Sri Lanka's old warhorse Lasith Malinga then conjured up a four-wicket masterclass as the 1996 champions stunned the hosts in a low-scoring thriller to shake up the tournament, jeopardising England's semi-final prospects in the process.
Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and chose to bat first on a good pitch of even bounce under sunny skies - a welcome sight at a World Cup marred by washouts. The victory means Sri Lanka attained the fifth position on the points table, with 6 points from 6 matches.
"That leaves Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the West Indies with a chance to close the gap if they can pick up a few more wins".
"I think England is the best batting line-up against spinners in the world, so I think if you take the Asian countries, England are playing better than them", he said.
Malinga, renowned for his unorthodox "slingshot" action dismissed Jonny Bairstow for a golden duck.
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Kyrgios lost his second-round match a few hours later, though, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 7-5 to Auger-Aliassime. That's been on aeroplanes, because I get butterflies and sweaty palms when I take off on flights.
Root made a patient 57 off 89 balls featuring just three fours.
Stokes badly needed someone to stay with him.
Fernando played some attractive shots before he guided a short ball from Wood to the excellent Rashid, who was on a hat-trick after removing Kusal Mendis (46) and Jeevan Mendis.
"Big players perform in big games and that is what he did, removing Root and then Jos Buttler who could have won the game for England as well". Moeen Ali marked his 100th one-day worldwide by hitting a six, only to hole out irresponsibly off the next ball from de Silva trying to repeat the shot. Earlier, England fast bowler Jofra Archer took 3-52 to join Australia's Mitchell Starc as the leading bowler at this World Cup with 15 wickets. The middle order was important once the openers got out and he did a good job. The hosts will next take on Australia, India and New Zealand in the league matches and are now placed third in the World Cup 2019 points table with eight points.
'The top four so far have a lot of matches against each other coming up, so they will inevitably drop some points.