Angelo Mathews posted a defiant, unbeaten 85 and Lasith Malinga collected four wickets in vintage fashion as the veterans combined to guide Sri Lanka to an upset 20-run win over England at the Cricket World Cup on Friday.
England had been aiming to retake the lead in the standings with a win at Headingley and appeared to be on track after Jofra Archer and Mark Wood took three wickets apiece to restrict Sri Lanka to 232-9.
But when Malinga removed Jonny Bairstow on the second ball and dismissed opener James Vince in the seventh over and returned to take 2-12 in his second spell, claiming his 50th World Cup wicket when he had Joe Root and then trapped Jos Buttler lbw with a full ball that crashed into his boot.
My cap is more important!
On the first ball of sixth over Malinga bowled to Vince for 2 runs. Vince short it and hoisted around the corner to backward square, where Nuwan Pradeepcollects the ball and at the same time tries to catch his falling cap. Trying this skill he falls to which crowd gives an ironic cheer. Nuwan Pradeep laughs off after this incident.
Nuwan Pradeep bowled 10 overs and gave 38 runs and took one wicket of Wood. He also bowled a maiden over.
For England, it was a defeat that seemed to come out of nowhere, but it was similar to the letdown when they were beaten by Pakistan after winning the tournament opener so emphatically against South Africa.”It wasn’t good enough. It’s frustrating, every game is a one-off game,” England captain Eoin Morgan said.