England eliminated by Sri Lanka
Defending ICC World T20 champions, England, were eliminated from the 2012 version of the tournament by hosts Sri Lanka who outplayed them from beginning to end during a 19-run victory at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Monday.
Full Scorecard: Sri Lanka v England
Sri Lanka’s total of 169-6 always looked daunting and it continued to grow in stature as England lost regular wickets in pursuit of a victory which would only have given them an outside chance of a semifinal on net run rate. They finished on 150-9.
Despite isolated moments of aggression, England never seriously threatened after Lasith Malinga tore the heart out of the run chase with an extraordinary first over in which he removed Luke Wright (12), Jonny Bairstow (2) and Alex Hales (3) within the space of four balls to reduce the innings from 16 without loss to 18-3.
Malinga’s one-over spell of 1-0-1-3 was probably the most significant contribution to the result, but he returned later to finish with an analysis of 4-0-31-5.
Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene nominally handed the leadership reins for the match to his predecessor Kumar Sangakkara in order to avoid the possibility of being banned at a later stage in the tournament for a poor over-rate, but there was no doubt who was in charge.
‘Sanga’ may have done the toss, but from there on it was business as usual. Especially with the bat.
Jayawardene made a typically silky 42 from 38 balls to lay the platform for virtually everyone else to make smaller but very fast and significant contributions, laden with boundaries.
Angelo Matthews was the next highest scorer with 28 from 19 balls but Thisara Perera’s closing 26 from 16 balls, with two sixes, was no less significant.
Samit Patel offered significant defiance during England’s reply and certainly prevented embarrassment – even humiliation – with 67 from 48 deliveries, but, despite four boundaries and a six from Graeme Swann in the closing overs, England joined New Zealand as the first two teams to be eliminated from the Super Eight stage.
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SRI LANKA: DPMD Jayawardene, TM Dilshan, KC Sangakkara (capt & wk), AD Mathews, BMAJ Mendis, HDRL Thirimanne, NLTC Perera, KMDN Kulasekara, A Dananjaya, SL Malinga, BAW Mendis
ENGLAND: AD Hales, LJ Wright, JM Bairstow (2k), EJG Morgan, JC Buttler, RS Bopara, SR Patel, SCJ Broad (capt), GP Swann, ST Finn, JW Dernbach