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Sri Lanka thrash England clinch series

Sangakkara slammed a run-a-ball 112 on Saturday to set up Sri Lanka's series-clinching 90-run victory 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.

The in-form 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 early next year. Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal took a career-best 4-30 while Sachithra Senanayake picked 3-33. 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, fresh from his match-winning century in the last game, however got little help from the other batsmen. Captain Alastair Cook’s wretched form with the bat continued, making just one before being trapped leg before by Senanayake off the third ball of the innings.
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