But though the hosts’ bowlers had played creditably, maintaining England in check for the vast majority of the innings, Sri Lanka’s top order failed for the third successive time, shrunk to 31 for 4 afterward 74 for 5, effectively surrendering the game at these early overs. Thisara Perera and dhananjaya de Silva devised an unbeaten venture for the sixth wicket, but couldn’t make up ground cut on over Sri Lanka’s chase. Their rating in the time was 140. Together with five wickets down, they’d have had 172 to triumph.
Incisive bowling from Chris Woakes plus a quick bout from Olly Stone uprooted four Sri Lanka wickets in the first nine overs – their collective new-ball attempt outdoing Lasith Malinga’s heroics in the passing, and bringing in a 31-run to get England win through the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method. Malinga had shot 4 to 19 in his final five overs, completing his initial five-wicket haul over four decades, as England were confined to 278 for 9 despite having appeared destined for a total in excess of 300.
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