ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

England vs Sri Lanka - Match 27

Venue: Headingley, Leeds

Date & Time: 21 June 2019

England 212/10

RR: 4.51 | Sri Lanka beat England by 20 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
James Vince c Kusal Mendis & b Lasith Malinga c Kusal Mendis & b Lasith Malinga 141820
Jonny Bairstow lbw Lasith Malinga lbw Lasith Malinga 0100
Joe Root c Kusal Perera (W) & b Lasith Malinga c Kusal Perera (W) & b Lasith Malinga 578930
Eoin Morgan c Isuru Udana & b Isuru Udana c Isuru Udana & b Isuru Udana 213520
Ben Stokes not out not out 828974
Jos Buttler lbw Lasith Malinga lbw Lasith Malinga 10910
Moeen Ali c Isuru Udana & b Dhananjaya de Silva c Isuru Udana & b Dhananjaya de Silva 162001
Chris Woakes c Kusal Perera (W) & b Dhananjaya de Silva c Kusal Perera (W) & b Dhananjaya de Silva 2400
Adil Rashid c Kusal Perera (W) & b Dhananjaya de Silva c Kusal Perera (W) & b Dhananjaya de Silva 1200
Jofra Archer c Thisara Perera & b Isuru Udana c Thisara Perera & b Isuru Udana 31100
Mark Wood c Kusal Perera (W) & b Nuwan Pradeep c Kusal Perera (W) & b Nuwan Pradeep 0400
Extras 6 (b 0, lb 1, w 5, nb 0)
Total 212 (10 Wkts, 47.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
1-1 (Jonny Bairstow,0.2), 26-2 (James Vince,6.5), 73-3 (Eoin Morgan,18.4), 127-4 (Joe Root,30.3), 144-5 (Jos Buttler,32.3), 170-6 (Moeen Ali,38.3), 176-7 (Chris Woakes,40.1), 178-8 (Adil Rashid,40.5), 186-9 (Jofra Archer,43.4), 212-10 (Mark Wood,47),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Lasith Malinga10 1 43 4 4.30
Nuwan Pradeep10 1 38 1 3.80
Dhananjaya de Silva8 0 32 3 4.00
Thisara Perera8 0 34 0 4.25
Isuru Udana8 0 41 2 5.13
Jeevan Mendis3 0 23 0 7.67
Dimuth Karunaratne 0 0 0 0 0
Kusal Perera 0 0 0 0 0
Avishka Fernando 0 0 0 0 0
Kusal Mendis 0 0 0 0 0
Angelo Mathews 0 0 0 0 0

So, that is the end of the game! This is probably the upset of the tournament, at least till now though. However, will this victory see Sri Lanka go strength to straight and how much will this affect England? Well, we will know in the coming future. On the 22nd though, we have 4 different teams battling it out. Yes, it is a doubleheader, the first game sees India taking on Afghanistan in Southampton, that game will begin at 1030 local (0930 GMT). The other game is a cracking one as West Indies lock horns against New Zealand in Manchester at 1330 local (1230 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

Sri Lanka skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne says they lost the toss and sometimes they were under pressure whereas sometimes they were dominating. Tells when batting they knew it was a tough wicket and were looking to get 250-270 but lost wickets. Credits Mathews for his innings and ended up with a good total. Tells it was a team effort as Malinga got wickets along with Dhananjaya. Says Root's wicket was the turning point of the game and knew how good he is. Tells luckily they got his wicket at a critical juncture.

England skipper, Eoin Morgan says they were good with the ball but the lack of substantial partnership did the damage. Says losing this game was more frustrating than shocking. They knew it was going to be tough to win all games in the tournament but they wanted to do that. Says they just need to dust themselves off and come stronger in the next game. Reckons it is a long tournament. Says Australia is a tough opponent and taking them on at the home of cricket will be a good challenge.

For his brilliant bowling display, LASITH MALINGA IS NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH - Malinga says that when Stokes was dropped they were worried as they knew how good a bowler he is. Says they kept bowling stock balls even when a couple of those went for boundaries towards the end they did not worry. The plan was to maintain good line and length and mix it up with the variations without giving away any loose deliveries. Tells they are a confident side and are looking to take the momentum from this going forward.

Earlier in the day, the Lankans were put into bat and were bundled out for 232. Archer and Wood were the stars for England. However, that proved to be enough, in the end, Ben Stokes' unbeaten 82 went in vain and Malinga emerged as the hero for today with a four-fer.

Who was the star with the ball for Sri Lanka? Well, when you look at the figures, you have to tell, it is Lasith Malinga who ended with a four-fer and four big wickets of Bairstow, Root, Buttler and Vince. However, credit has to be given to all the Lankan bowlers here. Everybody was extremely disciplined and never gave anything away. Udana and Dhananajaya were also crucial as they took five amongst them. Nuwan Pradeep also had a wicket to his name and probably the one which mattered the most, the last one.

Defending 232, you need early wickets and Sri Lanka did manage to send both the openers back in the hut quite early on. Root and Morgan then steadied the ship with a fifty run stand. The latter fell but then Stokes joined Root and the two added yet another 50-plus run stand. England was on top then but Sri Lanka did not let them run away with the game. They kept bowling tight and never let England score freely and that tight bowling finally paid off. They got Root and Buttler in quick succession. Moeen Ali and Archer threw it away when they needed to bat sensibly. Stokes was the lone man fighting and at one stage, it seemed like, he would win the game for them but Wood could not negotiate the one ball he had to of Nuwan Pradeep.

WHAT A GAME! WHAT A GAME THIS WAS! Wow! How many of you'll thought that Sri Lanka would win this game after posting 232? Surely, surely not many! I never felt they had a chance. However, they have risen against all odds and have come out on top in a game they had to win.

46.6
0
N Pradeep to M Wood, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Wood can't negotiate it! He has nicked it behind to the keeper. Jubilation scenes out there as the Lankan players are running all around the ground in happiness. Pradeep bowls the perfect Test match line. It is on a length and around off, Wood plays inside the line, the ball kisses the outside edge and goes into the hands of the keeper. The Lankan players appeal and the umpire raises the finger. SRI LANKA WIN THE GAME BY 20 RUNS!
46.5
1
N Pradeep to Ben Stokes, Very full again, Stokes works it through mid-wicket and takes one. Once again, Wood has one ball to face.
46.4
0
N Pradeep to Ben Stokes, A low full toss outside off, Stokes jams it through covers. He thinks of two but then does not even take one.
46.3
4
N Pradeep to Ben Stokes, FOUR MORE! Unreal stuff from Stokes. He is doing it all by his own! 22 in 21 now. Game evenly poised again. The slower one on middle, Stokes goes down on one knee and manages to drag it past short fine leg for a boundary.
46.2
4
N Pradeep to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Top, top shot! Stokes has managed to find the gap! 26 needed in 22 now. Another low full toss outside off, Stokes shuffles across and whips it past mid-wicket. It is away from long on and it trickles over the fence.
46.1
0
N Pradeep to Ben Stokes, Extremely full, good ball to begin with! Stokes whips it to mid on.

Who will bowl now? Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep or a gamble with a spinner? It is going to be Nuwan Pradeep.

45.6
0
I Udana to M Wood, Wood does! Udana lands it on a length and around off, Wood plants his front foot forward and defends it onto the ground. 30 needed in 4.
45.5
1
I Udana to Ben Stokes, Takes the single does Stokes! Wood has one ball to play out. Full and outside off, this is jammed through covers for one.
45.4
2
I Udana to Ben Stokes, Lovely, lovely running and also smart batting by Stokes. This is a very slow ball on middle, Stokes works it towards mid-wicket with very soft hands. They take one, then go for the second. Wood slips while turning back but still manages to make it in.
45.3
0
I Udana to Ben Stokes, Stokes once again uses his feet but this time does not get to the pitch of the ball. Defends it. Sensible batting.
45.2
6
I Udana to Ben Stokes, SIX! BANG! 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.
45.1
6
I Udana to Ben Stokes, SIX! BOOM! That is right out of the middle and it clears the fence with ease. Udana goes full, right in the zone for Stokes. He tonks it over the long on fence for a biggie.
44.6
1
L Malinga to Ben Stokes, Stokes keeps strike! He works this through square leg for one. Malinga is looking at Kusal Mendis furiously. He knows that could have been the game. Malinga has no overs left.
44.5
0
L Malinga to Ben Stokes, Has that been dropped? Not sure as of now! How costly will this prove. Yes, it is a tough chance but they need to be taken. Malinga goes full and on the pads, Stokes whips it uppishly towards square leg. Mendis moves to his right and looks to take it inches above the ground but can't hang on. Malinga is down on his haunches. He knows this could be very costly.
44.4
0
L Malinga to Ben Stokes, Once again does not take the run! Full and on off, Stokes whips it through mid on. Two balls to go. Will he take a single now, on the next ball?
44.3
0
L Malinga to Ben Stokes, Another slower one outside off, Stokes strokes it through covers and denies the run.
44.3
0
L Malinga to Ben Stokes, This is wide! It is way too wide outside off, Stokes lets it be.
44.2
0
L Malinga to Ben Stokes, Full and wide outside off, just within the tramline. Stokes lets it be.
44.1
0
L Malinga to Ben Stokes, Goes very full outside off, difficult to get under those. Stokes jams it out to the bowler.
43.6
0
I Udana to M Wood, Wide outside off, Wood leaves it alone. End of a successful over. Just the run and a wicket from it. 47 needed in 36. Stokes needs to do it all by himself.
43.5
0
I Udana to M Wood, A yorker on middle, Wood manages to jam it out.

Mark wood is the last man in for England. Sri Lanka on the cusp of a victory and England have a 'Herculean' task with Big Ben still there.

43.4
0
I Udana to J Archer, OUT! Archer holes out! Once again, this shot can be questioned with Stokes at the other end. He walks back disappointed. The pressure surely got to him. It is the slower one outside off, Archer looks to clear long on but does not get the power behind the shot. It goes straight to Perera there who takes it above his head. Lanka just the wicket away now from a win.
43.3
0
I Udana to J Archer, Lovely shot but for no runs! Fuller and on off, Archer strokes it nicely but finds the man at covers.
43.2
1
I Udana to Ben Stokes, On the fuller side and on middle, Stokes hits it firmly towards long on but just for a run.
43.1
0
I Udana to Ben Stokes, Slower one just inside the tramline on the off side. Stokes leaves it along. Stokes wants a wide but the umpire is spot on.
42.6
0
L Malinga to J Archer, The last ball is negotiated! Malinga now has only one left. On the pads, Archer works it towards square leg. 48 in 42 needed.
42.5
0
L Malinga to J Archer, Goes short this time and on the body, holds in the wicket too. Archer looks to pull but misses to get hit on the body.
42.4
1
L Malinga to Ben Stokes, Another very full delivery on off, Stokes works it down to long on and gets to the other end.
42.3
1
L Malinga to J Archer, Archer gets off strike! Malinga goes full again, Archer gets his bat down in time and works it through mid-wicket for a single.
42.2
0
L Malinga to J Archer, A yorker! Archer gets his bat down in time, ahead of the pads and jams it out.
42.1
0
L Malinga to J Archer, In the air... safe! Goes length first up! Archer looks to flick but ends up chipping it but well short of mid-wicket.

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.

41.6
1
I Udana to J Archer, Another full toss this time Archer hits it wide of short cover. Stokes wanted two but Jofra says no. Good decision as the second was never there.
41.5
0
I Udana to J Archer, Full toss on off, Archer hits it straight to short cover. He has one ball to face.
41.4
1
I Udana to Ben Stokes, Slower ball on off, Stokes strokes it towards sweeper cover and gets to the other end.
41.3
0
I Udana to Ben Stokes, Play and a miss. Outside off this time inside the tramline, Stokes looks to hit but misses.
41.2
1
I Udana to J Archer, EDGED BUT SAFE! Good length ball outside off, Archer looks to play the cover drive but gets an outside edge which goes past the first slip and towards third man for a single.
41.1
1
I Udana to Ben Stokes, Good comeback. Bowls a very full ball which is almost a yorker. It is on off, Stokes manages to squeeze it to deep point for a single.
41.1
0
I Udana to Ben Stokes, WIDE! Not the start he would have wanted. He has bowled a length ball outside the tramline. Wided by the umpire.

Isuru Udana is back! 5-0-20-1 so far.