ICC T20 WORLD CUP : ENGLAND WON BY 6 WICKETS
Toss England, who chose to field
Player of the match AD Hales (England)
Umpires Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and RJ Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire SJ Davis (Australia)
Match referee DC Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire BNJ Oxenford (Australia)
Sri Lanka is in good form, has a fit team and is winning matches and they will hope to keep the winning momentum going with this match. England is in all kinds of trouble with the ghost of The Ashes haunting them.
England team will look at getting some points after rain spoiled their winning game against New Zealand. They face a tough challenge in the form of Sri Lanka who have had a great tournament till now with wins in both matches. England will have to win this game otherwise their chances of remaining in the tournament will be very bleak and marred by net run rate and the dismal performance of other teams.
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.
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.”