Before the start of the contest, nobody gave them a chance, however, Sri Lanka have managed to pull of the unthinkable. The Lankans have upset the World Cup 2019 favourites, England, registering a sensational 20-run victory at the Headingley, Leeds. The England fast bowling pair of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood delivered brilliantly well with the ball, but still Angelo Mathews also played a fine unbeaten innings to take Sri Lanka towards a fighting total.
In the second innings, the Lankan bowlers never looked like they were defending a pretty modest first innings total as they continued to pick up wickets at regular intervals. In the end, Ben Stokes remained unbeaten at one end playing a terrific innings, but on the other side, his team drowned under the pressure of a clinical bowling effort led by Lasith Malinga.
Sri Lankan‘s shock win over England should change things for the better, feels batting great Mahela Jayawardene, after a run of matches in which they seemed to have “played with a little bit of fear”.
Defending a relatively modest target of 233, Sri Lanka bowled out favourites England for 212 for a 20-run win at the Headingley on Friday.
He has done it so many times for Sri Lanka
“I hope this game will give Sri Lanka a lot of confidence in this ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. They have beaten one of the best teams in the world, and they need to believe in themselves. At times it feels like they have played with a little bit of fear and have not been able to really express themselves. This win should change that,” Mahela Jayawardene wrote in his column for the ICC.
The former skipper praised Lasith Malinga‘s match-winning spells, during which he picked up four big English wickets. “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. He has done it so many times for Sri Lanka over the years but it was great to see him at his best,” Jayawardene said.