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England defeated Sri Lanka to reach the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup, Australia eliminated | Cricket News

SYDNEY: England rode on the experience of Ben Stokes as they made their way to the World Cup T20 semi-final with a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka, the result ended Australia’s reigning champion and host of the campaign in the tournament.
Sri Lankan opener Pathum Nissanka gave them an explosive start with a 45-ball 67, but the England bowlers roared back to limit them to a modest 141 for eight.
Alex Hales (47; 30b) and skipper Jos Buttler (28; 23b) chased a tricky target on a dry SCG wicket, producing a relentless opening partnership of 75 runs from 43 balls.

From there they only needed 67 from 77 balls but in no time half of the England side were out with cunning spinner Wanindu Hasaranga (2/23) causing another collapse.
He threw the English openers next to just seven runs, before players like Dhananjaya de Silva (2/24) and Lahiru Kumara (2/24) came into action.
With their designated number 3 Dawid Malan injured (groin), England had a new batting order and looked shaky, with 31 runs in 33 balls as Moeen Ali became Dhananjaya de Silva’s second victim.
But English test skipper Stokes, eager to find form in this tournament, kept his nerves in check and finished the chase with a controlled 42 out of 36 balls. He was associated in a nervous 15-run partnership with Chris Woakes.

After rain proved a damper in the Australia-England clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground earlier in the Super 12, the Aussies finished their group stage campaign with seven points, and their semi-final hopes rested on a Lankan victory over the Englishmen.
England finished second behind New Zealand in Group 1 and will face the top four of Group 2 in the last four.
It was a rambunctious start for England as Hales played the part of the aggressor while Buttler took time to settle down.
Gradually, the English skipper also sprang into action when he crushed the cunning Hasaranga four and a six in succession.
Previously, Nissanka got off to the perfect start as he made his way to a 33-ball fifty after his team chose to bat.

The classy opener brought the England attack to the cleaners, hitting five sixes and two fours, but leg spinner Adil Rashid (4-0-16-1) turned it around brilliantly by taking his first wicket of the tournament in the form of Nissanka .
Seamer Sam Curran (4-0-27-1) also put down a neat spell in the middle overs when Sri Lanka, going over eight runs per over halfway through, faltered in the back end.
The lack of power hitters cost the Lankans a lot of money as the borders dried up, and they could only score 25 runs in the last five overs, a phase in which they also lost five wickets.
England pacer Mark Wood also overcame a sad start, hitting his belts in the back to return 3 for 26 as England denied their opponents about 15-20 extra runs.
Buttler transferred his speed to ace Wood in the third and Mendis took him in on the very first ball with a six over deep square leg. At the direction of his opening partner, Nissanka closed the over with one more maximum, as the over yielded 17 runs.
Rashid’s entry slowed their run-rate and wickets continued to fall on the other side, but Nissanka continued his counterattack on his way to his ninth fifty and second of this World Cup. Rashid and Curran then fed back the Lankans with their clever variations.

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