Leeds, July 1 :

Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya’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 Lanka’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 India’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 openers’ assault with the 100 up in eight overs.

Jayasuriya’s hundred, his 21st one-day international century, came in 72 balls with two sixes and 13 fours and Tharanga’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 Trescothick’s hundred (121) was the centrepiece of England’s 321-7. Trescothick completed his hundred in 102 balls with 16 fours before he was bowled by spinner Jayasuriya.