New Delhi: Kumar Sangakkara smashed a brilliant unbeaten 134 as Sri Lanka registered a thumping seven-wicket win over England to keep themselves in the hunt for a semifinal berth in the Champions Trophy at the Oval on Thursday.


Sangakkara played a composed 135-ball unconquered innings for his 15th ODI hundred in his 342nd match, which was studded with 12 fours as Sri Lanka chased down the target of 294 with 17 balls to spare in their must-win Group A match at the oval.
He shared three crucial partnerships -- 92 with opener Tillakaratne Dilshan (44) for second wicket, 85 with Mahela Jayawardene (42) for the third wicket and 110 for the unbroken fourth wicket with Nuwan Kulasekara (58 not out) – after Kushal Perera (6) was out cheaply in the third over itself.
Kulasekara, who was promoted up the order, made the run chase an easy one later on as he hit a 38-ball unbeaten 58 with the help of five fours and three sixes, which took the game away from England.
Sangakkara fittingly hit the winning runs, a four, as Sri Lanka reached 297 for three in 47.1 overs
After Sri Lanka's win, Group A was thrown wide open with New Zealand on top with three points from two matches. All the four teams have played two matches each. Sri Lanka opened their account -- two points from two matches. England remained on two points while Australia were on one.
Earlier, three England top-order batsmen hit half centuries before a late flourish by Ravi Bopara (33 not out from 13 balls) as they post a challenging 293 for seven.

England: Alastair Cook (capt), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (capt), Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Lasith Malinga.


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