Jason Roy scored 42 to give England a good platform at the start  © AFP
Jason Roy scored 42 to give England a good platform at the start © AFP

A destructive 37 ball 66 from Jos Buttler meant England finished off their innings at 171/4 after 20 overs. England, who had scored just 65 runs in the first 10 overs, were aided by the genius of Buttler as they ended up with 106 runs in last 10 overs. Buttler was well supported by Eoin Morgan at the end, who scored a 16 ball 22, forming a 74-run partnership. The last 5 overs saw Buttler go berzerk, as England scored 72 runs. At the start, England found it tough going, with Alex Hales dismissed very early. After that, Jason Roy and Joe Root played very intelligently to keep England in the game, and give the latter batsmen a good foundation. For Sri Lanka, skipper Angelo Mathews and spinners bowled beautifully to restrict England to 99 runs in first 15 overs, before Buttler took over. FULL SCORECARD: England vs Sri Lanka, 29th T20 Match, Super 10 Group 1

England’s innings started of poorly, as Alex Hales was caught lbw for 0, trying to sweep Rangana Herath in the second over. Both Herath and Jeffrey Vandersay were building pressure and England were struggling for runs. As the score got stuck at 10/1 after 3 overs, Roy and Root decided to up the ante, scoring six boundaries in the next three overs. Making a cautious start, they managed to score 38 at the end of the powerplay. Roy then scored the first six of the game in the 7th over, hitting a full toss of Siriwardana straight into the side-screen. In the 9th over, Roy scored another six, this time of Herath’s bowling. Both Root and Roy batted beautifully to bring up their 50-run partnership. After the end of 10 overs, England were 65/1, without taking any significant risk. READ: ENG 171/4 in 20 Overs | Live Cricket Score England vs Sri Lanka, T20 World Cup 2016, 29th Match at Delhi: SL need 172 to win

The first ball of the 11th over saw England lose their 2nd wicket, as Joe Root was caught in deep by Thirimanne of Vandersay’s bowling. The partnership of 61, which started to look dangerous, was finally broken. Jos Buttler came in next, ahead of the captain Eoin Morgan. Buttler started of his innings brimming in confidence, scoring 3 boundaries of his first 8 deliveries. In the penultimate ball of the 13th over though, Jason Roy was adjudged lbw of Vandersay’s bowling. Roy departed the crease scoring a well made 42, with his side 88/3 after 12.5 overs. His departure meant skipper Eoin Morgan arrived at the crease. The overs 14 and 15 just produced 11 runs for England, as they struggled to score boundaries.

In the 16th over of the innings, Thisara Perera came into bowl his first over, with England 99/3. The over proved to very successful for England, as 18 runs were scored. The 17th over saw Buttler break lose, as he scored three boundaries of Dushmantha Chameera’s bowling. The 18th over saw Buttler and Morgan complete a 50-run partnership, just of 31 deliveries, and soon Buttler reached his half-century, scoring a huge 95m six of Dasun Shanaka’s bowling. Eoin Morgan was removed by a good piece of fielding by Thisara Perera of his own bolwing in the second ball of the final over.  England ended their innings at 171/4 after 20 ours. Jos Buttler was the star of the match, scoring 37 ball 66, en-route to thrashing the Sri Lankan bowlers.

Earlier, Angelo Mathews won the toss and decided to field first. Sri Lanka made one change to their squad, bringing in Dasun Shanaka for the disappointing Nuwan Kulasekara. England also bought in Alex Hales for James Vince, who started against Afghanistan. Both the teams came in this game with stakes really high. England knew a win was enough for them to qualify for semi-finals. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, came into the game knowing only a victory would give them any chance of going into the semi-finals.

Brief Scores: England 171 for 4 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler 67*, Jason Roy 42, Jeffery Vandersay 2 for 26) vs Sri Lanka.

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