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.
Sri Lanka finally showed the class that took them to the previous two World Cup finals, thumping Bangladesh by 92 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), on the back of centuries from Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara.
Sri Lanka. Perpetual underdogs. Perpetual over-achievers. They have never entered a World Cup as title favorites. They have never entered a World Cup with the best batting or the best bowling line-ups. Their run-ups to most World Cups isn't smooth either.
‘Precocious’. Prodigy. Words used for unbound talent surprisingly beyond age, beyond the age one is born into. Then there are players like AB de Villiers whose abilities push even the definitions of such words.
Kumar Sangakkara notched up a fluent hundred as Tillakaratne Dilshan scored a vital fifty to bestow Sri Lanka a 34-run consolatory win in the final ODI of the seven match series conquered 4-2 by New Zealand.
Mahela Jayawardene signed off from Test cricket with his 50th half-century before Sri Lanka reduced Pakistan to 127 for seven in pursuit of a target of 271 on day four of the second and final Test in Colombo.