Sri Lanka powered to a nine wicket beating of England in Wellington at the ICC Cricket World Cup on Sunday. Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara both struck unbeaten centuries as the 1996 champion made mincemeat of their 310 run target, winning with 2.4 overs to spare. Thirimanne and Tillakaratne Dilshan put on a 100-run opening stand before the latter fell for 44 caught by Eoin Morgan off Moeen Ali.
After that it was all Sri Lanka as Thirimanne struck 139 from 144 with 13 forus and two sixes while Sangakkara hit 117 from 86, including 11 fours and a pair of maximums, as as England simply chased leather at the Westpac Stadium. Earlier the English chose to bat and did well enough to post 309/6.
Inspire by Joe Root’s 121 from 108, England’s batsmen gave their bowlers something decent to defend. Ian Bell contributed a good 49 while Jos Buttler hammered 39 from 19 deliveries near the end but ultimately it was in vain as Morgan’s men crashed to their third defeat in four at this year’s tournament and are now in danger of missing out on the quarter-finals. As for the Lankan Lions, they have bounced back beautifully since the opening day defeat to co-hosts New Zealand with a third straight win.