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ICC World Cup 2019, England vs Sri Lanka Highlights Score: Sri Lanka pull of thrilling 20-run win

Highlights England vs Sri Lanka, ICC World Cup 2019: Lasith Malinga starred for Sri Lanka, picking up four wickets for England.

By HT Correspondent | Jun 21, 2019 22:58 IST

England vs Sri Lanka Highlights, World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka pull off a thrilling 20-run against England with Dhananjaya de Silva dismissing Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes. Lasith Malinga got the prized wickets of England skipper Joe Root and Jos Buttler. Root nicked one to the keeper while Buttler was trapped. Ben Stokes remained unbeaten on 82. Earlier, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood picked up three wickets each as Sri Lanka were restricted for 232/9 in 50 overs.


Follow England vs Sri Lanka Highlights here:

22:54 hrs IST

Dimuth Karunaratne speaks

“Our batters and bowlers did really good work, when you are playing it is slower and slower, we couldn’t get to 300 so wanted 250-275, Angelo batted really well and with some score on the board the bowlers knew what to do. It’s a team effort, when Malinga got a couple of wickets we needed to keep him for the last overs, and Dhanajaya did a really good job.”

22:54 hrs IST

Eoin Morgan speaks

“We were at fault with a lack of substantial performances. It wasn’t good enough. It’s frustrating, every game is a one-off game, it’s about fronting up today, and bouncing back on Tuesday. Both sides adapted to conditions, found it challenging on a bowler’s day. There will be those throughout the tournament, so we have to adapt. As a team we come back aggressively. This is a long, long tournament, there are opportunities in every game. Australia, it’s a fixture you look for first on the fixture list.”

22:46 hrs IST

Malinga - Man of the match

“We know how good Stokes is, we know how hard he hits, but we stick to our basics, and kept bowling our stock balls, and ended up winning. We stick to our plan, line and length, variation of slower ball and bouncer. We have good confidence as we know how good the England team is.”

22:40 hrs IST


Mark Wood has edged it to the keeper and England are all out for 212. Sri Lanka win by 20 runs and what a thrilling finish it was. Ben Stokes remained unbeaten on 82.

22:36 hrs IST

Stokes gets away

Ben Stokes has slashed it hard for a boundary. He then muscled for another boundary. Pressure mounting on Sri Lankan bowlers now.

22:31 hrs IST

Back to back sixes

Ben Stokes has hit two back to back sixes in Isuru Udana’s over. Brings up 200 for Sri Lanka. Ben Stokes is on the charge.

22:28 hrs IST


Ben stokes hit it to midwicket and the fielder almost caught that one - but it just dipped at the right moment. Malinga bowls out with 4/43 in 10 overs. England need 45 to win in 30 balls.

22:20 hrs IST


Jofra Archer has hammered it straigh to the keeper at long-on. Isuru Udana’s slow ball does the trick. Archer grew impatient and paid the price. Sri Lanka are nearly there - ENG 186/9

22:03 hrs IST

Edged and caught - twice

Chris Woakes has edged one to the keeper and Sri Lanka have got another one. Dhananjaya de Silva gets another wicket. England 176/7 in 40.1 overs

Adil Rashid is dismissed in a similar fashion and England are now eight wickets down. De Silva gets his third wicket.

21:56 hrs IST


Ben Stokes makes a late cut and brings up his half century in 61 balls. England are 176/6 in 39.2 overs. Good shot this and it would release some of the pressure.

21:51 hrs IST


Moeen Ali has gone for another six and he has been caught in the deep by Isuru Udana. Wasteful shot. ENG 170/6 in 38.3 overs.

21:50 hrs IST


Moeen Ali goes big! Hits a slog sweep towards midwicket for a six. There was a fielder there, but he could not get there. Pressure on de Silva.

21:42 hrs IST

Ben Stokes leading charge

Ben Stokes is leading the chase at the moment and he would be the crucial wicket here. The longer he stays on, the more pressure will fall on Sri Lankan bowlers.

21:25 hrs IST

Buttler OUT!

Lasith Malinga traps Jos Buttler - huge appeal and the fingers goes up. Buttler called for a review. Is it missing leg stump? Nope - it is hitting. SL 144/5 in 32.3 overs.

21:24 hrs IST

Buttler did it!

FOUR! Jos Buttler smashes Lasith Malinga for a four. A short one and the batsman pulled it towards fine leg for a boundary.

21:10 hrs IST


Joe Root has nicked one back to the keeper and Lasith Malinga gets his third wicket. Sri Lanka reviewed this and received the price. ENG 127/4

21:07 hrs IST

30 overs gone

Joe root and Ben Stokes have already stitched a 50-run partnership and England are now cruising here. Sri Lanka need wickets. ENG 126/3 in 30 overs

21:00 hrs IST

Stokes on fire

Ben Stokes has hit two straight sixes in Jeevan Mendis’ over. England are in control now and if Stokes continues like this, this can get over pretty soon. 14 runs in the over. ENG 117/3 in 28 overs.

20:50 hrs IST

Root fifty

Joe Root brings up his half century. It’s his fifth half century in this World Cup. Brilliant batting this and he is the mood to chase this down on his own. Needs someone to just stick it out in the middle.

20:45 hrs IST

25 overs bowled

Stokes has played 22 deliveries so far and he has scored just 7 runs. Root has hit 47 runs but he has faced 74 deliveries. Although England’s required rate is under 6 at the moment, if this kind of batting keeps on going, the rate will jump higher in no time.

20:39 hrs IST

Runs hard to come by

Ben Stokes and Joe Root are sticking with singles and doubles and they are not trying to take any risk at the moment. Dhananjaya de Silva and Isuru Udana are bowling tight line and length to keep the scoring the rate down.

20:32 hrs IST

England need a partnership

Today is the day when England’s middle-order will be tested. They are under the pump for the first time in the tournament as for once, it the top-order hasn’t come to the party. Joe Root has held the innings from one end and he needs someone to stay with him in the middle.

20:26 hrs IST

20 overs gone

Joe Root is leading the chase at the moment. England are just 76/3 in 20 overs and the pressure is back on the hosts with Eoin Morgan back in the hut. Ben Stokes on the other end.

20:21 hrs IST


Eoin Morgan has hit it straight back to Isuru Udana on his own bowling. Flush off the middle and Udana has grabbed it in the air - reflex catch. ENG 73/3

20:11 hrs IST

Root finds a boundary

FOUR! Joe Root slams Udana for a boundary. Eoin Morgan had hit another one in the same over. England are on the move. ENG 68/2 after 17 overs.

20:00 hrs IST

50 for England

England have taken 14 overs to bring up their 50. Good fielding from Sri Lanka fielders at the moment and England are bounded in shackles.

19:40 hrs IST

Root vs Malinga

Root wins! Straight down the ground on a fuller one and that races to the boundary. Glorious shot, using the pace of the ball, just punching it lightly. ENG 35/2 in 9 overs

19:29 hrs IST

Edged and caught

Comeback from Malinga. Away swing at good length. Gets an edge from Vince and the fielder in slip has caught it easily. Mendis has safe pair of hands. ENG 26/2

19:22 hrs IST

Lovely shot

James Vince finally middles the ball - and it has been punched straight down the ground for a boundary. This races to the ropes. Follows it up with another boundary on a half-volley towards midwicket for a boundary.

19:15 hrs IST

Welcome boundary

Joe Root has slashed one off for a boundary towards mid-off to get runs on the board. England are 10/1 in the 4th over. Pressure was building and this wil relieve some pressure.

19:00 hrs IST

Bairstow is gone for duck

Jonny Bairstow has been trapped on the pads by Malinga - it is a slower one. The umpire gives it as a go. Bairstow reviews. Is it missing leg stump? It has gone to Umpire’s call and so, Bairstow has to walk back for a duck. Disappointment for the local crowd. ENG 1/1

19:00 hrs IST

Chase begins

James Vince and Jonny Bairstow out in the middle to open the innings. Lasith Malinga is into the attack for Sri Lanka.

18:48 hrs IST

Wood speaks

Wood: “We started brilliantly I thought. Obviously to get two wickets early was really good and we finished really well too. The spinners also bowled really well in the middle overs. We kept having a squeeze on them and never let them get off the hook. A team performance overall. I think I am in the form of my career and I need to keep this going I guess. The pitch seem to be gripping a bit, the spinners said the same and so we used a lot of slower balls and cutters. Angelo played really well but we did well to contain them. I hope so (that England can chase this), I hope I am not needed because that means we’ll be in trouble.”

18:24 hrs IST

End of innings

Jofra Archer gives away 8 runs in his final over. Sri Lanka finish at 232/9 in 50 overs. England need 233 to win. Mathews 85* remains the top scorer.

18:19 hrs IST


Mark Wood has cleaned up Lasith Malinga. Perfect yorker to Slinga Malinga. SL 220/9 in 48.3 overs.

18:11 hrs IST


Isuru Udana has hit it straight into the air and it falls straight into the hands of Joe Root. Mark Wood gets another wicket. SL 209/8

18:04 hrs IST

Perera depart

Jofra Archer gets his third wicket with Thisara Perera pulling one straight to fine leg. Adil Rashid takes a good low catch. Sri Lanka 200/7 in 45.4 overs

17:48 hrs IST

Good catch

De Silva tried to launch it over the covers and he is caught at short mid-on with a fantastic catch from skipper Joe Root. Jofra Archer gets a wicket. SL 190/6

19:43 hrs IST


Angelo Mathews brings up his half century with a boundary. He reaches the landmark in 53 balls. He is the sole fighting spirit for Sri Lanka.

17:32 hrs IST

Rashid is done

Adil Rashid finished his spell of 10 overs with figures of 2/45. Fantastic effort from the spinner. 40 overs gone, SL 172/5

17:30 hrs IST

Moeen Ali done

Moeen Ali completes his spell of 10 overs with just 40 runs coming in his overs. He did not take any wickets, but he kept the shackles on.

17:18 hrs IST

150 up for Sri Lanka

FOUR!  A welcome boundary from De Silva and a much-needed one. Sri Lanka need to break out of these shackles. 150 up for Sri Lanka.32 overs gone, SL 152/5

17:15 hrs IST

Pressure building

Spinners are building the pressure on Sri Lanka. They are quickly getting away with their overs, and not allowing any room for the batsmen to get runs on the board. Pressure mounting.

17:00 hrs IST


Kusal Mendis cannot believe it. He has pulled it towards short midwicket and Eoin Morgan takes a reflex diving catch. Mendis departs for 46. Sri Lanka 133/4.

Jeevan Mendis has hit it straight back to Adil Rashid on the next ball. Sri Lanka 133/5. Rashid on a hat-trick.

16:46 hrs IST

Partnership building

A partnership is building between Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis and Sri Lanka have crossed the 100-run mark in the 24th over. Sri Lanka would want these two to stay for long in the middle.

16:30 hrs IST

Classy from Mendis

FOUR! Good stride, high elbow, bat face turning just as the ball strikes it - Everything right about that cover drive from Kusal Mendis. He looks a class apart when he gets it right.

16:15 hrs IST

Wood in the middle of a good spell

Mark wood is bowling well. Looks like he has found the perfect length on this track. Mathews and Mendis need to be careful here.

16:00 hrs IST

Fernando falls one short of a fifty

OUT! Fernando falls agonizingly short of a well-deserved half-century. What a shame, he thoroughly deserved that fifty and much more. A short and wide delivery from Wood, Fernando tries to guide it with an open-faced bat but ends up hitting it straight to the third man fielder. England needed that one. But what a lovely little innings from Fernando.

15:50 hrs IST

50 partnership

Edged and four! Fifty partnership between Fernando and Mendis and Mendis has scored only 6 of those. It has been Fernando all the way. He has neutralized the affect of those two early wickets.

15:45 hrs IST

Fernando takes apart Archer

We never thought we would have to write this but Archer is being thrashed to all parts of the ground by Avishka Fernando. If he pitches it short, Fernando pulls him, if he pitches it up Fernando gets onto the front foot and drives him. Archer has no way to go, another six and a four comes in this over, a conference going on in the middle.

15:35 hrs IST

Fernando in fine form

Fernando is looking like million dollars at the moment. Another fantastic shot from the youngster. Woakes pitches it around middle, Fernando leans forward and just strokes it straight back past the bowler to collect another four.

15:29 hrs IST

Jofra Archer who?

SIX! Four! Forget Archer, get your eyes on Avishka Fernando. Boy he looks a talent. A 145 km/h bouncer from Archer was dispatched deep into stands followed by a confident drive off the front throught he vacant cover area . Where was this guy all this while?

15:26 hrs IST

Cracker from Fernando

FOUR! What a shot that was from Avishka Fernando. That came out of nowhere. Short and wide from Archer and Fernando latches onto it in a flash, no chance for the fielders as it races away for the first boundary of the match.

15:21 hrs IST

Maiden from Archer

Brilliant stuff from Archer. He is getting it to move both ways at a rapid pace. The young middle order of Sri Lanka have their task cut out.

15:15 hrs IST

Woakes gets into the act

OUT! Terrible shot from Kusal Perera but that’s the way he plays. Width on offer, he goes hard at it only to get a thickish outside edge which flies to third man. Moeen Ali makes no mistake. Sri Lanka in real trouble after opting to bat first.

15:10 hrs IST

Archer strikes

Edged and gone! Jofra Archer the man for England. What a delivery, just kicks off length and kisses Karunaratne’s bat , Buttler does the rest. Sri Lanka pinned early.

15:04 hrs IST

Woakes on the money

Chris Woakes starts the proceedings like Chris Woakes, perfect lines, perfect lengths, not that much movement but enough to keep the batsman honest. Sri Lanka 2 for no loss after the first over.

15:00 hrs IST

All set

Chris Woakes has the new ball and he will be up against Dimuth Karunaratne. Here we go!

14:45 hrs IST

Playing XIs

England (Playing XI): James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera(w), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep

14:40 hrs IST

Team News

Two changes for Sri Lanka. Jeevan Menids and Avishka Fernando in for Lahiru Thirimanne and Milinda Siriwardana.

England have gone in with an unchanged side.

14:33 hrs IST

The toss

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne wins the toss and opts to bat first against England.

14:27 hrs IST

Pitch report

“It’s a beautiful day. The pitch is hard, with not much grass on it, and the team winning the toss should bat first. Big totals expected,” says Wasim Akram in his pitch report.

14:15 hrs IST

Player battles

Jonny Bairstow vs Nuwan Pradeep

Joe Root vs Lasith Malinga

Eoin Morgan vs Thisara Perera

Dimuth Karunaratne vs Jofra Archer

Kusal Mendis vs Chris Woakes (Read full story here)

14:10 hrs IST

Do or die for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s hopes in the world cup hang by a thread. They need to win everything from now if they wish to stay alive in the tournament. It’s easier said than done against an opposition like England.

14:00 hrs IST

It’s England vs Sri Lanka

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the England vs Sri Lanka World Cup match at Headingley, Leeds. England have a chance to take the top spot by beating Sri Lanka. The Islanders, on the other hand, are desperately looking for a win