Ben Stokes vs Sri Lanka, and it is the latter who prevailed!
Sri Lanka by no means had sufficient runs at the board however England have been compelled to bow right down to Lasith Malinga who bowled his middle out and led his staff to a historical win in Leeds on Friday (June 21). England had their very own riot in Stokes who fought until the top however ran out of allies because the hosts fell quick by way of 20 runs.
Jofra Archer (three for 52), Mark Picket (three for 40) and Adil Rashid (2 for 45) have been among wickets as Sri Lanka, regardless of Angelo Mathews’ 115-ball 85*, may best arrange 232 for nine of their 50 overs. In reaction, Malinga (four for 43) dismantled England’s best order sooner than Dhananjaya de Silva (three for 32), Isuru Udana (2 for 41) and Nuwan Pradeep (1 for 38) wiped clean up the tail, bundling England out for 212. Stokes performed a gem of a knock and remained unbeaten on 82.
Regardless of now not having sufficient runs at the board, Sri Lanka were not taking place so simply. Lasith Malinga disregarded Jonny Bairstow for a golden duck best in the second one supply of the innings to provide Sri Lanka an out of this world get started. James Vince had a possibility to make a remark however the right-hander used to be stuck at 2nd slip whilst taking part in a lazy pressure.
He best controlled 14 runs sooner than changing into Malinga’s 2nd sufferer. Malinga were given just right toughen from Nuwan Pradeep who too bowled with nice keep an eye on. Joe Root (57) and Eoin Morgan (21) on the other hand controlled to climate the hurricane by way of including 47 runs for the 3rd wicket. Morgan, who used to be in some hitting shape towards Afghanistan, attempted to head after the bowlers however did not get a lot luck.
Morgan’s innings used to be lower quick as Udana took a very good catch in his personal bowling to eliminate England captain within the 19th over. Sri Lankan bowlers stored bowling the ones tidy overs and made lifestyles tricky for Root and Stokes. England have been 91 for three on the finish of 25 overs sooner than Stokes after all determined to chop unfastened.
The left-hander tonked Jeevan Mendis for a few sixes to damage the shackles and simply when it gave the look of Stokes and Root have been operating away with the sport Malinga returned to have Root stuck down the leg facet. The veteran paceman did not forestall there and pinned Jos Buttler (10) correct in entrance of the stumps to depart England in a place of hassle – 144 for five.
All England wanted used to be some good cricket and so they were given that from Stokes and Moeen Ali, however just for some time. The 2 controlled to live on Malinga’s 2nd spell and the instant Dhananjaya got here to bowl, Moeen welcomes him with a six. The left-hander on the other hand attempted to copy the similar at the very subsequent supply and used to be brilliantly stuck by way of Udana at lengthy off.
Issues temporarily began to show in Sri Lanka’s favour when Dhananjaya had Chris Woakes and Rashid stuck at the back of in the similar over, with England nonetheless desiring 55 runs. Force began to construct on England and Stokes as the specified run price soared over six.
It used to be Archer who could not cope up with the drive and ended up taking part in a pointless heave that led to Thisara Perera’s protected pair of fingers. Stokes then determined to take the subject in his personal fingers and made his intentions transparent by way of smoking Udana for consecutive sixes.
With 30 wanted in 24 deliveries, Stokes slammed Pradeep for 2 limitations however the paceman had Picket stuck at the back of within the remaining ball of his over to guide Sri Lanka to certainly one of their largest wins in recent years.
With six issues to their title, Sri Lanka at the moment are again within the race for a place within the semifinals. In the meantime, England are nonetheless positioned at No. three however their last 3 video games are towards Australia, India and New Zealand.
Previous, Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne gained the toss and opted to bat first on a just right floor. However the skipper fell for one when he edged a supply from speedy bowler Archer that lower away to wicket-keeper Jos Buttler.
And two balls later, with out every other run at the board, Kusal Perera slashed Woakes to 3rd guy the place Moeen, in his 100th ODI, took a very easy catch.
Avishka Fernando marked his first look of the Global Cup with an excellent array of pictures best to fall simply shy of a fifty. The best-hander smashed 14 runs off one Archer over with a pressure at the up adopted by way of a hooked six and a cover-driven 4. Woakes didn’t get away both, with Fernando riding him for every other boundary. Fernando even hooked Archer for a six out of the bottom that noticed the umpires name for a alternative ball.
Simply when the whole lot used to be beginning to move easy for Sri Lanka, Fernando gave his wicket away as he used to be stuck at 3rd guy within the bowling of Picket. He hit six fours and two maximums in his 39-ball 49. Kusal Mendis (46) used to be then joined by way of Mathews and the 2 began to fix the innings with out taking any useless dangers.
The 2 added 71 runs however may by no means actually get going. Rashid then were given a dual strike, disregarding Kusal and Jeevan off consecutive balls and Sri Lanka discovered themselves tottering at 133 for five on the 30-over mark. Mathews then were given secure the aid of Dhananjaya de Silva (29) which ensured that Sri Lanka crossed the 200-run mark. Archer and Picket on the other hand ran in the course of the lower-order and not allowed any Sri Lankan batsman to dominate.
Mathews, who has struggled closely on this match, used to be the one batsman to place up some battle however his contribution on the finish grew to become out to be game-changing for Sri Lanka.