10 Dec 2014

Sri Lanka 3-1 up in series against England

11:43 am on 10 December 2014

Sri Lanka have beaten England in game four of their one day international cricket series to take a 3-1 lead in the seven-match series.

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara Photo: Photosport

Kumar Sangakkara laid the foundation for the run chase in Colombo with an innings of 86, and skipper Angelo Mathews completed a nervy chase for 266 runs to give his side a 6-wicket victory with just 2-balls to spare.

Sangakkara hit a sparkling 86 but it was Mathews' unbeaten 51 that carried the hosts to their 266-run victory target with two balls to spare.

In England's innings the Sri Lankan spinners took nine of the 10 wickets.

Game five is in Pallekele on Wednesday.