New Delhi. In the 39th match of the T20 World Cup, England defeated Sri Lanka by five wickets. Batting first after winning the toss, Sri Lanka set a target of 142 runs in front of England. Thanks to Alex Hales (47) and Ben Stokes (44 not out), the England team achieved this target in the 20th over. With the win, England’s team has reached the semi-finals. From this group, the New Zealand team reached the last four by staying on top. At the same time, due to the victory of England, the defending champion Australia was out of the T20 World Cup.
Chasing the target, captain Jos Buttler and opener Alex Hales made a great start for England. Both shared a partnership of 75 runs in 44 balls for the first wicket. Buttler scored 28 runs and was caught by Chamika Karunaratne off Vanindu Hasaranga. Soon after, Hales was also out lbw off Hasranga’s delivery. At one point, Harry was in trouble after losing the wickets of Brooke (4), Liam Livingstone (4) and Moeen Ali (1). However, Ben Stokes gave the team victory.
Earlier, Sri Lanka could only manage 141 for eight in the crucial match, despite a brilliant half-century from opener Pathum Nisanka (67 runs). Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat and Nisanka got off to a good start with a 33-ball fifty. The stylish opener smashed five sixes and two fours in 45 balls while razing the England attack. But leg-spinner Adil Rashid (1 for 16 in four overs) changed the course by taking the first wicket of the tournament in the form of Nisanka.
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Fast bowler Sam Karen (1 for 27 in four overs) bowled a tight spell in the middle overs to put a check on the Sri Lankan team’s run-rate at more than eight runs per over. Sri Lanka had to bear the brunt of the lack of ‘powerhitters’ down the batting order as the ‘boundaries’ stopped hitting. The team could add only 25 runs in the last five overs and during this they also lost five wickets. England pacer Mark Wood also came back from a poor start, taking three for 26, leaving the Sri Lankan team 15-20 runs short.
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England Test captain Ben Stokes started with the new ball on a dry Sydney Cricket Ground pitch, prompting Sri Lankan openers Kusal Mendis and Nisanka to start cautiously. Captain Joss Butler put Wood on the bowling in the third over and Mendis hit a six at deep square leg off his very first ball. Nisanka also scored another six in the same over, which added 17 runs in this over. Liam Livingstone took a brilliant catch to end Mendis’s innings, who added 18 runs in 14 balls with a four and a six.
When Rashid came out to bowl, Sri Lanka’s run-rate slowed down and wickets kept falling at the other end but Nisanka persisted, who scored his second and ninth overall in the World Cup. But Rashid and Curran finally curbed the Sri Lankan batting with their variations. Nisanka was caught by substitute Chris Jordan in an attempt to play a shot at leg-spinner Rashid. Bhanuka Rajapaksa contributed 22 runs. England batsman David Malan had left the field and it seems that he has suffered a ‘groin’ injury.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 05, 2022, 16:51 IST