Sangakkara record as Sri Lanka crush England again

(Reuters) – Kumar Sangakkara, playing his final one-day international on home soil, set a record for the most runs in a calendar year as Sri Lanka thumped England by 87 runs in the last match of the series in Colombo yesterday.

 Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka continued to dominate the touring side, taking the series 5-2 in a warm-up for next year’s World Cup.

The Sri Lankans posted an imposing total of 302 for six from their 50 overs and bowled out the English for 215 in the 46th over.

Sangakkara, who will retire from ODIs after next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, made 33 off 51 balls.

When he got to six, the 37-year-old broke Ricky Ponting’s record for the most international runs, in all formats, for a calendar year. The former Australia captain scored 2,833 in 2005.

His dismissal had little impact on Sri Lanka’s innings as Tillakaratne Dilshan scored a century in his 300th ODI.

Tillakaratne Dilshan
Tillakaratne Dilshan

Dilshan made 101 off 124 deliveries, featuring nine fours and one six, to register his 18th ODI hundred and pass 9,000 career runs.

Dinesh Chandimal (55 not out) and Thisara Perera (54) both knocked up half-centuries to take the total past 300, a target that proved too much for the struggling English side.

Beleaguered England captain Alastair Cook made a scratchy 32 and only Joe Root played a significant innings with 80, his second half century of a series in which he also made a hundred.

Root struck five fours in his 99-ball knock before falling lbw to Seekkuge Prasanna.

Dilshan, starring with both bat and ball, captured three wickets with his offbreaks.

SCOREBOARD
Sri Lanka Innings
M. Jayawardene c Woakes b Gurney     28
T. Dilshan c Ali b Jordan                     101
K. Sangakkara c Tredwell b Ali               33
A. Mathews b Ali                                    20
D. Chandimal not out                              55
T. Perera c&b Jordan                               54
S. Prasanna run out (Jordan, Jordan)       0
J. Mendis not out                                       1
Extras (lb-5 w-5)                                 10
Total (for 6 wickets, 50 overs)             302
Fall of wickets: 1-55 M. Jayawardene,2-120 K. Sangakkara,3-156 A. Mathews,4-236 T. Dilshan,5-299 T. Perera,6-299 S. Prasanna Did not bat: L. Thirimanne, S. Lakmal, D. Perera Bowling C. Woakes 9 – 0 – 71 – 0(w-1) H. Gurney 9 – 0 – 60 – 1(w-2) J. Tredwell 7 – 0 – 50 – 0 J. Root 5 – 0 – 22 – 0(w-1) C. Jordan 10 – 0 – 55 – 2(w-1) M. Ali 10 – 0 – 39 – 2

England Innings
A. Cook c M. Jayawardene b Lakmal     32
M. Ali b Dilshan                                        0
A. Hales c Prasanna b Dilshan                   7
J. Root lbw b Prasanna                          80
J. Taylor c Sangakkara b Lakmal              2
E. Morgan lbw b Dilshan                          4
J. Buttler c Chandimal b Prasanna           23
C. Woakes b D. Perera                          34
C. Jordan lbw b Prasanna                       0
J. Tredwell st
Sangakkara b M. Jayawardene              17
H. Gurney not out                                      6
Extras (b-4 lb-3 w-3)                            10
Total (all out, 45.5 overs)                   215
Fall of wickets: 1-2 M. Ali,2-28 A. Hales,3-51 A. Cook,4-57 J. Taylor,5-78 E. Morgan,6-126 J. Buttler,7-192 C. Woakes,8-192 J. Root,9-193 C. Jordan,10-215 J. Tredwell
Bowling
D. Perera 9 – 0 – 53 – 1(w-1) T. Dilshan 10 – 0 – 37 – 3(w-1) S. Lakmal 8 – 1 – 25 – 2 T. Perera 3 – 0 – 22 – 0 A. Mathews 2 – 0 – 3 – 0 S. Prasanna 8 – 0 – 35 – 3(w-1) J. Mendis 4 – 0 – 28 – 0 M. Jayawardene 1.5 – 0 – 5 – 1
Referees Umpire: Ranmore Martinesz
Umpire: Rod Tucker TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford Match referee: David Boon Result: Sri Lanka won by 87 runs.

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