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England are the team to beat this T20 WC.
With this win, Morgan goes past Asghar Afghan. He's now had most wins in T20Is as captain with 43 in the bag. That's all from us folks! Until next time then …
Freddie Wilde @fwildecricket #ENG lost the toss & their premier death bowler but they've still found a way across the line. Buttler's innings was incredible but ENG's bowling, fielding & tactics were also excellent. All things considered that's probably the best performance of the #T20WorldCup so far. 05:45 PM • Nov 11, 2021
Harsha Bhogle @bhogleharsha You cannot help but marvel at how Morgan has handled his bowlers today. And they have responded. This was a very tricky game. 05:39 PM • Nov 11, 2021
ALL OVER – England win by 26 runs
What does this mean? England have eight points and are almost through. Even if they lose their final game against South Africa, they have a very healthy net run rate to keep them in safe waters. Both Australia and South Africa can also reach eight points but England seem to have done enough to reach the knockout encounter. Sri Lanka now have lost three and need to win their final match against West Indies to stay in contention. They also need other results to go their way.
Sri Lanka made a poor start to the chase. Pathum Nissanka came into the game with 72 against South Africa. In the opening over, Kusal Perera tapped one straight to square leg, called Nissanka for a single only to find his partner well short. Nissanka's night ended with 1 next to his name while Charith Asalanka fell after a promising 21. At the end of the powerplay, Sri Lanka were 40 for 3 with Adil Rashid bagging two. However, they were also able to get close. Bhanuka Rajapaksa struck 26 off 18 with two fours and two sixes. England problems were compounded by the dew and Tymal Mills also walked off with a quad issue. Morgan was left a bit handicapped with his options. Dasun Shanaka (26) and Hasaranga (34 off 21) made 57 off 36 for the sixth wicket to revive the chase but once the latter fell in the 17th over, England were able to once again tighten the noose.
Livingstone gets Hasaranga. It was played in the air wide of long-off. Roy ran over to get there and caught the ball, but lost his balance as well. Scoops the ball to Billings who does the easy bit. Sri Lanka now need 35 off 19.
Sri Lanka 129 for 6
Freddie Wilde @fwildecricket With two right-handers at the crease & Moeen required to bowl at least one over; wickets are critical for #ENG here. If they don't make breakthroughs the match-ups are in #SL's favour. #T20WorldCup 05:19 PM • Nov 11, 2021
15 overs done – Sri Lanka 113 for 5; Need 51 off 30
Harsha Bhogle @bhogleharsha Morgan's use of Adil Rashid has been excellent; backing him to bowl with mid-on and mid-off up in the power play and conjuring two wickets with batsmen trying to go over. 04:54 PM • Nov 11, 2021
Sri Lanka crumbling
Rajapaksa comes, strikes 26 off 18 and fall. England well on top and ensuring they keep tightening the noose on Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka 76 for 5
10 overs done – Sri Lanka 66 for 4
Freddie Wilde @fwildecricket A happy by-product of the match-ups is #ENG have been rattling through their fifth bowler allocation very early. This has the consequence of forcing opposition teams to attack the Powerplay when wickets have more value. More by accident than design – but it's helped. #T20WorldCup 04:31 PM • Nov 11, 2021
Avishka Fernando goes
That's full, that's straight and Avishka Fernando missed the flick. That can mean only one thing. Plumb lbw. Sri Lanka in plenty of trouble.
Sri Lanka 57 for 4
Sri Lanka 40 for 3 in six overs
Adil Rashid comes into the attack and strikes third ball. A wrong one and Asalanka wanted to go over the infield. Chips it and gets caught at mid-off. Sri Lanka in trouble early.
Sri Lanka 24 for 2
Perera has ensured Nissanka's early exit. Tapped to the on side from the former captain and he calls for the single. Straight to the square leg fielder but Perera was charging down. Nissanka responds and falls well short.
Sri Lanka 1 for 1
We are back! Moeen Ali to start against Kusal Perera and Pathum Nissanka …
Harsha Bhogle @bhogleharsha There isn't a better opening batsman in the world at the moment, in T20 cricket, than Jos Buttler 03:46 PM • Nov 11, 2021
Geoff Lemon Sport @GeoffLemonSport After 10 overs in their last match: Australia 41-4, made 125. India 48-3, made 110. England 47-3, made 163. 03:46 PM • Nov 11, 2021
Sri Lanka set 164
England handed Sri Lanka a proper hammering in the last ten overs. Morgan fell short of his half-century but Buttler (101 not out) did plenty of damage as well. Buttler and Morgan made 112 off 78 and have set Sri Lanka a very challenging score. There's plenty of dew and it won't be easy for the England bowlers but they have plenty of firepower to dominate with the ball as well.
Buttler got his century on the last ball with a six after he had played two dot balls. Sensational effort from the opening especially after England were 36 for 3 in the powerplay.
Harsha Bhogle @bhogleharsha This is a rare Sri Lankan team that doesn't have additional spin bowling options. Am Aravinda or a Jayasuriya, even a Dilshan or an Arnold, would have been handy. 03:19 PM • Nov 11, 2021
Five overs to go
Sri Lanka under pressure here. England have scored 58 in the last five overs and Buttler and Morgan are set. Expect fireworks.
50 for Buttler
The slowest fifty for an England batter in a T20 WC game but Jos Buttler gets done what was needed. Buttler gets to the mark off 45 deliveries and has got a partnership going with Morgan.
England 83 for 3 in 14 overs
10 overs done – England 47 for 3
Harsha Bhogle @bhogleharsha 10 singles in 26 balls since Malan's boundary in the 5th over … 02:49 PM • Nov 11, 2021
England rocked early
Hasaranga bags his second wicket and Sri Lanka make a successful review against Bairstow. It was a googly and Bairstow had come down the track to tuck it on the on side. Gets pinged plumb in front but the appeal was turned down by the on-field umpire. Three reds and England lose their third. England lose two wickets in space of three balls with Chameera knocking over Malan.
England 36 for 3 in six overs
Hasaranga removes Roy early
England lose a wicket in the second over. Jason Roy went down on his knees to play a slog sweep but fails to connect. Gets bowled as the ball goes underneath the bat. Malan walks out to bat at No. 3.
England 13 for 1
Rob Johnston @RobJ_Cricket Said it on Saturday, but Jason Roy and Jos Buttler run so well together. They have already pinched three runs they probably shouldn't have had #T20WorldCup #ENGvSL 02:08 PM • Nov 11, 2021
Will Macpherson @willis_macp Lot of talk about kits at the T20 WC. I quite like England's with the navy trousers but the double red is howling imho 01:45 PM • Nov 11, 2021
James Norton-Brown @JamesNB95 #ENG can lock up qualification with a win today. Even with a loss they are heavy favourites. #SAF will be hoping for a #SL defeat, this is even before considering that England could rest players in the game vs South Africa if they have the top spot sealed. #T20WorldCup 01:50 PM • Nov 11, 2021
Alrighty then, Roy and Buttler will open for England. Chameera to bowl the first over of the game. All set?
TOSS – Sri Lanka opt to bowl; both teams unchanged
England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan(c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera(w), Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Avishka Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka(c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara
Freddie Wilde @fwildecricket #SL targeted #AUS fifth bowler quota very effectively in Dubai on Thursday nightâtaking Maxwell & Stoinis' four overs for 51. They may well try and target Moeen & Livingstone this evening so should be a good test of #ENG batting-heavy strategy. #T20WorldCup 01:11 PM • Nov 11, 2021
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Hello and welcome to the live blog of the T20 WC 2021 Group 1 game between England and Sri Lanka. Before we get going, here's Rob Johnston's preview –
During the English summer, England beat Sri Lanka three-nil in a T20I series that was about as one sided as you will ever see in international cricket. Sri Lanka were hammered in all three games and got steadily worse, out of form and out of their depth. England barely broke a sweat. The Sri Lankan team on show at this World Cup has been a very different outfit, however, and should have beaten South Africa last time out. England may have pulverised Sri Lanka a few months ago but they will certainly not be taking this version of their opponents lightly.
Sri Lanka have played with far more flair and aggression in the World Cup than they managed during the summer. Their execution has been better too, although it has not, it must be said, been perfect. Having made a decent score against Australia, they then bowled and fielded awfully. In their last game against South Africa they made unforced errors – such as Charith Asalanka's run out – which allowed their opponents to stay in the game and then eventually win it thanks to David Miller's final over takedown of Lahiru Kumara. As much as they have improved, there remains plenty to still do.
Even so, Sri Lanka have the ability to cause England problems. Asalanka has been full of aggression at number three – he averages 47 at a strike rate of 142 – while Bhanuka Rajapakse and Wanindu Hasaranga have been similarly attacking in the middle order engine room. Unlike the three teams England have played so far, Sri Lanka are unlikely to suffer from a lack of batting intent.
With the ball, the Sri Lankans have genuine pace with Dushmantha Chameera and Kumara and high-class spin in the form of Hasaranga, who has 10 wickets in six World Cup matches, and Maheesh Theekshana, who has eight wickets in five. It is a well-rounded and varied attack for the conditions in the UAE but Sri Lanka's bowlers still need to improve their consistency. They also need their fielders to take their catches. Kusal Perera is still trying to work out how he dropped David Warner in Dubai.
Whether Sri Lanka can put together an all-round display to trouble an England team that has steamrollered all three of their opponents so far remains to be seen. The dismantling of Australia on Saturday evening (October 30) was about as comprehensive a performance as England have managed under Eoin Morgan's captaincy. Their three victories to date have been built on the quality of their bowlers but chasing down 125 against Australia inside 12 overs was a reminder of their batting prowess as well.
Certainly England are the favourites although Sri Lanka will be more accustomed to the conditions, having already played three matches at Sharjah. England, in contrast, have yet to play there in the tournament and must adapt to the slowest pitches in the tournament. They have also yet to bat first in any of their matches which may present them with a different challenge if Dasun Shanaka wins the toss and, as he surely will, bowls first.
There is unlikely to be any English complacency. Morgan is not a captain who takes his eye off the ball and a victory against Sri Lanka would seal their semi-final place with a game to spare as well as continue their winning momentum. On the other hand, Sri Lanka's routes to the semi-finals is far harder. They need to win their last two matches and get help from other teams if they are to make it out from Group 1.