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Sri Lanka vs England, Super 12 - Match 27 Commentary, Live Updates

SL vs ENG, 2022 - T20 Live Commentary

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Match Ended   
141/8 (20.0/20)
144/6 (19.4/20)
England beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets
That is it then from this game. Action in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup continues on Sunday, the 6th of November with three crucial matches lined up. First up, South Africa will take on Netherlands in Adelaide and that game will begin at 5.30 am IST (12 am GMT). This will be followed by a clash between Pakistan and Bangladesh at the same ground, starting at 9.30 am IST (4 am GMT). The final game of the day, also the final one of the Super 12 stage will be played between India and Zimbabwe at the MCG and will begin at 1.30 pm IST (8 am GMT). You can join us for the early build-up for all three games. Till then, take care and goodbye!
Jos Buttler, the captain of England, says that it was not a great watch but he knew they have to find a way and he is glad that they did it in the end. He is delighted with the batting of Ben Stokes who according to him can fulfil all the roles and is a proper competitor. Adds that Sri Lanka got off to a great start but it was a good over from Adil Rashid in the Powerplay that pulled things back for them. Regarding Sam Curran, Jos replies that he keeps on growing and is becoming a fierce competitor. Praises Alex Hales for his knock and adds that one of them would have loved to stay till the end. He is excited to find a way to win this game and is looking forward to the semi-final at one of the best stadiums in the world.
Dasun Shanaka, the captain of Sri Lanka, says that it was an amazing fight but feels that they could have done better with the bat. Adds that the pitch played a part in this game and even the English batters struggled in the latter part. Tells that they gave a good fight in the last 10 overs and it was in the Powerplay where they didn't bowl well. States that they played good cricket in patches and a few injuries didn't help their cause. Wants his team to polish the areas where they didn't do well. Praises the spinners for their good effort and also lauds the efforts of the pacers in this game. Further says that power-hitting is one area they need to get better and he is pleased with the way they have been fielding of late. Shanka thanks the colourful and wonderful spectators for supporting Sri Lanka.
Player of the Match is Adil Rashid for his economical bowling. The leggie says that it was a tight game after they bowled exceptionally well. Praises Ben Stokes for his knock and is relieved that they crossed the line. Tells that the Sri Lankan bowlers created pressure by bowling dot balls and thankfully England crossed the line. Calls it a great team effort and feels that England bowled superbly. Mentions that it's always good for the bowlers to get some assistance. States that he has felt good about his form throughout and his job is to do good for the team and as long as they are winning, it's fine even if he is not picking wickets. Thinks that they will get a fresh pitch for the semi-final and they will have to assess the conditions. Hopes to get good support in Adelaide.
The Presentation ceremony...
Earlier in the game, Dasun Shanaka won the toss and like every other captain before him, decided to bat first at the SCG. Sri Lanka were cruising through at the halfway mark but the English bowlers made a resounding comeback in the second half of the Lankan innings. Pathum Nissanka picked up his second half-century of the tournament while Adil Rashid proved to be influential for England with the ball. Mark Wood also picked up 3 wickets after being taken to the cleaners in his first over and those wickets at the death gave England all the momentum heading into the break. In reply, Jos Buttler and Alex Hales added 75 runs for the opening wicket and put England on top before the Sri Lankan spinners made a fabulous comeback by picking up regular wickets. It was Ben Stokes though who was able to stay on till the end and see his team through.
Sri Lanka have time and again proved that they can beat any side in the world and no one would have thought after the start they had with the ball that the Lankans will drag this game deep into the final over. All three of their spinners bowled well with Wanindu Hasaranga and Dhananjaya de Silva picking up a couple of crucial wickets each. Lahiru Kumara also used his pace well and bagged two wickets but Sri Lanka just didn't have enough runs to play with. In the end, the batters cost them the game as 10-15 runs more could have seen them grab a win.
With just 142 runs to get, England started off firing on all cylinders as Jos Buttler and Alex Hales made their mark inside the Powerplay. Buttler fell and then once Hales got out, the English innings all of a sudden got derailed. Ben Stokes held up one end well but the likes of Brook, Livingstone and Ali couldn't add much to the total. In the end, Stokes had to use all of his experience and milk the ones and twos to get his side over the line. It was a brilliant inning under pressure from the star man but England will be mightily relieved to have got the job done, especially with injured Dawid Malan unable to bat.
A hard-fought win in the end then for England but they have made it through to the semi-finals, knocking the host nation Australia out of the tournament in the process. England won't get the top spot though as New Zealand have a better net run rate. As for Sri Lanka, they gave it their all but ended up second-best.
End Of The Over 19.4 : 144/6
7 Runs
  • 219.1
  • 119.2
  • 019.3
  • 419.4
C. Woakes
5 (3)
B. Stokes
42 (36)
L. Kumara
3.4-0-24-2
19.4
4
Lahiru Kumara To Chris Woakes
FOUR! ENGLAND WIN! AUSTRALIA ARE KNOCKED OUT! Woakes finishes it off and releases all the pressure in the English camp. Short in length and wide outside off, Chris Woakes stays on the back foot and whacks it through backward point. The ball races away and finds the fence to hand the ticket to the semis to England. They win by 4 wickets.
19.3
0
Lahiru Kumara To Chris Woakes
DOT BALL! Lahiru delivers a slower one, short and outside off, Woakes tries to pull but gets an under edge. It rolls behind to the keeper.
19.2
1
Lahiru Kumara To Ben Stokes
Digs it in short, around off, Stokes guides it down to third man for a single. 2 needed off 4 balls.
19.1
2
Lahiru Kumara To Ben Stokes
Kumara takes the pace off the delivery, bowls it shot and wide outside off, Stokes reaches out and slaps it to deep cover. The fielder in the deep fumbles and the batters complete the second run. 3 needed off 5 balls.
End Of The Over 19 : 137/6
8 Runs
  • 118.1
  • 118.2
  • 218.3
  • 1 WD18.4
  • 218.4
  • 018.5
  • 118.6
B. Stokes
39 (34)
C. Woakes
1 (1)
K. Rajitha
3-0-40-0
18.6
1
Kasun Rajitha To Ben Stokes
Very full and on off, Stokes shuffles across and flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single. Ben retains strike, perfect for England. 5 needed off 6 balls.
18.5
0
Kasun Rajitha To Ben Stokes
Dot ball is met with a huge roar from the crowd. A low full toss outside off, Stokes pushes it to short cover.
18.4
2
Kasun Rajitha To Ben Stokes
Fuller and on off, Stokes drives it with soft hands to the left of long off and collects another couple. 6 needed off 8 balls.
18.4
wd
Kasun Rajitha To Ben Stokes
Wide! Smart from Stokes. Kasun Rajitha tries the wide yorker but sprays it outside the tram line. Ben leaves.
18.3
2
Kasun Rajitha To Ben Stokes
Full toss on off, Stokes whips it towards wide long on and collects a couple of runs as the fielder in the deep decides to go for a relay throw.
18.2
1
Kasun Rajitha To Chris Woakes
Slower one, on a length and around off, Woakes gets back to work it on the leg side but it takes the inner edge and strikes him on the thigh pad. The ball drops near the popping crease and they steal a single.
18.1
1
Kasun Rajitha To Ben Stokes
Yorker outside off, Stokes digs it out through mid off and runs the first run hard. That's all he will get.
Chris Woakes walks in at number 8. Dasun Shanaka takes his time and throws the ball to Kasun Rajitha for the 19th over.
End Of The Over 18 : 129/6
2 Runs
  • 017.1
  • 017.2
  • 017.3
  • 117.4
  • 117.5
  • W17.6
S. Curran
6 (11)
B. Stokes
33 (29)
L. Kumara
3-0-17-2
17.6
W
Lahiru Kumara To Sam Curran OUT!
OUT! Curran holes out! This game is heading towards a thrilling finish. The crowd roars. Kumara bangs it in short, slower in pace and outside off, Curran walks across the stumps to get inside the line and swings his bat at it. The bounce gets big on him and the ball flies off the top edge to fine leg where Kasun Rajitha takes a fine diving catch inches ahead of the boundary line. 13 needed off 12 balls.
17.5
1
Lahiru Kumara To Ben Stokes
Off pace this time, short and wide outside off, Stokes hangs back and has to reach out for it. He pushes it off the toe end to mid off and picks up a single.
17.4
1
Lahiru Kumara To Sam Curran
Pacy short ball, following the batter down the leg side, Curran still manages to make some room and ramps it down to third man for a single.
17.3
0
Lahiru Kumara To Sam Curran
Three dots now. Shortish and outside off, pace on, Sam plays it down from the crease to point. 15 needed off 15 balls.
17.2
0
Lahiru Kumara To Sam Curran
Back of a length, outside off and angling away, Curran taps it down towards backward point where the fielder makes a diving stop. Two dots.
17.1
0
Lahiru Kumara To Sam Curran
Fuller and around off, Curran plays it from the inner half of the bat to mid-wicket.
Lahiru Kumara (2-0-15-1) is back on.
End Of The Over 17 : 127/5
6 Runs
  • 116.1
  • 116.2
  • 116.3
  • 1 WD16.4
  • 016.4
  • 216.5
  • 016.6
B. Stokes
32 (28)
S. Curran
5 (6)
M. Theekshana
4-0-22-0
16.6
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Ben Stokes
Short and wide outside off, Stokes punches it without any timing to short cover. 15 needed off 18 balls.
16.5
2
Maheesh Theekshana To Ben Stokes
Quicker and around leg, Stokes stays deep inside the crease and turns it through square leg for two.
16.4
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Ben Stokes
Skidding in from around off, Stokes tries to reverse sweep but gets hit on the gloves. It goes behind on the bounce to the keeper.
16.4
wd
Maheesh Theekshana To Ben Stokes
Wide! Sliding down the leg side, Stokes fails to flick and it's a good take by Mendis.
16.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Sam Curran
Skidding in from around off, Curran gently works it through square leg and rotates the strike.
16.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Ben Stokes
Short and on off, punched down to long off for a run.
16.1
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Sam Curran
Quicker one on the pads, it's whipped to deep mid-wicket for a single. That's all England need to do at the moment.
End Of The Over 16 : 121/5
8 Runs
  • 415.1
  • 115.2
  • 015.3
  • 115.4
  • 115.5
  • 115.6
S. Curran
3 (4)
B. Stokes
29 (24)
C. Asalanka
1-0-8-0
15.6
1
Charith Asalanka To Sam Curran
Fullish and on off, Curran wrists it down through mid on and milks another single.
15.5
1
Charith Asalanka To Ben Stokes
Charith drops it short and wide outside off, Stokes goes back and drags it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
15.4
1
Charith Asalanka To Sam Curran
Flighted and full on off, Sam drives it down to long off for a run.
15.3
0
Charith Asalanka To Sam Curran
Slightly short and on off, Curran punches from the crease but finds covers.
15.2
1
Charith Asalanka To Ben Stokes
A touch short and on off, Ben goes back and forces it to deep point for one. 24 needed off 28 balls.
15.1
4
Charith Asalanka To Ben Stokes
FOUR! Aerial but wide of the fielder! Flatter and shorter outside off, Stokes camps back and blazes it through extra cover for a cracking boundary.
Charith Asalanka comes into the attack.
End Of The Over 15 : 113/5
3 Runs
  • 114.1
  • 014.2
  • W14.3
  • 114.4
  • 014.5
  • 114.6
B. Stokes
23 (21)
S. Curran
1 (1)
de Silva
4-0-24-2
14.6
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Ben Stokes
Around off, Stokes shows the full face of the bat and knocks it down to long off for a single.
14.5
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Ben Stokes
Flatter delivery, around off, Ben Stokes cuts it away towards point.
14.4
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Sam Curran
This is full and on off stump, pushed down to long on for a single.
A flurry of wickets and Sri Lanka have reignited hopes in the Australian camp. In comes Sam Curran to partner Ben Stokes. Just a reminder that Dawid Malan is injured and hence dropping down in the batting order. Still unsure whether he will bat or not, if needed.
14.3
W
Dhananjaya de Silva To Moeen Ali OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT! A very soft dismissal and England have now lost their 5th wicket. Dhananjaya de Silva flights this one up nicely, on a nagging length and around off stump. Moeen Ali looks to drive it through covers but tries to pull out of the shot. In the end, Ali just chips it to the left of the man at short cover and Dasun Shanaka over there takes a sharp catch. Ali departs cheaply and England still need 31 runs off 33 balls with 5 wickets in hand.
14.2
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Moeen Ali
Flighted delivery, around off, Ali strokes it away towards cover.
14.1
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Ben Stokes
Dhananjaya de Silva drifts this one in full and on leg stump. Ben Stokes drives it through mid off and collects a single.
End Of The Over 14 : 110/4
4 Runs
  • W13.1
  • 013.2
  • 013.3
  • 113.4
  • 2 LB13.5
  • 113.6
B. Stokes
21 (18)
M. Ali
1 (3)
L. Kumara
2-0-15-1
13.6
1
Lahiru Kumara To Ben Stokes
Nicely fielded! Around the top of off, Ben Stokes chops it to the right of the man at backward point who makes a good diving stop. Just the single then. 32 needed off 36 balls.
13.5
lb
Lahiru Kumara To Ben Stokes
TWO LEG BYES! Easily done in the end. Good length, around leg stump, Ben Stokes looks to tuck it away but misses. The ball goes off the thigh pads and towards the vacant square leg region as the batters complete a couple of leg byes.
13.4
1
Lahiru Kumara To Moeen Ali
A good short ball, over middle and hurrying onto the batter. Moeen Ali plays a controlled pull shot just in front of square on the leg side and picks up a single.
13.3
0
Lahiru Kumara To Moeen Ali
Full and on off stump, Ali strokes it away to short extra cover.
13.2
0
Lahiru Kumara To Moeen Ali
Good length, around off, Moeen Ali taps it straight to cover-point.
Moeen Ali is the next batter.
13.1
W
Lahiru Kumara To Liam Livingstone OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! Lahiru Kumara strikes on his very first delivery after coming back into the attack. On a length and outside off, Liam Livingstone stays put and just opens up his arms as he looks to big downtown. Livingstone has to reach for it a bit and gets it off the toe end of the bat. The ball goes high and straight down the ground. Dhananjaya de Silva runs to his left from long on and keeps his eyes on the ball before completing a brilliant catch. Livingstone perishes early as well and England are making a mess of things here.
Change in bowling. Lahiru Kumara is back into the attack.
End Of The Over 13 : 106/3
8 Runs
  • 112.1
  • 112.2
  • 312.3
  • 112.4
  • 112.5
  • 112.6
L. Livingstone
4 (5)
B. Stokes
20 (16)
de Silva
3-0-21-1
12.6
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Liam Livingstone
Around middle and leg, Liam Livingstone wrists it away through mid-wicket for a run. 36 needed now off 42 balls.
12.5
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Ben Stokes
Drops it a bit short now and Ben Stokes backs away before punching it through extra cover for yet another single.
12.4
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Liam Livingstone
On the pads, easily worked away on the leg side by Liam Livingstone for one more.
12.3
3
Dhananjaya de Silva To Ben Stokes
Lofted away but in the gap. Nicely tossed up around off, Ben Stokes goes inside-out and lofts it over extra cover. The man from long off tries to get around but the ball falls safely. The fielder manages to keep the ball in play as the batters come back for the third run with ease.
12.2
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Liam Livingstone
Floated up, full and on the pads, Livingstone works it 'round the corner for a run.
12.1
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Ben Stokes
On middle and leg, this is heaved away towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
End Of The Over 12 : 98/3
5 Runs
  • 011.1
  • 111.2
  • 111.3
  • 211.4
  • 111.5
  • 011.6
L. Livingstone
1 (2)
B. Stokes
15 (13)
W. Hasaranga
4-0-23-2
11.6
0
Wanindu Hasaranga To Liam Livingstone
A dot to end and Wanindu Hasaranga finishes with figures of 4-0-23-2. This is flatter and around off, Liam Livingstone pushes it out on the off side.
11.5
1
Wanindu Hasaranga To Ben Stokes
A bit of hesitation but they manage to scamper through in the end. Good length, around off and punched away straight towards cover for a quick run.
11.4
2
Wanindu Hasaranga To Ben Stokes
Just a fraction shorter and turning in from around off, Ben Stokes rocks back and punches it through extra cover for a couple of runs.
11.3
1
Wanindu Hasaranga To Liam Livingstone
Nagging length, on off stump, Liam Livingstone presses forward and pushes it past the man at silly mid on for one more.
11.2
1
Wanindu Hasaranga To Ben Stokes
This is floated up full and around off, Stokes drives it down to long off for a run.
11.1
0
Wanindu Hasaranga To Ben Stokes
Shorter and on the pads, Stokes works it off the back foot towards square leg.
Liam Livingstone arrives. 49 needed off 54 balls.
End Of The Over 11 : 93/3
7 Runs
  • 110.1
  • 110.2
  • 010.3
  • 410.4
  • 110.5
  • W10.6
H. Brook
4 (5)
B. Stokes
11 (9)
de Silva
2-0-13-1
10.6
W
Dhananjaya de Silva To Harry Brook OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! A sharp return catch by Dhananjaya de Silva and England lose their third. De Silva gives it a nice loop and bowls it on leg. Harry Brook looks to come forward and drive straight but the ball just holds in the surface a bit. Brook ends up just pushing it uppishly to the right of the bowler who takes a good low catch to that side. Harry Brook departs cheaply and Sri Lanka keep on chipping away with timely wickets.
10.5
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Ben Stokes
On middle and leg, Stokes leans on and knocks it down to long on for a single.
10.4
4
Dhananjaya de Silva To Ben Stokes
FOUR! Firmly struck and will beat the man into the fence. This is fired in full and wide, Ben Stokes stays deep and creams it in front of cover-point for a boundary. The fielder puts in a dive in the deep but fails to stop the ball cleanly.
10.3
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Ben Stokes
Nicely flighted, outside off, Ben Stokes looks to sweep against the turn but is well beaten. A bit of an extra bounce on that occasion as well.
10.2
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Harry Brook
Around leg stump, Harry Brook goes deep in his crease to flick it towards deep square leg. Brook looks to come back for the second but is sent back by Stokes.
10.1
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Ben Stokes
Angles it in full and on middle and leg. Ben Stokes pushes it down to long on and rotates the strike.
End Of The Over 10 : 86/2
4 Runs
  • W9.1
  • 29.2
  • 09.3
  • 19.4
  • 09.5
  • 19.6
B. Stokes
5 (5)
H. Brook
3 (3)
W. Hasaranga
3-0-18-2
9.6
1
Wanindu Hasaranga To Ben Stokes
Flighted and around leg, Stokes brings out the reverse sweep and sends it to deep point for one. 56 needed more at the halfway mark.
9.5
0
Wanindu Hasaranga To Ben Stokes
Quicker and on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
9.4
1
Wanindu Hasaranga To Harry Brook
Shortish on off, turning in, punched to sweeper cover for one.
9.3
0
Wanindu Hasaranga To Harry Brook
Ufff...that misses the off pole by a whisker. Flighted one, full and around off, Brook tries to play the reverse-batted shot but fails to get the connection right. It takes the inside portion of the bat and rolls closely past the off stump.
9.2
2
Wanindu Hasaranga To Harry Brook
Loopy and full, around off, Harry takes a step forward and drives it through extra cover for two.
Drinks break! England were cruising through this run chase and looked to be gunning down the target with plenty of overs to spare. Now the Sri Lankan spinners have started to boss the game and England have lost both their openers. Still, with just 60 runs to get with less than run-a-ball required, England are the firm favourite. Harry Brook walks out to bat.
9.1
W
Wanindu Hasaranga To Alex Hales OUT!
OUT! Caught and bowled! That's a soft dismissal for Hales. Floated one, full and around off, Hales sits down for a big slog sweep across the line but it comes off from the cue end of the bat and loops back to the bowler. A simple catch for Wanindu Hasaranga and Alex Hales is dejected. He departs for 47 but his knock has put England on top.
End Of The Over 9 : 82/1
6 Runs
  • 18.1
  • 08.2
  • 28.3
  • 08.4
  • 18.5
  • 28.6
B. Stokes
4 (3)
A. Hales
47 (29)
de Silva
1-0-6-0
8.6
2
Dhananjaya de Silva To Ben Stokes
Flatter and shorter on off, Stokes goes deep inside the crease and forces it to wide long off. They get two.
8.5
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Alex Hales
Knocks a full ball down to long on to rotate the strike.
8.4
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Alex Hales
Nearly drags it on. Googly, outside off, Hales makes room to slap it through the line but gets a fat inside edge onto the pads.
8.3
2
Dhananjaya de Silva To Alex Hales
Skips down the track and nearly yorks himself. Hales does well to hit it over the bowler and picks up a couple.
8.2
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Alex Hales
On middle, pushed back to the bowler.
8.1
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Ben Stokes
Tossed up around off, fuller in length, driven to long off for a single.
Dhananjaya de Silva to roll his arm now.
End Of The Over 8 : 76/1
2 Runs
  • 17.1
  • W7.2
  • 17.3
  • 07.4
  • 07.5
  • 07.6
A. Hales
44 (25)
B. Stokes
1 (1)
W. Hasaranga
2-0-14-1
7.6
0
Wanindu Hasaranga To Alex Hales
Floated and full, around off, Hales defends it back off the front foot.
7.5
0
Wanindu Hasaranga To Alex Hales
Quicker one, around leg, Hales goes down to sweep but fails to connect and is hit on the back thigh pad.
7.4
0
Wanindu Hasaranga To Alex Hales
Around middle, Hales helps it to mid-wicket.
7.3
1
Wanindu Hasaranga To Ben Stokes
Flighted and full on off, Stokes pushes it gently to point for one.
Ben Stokes walks in at number 3.
7.2
W
Wanindu Hasaranga To Jos Buttler OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT! A stunning diving catch from Chamika Karunaratne. A wrong 'un from Hasaranga, around off and fuller in length, Buttler tries to swipe across the line but it comes off from the lower part of his bat and flies towards deep mid-wicket. Chamika Karunaratne, in the deep, reacts to his right, takes a start and then puts in a full-length dive to grab a ripper of a catch. Buttler is gone but England are in front. 67 needed off 76 balls.
7.1
1
Wanindu Hasaranga To Alex Hales
Gets behind the line and eases it towards long on for a run.
Spin from both ends as Wanindu Hasaranga is brought back into the attack.
End Of The Over 7 : 74/0
4 Runs
  • 06.1
  • 06.2
  • 16.3
  • 06.4
  • 16.5
  • 26.6
J. Buttler
28 (22)
A. Hales
43 (21)
M. Theekshana
3-0-16-0
6.6
2
Maheesh Theekshana To Jos Buttler
Loopy and full, outside off, Jos drives it through cover-point and collects a couple of runs.
6.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Alex Hales
Another punch off the back foot, this time down to long on for a run.
6.4
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Alex Hales
Quicker and on middle, Hales camps back and punches it towards the bowler who stops it to his right.
6.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Jos Buttler
Flighted this time, full and around leg, it's clipped wide of mid-wicket for a single.
6.2
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Jos Buttler
Flatter and shorter on middle, punched off the back foot to short mid-wicket again.
6.1
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Jos Buttler
Tossed up around off, helped off the front foot to short mid-wicket.
Maheesh Theekshana (2-0-12-0) is back on.
End Of The Over 6 : 70/0
20 Runs
  • 25.1
  • 65.2
  • 45.3
  • 45.4
  • 05.5
  • 45.6
A. Hales
42 (19)
J. Buttler
25 (18)
K. Rajitha
2-0-32-0
5.6
4
Kasun Rajitha To Alex Hales
FOUR! Bang! Hales stands his ground and fires this one over mid off for yet another boundary in this over. 20 from the over. At the end of the Powerplay, England have raced away to 70 for no loss.
5.5
0
Kasun Rajitha To Alex Hales
Appeal for a caught behind! Very full and wide outside off, Hales tries to squeeze it out but misses. There is some sound and the keeper appeals but nothing from the umpire. Dasun Shanaka takes a late decision to go for the DRS. The UltraEdge detects a spike but it seems to be off the bat touching the turf. No conclusive evidence and the on-field decision stays.
5.4
4
Kasun Rajitha To Alex Hales
FOUR! England are cruising. A low full toss, around middle, once again Alex Hales clears his front leg and whips it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 76 needed off 86 balls.
5.3
4
Kasun Rajitha To Alex Hales
FOUR! Boom! Too full in length around off, Hales clears his front leg and drills it down to long on for a boundary.
5.2
6
Kasun Rajitha To Alex Hales
SIX! England are motoring and the defending champions would have started to pack their bags. Back of a length, around off, Hales stands his ground and clobbers it over mid-wicket for a biggie.
5.1
2
Kasun Rajitha To Alex Hales
Slower one, on middle, worked wide of long on for two.
Kasun Rajitha returns to bowl his second and final over of the Powerplay.
End Of The Over 5 : 50/0
12 Runs
  • 04.1
  • 14.2
  • 14.3
  • 04.4
  • 44.5
  • 64.6
J. Buttler
25 (18)
A. Hales
22 (13)
W. Hasaranga
1-0-12-0
4.6
6
Wanindu Hasaranga To Jos Buttler
SIX! BOOM! 50 up for England in no time. Tossed up, full and outside off, Jos Buttler gets down low and drags the slog-sweep over the long on fence for a maximum.
4.5
4
Wanindu Hasaranga To Jos Buttler
FOUR! Just a fraction short and Jos Buttler pounces on it. This is outside off and turning away, Buttler rocks back and slaps it away into the cover fence.
4.4
0
Wanindu Hasaranga To Jos Buttler
Floats it up again, a bit fuller and on middle and leg. Jos Buttler checks his shot and ends up blocking it out.
4.3
1
Wanindu Hasaranga To Alex Hales
Nicely tossed up, on off stump and Alex Hales just eases it down to long off for a run.
4.2
1
Wanindu Hasaranga To Jos Buttler
On the shorter side and on middle and leg, this is played off the back foot and through mid-wicket for a single.
4.1
0
Wanindu Hasaranga To Jos Buttler
Hasaranga starts off with a floated delivery, full and around off, Buttler pushes it out with the turn and towards cover.
Wanindu Hasaranga is introduced into the attack inside the Powerplay.
End Of The Over 4 : 38/0
14 Runs
  • 13.1
  • 03.2
  • 43.3
  • 5 NB3.4
  • 13.4
  • 23.5
  • 1 LB3.6
J. Buttler
14 (13)
A. Hales
21 (12)
L. Kumara
1-0-13-0
3.6
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Lahiru Kumara To Jos Buttler
Ouch, that must have hurt! On a good length, at 141 clicks and angling in from around off. Buttler looks to pull but gets hurried on and takes a blow to the midriff. The ball rolls onto the off side and they do get a leg bye.
3.5
2
Lahiru Kumara To Jos Buttler
In the air...safe! Length ball on off stump, Jos Buttler lifts this one high in the night sky and well over mid on. Bhanuka Rajapaksa from inside the circle runs back but could never get under it. The ball falls safely beyond him and the batters pick up a couple of runs.
3.4
1
Lahiru Kumara To Alex Hales
Back of a length and around off, Alex Hales goes hard at it and ends up slicing it on the bounce to the man at third man for just a single.
3.4
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Lahiru Kumara To Alex Hales
NO BALL AND FOUR! Just the start England were looking for. This is full and on the pads, Alex Hales gets inside the line of the ball and whips it away into the backward square leg fence. Kumara has overstepped and a Free Hit will follow.
3.3
4
Lahiru Kumara To Alex Hales
FOUR! Easily dispatched. Kumara pitches it up on off, Hales stays rooted to his crease and lofts it right back over the bowler's head for a boundary.
3.2
0
Lahiru Kumara To Alex Hales
Pacy delivery, on a hard length and around off. Alex Hales backs away as he looks to open up the off side field but is beaten for pace.
3.1
1
Lahiru Kumara To Jos Buttler
Half a stop and they will get the single. Lahiru Kumara starts off with a short ball around off, Jos Buttler stands tall and slaps it towards short extra cover where a fumble allows him to get across.
Lahiru Kumara is ready to steam in now.
End Of The Over 3 : 24/0
9 Runs
  • 02.1
  • 22.2
  • 42.3
  • 22.4
  • 12.5
  • 02.6
A. Hales
12 (8)
J. Buttler
11 (10)
M. Theekshana
2-0-12-0
2.6
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Alex Hales
Theekshana fires it in again and finds the blockhole this time. Alex Hales can only manage to jam it back to the bowler.
2.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Jos Buttler
Full and outside off, this is sliced away towards backward point for a quick single.
2.4
2
Maheesh Theekshana To Jos Buttler
Theekshana bowls it shorter and on leg stump, Buttler works it away off his hips and past square leg for yet another brace.
2.3
4
Maheesh Theekshana To Jos Buttler
FOUR! This is fired in full and at the stumps, Jos Buttler just creams the straight drive and beats the diving man at mid off to find the boundary.
2.2
2
Maheesh Theekshana To Jos Buttler
This is on the pads, Jos Buttler works it away towards fine leg and picks up a couple of runs.
2.1
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Jos Buttler
Another brilliant delivery from Theekshana. Quicker one, on a nagging length and on middle stump. Jos Buttler looks to play it off the back foot but misses and the keeper fails to collect the ball as well. Theekshana thinks there was an edge on it again but the replays confirm that there was no bat involved.
End Of The Over 2 : 15/0
12 Runs
  • 01.1
  • 11.2
  • 21.3
  • 41.4
  • 1 WD1.5
  • 41.5
  • 01.6
A. Hales
12 (7)
J. Buttler
2 (5)
K. Rajitha
1-0-12-0
1.6
0
Kasun Rajitha To Alex Hales
Full and on off stump, this is nicely driven but straight towards mid off.
1.5
4
Kasun Rajitha To Alex Hales
FOUR! Pace off from Kasun Rajitha, pitched up and around the off stump. Alex Hales frees his arms and lofts it over covers for yet another boundary.
1.5
wd
Kasun Rajitha To Alex Hales
WIDE! An attempted slower delivery, it's spilled well down the leg side and a wide is called.
1.4
4
Kasun Rajitha To Alex Hales
FOUR! Top shot from Alex Hales. Just a regulation length ball angled into leg stump, Hales backs away and plays the lofted drive over mid off to bring up the first boundary of the innings.
1.3
2
Kasun Rajitha To Alex Hales
Excellent running! Good length, angling into middle and leg, Alex Hales tucks it away in front of mid-wicket and races back for the second run.
1.2
1
Kasun Rajitha To Jos Buttler
On a good length and at the body, this is worked away onto the leg side for a single.
1.1
0
Kasun Rajitha To Jos Buttler
Kasun Rajitha starts off with a back-of-a-length delivery around off. Jos Buttler punches this one off the back foot and towards mid off.
Kasun Rajitha to steam in from the other end.
End Of The Over 1 : 3/0
3 Runs
  • 00.1
  • 00.2
  • 10.3
  • 20.4
  • 00.5
  • 00.6
A. Hales
2 (3)
J. Buttler
1 (3)
M. Theekshana
1-0-3-0
0.6
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Alex Hales
Was there a slight tickle on it? The reactions say that indeed there was an edge. This is darted in by Theekshana around off stump. Hales goes on the back foot and looks to cut but gets a feather on it. The keeper, Kusal Mendis puts it down and that is a big let-off. End of the first over, just 3 runs off it.
0.5
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Alex Hales
Quicker from Theekshana, delivered on a nagging length around off. Alex Hales goes on the back foot and manages to keep it out on the off side.
0.4
2
Maheesh Theekshana To Alex Hales
A friendly full toss for Alex Hales to get off the mark. This is on the leg stump and is flicked away through square leg for a couple of runs.
0.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler and England are now underway. Just a fraction shorter and on the pads, Buttler tucks it away behind square on the leg side for a single.
0.2
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Jos Buttler
And again! Another in-drifter from Theekshana and this is pushed away towards mid off this time.
0.1
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Jos Buttler
Theekshana starts off with an in-drifter, full and curving into off stump. Jos Buttler drives it firmly but straight to the man at extra cover.
Match Info
  • Venue Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney
  • Weather Clear
  • Toss Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat
  • Result England beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets
  • Player of the Match Adil Rashid
  • Umpire Paul Reiffel (AUS), Paul Wilson (AUS) and Nitin Menon (IND)
  • Referee Andy Pycroft (ZIM)
Match Notes
  • Innings Break: Sri Lanka 141/8 in 20.0 overs
  • Sri Lanka 100/3 in 12.5 overs
  • P Nissanka 9th T20I fifty: 50 runs in 33 balls (1x4) (4x6)
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka 78/2 in 9.3 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): Sri Lanka 54/1
  • Sri Lanka 51/1 in 4.5 overs
  • England 100/3 in 12.2 overs
  • Drinks: England 82/2 in 9.1 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): England 70/0
  • Referral 1 (5.5 ovs): SL against A Hales (Caught) Unsuccessful (SL: 1, ENG: 2)
  • 1st wicket partnership: 50 off 31 balls between J Buttler (25) and A Hales (22)
  • England 50/0 in 5.0 overs
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Virat Kohli IND29698.66
Max O'Dowd NED24234.57
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