England vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Joe Root’s ton, Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne's innings and other highlights
Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara just took the game away from England with their unbeaten centuries © Getty Images

Sri Lanka humiliated England at Wellington as they beat them by nine wickets, chasing 310 for a victory. England would have fancied their chances after they put up a big score, but Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara just took the game away from England with their unbeaten centuries. Pramod Ananth lists a few highlights of the game.

England off to a brisk start: England had elected to bat first. Their openers Moeen Ali and Ian Bell did not let their skipper down as they got England off to an excellent start. They put on 62 runs for the opening wicket in 56 deliveries before Moeen perished for 15.

Sri Lanka strike back: Sri Lanka pulled things back as the managed to get rid of Moeen and Gary Ballance in quick succession. Ballance was dismissed by Tillakaratne Dilshan. He played ball the back to Dilshan, who had to dive to his left to hang on to the ball. Cricket Blog: England vs Sri Lanka

Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 100th ODI wicket: Ballance became Dilshan’s 100th scalp in ODIs. Dilshan became only the fifth player after Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuriya, Jacques Kallis and Aravinda de Silva to have the unique distinction of scoring 9,000 runs and picking up 100 wickets in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). He also claimed the rather unusual feat of taking 100 wickets and effect a stumping. Top 10 bowlers in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Joe Root-Eoin Morgan partnership: Morgan walked in at a time when England needed to rebuild. He put on 60 runs with Root for the fourth wicket, which gave some sort of stability to the innings. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Pool-wise Team Standings

Joe Root-James Taylor partnership: The Root-Taylor partnership was the most crucial one of the innings as it gave a platform from where England could go beyond 300. Root was really explosive and Taylor gave him good support, contributing 25 out of the 98-run partnership. Taylor was dismissed after playing a good hand.

Joe Root’s 4th ODI century: Joe Root scored his fourth ODI century and became the youngest England player to score a century in World Cup cricket. His 108-ball 121 included 14 fours and two huge sixes. It was a much needed performance for England after their horrendous performance with the bat in the first couple of games in the tournament. Top 10 fielders in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Jos Buttler’s finish: Buttler came in at a time when had the license to explode right from the first ball; that was exactly just what he did. He finished with 39 not out off just 19 deliveries to ensure that England went past 300 and with that they gave themselves a chance of defending it.

Sri Lanka openers put on century stand: The top order of the Sri Lanka batting line-up was in good nick going into this game. They continued their good form in this game as well. Dilshan and Lahiru Thirimanne put on exactly 100 for the opening wicket before Dilshan was dismissed for 44 in the last ball of the 19th over. This was just the start Sri Lanka would have hoped for, chasing 310 for a win.

Lahiru Thirimanne’s  fourth ODI ton: Thirimanne made a good half-century in the previous match against Bangladesh and continued from where he left off as he made full use of his opportunity this time as he scored only his fourth ODI ton. He became the youngest player from Sri Lanka to do so in the mega event. He dominated England’s bowling throughout the game. Top 10 batsmen in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Kumar Sangakkara’s 23rd ODI century: Sangakkara now has registered back-to-back centuries and is now the fourth highest century-getter in ODIs. His 23rd century came off just 70 deliveries (the fastest of his career) and it seemed like he was in a hurry to finish the match off.

Thirimanne-Sangakkara partnership: Thirimanne and Sangakkara  put on an unbeaten stand of 212 that helped their team post a huge win against England. England never looked to be in the game after the openers got the team off to a flier. The duo tore the England bowling apart and they did not have any answers to Sri Lanka’s onslaught. Top 10 wicketkeepers in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Sri Lanka win comfortably: Sri Lanka won emphatically by nine wickets with 16 balls to spare and now have a firm grip on the quarter-final slot. They started off slowly but have adapted well as the tournament has progressed. They now have three wins on the trot.

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)