Streets in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/sri-lanka/">Sri Lanka</a> were lit up by firecrackers and front pages celebrated victory after the national cricket team's stunning <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-200898/">World Cup</a> win over <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/">England</a>. <p></p> <p></p><strong>READ: </strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-lasith-malingas-four-wicket-haul-inspires-sri-lanka-famous-20-run-win-over-england-at-leeds-860171">Malinga inspires Sri Lanka to famous win over England</a> <p></p> <p></p>Residents in the capital Colombo and across the nation celebrated wildly after as low-ranking Sri Lanka unexpectedly beat England on their home soil by 20 runs to open up the race for a semi-final spot. <p></p> <p></p>"Battered and bruised Lions decimate empire," the local Daily Mirror said while the Island daily front-page the match report with a bold banner headline: "SRI LANKA BEAT ENGLAND." <p></p> <p></p>President Maithripala Sirisena welcomed the "competitive spirit" of the national team while Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was among the first to congratulate the team. <p></p> <p></p>Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne praised Lasith Malinga and fellow veteran Angelo Mathews -- whose painstaking 85 not out helped them recover from a collapse to three for two. <p></p> <p></p>Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga said earlier in the week that Karunaratne and his team had improved during the current tournament. <p></p> <p></p>"When we look at the team, they have improved a lot compared to where they were before the tournament. Our weakness is the team management," Ranatunga said on Monday. <p></p> <p></p>Last week, the team faced censure after failing to fulfil their media duties following the damaging defeat against Australia. <p></p> <p></p>Karunaratne's side were beaten by 87 runs at the Oval, leaving their hopes of progressing to the semi-finals hanging by a slender thread. <p></p> <p></p>Sri Lanka's refusal to meet the media came days after their team manager Asantha de Mel slammed the ICC's treatment of the squad. <p></p> <p></p>De Mel blasted the quality of pitches, practice facilities, transport and accommodation at the World Cup. <p></p> <p></p>"This is a World Cup where the top 10 countries are taking part and I feel that all the participants should be treated equally," de Mel was quoted as saying by Sri Lankan newspaper Daily News. <p></p> <p></p>De Mel also criticised Sri Lanka's team bus -- saying it was more cramped than the double-decker vehicles provided to other teams -- blasted the net facilities at Cardiff as "unsatisfactory" and complained the squad's hotel in Bristol lacked a swimming pool. <p></p> <p></p>Sri Lanka -- who have now beaten England in four successive World Cups -- next play South Africa in Durham a week on Friday and Malinga said: "We want to carry on the momentum and confidence into the other matches."