Sri Lanka Level Series On Back Of Jayawardene Ton

Sri Lanka Level Series On Back Of Jayawardene Ton
Sri Lanka Level Series On Back Of Jayawardene Ton
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Sri Lanka 309-5 (Jayawardene 144, Sangakkar 69) beat
England 240 (Morgan 52) by 69 runs
Second One-Day International, Headingley

Mahela Jayawardene announced his return to form with a sublime century to help set up Sri Lanka's 69-run win over England in the second One-Day International at Headingley.

The former captain scored 144 in 150 balls as Sri Lanka reached 309 for five before dismissing England for 240 with Alastair Cook suffering his first defeat in charge of his country.

England made a good start with the quick wickets of Tillakaratne Dishan (9) and Dinesh Chandimal (5) having invited Sri Lanka to bat but they were undone by a 169-run partnership for the third wicket between Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, who made 69.

Both players looked on top form and manipulated the bowling as they pleased with some delightful strokeplay and by the time Sangakkara was stumped off Graeme Swann, Sri Lanka were in a dominant position.

Jayawardene hit 14 fours on the way to his 13th ODI century and him reaching three figures was once again a good omen for Sri Lanka - only in the World Cup final earlier this year have they lost when he has hit a century.

Angelo Mathews chipped in with a quickfire unbeaten 46 to ensure England would have to chase more than 300 and it was a task that they were not up to.

They started reasonably well enough, Cook leading the way with an enterprising 48 in 52 balls and useful contributions from Craig Kieswetter (25) and Jonathan Trott (39) keeping the game in the balance.

Eoin Morgan hit 52 in 40 balls to put England in a strong position before he danced down the pitch and was stumped off Suraj Randiv and England's batting came unstuck against the spinners.

After 39 overs, they were at a similar point in their innings to where Sri Lanka had been but thereafter, they stalled and were eventually dismissed in 45.5 overs, Suranga Lakmal and Randiv both returning figures of three for 43.

The third match in the series is on 3rd July at Lord's.

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