KANDY - 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.

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 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. Earlier, in the day the skipper had dropped an easy catch off Sangakkara when the batsman was on 41. "It was real tough day, we bowled pretty well at the start", Cook said. 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"

"We came here to make it three all... didn't play well so no complaints." Lakmal, returning to the side in place of Dhammika Prasad, dismissed Ravi Bopara and Eoin Morgan off the second and third balls of the 18th over.  But Jos Buttler survived the hat-trick ball with a firm push through mid-on for a boundary. Sangakkara, playing his last international in his hometown of Kandy, bid an emotional farewell to his adoring fans as he led the team off the field. "It was great to have been brought up in Kandy. I have played cricket with many, made friends and a lot of fans," Sangakkara added.



M Jayawardene c Taylor b Woakes    5

T Dilshan c Bopara b Tredwell    68

K Sangakkara c Ali b Jordan    112

S Prasanna c Morgan b Finn    20

A Mathews c Buttler b Finn    1

D Chandimal b Jordan    35

T Perera c Cook b Woakes    16

J Mendis not out    12

EXTRAS: (lb4, b10, w8, nb1)    23

TOTAL:  (for 7 wkts, 50 overs)    292

FOW: 1-8, 2-161, 3-186, 4-191, 5-243, 6-262, 7-292

BOWLING: Finn 9-0-53-2, Woakes 10-1-51-2, Ali 8-0-46-0, Tredwell 10-0-37-1, Jordan 9-0-68-2, Bopara 3-0-19-0, Root 1-0-4-0.


A Cook lbw b Senanayake    1

M Ali c Sangakkara b Dilshan    34

J Taylor b Senanayake    10

J Root b Lakmal    55

R Bopara c Sangakkara b Lakmal    13

E Morgan c Sangakkara b Lakmal    0

J Buttler run out    22

C Woakes c and b Dilshan    41

C Jordan c Sangakkara b Lakmal    4

J Tredwell c Dilshan b Senanayake    19

S Finn not out    1

EXTRAS: (lb1, w1)    2

TOTAL: (all out; 41.3 overs)    202

FOW: 1-2, 2-36, 3-50, 4-84, 5-84, 6-123, 7-169, 8-175, 9-193, 10-202

BOWLING: Senanayake 8.3-0-33-3, Dilshan 10-0-55-2, Prasanna 8-0-40-0, Lakmal 8-0-30-4, Mendis 4-0-22-0, Perera 3-0-21-0

TOSS: Sri Lanka

UMPIRES: Bruce Oxenford (AUS) and Ranmore Martinesz (SRI)

TV UMPIRE: Rod Tucker (AUS)