Player of the Match
Player of the Match
76dThe Report by Andrew McGlashan

Sangakkara, Thirimanne thrash England

Sri Lanka made a chase of 310 seem like a weekend stroll in the park as Kumar Sangakkara unfurled a majestic hundred, his second of the tournament, alongside Lahiru Thirimanne's fourth ODI ton

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HDRL Thirimanne
139(143) 13x4 - 2x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 23 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
1 28 9 11 19 17 22 32
JE Root
121(108) 14x4 - 2x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 18 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
13 8 6 27 23 0 17 27

Best performances - Bowlers

TM Dilshan
O8.2
M0
R35
W1
Eco4.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
HMRKB Herath
O5.5
M0
R35
W1
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Sidharth Monga

This was easy, wasn't it? Not for one moment since Thirimanne was dropped early - technically by Root but in spirit by Buttler - did England look like threatening this chase. A walk along Galle Face, really. All three batsmen who batted today looked comfortable. England never looked like getting a wicket. Their batting was pre-modern once again, putting up - as usual - what was par in the last World Cup given similar conditions underfoot and overhead. If there are no more upsets in the rest of the league matches, we have India v England locked in for the MCG quarter-final. Sri Lanka all but there in the quarters now, but if they can beat Australia, they can avoid South Africa. All this assuming there are no upsets in the other group. Don't let the mind race, though. Let the World Cup unfold itself day by day. That's all we have for you from this game. Cheers

"Brilliant performance," says Angelo Mathews. "310 was a bit too much but brilliant batting by Sangakkara and Thirimanne. Two of the greatest knocks I have seen. If the bowlers fail, the batters need to step up. That's what we want. Two of the areas we need to improve on is the fielding and bowling at the death."

"We certainly lost it with the ball," says Eoin Morgan. "We had a par score on the board. Joe Root batted beautifully. I was happy at half time. Sri Lanka had seven or eight overs where they bowled really well, but we ended well. We were happy with the score. We were flexible in our batting order, but we thought it was right to send James when he went in. Today we bowled a bad ball every over. Which you get punished for. We have got variations. two tall bowlers, two swing bowlers. When we are bowling well, it is a good attack. You can pick it apart when they are not. Today they didn't."

"Pretty good," says Kumar Sangakkara, the Man of the Match. "Credit should go to the openers. They had a great start. Thiri batted out of his skin. We were getting 5.5-6 an over throughout. It was just a case of batting long. It is always imposing when someone scores 300. Joe Root batted beautifully, but then again there are days like this. Getting old. Quite quickly. Still enjoying the game [About retiring after the Cup]. Thiri has batted from No. 1 to No. 9 for us. To watch him get that hundred was quite special."

47.2
6
Woakes to Thirimanne, SIX runs, all over with a six. Thiri gets a length ball outside leg, he opens the front leg a touch and lofts him over wide long-on for a six to finish a comprehensive chase of 310 with consumnate ease
47.1
1
Woakes to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed to mid-off for a quick single
47.1
1w
Woakes to Sangakkara, 1 wide, wide outside leg as he pre-empts a move away from the stumps

Ribhav Bansal: "Stat Alert : Sangakkara (1258*) becomes the third highest run getter in World Cup matches overtaking Lara (1225). Only Ponting (1743) and Sachin (2278) are in front of him."

END OF OVER:
47 | 4 Runs | SL: 304/1 (6 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.46, RRR: 2.00)

  • HDRL Thirimanne133 (142b)
  • KC Sangakkara116 (85b)
  • ST Finn8-0-54-0
  • CR Woakes9-0-64-0
46.6
0
Finn to Thirimanne, no run, slower short ball, looks to cut it over cover, but is beaten
46.5
1
Finn to Sangakkara, 1 run, full, can't get under it, driven to deep cover for one
46.4
0
Finn to Sangakkara, no run, wide yorker, dug out to point

Emphatic 300-plus chase

2

Number of times a team has chased 300-plus target losing only one wicket. The previous instance was Ind v Aus, Jaipur, 2013

Perfect acceleration

81

Runs scored by Sri Lanka between the 31st and 40th overs. England scored 58 during this period

SL in tall chases

7-48

SL's win-loss when chasing 300-plus targets in ODIs; against England, they have a 2-1 record in three games

Pool A on top

48.95

Average opening partnership in Pool A, 5 century stands; 21.28 - average opening partnership in Pool B, 0 century stands

100+ opening stands so far

5

Number of century opening stands in the World Cup 2015 - two each by NZ and SL, and one by England. All Pool A teams

Happy memories for SL

231*

Sri Lanka's opening partnership the last time they played a World Cup game v Eng. They won that game by 10 wickets

Solid starts for SL

7

Number of 50-plus opening stands for SL in ten ODI innings in 2015. No other team has more than three

The late flurry

90

Runs scored by England in the last seven overs, England's third highest in all ODIs since 2002

England's best No. 4?

4

Number of ODI hundreds at No. 4 for Root, the highest among England batsmen. Allan Lamb is next with three