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Sri Lanka ease past England at CWC
01 Mar 2015 09:09
Joe Root's century was in vain as England's bid to reach the World Cup quarter-finals suffered another setback with a nine-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka in Wellington.
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Root became England's youngest centurion at a World Cup, at the age of 24, as his career-best 121 from 108 balls helped his side post a formidable 309 for six.
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But Sri Lanka comfortably reeled in a record chase at the Wellington Regional Stadium with 16 balls to spare, thanks to twin tons from Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara, to inflict yet more pain for England at the venue.
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England suffered one of their worst-ever World Cup defeats at the ground nine days ago, when they were left humbled by New Zealand, and this latest reverse means they now have no room for error if they are to reach the knockout phase.
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England must win their final two group games against lower-ranked Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the next fortnight or face the prospect of going home early.
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