Sri Lanka thrash England by 10 wickets to reach semis

Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan celebrates his century during the Cricket World Cup quarterfinal match between England and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP)

Openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga made merry against a listless England attack and powered Sri Lanka to a 10-wicket victory in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

Dishan (108 not out) and Tharanga (102 not out) both notched up their second hundreds in the tournament and with it their second double hundred stand in the showpiece event.

The duo made the 230-run target look ridiculously easy as they took Sri Lanka home with all their wickets intact and 10.3 overs to spare.

The Islanders will now clash with New Zealand in the last four match on Tuesday at the same venue for a place in the April 2 final at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.

England innings
A. Strauss b Dilshan                  5
I. Bell c Samaraweera b Mathews      25
J. Trott c Jayawardene Muralitharan  86
R. Bopara lbw b Muralitharan         31
E. Morgan c Mathews b Malinga        50
G. Swann lbw b Mendis                 0
M. Prior not out                     22
L. Wright not out                     1
Extras: (lb-3, w-6)                   9
Total: (six wickets, 50 overs)      229
Did not bat: T. Bresnan, J. Tredwell, C. Tremlett
Fall of wickets: 1-29 2-31 3-95 4-186 5-186 6-212
Bowling: Malinga 10-0-46-1 (2w), Dilshan 6-1-25-1 (1w),
Mathews 5-0-20-1, Herath 10-1-47-0, Mendis 10-0-34-1,
Muralitharan 9-0-54-2 (1w)
 
Sri Lanka innings
U. Tharanganot out                  102
T. Dilshan not out                   108
Extras: (b-9, lb-6, w-6)              21
Total: (for no wicket, 39.3 overs)   231
Did not bat: K. Sangakkara, M. Jayawardene, T. Samaraweera,
C. Silva, A. Mathews, R. Herath, L. Malinga, A. Mendis, M.
Muralitharan
Bowling: Bresnan 8-1-40-0, Swann 9-0-61-0 (2w), Tremlett
7.3-0-38-0 (1w), Bopara 5-1-22-0, Tredwell 6-0-38-0, Wright
4-0-17-0 (1w)
Result: Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets
England won the toss and elected to bat

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