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by John Pennington Tuesday 16 December 2014
Sri Lanka 302-6 (Dilshan 101, Chandimal 55no) beatEngland 215 (Root 80, Prasanna 3-35) by 87 runsSeventh One-Day International, ColomboScorecard | Highlights
Tillakaratne Dilshan marked his 300th ODI with a century and Mahela Jayawardene waved farewell to Colombo with a wicket as Sri Lanka thrashed England by 87 runs in the seventh and final game at the R Premadesa Stadium.
Dilshan cracked 101 in 124 balls to lay the foundations as Sri Lanka batted first and swift half-centuries from Dinesh Chandimal and Thisara Perera pushed them up to a score of 302 for six.
England, despite a shuffled batting order, fell well short with only Joe Root (80) able to take the attack to the Sri Lankans.
Dilshan and leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna took three wickets apiece and on his final appearance in Sri Lanka before retiring from ODIs after the World Cup, Jayawardene took the last wicket to fall.
Fittingly perhaps, James Tredwell was stumped by Kumar Sangakkara, England were bowled out for 215 and Sri Lanka won the series 5-2.
Dilshan also scored his 9,000th ODI run during the course of his 18th ODI century and he hit nine fours and a six during his innings.
He put on 55 with Jayawardene (28) for the first wicket, 65 with Sangakkara (33) for the second and another 36 with Angelo Mathews (20) for the third.
Sangakkara also set the record for the most runs in a calendar year in all forms of the game during his knock and he would later pick up the award for being the man of the series, after hitting 454 runs at an average of 75.67.
Those efforts set the platform for Dinesh Chandimal to hit 55 not out in 50 balls and Perera 54 in 26, taking advantage of some generous England bowling to lift Sri Lanka to a score that would prove well beyond the tourists.
Dilshan struck with his second ball to bowl Moeen Ali for a golden duck and then again to have Alex Hales caught in the deep for seven.
Alastair Cook, desperate for some runs as his position as captain continues to elicit debate back home, made 32 before edging Lakmal to Jayawardene, who took a good catch low down.
Root then stood alone, making 80 in 99 balls but Lakmal's dismisal of James Taylor (2) with a short ball and Dilshan trapping Eoin Morgan (4) in front left England reeling at 78 for five.
Jos Buttler made 23 and Chris Woakes 34 as they tried to get the innings back on track, but Sri Lanka were not about to relinquish their hold on the game.
Prasanna trapped Root in front in between also dismissing Buttler and Chris Jordan (0), leaving the final act to Jayawardene and Sangakkara.
After a few lusty blows helped him reach 17, Tredwell tried to hit one more, missed and Sangakkara did the rest to cap a fitting end for both men as they entertained their home crowds for the fnal time.
Prasanna finished with three for 35, Dilshan three for 37, Lakmal two for 25, Dilruwan Perera one for 53 and Jayawardene one for five.
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