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England vs Sri Lanka, 22nd T20 Match, Group 1, ICC World Twenty20 2014

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England won by 6 wkts | England Vs Sri Lanka Live Score, 22nd T20 Match, Group 1

We had two superb games today. First the minnows Netherlands almost upset South Africa and in the second England chased down a record target to keep their hopes alive. Things have started to heat up and we are in for a treat tomorrow as well. It is West Indies taking on Australia and India going up against hosts Bangladesh. Join us for all the action from those games. Until then, take care and Cya!
Broad: 'It was a special knock from Hales, one of the best I have seen. In these World Cups it is all about momentum. Morgs was brilliant as well. Conditions were difficult. We got over the line and stay alive. The seam is virtually impossible to dry. It makes bowlers unsure going for the yorkers. We have been practising with the wet ball. At the end of the day, we messed up dropping like 6 catches. The ball was slippery. We got away today thanks to unbelievable knocks from two of our guys. We have to win both the coming games. If we take few more catches, we will restrict South Africa. This throws the group open, that is what T20 cricket is about. In conditions foreign to us, Hales' innings is the best I have seen in an England shirt.'
Chandimal: 'Hales played really well. Mahela and Dilshan batted well earlier. We were poor with the ball though. There was a lot of dew. The spinners, especially, could not grip the ball. I do not have an idea about the extent of Mahela's injury. He injured the same finger. We will have to pick up the pieces and win the next game against New Zealand.'
Hales: 'It was a great win for us. We were not in good form coming into this game. We needed this. The way Sri Lanka batted showed how good the wicket was. The way Morgy played made my job easier. Centuries in this format do not come along often. Morgan was outstanding. He made my job hell of a lot easier. We were hard done the other night. It was a great win today. Hopefully, there are more to come. This was the best I have played, yes.'
Alex Hales is the Man of the Match for his magnificent knock of 116 off 64 balls.
Sri Lanka have only lost twice out of 21 games when they have posted more than 150 while batting first. But, today was not their day. The bowlers could not get wickets at regular intervals. Kulasekara got four and was the stand-out. The England batsmen negated Malinga superbly as they played sensibly and didn't give him any wickets. Mendis had a forgettable day as he conceded 52 runs off his 4 overs, which is the most he has given away in a T20I. The fielding too was below par as they dropped Hales at a crucial time. Overall, not a memorable day for Sri Lanka. Stay tuned for the quotes from the captains and the man of the match....
England got off to a terrible start as they lost two wickets in the very first over. The heroes from the last game, Lumb and Moeen Ali went for ducks. However, it was the Hales and Morgan show. Both took their time to settle down but once they were in the bowlers were taken apart. They added 152-runs for the third wicket which is a record in World T20s. Morgan departed when he was looking good but Hales continued and got his maiden T20I hundred, he didn't give up after that as he brought up the winning runs with a massive six.
Broad jumps up in jubilation and the England players congratulate each other. Hales is engrossed in Bopara's arms as he seals an epic run-chase.
19.2 Angelo Mathews to Alex Hales 6
SIX, England win by 6 wickets! Hales puts his arms up and soaks in the applause. Length delivery on the stumps, Hales gets underneath it and sends it sailing over the deep mid wicket fence. What a way to finish the match!
19.1 Angelo Mathews to Ravi Bopara 1
1 run, starts with a slower one, Bopara is deceived but still does well to get it to short fine leg
Mathews to bowl the final over. 7 required off 6 balls
Angelo Mathews [2.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack
End of over 19, 16 runs (2 6 6 1 1 . )
ENG: 183/4
Alex Hales - 110(63) This over: 15 runs
Ravi Bopara - 10(5) This over: 1 runs
Nuwan Kulasekara
(4.0 - 1 - 32 - 4)
18.6 Nuwan Kulasekara to Alex Hales 0
no run, yorker outside off, Hales fails to squeeze it out, he is miffed with himself that he didn't get bat on that
The equation down to run-a-ball.
18.5 Nuwan Kulasekara to Ravi Bopara 1
1 run, full toss outside off, Bopara tries to drive, the ball goes off the inside half of the bat to long on

Match details

Toss : England won the toss and elected to field

Umpires : Rod Tucker (Australia) and Aleem Dar (Pakistan)

TV umpire : Steve Davis (Australia)

Match referee : David Boon (Australia)

Teams

England : Michael Lumb, Alex Hales, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler(wk), Ravi Bopara, Chris Jordan, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad(c), James Tredwell, Jade Dernbach.

Sri Lanka : Kushal Janith Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga.

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