England hold their nerve to progress

26 March 2016 | David Clark

England reached the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 for the first time since they lifted the trophy in 2010 with a dramatic 10-run win over Sri Lanka in New Delhi.

Jos Buttler thrashed 66 from 37 balls as England posted 171 for four from their 20 overs, and that looked way out of Sri Lanka’s reach when they crumbled to 15 for four in reply.

However, skipper Angelo Mathews made a valiant unbeaten 73 from 54 deliveries – despite picking up a hamstring injury – and found willing allies in Chamara Kapugedera, Thisara Perera and Dasun Chanaka.

With 22 needed from the last 12 balls, Sri Lanka were perhaps marginal favourites, but the excellent Chris Jordan, who finished with 4-28, and Ben Stokes held their nerve at the death.


Source: ECB

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