Malinga took one more, and nearly got a fifth but Ben Stokes was dropped in the deep. Stokes was unbeaten on 82 off 89 as Sri Lanka dismissed England's last man Mark Wood. Kevin Pietersen praised the England cricket team earlier this week post their huge 150 runs victory against Afghanistan on Tuesday, June 18.
England's loss have put them in a spot of bother with the semi-final qualification.
Angelo Mathews top scored with a patient unbeaten 85 following a rapid 49 from Avishka Fernando in his first match of the tournament, but Sri Lanka's score of 232-9 appeared to be below par.
Defeat by 20 runs represents a second loss of the tournament for the hosts, who struggled against the full, straight line of Lasith Malinga and then the off-spin of Dhananjaya de Silva as they sought to rebuild.More news: FedEx, in another error, misses delivery of Huawei package to U.S.
"Battered and bruised Lions decimate empire", the local Daily Mirror said while the Island daily front-page the match report with a bold banner headline: "SRI LANKA BEAT ENGLAND".
"Even after they had batted, I felt that it was a competitive total because the wicket was fairly slow". James Vince has developed an unwanted reputation for failing to build on fast starts, and that tendency reared its head again as Malinga drew a thick edge to slip for 14.
Morgan, fresh from his one-day global record 17 sixes against Afghanistan, made a cautious 21, featuring a mere two fours, before Isuru Udana held a sharp return catch to dismiss the Dubliner.
"He just keeps doing what he does best, that is the main thing". If they all miss out then Buttler will get you. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne was done by a delivery that was bowled in the channel but moved away from him. Archer went on to take two more, and join Australia's Mitch Starc atop the World Cup wickets list with 15. Moeen Ali marked his 100th one-day global by hitting a six, only to hole out irresponsibly off the next ball from de Silva trying to repeat the shot. His dismissal of the risky Moeen Ali, caught at long-off a ball after he had hit Dhananjaya for six, was particularly damaging for England's chances.More news: Carlos Ghosn loses board seat at Mitsubishi
"This is a World Cup where the top 10 countries are taking part and I feel that all the participants should be treated equally", de Mel was quoted as saying by Sri Lankan newspaper Daily News.
India will take on Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl in Southampton at 3 pm today (June 22). The middle order was important once the openers got out and he did a good job.
England are done with six of their nine matches of the group stage and it would not please them to know that their toughest three encounters against New Zealand, Australia and India are yet to come.More news: Gold tops $1,400 on weak dollar and geopolitical, economic worries