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  • 11:20 PM IST

    An upset to remember for a long time, but one that will surely bring this World Cup to life! That brings us to the end of our coverage. We hope you enjoyed this thriller as much as we enjoyed it bringing it to you. Until next time, it’s good night!

  • 11:07 PM IST

    Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne: “It was a close one. Sometimes we were under pressure and sometimes we were dominating. At the end of the day it was team work – batters, bowlers and fielders. This wicket looked good but when we were batting it was slow. We knew we couldn’t get 300, so we wanted to get 250-275 but unfortunately we lost wickets. Angelo batted really well and took responsibility. If we had the score, the bowlers knew what to do on this wicket. When Malinga got a couple wickets we had to keep him for the last overs and then I gave Dhananjaya the ball and he did a good job. Those are the things we want as a team and I am expecting those things as a captain. I think Root’s wicket was the turning point. I was not confident (with the review) but still went for it.”

  • 11:06 PM IST

    Time now for the captains, first up, England skipper Eoin Morgan: “I thought we were really good with the bowl, adapted to the conditions and we restricted Sri Lanka to a chaseable total. Lack of partnerships cost us the game. Couple of individual performances almost took us over the line. It is frustrating in the dressing room. Every game is an extremely tough in this tournament, we have talked about this. We will look to bounce back well on Tuesday. Both sides found the conditions challenging. It was a bowler’s day. there will be more of those throughout the tournament so we will have to adapt better. It is a tournament where you need to adjust and turn things around. Naturally as a team we tend to come back strongly, that is our strong point. This is a long long tournament and we have huge opportunities in every game. We have the chance to bounce back. We have Australia next, it is one of those fixtures which you look first in the fixture list before the start of the tournament. It is always very exciting playing them at the home of cricket. We don’t know yet (whether Roy will be fit for the Australia match).”

  • 10:50 PM IST

    Man of the Match Lasith Malinga: “(On the dropped catch of Stokes) We know how good a player he is, we’ve seen it T20 cricket and in the IPL. But we kept sticking to our plans, ensured that he played away dots and put pressure on him. It paid off. Our plan was to stick to line and length on this pitch with the slower ones and bouncers. We have the confidence to influence matches and have faith in ourselves.”

  • 10:49 PM IST

    An obvious choice

  • 10:49 PM IST

    Initial reactions from the great Kumar Sangakkara

  • 10:47 PM IST

    Some snapshots from the match

  • 10:46 PM IST

    Some serious chinks

  • 10:42 PM IST

    IT’S ALL OVER! Nuwan Pradeep takes the last wicket of Wood and Sri Lanka have registered a famous 20-run victory over England at Leeds (Ben Stokes 82*, Joe Root 57; Lasith Malinga 4/43, Dhananjaya 3/32)

  • 10:38 PM IST
    Back-to-back FOURS from Ben Stokes and the equation now for England is 22 from 21 balls.
  • 10:35 PM IST

    WHAT A MATCH WE’RE HAVING AT LEEDS! England need 30 from the last 4 overs with just 1 wicket remaining (Ben Stokes 73, Mark Wood 0)

  • 10:31 PM IST
    2 runs from Malinga’s final over, he finishes with exquisite figures of 10-1-43-4, England 188/9, (TARGET: 233)
  • 10:28 PM IST

    Live score England vs Sri Lanka, England 187/9 in 44.4 overs (Ben Stokes 57, Mark Wood 0), need 46 from 32 balls to win

  • 10:25 PM IST
    SRI LANKA ONE WICKET AWAY FROM A HUGE UPSET AT LEEDS, England need 47 from the last 6 overs
  • 10:23 PM IST

    GONE! Isuru Udana strikes to get rid off Jofra Archer, who departs for 3, England 9 down now, need 47 from 38 balls

  • 10:20 PM IST

    Sri Lanka went for the kill targetting Archer, but he’s managed to hang around. Only one more Malinga over left. 48 needed off 42 balls.

  • 10:18 PM IST

    Just 2 runs from that Malinga over, England 185/8, need 48 from 42 balls (Ben Stokes 56, Jofra Archer 3)

  • 10:14 PM IST

    Lasith Malinga comes back into the attack. Just how good has he been today? Just a reminder, he has two more overs left. Jofra Archer will be on strike, slip in place, as many as six in the ring.

  • 10:10 PM IST

    Live score England vs Sri Lanka, England 181/8 in 41.3 overs (Ben Stokes 54, Jofra Archer 1), need 52 from 51 balls

  • 10:05 PM IST

    EIGHT DOWN! Dhananjaya takes his third wicket, Adil Rashid departs for 1, England now in serious trouble.

  • 10:03 PM IST

    We can smell an upset now!

  • 10:02 PM IST

    BOOM! England crumbling, Dhananjaya gets another, Chris Woakes has been sent back for 2, England need 57 from 59 balls now with 3 wickets left.

  • 10:00 PM IST

    How crucial has this Stokes knock been?

  • 10:00 PM IST
    FIFTY! Ben Stokes has his second half-century of the tournament off 61 balls. Can he take England home?
  • 9:58 PM IST

    Live score England vs Sri Lanka, England 176/6 in 39.4 overs (Ben Stokes 52, Chris Woakes 2) TARGET: 233

  • 9:53 PM IST

    ANOTHER ONE GOES DOWN! Dhananjaya gets rid of Moeen Ali (16), England slide further, 170/6, need 63 from 69 balls

  • 9:50 PM IST

    Looks like this one’s going down to the wire! England need 69 from 72 balls (Ben Stokes 48, Moeen Ali 10)

  • 9:38 PM IST

    What an entertainment it has been for the fans today

  • 9:36 PM IST

    Live score England vs Sri Lanka, 34 overs gone, England 148/5 (Ben Stokes 42, Moeen Ali 0) TARGET: 233

  • 9:30 PM IST
    LASITH MALINGA has just brought life into this match, picks up his fourth wicket, Buttler trapped lbw for 10, England in trouble, 144/5

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Match 27 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley, Leeds on Friday.


Still recovering from their 87-run drubbing against Australia, former champions Sri Lanka will now face a tough battle for survival when they lock horns with a dominant England in their World Cup fixture in Leeds on Friday.

With just one win, Sri Lanka are currently at the sixth spot with four points and will have to win rest of their four matches to salvage hopes of a semifinal berth.

The 1996 champions had lost their opening match against New Zealand and then rain robbed them off a chance to fight when two of their games were washed out.

Last week, Sri Lanka suffered a 87-run loss against Australia at London and it will take a special performance for the Island nation to keep themselves afloat for the knockout stage when they come across hosts England, who have looked simply unstoppable.

England are placed comfortably at the second spot with four wins from five games, the only blemish being their loss to Pakistan.

Eoin Morgan and his men have emerged as the best batting side this World Cup as they have blown away their opponents, amassing 300 plus scores in four of the five games — two of them being 386/6 against Bangladesh and 397/6 against Afghanistan.

In fact, five English batsmen are among the 10 highest-scoring batsmen this World Cup and the team boosts of five hundreds out of the 12 World Cup centuries so far.

Though England missed the services of opener Jason Roy due to an injury, Morgan’s brutal 148 which was studded with a record 17 sixes helped them put 397-6 against Afghanistan, with Joe Root playing the second fiddle.

To stop this brute force called England, Sri Lanka will have to play out of their skins with the onus resting on the pace duo of Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Pradeep.

In batting, Sri Lanka too have to address their vulnerability in the middle order which saw them collapse in every match so far.

While against New Zealand, Sri Lanka lost five wickets for 14 runs to be bundled out for 136, they were dismissed for 201 in 36.5 overs by Afghanistan after losing seven wickets for 36 runs.

In their last match against Australia, Sri Lanka slipped from 205 for 3 to be all out for 247 and the Dimuth Karunaratne-led side will have to come up with an extraordinary batting effort to counter the likes of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, who have 12 and 9 wickets so far respectively.