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29 November 201420:06

Spinners deliver big win for Sri Lanka

Sangakkara, Jayawardena take home side to 2-0 in the series after England was bowled out for 185

The veteran duo of Kumar Sangakkara (67 not out) and Mahela Jayawardene (77 not out) put on 149 for an unbroken third-wicket stand.

Sri Lanka defeated England by eight wickets in the second One-Day International in Colombo on Saturday (November 29) to zoom to a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series.

Ajantha Mendis was the pick of the bowlers, starring with 3 for 33 as England was bowled out for 185 in 43 overs after opting to bat in a match that was reduced to 45-overs-per-side because of bad weather.

Kumar Sangakkara (67 not out) and Mahela Jayawardena (77 not out) showcased their class, with an unbroken 149-run third-wicket partnership as Sri Lanka won with 10.4 overs to spare at the Premadasa stadium.

Sri Lanka won the first match by 25 runs at the same venue on Wednesday. The third game will be played in Hambantota on December 3.

Both teams wore black armbands and observed a minute of silence before the start of play in remembrance of Phil Hughes, who passed away in Sydney on Thursday.

As a mark of respect, bats and caps were displayed outside the dressing rooms and flags were flown at half-mast over the stadium.

Both sides and officials including ICC Chief Executive David Richardson observe a minute's silence

Sri Lanka's spinners, led by Ajantha, reigned supreme, sharing six wickets while the seamers chipped in with four.

England was 117 for 5 in the 28th over and though Ravi Bopara (51) and Joe Root (42) attempted to salvage the situation, Sri Lanka kept the visiting side under pressure, conceding only eight boundaries.

Moeen Ali, who hit a century in the previous match, was bowled by Tillakaratne Dilshan in the second over. Dilshan also removed Cook for 22 while Ian Bell, playing his 150th ODI, was dismissed by Rangana Herath for 11.

And after Eoin Morgan fell to Thisara Perera for 17, Root also departed, trapped leg before by Angelo Mathews.

Bopara then fell in the 42nd over, caught at midwicket off Mendis, as he tried to boost the scoring in the company of tailenders.

In response, Sri Lanka was 37 for 2 in the eighth over but Sangakkara and Jayawardena ensured there were no more hiccups. Sangakkara hit eight boundaries, finishing off the game with a four off Harry Gurney over the bowler's head.

Please click here to see the full scorecard of Sri Lanka v England in Colombo.