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SLanka post tough 242-8 vs England in 3rd ODI

December 3, 2014
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Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara dives into the crease to survive a run out attempt as England's captain Alastair Cook watches during the third one day international cricket match between them in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. ( AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara dives into the crease to survive a run out attempt as England's captain Alastair Cook watches during the third one day international cricket match between them in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. ( AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne scored half centuries as Sri Lanka posted a formidable 242-8 in 35 overs against England in a rain-shortened third one-day international on Wednesday.

Electing to bat first, Sri Lanka lost Kusal Perera for a duck in the second over, just before rain interrupted the match, which was shortened to 35 overs per side at Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium.

Sangakkara made 63 off 62 deliveries after Sri Lanka was reduced to 31-3. With his second half-century of the series, he and captain Angelo Mathews, 37, added 87 for the fourth wicket.

Thirimanne upped the run rate in the death overs with 62 off 47 deliveries, as 62 runs were plundered off the last five overs. It was his third half-century in his last five ODIs.

Tailender Dhammika Prasad hit 21 off eight deliveries.

Seamer Chris Woakes was the pick of the bowlers with 3-41.

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