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Bowlers star as England require 142 runs to book T20 WC semi-final berth

Bowlers star as England require 142 runs to book T20 WC semi-final berth

SYDNEY: England bowlers bounced back to restrict Sri Lanka to a below-par 141/8 in the first innings of the last Super 12s Group 1 fixture of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

Following a decent performance from their bowlers, one of the tournament’s favourites England would now need to chase down the 142-run target to make their way to the semi-finals.

After opting to bat first in their last fixture of the ongoing mega event, Sri Lankan openers – Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka – provided a decent start to lay the foundation for a competitive total as they added 39 runs at a rapid pace.

Amid the flying start, Mendis found it hard to charge on the English bowlers before falling short to Chris Woakes in the fourth over. He scored 18 off 14 balls.

Nissanka, on the other hand, batted brilliantly and went on to top score for his side with a magnificent half-century knock; scoring 67 off 45 deliveries, laced with two boundaries and five sixes.

Besides Nissanka, none of the Sri Lankan batters could make an impact against the strong English batting lineup and only Bhanuka Rajapaksa had a notable contribution of a run-a-ball 22.

Whereas, five of the Sri Lankan batters failed to amass double-figures and consequently, their side could score 141/8 in their quota of 20 overs.

Sri Lanka’s 141-run total is the lowest total by any team batting first at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Mark Wood led the bowling attack for England with three wickets despite going for 17 runs in his first over, while Sam Curran, Rashid Khan, Ben Stokes and Woakes struck out a batter each.

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Originally posted 2022-11-05 15:17:17.

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