England advance to WT20 semis
NEW DELHI (AP):
Jos Buttler struck an unbeaten 66 and Chris Jordan grabbed 4-28 yesterday to help England knockout defending champions Sri Lanka and advance to the World Twenty20 semi-finals with a 10-run victory.
Buttler struck eight fours and two sixes in a blistering 37-ball innings that helped England reach 171-4 in their last Group 1 match, despite struggling at 99-3 off 15 overs after being put in to bat.
Sri Lanka collapsed to 15-4 off three overs before captain Angelo Mathews led a spirited fightback with 73 not out before the innings ended on 161-8.
The game had looked in England's control for much of Sri Lanka's innings before Mathews clobbered five sixes and three fours off 54 balls to take his team to within striking distance.
England spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid conceded 63 runs between them in four overs - each going for 21 in one over - as Sri Lanka got back on track.
Mathews added 80 runs for the fifth wicket with Chamara Kapugedera (30) after Tillakaratne Dilshan (2) and Dinesh Chandimal (1) had failed.
With 22 runs needed off the last two overs, Jordan conceded just seven runs and took two wickets in the 19th over and Ben Stokes - who hit six valuable runs off his one ball as a batsman - conceded only four in the final over as Mathews decided to keep the strike and go for boundaries.
Mathews, who struggled to run towards the end with a hamstring injury, could only manage two sets of two runs in the over as Stokes fired in full-length deliveries.
England will face New Zealand in the semi-finals on Wednesday if West Indies beat Afghanistan in their group match.