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Upul Tharanga made a century as Lord’s-bound Sri Lanka finally overcame both the West Indies and the weather to record victory in the second One Day International.
Sri Lanka play a Test and ODI at Lord’s in 2011 - with tickets still available (opens in a new window) for the Test, which starts on Friday 3 June.
Hospitality packages are still available for the ODI on Sunday 3 July with tickets no longer on general sale.
Kumar Sangakkara’s men have been frustrated by the weather in recent months as their Test series with West Indies in December 2010 was largely washed out.
And despite a brief rain delay at the SSC ground in Colombo, Tharanga and Mahela Jayawardene guided them to an eight wicket, Duckworth/Lewis victory.
Tharanga & Malinga shine
Tharanga, who made a match winning 120 in an ODI at Lord’s in 2006, anchored the innings with an unbeaten 101 from 143 balls - his ninth ODI century just a day after his 26th birthday.
Together with double Lord’s centurion Mahela Jayawardene, who finished unbeaten on 48, the pair added 97 for the third wicket.
The West Indies, under the captaincy of former MCC Young Cricketer Darren Sammy, had earlier limped to a disappointing 203 all out from exactly 50 overs.
The Bravo brothers, Dwayne and Darren, joint top scored with 39 runs each but like all of the top five batsmen, who all made double figures, they failed to capitalise on a good start.
Seamers Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara were the pick of the bowlers, impressing with both the new and old ball to pick up five of the wickets.
Malinga dismissed Darren Bravo as well as the dangerous Kieron Pollard in an impressive ten over spell of 3-30 while Kulasekara took 2-42 from his ten.
Both quick bowlers will be pivotal to their side’s chances in England against a batting line-up who compiled a total of 2,865 runs in only seven innings during their Ashes-winning campaign.