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Kumar stars in thrilling victory

London: Sri Lanka held their nerve after a brilliant century by Jos Buttler to beat England by seven runs in the fourth one-day International at Lord’s on Saturday and level the series at 2-2.

Kumar Sangakkara top-scored with 112 in a commanding Sri Lanka total of 300 for nine and England struggled in reply until the arrival of Buttler who smashed 121 off 74 balls. He fell in the final over bowled by Lasith Malinga and the series will be decided in the fifth and final game at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

Having skittled Sri Lanka out for 67 in the third ODI on Wednesday, England won the toss and elected to bowl as they strove to wrap up the series.

However, the tourists attacked England early and despite losing opener Kusal Perera for 19, Tillekeratne Dilshan and Sangakkara dominated a limp England bowling attack to add 172 for the second wicket.