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
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."
pushed to mid-off for a quick single
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."
slower short ball, looks to cut it over cover, but is beaten
full, can't get under it, driven to deep cover for one
wide yorker, dug out to point
slower ball, on the pads, chipped away for a single
cramps him up with a shortish delivery, pulled away for a single
Marcus: "I've got four word to describe this result- com pre hen sive!"
hsort ball, pulled away to deep midwicket for one
Partnership is worth 200 now. Here is Finn. This could be the last over
full outside off, driven to the left of mid-off for one
well bowled as he sees him make room and slips this wide outside off
drives this back to him
short of a length, no room, but he arches back to make room and ramps it fine of third man for four
slower ball, beats his shot, Thiri is early into the shot, lofts this wide of deep midwicket, Taylor makes good ground, gets both hands to it, but can't hold on. Also it trickles over the rope for four
Over the wicket
follows him as he backs away, clipped away to deep square
mis-hit over mid-on for two more
all falling apart for England. Broad beats him but Buttler fails to collect it as the ball dips on him down the leg side and then goes for four byes
slower short ball, pulled away to deep midwicket. That man has been busy this over
pulled away this time, gets a single to deep midwicket
makes room, Broad follows him, plays this to deep midwicket for one