The England team continued their domination in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019, restricting Sri Lanka to 232 for 9 at the Headingley, Leeds. The pace bowling pair of Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes set up the tone for the first half by picking up early breakthroughs and the rest of the bowlers did the job in the middle-overs stage. Archer was once again the star performer with the ball registering brilliant figures. Angelo Mathews, on the other hand, played really well and notched up his highest score of the tournament.
Woakes and Archer provide early breakthroughs
Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and opted to bat first as he reckoned that the surface looks good to bat on and they would like to put runs on the board. However, the plans suffered a huge blow as Karunaratne himself and Kusal Perera got out quite early in the innings. England fast bowling duo comprising of Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes started things off a positive note for their team picking up early breakthroughs. After these two early jitters, the pair of Kusal Mendis and Avishka Fernando joined hands to bail their team out of the troublesome situation.
Rashid keeps things tight in the middle-overs
The duo stitched a fine partnership of 59 runs and were looking quite set to take Sri Lanka’s progress further, but then the English paceman Mark Wood bowled a fantastic delivery to get rid of Fernando and in turn brought England once again in the driver’s seat. However, even after losing his partner, Mendis continued to play his natural game and put on a fine stand of 71 runs along with Angelo Mathews. He missed out on a half-century, getting dismissed for a 68-ball 46 off a delivery bowled by Adil Rashid in the 30th over.
Rashid then also removed Jeevan Mendis for a golden duck to reduce Sri Lanka at 133 for 5. Mathews kept things in balance by playing responsibly at the other end and brought up his first half-century of the tournament. He stitched in a vital partnership of 57 runs along with Dhananjaya de Silva to settle down things for a while. England speedster Mark Wood bowled an amazing late spell to restrict Sri Lanka to 232 for 9 in their quota of 50 overs.
Mathews remained unbeaten till the end playing an excellent innings of 85 runs off 115 balls that included of five fours and one six. For England, Archer and Wood finished with three wickets each, while Rashid also bowled well to pick up two vital scalps.
Sri Lanka 232/9 in 50 overs (Angelo Mathews-85*, Avishka Fernando-49, Kusal Mendis-46; Mark Wood 3/40, Jofra Archer 3/52) vs England.