Sri Lanka beat England by 20 points at Headingley in Leeds on Friday. With this victory, Sri Lanka moved to fifth place in the points table of the World Cup, with 6 points in 6 games. England, which has now lost two of their matches, remains in third place with 8 out of six points, but tough games are set against Australia, India and New Zealand.
Toss: Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne took the shot and chose to hit first.
First Innings: Sri Lanka had a horrible start, losing both players for just three points. Avishka Fernando (49) made her impressive debut against Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes in the power games. Fernando missed his half-century. Kusal Mendis (46) gave him some company. Adil Rashid’s double-throw pushed Sri Lanka on the back foot, but Angelo Mathews played 85 undefeated to lead Sri Lanka to a score of 232/9 in 50 outs.
Round 2: Lasith Malinga (4/43) was the star of the second innings, reviewing the batting event in England. He represented the entire top order in England, then came back to trap Jos Buttler to let the hosts go wild. Ben Stokes played responsibly in the hunt but began to run out of partners late in the game. He was trying to win against England alone, and with the last surplus he seemed to be able to break Lankan’s heart. However, Mark Wood, number 11, was fired from the last 47th ball.
Gamechanger: Lasith Malinga (4/43) had a crisis period in the World Cup World Cup. He has beaten previous years to thrill the English team at the critical moment. He fired players Jonny Bairstow and James Vince in his first game, before returning to Joe Root and Jos Buttler’s wickets in a second spell that changed the game’s mometum to Lankans.