Kumar Sangakkara clinches it for Sri Lanka against England

Kumar Sangakkara slammed a run-a-ball 112 on Saturday to set up Sri Lanka’s series-clinching 90-run win over England in the sixth one-day international in Kandy.
Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara plays a shot during the sixth One Day International (ODI) match between Sri Lanka and England at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on December 13, 2014. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi / AFP
Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara plays a shot during the sixth One Day International (ODI) match between Sri Lanka and England at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on December 13, 2014. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi / AFP

KANDY, Sri Lanka // Kumar Sangakkara slammed a run-a-ball 112 on Saturday to set up Sri Lanka’s series-clinching 90-run win over England in the sixth one-day international in Kandy.

The victory helped Sri Lanka take an unassailable 4-2 lead in the seven-match series, with one more game to be played in Colombo on Tuesday.

Sangakkara hit 12 fours and two sixes as Sri Lanka posted an imposing 292-7 before bowling out the visitors for 202 off 41.3 overs.

It was the 20th ODI ton for the stylish left-hander, who is set to retire after the World Cup.

England have now lost six of their last seven ODI series and nine of their last 12 ODIs.

Joe Root top-scored with 55 after his side were off to a quick start, scoring 50 runs in the first 10 overs.

Root got little help from the other batsmen.

Captain Alastair Cook’s wretched form with the bat continued, making just one run before being trapped leg before by Senanayake off the third ball of the innings.

Cook has scored just one half-century in his last 21 ODI innings.

On his current poor form, the beleaguered England captain said, “It is very hard. You want to score runs. I have done that before, but it is not just happening.”

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Published: December 13, 2014 04:00 AM

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