England beat Sri Lanka by four players in yesterday’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12 match at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). With the win, England secured their spot in the semi-finals from Group 1, knocking out the defending champions and the hosts. Australia. New Zealand earned a spot in the group’s knockout round, following their win over Ireland on Friday.
Beating first after winning the throw, Sri Lanka made a disappointing attempt to score 141/8. Opener Pathum Nissanka scored the top with a 67 strike out of 45 balls. However, he found no support from the other end as England continued to deliver decisive blows.
The Lankans had a good start, scoring 32/0 after three passes. However, they could not build on the initial momentum. Kusal Mendis fell at the age of 18, pulling Chris Woakes towards a deep square foot. Dhananjaya de Silva (9) then overcame Sam Curran and was taken into the abyss. Charith Asalanka (8) also failed with a single-digit score, even if Nissanka took home an impressive 50 on the other end.
Sri Lanka suffered a massive setback as the opening goal was also missed at over 16, looking to go behind Adil Rashid, who ended up conceding just 16 times in his four passes. Nissanka’s shot has two quarters of four and five six fingers. Without him, the Lankans would fold in a rather embarrassing fashion.
After Nissanka broke free, Mark Wood (3/26) knocked out Dasun Shanaka (3), Bhanuka Rajapaksa (22) and Chamika Karunaratne (0), who found his speed too hot to handle.
Chasing 142, England appeared to be flying towards goal as their opener added 75 in quick time. Alex Hales (47 off 30), not for the first time in this T20 World Cup, dominated the opening stands as England captain Jos Buttler (28 off 23) happily played the second game. The partnership was broken when Buttler was captured in the deep central area, trying to track down Wanindu Hasaranga.
The foot pitcher also eliminated Hales, who somehow mistakenly hit the tagline straight at the pitcher. Dhananjaya de Silva joins by sending back Harry Brook (4) and Moeen Ali (1), while Lahiru Kumara gets the better Liam Livingstone (4). Suddenly, at 111/5, Sri Lanka takes a hit and Australia hopes!
However, Ben Stokes (42* off 36), played a mature inning under pressure, cutting off all risky shots. He placed the ball in the gaps along the pitch and repeatedly hit singles and doubles to hit the target. Stokes added a sixth 18 goals with Curran (6), which was vitally important in the context of the game and England’s qualification to the semi-finals.
After Curran hooked Kumara’s foot to the good foot, Woakes (5 *) came in and made a winning teamfight, hitting a short and wide serve from Kumara to the touchline. The England players won with just two spare balls, a far cry from a convincing performance. But their ultimate goal, which is to win a place in the knockout stages, has been achieved.
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Wood threw a fiery spell, requiring three shots to ensure Sri Lanka didn’t cross the 150 mark. Leggie Rashid was brilliant with his economy, conceding just 16 times in four passes. . He also gets Nissanka’s vital scalp. In the chase, Hales and Stokes contribute contrasting 40s to play key roles in a must-win clash.
As for Sri Lanka, the Nissanka opener stood out, hitting two halves and five-sixths of 45 tackles for the ball 67. Hasaranga, Dhananjaya and Kumara all claimed two shots each to give their men faint hope of victory. Lankan.
Rashid was named Man of the Match for his saving spell that choked the Sri Lankan defence.