England thrash Sri Lanka by 26 runs

ENG vs SL LIVE Score: England back in game, 30 needed in 10 balls: SL 134/9 (18.2) - Follow LIVE Updates
ENG vs SL LIVE Score: England back in game, 30 needed in 10 balls: SL 134/9 (18.2) – Follow LIVE Updates

ENG beat SL Highlights: England continues its unbeaten streak as they thrashed Sri Lanka by 26 runs on the back of Jos Buttler’s maiden T20I ton and collective effort from bowlers here in Sharjah on Monday. England posted a daunting total of 163/4 on the back of a quickfire hundred from Jos Buttler & bowled out the Islanders at 137 runs. Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid & Chris Jordan picked up two wickets each as England inches closer to securing a semi-final spot. Follow for all T20 World Cup and ENG vs SL LIVE updates. 

ENG beat SL Highlights: Jos ‘The Boss’ Buttler’s first century of tournament puts England one step closer to semifinals, beat Sri Lanka by 26 runs

After being put in to bat, England had a shaky start as they lost three wickets early on inside the powerplay. Eoin Morgan’s side faced the first blow in 2nd over when Wanindu Hasaranga bowled Jason Roy. D Chameera provided another blow to England as he bowled Dawid Malan in the fifth over. Returning to bowl the last over of the powerplay, Wanindu Hasaranga quickly removed J Bairstow for a duck and pushed England on the backfoot with the score reading 36/3.

However, Eoin Morgan & Joss Buttler then took England’s innings forward and added 100 runs partnership for the 4th wicket to bring back the game in their favour. Morgan, who struggled in starting, scored 40 off 36 before Wanindu Hasarange removed him in the 19th over with England’s score reading 147/2.

Buttler, however, continued his onslaught and finished it off in style, bringing up his maiden T20I century on the last ball of the innings, with England’s score reading 163/4.

Buttler also became the only English player to hit centuries in all three formats of the game.

Coming to chase, Sri Lanka faced a similar fate and lost three wickets inside the powerplay. Sri Lanka lost P Nissanka early on in the first wicket due to a mix-up. Coming at number 03, Charith Asalanka tried to up the ante and hit a couple of boundaries before being dismissed by Adil Rashid at 21 off 16 deliveries in the fourth over. He then removed Kusal Perera in the sixth over, picking up his second for the night. At powerplay, Sri Lanka’s score read 40/3.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa then played a handy little cameo of 26 off 18 before Chris Woakes removed him in the 11th over with Sri Lanka’s score reading 77/5.

Hasaranga & skipper Dasun Shanaka then resurrected the run-chase with the highest 6th wickets partnership for SL vs ENG in T20Is before Liam Livingstone removed Hasaranga on the back of brilliant teamwork from Jason Roy and Sam Billings at the ropes.

Buttler then removed Dasun Shanaka in the next over with an excellent throw and England was back in the game. In the end, Sri Lanka folded up at 137 runs. Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid & Chris Jordan picked up two wickets each.

England innings:


Sri Lanka innings:

England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan(c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera(w), Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Avishka Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka(c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara

Both teams are unchanged!

Interestingly, England will be batting first for the first time in the tournament.

Toss Update: Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to field.

Also read: T20 World Cup: Eoin Morgan says England have adapted well to the conditions after putting one foot into the semi-finals

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