England vs Sri Lanka, Match 27, 2019 World Cup: Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and elected to bat against England in their World Cup tie at Headingley on Friday. Sri Lanka have made two changes to their playing XI from the one against Australia. They have excluded Milinda Siriwardana and Lahiru Thirimanne and have brought in Avishka Fernando and Jeevan Mendis. Meanwhile, England have gone with the same team that played against Afghanistan. "We'll bat first, looks a batting surface and want to put runs on the board. We are hoping to put some scoreboard pressure. We have two changes -- Jeevan and Avishka in for Lahiru and Milinda. We have had time to regroup and discuss. Need to do something special against England," said Karunaratne after winning the toss. England captain Eoin Morgan said: "We would have batted as well, looks a really good wicket. Best time to bat on. We're playing the same team. The wicket here has assisted turn a bit in recent games, so we have both Adil and Moeen. (On managing fast bowlers' workload) First priority is to get to the semi-finals and when/if we do that, we'll decide whom to rest. Follow all the live action and updates from the ENG vs SL match here. (Match scorecard |Stream ENG vs SL)
Highlights, World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka beat England by 20 runs
* WHAT A GAME! WHAT A GAME THIS WAS! Wow! How many of you'll thought that Sri Lanka would win this game after posting 232? Surely, surely not many! I never felt they had a chance. However, they have risen against all odds and have come out on top in a game they had to win.
22.40 IST: Nuwan Pradeep to Mark Wood, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Wood can't negotiate it! He has nicked it behind to the keeper. Jubilation scenes out there as the Lankan players are running all around the ground in happiness. Pradeep bowls the perfect Test match line. It is on a length and around off, Wood plays inside the line, the ball kisses the outside edge and goes into the hands of the keeper. The Lankan players appeal and the umpire raises the finger. SRI LANKA WIN THE GAME BY 20 RUNS!
22.36 IST: Nuwan Pradeep to Ben Stokes, FOUR MORE! Unreal stuff from Stokes. He is doing it all by his own! 22 in 21 now. Game evenly poised again. The slower one on middle, Stokes goes down on one knee and manages to drag it past short fine leg for a boundary.
22.35 IST: Nuwan Pradeep to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Top, top shot! Stokes has managed to find the gap! 26 needed in 22 now. Another low full toss outside off, Stokes shuffles across and whips it past mid-wicket. It is away from long on and it trickles over the fence.
22.33 IST: Isuru Udana to Ben Stokes, Lovely, lovely running and also smart batting by Stokes. This is a very slow ball on middle, Stokes works it towards mid-wicket with very soft hands. They take one, then go for the second. Wood slips while turning back but still manages to make it in.
22.32 IST: Isuru Udana to Ben Stokes, SIX! BANG! Consecutive biggies for Stokes! 33 needed in 28 now. This is a powerful stroke. He dances down the track, gets to the pitch of it and clobbers it over the long off fence for a biggie. 200 up for England.
22.31 IST: Isuru Udana to Ben Stokes, SIX! BOOM! That is right out of the middle and it clears the fence with ease. Udana goes full, right in the zone for Stokes. He tonks it over the long on fence for a biggie.
22.29 IST: Lasith Malinga to Ben Stokes, Has that been dropped? Not sure as of now! How costly will this prove. Yes, it is a tough chance but they need to be taken. Malinga goes full and on the pads, Stokes whips it uppishly towards square leg. Mendis moves to his right and looks to take it inches above the ground but can't hang on. Malinga is down on his haunches. He knows this could be very costly.
22.24 IST: Isuru Udana to Mark Wood, Wide outside off, Wood leaves it alone. End of a successful over. Just the run and a wicket from it. 47 needed in 36. Stokes needs to do it all by himself.
22.20 IST: Isuru Udana to Jofra Archer, OUT! Archer holes out! Once again, this shot can be questioned with Stokes at the other end. He walks back disappointed. The pressure surely got to him. It is the slower one outside off, Archer looks to clear long on but does not get the power behind the shot. It goes straight to Perera there who takes it above his head. Lanka just the wicket away now from a win.
22.16 IST: Lasith Malinga to Jofra Archer, The last ball is negotiated! Malinga now has only one left. On the pads, Archer works it towards square leg.
22.13 IST: Lasith Malinga to Jofra Archer, Archer gets off strike! Malinga goes full again, Archer gets his bat down in time and works it through mid-wicket for a single.
22.09 IST: Isuru Udana to Ben Stokes, Good comeback. Bowls a very full ball which is almost a yorker. It is on off, Stokes manages to squeeze it to deep point for a single.
* Oh dear me! Jofra Archer was very good with the ball but sure he didn't expect to bat today, did he? He will have to bat and do a job here. England have their backs against the wall. Sri Lanka are close to pulling off a miracle.
22.04 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva to Adil Rashid, OUT! They are falling like a pack of cards here! Sri Lanka are over the moon at the moment. From 170 for 5 England are 178 for 8 and in deep, deep trouble. Dhananjaya gets his second in the over. This is flatter and outside off, Rashid looks to push it through the off side but gets a thick outside edge which Perera hangs onto. Sri Lanka are just the two wickets away now.
22.00 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva to Chris Woakes, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Another one bites the dust! All of a sudden, Sri Lanka are right on top here. They are into the bowling all-rounders now. Dhananjaya bowls this one flatter and outside off, Woakes goes back and looks to cut but the ball is too close to play that shot. He gets an outside edge straight into the hands of the keeper. 57 needed in 59 only three wickets in hand.
21.56 IST: Nuwan Pradeep to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Streaky! England won't care though. Length and it is angling across the batter. Stokes looks to defend it off the back foot but the ball goes off the outside edge and down to the third man fence. Fifty up for Stokes. He holds the key here for England. Needs to bat throughout.
* Chris Woakes comes out to bat next. With six wickets down, England are quickly losing the plot here. Woakes needs to support Ben stokes who is settled out there. Sri Lanka would look to take a couple of wickets more and push
21.52 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva to Moeen Ali, OUT! In the air... taken! Moeen Ali has thrown it away! Why, just why did he have to play that shot? Especially after he hit one biggie on the last ball. He looks to clear the fence again and comes down the track.
21.50 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva to Moeen Ali, SIX! Hits the ropes on the full! Moeen breaks the shackles and plays the slog sweep. Hits it really well and it hits the ropes on the full.
21.45 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva to Ben Stokes, Tossed up on middle, Stokes looks to defend but it spins away. The ball goes off the outside edge towards the third man region. The batsmen take two.
21.36 IST: Lasith Malinga to Ben Stokes, Goes short this time as he realized Stokes is waiting for the fuller ones. Ben is up for it though as he goes back quickly and pulls it through square leg for one. 150 up for England.
21.31 IST: Thisara Perera to Ben Stokes, FOUR! That is just a clip! So well timed by Stokes. This is on the pads, Stokes just works it through mid-wicket. The ball races through the turf. The fielder at square leg makes a lot of ground to his right, dives in the end but his effort goes in vain.
21.26 IST: Lasith Malinga to Jos Buttler, OUT! Buttler is a goner! The game is evenly poised now! Half the side back in the hut for England and they need another 89 in 105.
21.24 IST: Lasith Malinga to Jos Buttler, FOUR! Nicely played! Goes short does Malinga, trying to keep Buttler on his toes. Jos is up to the task as he gets on top of the bounce and pulls it all along the ground through backward square leg for a boundary.
21.22 IST: Thisara Perera to Ben Stokes, EDGY FOUR! Spoils the whole over! Length and around off, Stokes looks to open the face of the bat and play it towards third man. It goes off the outside edge and fine, past the keeper for a boundary. 93 more needed.
21.16 IST: Lasith Malinga to Joe Root, OUT! Brilliant review from Sri Lanka. The dangerous Root is out of here. 3rd wicket for Malinga in this game and his 50th in ODI World Cup. Karunaratne went to his experienced bowler for a prized scalp and he has provided him just that. It was not the best of deliveries. A very poor one in all honesty. Full on the leg side, Root looks to flick but misses. Kusal Perera behind the stumps dives to his left and takes the catch. He puts an appeal along with the bowler.The umpire turns it down. Sri Lanka take the review and replays roll in. Ultra Edge confirms that the ball flicked the bat on its way to the keeper. A successful review from Sri Lanka and Root is out of here. The game is evenly poised here. England bat deep though so Sri Lanka have no time to relax here.
21.01 IST: Nuwan Pradeep to Ben Stokes, Back of a length on middle, this is worked through mid-wicket and the batters cross ends.
20.58 IST: Jeevan Mendis to Ben Stokes, SIX! That is a powerful shot! Second six of the over and probably the over which changes the momentum of the game. Very short and outside off, it almost bounces twice. Stokes goes back and flat-bats it over the long on fence this time.
20.56 IST: Jeevan Mendis to Ben Stokes, SIX! Straight as an arrow! Stokes uses his feet and gets to the pitch of the ball. He extends his arms and hammers it over the long off fence for a biggie.
20.54 IST: Nuwan Pradeep to Ben Stokes, FOUR! 100 comes up for England. Good length ball on middle and off, Stokes flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. These two are going along nicely here.
20.51 IST: Jeevan Mendis to Joe Root, Flighted one on off, Root strokes it down to long off for one. Brings his fifty up with that single and 'ROOOOOT' goes the crowd. Once again, he has risen to the occasion. His 33rd fifty in ODIs. He needs to continue here. He knows only half the job is done. ENG 96/3 in 26 overs
20.47 IST: Jeevan Mendis to Ben Stokes, Floats it up on off, Stokes strokes it towards mid off. An early call for a run and they complete it with ease.
20.43 IST: Isuru Udana to Ben Stokes, Attacks the off pole again and Stokes defends it out. Another good over for Sri Lanka. 142 needed in 150 balls.
20.39 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva to Joe Root, De Silva went the wrong way! Could have been a chance there had he held his ground. This is on off, it sticks in the surface. Root looks to work it on the leg side, seeing that de Silva moves to his right. The ball goes off the leading edge to the left of the bowler. Lands quite short though so don' think it would have been a chance.
20.34 IST: Isuru Udana to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Poor ball and it has been put away! On the body, Stokes swivels and pulls it through backward square leg. It is in the gap and it races away for a welcome boundary.
20.33 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva to Ben Stokes, On off and turns away, Stokes goes back and works it against the turn to mid-wicket.
20.26 IST: Thisara Perera to Joe Root, On the pads, Root works it a little too close to the keeper who dives to his left, the ball bounces just in front of him. He manages to half-stop it and the batters take one.
20.21 IST: Isuru Udana to Eoin Morgan, OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! A brilliant reflex catch by Udana! He has got the England skipper, a much-needed wicket as the two were going along nicely. It is a full toss on off, Morgan strokes it firmly to the right of the bowler. Udana gets two hands to it and the ball sticks. Sri Lanka managing to hang in there. 160 more needed with 7 wickets in hand.
20.18 IST: Thisara Perera to Eoin Morgan, A stifled appeal! Fuller and outside off, Morgan looks to hit it through the off side but misses. An ambitious appeal from the bowler but the umpire shakes his head.
* Drinks break
20.12 IST: Isuru Udana to Joe Root, FOUR! Lovely shot to end a very good over for England. 10 from it. This is a little too straight, Root plants his front foot across and clips it through mid-wicket. The ball races away to the fence. ENG 68/2 in 17 overs
20.08 IST: Isuru Udana to Eoin Morgan, FOUR! Too straight and Morgan puts it away! On the pads, Eoin helps it on its way and the ball races to the fine leg fence.
20.01 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva to Joe Root, Another flatter delivery on middle, Root goes back and pushes it down to long on for another single.
19.58 IST: Thisara Perera to Eoin Morgan, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
19.55 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva to Joe Root, Bowls it quicker and outside off, there is extra bounce there. Root looks to cut but it goes off the outside edge and on the bounce to the fielder at short third man.
19.51 IST: Nuwan Pradeep to Joe Root, Just the single from the over! Good length and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.
19.46 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva to Eoin Morgan, Flighted on off, no spin on offer. Morgan defends it with a straight bat.
19.43 IST: Nuwan Pradeep to Eoin Morgan, Has that carried? The second slip was just put in there and the move paid off straightaway. However, it does not carry as replays confirm that. Goes fuller does Pradeep on off and angles it away. Morgan looks to drive it with hard hands but due to the angle away, it goes off the outside edge just short of the diving second slip fielder. Mendis there gets a hand to it but can't stop it from going towards third man for one.
19.40 IST: Lasith Malinga to Joe Root, FOUR! The over ends the way it started. Not a good over for Malinga but at the same time what a class shot it is from Root. Slightly overpitched on off, Root strides out his front foot and drives it with class through mid off. No stopping that as the ball races away to the fence.
19.35 IST: Nuwan Pradeep to Joe Root, On the fuller side again outside off, Root looks to drive but the ball goes off the inner half towards the bowler.
* Eoin Morgan walks out to bat replacing James Vince. Will we see another skipper's innings from Morgan?
19.30 IST: Lasith Malinga to James Vince, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Malinga has another. He has the last laugh against Vince. Malinga lands it just behind a driving length on off, it shapes away a touch. Vince looks to drive it on the up but due to the away movement, the ball takes the outside edge and goes to the right of widish first slip. Mendis there dives and takes a sharp chance. Timely wicket for Sri Lanka as the runs had started to come for England. Both the openers back in the hut for England. 207 needed with 8 wickets in hand. Game on here!
19.27 IST: Lasith Malinga to James Vince, FOUR! 10 from the first three balls of this over! Consecutive boundaries for Vince. Poor ball, this is on the pads, Vince says thank you very much and hits it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
19.26 IST: Lasith Malinga to James Vince, FOUR! You need not run for shots like these. Full and on off, Vince shows the full face of the bat and times t past mid off.
19.24 IST: Nuwan Pradeep to James Vince, On the fuller side and outside off, Vince looks to go over mid off but the ball goes off the outside edge down towards third man for one.
19.21 IST: Lasith Malinga to Joe Root, Misfield costs two! Back of a length on off, Root guides it towards point where the ball bursts through his hands and the batters take a brace,
19.16 IST: Nuwan Pradeep to Joe Root, FOUR! Finds the gap and it races away! There is a little width on offer, Root stands tall and punches it late through cover-point and the ball races away to the fence.
19.12 IST: Lasith Malinga to James Vince, Lovely bowling! Malinga bowls the slower bouncer and on middle, Vince is completely foxed by it, he somehow evades it in the end.
19.09 IST: Nuwan Pradeep to James Vince, Well fielded! Defending a low total, Sri Lanka have to be brilliant in the field. Vince punches this length ball firmly towards mid off where the fielder dives to his left and makes a half stop. Saves three for his side.
* Nuwan Pradeep to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
19.05 IST: Lasith Malinga to Joe Root, Another back of a length delivery outside off, Root looks to push it through the off side but it goes off the bottom towards third man for two. He is off the mark.
* Joe Root comes in at 3 to bat. Pressure early on for England too.
19.02 IST: Lasith Malinga to Jonny Bairstow, OUT! Bairstow has to take the long walk back! A tough, tough call there by the umpire. Could have easily gone either way.
* Action straightaway! Bairstow has been given out LBW! He has reviewed. Looks out though if there is no inside edge. Ultra Edge shows no bat involved. Hawk Eye shows it to be umpire's call.
* We are back for the chase. The English openers Jonny Bairstow and James Vince are at the crease. Lasith Malinga to start the proceedings for the Lankan Lions with the first new ball.
* So, Sri Lanka have crawled their way to 232! A very dull display by the bat with them and they surely do not have enough on the board. They were put in to bat and their innings started off in the worst possible manner as they lost both their openers within the first 3 overs.
18.28 IST: Jofra Archer to Angelo Mathews, A dot to end! So despite the six, only 8 from the over. Short and on middle, Mathews looks to pull but misses. SRI LANKA END WITH 232/9!
18.24 IST: Jofra Archer to Angelo Mathews, SIX! Finally Mathews let's it lose and gets his first maximum of this game. Slower ball on leg, Mathews clears his front leg and heaves it over mid-wicket fence for a 74m biggie.
* Nuwan Pradeep is the last man to come out to bat.
18.19 IST: Mark Wood to Lasith Malinga, OUT! TIMBER! Full, straight and at 148 KPH, too good for Malinga. He makes room and the ball is at the base of the leg stump. He misses his slash and the leg stump is knocked over.
18.17 IST: Jofra Archer to Angelo Mathews, FOUR! Cleverly played! A short ball on middle, Mathews arches his back and manages to upper cut it over the keeper for a boundary. However, it will be Malinga on strike for the next over.
18.13 IST: Mark Wood to Angelo Mathews, FOUR! Carved away! A high full toss outside off at 148 KPH. Mathews just opens the face, uses the pace of the bowler and guides it past point for a boundary. Second in the over.
18.11 IST: Mark Wood to Isuru Udana, OUT! Boundary and then out! Udana has been bounced out! Wood bangs it short and it is on the body again, Udana looks to pull but it hits the higher portion of the bat. It lobs towards mid-on where Root takes a simple catch.
18.09 IST: Mark Wood to Isuru Udana, FOUR! A welcome, welcome boundary! Wood goes short and around off, Udana swings, it goes off the outer half over point and races to the fence. Sri Lanka need a few more.
18.06 IST: Jofra Archer to Angelo Mathews, Very full and on middle, Mathews hits it hard towards mid off and takes one. The fielder has a shy at the batsman's end but misses.
18.03 IST: Jofra Archer to Thisara Perera, OUT c Adil Rashid b Jofra Archer. Sri Lanka have lost their seventh wicket.
17.59 IST: Mark Wood to Angelo Mathews, Good bowling! Mathews makes room and Wood spears it full and wide outside off. AM fails to reach it.
* Thisara Perera comes in to replace Dhananjaya de Silva. Sri Lanka would want some big hits from their hard-hitting batsman.
17.54 IST: Jofra Archer to Dhananjaya de Silva, OUT! That is a very, very good catch by Root! England have been excellent in the field today and that tops it all. Dhananjaya's struggle comes to an end. Archer bowls a leg cutter on off, Dhananjaya clears his front leg and flat-bats it towards mid on. Root there runs to his left and takes a good diving catch to his left.
17.51 IST: Mark Wood to Angelo Mathews, Inside edge for a brace! Another slower one and Mathews once again swings. The ball stays a touch low, it hits the inner half and goes towards fine leg for two.
17.46 IST: Jofra Archer to Angelo Mathews, In the air but safe. Full around off, Mathews looks to hit it over long off but gets a top edge which goes to third man on the bounce. Single taken.
17.43 IST: Joe Root to Angelo Mathews, FOUR! Gets a freebie to get to his half ton! his 38th in ODIs. A full toss down the leg side, Mathews sweeps it behind square on the leg side and the ball races along to the fence. It has been a fighting innings from Mathews. He has played role of the anchor here but now needs to get going.
17.41 IST: Adil Rashid to Dhananjaya de Silva, A dot to end a top-class over! The Lankan batsmen played so many shots in this over but could only manage 3 runs in this over. Flatter and outside off, Dhananjaya chops it to cover.
17.37 IST: Joe Root to Angelo Mathews, Root gets away with one there! A full toss down the leg side, Mathews looks to sweep but it goes off the inner half towards deep square leg for one.
17.34 IST: Adil Rashid to Dhananjaya de Silva, A chance! A very, very tough one! The googly outside off, Dhananjaya looks to cut it but the ball is too full to play that shot. It goes off the bottom edge, hits the keeper's pad and goes towards short fine leg for one.
17.30 IST: Moeen Ali to Dhananjaya de Silva, A dot to end Ali's spell. He sees the batter comes down the track and lands it short. It is blocked. An economical spell by him. He finishes with figures of 10-0-40-0.
17.27 IST: Adil Rashid to Dhananjaya de Silva, Nicely bowled! This drifted into the batsman, pitches and then turns away. Dhananjaya goes back and guides it to point.
* Drinks Break! Sri Lanka in all sorts of trouble here. They have lost half their side but Angelo Mathews is still there. He has been cautious in his approach so far but with just 15 overs remaining, he will have to let loose at some point of time.
17.18 IST: Rashid to Dhananjaya, FOUR! First signs of aggression from Dhananjaya. He brings out the slog sweep to this tossed up ball on middle, hits it well and away from the fielder at deep mid-wicket for a welcome boundary. 150 up for England. SL 152/5 in 34 overs
17.14 IST: Adil Rashid to Dhananjaya de Silva, BEATEN! That has turned square! Slower through the air on off, this one pitches and goes away. Dhananjaya looks to defend but is beaten by the extravagant turn.
17.11 IST: Moeen Ali to Dhananjaya de Silva, In the air... but safe! De Silva looks to play the sweep but the ball takes the top edge. Lands safe in the backward square leg region. The batters take one.
17.06 IST: Adil Rashid to Jeevan Mendis, OUT! Two in two for Rashid and all of a sudden, Sri Lanka have half their side back in the hut. A soft dismissal this. Rashid floats it up and it is quite full. Mendis looks to drive it with hard hands but ends up chipping it straight back to the bowler who takes a dolly. Not a good comeback into the team for Mendis. Rashid is on a hat-trick now. SL 133/5 in 29.4 overs
17.04 IST: Adil Rashid to Kusal Mendis, OUT! A wicket against the run of play! The two were looking at ease against the spinners but Mendis perishes and once again a budding partnership comes to an end. SL 133/4 in 29.4 overs
17.01 IST: Adil Rashid to Angelo Mathews, FOUR! Risky shot though! A low full toss on the stumps, Mathews goes down and sweeps it through square leg, no one in the deep so a boundary. Needed to get bat on ball there or he was plumb in front. Good start to the over, they need to make it count now. SL 132/3 in 29.1 overs
17.01 IST: Moeen Ali to Kusal Mendis, Inside edge to the rescue. Off-spinner pitching on off, Mendis looks to flick but the ball keeps low. Fortunately, he gets an inside edge on it as the ball then hits his pad.
16.56 IST: Adil Rashid to Angelo Mathews, LEG BYES! This is on the pads, Mathews looks to flick but misses. The ball brushes the pads and goes down towards fine leg. Two taken.
16.49 IST: Moeen Ali to Kusal Mendis, Another excellent stop! Once again Bairstow is the man. On the shorter side again and this is pulled nicely through mid-wicket. JB in the deep once again sprints to his right, dives, fields the ball and then quickly parries it to the fielder coming in from deep square leg. Two runs again.
16.44 IST: Rashid to Matthews, FOUR! Steps up and has a crack! Mid on is up and he took the risk, it pays off. Flighted ball and on middle, Mathews goes against the spin, it does not go off the middle but it is wide of mid on and to the fence. A welcome boundary. SL 104/3 in 23.4 overs
16.38 IST: Moeen Ali to Kusal Mendis, Good teamwork! Slightly shorter and on middle, Mendis goes back and pulls it through square leg. The fielder in the deep runs to his left and then parries the ball to the mid-wicket fielder who runs to his right. A single.
16.32 IST: Stokes to Mendis, FOUR! Waiting for the opportune moment and has paid off! Finds the gap this time! A full toss on off, Mendis takes full toll of it as he hits it through extra cover for a boundary. SL 84/3 in 19.5 overs
16.31 IST: Moeen Ali to Angelo Mathews, Another easy single as this is hit down to long on. Mathews does slip after taking off but recovers well.
* Spin time! Moeen Ali comes onto bowl for the first time in his 100th ODI.
16.26 IST: Ben Stokes to Kusal Mendis, Excellent, excellent work by Stokes there. Just shows how good a athlete he is. A direct hit would have been very close. A back of a length delivery on middle, Mendis works it to the right of the bowler. The batters go for a run. Stokes gets to the ball quickly and then turns and fires it at his end but misses. Replays show that Mendis' dive would not have saved him.
* Drinks! Sri Lanka had a horrendous start to their innings. They lost their openers quickly. They did manage to rebuild courtesy Avishka Fernando's brilliant innings but he just departed before his fifty and now They have their experienced pair of Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis in middle to bail them Out.
16.13 IST: Ben Stokes to Kusal Mendis, Mix-up but safe! This is pushed towards mid on and Mendis wants a run. He is halfway down the wicket but Mathews sends him back. Kusal turns and quickly gets back in. The throw from the mid on fielder was always wayward.
16.10 IST: Stokes to Mendis, FOUR! A half volley and it has been put away! Fuller and on off, Mendis creams it through covers and it races away. This should get Mendis going. SL 70/3 in 15.1 overs
16.07 IST: Ben Stokes to Angelo Mathews, Another one which is bowled outside off, Mathews makes another leave. Angelo seems to have decided to take his time here. Rightly so as he comes into this game in very bad form.
16.02 IST: Mark Wood to Angelo Mathews, The idea was good but the execution was not there. Looks to bowl the yorker but ends up bowling a low full toss. It is jammed out to mid on. Just the three runs and an important wicket.
15.59 IST: Mark Wood to Avishka Fernando, OUT! How soft is that dismissal! Fernando just can't believe what he has done! He stands there in disbelief after the catch is taken and then trudges off slowly. Falls one short of a half ton. Wood bangs this one short and around off. Fernando looks to play the upper cut. Does so but the ball goes straight towards third man where Rashid takes it by taking a few steps ahead. SL 62/3 in 12.5 overs
* Ben Stokes into the attack. He has been good with the ball in this tournament. Sri Lanka have steadied the ship here. Can Stokes disrupt it?
15.50 IST: Wood to Fernando, FOUR! Educational edge! This is on a length and outside off, Fernando looks to play it with an open face of the bat but the ball flies off the outside edge and to the third man fence. The 50-run stand is up between the two. Fernando has 46 off them. A vital one as Sri Lanka were in big trouble when the two joined association. They need to continue though. SL 56/2 in 11 overs
15.47 IST: Powerplay 2 begins! Maximum of 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. Sri Lanka start the rebuilding phase after getting rocked by two quick wickets.
* Change of ball please! That ball has gone missing and the umpires have called for the bag of balls.
15.43 IST: Archer to Fernando, SIX! Smashed! Fernando is dealing in boundaries at the moment. Wow! Another outrageous shot. On the shorter side again and it is on the body, Avishka once again takes the challenge of pulling it. Clears the backward square leg fence with ease. SL 48/2 in 9.5 overs
15.42 IST: Archer to Fernando, FOUR! Dismissed! Once again, Fernando picks the length quickly. He is oozing in confidence out there. Short and on middle, Avishka goes back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. SL 42/2 in 9.4 overs
15.37 IST: Woakes to Fernando, FOUR! Pulled away! Another excellent shot! He picks the length early here. It is slightly short and on middle, Fernando arches back and pulls it uppishly over mid-wicket and bags a boundary. SL 37/2 in 8.2 overs
15.37 IST: Jofra Archer to Kusal Mendis, OHHH! On middle, this one straightens after pitching. Mendis looks to work it on the leg side but the ball goes off the leading edge towards cover. Another maiden over from Archer.
15.31 IST: Woakes to Fernando, FOUR! The on drive played elegantly by Fernando! Where was he all this while? He is moved onto 25 and he has played some quality shots till now. This time it is the on-drive, probably the toughest shot in the game. Fuller and on middle, this is eased down to the long on fence. SL 31/2 in 6.5 overs
15.28 IST: Archer to Fernando, FOUR! Excellent shot by Fernando! The momentum is changing gradually! This is lovely batting from Fernando! Once again nothing wrong with this delivery. It is on a length and around off, Fernando just uses the pace and creams it through the cover region for a boundary. 15 from the over, a much-needed one for Sri Lanka. SL 24/2 in 6 overs
15.27 IST: Archer to Fernando, SIX! Smashed! A great pull shot on the short ball! The first boundary came in this over and now the first biggie too. Archer goes short and bowls it on the body, Fernando does not shy away from playing the pull. He nails it and it flies into the backward square leg fence. SL 20/2 in 5.5 overs
15.25 IST: Archer to Fernando, FOUR! What a shot that is! Stand and deliver stuff! A length delivery and on off, Fernando crunches it through covers and it races away to the fence. First boundary of the day. SL 14/2 in 5.2 overs
15.18 IST: Jofra Archer to Avishka Fernando, Confusion but then no harm done! Shorter and on off, Avishka stands tall and pushes it to cover. Mendis wants a run but is sent back. Root runs in from point but does not collect the ball cleanly. A maiden by Archer. The English bowlers have started off brilliantly.
* Two quick and early wickets has seen the talented Kusal Mendis walk out to bat now. Three slips in place now. Avishka Fernando is on strike.
15.12 IST: Chris Woakes to Kusal Perera, OUT! In the air... taken! Kusal Perera is out of here! Both the openers who added a 100-plus run stand against Australia are back in the hut even before the end of the third over. Nothing great about this delivery, it is on the shorter side and outside off. Perera looks to cut but there is extra bounce. It takes the top edge and flies down to third man where Moeen Ali takes an easy catch running forward. Sri Lanka in huge trouble here. SL 3/2 in 2.2 overs
*Avishka Fernando walks out to bat next.
15.10 IST: Jofra Archer to Dimuth Karunaratne, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Archer draws first blood and it is of the in-form Sri Lankan captain. Dreadful start for the visitors after electing to bat. A good delivery from Archer. He lands it on a length and it is on off, angles away. Karunaratne does not play for the angle and hence, ends up playing inside the line. The ball kisses the outside edge and goes into the mitts of the keeper.
*Jofra Archer to bowl from the other end
15.02 IST: Chris Woakes to Dimuth Karunaratne, An excellent beginning by Woakes! He lands it on a length and around off, it jags back in sharply. Karunaratne is surprised by the movement. He fails to put bat on ball. It hits him high on the pads and goes to the keeper.
14.59 IST: The English players make their way out to the middle. Thy are followed by the Sri Lankan openers, Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne. Chris Woakes has the ball for England. Two slips in place. However, we have a slight delay as we have a sightscreen issue.
14.55 IST: The players are out in the middle for their respective national anthems. First up it will be Sri Lanka's followed by England's. We are not far away from the first ball being bowled in this game.
14.40 IST: Playing XIs:
England: James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Kusal Perera (WK), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep
14.35 IST: Captains at toss:
Karunaratne: We'll bat first, looks a batting surface and want to put runs on the board. Hoping to put some scoreboard pressure. We have two changes. We have had time to regroup and discuss. Need to do something special against England.
Morgan: We would have batted as well, looks a really good wicket. Best time to bat on. We're playing the same team. The wicket here has assisted turn a bit in recent games, so we have both Adil and Moeen. First priority is to get to the semifinals and when/if we do that, we'll decide whom to rest.
14.32 IST: TOSS - Dimuth Karunaratne has won the toss and Sri Lanka will bat first
14.25 IST: PITCH REPORT - Nasser Hussain and Wasim Akram are the pitch analyst for the day. Hussain says bowling from the Football stand the straight boundaries are 74m whereas from the other end it is 78m. He says the sun is out and it looks like a good day. Wasim Akram from the other end agrees with Nasser and says it is a lovely day and tells us it is a day which is called as a batting day in England. On the pitch, Akram informs that it is a belter for batting and informs us that the average score here is 290 batting first.
Brief preview: With just four points from five games, Sri Lanka will aim for an improbable victory and survive in the ongoing World Cup when they take on hot favourites England at Headingley on Friday. The 1996 champions have managed to win just one game so far, that too against Afghanistan in what was a tense battle for them. The other two points that they have in their kitty are because of the washouts against Pakistan and Bangladesh.