Monday 8 June 2009 

ICC WT20: Sangakkara Leads Sri Lanka Through

Sri Lanka 160-4 (Sangakkara 55no, Dilshan 53) beat
Australia 159-9 (Johnson 28no, Mendis 3-20) by six wickets
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ICC World Twenty20 Group C, Trent Bridge

Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara led his side to a victory in their ICC World Twenty20 Group C match against Australia that confirmed their place in the Super 8s at the expense of their opponents.

Australia were handed extra time to prepare for the Ashes as Sangakkara scored an unbeaten 55 to guide his side to 160 for four in 19 overs after Australia were held to 159 for nine.

Tillakaratne Dilshan got the run chase off to an explosive start with 53 in 32 balls before Sangakkara's calm strokeplay, coupled with some late blows from Jehan Mubarak (21 not out) saw Sri Lanka to victory.

Ajantha Mendis and Lasith Malinga both picked up three wickets as Australia failed to built the partnerships required to post a match-winning score.

Debutant Isuru Udana took two for 47 as Mitchell Johnson top scored with an unbeaten 28 for Australia.

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