Nuwan Pradeep held his nerve and dismissed Mark Wood on the final ball of his final over to help Sri Lanka stun England by 20 runs in Leeds. Ben Stokes played a brilliant knock of 82 but remained stranded on the other end.

Defending a modest 232, Sri Lanka were off to a flyer with their veteran pacer Lasith Malinga dismissing in-form Jonny Bairstow for a golden duck in the very first over. A few overs later, Malinga struck again to remove James Vince and reduce England to 26 for 2. Skipper Eoin Morgan and Joe Root gave the innings some much-needed solidity by taking the score past the 50-run mark.

But they too could not bat England out of trouble as Isuru Udana dismissed Morgan to leave England reeling at 73 for 3. Ben Stokes and Joe Root tried their best to bat England out of trouble but failed as the latter departed soon after scoring his fifty. Jos Buttler did not last long either.

Stokes held firm from one end but was running out of partner from the other. Sri Lanka then picked up wickets in a heap to turn the game on its head. With England at 170 for 5, the game was evenly poised. However, Sri Lanka dismissed Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer in quick succession to leave England reeling at 186 for 9 from 170 for 5.

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Just when it looked Sri Lanka are on top, Stokes hit Udana for two consecutive sixes to take his team to 200 and give the game another twist. The equation was finally down to 30 from the last four overs. Stokes collected 9 runs from the first five balls of the 47th over bowled by Nuwan Pradeep. Mark Wood had to see off the final ball but he ended up edging it behind the stumps as England were all out for 212.

Earlier in the match, an unbeaten 85 from Angelo Mathews helped Sri Lanka post a decent total of 232 for 9. The Islanders started disastrously and lost both their openers – Dimuth Karunartane and Kusal Perera – for just three runs. A 59-run stand between Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis then stopped the rot for a while. Mark Wood ended the stand when he sent back Fernando for 49.

Kusal Mendis and Mathews took the score past the 100-run mark. But just when it seemed the two would bat Sri Lanka to a position of strength, Adil Rashid sent back Kusal Mendis and Jeevan Mendis on successive deliveries. Mathews found a good partner in Dhananjaya de Silva as the two added 57 runs for the sixth wicket.

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Sri Lanka kept losing wickets at regular intervals but Mathews held firm from one end and gave the bowlers something to bowl at.

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