England stormed their way into the semi finals of the ICC World T20 2016 after beating Sri Lanka by 10 runs at Delhi. England in all probability, will qualify as the second side from Group 1, meaning that they will have the added benefit of playing their semi final class at Delhi itself.
The game against Sri Lanka could have been wrapped up quicker had Angelo Mathews not played an absolute blinder. Mathews was Sri Lanka’s lone hope in a side which simply crumbled in a high scoring run chase. Needing 172 to win, it was crucial for Sri Lanka to begin solidly but things went haywire for them.
The top order crumbled against the English bowlers and the Sri Lankans were 15-4 at one point in time. However Mathews stepped up and out of nowhere, took Sri Lanka close. Despite Mathews’ heroics, the Sri Lankans fell short by 10 runs and crashed out of the tournament.
Earlier, England were put into bat by Sri Lanka and Jason Roy led them with a sedate start. Jos Buttler came to the party as he smashed the Sri Lankan bowlers into orbit during his knock of 66 off just 37 deliveries. Below, are the statistical highlights for the game between England and Sri Lanka.
- 73*. This was Angelo Mathews’ second highest T20I score.
- 80. The 80 run stand between Kapugadera and Mathews was Sri Lanka’s highest 5th wicket stand in T20I’s.
- 1st. This was the first occasion for Sri Lanka, when they lost their first 4 wickets within the first three overs.
- 66*. Like Angelo Mathews, this was Jos Buttler’s second highest T20I score.
- 72. The number of runs scored by England in the last 5 overs, which proved to be the difference.