CWC 2019 Recap: Sri Lankan upset that blew the competition wide open
A Cricket World series, CWC 2019 Recap looks at all the high-octane encounters from the last year's ODI World Cup: from Jofra Archer's bouncers to Rohit Sharma's hundreds and from Mitchell Starc's yorkers to Virat Kohli's antics.
Sri Lanka 232-9 (50 Overs) [Mathews 85(115), Avishka Fernando 49(39); Mark Wood 3/40, Jofra Archer 3/52]
England 212-10 (47 Overs) [Stokes 82(89), Root 57(89); Malinga 4/43, Dhananjaya de Silva 3/32]
Result- Sri Lanka won by 20 runs
"I hope I'm not going to be needed in the chase. If I am, we are in trouble," Mark Wood had said after the completion of the Sri Lankan innings. As Wood became the last man to be dismissed, Sri Lanka had caused the biggest upset of the tournament.
Batting first, Sri Lanka lost both openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera early. Avishka Fernando on World Cup debut looked a class apart and smashed 49 from just 39 deliveries. He was unfortunate to fall just one run short of a thoroughly deserved half-century.
Kusal Mendis played a very measured knock and it was his partnership with Angelo Mathews (85) which ensured that Sri Lanka could put up up a fighting score on the board. A determined 29 from Dhananjaya de Silva in the end took Sri Lanka to 232 which looked a very innocuous total.
England's chase went on in a totally unexpected manner as both openers James Vince and Jonny Bairstow were dismissed cheaply. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan then stitched a partnership but Lasith Malinga (10-43-4, MoM) kept chipping in at periodic intervals, well assisted by Dhananjaya de Silva (8-32-3).
England's only hope, Ben Stokes was left stranded at one as England lost by 20 runs to blow open the tournament.