England’s pace duo of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood claimed three wickets each to restrict former champions Sri Lanka to a modest 232-9 from 50 overs in their World Cup encounter at Headingley yesterday.
Archer became the joint highest wicket-taker in the tournament alongside Australia’s Mitchell Starc with 15 while fellow quick Mark Wood followed up with 3-40 to improve his World Cup tally to 12 wickets.
Wood said during the innings break that he was in the form of his career.
“I’m in the form of my career and have got to keep this form going,” said Wood.
“We started off brilliantly to get two early wickets and then spinners controlled it in the middle. They didn’t get away from us at all. Angelo Mathews played well but we restricted them. It was a great team performance,” he added.
Sri Lanka began poorly after winning the toss and electing to bat first, losing openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera inside three overs but Avishka Fernando steadied the ship before being dismissed one run short of his second ODI half-century. Angelo Mathews then scored an unbeaten 85 off 115 balls and stitched together a 71-run partnership with Kusal Mendis (46) to lay the platform for a competitive total.