Malinga's five sends England packing
Lasith Malinga blew away the England top-order by dismissing three batsmen in a single over as Sri Lanka defeated the defending champions by 19 runs in their last Super Eight match to qualify for the semifinals.india Updated: Oct 02, 2012 02:34 IST
Lasith Malinga blew away the England top-order by dismissing three batsmen in a single over as Sri Lanka defeated the defending champions by 19 runs in their last Super Eight match to qualify for the semifinals of the World Twenty20 along with the West Indies, here on Monday.
England needed to chase the 170-run target in less than 13 overs to qualify for the semifinals but paceman Malinga's performance (5/31) made it a lop-sided affair.
England ended 150 for nine through a fighting 67-run knock from Samit Patel and and his 51-run stand for the eighth wicket with Greame Swann (34).
Sri Lanka's win pushed England out of the tournament since they had just one win from three Super Eight matches in Group I while the Caribbean side had two.
The West Indies had edged past New Zealand in a thrilling match early in the day to keep themselves in the hunt.
None of the Sri Lanka batsmen played a big knock but they rode on a collective batting effort to reach a competitive 169 for six.
Mahela Jayawardene (42), Angelo Mathews (28) and Jeevan Mendis (18) got good starts but could not convert those into big innings after the hosts were sent in to bat.
Thisara Perera (25 not out) and Lahiru Thirimanne (13) blasted some big shots towards the end to lift the side to a fighting total.
But Malinga's sensational over - third of the innings - in which he scalped Luke Wright (13), Jonny Bairstow (2) and Alex Hales (3), took it away from them.
England were 18 for three in three overs and never recovered from that shock.
Malinga added wickets of Jos Buttler and Patel later in the innings while spinner Akila Dananjaya contributed in the win of his side by dismissing Eoin Morgan (10) and Broad.
Broad (3/32) and Swann (2/26) did well for England in the second half of the Lankan innings as both of them got wickets in successive balls to keep the side in hunt.
Many were taken aback when Kumara Sangakkara came for the toss despite skipper Mahela Jayawardene in the XI. Sangakkara later explained that he took up the job because both Jayawardene and his deputy Angelo Mathews were on warnings for slow over-rate.