlier electing to bat, England rode on Joe Root's 121 to post 309 for six in 50 overs and a quickfire 19-ball unbeaten 39 from Jos Buttler in the end raised English hopes of a good showing.

But that was not to be as Sri Lanka looked unfazed after what looked an ordinary bowling effort, to make the chase look simple and register their third win of the tournament.

After losing their opener against New Zealand, the Angelo Mathews-led side side has certainly done well to post three wins on a trot, against Afghanistan, Bangladesh and England.

The Eoin Morgan-led side on its part is struggling with just a single win from four matches and that too has come against minnows Scotland.

Thisara Perera (centre) celebrates with team mates after getting the wicket of Eoin Morgan. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Electing to bat first, England were in a bit of trouble at 161 for four before a 98-run partnership between Root, whose 108-ball stay was laced with 14 fours and two sixes, and James Taylor (25) put the innings back on course to a big total.

The defiant stand, which is a record fifth wicket partnership for England in World Cup matches, came in just 11 overs as the Sri Lankan bowlers had little answer to the brisk run-scoring.

In the end though it was Buttler's cameo that really pushed the England total beyond the 300 plus mark.

The final five overs gave England 52 runs and the last over 22 as Buttler smashed 6 fours and a six to finish off with a flourish.


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