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World Cup: Sri Lanka beat England to keep semifinal hopes alive

LEEDS: Angelo Mathews hit a patient fifty earlier than veteran pacer Lasith Malinga returned with a sensational four-wicket haul as Sri Lanka stunned hosts England by means of 20 runs in a low-scoring thriller to keep their World Cup semifinal hopes alive on Friday.


Electing to bat, Sri Lanka managed a modest 232 for nine, riding on an unbeaten 115-ball 85 by means of Mathews.

The 1996 champions then returned to dismiss England for 212 in 47 overs to check in most effective their 2d win in this World Cup.

Malinga (4/43) emerged because the star for Sri Lanka as he pushed aside the top 3 -- James Vince (14), Jonny Bairstow (0) and Joe Root (57) and in addition accounted for Jos Buttler (10).

Off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva (three/32) then mopped up the tail with a snappy three-wicket burst.

After Root's 89-ball fifty, Ben Stokes kept England in the hunt with a 89-ball 82* but he ran out of partners.

The win took Sri Lanka to 5th spot with six issues from six fits, while England remained in 3rd spot with eight issues from six games.

Earlier, Mathews added 71 and 57 runs with Kusal Mendis (46) and Dhananjaya de Silva (29) for the fourth and 6th wickets, respectively, as Sri Lanka recovered from 3 for 2.

Playing his first World Cup recreation, Avishka Fernando, too, contributed with a 39-ball 49.

Chasing the full, England may no longer recuperate from the twin strike by means of Malinga and may score most effective 38 for two in the powerplay.

Root and Eoin Morgan (21) added 47 runs for the 3rd wicket earlier than Isuru Udana (2/41) produced a surprising caught-and-bowled effort to remove the skipper as England slipped to 73 for three in 18.4 overs.

Root finished his fifty off 78 balls and shortly new man Stokes brought up the group hundred with a boundary off Pradeep.

Malinga then brought Sri Lanka back in the fit when he had Root caught behind off a ball drifting down the leg side.

De Silva then had Moeen Ali holed out to long-off, while Chris Woakes' skinny edge was once caught by means of the keeper and any other edge despatched Adil Rashid back to the hut as England slipped to 178 for 8.

Earlier, Sri Lanka misplaced Dimuth Karunaratne (1) and Kusal Perera (2) in 3 balls to be decreased to 3 for 2.

Fernando then blasted six fours and two sixes, sharing some valuable runs with Mendis. But an upper lower long gone wrong noticed Sri Lanka lose Fernando and slip to 62 for 3.

Leg-spinner Rashid struck two times on successive balls, removing Kusal Mendis and new man Jeevan Mendis (0), as Sri Lanka slumped to 133 for five in the 30th over.

Mathews and Dhananjaya then took the group with regards to the 200-mark.

Once Dhananjaya was once removed by means of Archer in the 44th over, it was once a lonely combat for Mathews.

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