Kumar Sangakkara © Getty Images (File Photo)
May 31. 2014
Kumar Sangakkara led the way with an innings of 112 runs from 104 balls in the fourth One-Day International match between England and Sri Lanka at Lord’s. It was Sangakkara’s first international century at Lord’s.
Sri Lanka started on a positive note, with opener Kusal Perera scoring at a fair clip. However, his fellow opening partner Tillakaratne Dilshan struggled to get the ball off the blocks. Perera got to 19 off 14 balls with two boundaries and a six before edging Harry Gurney to Chris Jordan at slip. That brought in Sangakkara and a very productive period of play for Sri Lanka.
Initially, both Sangakkara and Dilshan were unable to score runs quickly. At the end of their 10 overs, Sri Lanka had managed only 45 runs for one wicket. Sangakkara took 12 balls to get off the mark, while Dilshan looked out of sorts. However, the pair kept scoring in ones and twos to go to 78 for one in 17 overs.
The 18th over, bowled by Joe Root, was the start of an accelerated period of play for Sri Lanka, as Sangakkara broke the shackles with three boundaries in the over. The pair managed to find boundaries regularly after that, as they then raced to 198 for one in the 36th over before Dilshan was bowled by James Anderson trying to play his trademark “Dilscoop.” He was dismissed for 71 off 109 balls with five boundaries.
Mahela Jayawardene came in to bat at the loss of Dilshan’s wicket. He looked a little rusty, as he scratched about for 13 balls before holing out to James Anderson off Harry Gurney. Kumar Sangakkara soon followed, stumped by Jos Buttler off James Tredwell for a typically attractive 112 off 104 balls.
Sri Lanka lost wickets regularly after that, but Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne scored a few runs at the end to help Sri Lanka reach a challenging total in the end.
Earlier, England won the toss and elected to bowl first with an unchanged side. Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews mentioned that they would have liked to bowl first as well. Dinesh Chandimal and Rangana Herath missed out in favour of Kusal Perera and Ajantha Mendis.
Sri Lanka 300 for 9 (Tillakaratne Dilshan 71, Kumar Sangakkara 112; Harry Gurney 4 for 55, James Anderson 2 for 60, Chris Jordan 2 for 67) vs England.