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.
ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019Headingley, Leeds 23 July 2019
England 212 (47.0)
Sri Lanka 232/9 (50.0)
Match Ended ( Day - Match 27 ) Sri Lanka beat England by 20 runs
World Cup 2019, England vs Sri Lanka Highlights:
Sri Lanka win by 20 runs
SRI LANKA HAVE PULLED IT OFF! Lankan Loins have snared the Three Lions by 20 runs in a nail-biting thriller! Spare a thought for Ben Stokes who remains unbeaten on 82 ENG-212-all out
Back to back sixes
Consecutive biggies for Stokes! 33 needed in 28 now. This is a powerful stroke. He dances down the track, gets to the pitch of it and clobbers it over the long off fence for a biggie. 200 up for England.
15 runs from the over!— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 21 June 2019
Sri Lanka need one wicket.
England need 30 runs.
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Malinga is back
Lasith Malinga is back! This is the most critical phase of this contest. 8-1-39-4, his figures so far. Malinga can make this the last over of the match and seal the deal here for Sri Lanka. No harm done. ENG 185/8 in 43 ovs
England are in deep trouble
GONE! Kusal Perera takes a fine catch as Dhananjaya de Silva gets rid of Woakes for 2. Then Adil Rashid is caught behind! 2 in 1 over for Dhananjaya de Silva Batsmen playing for spin but there is no spin! England are sliding away. From 170 for 5 England are 178 for 8 and in deep, deep trouble. ENG- 178/8 in 41 ovs, still needing 55 runs to win
Moeen Ali has thrown it away! looks to clear the fence again and comes down the track. Gets too close to the delivery and then does not get the elevation he would have liked. Udana at long off moves to his right and takes a very nice catch. ENG- 171/6 in 36 ovs
Gone! another one
Malinga is on fire! Buttler is a goner! The game is evenly poised now! Half the side back in the hut for England and they need another 89 in 105. Malinga bowls a yorker on the leg stump. Buttler fails to put bat on ball. It hits him on the pads.
BIG BLOW FOR ENG
Caught behind! Malinga has removed Root for 57. Big Blow for England. 50th wicket in a world cup for England.
2 seconds before time-out and SL take the review. Ultra-edge confirms there was a nick.
Is there a twist in this tale?
'ROOOOOT' goes the crowd
Fantastic take by Isuru Udana to get rid of Morgan for 21. ! A brilliant reflex catch by Udana! He has got the England skipper, a much-needed wicket as the two were going along nicely. It is a full toss on off, Morgan strokes it firmly to the right of the bowler. ENG- 73/3 in 18.5 ovs
Nuwan Pradeep has gone for 12 off his opening six overs here. Only one man has had a better start against England since the last World Cup - Josh Hazlewood, when he took three wickets in 36 balls for just 11 runs, at Adelaide last year
England are 38/2 after 10 overs - their lowest powerplay score of the tournament, and fifth lowest since the 2015 World Cup. they are 10 runs behind Sri Lanka who were 48 for 2 after the first 10. 195 more needed in 240 balls.
EDGED AND TAKEN! England lose two as Vince edges it to the slips. Malinga strikes again. He has the last laugh against Vince. Malinga lands it just behind a driving length on off, it shapes away a touch. Vince looks to drive it on the up but due to the away movement, the ball takes the outside edge and goes to the right of widish first slip. Mendis there dives and takes a sharp chance. ENG 26/2 in 7 ovs
First boundary of the innings
FOUR! Root finds the gap and it races away! There is a little width on offer, Root stands tall and punches it late through cover-point and the ball races away to the fence. ENG- 10/1 after 4 ovs
LBW! Lasith Malinga strikes in his first over and Jonny Bairstow is gone for a duck What a start! Bairstow has to take the long walk back! A tough, tough call there by the umpire. Could have easily gone either way. ENG- 1/1
We are back for the chase. The English openers Jonny Bairstow and James Vince are at the crease. Lasith Malinga to start the proceedings for the Lankan Lions with the first new ball.
Easy chase for England?
Sri Lanka have posted a below par score at Headingley, Leeds. England should chase it down without breaking a sweat looking at the form of the English batsmen.
Angelo Mathews muscles that over midwicket and deep into the crowd. First six of the day for Mathews, he moves into 80s. That was followed by a spot on yorker by Archer. Mathews refuses to go for a single on the next ball. Archer makes a good comeback, just two runs after getting hit for a six. SL - 232/9 in 50 overs
Lasith Malinga goes for a big shot and misses. Mark Wood hits the woodwork. Ninth one goes down. SL - 220/9 in 48.3 overs
This is disappointing. Isuru Udana plays a forced pull shot off Mark Wood which carries to Joe Root inside the circle. Another wicket goes down, Mathews running out of partners. SL - 209/8 in 46.4 overs
Thisara Perera tries to take on Jofra Archer but ends up miscuing it to third man fielder Adil Rashid. With this wicket Archer is the joint-leading wickettaker of the tournament. SL - 200/7 in 45.4 overs
Root takes a stunner
Joe Root takes a stunner diving to his left to dismiss Dhananjaya de Silva. Jofra Archer takes another wicket. England's another entry for catch of the tournament. SL - 190/6 in 43.3 overs
Fifty for Mathews
Angelo Mathews scores a slow half-century. Mathews reached 50 in 84 deliveries with a boundary off Joe Root. With 9 overs to go, Sri Lanka need to switch gears to even post a modest total of 250 against England. SL - 180/5 in 41 overs
Joe Root into the attack
Eoin Morgan has decided to continue with the spinners and given Joe Root a go at the Sri Lankan batsmen. Just four singles from his first over. Sri Lanka do not look like posting a score in excess of 250 which may not pose a threat against an in-form England batting lineup. SL - 168/5 in 39 overs
150 up for Sri Lanka
FOUR! Dhananjaya de Silva hits it against the spin and finds a boundary. Mathews and Silva are trying to stitch a partnership after the two quick wickets. Sl -152/5 in 34 overs
Two in two
Adil Rashid takes a catch off his own bowling. Jeevan Mendis out for a golden duck and Rashid is on a hat-trick. Dhananjaya de Silva survives the hat-trick ball. SL - 137/5 in 30 overs
WHAT A CATCH!
Eoin Morgan takes a spectacular catch at short midwicket. Unfortunately, Kusal Mendis misses out on a half-century. SL - 133/4 in 29.4 overs
First boundary for Mathews
Angelo Mathews has been quiet for long enough. Mathews takes on Adil Rashid and hits him for a boundary against the spin. Sri Lankan batsmen are good players of spin and they are trying to milk them for runs in the middle overs to lay a foundation for a fighting total. SL - 106/3 in 24 overs
Spin from both ends
Spin bowling from both ends now. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid introduced in an attempt to break the partnership. The partnership between Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews is growing. SL - 98/3 in 23 overs
Mounting the pressure
Runs have dried up since Avishka Fernando's wicket in the 13th over. Sri Lanka have scored 13 runs from 31 deliveries. Mathews has scored just two runs from 18 deliveries. SL - 75/3 in 18 overs
Mathews takes his time
Angelo Mathews is taking up his time. He has played 10 deliveries and not got off the mark yet. England are tightening the screws now. Sri Lanka need a partnership here to get through the middle overs.
SL - 66/3 in 16 overs
Fernando out on 49
Unlucky for the youngster. Avishka Fernando misses out on maiden World Cup half-century on World Cup debut. Fernando departs for 49. Mark Wood gets the wicket. SL - 62/3 in 12.5 overs
50 up for Sri Lanka!
This is good recovery from Sri Lanka after losing both the openers. Avishka Fernando has been outstanding. The youngster has taken the pressure off Mendis. SL - 56/2 in 11 overs
Fernando hits it out of the park
Avishka Fernando takes on Jofra Archer once again. This time he hits it deep into the crowd. A huge maximum. SL - 48/2 in 10 overs
Another maiden from Jofra
After getting hit for 16 runs in the previous over Jofra Archer bowls his second maiden over of the day. Kusal Mendis did not look to take him on. He is trying to play the role of the anchor while Fernando plays his shots. SL - 31/2 in 8 overs
Fernando takes on Archer
Avishka Fernando takes on Jofra Archer, hits him for two fours and one six. Fernando is not premeditating, just reacting to the deliveries and finding the gaps. Some positive for Sri Lanka are losing two early wickets. SL - 24/2 in 6 overs
Archer bowls a maiden over
England are on all out attack as Sri Lankan openers are back in the hut. Eoin Morgan is looking for more wickets with the new ball and not let Sri Lanka recover from the early strikes. Jofra Archer bowls a maiden over, no freebies from the fast bowler. SL - 4/2 in 4 overs
Kusal Perera flashes his bat on the ball going away from him. Caught at third man. Sri Lanka are two down. Chris Woakes gets his first wicket. Sri Lanka have lost both their openers inside three overs. SL - 3/2 in 2.2 overs
Jofra Archer strikes in his first over. Manages to get an outside edge off Dimuth Karunaratne's bat. SL - 3/1 in 2 overs
WICKET!— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 21 June 2019
Jofra Archer strikes in his first over as Sri Lanka's skipper Dimuth Karunaratne edges one through to Buttler behind the stumps.
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