It has never been so good to have good times. “So good! So good! So good!” All smiles and cheers for England now, but it was pretty testing in that game. However, this victory will taste sweet as they qualify for the semi-finals, eliminating their bitterest rivals in the tournament. Although England didn’t have it easy, they held their nerve and won.
Sri Lanka’s bowlers did exceptionally well to make this game a contest after Pathum Nissanka’s half-century helped them to put on something of a total. While England blazed through 70 points in the Powerplay, most of the game didn’t seem that way. The game seemed to be over, with a few overs to spare. Sri Lankan bowlers were able to keep picking up wickets, however, due to the slower pitch in the second half of the innings. Some nerves were jangling when England stumbled from 75-0 to 115-5 in the 15th over.
Their perfect man was available in that situation, however. Ben Stokes was tasked with doing precisely that for England in what was a complete performance overall. Injuries to Dawid Malan, however, should be closely monitored. The Sri Lankan team fought admirably, but it ended its tournament disappointingly. It may have been their death overs, where they scored only 25 runs, that made the difference. Keep an eye out!
It was a nervy finish! Ben Stokes ought not to have batted until the end, yet somehow England put them in a situation where he had to bat till the end to get the team over the line. There was a fast start to the game as the Sri Lankan openers came out flying out of the blocks, as Nissanka was quick off the blocks and took on the pace of Mark Wood and Sam Curran, getting them off to a flying start. He lost a few partners when he reached fifty, but he continued to attack and got to the goal after four months of playing.
Adil Rashid bowled a thrifty spell before the end of the ten overs to get Sri Lanka back into the contest after they were 80/2 after ten overs. After that, Mark Wood came back firing at the end of the innings to pick up three wickets while conceding just 12 runs during his overs 18 and 20 while bowling. As a result of Sri Lanka’s comeback, only 141 runs were scored by them.
Dasun Shanaka: We will bat in the first innings. Teams batting first have won 7 of the last 8 games on this wicket. One change has been made; Karunaratne has been substituted for Madushan. There is a lot of pride involved in this game for us. Let’s hope some people turn up.
Jos Buttler: Our best cricket needs to be played on this used wicket. If I had been batting first, I would have done the same. Having plenty of seam and spin options gives us plenty of options when adapting to the conditions. As a team, we are going in together.
Name of 11 players of England: Alex Hales, Jos Buttler(w/c), Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Name of 11 players of Sri Lanka:Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha.
Sri Lanka Innings:
Sri Lanka Team Batting Scorecard Data of T20 World Cup:
1. Pathum Nissanka– 67(45)– SR (148.89)
2. Kusal Mendis(w)– 18(14)– SR (128.57)
3. Dhananjaya de Silva– 09(11)– SR (81.82)
4. Charith Asalanka– 08(09)– SR (88.89)
5. Bhanuka Rajapaksa– 22(22)– SR (100.00)
6. Dasun Shanaka(c)– 03(08)– SR (37.50)
7. Wanindu Hasaranga– 09(09)– SR (100.00)
8. Chamika Karunaratne– 00(02)– Not Out- SR (0.00)
9. Maheesh Theekshana– 00(00)– Not Out- SR (0.00)
Extra Run: 5 (b 0, lb 3, w 2, nb 0, p 0)
Total Run: 141 (08 wickets, 20 Over)
Did Not Bat: Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha.
England Team Bowler Scorecard Data of T20 World Cup:
There was no easy way to win this match. It was good to see England’s bowling line and how well they bowled. Our plan was in place when Mendis arrived. It was a positive experience for us. Fortunately, we both suffered a lot. Since England was on top, I had to change my game to build a more comprehensive partnership, which helped us get 141 runs. My goal was to score well. I might have improved our team’s run if others had done better.
England Team Batting Scorecard Data of T20 World Cup:
1. Jos Buttler(w/c)– 28(33)– SR (121.74)
2. Alex Hales– 47(30)– SR (156.67)
3. Liam Livingstone– 04(06)– SR (66.67)
4. Moeen Ali– 05(06)– SR (83.33)
5. Harry Brook– 04(05)– SR (80.00)
6. Ben Stokes– 42(36)– Not Out– SR (114.39)
7. Sam Curran– 06(11)–Not Out– SR (54.55)
8. Chris Woakes– 05(03)– Not Out– SR (166.67)
Extra Run: 7 (b 0, lb 3, w 3, nb 1, p 0)
Total Run: 144 (06 wickets, 19.4 Over)
Did not Bat: Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Sri Lanka Team Bowler Scorecard Data of T20 World Cup:
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Adil Rashid | Player of the Match:
It was a magnificent inning from Stokes. In T20 cricket, things like this happen. This is T20 cricket for you – you bowl dot balls, take wickets and create pressure. It was a great team effort, as I created a few chances and bowled well. It was a good bowling performance by everyone, Stokes, Wood, etc. This wicket provided some assistance (spin and seam); an Australian wicket would not have provided such assistance. It was good to feel pleasing even before the tournament began. There may be times when you feel good and bowl well but don’t get wickets. It is possible to bowl poorly and still get wickets. As long as I focused on my job and did my best, the rest is history. It would help if you considered the conditions accordingly when assessing the pitch’s spin or seam. We receive this kind of support everywhere we go, so hopefully, they will also turn out in large numbers in the semi-final.
England Won By 4 Wickets
The ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 saw England defeat Sri Lanka by four wickets on Saturday in a must-win fixture to advance to the semifinals as Australia collapsed. In a match played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Saturday (November 05), Alex Hales and Ben Stokes helped England beat Sri Lanka by four wickets to reach the semi-finals of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022, which is taking place in Australia.
England beat Asia Cup champions Australia by two balls in the final over of the game thanks to crucial knocks by Hales and Stokes, who made 47 and 42 runs, respectively, as they chased down the 142-run target. It was a good start for England when they lost the toss and were invited to bat first in the must-win match against Sri Lanka as they got off to a fast start. With an opening score of 67 off 45 deliveries, Pathum Nissanka forged a strong foundation for Sri Lanka’s total, but the middle order crumbled to the point where they were restricted to 141/8 in 20 overs.
The excellent form of Mark Wood with the ball continued as he picked up a three-wicket haul off his three overs in the match and finished with an excellent strike rate of 3/26 off his three overs as he continued to run riot.
On the other hand, England was never in any hurry during their run chase; instead, they cruised steadily to the target thanks to some intelligent batting from Hales and Stokes, which got them to the target. Jos Buttler and Alex Hales combined to post 75 runs on the board for the first wicket as England was off to a flying start in their run chase as they scored 75 runs for the first wicket. As opposed to Hales, Buttler took a more conservative approach. It wasn’t enough for the England captain, as he was dismissed on 28 off 23 balls after a great start.
England won a nervy finish after a tense game. The semi-finals will likely be against India now, but it won’t be confirmed until tomorrow. We hope you will be with us for the special triple header Sunday, where we will have the chance to watch the South Africa v Netherlands game, followed by Pakistan v Bangladesh, and finally, India v Zimbabwe at the sold-out dotfli website.
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