Sri Lanka’s win over England shows that ODIs don’t need huge totals to be exciting – Ian Chappell

A World Cup that started out showing promise of being the most open suddenly appeared to be a closed shop when Bangladesh were submerged by Australia’s batting avalanche.

However a Sri Lankan side, beset by a batting unit that featured a spluttering engine and by splattering rain drops that favoured their venues, has breathed life back into a tournament whose preliminary stages were on life support. The England team, carrying a reputation for batting feasts (albeit with the occasional famine) were upset when they were starved of runs by an inspired Sri Lankan attack.

Until this Sri Lankan resurgence, the prestigious 50-over tournament had appeared to be a battle between just four teams – India, England, Australia and New Zealand – to decide who is the best.

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