ICC World Cup 2019: Cricketing world lauds Lasith Malinga as he steers Sri Lanka to thrilling win over England

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Experienced Lasith Malinga (4/43) emerged as the star in Sri Lanka’s stunning 20-run World Cup win over England at Headingley on Friday.

England were all but out of the match after slumping to 186 for nine from 170 for four as they chased 233 for victory.

Ben Stokes’s blistering 82 not out off 89 balls, including seven fours and fours sixes, got them to within sight of their target.

But Stokes’s gamble on giving Mark Wood a ball to face at the end of a Nuwan Pradeep over backfired when the No. 11 was caught behind as Sri Lanka won with three overs to spare.

Earlier, Angelo Mathews’s gritty unbeaten 85 not out from 115 deliveries, with just five fours, helped the Islanders recover from a top-order collapse to finish on 232 for nine.

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