England are still alive in the World Twenty20 World Cup after they held their nerve to beat Sri Lanka, and qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament. Proving once again they are serious contenders for the title.
The Three Lions were led by Jos Buttler’s explosive 66* from just 37 deliveries. His innings along with Jason Roy’s 41 set the Lankans a target of 172 in a must win encounter.
The bowlers replied brilliantly with Chris Jordan and David Willey proving a constant threat as they reduced their opponents to 15 for four after just three overs. Led by Angelo Mathews, the Lankans put up a valiant fight but fell 10 runs short to ensure England a place in the last four.
Eoin Morgan will be worried from the performance of both Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, who went for 63 runs between them in four overs. But on the day his spinners failed to capitalise, the pace bowlers responded brilliantly in what will give the captain a fair amount of confidence heading into the semi-finals.
It’s been a dramatic World Cup for England after they were down and out thanks to Chris Gayle’s explosives during their opening match of the tournament. The result left them with a mountain to climb with many questioning England’s chances of progressing.
However, they responded with a performance worthy of champions, as they chased down a record breaking 230 against South Africa. Jason Roy got England off to a flyer before Joe Root took the game away from the Proteas with a well-orchestrated 83 from 44 balls. Once he perished with still 11 required, Moeen Ali held his nerve to guide England to a narrow two-wicket win that put them firmly back in the competition.
Boosted from their heroics against the Proteas, England faced a challenging encounter against Afghanistan. Reeling at 85 for seven with a possible upset on the cards, David Willey joined Moeen Ali in the middle as the pair added 53 runs from the final five overs. This left Afghanistan with a target of 143 that proved to be 15 runs too many as England notched up their second successive win.
They now play New Zealand on Wednesday at New Delhi in a bid to reach their second World T20 final, having beaten the Australians to the title in 2010. The Kiwis have been the most consistent team in the tournament winning all four of their group games and will be favourites heading into the match.