Dhaka, June 21 (UNB) — Sri Lanka, who lost two wickets in three runs, posted a moderate total of 230 for nine in 50 overs against England on Friday at Headingley, Leeds, in their sixth game of the ongoing ICC Men’s World Cup.
Angelo Mathews, the former captain of Sri Lanka, scored unbeaten 85 to guide his team to this total. Along with him, Avishka Fernando (49), Kusal Mendis (46) and Dhananjaya de Silva (29) were the other batsmen to reach double-digit scores.
For England, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood bagged three wickets each while Adil Rashid took two wickets.
Sri Lanka managed a nightmarish start to their innings after winning the toss as they lost their first two wickets only in three runs. Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne fell only for one. He was removed by Jofra.
Sri Lanka have never recovered this early blow. They lost the second wicket when Chris Woakes removed Kusal Perera for two.
However, in the third wicket stand, Mendis and Avishka added 59 runs in their try to control the early damage. Wood broke this partnership removing Avishka for 49 runs.
Mathews joined Mendis in the fourth wicket stand, and they added 71 runs on the board, which was the biggest stand of Sri Lanka in this match. Mendis fell for 46, but Mathews was firm at the other end of the wicket and continued to score runs.
Jeevan Mendis suffered a golden duck while facing Adil. After his removal, Dhananjaya came in and added 57 runs in the sixth wicket stand along with Mathews. Eventually, Sri Lanka tumbled for 230 for nine in 50 overs.
Before today’s match, Sri Lanka played five matches and won only one of them. Despite this poor performance, they secured four points thanks to two washed-out games.
On the other hand, England played five matches and won four of them. Their only loss came against Pakistan. England are now at number three on the points table right after Australia and New Zealand.
Dhaka, June 21 (UNB) - Durham batsman Will Smith has retired from cricket at the age of 36.
Smith, a County Championship winner on three occasions with Nottinghamshire and Durham, has only made one Division Two appearance this year.
He returned to Chester-le-Street in 2018 after four seasons with Hampshire.
"Due to a lack of opportunities and a willingness to see Durham's young players have as many chances as possible, I can say that now is absolutely the right time," he said.
"I have given everything as a player that I can possibly give."
Smith averaged 32.78 in 183 first-class matches, scoring 18 centuries.
Dhaka, June 21 (UNB) - England opener Jason Roy is aiming to be fit for Tuesday's World Cup match against Australia, but says his return will be managed "game by game", reports BBC.
Roy tore his hamstring in the defeat of West Indies last Friday and has missed the meetings with Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
"It's healing pretty well. It's all good news," he told Test Match Special.
"I'll have a scan in a couple of days to make sure everything is going in the right direction."
James Vince opened in Roy's absence against Afghanistan, a game where England set a new one-day international record of 25 sixes in an innings.
And the Surrey opener conceded that there was some frustration at missing out on the Old Trafford run-fest.
"You do think that, but we have the bigger picture in mind," he said. "We have the semi-finals and the final and all of that to play for. If you look at it game by game, you can get frustrated, but I don't do that.
"It can't be: 'I'll definitely be back for this game or that game.' It's something that we have to manage day by day."
London, June 21 (AP/UNB) — Jofra Archer moved into a share of top spot on the World Cup wicket-taking list with 3-52 as England restricted Sri Lanka to 232-9 in the group game at Headingley.
Archer's fifth three-wicket haul in six games allowed him to join Australian paceman Mitchell Starc with 15 wickets so far in the tournament.
Fellow fast bowler Mark Wood took 3-40 to move to improve his tournament tally to 12 wickets and wrist-spinner Adil Rashid took two wickets in two balls in a haul of 2-45.
Angelo Mathews held the Sri Lanka innings together with a defiant, unbeaten 85 from 115 balls.
The Sri Lankans started badly after winning toss and electing to bat, slumping to 3-2 in the third over after Archer had the captain Dimuth Karunaratne caught behind in his first over and Chris Woakes dismissed Kusal Perera two balls later.
Wood ended Sri Lanka's 59-run third-wicket partnership when he dismissed Avishka Fernando, who scored 49 from 39 balls.
That brought Mathews to the crease, and he shared a 71-run stand with Kusal Mendis, who scored a patient 46 from 68 balls, before Rashid chimed in with the wickets of two Mendis on consecutive deliveries.
He had Kusal Mendis caught at mid-wicket by Eoin Morgan and then took a return catch for a soft-dismissal against Jeevan Mendis as Sri Lanka slipped to 133-5.
Dhananjaya de Silva (29) drove the hat-trick ball for two runs and combined with Mathews in a 57-run stand before Archer struck with a slower ball, with Joe Root taking a diving catch at mid-on in the 44th over.
Archer had Thisara Perera (2) caught at third man in his next over and Wood picked up two more tail-end wickets.
Sri Lanka has labored to 114-3 halfway through its allotted 50 overs in the Cricket World Cup group game against top-ranked England.
The Sri Lankans started badly after Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and batted, losing two wickets in three deliveries to slump to 3-2 in the third over.
Karunaratne was caught behind off of the last ball of Jofra Archer's first over — the second of the innings — and Kusal Perera was caught at third man off Chris Woakes.
The Sri Lankans have recovered with two 50-plus partnerships.
Kusal Mendis shared a 59-run third-wicket stand with Avishka Fernando, who scored 49 from 39 balls before guiding a ball from Mark Wood directly to third man, and an unbeaten 52 for the fourth wicket with Angelo Mathews.
At the 25-over mark, Mendis was unbeaten on 41 and Mathews was on 21.
Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and elected to bat first against top-ranked England in the Cricket World Cup group game at Headingley.
Sri Lanka made two changes to the lineup that lost to Australia, with Avishka Fernando and Jeevan Mendis coming in to bolster the batting.
England retained the same XI that beat Afghanistan earlier this week in Manchester, where it posted 397-6 — the highest total of the tournament so far — and captain Eoin Morgan hit a record 17 sixes in his 148.
Morgan said the Headingley wicket was likely to assist the spinners, giving veteran allrounder Moeen Ali the chance to play his 100th one-day international for England
England can regain the lead in the standings with a victory, on run-rate over Australia. Sri Lanka has one win, two losses and two washed out games so far.
England: Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (captain), Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep.
Top-ranked England has a chance to retake top position in the Cricket World Cup standings by beating Sri Lanka at Headingley on Friday.
The home team is coming off a massive win over Afghanistan at Old Trafford, where skipper Eoin Morgan belted a record 17 sixes and Mooen Ali completed a record 25 for the England innings when he cleared the boundary on the penultimate ball.
England's total of 397-6 was also the biggest so far at this tournament, and the sixth-highest ever at a World Cup.
Moeen is set to play against Sri Lanka for his milestone 100th ODI.
The Sri Lankans, World Cup champions in 1996 and runners-up in 2007 and 2011, have posted a solitary win — over Afghanistan — and lost to both of the 2015 finalists — defending champion Australia and New Zealand.
But Sri Lanka is still in contention for a playoff spot because of the two points it has picked up from two washed-out games.
England leads 6-4 in World Cup meetings between the countries, but Sri Lanka has won the last three.
The weather forecast is for a mostly cloudy but fine day with a top of 18 Celsius (64).
England, June 21(AP/UNB) — The West Indies players walked off dejected after an upset loss that left them really only a mathematical chance of reaching the Cricket World Cup semifinals.
Two days later, the New Zealanders left elated when skipper Kane Williamson paced a century to precision and iced it with a six and a four to guide his team to a tense victory over South Africa with three balls to spare. It extended New Zealand's unbeaten run at the tournament, and all but ended South Africa's chances of making the playoffs.
If the West Indies were looking for a kind or reassuring word ahead of Saturday's match against New Zealand, it wasn't forthcoming from two-time World Cup-winning captain Clive Lloyd.
The West Indies great criticized the approach Jason Holder's team took against Bangladesh, which chased down 322 with eight overs to spare in Taunton on Monday.
"It would appear that they only have one way to play with no variation to their game plan," Lloyd said in a column for the International Cricket Council. "They are trying to blast people out and I don't think they understand the English conditions ... it is poor cricket by the West Indies."
The way the Windies bounced out Pakistan for 105 and had Australia reeling at 87-5 in their first two games excited cricket lovers, raising expectations a big pace quartet could emulate the domination of the Caribbean fast bowlers from Lloyd's era.
But since letting defending champion Australia off the hook at Trent Bridge on June 6, the West Indies have had a wash out against South Africa, and losses to host England and Bangladesh.
New Zealand won games against Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, and split the points with No. 2-ranked India after a washout, before the close encounter with South Africa.
New Zealand went into the last over at 234-6 after losing a key wicket and chasing 242 for victory. Andile Phehlukwayo's first ball was sent for a single by Mitchell Santner, sensibly giving Williamson the strike, and the New Zealand captain did the rest with a powerful six to reach his hundred and level the scores followed by a boundary to seal it.
He finished 106 not out off 138 balls.
"There's a huge amount to learn from this performance," Williamson said, "The experiences that you have by being put under pressure on a number of different occasions, whether it's with the bat or the ball, having close games in tournaments like the World Cup are great to be a part of, especially when you come out on the right side of things."
Lloyd said the West Indies could "benefit from learning a thing or two from Williamson."
"They have themselves to blame if they miss the semifinals," Lloyd said. "They should have beaten Australia and they definitely should have seen off Bangladesh as well. But the Bangladesh side did their homework and deserved their victory."
New Zealand, which lost the final to Australia in 2015, has a well-balanced lineup but has only been pushed to the limit once so far in the tournament. Matt Henry and Trent Boult take the new ball, backed up by paceman Lockie Ferguson and Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham or Santner. The batting lineup has been stable, with Martin Guptill and Colin Munro at the top, followed by Williams, ex-captain Ross Taylor and Tom Latham.
West Indies has been relying on pace but opposing teams have adjusted to the tendency to over-use the short ball.
All-rounder Andre Russell has been struggling with knee injuries, leaving more overs to share between Sheldon Cottrell, Holder, Oshane Thomas and Shannon Gabriel, and Chris Gayle to chime in with his spin.
The 39-year-old Gayle is due for a big innings, having opened the tournament with a half century against Pakistan but failed with a duck against Bangladesh. This is Gayle's last World Cup, and the self-described "Universe-Boss" won't want it to be effectively all over at Old Trafford.