England lose heavily to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka thrash England by nine wickets thanks to unbeaten centuries from Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND (MARCH 1, 2015) (ICC) – Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara both scored centuries as Sri Lanka posted the highest successful run chase at Wellington Regional Stadium for a nine-wicket victory over England in their World Cup Pool A clash on Sunday (March 1).

Joe Root had anchored England’s 309 for six with his fourth one-day international century after Moeen Ali and Ian Bell had put on a quick-fire 62-run opening partnership.

The 24-year-old, who top-scored with 46 in England’s humiliating eight-wicket loss at the same ground to New Zealand on Feb. 20, produced his highest one-day score of 121 before he was trapped in front by Rangana Herath in the 47th over.

He was shared in a 60-run partnership with captain Eoin Morgan (27) and a stand of 98 with James Taylor (25).

Root and Taylor were both dismissed in the final five overs but wicketkeeper Jos Buttler (39 not out) and Chris Woakes (nine) pushed the total past 300 for a score which looked competitive at the change of innings.

Thirimanne was dropped in the slips with only three to his name and Morgan’s side rued the missed chance as Thirimanne and Sangakkara took advantage of some insipid bowling.

Thirimanne, 139 not out, hit a six to win the game in style, while Sangakkara ended on 117 – his 23rd ODI century – as the beaten finallists in the last two World Cups scored 312 for one in 47.2 overs.

The previous highest successful run chase at the ground was the 254-4 achieved by South Africa against New Zealand in February 2012.

The defeat did no favours for England’s quarter-final chances. They have just two points from four games and the best they can hope for is fourth place in Pool A, having lost to Australia and New Zealand as well.

England’s final two matches are against Bangladesh and Afghanistan and they could still be knocked out in the pool phase if they lose either of those matches.

England Innings

M. Ali c Lakmal b Mathews 15

I. Bell b Lakmal 49

G. Ballance c&b Dilshan 6

J. Root lbw b Herath 121

E. Morgan c Dilshan b T. Perera 27

J. Taylor c Dilshan b Malinga 25

J. Buttler not out 39

C. Woakes not out 9

Extras (b-4 lb-3 nb-2 w-9) 18

Total (for 6 wickets, 50 overs) 309

Fall of wickets: 1-62 M. Ali,2-71 G. Ballance,3-101 I. Bell,4-161 E. Morgan,5-259 J. Taylor,6-265 J. Root

Did not bat: S. Broad, S. Finn, J. Anderson


L. Malinga 10 – 0 – 63 – 1(w-2)

S. Lakmal 7.4 – 0 – 71 – 1(nb-2 w-2)

A. Mathews 10 – 1 – 43 – 1(w-1)

T. Dilshan 8.2 – 0 – 35 – 1

R. Herath 5.5 – 0 – 35 – 1

T. Perera 8.1 – 0 – 55 – 1

Sri Lanka Innings

L. Thirimanne not out 139

T. Dilshan c Morgan b Ali 44

K. Sangakkara not out 117

Extras (b-8 lb-1 w-3) 12

Total (for 1 wickets, 47.2 overs) 312

Fall of wickets: 1-100 T. Dilshan

Did not bat: M. Jayawardene, A. Mathews, D. Karunaratne, D. Chandimal, T. Perera, R. Herath, L. Malinga, S. Lakmal


J. Anderson 8 – 0 – 48 – 0

S. Broad 10 – 1 – 67 – 0(w-1)

C. Woakes 9.2 – 0 – 72 – 0(w-1)

S. Finn 8 – 0 – 54 – 0(w-1)

M. Ali 10 – 0 – 50 – 1

J. Root 2 – 0 – 12 – 0

Result: Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets