Kumar Sangakkara © Getty Images (File Photo)
Kumar Sangakkara’s 86 came off 105 deliveries © Getty Images

Dec 7, 2014

Kumar Sangakkara was dismissed for a pristine 86 in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) between England and Sri Lanka at Colombo on Sunday. Sangakkara went for a square drive off a short ball from Chris Jordan but ended up finding Chris Woakes at deep point.

Earlier, Mahela Jayawardene was cleaned up by Chris Jordan for 44. Kumar Sangakkara scored his 90th half-century. Kusal Perera could only manage 31 before giving Chris Jordan a catch at slip off Moeen Ali. Tillakaratne Dilshan dismissed by Chris Woakes. Dilshan was batting well before he tried to heave one over covers only to get a leading edge to Eoin Morgan at covers.

A career-best 90 from James Taylor helped England reach 265. Rangana Herath took three for 36, as a total could have been bigger was thwarted by the Lankan spinners, who took wickets at regular intervals. Taylor and Eoin Morgan’s excellent half-century boosted the total past 260, but regular wickets kept pegging England back. Herath, Dilshan, and Ajantha Mendis took three wickets apiece as England, after looking set for a huge total, huffed and puffed to a middling score.

England won the toss and elected to bat first. James Taylor got to play only his third ODI at the cost of the suspended Alastair Cook, who had to miss out due to a slow over rate in the last game, while James Tredwell continued to miss out. Jayawardene came back into the side after missing the last game due to personal reasons.

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