Sri Lanka knock Poms out

2012-10-01 19:54

Pallekele - Slinging bowler Lasith Malinga took a career-best five wickets as Sri Lanka beat England by 19 runs to reach the World Twenty20 semi-finals and send the defending champions crashing out on Monday.

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Malinga took 5-31 as England, chasing a daunting 170-run target, were restricted to 150-9 in the Super Eights match at Pallekele Stadium before a packed and rowdy 30 000 crowd.

The victory meant Sri Lanka and the West Indies reach the semi-finals after the hosts won all their three matches in the Super Eights. The West Indies earlier enjoyed a dramatic 'Super Over' win against New Zealand.

England batsman Samit Patel fought a lonely battle with a career-high 67 but Malinga and spinner Akila Dananjaya (2-26) ensured Sri Lanka did not lose control after scoring 169-6 when they were sent to bat first.

England's chase did not get the desired start as they were rocked by Malinga in the third over when they lost Luke Wright (12), caught off the third ball, Jonny Bairstow (two) off the fifth and Alex Hales off the sixth for three.

It needed a fourth-wicket stand of 55 between Patel and Eoin Morgan (10) to repair the early damage but England then lost Morgan and Ravi Bopara in the space of three runs.

Malinga then returned for his second over to dismiss Jos Buttler, caught in the deep for one, while captain Stuart Broad gave a simple catch off Dananjaya for one to leave England in disarray.

Patel and Graeme Swann (34) then added a brisk 51 for the eight wicket to raise hopes of an unlikely win. But Malinga bowled Patel in the penultimate over to improve on his previous best figures of 3-12 against New Zealand in 2010.

When Sri Lankan batted, Mahela Jayawardene top-scored with 42 off 38 balls, while Angelo Mathews hit 28 and Thisara Perera made 26 not out with two sixes.

Sri Lanka raced to 35-0 before Swann pegged the hosts back with a double strike, dismissing Jayawardene caught at deep mid-wicket off a lofted shot, and off the next ball had Kumar Sangakkara caught behind for 13.

Mathews and Jeevan Mendis (18) added a quick-fire 52 for the fourth wicket. Broad finished with 3-32 while Swann took 2-26.

Pakistan play Australia while India meet South Africa in Colombo on Tuesday to decide the two semi-finalists from group two.
The final of the tournament will be played in Colombo on October 7.


  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-10-01 20:06

    Semis : SL v Ind and Aus v WI

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-01 20:42

      that seems like the most likely scenario. however....

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-01 21:55

      @gunner.zn.5 There could still be a surprise twist in that scenario you mentioned.Let see if Australia are up for it tomorrow by keeping there own momemtum going and not taking their foot of the pedal against Pakistan by beating them and then bringing South Africa back into it.Us batting first against India and then putting a 160 runs on the board but then also bowling India out for less than 157 runs. Sounds unlikely but you never know cause cricket is a funny & strange old game.Anything can happen.Even a choker gets a life line sometimes.

      okonkwo7 - 2012-10-01 21:57

      @ sean, I see you hoping against all hopes

  • mdu.s.khumalo - 2012-10-01 20:10

    Proteas, the writing is on the wall...

  • boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-01 20:41

    missing KP now are we? :P

  • richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-01 20:53

    SL looking really awesome atm. People say their batting is totally focused on the top three. Well, I saw six of the SL batsmen hit sixes and one of the big three (Kumar) wasn't among them. Their bowling is also supreme. When Jeevan Mendis takes 1 for 5 off 1 over and Mahela doesn't even bother giving him a second, you know that's a team with bowling options. Strange, though, that he stuck with Ajantha. 0 for 40 off 4 isn't the sort of performance you'd expect from Ajantha. But when Slinga is bowling like that, does it really matter? I'd also like to know how Kulasekara gets that sort of swing with the white ball. Ridiculous.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-01 21:11

      barnsey, i guarantee you that sri lanka won't make the finals. this is based on only a statistical point of view that 5 match winning streaks don't last. austrailia should also loose tomorrow based on this theory. 5 wins in a row is always due a loss.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-01 21:18

      @barnes your enthusiasm for the lankans suggests that you've already switched teams. lol ;)

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-01 21:23

      Nah, my blood is green, through and through. And Proteas green, not Pak or Aus or Bang green, haha. But I consider myself a cricket supporter so great cricket and talented teams earn my respect. For eg, I'm pretty impressed with Steve Finn atm. 120 balls in this WC and hasn't been hit for six yet. When you consider the pace he bowls at, the bounce he gets and that he's England's go-to bowler at the death, that's mighty impressive.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-01 21:25

      haha i wear the green that's slightly on the lighter side ;D yes steve finn no 6 record is amazing. predictions for tomorrow barnsey?

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-01 21:59

      Well, I hate making predictions because I suck at it and because I consider games between sides like these to be 50/50 anyway. My heart says Aus and SA because that's the only way we can go through. My head says that Pak have backs to the wall and will have slightly higher intensity than Aus. That has one of two results: either Pak play the game of their lives or they get too desperate/emotional and fold completely. I'd go with the "game of their lives" side, Pak are always dangerous and they really have to pull it off now. For SA, I'd love my head to agree with my heart. But while Levi, Amla and Kallis are struggling like this - and Kohli batting like he is - it's hard to see us putting up big enough numbers to contain Virat, Yuvraj and Co. But we do seem to get an extra edge (refer last WC in India) when playing India. And we're also playing for our lives. If Pak win and there's nothing left to play for, I think we'll slaughter India. If Aus win and we're still in with a chance, I think it will be very close.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-01 22:02

      Whatever happens, I'd like the Proteas to bat second. I'd just like to see if chasing a target rather than trying to set one might have an effect on our top three and our bowlers.

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