ICC World Cup has gone pretty one way so far but the last three days have seen some dramatic encounters. The match between New Zealand turned out to be a cliff hanger while Bangladesh tried to make a contest out of nowhere. But yesterday's match between England and SriLanka turned out to be the best of the lot.
Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Sri Lankans never look settled against a disciplined English attack. Both the openers Karunaratne and Kusal Perera were out for just 3 runs on the board. Avishka Fernando played some gutsy cricket before losing his wicket for 49. Kushal Mendis and seasoned Angelo Mathews carved out a 71 run stand for the fourth wicket before Mendis looking to up the ante lost his wicket for 46. Angelo Matthews was the lone Sri Lankan who looked in good nick and carried on till the end while Sri Lanka managed to score 232 for the loss of 9 wickets.
Chasing 233 for the victory, England lost the early wicket of Jonny Barstow when he was trapped leg before by Lasith Malinga. Malinga looked to be a different bowler and continued to bowl at a good length. England were made to work hard for every run with some good bowling performance by Sri Lankans. England kept loosing wickets at regular intervals. Ben Stokes stood firm at one end while he fell short of partners at other end.
Soon the English team were reduced to 186 for 9 needing another 47 for victory. Ben Stokes tried to make a match of it hitting boundaries and taking odd singles off the fifth or last ball of the over to retain strike. The last wicket resistance was broken when Mark Wood was dismissed leaving Ben Stokes unbeaten on the other end. Sri Lanka gained two useful points from the match and caused the biggest upset of the tournament.