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Ton-up Jayawardene takes Sri Lanka to series win



Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene scored a chanceless unbeaten century on Saturday to complete an eight-wicket win over England and give the tourists an unassailable 3-0 lead in their five-match One-day International (ODI) series. England’s pace bowlers produced one of their most abject displays in recent years as the Sri Lankans, deprived of Muttiah Muralitharan, waltzed to their victory target of 262 with nearly eight overs to spare. Jayawardene, a graceful, wristy right-hander, was as sublime as England were wretched, his run-a-ball 126 not out including 19 fours. His first 50 came off 40 balls and he reached three figures with a perfect back-foot drive to the boundary off strike bowler Steve Harmison. England, having opted to bat in Durham, managed 23 fours and one six in their 50 overs as they made 261 for eight, with Ian Bell top-scoring with 77.


England won toss


M E Trescothick b Vaas 36

*A J Strauss lbw b Vaas 32

I R Bell run out (Maharoof/S’akkara) 77

K P Pietersen c Sangakkara b Malinga 6

P D Collingwood c Dilshan b Bandara 33

J W M Dalrymple b Malinga 35

†G O Jones not out 22

A G R Loudon run out (Dilshan/Fernando) 0

L E Plunkett not out 6

Extras (lb5, w6, nb3) 14

Total (7 wkts, 50 overs) 261

Did not bat: S I Mahmood, S J Harmison

Fall: 1-62, 2-75, 3-92, 4-145, 5-208, 6-252, 7-253

Bowling: Vaas 9-0-38-2; Malinga 10-0-50-2 (2w); Fernando 10-0-68-0 (2nb, 1w); Maharoof 8-0-38-0 (1nb, 1w); Bandara 8-0-35-1 (1w); Jayasuriya 5-0-27-0

Sri Lanka

W U Tharanga c Strauss b Dalrymple 41

S T Jayasuriya run out (Mahmood) 23

*D P M D Jayawardene not out 126

†K C Sangakkara not out 58

Extras (b1, lb6, w5, nb5) 17

Total (2 wkts, 42.2 overs) 265

Did not bat: T M Dilshan, R P Arnold, M F Maharoof, W P U J C Vaas, C M Bandara, S L Malinga, C R D Fernando

Fall: 1-38, 2-125

Bowling: Harmison 10-0-55-0 (2nb); Plunkett 5.2-0-46-0 (1w); Mahmood 5-0-36-0 (3nb, 1w); Collingwood 6-0-33-0; Bell 1-0-12-0; Dalrymple 9-1-40-1 (2w); Loudon 6-0-36-0 (1w)

Result: Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets

Series: Sri Lanka lead the 5-match series 3-0

Man of the Match: Mahela Jayawardene

ODI debut: Alex Loudon (England)

Umpires: M R Benson and B R Doctrove (West Indies). TV umpire: N J Llong. Match referee: C H Lloyd (West Indies)

Previous matches: June 17 1st ODI Lord’s, Sri Lanka won by 20 runs. June 20 2nd ODI The Oval, Sri Lanka won by 46 runs

Remaining matches: June 28 4th ODI, Manchester. July 1 5th ODI, Leeds.

Source:The News

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