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Sri Lanka coasted to an eight-wicket victory over South Africa at the Pallekele Stadium with six overs in hand on Sunday to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match ODI series. Tillakaratne Dilshan, who hit an unbeaten 115 off 130 balls with six fours, and Kumar Sangakkara, who was caught in the deep nine runs short of his century (101 balls, 8 fours and 2 sixes), shared a second wicket partnership of 184 runs to make light work of the target of 239.

This was a record for the second wicket for Sri Lanka on home soil and only 16 runs short of the Sri Lankan overall record set by the same two players against India.

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Sri Lanka managed to hold off a strong counter attack from the West Indies to seal a 39-run victory (D/L Method) at the Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad in a game shortened to 41 overs-a-side. Lead by a commanding batting performance from Kumar Sangakkara, who struck an unbeaten 95-ball 90, and then by skipper Angelo Mathews bowling effort of 4-29 from his 8 overs, Sri Lanka won the game to earn themselves 4 points, and thus take them to the top of the points table with a higher net-run rate than the West Indies.

The game began on Sunday morning with West Indies's stand in skipper Kieron Pollard winning the toss and deciding to bowl first. West Indies went into the match with three changes from their previous encounter against India . Regular skipper Dwayne Bravo sat out of the game again due to his suspension, while Sunil Narine sat out due to injury. Denesh Ramdin was also dropped from the starting XI thus making way for Devon Smith, Jason Holder and Lendl Simmons to take their place in the line-up.

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Sri Lanka pulled off a brilliant 7-wicket victory over England at the Kennington Oval in London on Thursday to get the two points they so desperately needed to stay alive in the competition. Led by Kumar Sangakkara's 134* and a swashbuckling 38-ball 58 from Nuwan Kulasekara, Sri Lanka made easy matter of an other wise stiff target of 293. The win for Sri Lanka places them on the same points as England and opens up Group A nicely as far as qualification for the semi-finals are concerned.

Sri Lanka went into the game against England in a do-or-die situation with only a win for them ensuring they still remain in the competition. Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bowl first. Both England and Sri Lanka made one change to their side. Nuwan Kulasekara came in for all-rounder Thisara Perera for Sri Lanka while off-spinner Graeme Swann came in for England in place of James Tredwell.

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