Lasith Malinga defied age to take Sri Lanka to victory with a terrific four for 43 against favorites England. At the fag end of his career, Malinga showcased why he is still a force to reckon with.
The 35-year-old bowled with control and precision to outdo the English batters. But, what stole the limelight was a picture that surfaced on the internet where Malinga’s tummy is on full display. The picture seems to have gone viral as fans are reacting hilariously to it.
It shows it's about skills and technique…. then executing them under pressure
— Ian Pont (@Ponty100mph) June 21, 2019
The match turned into Sri Lanka’s favor once Malinga delivered the deadly blow. He is a very experienced campaigner and its sad to see him being trolled.
All pak fans who blamed their players' fitness.. pic.twitter.com/2GcZv4Kf1Y
— ashaadbhooti (@SomaariSiddha) June 21, 2019
Chasing 233 on an increasingly difficult pitch, the hosts were smothered by a brilliant Sri Lanka bowling performance in a compelling contest at Headingley. The Lankans edged out England by 20 runs in a low-scoring encounter to stay in the hunt for a semi-final berth. They had earlier restricted Sri Lanka to 232-9, with Angelo Mathews’ painstaking 85 proving to be a match-winning innings.
England stay third in the 10-team table, but their three most difficult group games – against Australia, India and New Zealand – are still to come. Sri Lanka climb to fifth, only two points behind England, their unlikely hopes of reaching the semi-finals still alive.
Oh my when is he due?
— Naqvi (@ItsEntirelyme) June 21, 2019
“(On the dropped catch of Stokes) We know how good a player he is, we’ve seen it in T20 cricket and in the IPL. But we kept sticking to our plans, ensured that he played away dots and put pressure on him. It paid off. Our plan was to stick to line and length on this pitch with the slower ones and bouncers. We have the confidence to influence matches and have faith in ourselves,” said Malinga as he bagged the Man of the Match.