Sri Lanka Beats England to Move Into Semifinals with West Indies

Host country Sri Lanka beat defending champion England by 19 runs yesterday to move with West Indies into the semifinals of cricket’s World Twenty20 competition.

Sri Lanka finished on 169-6 after its 20 overs in the last-eight game in Pallekele, with 42 by Mahela Jayawardene. England ended on 150-9 and exits the competition with New Zealand, which lost against West Indies in a “super over.”

Lasith Malinga cut his way through the England lineup, taking 5-31 including the top four batsmen. Samit Patel led England with 67 before being bowled by Malinga. Only Patel, Luke Wright, Eoin Morgan and Graeme Swann reached double-digits for England.

“The guys played well,” Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara said. “We backed our bowlers to restrict the team and get us some wickets.”

The World Twenty20, generally held every two years, is the championship of the game’s shortest form. The Super Eight consists of two groups of four, with the top two teams in each advancing to the semifinals.

Later today, Australia plays Pakistan in a Group 2 match in Colombo, which also hosts India’s meeting with South Africa.

In Sri Lanka’s innings, Jayawardene was caught off Swann, and Jeevan Mendis and Angelo Mathews combined for 52 off 31 balls. Stuart Broad was 3-32 and Swann was 2-26.

Swann scored 34, combining with Patel for 51 to move England closer to the target. Patel and Morgan’s combined 55 led all partnerships in the match.


“We had a quite inexperienced side come here,” England captain Broad said. “We learned that we need to keep wickets in hand at the top. We’ve got strikers towards the end.”

Earlier, West Indies defeated New Zealand in a “super over” tie-break.

The sides were tied on 139 at the end of their innings, pushing the match into an extra over for each team.

New Zealand put up 17 runs in its extra over. West Indies had a victory target of 17 runs because it had more boundaries in its regular innings.

Tim Southee had a no ball on the first ball of West Indies’ “super over,” which Chris Gayle hit for a six. Finally, Marlon Samuels hit a six to give the match to West Indies and eliminate New Zealand from the tournament.

“Marlon Samuels is my go-to man in pressure situations,” West Indies captain Darren Sammy said.

In New Zealand’s innings, Sunil Narine was 3-20, helping restrict the Kiwis, but his misfield of a shot in the final over allowed Ross Taylor to score an extra run and retain the strike. Taylor’s 62 runs led New Zealand to 139-7 at the end of its 20 overs.

West Indies was all out for 139 runs, led by Gayle’s 30, with three balls remaining in its 20 overs in Pallekele.

“We probably should have won it in normal time, but you have to give credit to the West Indies,” Taylor said.

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