Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne stroked sublime centuries as Sri Lanka made England’s 309 look pedestrian, chasing it down with 16 balls to spare to win their World Cup clash by nine wickets in Wellington.
Speaking ahead of the crucial World Cup encounter against Sri Lanka on Sunday at Wellington, all-rounder Chris Woakes insisted England need to do well against big teams to go the distance in the tournament.
Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor guided England Women to a series-levelling nine-wicket win over New Zealand Women in the fourth One-Day International after Kate Cross had earlier taken five wickets in Lincoln.
Moeen Ali stroked a majestic century as England crushed Scotland at Christchurch by 119 runs, their seventh World Cup win by a margin of more than 100 runs setting themselves back on the road to redemption in this World Cup.
England batsman Michael Carberry has echoed his support in favour of Alex Hales for the number three position in the England batting line-up following their eight-wicket defeat against New Zealand in Wellington.