World Cup 2019, England vs Sri Lanka Highlights: Sri Lanka pace bowler Lasith Malinga ripped through the England batting line-up with four wickets as the former champions handed the favourites a 20-run defeat in a low-scoring World Cup match at Headingley on Friday. Chasing 233 for victory on a slow track, England struggled against veteran Malinga’s variations before they fell to their second defeat of the tournament, squandering an opportunity to join holders Australia at the top of the standings.
Malinga, who finished with figures of 4-43, became only the third bowler to capture 50 or more wickets in the competition after Australia’s Glenn McGrath (71), his compatriot Muttiah Muralitharan (68) and Pakistan’s Wasim Akram (55).
Earlier, Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and elected to bat first. Sri Lanka got off to a horrible start losing both openers for just three runs. Avishka Fernando made an impressive debut as he took on Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes in the powerplay overs. Fernando missed out on his half-century on World Cup debut. Kusal Perera too missed out on reaching his half-century. Adil Rashid’s double blow pushed Sri Lanka on the back foot but Angelo Mathews played an unbeaten knock of 85 to guide Sri Lanka to a below par score of 232/9 in first innings.