The ICC World Cup 2019 witnessed one of the best matches so as Sri Lanka stunned the favourites England to give themselves an extra life in the ongoing tournament. Defending 232, Sri Lanka banked on a masterpiece from Lasith Maling to bowl out the host for 212 runs. India legend Sachin Tendulkar heaped praise on the Sri Lanka team for their disciplined effort and admitted that the World Cup is open now.
Tendulkar heaps praise on Sri Lanka
Batting first, the Lankans banked on an unbeaten 85-run knock from Angelo Mathews to post 232 runs at the board. However, it was not at all a good start for them losing two wickets in just three runs. Avishka Fernando led the revival with a quickfire 49 runs taking the attack to the opponent bowlers. But England bounced back well with Adil Rashid picking two consecutive wickets. From then, Angelo Mathews picked up the onus on himself and shared two crucial stands with Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva to help post a challenging total on the board.
It looked like an easy chase for England who posted 397 runs in their last game against Afghanistan. But Sri Lanka were not ready to give up easily as Lasitha Malinga stood up with the ball. He removed both the openers in quick time unsettle the nerves of England. Although Ben Stokes led the host from one end, he lacked support from the opposite as Dhananjaya de Silva and Isuru Udana wrecked havoc to bowl England for 212, thus winning the match by 20 runs.
Sachin Tendulkar heaped praise on Sri Lanka for putting up a disciplined show against England. He also hailed the bowlers for compensating the poor work did by the batsmen. Tendulkar also feels that the World Cup is open now with England having to play against Australia, India, and New Zealand.
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“Brilliant stuff from Sri Lanka. What they didn’t do with the bat, they more than compensated with the ball. Malinga and Co. were disciplined & troubled the batsmen. With England still needing to play Australia, New Zealand & India, the
#CWC19 may throw up a few surprises,” Sachin Tendulkar tweeted.
Brilliant stuff from Sri Lanka.
What they didn't do with the bat, they more than compensated with the ball.
Malinga and Co. were disciplined & troubled the batsmen.
With England still needing to play Australia, New Zealand & India, the #CWC19 may throw up a few surprises.#ENGvSL pic.twitter.com/T4mHATZiz2
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 21, 2019