Lahiru Thirimanne top-scored for Sri Lanka with a knock of 61 from 46 balls © Getty Images (File Photo)
Lahiru Thirimanne top-scored for Sri Lanka with a knock of 61 from 46 balls © Getty Images (File Photo)

Dec 3, 2014

Sri Lanka finished on a score of 242 for the loss of eight wickets against England in the third One-Day International (ODI), which was reduced to 35 overs per side due to rain, at Hambantota on Wednesday. Lahiru Thirimanne and Rangana Herath were batting on scores of 62 and two respectively, while Chris Woakes emerged the pick among the English bowlers with figures of three for 41 after seven overs. England are set a 236-run target, which has been revised according to Duckworth-Lewis rules.

Sri Lanka were playing the game without the presence of Mahela Jayawardene, whose request to be granted a leave of absence for the third ODI was approved by the Sri Lankan team management. Thilina Kandamby was brought in as a replacement for Jayawardene.

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat. They were however, handed an early blow when Kusal Perera was dismissed for a four-ball duck when he was caught at point by Eoin Morgan after attempting to cut a rising Chris Woakes delivery.

Sri Lanka were six for the loss of one wicket after two overs when the heavens opened up, causing the players and umpires to vacate the field and the groundsmen to bring the covers out. After a prolonged shower, which lasted for a few hours. The match officials came out to inspect the pitch, and decided to reduce the number of overs to 35 per side.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara came out to bat after the resumption of play, with Dilshan getting into top-gear almost immediately. He smashed four boundaries to race into the 20s, before edging a slow delivery by Steven Finn, that the batsman tried to cut, but only managed to get an edge to the wicket-keeper.

Kandamby did not waste much time in following Dilshan back to the pavilion, getting dismissed for a duck in the second ball that he faced off the bowling of Woakes, with the batsman edging a rising delivery to the slips where Jordan completed the catch.

Kumar Sangakkara brought the limelight onto himself in the next few overs when he reached a score of 13 from 17 balls, becoming the fourth batsman in the history of ODI cricket to complete 13,000 runs, with Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and fellow countryman Sanath Jayasuriya being the only others to achieve the feat.

Sangakkara managed to steady the innings with an 87-run partnership with skipper Angelo Mathews, with the latter scoring a well-paced 37 from 45 balls, before getting caught by the wicket-keeper while attempting to play a wild slog off the bowling of Jordan. Sangakkara, in the meantime, managed to bring up his 89th ODI half-century in 53 deliveries.

Sangakkara was finally dismissed on a score of 63 from 62 balls, leaving Sri Lanka at a score of 150 for the loss of five wickets. It was then upto Lahiru Thirimanne to guide his side to a strong total, which the 25-year-old managed to accomplish with a quickfire knock of 62 from 47 deliveries, including seven boundaries. 62 runs were scored off the last five overs, with Thisara Perera and Dammika Prasad perishing during that period.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 242 for 8 in 35 overs (Kumar Sangakkara 63, Angelo Mathews 37, Lahiru Thirimanne 62*; Chris Woakes 3 for 41) vs England