Sri Lanka v England, Super Eights, World T20 2012, Pallekele October 1, 2012

Malinga's five sends England crashing out


Sri Lanka 169 for 6 (Jayawardene 42, Broad 3-32) beat England 150 for 9 (Patel 67, Malinga 5-31) by 19 runs
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England's defence of their World Twenty20 title ended with a 19-run defeat against Sri Lanka, as the home side were cheered on amid a raucous atmosphere generated by a vibrant home crowd. Lasith Malinga ripped out the top order with three wickets in four balls, to immediately set back a tough chase of 170, then returned to finish with 5 for 31 just when Samit Patel offered England a glimmer.

Malinga had been relatively quiet in the tournament until today, taking three wickets in five matches, but doubled his tally in the blink of an eye when he was brought on for the third over. Luke Wright, promoted to open after Craig Kieswetter was dropped, unleashed a fierce square cut but sent it straight to backward point, Jonny Bairstow was done by a slower ball to end a difficult tournament and next ball Alex Hales was pinned by an inswinging yorker, although replays suggested it was sliding down leg.

There were low expectations from outside the England squad before the tournament and they have never looked like being capable of defending their crown. Patel, at least, could hold his head high with a powerful 67 off 48 balls to show he has been underused whereas others, like Jos Buttler, who gave Malinga his fourth when he hooked to long leg, often appeared out of their depth. Graeme Swann swung strongly, making the highest score by a No. 9 in T20s, and the fifty stand with Patel came from 26 balls but, as against West Indies - whose progression was secured by England's defeat - it always needed a miracle of Medinah proportions.

The top order has cost England throughout the tournament and reshuffling did them no good. From 18 for 3, their hopes were lifted by Patel, who before this innings had not faced a ball in the tournament. Sent in a No. 4, in a failed attempt to keep Eoin Morgan away from the first six overs, he drove a straight six before adding five fours - including three of Ajantha Mendis' first over - in his first 20 deliveries. For all the talk of spin, Sri Lanka bowled one over of it in the first eight.

Mendis continued to prove expensive when Patel collected two more off-side boundaries and it was his 18-year-old team-mate, Akila Dananjaya, who struck the blow that hurt England the most when Morgan missed a reverse sweep. Ravi Bopara, surprisingly recalled as Kieswetter's replacement, has looked a tortured soul with the bat of late and it was no surprise when he basically missed a straight delivery from Jeevan Mendis. It may be a while until he is back in an England shirt.

Unlike most of the strong totals at this tournament, Sri Lanka's effort was not underpinned by one substantial effort but was forged by free-scoring throughout the line-up, which quietened the concerns about the middle order. Not that the top three, the big three, failed to lay the foundations and it was Mahela Jayawardene, curiously not officially listed as captain at the toss, who marshalled the first half of the innings with a classy display.

England's bowling attack could be split in half. The combined eight overs of the three players brought into the attack who didn't face New Zealand - Dernbach, Patel and Bopara - went for 81 while the established trio of Broad, Swann and Steven Finn produced 6 for 82 from 12.

Swann evened the contest when he had Jayawardene caught at deep midwicket and next ball Kumar Sangakkara was given caught behind, although he did not appear pleased with the decision, before a counterattacking response from the middle order. It was a fantastic response by Angelo Mathews and Jeevan Mendis to the loss of two key batsmen. Neither took a backward step - Mendis opening his innings with two boundaries off Swann - and Mathews showed elegant clean striking as the fifty stand came from 29 balls.

Again England hit back with Broad this time taking two in two balls when Mendis spliced to midwicket and Mathews dragged a pull on to his stumps. Still Sri Lanka kept on swinging and the 18th over, bowled by Dernbach, included a six apiece for Thisara Perera and Lahriu Thirimanne. The sixth-wicket pair added 35 in 19 deliveries to ensure the home side remained ahead of the game. When England's chase reached the 13th over they were guaranteed a semi-final spot but by then an overwhelming victory was also in the bag. It will take a very good performance to stop them.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Simon on October 4, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Agreed with most of your posts JG. Shame our boys couldn't have got some runs. Yep, Dimitri well and truly ruined a good days cider drinking with only a large cod and chips sat on Burnham sea front for comfort.

  • John on October 4, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    @Juiceoftheapple on (October 03 2012, 20:50 PM GMT) Always said that our bowling in this tournament was more of a problem than our batting. Briggs went for 9 an over vs NZ but we won that game and Jade was regularly going for around 10 throughout the whole tournament. Trego may have been a good shout but provided that as a batsmen he played with more fore and abandon than he did at times this season. Dimitri might well have done a job on these pitches but I think he has been injured in recent months anyway. Somerset fans will wish he had got injured just before the T20 rather than just after it.

  • Simon on October 3, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    The more I think about I think we really missed two really good containing, tricky to get away bowlers, ala Yardy and Collingwood, even a leftie like Sidebottom. You really have to look at the likes of Mascheranas, or even Trego or Bopara for a biff at the top of the order. Briggs was a clear choice, and whilst any spinner gets a bit of tap, I think I'm right in saying we won every game he played in. MAscheranas was probably built for this tournament, pace off medium, variation, swing, great control, off breaks etc. - everything Jade was supposed to bring except for the pace that sent the ball to the boundary. He was awesome in T20 finals day, bowled Hampshire to the cup. Its a shame I suppose Flower picked a team for the future rather than a team for the tounrnament like back in 2010. But he gets far more right than wrong.

  • Richard on October 3, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    @ Si Baker - just about the best comment I have seen on any Cricinfo thread ! Well said mate !!

  • John on October 3, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    @Meety on (October 02 2012, 23:35 PM GMT) To be honest even if you put a few trolls our way , I think you post enough ok stuff so you'd be forgiven. Also I know it would be of the tongue in cheek nature rather than the hissy fit stuff alot of them are.

  • John on October 3, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (October 03 2012, 04:56 AM GMT) Mate , I wouldn't say enjoying is the right word re our weather

  • John on October 3, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    @maddy20 on (October 03 2012, 04:22 AM GMT) Taking your elimination from the tournament well I see . You must be well gutted that the royalty of cricket never made it but look on the bright side , Asia are still well represented by SL and Pakistan. England had a bad tournament , but without KP weren't even supposed to qualify from the 1st group stages and then on getting to the super 8s weren't supposed to even win a match so we've overachieved in that respect. As for WI and SL - who knows how they'll get on. The facts are that both teams have only lost a match each , both in reduced matches due to weather

  • Roo on October 3, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    @JG2704... My comms about Colly were meant that he'll be missed like Strauss will be from Tests - retired but still missed from when he was younger - one of the best fielders from the slips, backward point & covers... I always liked Colly & glad he played in Oz a few times domestically, & yes, a very good thinker who should be in a coaching/mentoring role somewhere (though he is still playing for Durham) & could have been useful to Broad & the young batsmen in SL... I've been up north over the last mth fishing coastal & rivers of the Gulf region with days up to 37C & nights above 22C - so a bit the opposite to you & enjoying some cooler weather back down in Brissy (before summer hits - lol)...

  • V.L on October 3, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    An intelligent move but SL and WI are not worthy of a place in the Semis Pak and Aus will thrash SL and WI respectively. Infact WI gifted 100 runs in 9 overs to Aus already and we can expect the repeat of that game. As for SL beating NZ and Eng is not the same as beating Pakistan. The only team capable of beating Pakistan is on the way home!

  • Andrew on October 2, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    @JG2704 on (October 02 2012, 15:37 PM GMT) - re: Trolls, sorry I made about 4 comments about the Eng team & the only one that got thru was my flippant one about the women's team!!!!!

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