SL vs Eng: Dilshan, Tharanga score tons as SL drub England by 10 wickets

first_imgEngland bowlers looked like kindergarten kids as Sri Lanka openers Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan thrashed them across the park. ScoreThe two scored unbeaten tons helping their team win by a massive 10-wicket margin and enter the semi-finals majestically, at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday.In the process the duo completed their second 200-plus opening partnership in this World Cup. The two had achieved the milestone during the league match against Zimbabwe on March 10, when Tharanga had scored 133 and Dilshan had put 144. Today, Dilshan put 108 not out on board while his partner Tharanga scored an unbeaten 102. Speaking in terms of records, the duo chased down the highest total (230) for the opening stand in the World Cup surpassing 221 by West Indies against Pakistan in 1992.Sri Lanka now play New Zealand in the semi-final in Colombo on Tuesday.  The way the two batsmen were batting, it seemed like both were having a race for a century. But, it was Dilshan who reached the milestone first hitting a four off offie Graeme Swann on the fifth ball of the 37th over.Tharanga too hit a four off paceman Chris Tremlett on the third ball of the 40th over to complete his century when Sri Lanka needed three runs for victory.It seemed Tharanga and Dilshan knew that that a 230-run target was gettable and unless they commit blunders things won’t be to tough for them. The two started with ease and then built up the pace scoring in boundaries. After 10 overs they duo had helped Sri Lanka post a fine 57 for no loss.advertisementThe two batted on to frustrate the England bowlers. Pacers, spinners and the part-timers employed to break their concentration — all found themselves up against the Sri Lanka wall.In fact it wasn’t just the bowlers who were a troubled lot even the fielders were at odds as the left-hand-right-hand combo ensured that the field had to be changed every time a single run was taken.Graeme Swann was proved to be the most expensive among the England bowlers as his nine over produced 61 runs.England inningsEarlier, Jonathan Trott scored 86 to help England score 229/6 – a partly total keeping in mind the drubbing they had to endure later in the match.England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bat. But, it wasn’t the kind of start that England would have asked for with skipper Andrew Strauss falling on a partly score of five. He attempted a pull off Tillakaratne Dilshan but the ball crashed into his stumps and England lost their opener on 29/1. Another wicket and England were 31/2 with Ian Bell falling to Angelo Mathews on 25.Post those to early assaults England batsmen Jonathan Trott and Ravi Bopara got on with the partnership to provide stability to the innings. The duo had put 64 runs for the third wicket when Bopara departed to a Muttiah Muralitharan ball that got him trapped leg-before. He fell for 31 and England fell to 95/3 on the last ball of the 27th over.Then Trott and new man Eoin Morgan took up the onus to increasing the England run rate. Their effort was further boosted by some sloppy fielding by Sri Lanka.In fact Morgan couldn’t have asked for a better treatment to his rush-of-blood shots. And Muralitharan must be cursing his luck for twice during his over Morgan was dropped. First Angelo Mathews dropped him on the first ball of the 38th over then Rangana Herath dropped him on the third ball of the same over.Finally, the Sri Lankan managed to scalp Morgan and this time Mathews made no mistake while catching him in the deep. Batting on 50, he played a lofted shot off Lasith Malinga that went down to Mathews and England lost their fourth wicket on 186/4 in 43 overs.No sooner had Morgan departed that another wicket fell with Graeme Swann walking back on a ‘golden duck’ and England were reduced to 186/5 in 43.1 overs.At death Muralitharan claimed the man that the Lankans wanted. Jonathan Trott wanted to sweep Muralitharan across the fence but failed as Mahela Jayawarene took a good catch in the deep to see him off on 86. England fell to 121/6 in 49.3 overs.Finally, Matt Prior and Luke Wright helped England to a not so impressive 229/6 in their stipulated 50 overs.last_img

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