ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: Headingley, Leeds
Date & Time: 21 June 2019
RR: 4.51 | Sri Lanka beat England by 20 runs
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.
Who will bowl now? Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep or a gamble with a spinner? It is going to be Nuwan Pradeep.
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.
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.
Isuru Udana is back! 5-0-20-1 so far.
Oh dear me! Jofra Archer was very good with the ball but sure he didn't expect to bat today, did he? He will have to bat and do a job here. England have their backs against the wall. Sri Lanka are close to pulling off a miracle.
Adil Rashid comes out to bat.
Powerplay 3 begins! No more than 5 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the innings end. 57 needed of the last 10 overs here. The game is right in the balance. Stokes holds the key here.
Nuwan Pradeep comes back into the attack.
Chris Woakes comes out to bat next. With six wickets down, England are losing the plot here. Woakes needs to support Ben stokes who is settled out there. Sri Lanka are still not on top here as we all know what Woakes is capable of with the bat.
Dhananjaya de Silva comes back into the attack.
Moeen Ali is the new man in. Moeen has not had the best of the time with bat in this tournament. England need him to fire and take them over the line.
Big moment in the game! Buttler has been given out LBW but he has reviewed immediately. Is there bat involved? The first few replays show no bat and so does Ultra Edge. Time for the Hawk Eye now. Hawk Eye returns three reds.
Thisara Perera comes back into the attack.
Jos Buttler comes out to replace Joe Root.
Sri Lanka have taken a review for caught behind. Root is the man in question. There was a noise as it went past the batsman. Let's see what was the noise for?
Lasith Malinga comes back into the attack.
Nuwan Pradeep comes on to bowl in his second spell.
Jeevan Mendis comes on to bowl.
Ben Stokes comes out to replace his skipper.
Drinks! England's chase didn't start off as well as they lost both their openers early on. But England's Test and ODI skippers have stabilized the innings and are steadying the ship. Sri Lanka need wickets as that is the only way they can defend this total.
Isuru Udana comes on to bowl now.
Thisara Perera comes on to bowl replacing Nuwan Pradeep.
Spin time! Dhananjaya de Silva comes on to bowl.
Powerplay 2 begins! No more than 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
Eoin Morgan walks out to bat replacing James Vince. Morgan was as his brutal best in the last innings but today the situation is different and his team desperately needs him to fire and play a captain's knock.
Nuwan Pradeep to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
Joe Root comes in at 3 to bat. Pressure early on for England too.
Action straightaway! Bairstow has been given out LBW! He has reviewed. Looks out though if there is no inside edge. Ultra Edge shows no bat involved. Hawk Eye shows it to be umpire's call.
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.