Sri Lanka thump England in World Cup

Sunday, 01 March 2015 - 12:21

England slipped to a third crushing defeat in four World Cup games as Sri Lanka comfortably chased 310 to win by nine wickets in Wellington.

Lahiru Thirimanne hit an unbeaten 139 and Kumar Sangakkara 117 not out to seal victory with 16 balls to spare.

Earlier, Joe Root hit 121 as England accelerated late on to post 309 for 6.

They must almost certainly win their last two Pool A games, against Bangladesh and Afghanistan, to reach the quarter-finals.

Thirimanne and Sangakkara added an unbroken 212 as Sri Lanka claimed a third straight win to move to within two points of New Zealand at the top of Pool A.

This was only the second time in one-day internationals that a team have lost by nine wickets after passing 300 in the first innings.