Sri Lanka shatter England’s hopes

Sri Lanka shatter England’s hopes

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Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara scored centuries to help Sri Lanka post the highest successful run chase at Wellington Regional Stadium for a nine-wicket victory over England in the World Cup Pool A clash.

Thirimanne, 139 not out, hit a six to win the game in style, while Sangakkara ended on 117 off 86 balls as Sri Lanka, the beaten finalists in the last two World Cups scored 312 for 1 in 47.2 overs to win by 9 wickets.

Sangakkara took 45 balls to reach his 50 and needed just another 25 balls to bring up his 23rd ODI century as he took control of the game for the final 20 overs, dominating the latter stages of the partnership with Thirimanne.

Thirimanne also combined in a century opening stand with Tillakaratne Dilshan (44).