Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews resilience to stunning England’s favorite as Sri Lanka holds hopes for halftime

Leeds: Angelo Mathews struck a patient fifty years before the veteran fell Lasith Malinga returned with a sensational four-wicket haul, while Sri Lanka stunned England’s home runners with 20 runs in a thriller with a low score to maintain their semi-final hopes in the World Cup.
When he was selected for the bat, Sri Lanka led a modest 232 for nine, riding on an unbeaten 115-ball 85 by Mathews.
The 1996 champions returned to dismiss England for 212 in 47 overs to register only their second win in this World Cup.
Malinga (4/43) appeared as a star for Sri Lanka because he rejected the first three – James Vince (14), Jonny Bairstowa (0) and Joe Root (57), and also attributed Jos Buttler (10).
Off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva (3/32) is then a moped tail with a quick shot in three doors.
After Root had 89 balls, Ben Stokes kept England in a 89-ball 82 game, but he was left without a partner.
The win brought Sri Lanka into the fifth place with six points from six games, while England remained in third place with eight points in six games.
Earlier, Mathews added 71 and 57 runs to Kusal Mendis (46) and Dhananjaya de Silva (29) for the fourth and sixth wickets, respectively, while Sri Lanka recovered from three for 2. Playing the first World Cup, Avishka Fernando, also , they contributed with 39 balls 49.
In search of total, England could not recover from a double blow to Malinga and could only score 38 for two in powerplay.
Root and Eoin Morgan (21) added 47 runs for the third wicket before Isuru Udana (2/41) performed a stunning attempt to remove the skipper while England fell to 73 for 3 in 18.4 overs.
Root finished his fifty of the 78 balls and soon the new man Stokes brought hundreds of teams with the border from Pradeep.
Malinga then brought Sri Lanka back into the match when Root caught the ball behind the ball that descended down the leg.
De Silva then left Moeen Alia on a long-term break, while the slim margin of Chris Wouakes caught the goalkeeper, and another edge sent Adila Rashid back to the hut as England climbed to 178 for 8.
Earlier, Sri Lanka lost Dimut Karunaratne (1) and Kusal Perera (2) in three balls to reduce to three by 2.
Fernando then destroyed six fours and two sixs, sharing some valuable races with Mendis. However, the top cut was wrong when Sri Lanka lost Fernand and fell to 62 in three.
Leg-spinner Rashid hit twice on consecutive balls, eliminating Kusal Mendis and new man Jeevan Mendis (0), while Sri Lanka fell to 133 for five in the 30th.
Mathews and Dhananjaya then drove a team close to 200th.
When Dhananjaya was removed by Archer in the 44th in a row, it was a lonely battle for Mathews.

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