Former Sri Lankan legendary captain Kumar Sangakkara has been known for his delicate batting and the kind of knock he had played for his side. One such brilliant innings came in the last edition of ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 when the veteran scored an unbeaten century to anchor his side to a victory against home side team England. Sangakkara scored 134* and etched his name into the record books after demolishing the highest individual score by a Sri Lankan batsman in ICC Champions Trophy.
This was the Group A game that was being held in London. Alastair Cook’s England batted first and scored 293/7 in 50 overs. The captain smashed 58 runs during the course while Jonathan Trott scored the highest with 76 runs under his belt. Talented batsman Joe Root too chipped in with 68 runs.
In reply, The Lankans lost Perera early in the chase but partnership between Tilakratne Dilshan and former Kings XI Punjab batsaman Kumar Sangakkara provided Sri Lankans with the much needed stability. Opener Dilshan scored 44 but he was undone by spinner Greame Swann.
The tourists looked in control as the Sri Lankan batsmen didn’t allow any of the England bowlers to take an upper-hand on them. Sangakkara’s record-breaking century anchored his side to 7-wicket victory. Apart from the wicket-keeper batsman, it was seamer Nuwan Kulasekara who was clinical with the bat as he scored an unbeaten 58 in the process.