Lasith, Mathews dazzle as underdogs Sri Lanka stun England to script a major upset in World Cup; Stokes’s unbeaten 82 in vain. Veteran Lasith Malinga turned back the clock as his fourwicket haul helped Sri Lanka bowl England out for 212, thereby winning by 20 runs. As in the IPL final, the slinger showed his repertoire of pin-point accurate yorkers and variations to never let the English batters get going. He got ample support from seamer Nuwan Pradeep, who was pretty economical. Off spinner Dhananjaya de Silva also got into the act with three quick wickets towards the end. Ben Stokes threatened to take the hosts over the line with some lusty blows towards the end, but his unbeaten 82 proved insufficient. Joe Root also crossed 50 for the fifth time in this Word Cup, but failed to convert it into something substantial. Earlier, Jofra Archer moved joint top of the World Cup bowling charts as England restricted Sri Lanka to 232/9. The fast bowler took 3/52 — his fifth three-wicket haul in six matches this World Cup — to join Australia’s Mitchell Starc on 15 wickets. Sri Lanka’s total represented something of a recovery after a collapse to three for two. Angelo Mathews’s painstaking 85 not out helped them bat their full 50 overs after Avishka Fernando revived the innings with a dashing 49 in his first match of the World Cup. Top: Angelo Mathews held Sri Lanka’s innings together with an undefeated 85 at Leeds; Above: Ben Stokes’s brilliance with the bat kept England in the chase Spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali bowled 20 overs between them for an economical 85 runs. “We started off brilliantly to get two early wickets and then spinners controlled it in the middle,” Wood said. “They didn’t get away from us at all. Angelo Mathews played well but we restricted them. It was a great team performance.” Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne fell for just one when he edged Archer to wicket-keeper Jos Buttler. And two balls later, without another run on the board, Kusal Perera slashed Chris Woakes to third man where Moeen, in his 100th ODI, held a safe catch. But number three batsman Fernando, in just his seventh match at this level, hit 14 runs off one Archer over. And off the penultimate delivery off the 10-over powerplay, Fernando hooked Archer for a six out of the ground that saw the umpires call for a replacement ball. But, like Perera before him, Fernando was caught off an uppercut to third man, with Rashid holding on to a misjudged shot off Wood. It was the end of a 39-ball innings featuring two sixes and six fours. Mathews looked badly out of touch during an 84-ball fifty with Sri Lanka managing just six boundaries in total from the 11th to 40th overs.
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