Kumar Sangakkara Ton Sets Up Series Win
Sri Lanka 292-7 (Sangakkara 112) beat
England 202 (Lakmal 4-30) by 90 runs
Sixth One-Day International, Pallekele
Kumar Sangakkara scored a match-winning century to set up a 90-run win for Sri Lanka over England in the sixth One-Day International in Pallekele.
Sangakkara made 112 and Tillakaratne Dilshan 68 as Sri Lanka posted 292 for seven.
Chasing 293 to stay in the series, England were bowled out for 202 as Suranga Lakmal marked his return to action with four wickets.
Joe Root top scored with 55 before Sri Lanka moved into an unassailable 4-2 series win with one game remaining.
Sangakkara, playing his final game in Pallekele - the closest ground to his homtown of Matale - made it one to remember with his 20th ODI century.
He faced 112 balls, hit 12 fours and two sixes as he and Dilshan (68 in 105 balls) added 153 for the second wicket.
Their partnership was vital as England bowled well with the new ball, Chris Woakes having Mahela Jayawardene caught by James Taylor for five.
Sangakkara was dropped on 41 by Alastair Cook and he took full advantage before Seekugge Prasanna (20 in 12 balls), Dinesh Chandimal (35 in 31), Thisara Perera (16 in 10) and Jeevan Mendis (12 not out in 11) added quick runs to power Sri Lanka to a defendable score.
Woakes (2-42), Steven Finn (2-62), Chris Jordan (2-68) and James Tredwell (1-37) were England's wicket-takers.
Cook was unable to make amends for giving Sangakkara a reprieve with the bat as he was trapped in front by Sachithra Senanayake for one.
Taylor was next to go when he ran past a straight ball and was stumped for 10 and when Moeen Ali, who had looked composed at the crease, was caught by Sangakkara off Dilshan (2-55) for 34, England were 50 for three and beginning to struggle.
Root made 55 in 70 balls but he had little support until Chris Woakes added 41 in 49 balls before chipping a return catch to Dilshan.
Lakmal had Ravi Bopara (13) and Eoin Morgan (0) caught behind - the latter from a snorting bouncer - and Jos Buttler was run out for 22 as England faltered.
Root and Woakes took the batting Power Play but Lakmal returned and bowled Root as he tried to paddle the ball over his shoulder and any lingering chances England had went with him.
Jordan (4) and Tredwell (19) fell to Lakmal and Senanayake (3-33) as Sri Lanka completed the formalities.
The final game is at the R Premadesa Stadium on 16th December.
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