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LEEDS: Angelo Mathews hit a patient fifty ahead of veteran pacer Lasith Malinga returned with a sensational four-wicket haul as Sri Lanka surprised hosts England via 20 runs in a low-scoring mystery to keep their World Cup semifinal hopes alive on Friday.


Electing to bat, Sri Lanka controlled a modest 232 for nine, driving on an unbeaten 115-ball 85 via Mathews.

The 1996 champions then returned to disregard England for 212 in 47 overs to check in best their 2d win on this World Cup.

Malinga (4/43) emerged because the megastar for Sri Lanka as he pushed aside the highest 3 -- James Vince (14), Jonny Bairstow (zero) and Joe Root (57) and also accounted for Jos Buttler (10).

Off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva (three/32) then mopped up the tail with a snappy three-wicket burst.

After Root's 89-ball fifty, Ben Stokes saved England in the hunt with a 89-ball 82* but he ran out of partners.

The win took Sri Lanka to fifth spot with six issues from six suits, whilst England remained in third spot with eight issues from six games.

Earlier, Mathews added 71 and 57 runs with Kusal Mendis (46) and Dhananjaya de Silva (29) for the fourth and sixth wickets, respectively, as Sri Lanka recovered from 3 for 2.

Playing his first World Cup recreation, Avishka Fernando, too, contributed with a 39-ball 49.

Chasing the entire, England may just no longer get well from the dual strike via Malinga and may just score best 38 for 2 in the powerplay.

Root and Eoin Morgan (21) added 47 runs for the third wicket ahead of Isuru Udana (2/41) produced a surprising caught-and-bowled effort to remove the skipper as England slipped to 73 for 3 in 18.4 overs.

Root finished his fifty off 78 balls and shortly new man Stokes brought up the staff hundred with a boundary off Pradeep.

Malinga then brought Sri Lanka again in the match when he had Root caught behind off a ball drifting down the leg facet.

De Silva then had Moeen Ali holed out to long-off, whilst Chris Woakes' skinny edge was caught via the keeper and every other edge sent Adil Rashid again to the hut as England slipped to 178 for 8.

Earlier, Sri Lanka lost Dimuth Karunaratne (1) and Kusal Perera (2) in 3 balls to be reduced to 3 for 2.

Fernando then blasted six fours and two sixes, sharing some treasured runs with Mendis. But an upper lower gone wrong saw Sri Lanka lose Fernando and slip to 62 for 3.

Leg-spinner Rashid struck twice on successive balls, disposing of Kusal Mendis and new man Jeevan Mendis (zero), as Sri Lanka slumped to 133 for 5 in the 30th over.

Mathews and Dhananjaya then took the staff with regards to the 200-mark.

Once Dhananjaya was got rid of via Archer in the 44th over, it was a lonely fight for Mathews.

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