Sri Lankan openers created new record in 2011 World Cup quarter final match against England. Playing on home Upul Tharanga (102 n.o. off 122 balls) and Tilakaratne Dilshan (108 from 115) scored at will treating English bowlers pretty ordinary to surpass their set target of 230 in just 39.3 overs.
No team had won a match with such an ease in the World Cup matches so far.
Pumped up with this massive victory over England, they will take on New Zealand with much more confidence in the first semis at Colombo on Tuesday.
On winning the toss England’s skipper Andrew Strauss chose to bat first. It was clear that their batsmen lacked the aggression needed to ensure a match winning total. The team struggled to reach 229 for six in their stipulated 50 overs. England looked defensive throughout the innings against the disciplined Lankan spin attack. . Jonathan Trott crawled to 86 in 115 balls and England was helped by calamitous Sri Lankan fielding. Eoin Morgan was dropped three times — twice in one Muttiah Muralithan over — on his way to a 53-ball 50. He also escaped an lbw decision that was there for the taking if Sri Lanka had asked for a review. The blunders left Murali fuming in what will be his last international match if Sri Lanka lose. The 38-year-old spinner finished with figures of 2-54 from nine overs and appeared to be limping at the end.
England made a poor start with captain Andrew Strauss immediately becalmed against the innocuous slow bowling of Tillakaratne Dilshan. He was eventually clean bowled taking a wild swing, having scored just five in 19 balls. Ian Bell was promoted to opener, replacing pinch-hitter Matt Prior, and the experiment did not succeed. Bell started brightly and had reached 25 in 32 balls when he lazily clipped an Angelo Mathews delivery to Thilan Samaraweera at short midwicket. At 31-2 England was struggling and Trott and Bopara were contained by the spin attack of Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan.
Disciplined, full-length bowling pinned the England batsmen down for long stretches but they persisted and pushed the scoreboard along. England took 28 overs to reach 100 and the arrival of Eoin Morgan saw the first boundary in 17 overs. Only five fours were scored in the first 30 overs as England struggled to pierce the Sri Lankan field.