Sri Lanka have toppled pre-tournament favourites and hosts England in thrilling cricket world cup match in Leeds, winning by 20 runs.
Despite Ben Stokes' excellent showing with the bat, England failed to chase down the Sri Lanka's total of 232 as they were bowled out for 212.
Just when we feared this World Cup was becoming predictable and one-sided, dominated by the top four teams and marred by wet weather, Sri Lanka roared back to life with a stunning performance against England that opens up the enter competition.
England captain Eoin Morgan said his team must banish the disappointment of their Headingley defeat to Sri Lanka and show their true colours against Australia.
But when Malinga removed Jonny Bairstow on the second ball and dismissed opener James Vince in the seventh over and returned to take 2-12 in his second spell, claiming his 50th World Cup wicket when he had Joe Root and then trapped Jos Buttler lbw with a full ball that crashed into his boot. Obviously, Jason is a guy who has that naturally, but from one to eleven we can do it as a side.
"We will keep focusing on that match, if we can win that we will plan for the next game".
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And just as importantly for Sri Lanka on Friday, the 35-year-old, renowned for his unorthodox "slingshot" action, struck telling blows. Chasing 233 was never supposed to be a tough task for England but the batsmen failed to score runs on a slow pitch and that will be a worrying trend for the team. Sri Lanka had posted 232 runs after Dimuth Karunaratne had won the toss and chose to bat first. That puts you under a bit of pressure towards the back end and that gave Sri Lanka confidence. I think we lacked energy. He was on a mission with the new ball. "As a mindset, we weren't at our best".
Taking to Twitter, statistician Mazher Arshad wrote: "England have not beaten Australia, India or NZ in World Cups for 27 years!" So that is why I said to him "if you want to go home and come back that is fine".
"There were a couple of individual performances that nearly got us over the line but it wasn't enough".
The upset should reinvigorate not only Sri Lanka but also Bangladesh and West Indies in their bid to finish among the top four for a place in the semi-finals, the former test batsman added.
England, third in the table, will go ahead of leaders Australia if they defeat Sri Lanka, now sixth in the standings. Angelo Mathews came up with a fighting knock and led the way with the bat by scoring a valuable 85 n.o.