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22nd Match, Pool A, Wellington, Mar 1 2015, ICC Cricket World Cup
309/6
(47.2/50 ov, target 310)312/1
Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets (with 16 balls remaining)
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• The 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 
Scorer: Venkat Raghav
Commentator: Sidharth Monga
Scorecard summary
England309/6(50 overs)
Joe Root121 (108)
Ian Bell49 (54)
Sri Lanka312/1(47.2 overs)

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 474 runs
SL: 304/1CRR: 6.46 • RRR: 2.00 • Need 6 from 18b
Lahiru Thirimanne133 (142)
Kumar Sangakkara116 (85)
Steven Finn8-0-54-0
Chris Woakes9-0-64-0
46.6
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
Finn to Sangakkara, no run

wide yorker, dug out to point

46.3
1
Finn to Thirimanne, 1 run

slower ball, on the pads, chipped away for a single

46.2
1
Finn to Sangakkara, 1 run

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!"

46.1
1
Finn to Thirimanne, 1 run

hsort ball, pulled away to deep midwicket for one

Partnership is worth 200 now. Here is Finn. This could be the last over

end of over 4610 runs
SL: 300/1CRR: 6.52 • RRR: 2.50 • Need 10 from 24b
Lahiru Thirimanne131 (139)
Kumar Sangakkara114 (82)
Chris Woakes9-0-64-0
Stuart Broad10-1-67-0
45.6
1
Woakes to Thirimanne, 1 run

full outside off, driven to the left of mid-off for one

45.5
Woakes to Thirimanne, no run

well bowled as he sees him make room and slips this wide outside off

45.4
Woakes to Thirimanne, no run

drives this back to him

45.3
4
Woakes to Thirimanne, FOUR runs

short of a length, no room, but he arches back to make room and ramps it fine of third man for four

45.2
4
Woakes to Thirimanne, FOUR runs

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

45.1
1
Woakes to Sangakkara, 1 run

follows him as he backs away, clipped away to deep square

end of over 4511 runs
SL: 290/1CRR: 6.44 • RRR: 4.00 • Need 20 from 30b
Lahiru Thirimanne122 (134)
Kumar Sangakkara113 (81)
Stuart Broad10-1-67-0
Chris Woakes8-0-54-0
44.6
2
Broad to Thirimanne, 2 runs

mis-hit over mid-on for two more

44.5
4b
Broad to Thirimanne, 4 byes

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

44.4
1
Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run

slower short ball, pulled away to deep midwicket. That man has been busy this over

44.3
1
Broad to Thirimanne, 1 run

pulled away this time, gets a single to deep midwicket

44.2
1
Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run

makes room, Broad follows him, plays this to deep midwicket for one

Best performances - batsmen
Lahiru Thirimanne portrait
HDRL Thirimanne
139 runs (143)
13 fours
2 sixes
Control84%
Productive shot
off drive
23 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
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Joe Root portrait
JE Root
121 runs (108)
14 fours
2 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
on drive
18 runs
0 fours
1 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Tillakaratne Dilshan portrait
TM Dilshan
O
8.2
M
0
R
35
W
1
ECO
4.2
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Angelo Mathews portrait
AD Mathews
O
10
M
1
R
43
W
1
ECO
4.3
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
TossEngland, elected to bat first
SeriesICC Cricket World Cup
Season2014/15
Player Of The Match
Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara
Match numberODI No. 3619
Hours of play (local time)11.00 start, First Session 11.00-14.30 Interval 14.30-15.15, Second Session 15.15-18.45
Match days1 March 2015 - day match (50-over match)
Umpires
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Bruce Oxenford
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Rod Tucker
TV Umpire
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Chris Gaffaney
Reserve Umpire
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Simon Fry
Match Referee
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David Boon
PointsSri Lanka 2, England 0