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Malinga steers Sri Lanka to thrilling win over England

  • Published at 03:18 pm June 21st, 2019
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Lasith Malinga bowls during the World Cup group stage match against England at Headingley in Leeds Friday AFP

Malinga, who finished with figures of 4-43, became only the third bowler to capture 50 or more wickets in the competition after Australia's Glenn McGrath (71), his compatriot Muttiah Muralitharan (68) and Pakistan's Wasim Akram (55)

Sri Lanka pace bowler Lasith Malinga ripped through the England batting line-up with four wickets as the former champions handed the favourites a 20-run defeat in a low-scoring World Cup match at Headingley on Friday.

Chasing 233 for victory on a slow track, England struggled against veteran Malinga's variations before they fell to their second defeat of the tournament, squandering an opportunity to join holders Australia at the top of the standings.

Malinga, who finished with figures of 4-43, became only the third bowler to capture 50 or more wickets in the competition after Australia's Glenn McGrath (71), his compatriot Muttiah Muralitharan (68) and Pakistan's Wasim Akram (55).

England were in control after a slow start as Joe Root made a patient half-century, but he was caught behind off Malinga for 57 to trigger a collapse, and despite Ben Stokes' unbeaten 82 ensuring a tense finish, the hosts fell short.

Earlier, England's pace duo of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood claimed three wickets each to restrict Sri Lanka to a modest total of 232-9 from their 50 overs with Angelo Mathews top-scoring with an unbeaten 85 off 115 balls.

Archer's 3-52 made him the joint highest wicket-taker in the tournament alongside Australia's Mitchell Starc with 15.

MATCH 27

SRI LANKA INNINGS            R    B

Karunaratne c Buttler b Archer    1    8

Perera c Moeen b Woakes        2    6

Fernando c Rashid b Wood        49    39

Mendis c Morgan b Rashid        46    68

Mathews not out            85    115

Jeevan c & b Rashid            0    1

De Silva c Root b Archer        29    47

Thisara c Rashid b Archer        2    6

Udana c Root b Wood            6    4

Malinga b Wood            1    5

Pradeep not out            1    1

Extras (lb 4, w 6)            10 

Total (50 Overs)            232/9 

Fall Of Wickets

1-3 (Karunaratne), 2-3 (Perera), 3-62 (Fernando), 4-133 (Mendis), 5-133 (Jeevan), 6-190 (De Silva), 7-200 (Thisara), 8-209 (Udana), 9-220 (Malinga)

Bowling

Woakes 5-0-22-1, Archer 10-2-52-3, Wood 8-0-40-3, Stokes 5-0-16-0, Moeen 10-0-40-0, Rashid 10-0-45-2, Root 2-0-13-0

ENGLAND INNINGS        R    B

Vince c Mendis b Malinga    14    18

Bairstow lbw b Malinga    0    1

Root c Perera b Malinga    57    89

Morgan c & b Udana        21    35

Stokes not out            82    89

Buttler lbw b Malinga        10    9

Moeen c Udana b De Silva    16    20

Woakes c Perera b De Silva    2    4

Rashid c Perera b de Silva    1    2

Archer c Perera b Udana    3    11

Wood c Perera b Pradeep    0    4

Extras (lb 1, w 5)        6 

Total (47 Overs)        212 all out 

Fall Of Wickets

1-1 (Bairstow), 2-26 (Vince), 3-73 (Morgan), 4-127 (Root), 5-144 (Buttler), 6-170 (Moeen), 7-176 (Woakes), 8-178 (Rashid), 9-186 (Archer), 10-212 (Wood)

Bowling

Malinga 10-1-43-4, Pradeep 10-1-38-1, De Silva 8-0-32-3, Thisara 8-0-34-0, Udana 8-0-41-2, Mendis 3-0-23-0

Sri Lanka won by 20 runs

MoM: Lasith Malinga