Pakistan vs Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka defeated hosting team England by 20 runs at Headingley Cricket Ground on Friday in the 27th match of ICC World Cup 2019. Despite witnessing star performance from all-rounder cricketer Ben Stokes, the hosts still lost the game to lower-ranked Sri Lanka.

After winning the toss, Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne decided to bat first and his decision proved right for his squad. At the beginning of the neck-to-neck tussle, Sri Lanka got off a rough start as it lost both the explosive openers including captain Karunaratne and experienced wicket-keeper batsman Kunal Perera after just 2.2 overs. Though after that Lankan squad picked up the momentum in the middle overs and somehow were able to post the paltry target of 232 runs with the help of Angelo Mathews’s brilliant knock. The former captain of Sri Lankan squad smashed unbeaten 85 runs off total 115 balls with five astonishing boundaries and one amazing six.

In reply, the ICC favorites managed to score only 212 runs against destructive pacers of Sri Lanka. The three-time runners-up England squad started the game on a bad note and lost its first wicket in the very first over. English cricketer Jonny Bairstow returned to the pavilion without even opening his account. After which Joe Root tried to hold the reigns for his side and even scored brilliant fifty in the nail-biting battle but he also lost his wicket to vicious pacer Lasith Malinga. Then it was Ben Stokes who took his side closer to the target but his unbeaten 82 went in vain as England fall short by just 20 runs.

Star of the show Malinga made things very difficult for England batsmen as he took four crucial wickets of James Vince, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, and Jos Buttler. It was undoubtedly Malinga who grabbed the important win for Sri Lanka in the hard-fought battle against England.

Check out the Twitter reactions after Sri Lanka beat England by just 20 runs:

Fans lauded Lasith Malinga’s performance 

Here comes the winning moment

Sri Lanka will next take on South Africa at Riverside Ground on June 28th while England will try to bounce back in their next match against defending champions Australia on June 25th at Lord’s stadium.

Brief Scores  

Sri Lanka: 232/9; Angelo Mathews (85),  Avishka Fernando (49), Kusal Mendis (46), Lasith Malinga (4/43), and Dhananjaya de Silva (3/32)

England: 212/10; Ben Stokes (82), Joe Root (57), Eoin Morgan (21), Mark Wood (3/40), Jofra Archer (3/52)