Joe Root catch vs Sri Lanka: England’s senior player was seen diving to his left to grab an incredible catch to dismiss Dhananjaya de Silva.
During the 27th match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley, England batsman Joe Root put on display his exceptional fielding skills to send back Sri Lanka all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva.
It all happened on the third delivery of the 44th over when de Silva’s poor timing on a Jofra Archer delivery saw him losing his wicket. In what was a slower short delivery, de Silva failed to read the change of pace. Into his shot very early, the batsman’s mis-timed pull shot lobbed the ball towards the mid-on region.
Root, who was fielding at mid-on, took a few steps to his left before diving in the air to complete a praiseworthy catch. De Silva, who came in to bat at No. 7 in the 30th over, ended up scoring 29 (47) with the help of one four.
After Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and chose to bat, Sri Lanka posted a below par 232/9 in their allotted quota of 50 overs. Coming in to bat at No. 5 in the 13th over, Sri Lanka batsman Angelo Mathews scored his 38th half-century. Remaining unbeaten till the end, Mathews scored 85* (115) with the help of five fours and a six.
Affected by early wickets to losing them at regular intervals, the Sri Lankan innings never really got going. With bowling figures of 8-0-40-3, England fast bowler Mark Wood was the pick of their bowlers. Apart from Wood, Jofra Archer (3), Adil Rashid (2) and Chris Woakes (1) were among the wickets.
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How Twitter reacted on the Sri Lankan innings:
Disappointing to see Sri Lanka’s approach #ENGvSL
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) June 21, 2019
Sri Lanka playing cricket like England were playing in 1996 … !! or for that matter 1999,2003,2007,2011 & 2015 !! #CWC19
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 21, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 21, 2019
Angelo Mathews’ unbeaten 85 lifts Sri Lanka to 232/9 from their 50 overs.
— ICC (@ICC) June 21, 2019
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