World Twenty20, Highlights: Alex Hales' century helps England beat Sri Lanka by six wickets

Updated: 27 March 2014 23:19 IST

England (190/4), led by Alex Hales' fiery knock of 116 not out (off 64 balls), got an emphatic six-wicket win over Sri Lanka (189/4) despite losing two wickets in the first over of their chase. Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka, helped by a number of drop catches from England set up a mammoth 190-run target for their opposition to chase. Mahela Jayawardene top-scored for them with 89. Catch highlights here.

England beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in a Group 1 thriller at Chittagong. Catch highlights here: (Match Scorecard | Text Commentary | Points table | Innings report)

23:05 (IST): So, a great win for England as they came back strongly from a dismal performance in the field (several dropped chances) to win by six wickets in the end, led by Alex Hales' mammoth century (116 runs off 64 balls). Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal said that all credit goes to England for the way their batsman played, especially Hales who was exceptional. England captain Stuart Broad said that Hales' knock was one of the best he had ever witnessed. Man of the Match Alex Hales said that his job was made easier by Morgan's hitting on the other end and that gave him the confidence to produce this amazing knock.


22:53 (IST): England 190/4 (Hales 116*, Kulasekara 4/24) beat Sri Lanka 189/4 (Jayawardene 89, Jordan 2/28) by six wickets at Chittagong.


22:45 (IST): Now let me slowly take you through what happened in the last over. Hales got his 1st T20I hundred with a six, the first of the tournament and 11th in T20Is overall by all batsmen. Then, he got another six to reduce the equation to just 8 runs needed off 8 balls. England now 183/4 after 19 overs. Need 7 runs off the last over to win vs Sri Lanka.


22:33 (IST): WICKET! Jos Buttler c Dinesh Chandimal b Nuwan Kulasekara 2. England 156/4 (17 overs). They need 34 runs off 18 balls to win.

22:28 (IST): WICKET! Eoin Morgan c Mathews b Kulasekara 57. England 152/3 (16.2 overs). Need 38 runs off 22 balls to win.


22:21 (IST): Kaboom! Three sixes and a four in that last Mendis over from Hales and suddenly England need just 48 runs off 30 balls to win. England 142/2 (15 overs). This is already the highest 3rd wicket partnership (between Morgan and Hales) in all T20 internationals.


22:16 (IST): Eoin Morgan reaches his 5th T20I fifty with a four! England 117/2 (14 overs). Need 73 runs off 36 balls to win.


22:10 (IST): Alex Hales gets to his 7th T20I fifty with a four! No England player has eight T20I fifties so far. Hales was lucky to survive on the last ball of the 13th over as Jayawardene dropped a sitter. He has hurt himself though and is going out of the field. Thirimanne replaces him! England 108/2 (13 overs).


21:58 (IST): What a great over for England! 16 off it! Eoin Morgan hit his 100th T20I six on Mathews' first delivery and followed it up with a four! Hales got a boundary too, to add up to Sri Lanka's misery. England 72/2 (10 overs).


21:52 (IST): England 56/2 (9 overs). Alex Hales (36*), Eoin Morgan (9*). Need 134 runs off 66 balls to win.


21:39 (IST): England 37/2 (6 overs) at the end of powerplay overs. Alex Hales (27*), Eoin Morgan (9*).


21:28 (IST): Lasith Malinga to bowl his first over now! England 19/2 (3 overs). Alex Hales (17*), Eoin Morgan (1*).


21:15 (IST): WICKET! Moeen Ali c Senanayake b Nuwan Kulasekara 0. England 0/2 (1 over). Nightmarish start for England! Kulasekara will be on a hat-trick when he bowls the first ball of his next over. He bowled a double-wicket maiden, by the way. Not often do we see that in T20 cricket.


21:14 (IST): WICKET! Michael Lumb b Nuwan Kulasekara 0. England 0/1 (0.5 overs).


21:00 (IST): Here's a picture of the ground staff wiping the grass between the innings.


20:59 (IST): Sri Lanka post 189/4 in 20 overs vs England. Jayawardene 89, Dilshan 55; Jordan 2/28, Dernbach 2/42.


20:47 (IST): WICKET! Kumar Sangakkara c Alex Hales b Chris Jordan 0. Sri Lanka 169/4 (18.1 overs).


20:41 (IST): WICKET! Dilshan gone! Both the aggressors are back in the dugout. Tillakaratne Dilshan c Chris Jordan b Jade Dernbach 55. Sri Lanka 156/3 (17.2 overs). Sangakkara comes in to bat now to assist Thisara Perera.

20:37 (IST): WICKET! Mahela misses his hundred! Mahela Jayawardene b Chris Jordan 83. Sri Lanka 149/2 (16.4 overs).


20:35 (IST): 50 for Dilshan! His 9th in T20Is. Sri Lanka 143/1 (15.5 overs). Mahela Jayawardene (83*) is nearing a hundred.


20:26 (IST): Last five overs coming up for Sri Lanka. They need to get the maximum runs out of them. SL 130/1 (15 overs). Another catch dropped, by the way.


20:13 (IST): Mahela Jayawardene brings up Sri Lanka's 100 with a glorious six and then Dilshan takes a single to register the 100-run partnership between him and Mahela. Sri Lanka 104/1 (13.1 overs).


20:09 (IST): Mahela Jayawardene brings up his 9th T2OI fifty (32 balls) with a four! Sri Lanka 94/1 (12.2 overs).


20:06 (IST): Stuart Broad is in disbelief! England have been poor in the field today. Another mix-up between the wicketkeeper and fine leg fielder results in another life for Dilshan! Sri Lanka 89/1 (12 overs).


19:55 (IST): At the halfway stage, Sri Lanka are 70/1 (10 overs). Decent seven-over run rate being maintained here with nine wickets in hand. Sri Lanka can get to 180 if they use the death overs properly. Mahela Jayawardene (34*), Tillakaratne Dilshan (32*).


19:46 (IST): DROPPED! Another one! Dilshan this time! Sri Lanka 58/1 (8 overs). Mahela Jayawardene (32*), Tillakaratne Dilshan (22*). Dilshan also got a six in the eighth over!


19:38 (IST): The powerplay overs come to an end with Sri Lanka 42/1 (6 overs). Mahela Jayawardene (29*), Tillakaratne Dilshan (9*).


19:33 (IST): What an over! A six, a catch drop and a four! Mahela Jayawardene is really lucky to survive here. Sri Lanka 35/1 (5 overs).


19:27 (IST): Mahela Jayawardene comes to the party now! 9 from the 4th over including two boundaries from Mahela off Dernbach. Sri Lanka 23/1 (4 overs).


19:21 (IST): Tillakaratne Dilshan employs the Dil scoop to perfect measure for a six! Sri Lanka 14/1 (2.2 overs).


19:14 (IST): Has Mahela Jayawardene been caught safely by Michael Lumb? Looks like he has but the umpire refers it upstairs where they decide to give it not-out. Sri Lanka 4/1 (1.3 overs).


19:10 (IST): WICKET! Kusal Perera c Jos Buttler b Jade Dernbach 3. Sri Lanka 4/1 (1.2 overs).


19:09 (IST): Moeen Ali bowls a tight first over for England giving away just four runs. Sri Lanka 4/0 (1 over).


Playing XIs


Michael Lumb, Alex Hales, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, James Tredwell, Jade Dernbach

Sri Lanka

Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachitra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga


18:33 (IST): England win the toss and elect to bowl first vs Sri Lanka. Stuart Broad wants his bowlers to have a crack with the dew factor around. Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal looks worried. Both teams are going to field an unchanged side for this match.

Live Cricket Score: England vs Sri Lanka



Sri Lanka will target a place in the semis in their match against England in Chittagong, as action resumes after a day's rest in World Twenty20 on Thursday. A win will establish Sri Lanka's position in Group One.

However, Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal said his side will not take anything for granted. "England are a good T20 side and we have special game plans for them but we are never going to underestimate them," said Chandimal, whose team beat South Africa by five runs in their opening match.

They then crushed the Netherlands by nine wickets after demolishing them for 39 all out -- the lowest-ever total in Twenty20 internationals. "To win the first match was important for our team and it is that momentum we carried into the second game and that is very important," said Chandimal. "We know if we win one of our last two games we can make it to the semi-finals, but we are looking to win both."

England's middle-order batsman Ravi Bopara said his team is looking forward to the challenge. "It is a must win game for us," admitted Bopara. "We have to win, winning against Sri Lanka would be a big thing for us, which will be a big confident boost and that's the way we are looking at it."

Bopara said England will be up to the challenge of facing paceman Lasith Malinga. "It is tough to hit Malinga," said Bopara of the slinger Malinga, regarded as one of the best death over bowlers. "I think the best way to approach him is trying to deflect him past the gaps, and hope to get some bat on it to square, he does a very good slower ball."


England: Stuart Broad (captain), Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Craig Kieswetter, Michael Lumb, SD Parry, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes

Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Lasith Malinga, Tillakartne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, S Prasanna, Kumar Sangakkara, Sachitra Senanayake, Lahiru Thirimanne

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