It was a day late and counted for little in the context of the Cricket World Cup, but there was no lack of tension as Sri Lanka fended off the West Indies by 23 runs.
Avishka Fernando scored 104 from 103 balls to guide Sri Lanka to 338-6, its highest total of the tournament, and Lasith Malinga took two early wickets to stymie the start of the run chase before adding another one late to all but finish it off.
West Indies, with some star power support from Rihanna on a blustery, slightly overcast day — no need for shade, or shelter from the rain — made a chase of it but ran out of time and finished 315-9.
Let us take a look at how folks on the social media reacted to the encounter:
Unlike a certain team chasing a similar target in a big-ticket clash on Sunday
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) July 1, 2019
Rihanna's presence at Durham was perhaps the biggest talking point after Fernando and Pooran's centuries
People often talk about how much great charity work Rihanna does but going all the way to Durham to watch her team get a shellacking is really next level pic.twitter.com/ueLjPEfgxa
— Alan White (@aljwhite) July 1, 2019
Kudos to Pooran for making a match out of what seemed a dead contest
Loved this fight of the West Indies , they fell short but was a tremendous spirited chase. Chasing 140 with 4 wickets in hand in 15 overs is never easy but Nicholas Pooran gave SL a run for their money. Congratulations to SL on the win #SLvWI — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 1, 2019
What a turnaround by Angelo Mathews
Mathews' most recent bowling figures
1 4 . 2 4 1
4 1 . 1 . 1
. 1 4 1 4 1
W . . 1 2 .
. . 1 1 1 .
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 1, 2019
Bowling his first delivery since December 2017, and getting the big wicket!
The drought continues!
When West Indies last won a match:
-It was still spring and the rainy season hadn’t started yet
-The football season had not yet finished
-India were five days away from starting their World Cup.#CWC19
— Patrick Noone (@patnoonecricket) July 1, 2019
Perhaps the last time the two veterans meet in international cricket
A batsman whose sixes still goes out of the park and a bowler whose yorkers are still unplayable. You are witnessing this for one last time in the biggest stage. Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga, two names the cricket world will never forget. Iconic.#WIvSL pic.twitter.com/vamWNBTUEC — / (@hamzaakbar777) July 1, 2019
With inputs from AP
Sri Lanka's Lasith Embuldeniya claimed seven wickets and broke a key seventh-wicket stand of 81 between Root and Dom Bess, who fell to the left-arm spinner for 32.
Mathews came in to bat at 7-2 after James Anderson had dismissed both Kusal Perera (6) and Oshada Fernando (0) in the morning session.
Bess, who returned figures of 5-30, combined with paceman Stuart Broad, who took three wickets, as Sri Lanka were all out in two sessions as the two-Test series resumed in Galle after the original tour was aborted over the coronavirus in March.