Lasith Malinga leads Sri Lanka to shock win over England

Cricket World Cup 2019: Lasith Malinga leads Sri Lanka to shock win over England

Cricket World Cup 2019: Lasith Malinga leads Sri Lanka to shock win over England

"It was great to see Angelo Mathews scoring some runs".

England suffered a shocking 20-run defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka here on Friday, failing to chase down what looked like a sub-par 232/9.

"When we get beaten we tend to come back quite strong, we tend to resort to aggressive, smart and positive cricket so let's hope that's the case on Tuesday", he said referring to the match against Australia at Lord's.

"Angelo is a good finisher and he did a really good job". And he read the game very well on this track. But a fourth-wicket stand of 54 with Stokes ended when Root was caught behind down the legside off Malinga, who then produced a trademark toe-crushing yorker to have dangerman Jos Buttler LBW.

"Mali is a legend", Mendis said. "Or are we going with the extra batsman or fast bowlers?" Are we playing two spinners? Whatever he does, we know he is giving his best.

Stokes was left stranded on a superb unbeaten 82 after the in-form Joe Root fell for 57 on his home ground, Dhananjaya de Silva claiming 3-32 in a brilliant performance from Sri Lanka in the field.

But Fernando gave his wicket away when he fell in similar fashion to Perera, with an uppercut off Mark Wood caught by Adil Rashid at third man.

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"It's not about the six pack, it's about the skill and Lasith Malinga showed that in spades in Sri Lanka's win over England", Jayawardene wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council. Again, we are not going to win every game in this World Cup.

"Malinga just keeps doing what he does best, that is the main thing". I thought we were a bit passive.

Dhananjaya described the contributions of Malinga and Mathews as "key" and added that Sri Lanka had renewed confidence of gate-crashing the last four, despite complaints from the team's management earlier in the tournament that pitches were being prepared to their disadvantage.

The team had to only chanse a paltry 213 in the next game against West Indies and did it without breaking a sweat, winning the game by eight wickets.

Eoin Morgan urged England to revert to type after a shock World Cup defeat by Sri Lanka cast doubt over their ability to reach the semi-finals. Karunaratne was however keen that his players do not get too far ahead of themselves.

"I think when we get beaten we tend come back quite strong", Morgan told reporters.

But Morgan said the team belief was still there after rising to the top of the 50-over game in the last four years. It really is hard to rationalise a match where England failed to chase a meagre target of 233, ending 20 short when Mark Wood edged Nuwan Pradeep through to Kusal Perera to spark scenes of Sri Lankan joy reminiscent of their famous Test win here in 2014.

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