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Sri Lanka win gives us a great deal of confidence - Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan looks relaxed after the win against Sri Lanka in the World T20.
Eoin Morgan looks relaxed after the win against Sri Lanka in the World T20.
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England captain Eoin Morgan has said that their 10-run win against Sri Lanka in the Super 10 encounter of the ICC World Twenty20 has given the team a lot of confidence.

By the virtue of their win over Sri Lanka, England have qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 for the second time in the history of the tournament.

After Jos Buttler’s quick-paced cameo set up a target of 172 for Sri Lanka, the England bowlers reduced the opposition to 15 for four in three overs.

However, Sri Lanka fought back through their skipper Angelo Mathews who blasted an unbeaten 73 from 54 balls, taking the game till the last over.

Two tight overs from Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes in the death ensured that England got home with a 10-run victory and progressed into the semi-finals.

Calling it a significant improvement over the performance England displayed against Afghanistan, Morgan is happy that the team is able to go from strength to strength in the tournament.

"It gives us a great deal of confidence.

"In (previous wins) we've had to show an immense amount of character... today was completely different the way we were way ahead in the game when they were four-down early and then Angelo got them back into the game.

"A significant improvement on the Afghanistan game.

“It's nice to see it build, go from strength to strength and game by game," said Morgan.

Despite their win, the worry for England was the performance of their spinners, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, both of whom went for a combined 63 runs from four overs with no wickets.

However, Morgan reasoned that it was difficult for the spinners to contain Mathews, whose sole target was to secure a win for Sri Lanka from a tough situation.

"I thought Angelo put himself in the best position possible towards the back end and in order to do that, he did what he had to do against the spinners.

"Bowling to a guy like that who has faced 30 balls already and is only after one agenda and with one mindset can be difficult."

If West Indies manage to finish the Super 10 stage at the top of Group 1, England will face New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ICC World T20 in Delhi on 30th March.

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