Malinga stars as Sri Lanka beat England by 20 runs in Cricket World Cup

Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga celebrates taking the wicket of England's Jos Buttler.
Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga celebrates taking the wicket of England's Jos Buttler.
Image: Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Lasith Malinga inspired Sri Lanka’s stunning 20-run victory over England as the veteran paceman took 4-43 to shock the World Cup hosts at Headingley on Friday.

Malinga dismissed dangermen Jos Buttler and Joe Root among his victims in a devastating spell that ruined England’s bid to chase down Sri Lanka’s modest total of 232-9.

Sri Lanka were also indebted to an unbeaten 85 from Angelo Mathews as they won for just the second time in six games.

Tournament favourites England, bowled out for 212, have now lost two of their six group matches.

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