01 Jul '11, 7pm

Cricket: Jayawardene century sets up Sri Lanka win

Cricket: Jayawardene century sets up Sri Lanka win

LEEDS, England - Mahela Jayawardene's career-best 144 provided the platform for Sri Lanka's 69-run victory against England in the second one-day international at Headingley here on Friday. Sri Lanka's win, which levelled the five-match series at 1-1, looked likely after Jayawardene's innings, his highest score in 343 ODIs, surpassing his 128 against India at Sharjah in 2000, powered the tourists to 309 for five. That meant England had to top their previous winning score batting second in an ODI of 306 for five against Pakistan in Karachi in 2000 if they were to take a 2-0 lead against the World Cup finalists. But they struggled to maintain the required run-rate and were bowled out for 240 with 25 balls to spare. Both seamer Suranga Lakmal and off-spinner Suraj Randiv took three for 43. Sri Lanka lost two early wickets to run-outs to be 45 for two in the 10th over before a ...

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