As Sri Lanka played England in Group A match, history of 6:3 result in World Cup rivalry supported England. But, Sri Lankans asserted they don’t fear England any more. After 10 wickets win in 2011 Quarterfinal, today they registered easy 9 wickets, with twin centuries and twin 100+ partnership making a chase of 309 runs look like a walk in the park.
- MOM: Sangakkara
SL takes England rivalry to 4 wins and 6 losses.
268 runs in 4 matches make Sangakarra the leading run scorer of the World Cup 2015.
212 2nd Thirimanne, Sangakkara
100 1st Thirimanne, Dilshan
Fastest ODI century of Sangakkara among his 23 centuries in 401 matches.
4th ODI century of Thirimanne and Joe Root.
8th successful chase of 300+ by SL, 2nd best after India’s 15 chases.
2 times a target of 300+ score is chased just by loss of 1 wicket.
3 centuries in the match. Joe Root, Thirimanne, Sangakkara scored centuries.
2nd consecutive WC century for Sangakarra.
2nd consecutive 200+ century partnership by Sri Lanka.
Eng Score 309/6
Electing to bat first, England scored 90 runs in last 7 overs to reach 309/6. Moeen Ali (15) and Ian Bell (49) added 62 runs for 1st wicket. But Ali’s wicket was followed quickly by Balance (6) and then Bell. From 62/1 in 9.2 overs England slipped to 101/3 in 20.2 overs. Captain Morgan (27), James Taylor (25) have small partnerships with Joe Root (108-balls 121 runs in 2 6s & 14 4s). Butler (19-ball unbeaten 39 runs) and Woakes (8-ball 9 runs) gave a respecatable total. Another 300+ in World Cup 2015.
For Sri Lankans, Malinga (1/61), Lakmal (1/71), Mathews (1/43), Dilshan (1/35), Herath (1/35), Thisara (1/55) shared a wicket each.
SL Lost Just 1 Wicket to Complete Easy Chase
English bowlers were expected to win the match following the trend of World Cup 2015 where with one exception the trend has been of score 300+ runs and win the match. But, first Thirimanne had 100 run partnership with Dilshan (44) in 19 overs and then 212 run unbeaten partnership with Sangakkara to complete an easy chase with 16 balls remaining.
Thirimanne remained unbeaten on 143-ball 139 runs with 2 6s and 13 4s. Sangakarra remained unbeaten on 86-ball 117 runs with 2 6s & 11 4s. Sangakkara scored his quickes ODI century in his 401st games, breaking his record set in the last game.
Sri Lanka are now comfortably placed at 2nd position from top while England are looking towards quick exit with 2nd place from bottom in Points Tally.