CHITTAGONG: England has defeated Sri Lanka by chasing huge target of 190 runs with 4-ball to spare on Thursday keeping them alive in the race of semi-final, ARY News reported.
England won an important toss against Sri Lanka and decided to bowl, partly due to the dew factor but also the lingering threat of thunderstorms.
Sri Lanka batting first lost an early wicket when Kusal Perera (3) got caught behind at the bowling of Jade Dernbach.
A 145-run stand from Tilkaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene laid a string foundation for Sri Lanka. The two batsmen kept the score board ticking with their aggressive approach.
Jayawardene scored 89 hitting 11 fours and 3 sixes in 51 balls while Dilshan played watchfully making 55 off 47 balls.
Same late inning from Thisara Perera (23-12) allowed Sri Lanka to post a huge target of 190 runs on board.
Among Eglish bowlers Chris Jordan and Dernbach took two wickets each.
The beginning of England’s chase witnessed the lost of two consecutive wickets when Nuwan Kulasekara struck twice on the last two balls of first over leaving England two down at 0.
Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales helped their team with the partnership of 152 runs scoring 10 runs per over.
Morgan dismissed at bowling of Kulasekara after making crucial 57 that came off in 37 balls.
Alex Hales was the main constructor of English chase with his well balanced and aggressive century. He scored unbeaten 116 runs hitting 11 fours and 6 sixes.
Sri Lankan’s main bowlers Ajantha Mendis and Lasith Malinga went expensive. Mendis ended his figures 4-0-52-0 and Malinga also remained wicket-less conceding 31 runs.
Kulasekara bowled terrifically taking 4-wicket giving away 32 runs in 4 overs.
England had four days off since the shortened game against New Zealand in a rain-hit match. The victory kept England’s hope alive.