Jos Buttler. (Source: Twitter)

England beat Sri Lanka by 26 runs, hitting a winning boundary in the Super-12. Playing first after losing the toss, England scored 163/4 in 20 overs thanks to Jos Buttler’s unbeaten century of 101 runs. In reply, Sri Lanka could only manage 137 runs in 19 overs chasing 164 runs and lost the match. Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan took 2 wickets each for ENG.

This was England’s fourth consecutive win in this World Cup and with this victory, the team has confirmed its place in the semi-finals. ENG is currently at the top of the points table with 8 points. However, Sri Lanka are almost out of the race for the semi-finals with their third consecutive defeat. The team is currently at the fourth position in the points table with 2 points. SL have to play their last match in Super-12 against West Indies on 4 November.

This was England’s 7th consecutive win against Sri Lanka in T20Is.
Oen Morgan became the captain with the most number of match wins as a captain in 43 T20Is.

Chasing the target, Sri Lanka had a poor start and Pathum Nisanka (1) was run out on the third ball of the innings. Adil Rashid got the second blow to Sri Lanka by dismissing Charit Aslanka (21). Rashid took the wicket of Kusal Perera (7) in his very next over to give ENG their third success. The wicket of Avishka Fernando (13) came in the account of Chris Jordan. Bhanuka Rajapaksa hit some good shots after coming on the field, but he too could not continue his innings and was out for (26) off Chris Woakes. Dasun Shanaka and Wanindu Hasaranga added 53 runs in 36 balls for the sixth wicket to make the match exciting.

The pair were adding to England’s troubles when Livingston dismissed Hasaranga (34) to bring ENG back into the match. Captain Shanaka (26) was run out in the very next over.

Batting brilliantly in Jos Buttler, scored an unbeaten 101 off 67 balls. He completed the first century of his International T20 career by hitting a six on the last ball of the innings. This was the 9th century in the history of T20 WC and the second century from England. Before Butler for ENG, Alex Hales also played an unbeaten innings of 116 runs against Sri Lanka in the 2014 T20 World Cup.

Playing first after losing the toss, ENG got off to a poor start and in the second over, Wanindu Hasaranga got Jason Roy (9) out and gave the team the first breakthrough. Dushmantha Chamira gave Sri Lanka the second breakthrough by dismissing David Malan (6). In the very next over, Hasaranga broke England’s back by dismissing Jonny Bairstow for zero. However, Jos Buttler and Oen Morgan did not give SL a chance to dominate the team. While batting brilliantly, both the players added 112 runs in 78 balls for the 5th wicket. Hasaranga broke this partnership by bowling Morgan (40).

Jonny Bairstow got out for a duck for the 5th time in a T20I.
Till the powerplay, ENG’s score was 36 runs for the loss of 3 wickets.
This was the second century of Jos Buttler (101) * in overall T20 cricket.
Butler (101) * This was the first century of this World Cup.
Butler also became the first player to score a century for ENG in all three formats of international cricket.
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