Leeds, July 1 :
Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriyaâ€™s world record opening stand of 286 sent Sri Lanka on their way to a crushing eight-wicket victory in the fifth and final one-day international here on Saturday.
Sri Lankaâ€™s 5-0 series victory was the first time England had lost a head-to-head limited overs campaign by such a margin and was their tenth defeat in their last 12 one-day internationals. Set a seemingly imposing 322 for victory, Sri Lanka finished on 324-2 with more than 12 overs to spare.
Jayasuriya, playing a world record-equalling 362nd one-day international, scored 152 and fellow left-hander Tharanga 109, both men scoring their second centuries of the series.
Their stand surpassed the 258 shared by Indiaâ€™s Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar against Kenya at Paarl in 2001-02 as the best opening partnership in this form of the game.
Meanwhile, fast bowler Stephen Harmison saw his 10 wicketless overs go for 97 runs. That was the most expensive 10-over spell by an England bowler in a one-day international surpassing the 83 runs conceded by Derek Pringle against West Indies at Gujranwala during the 1987 World Cup.
Sri Lanka made a blistering start with 46 runs coming off the first three overs. England skipper Andrew Strauss was powerless to prevent the openersâ€™ assault with the 100 up in eight overs.
Jayasuriyaâ€™s hundred, his 21st one-day international century, came in 72 balls with two sixes and 13 fours and Tharangaâ€™s hundred came in 82 balls with a six and 14 fours. Tharanga fell when he was caught and bowled by off-spinner James Dalrymple and then 286-1 became 289-2 when Jayasuriya was caught by Strauss off Vikram Solanki.
Earlier Marcus Trescothickâ€™s hundred (121) was the centrepiece of Englandâ€™s 321-7. Trescothick completed his hundred in 102 balls with 16 fours before he was bowled by spinner Jayasuriya.