Cricket: Mahela and Sangakkara power Sri Lanka to beat England by eight wickets

Cricket: Mahela and Sangakkara power Sri Lanka to beat England by eight wickets

Cricket: Mahela and Sangakkara power Sri Lanka to beat England by eight wickets

Written by Bella Dalima

29 Nov, 2014 | 10:04 pm

Half centuries by Sri Lanka’s dynamic duo Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara powered Sri Lanka to beat England by eight wickets in a rain-reduced one-day international to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

The second One Day International was played at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

When the weather relented to allow play to begin, both sides – wearing black armbands – stood in silence to remember Australia batsman Phillip Hughes, who died on Thursday after he was hit by a ball while batting in a Sheffield Shield game.

Alastair Cook won the toss but he and the top order struggled against the spinners on a slow Colombo pitch. Only Joe Root with 42 and Ravi Bopara with 51 passed 25 as the tourists were bowled out for 185 in 43 of their 45 overs.

Although Bopara recorded a third half-century in four ODIs, spinner Ajantha Mendis 3 for 33 wrapped up the innings with two overs to spare. The hosts lost two early wickets but veterans Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene saw them home with 10.4 overs to spare.

In the end, it was a comfortable chase for the experienced batting pair, who added 149 and have amassed a mammoth 815 ODI caps between them. Jayawardena and Sangakkara also equalled the third most number of 100 runs plus ODI partnerships today, with the number standing at 15.

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