Sri Lankan’s shock win over England should change things for the better feels batting great Mahela Jayawardene, after a run of matches in which they seemed to have “played with a little bit of fear”.
Guarding a generally unassuming focus of 233, Sri Lanka bowled out top picks England for 212 for a 20-run succeed at the Headingley on Friday.
“I trust this game will give Sri Lanka a ton of trust in this ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. They have beaten a standout amongst the best groups in the world, and they have to have faith in themselves,” Jayawardene wrote in his section for the ICC.
“At times it feels like they have played with a tad of dread and have not had the option to truly convey what needs be. This success should change that.”
The previous captain lauded Lasith Malinga’s match-winning spells, during which he got four major English wickets.
“It’s not about the six pack, it’s about the aptitude and Lasith Malinga demonstrated that in spades in Sri Lanka’s success over England.
“He has done it so often for Sri Lanka throughout the years yet it was incredible to see him getting it done,” Jayawardene said.
The Lankans required a Malinga uncommon and the veteran obliged the group with his fine presentation of quick bowling.
“He was on a mission with the new ball, taking two pivotal early wickets which Sri Lanka expected to shield a complete like 232.
“At that point when Joe Root appeared as though he was playing one of those innings where he just removes the game from you, Dimuth Karunaratne went to Mali and tossed him the ball. He revealed to him that he required him and Mali conveyed,” said Jayawardene.
“Enormous players perform in defining moments and that is the thing that he did, evacuating Root and afterward Jos Buttler who could have won for England also.”
The batting legend likewise showered acclaim on the Lankan captain.
“I was truly inspired by Dimuth’s captaincy, confiding in his players, expediting the off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva at a significant time and getting compensated for that.
“Indeed, even after they had batted, I felt that it was a focused all out in light of the fact that the wicket was genuinely moderate.”
He was glad to see Angelo Mathews among the runs.
“It was incredible to see Angelo Mathews scoring a few runs. Despite everything, he isn’t exactly in top structure and you could tell that he truly required a score.
“At times I needed him to be progressively forceful, however with wickets falling around him, he created an incredible inning and was the stone of that batting line-up. A word additionally for Avishka Fernando. His presentation should give Sri Lankan fans a ton of trust later on.”
Jayawardene said the unforeseen outcome will open up the competition.
“It’s an incredible success for Sri Lanka, yet in addition for the World Cup and it opens things up a bit.
“The best four so far have a lot of matches against one another coming up, so they will unavoidably drop a few points. You take a gander at New Zealand, Australia, and England who all need to play each other which makes it fascinating.
“That leaves Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies with an opportunity to close the hole in the event that they can get a couple of more successes.