Leeds: Lasith Malinga emerged as the hero for Sri Lanka has the veteran pacer picked 4 for 43 to guide his side to a 20-run victory over bookmakers’ favourites England in a nail-biting World Cup game in Leeds on Friday.
Ben stokes waged the fight for England by remaining unbeaten for 82 but England failed to keep their wickets togther against a fiery Sri Lanka bowling line in a chase of below par 233 runs.
Lasith Malinga started unleashing mayhem on England batsmen since the first ball of the second innings as he removed Jonny Bairstow for a golden duck in the first over. Using all his experience under the belt, Malinga damaged Engalnd chase once again had Vince (14) caught at slip in the seventh over in a return of 2-27 from five overs.
Troubled by Lasith Malinga, England managed just 38 for 2 in the first ten overs – their fifth-lowest Powerplay score since the last World Cup.
Isuru Udana then claimed a return catch off a low full-toss to dismiss captain Eoin Morgan (21). Joe Root and Jos Buttler took the charge for England before Malinga returned to petrify the hosts as he soon removed Joe Root (57) to finish his 50 wickets in Cricket World Cup. Playing his 4th World Cup and 26th World Cup game, Malinga became just the fourth bowler to take 50 wickets in World Cup history.
The veteran Sri Lankan bolwer picked his 4th wicket in the form of Jos Buttler (10) with a pin point yorker to get Buttler LBW out to put Sri Lanka in a neck and neck fight with England.