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ICC T20 WC: England finally book their semi-final berth in Adelaide

England booked their place in the semi-final of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 with a close four wicket win over Sri Lanka in their final Group 1 clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday afternoon.

After opting to bat Sri Lanka posted 141 for eight in their 20 overs and in their response England chased down the target in 19.4 overs to finish on 144 for six.

England finished in second place in Group 1 and will now play the top-ranked team in Group 2 in Adelaide in the second semi-final.

Sri Lanka started off well with their openers Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis added 39 for the opening wicket. But after Mendis fell the innings lost momentum. Dhananjaya de Silva added 33 runs for the second wicket with Nissanka The innings however did not get any sort of rhythm. Sri Lanka lost wickets at regular intervals. Nissanka finally fell for 67 off 45 balls with two boundaries and five sixes. Bhanuka Rajapaksa did try to do a repair job, but he was all alone. In the end Sri Lanka finished on an under-par 141 for eight in their 20 overs. The best bowler for England was Mark Wood (3-26).

In their response England began in a hectic fashion. Their openers captain Jos Buttler and Alex Hales started in a brisk fashion. They put on 70 for no loss in the powerplay. But once Buttler fell with the score on 75, things became difficult for England. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals and the chase got a bit too difficult for them. Sri Lanka kept chipping away as England slipped from 75 for no loss to 111 for five and then 129 for six. Towards the end Ben Stokes held his nerves as England chased down the target in 19.4 overs to finish on 144 for six. Stokes finished unbeaten on 42 off 36 balls with two boundaries. The top-scorer was Alex Hales with 47 off 30 balls with seven boundaries and a six. For Sri Lanka the best bowlers were Lahiru Kumara (2-24), Wanindu Hasaranga (2-23) and Dhananjaya de Silva (2-24). 

Match Summary
Sri Lanka: 141-8 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Kusal Mendis-3.6 ov), 2-72 (Dhananjaya de Silva-8.2 ov), 3-84 (Charith Asalanka-10.4 ov), 4-118 (Pathum Nissanka-15.3 ov), 5-127 (Dasun Shanaka-17.5 ov), 6-140 (Bhanuka Rajapaksa-19.2 ov), 7-141 (Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva-19.5 ov), 8-141 (Chamika Karunaratne-19.6 ov)

England: 144-6 (19.4)
Fall of wickets: 1-75 (Jos Buttler-7.2 ov), 2-82 (Alex Hales-9.1 ov), 3-93 (Harry Brook-10.6 ov), 4-106 (Liam Livingstone-13.1 ov), 5-111 (Moeen Ali-14.3 ov), 6-129 (Sam Curran-17.6 ov) 


Playing XI
Sri Lanka: Kusal Mendis (wicket-keeper), Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara

England: Jos Buttler (captain & wicket-keeper), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid

Match Details
Toss: Sri Lanka, elected to bat
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground
Start time: 0800 hrs GMT
Match officials: Paul Reiffel, Paul Wilson (On-field Umpires); Nitin Menon (TV Umpire); Chris Gaffaney (Reserve Umpire); Andy Pycroft (Match-referee)

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