Sri Lanka did the unthinkable as they pulled off a miracle win over tournament hosts and favorites to win the World Cup title, England. A brilliant all-round performance heralded by the old warhorses Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews means Sri Lanka keeps their hopes alive for qualifying for the semi-finals.
A sedate batting effort from the islanders was held together Mathews who stayed right till the end and helped Sri Lanka post a modest total of 232. The target looked well within England’s reach but the wily pacer Malinga returned to his usual best as he thundered in yorkers and other variations to choke England’s chase as they fell 20 runs short.
A surprising result considering Sri Lanka had been struggling for form all throughout the tournament, Twitter was set ablaze by former players and cricket pundits lauding the Lankans’ memorable heroics.