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SL beat Eng by 6 wickets

London, July 4 (Agencies)
Published on 4 Jul. 2011 11:36 PM IST
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Sri Lanka 249-4 (48.2 overs); England 246-7 (50 overs) 
Sri Lanka leads five match series 2-1 against england 

Sri Lanka dominated England for the second time in three days to win by six wickets at Lord’s and establish a 2-1 lead in the one-day series. Captain Alastair Cook hit 119 but his side were disappointing with a total of 246-7. On a blameless wicket, in-form Mahela followed his hundred at Headingley with 79 from 77 balls. Dinesh finished the job with 105 not out as Sri Lanka won with 10 balls to spare. A day that began in beautiful summer sunshine had clouded over long before the finish - reflecting the mood of many at England’s premier ground in what was mostly a flat, unedifying spectacle. England had resisted calls to tweak either their batting order or the personnel in the top six after Friday’s defeat in Leeds. With only two games left, Patel and Bopara will have to warrant consideration for the must-win on Wednesday. As another rebuilding operation got under way, it was left to Cook and Ian Bell - neither noted as an aggressor - to attempt to use the elective batting powerplay in a bid to inject some acceleration. But the five-over segment, taken at the start of the 35th over, produced just 24 runs and included the wicket of Bell. The right-hander, attempting to fashion a cut shot over point’s head, was deceived by Lakmal’s bouncer and easily caught at third-man. Cook battled on to his century - he faced 143 balls in all after being dropped at slip on 15 - and Swann hit the last two balls of the innings from L Malinga for six and four, but England’s total still looked inadequate. From the very start of the Sri Lanka chase, Mahela, who is relishing his new position opening the batting, looked assured and quietly determined. Even though Tillakaratne Dilshan was an early casualty, playing down the wrong line to Tim Bresnan and bowled off-stump, Jayawardene dominated a 112-run stand with Chandimal. He and Angelo Mathews engineered the final part of the chase somewhat unnervingly to ensure Chandimal, 21, could hit his second ODI century - which he achieved with a big six off Bresnan over long-on. 

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