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Clinical Sri Lanka take 2-0 lead

Sri Lanka outplayed England by eight wickets in the second one-day international in Colombo on Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series. Spinner Ajantha Mendis grabbed 3 for 33 as England were skittled for 185 in 43 overs after electing to bat in a match reduced to 45-overs-a-side because of bad weather.

Kumar Sangakkara (67 not out) and Mahela Jayawardene (77 not out) then put on 149 for the unbroken third wicket as Sri Lanka romped home with 10.4 overs to spare. Sri Lanka had won the first game by 25 runs at the same venue on Wednesday. The third match will be played in Hambantota on December 3.

Both teams wore black arm-bands and observed a minute’s silence before the start to mourn Australian batsman Phil Hughes, who died in Sydney on Thursday of head injuries sustained by a rising ball. Bats and caps were displayed outside the dressing rooms as a mark of respect and flags flew at half-mast over the stadium.
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