A contender for sport of the Cricket World Cup has seen Sri Lanka come away with an exhilarating 20-run upset win over Sri Lanka at Headingley.
Sri Lanka didn’t seem to have practically sufficient on the board, however near-perfect execution of their bowling and fielding plan on a pitch which appeared two-paced, in addition to some foolish pictures from the English center order, obtained them over the road.
It was Lasith Malinga who was the star of the present, as he picked up 4 wickets and left England on the again foot late within the innings.
Earlier, Sri Lanka had gained the toss and elected to bat on a deceptively handsome pitch.
England bowled properly early and had Sri Lanka two down for less than 4 runs after simply three overs, with the stress on. Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis led the restoration although as they put 59 for the third wicket, with Fernando wanting in nice kind.
His wicket introduced Angelo Mathews to the crease, who managed to carry the innings collectively, regardless of the sturdy center overs bowling from spin duo Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid.
It was clear that scoring rapidly was going to be troublesome, with Mathews mistiming nearly all the things throughout his lengthy keep, finally ending up 85 not out.
The previous Sri Lankan skipper’s knock, alongside these of Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva, obtained Sri Lanka to what regarded like a really under-par 232.
It was clear the Sri Lankans had been going to wish to bowl England out, and so they couldn’t have gotten off to a greater begin as Jonny Bairstow was eliminated within the first over by Malinga.
The boys from the sub-continent had one other shortly afterwards as James Vince departed, however Joe Root steadied the ship as he pieced collectively slow-moving however efficient 47 and 54-run partnerships with Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes respectively.
Nonetheless, when Root obtained out, England had been a good distance from out of the woods, with Malinga’s reintroduction for a second spell sufficient to do away with the Take a look at skipper for 57 from 89 balls.
England had been nonetheless in entrance of the match, however dropping the wickets of Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali cheaply to Isuru Udana and Dhananjaya de Silva respectively put them in strife at 6/170.
Moeen’s wicket, specifically, was a shocker, given he had solely simply hit a six and England wanted underneath six runs per over at that stage.
Chris Woakes got here and went towards the bowling of Dhananjaya, as did Adil Rashid, earlier than Jofra Archer supplied the foil for Stokes, however was ultimately caught at lengthy off to the bowling of Udana.
It left Mark Wooden to group up with Stokes, and the duo wanted to placed on 47 from 38 balls to win the sport.
Whereas they managed to see off Lasith Malinga, it was all on Stokes to attain the runs, and after belting Udana for 14 one over and 9 from the 47th, he turned the strike over to Mark Wooden for a single ball, however that was all it took as Pradeep caught the skin edge to finish a well-known victory for the Sri Lankans.
The outcome retains Sri Lanka’s hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals alive, whereas England are left with two losses to their identify and solely the three different sides within the high 4 to play, placing them underneath some stress in the course of the again half of the event.
Sri Lanka: 9/232 (50) (Angelo Mathews 85, Avishka Fernando 49, Kusal Mendis 46, Mark Wooden three/40, Jofra Archer three/42) defeat England 10/212 (47) (Ben Stokes 82*, Joe Root 57, Lasith Malinga four/43, Dhananjaya de Silva three/32) by 20 runs.