Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga produced the most spectacular opening partnership in One-day International (ODI) history to complete Sri Lankaâ€™s 5-0 series whitewash over England at Old Trafford here on Saturday.
Set a formidable 322 to win the fifth ODI, the pair hit explosive centuries to put on 286 and make a nonsense of the target. Sri Lanka cruised home by eight wickets with more than 12 overs to spare.
The Sri Lankan openersâ€™ extraordinary exhibition of clean, effortless hitting was a record opening stand in ODIs.
Jayasuriya, one day after his 37th birthday, ended with 152 off 99 balls, his 21st One-day International hundred and one of the great limited over innings.
The 21-year-old Tharanga, only slightly less brutal than his teammate, claimed his fourth ton with 109 off 102 deliveries.
It was also Sri Lankaâ€™s best one-day run chase and sealed Englandâ€™s first 5-0 series whitewash.
England won toss
M E Trescothick b Jayasuriya 121
A N Cook c Jayawardene b Maharoof 41
I R Bell c Sangakkara b Fernando 18
*A J Strauss c Sangakkara b Malinga 26
V S Solanki not out 44
J W M Dalrymple lbw b Malinga 30
â€ G O Jones lbw b Malinga 2
T T Bresnan b Malinga 4
L E Plunkett not out 9
Extras (lb9, w11, nb6) 26
Total (7 wkts, 50 overs) 321
Did not bat: Kabir Ali, S J Harmison
Fall: 1-82, 2-157, 3-225, 4-233, 5-295, 6-304, 7-308
Bowling: Vaas 8-2-41-0 (2nb); Malinga 10-0-44-4 (1nb, 2w); Fernando 8-0-61-1 (3nb); Maharoof 9-0-52-1 (1w); Dilshan 3-0-29-0 (1w); Bandara 7-0-50-0 (1w); Jayasuriya 5-0-35-1
W U Tharanga c & b Dalrymple 109
S T Jayasuriya c Strauss b Solanki 152
*D P M D Jayawardene not out 12
â€ K C Sangakkara not out 23
Extras (lb10, w9, nb9) 28
Total (2 wkts, 37.3 overs) 324
To bat: T M Dilshan, C K Kapugedera, W P U J C Vaas, M F Maharoof, S L Malinga, C M Bandara, C R D Fernando
Fall: 1-286, 2-289
Bowling: Kabir Ali 6-0-72-0 (5nb); Bresnan 2-0-29-0 (1w); Plunkett 5-0-46-0 (2w); Harmison 10-0-97-0 (3nb, 5w); Dalrymple 10-0-48-1 (1w); Bell 1-0-5-0 (1nb); Solanki 3.3-0-17-1
Result: Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
Series: Sri Lanka wins the 5-ODI series 5-0
Man of the Match: Sanath Jayasuriya
Player of the Series: Sanath Jayasuriya
Umpires: M R Benson and B R Doctrove (West Indies). TV umpire: I J Gould. Match referee: C H Lloyd (West Indies)
Previous matches: June 17 1st ODI Lordâ€™s, Sri Lanka won by 20 runs. June 20 2nd ODI The Oval, Sri Lanka won by 46 runs. June 24 3rd ODI Chester-le-Street, Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets. June 28 4th ODI Manchester, Sri Lanka won by 33 runs.
Source:The NewsMore on:Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka in England 2006, Upul Tharanga
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