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

Malinga's five sends England crashing out

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

October 1, 2012

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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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Lasith Malinga appeals, Sri Lanka v England, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Pallekele, October 1, 2012
It was the turn of Lasith Malinga to be Sri Lanka's matchwinner with five wickets © AFP

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.

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  • Sri Lanka became only the second team after Pakistan to reach the semi-final stage of the World Twenty20 in three tournaments. They were runners-up to Pakistan in 2009 and lost in the semi-final to England in 2010.
  • Sri Lanka's win was their third in four matches against England. Their only loss came in the 2010 World Twenty20 game. It is also Sri Lanka's sixth win in home Twenty20 internationals and their fifth batting first (home games).
  • Lasith Malinga became the eighth bowler to pick up a five-for in a Twenty20 international. His 5 for 31 is the third-best performance by a Sri Lankan bowler after Ajantha Mendis' 6 for 8 and 6 for 16.
  • Samit Patel's 67 is the second-highest score by an England batsman against Sri Lanka after Marcus Trescothick's 72 in 2006. Patel's previous best in ten innings was just 25.
  • The 51-run stand between Patel and Graeme Swann is the highest for eighth-wicket stand for England in Twenty20 internationals. Overall, it is the fifth-highest eighth-wicket stand and the second-highest eight-wicket partnership in World Twenty20 matches.
  • Sri Lanka's total of 169 is their fifth-highest in home Twenty20 internationals and their seventh-highest in the World Twenty20.

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.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP Last 5 overs NB/Wides
Sri Lanka 47 13 7 44/1 47/3 0/6
England 45 14 4 36/3 44/2 1/3

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Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (October 4, 2012, 22:46 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.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 4, 2012, 8:55 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.

Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (October 3, 2012, 21:50 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.

Posted by A_Yorkshire_Lad on (October 3, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

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

Posted by JG2704 on (October 3, 2012, 9:38 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.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 3, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

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

Posted by JG2704 on (October 3, 2012, 9:37 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

Posted by zenboomerang on (October 3, 2012, 5:56 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)...

Posted by maddy20 on (October 3, 2012, 5:22 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!

Posted by Meety on (October 3, 2012, 0:35 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!!!!!

Posted by amilag on (October 2, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

This is Lion's Den...No body will survive here..Lions are the kings of cricket...

Posted by JG2704 on (October 2, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

@Chris_P on (October 01 2012, 23:49 PM GMT) To be honest , the amount of trolls on this particular thread so far is nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be. I must admit I still get pretty passionate about the hit and giggle stuff and get really annoyed with some of our selections - but that goes for tests too. Re troll posts , the thing that annoys me more is they'll often publish the troll post but won't publish my response. I have mixed views about who I want to win the tournament from here on in. I hope your boys have an off day vs Pak today as I'd love it if both Ind and SA went out. After that I have mixed feelings - Aus have played the best cricket but 1 or 2 trolls would make Eng threads unbearable if they won. I like Pakistan as a side too and their fans have been pretty cool by and large on this site. Then again it would kind of prove a point if it was a WI/SL final to those who boo about stronger/weaker groups. All the best. Please publish this time

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 2, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Attention cricinfo, please make sure that Smart stats include the fact that Sri Lanka are the first ever hosts of the T20 world cup to qualify for the Semi Finals when previous editions in South Africa, Engand and West Indies, these 3 host nations failed to reach the Semi Finals stage.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 2, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

@golgoal, haha Sri Lanka humiliated at home and away? What nonsense! We have an excellent away record! We have won Asia Cups and many more trilateral tournaments away. We even beat Australia 2-1 in the ODI series in 2010. We were runners up in the 2007 world cup and of course runners up in the 2009 T20 world cup. We won the world cup in 1996. Stop talking nonsense. We are a nation with a proud cricket history.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

Good to see West Indies coming out lucky... best of luck for them, hope to see them in the final

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

common sri lanka play like this in semi finals

Posted by ste13 on (October 2, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

England is not a bad team, but what Dernbasch is doing there is beyond my understanding.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

England's defence of their World Twenty20 title ended with a 19-run defeat against Sri Lanka

Posted by sundarsingh19 on (October 2, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

england is the worst team in the world when they are playing in the subcontinental conditions against a subcontinental team.

Posted by Selassie-I on (October 2, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

Firstly well done to Sri-Lanka, played a really good innings and despit us taking regular wickets never slowed their RR down, the target was just a bit too good for us. Well done to the England guys for not collapsing against spin, nice to see Samit Patel get a decent score, first tiem I think i've seen him do it in an England shirt, although to be fair he hasn't had too many chances. We did as expected with a young team with little international experience. Hopefully SL or WI will go on to win as the Aussies and the Indians will never shut up about it if they win and the win will be great for Lankan or carib cricket.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

i need india in the semi final............

Posted by jb633 on (October 2, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

Dismal performance from England again and this is stemming from the management. The thing that troubles me the most is that we simply do not have anyone who looks comfortable against spin James Taylor and Vince for me look the best young batsman against spin but I have not seen them in foreign conditions. In terms of the bowling I think we will always fare better in the longer format but we need to look at playing two real spinners and not Patel as the only alternative. All in all 2012 has been the worst year for an age in English cricket.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka for the consistent performances in this series.However, Chandimal probably should replace tirimanne in the middle which still looks brittle.Dananjaya definitely needs more exposure at the highest level as he still lacks control and direction at especially at T20 matches.I would still prefer Herath to play as his skills,experience and performance in the recent past justifies his selection.Why is the match winner in the last series thisara Perera not bowling at these matches.Strive for excellence SL as you definitely have the golden opportunity to be the Champs this year.

Posted by dimitri.samaratunga on (October 2, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

@MWilde- I think the reason India has been our bogey team is because we end up playing them so much, a lot more than any other team. The SL bowling attack relies on a lot on variation and unorthodoxy to be good. The fact that we play India so often takes the sting out of the surprise unorthodox element and variation in our attack. It becomes much easier for a very good Indian batting side to pick our bowlers after playing them so much.

Posted by krshankar on (October 2, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

DRS should be mandatory in 20 20 too. Alex Hales was given LBW wrongly in the match. That changed the result of the match.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 2, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

@subbass on (October 01 2012, 20:27 PM GMT) I'd say Wright can come home with credit too. As much as Broad anyway. We may well have lost all 3 super 8 games if it were not for him

Posted by JG2704 on (October 2, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

@Martin Crowther - Foster - Now that's an interesting/good shout IMO. We have several WK batsmen all around the same level , Davies and Prior are 2 but Foster is probably the best actual keeper out there and he maybe would have made a good captain too. Re Trego , I think he's been extremely patchy in the shorter formats. This year (with bat) he seemed inhibited in the first half and then seem to fire in a few inns. When he's firing I'd say he's an extremely good addition but he needs license and not try to play the anchor role as he did at times. He's a decent fielder too and maybe his bowling might have been good in these conditions.Re Collingwood , TBH everything he has said as a pundit I agree with esp points of playing your best bowlers and restricting the opposition being so crucial and the right/left opening combo if possible.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 2, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

@James Badge Wing on (October 02 2012, 01:30 AM GMT) Obviously knowing what we do now , it's easy to make different decisions. No one knew how bad Craig would be and to be fair to Hales he at least consistently goes at a run a ball even at the start of his inns and does play genuine cricket shots. The only change I'd def have made before the tournament would have been Jimmy for Jade and even Jade has ability , I just thinks he over complicates things

Posted by JG2704 on (October 2, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

@zenboomerang - hello - Re our batsmen , yes there are some inexperienced players in our side but re picking up singles - Morgan and Craig are not inexperienced and I thought they were bad offenders. And I feel this should have been a point Flower should have drilled into them and had them practicing. Re batting 2nd I think you have to go for the percentages. Eng have not had one game affected by rain in this tournament and not sure if there was rain forecasted yesterday- anyway regardless bowlers would still have had to have done a better job. Also re Colly. I don't think he's good enough to be a player but his reading of the game is superb. A shame he wasn't out there in some advisory role esp re selections although I wonder if Flower has pre conceived ideas which can't be talked out of him. The one good thing is that the weather is supposed to be getting better later in the week. I'm fed up of staying in on good weather days to watch my team Eng or Somerset only to be let down

Posted by desi-blue on (October 2, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

Just when it looked like ENG were going to lose this match in stepped their much talked about and feared ''Team Spirit'' to save them...Congrats ENG...Oh Wait...thats not the way it happened now was it???...I don't think team unity and spirit will win anyone anything...skill,talent and experience will...In step Kevin Pietersen...ENG'S BEST T-20/ODI BATSMAN BAR NONE!!!...And He's pretty good in Test's as well...Also congrats to SL on a clinical performance...just have a feeling that it might be a SL VS W.I final...

Posted by Great_Chucker on (October 2, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

SL fans are hoping for Indian loss as they won't win against them..past two years they have battered by Indians all over the world. ...they can win against PAK if they go through....they can win in Home Conditions like "TIGERS" bangladesh when India is not there

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

malinga show y he is the best fast bowler inthe world right now ,he is the main wicket taker 4 us and i hope pak wl win with aus and i really like 2 see ind gng home to night go sa ............ go pak ..........

Posted by A_Yorkshire_Lad on (October 2, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

Congrats to Sri Lanka on their victory and progression to the semi-finals , you were too good for us. As for England's performance , one again we were reduced to scrabbling around trying to save the match rather than going out and winning it. Apart from the odd innings from Luke Wright and Eoin Morgan ( and Samit Patel ) the batting has been lacklustre and inconsistent and simply not good enough to really trouble the other teams at the top table. Practically from the off there has been an awful inevitability about this early exit - I do hope that Stuart Broad really HAS learnt from this embarrassment. Anyway , Good Luck to the remaining teams . If nothing else , we England fans can now sit back and enjoy the cricket without having to worry about the results ! Cheers !

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

Well played Sri lanka. They have been playing some good cricket in this tournament. that's a great sign. And yesterday middle order was tested which was good. As a Sri lankan I wish to other asian teams IND/PAK to go though to semis. .

Posted by anver777 on (October 2, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

Importantly "Slinga Malinga" is back to his wicket taking form at the business end of the tournament !!!! Final SL vs Aus.... SL the 2012 Champions !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (October 2, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

@yorkslanka chill. Our semi final berth isn't confirmed yet. It could be any of the 3 teams IND, PAK, SA. I have a feeling that even if SA reaches semis they will not win despite having the best players (pressure always get to them). I wanted to see WI in final for a change. So it could be WI vs SL . As for your statement about SL dominating over 10 years i think that is not true. They were fearful side during 96-2001(when desilva, jayasurya were in peak). post 2003 they werent that strong and since 2008 i think it is india. Wish all the best to WI and ALL subcontinent teams. MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN.

Posted by CricShanghai on (October 2, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

I always look forward to listening to Nasser Hussein's live commentary. N. Hussein's post-game interview with young Broad, in a way, probing Broad by asking "what have you (England) learn.." really teach the young captain to think on his feet! We, playing the short format game that we love aorund the world at our own competing level, have a lot to learn and apply from this very Eng vs SL game. The batting application of the Lankan's batsmen rebuilding their innings twice, and the fighting spirit of Swann and Patel, while the rest of the players curled in the dug-out unimpressed. What if they all stood up and cheered the batsmen on, the camera would have caught their act, the batsmen batting could have noticed on the screen the whole team is behind them...!!

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 2, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

Well all there is to say is bring on our semi final opponents, WHOMEVER that is, if its India, so be it, yes we have a bad record against them but in the nineties it was the other way around for ten years so these things come and go..the important thing is we are playing great cricket at the moment..we fear no team...

Posted by SoulTaker on (October 2, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

Well played SL..You deserved to be in the semi's...gud luck to you for the rest of the games...cheers..

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (October 2, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

england need kp bring back that it

Posted by stormy16 on (October 2, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

Another polished performance from SL and full credit to them being aggressive and showing positive intent. Eng werent really spun out but just couldnt match SL in the game. The wicket had plenty for the tall Eng fast men who I thought didint make full use of the conditions. At the 15 over stage of the SL innings, the 3 tall fast bowlers had 5 overs between them with an inexperienced SL lower middle order but they were taken to all parts. Credit to the SL batters and of course Malinga finally makes a mark and what a time to do so. The inexperienced batting line up of Eng was always going to have a struggle but I assumed it would be spin but as it turned out, SL just had too many winners for Eng to match.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 2, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Congratulation West Indies for your Semi - Final appearance!

Posted by burner1985 on (October 2, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

Yeap, England definitely don't need Kevin Pietersen.... Administrators can continue to be stubborn while England keep losing. The batting line-up lacked experience and KP, man of the tournament last time, would have done a world of good. All best to Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

semi final will be fun it is gonna be mostly Srilanka vs India /Pakistan in the semis ..should be good game .

Posted by sher-e-slc on (October 2, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

Congrats to SL. Good win and good cricket. They produce incredible talent, make semis or finals almost every tournament. Awesome!! Lahiru Thiramane looks to be a fine prospect. Has class than Angelo. Anwayz..exciting cricket awaits. Aus & SL look like the only convincing teams but India makes to semis they will be unstoppable.!! Best of luck to India, Pakistan and Saffers. OZ are already there.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

Lions indeed showed their abilities. Their effort and performances were excellant. Malinga once again concluded his 4 overs with 5 important wickets. Carry on guys.... Would prefer to see you all on 7th with the World Cup.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 2, 2012, 5:42 GMT)

Win or loss on the semi is a part & parcel of game. We never worry about it. We are very pleased on our team's performance upto now.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

would have KP made a difference something for E C B to think of REMEMBER W I and MR GAYLE

Posted by Dilruksh on (October 2, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

nice to c indian fans commenting in a gud way...keep it up guys..and all the best for todays match against SA

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (October 2, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

This is what happens when ur best batsman sits in the commentary box!! Broad was living in a fool's paradise if he seriously believed his own comments about not needing KP

Posted by challagalla on (October 2, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka on qualifying for the semis. Well played . Angelo Mathews is a treat to watch and Malinga as usual delivers. I hope Its not India - Sri Lanka semi final. I would prefer them facing off in the finals. I wish India had an allrounder like Angelo Mathews in the side. Thats the one chink in our armour and its exploited by all sides. India leaks runs in the final overs. I still feel India will win the cup given their strong batting line up. I have travelled many times to Sri Lanka and love the place and the infectious easy going life style of the Sri Lankans. Blessed they are living in the Emerald Isles. Lets see what happens today and if India , Pakistan or SF make it. It appears India has the best chance of Qualifying for the semis but in sports nothing is certain. One good game from SF or Pakistan today and India sent packing. One last comment, can all cricket lovers leave the vituperation out and take victory or defeat gracefully, and not get unduly excited.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 2, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

Sri Lankan middle order well proved their capabilities.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 2, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

We never like to see either India or Pakistan go out of semis. May be a day to worry for us.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (October 2, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

Im not going to have a cheap shot at England getting knocked out as after all its only T20 and who cares. Thought Wright had a good tournament and Bopara has turned into a very decent shorter game bowler.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

SL has proved they can win matches even the top three batsman fails. and the middle order looks rock solid, this is how T 20 matches should be played,with overs running out every batsmen should go for quick runs rather than building partnerships .if Mathews and Jeevan had been playing more carefully SL may have lost the game. because of the positive batting of the all rounders SL won the match, hope Mathews , Jeevan and Thissera wil play the same way in the Semifinals,well done SL.. i am so thrilled WI have made in to the Semifinals any other team would have been a cake walk in the semifinal for Australiya hope WI wil meet Australia and SL may meet India or Pakistan depends on today"S result good luck for all the teams..

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 2, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

I'm pleased with this Akila Dhananja. Oh my god, From tier 3 school cricket to international cricket. Thanks Mahela & Ford for your brave decision.

Posted by yohandf1984 on (October 2, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

Clinical performances by SL . WELL DONE . So we are in the business end . We hv to play against Pak/Ind/SA in semi s . Match against any of them would be tough and we have to maintain our best . guys just go and play positive, so we can overcome any team . good luck .

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 2, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

What a valuable asset Jeewan Mendis is. Never take long to settle. Wonderful player. Add the momentum to innings where others fail.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 2, 2012, 4:58 GMT)

Thanks for Sri Lankan Cricket for preparing a Live wicket with some bounce & movement. England had to take much out of it. we are very proud that we never played on a pitch that only supported to home team. I like thi kind of pitch very well rather than dead surfaces.

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (October 2, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

@Ameega, Very sensible comments. Instead of talking on purely cricketing merits lots of people on both sides let other considerations influence their views. But I guess thats bound to happen especially between neighbours and just goes to show that we're all human!!

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (October 2, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

Well done SL....Now go on and WIN it!

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 2, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

@Jindal Priyank; We are happy on our win. More happy to see honest & effective comments of you.

Posted by Meety on (October 2, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

At least the women are winning!

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 2, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

COngratulation Sri Lanka. "Sri Lanka became only the second team after Pakistan to reach the semi-final stage of the World Twenty20 in three tournaments". Well done Lions. We aren't overjoyed with this win. Hope our guys play well in semi & make their way to GRAND FINAL.

Posted by welleft on (October 2, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

Boread with this bashing. Good to see some good commnets from some SL and Indian fans,please continue this; Both teams are good, its just a sport; Please dont insult each other infront of the whole world..not good good for both. - indian

Posted by Ra_Thore on (October 2, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

Tomorrow will be Watson vs Pak.

Posted by 9ST9 on (October 2, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

another stat, if I'm not much mistaken is that Sri Lanka are the only host nation to make it past the super 8's. in 2007 SA, 2009 Eng and 2010 WI all were knocked out in the super 8s

Posted by Ramansilva on (October 2, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

Any player can have a bad day. What mattered was; when Ajantha failed, Malinga delivered. It was happy to see Malinga took wickets up-front instead of tail enders in death overs. (Hope Cricinfo will post this. All my recent comments were ignored.)

Posted by navsl on (October 2, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

As a SL fan I would like to meet India in semis bcos we have higher possibility to beat Aus otherwise people around the word called as home winners as they called to Indian team now.

Posted by MWilde on (October 2, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

Srilanka will be wary of facing India in Semis as later has been a bogey team for them in last 2-3 years.They somehow manage to lose against India inspite of being a better all round side.They will be hoping to meet pakistan in semis & would be better off facing them rather India or S.Africa.

Posted by Afridynamite on (October 2, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

@KURUWITA yet Lanka lost to SA didnt they?

Posted by golgoal on (October 2, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

@bhrangi You must be joking buddy. Just because SL team keeps getting humiliated home or abroad and their fans get frustrated, you just want to give them the cup. Hilarious !

Posted by Ameega on (October 2, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

@bhrangi, thanks for your wishes. I understand your frustration. Please understand not all SL fans bashing Indians, just a few. As I understand there are many non-cricketing reasons for this, but everyone should understand that this a sport, not politics. My political views of India have never prevented me in enjoying Gavaskar to Dravid playing good cricket for more than two decades. If any Indian says SL is a very weak team, minnow or overrated or whatever; let it be, and do not be proud of beating them. "We beat SL! We beat SL" is not good slogan, if you loose to others. If a SL fan says India is not a good team, why do not you win against them. Enjoy good cricket. Good luck India tonight.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

SL dispatched Eng home in style to say the least!!!

Posted by VJGS on (October 2, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

Both England and SA deserve to be kicked out to be taught a lesson. As soon as they achieved No1 Rankings, they were so full of themselves, acting as if the they own the world. Didn't India's 2 whitewashes tech the world anything?

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

without KP england lack the edge in batting....

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

fantastic performance by Malinga

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

You forgot to mention some important facts here, 1. The ball was wet, that's why Sri Lanka didn't ball much spin initially. 2. Sangakkara's bat wasn't even close to that ball, Bairstow needs to get his ears checked.

Posted by zenboomerang on (October 2, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

@Martin Crowther... Agree on Collingwood - a very missed player from your team & under-rated by many... I see the same attitude by Oz fans on Bailey, yet he has been one of the best tactical captains in Oz comp's in recent years...

Posted by zenboomerang on (October 2, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

@JG2704 :- "LAMBAST 4"... You have a team of young batsmen which will often leave you with surprised results & T20's are unpredictable at best... Plus the young guys wouldn't have a great deal of experience in these conditions or against many of the bowlers... Though your team selection process has left me scratching my head - much like my Oz ODI teams selections over the last year... I enjoy 'hit & giggle', but take the results with a grain of salt...

Posted by zenboomerang on (October 2, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

@JG2704... Re: batting 1st/2nd... There is a good reason to bat 2nd: with rain a possibility in this WC, the team batting 2nd gets a huge advantage - D/L... Also if rain does come in, the team bowling 2nd is often more disadvantaged, especially the spinners...

Posted by ntalgeri on (October 2, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

England's loss was expected and goes a long way to prove that barring Australia, no other team has been truly number 1 in the sport. This would have been a big blow to the likes of Nasser Hussain who leave no stone unturned in praising the team to the skies. How is this team in different from the sub-continental sides that do well only in familiar conditions?

Posted by Chesty-la-roux on (October 2, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

Quote JG2704 "Can anyone tell me why Lumb has not been used throughout the whole tournament"

Yes I can tell you. He is not a member of the correct clique. This is the whole problem with the england 20 20 team and it is fast spreading to the test and ODI teams too. At the moment the english teams are not being picked on cricketing merit, that is plain for all to see. In the 20 20 format the team appears to be picked based on who the 'captains' mates are. The current cliques and factions within the english dressing rooms will set english cricket back decades if it is not stamped out PDQ. If this means getting rid of the entire current crop of test bowlers including the 20 20 'captain' so be it. The sooner these bowlers understand that they are, 1 - not bigger than the team, and 2 - vastly overrated, the better off english cricket will be.

Posted by KingOwl on (October 2, 2012, 3:27 GMT)

Marting Crowther says "as Geoff boycott rightly says time and time again English batsmen struggle on sub continental pitches." I have seen many pathetic excuses on behalf of England. This one is more wrong than pathetic. The pitches England played on in Pallekele had pace, bounce, carry - all that. These were no broken, slow, turning wickets. They were also not the wet gardens you get in England. These pitches are as good and fair as you get. England were beaten by a superior team, period.

Posted by spirit_cric on (October 2, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

Well-done SL! No matter what, most of the times SL & AUS are the best performed teams when it comes 2 major tournaments.They may have lost many other series & bottom in the rankings.But they do their best in major tournaments! That's da difference of them between other teams!It has proven many times in last 15-20 years!

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (October 2, 2012, 3:19 GMT)


Posted by timohyj on (October 2, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

even with all their T20 specialists who can play scoop shots so well, they still played so badly. Malinga's not so hard to play, at least it doesn't seem so when he plays against India

Posted by Hammond on (October 2, 2012, 3:09 GMT)

Bad luck boys, now the real cricket starts.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (October 2, 2012, 3:06 GMT)


How do you say PAK is placed among 3 best teams. U R joiking. Aus ranked below Ireland, SA r pretenders, IND is home winners.

Posted by bhrangi on (October 2, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

Congratulations SL.,, As an indian i want SL to lift the cup., atleast from there on, i hope SL fans may stop bashing IND..,.,because if u keep on losing then frustration will lead to the bashing the team they are continously losing., So my best wishes for SL fans., Want to finish this hatred,.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 3:00 GMT)

a slap on british selectors' face. Now watch how u benn washed all through the tournament without KP

Posted by Htc-Android on (October 2, 2012, 2:35 GMT)

Those who were wrttiing off Malinga, what are you saying now?

Posted by Htc-Android on (October 2, 2012, 2:34 GMT)

mendis should be dropped for the next game. if new comers like rob nicol and samit patel can it him out of the park. I am sure anybody can hit him out of the park. herath should be brought back for the next game. atleast he can control the runs flow.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 2:30 GMT)

Well no surprise really, hard to argue that England deserved to qualify. The batting line up was just too inexperienced with Bairstow and Buttler barely contributing in the whole tournament, add to that kieswetters terrible form and we can't be shocked that we lost. Looking at some of the other teams some of which with classical batmen playing proper shots I do wonder if Bell or even Cook could have provided the team with more stability. Also when are we getting pieterson back, he's apologized lets all be big boys and get over it.

Posted by ksupun on (October 2, 2012, 2:29 GMT)


Posted by Sinhaya on (October 2, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

@cool2cool, honestly I am surprised to see such comments from you after you earlier said that SL making it to Super 8 will be one of the upsets and you also asked why not play this tournament in the Sahara dessert which showed your opposition to us getting the hosting rights.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

England should refuse the play in the sub-continent. There are weird conditions and even weirder bowlers (called spinners). All future world tournament games must be played in England and England should have some say in who visiting team pick in their squads (can't have riff-raff playing). Damn, scrap that....the only place England has performed worse is in ENGLAND! 1999 W/C and 2009 World T20.Oh, I give up.....

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 1:59 GMT)

Except the pitch England played against India others were not sub continent at all. some of them were better than,the pitches u get in England. So,England have no reason to complain about conditions. The amount of money ECB have & spend on cricket comparing to SL,England should be able to beat small country like SL in every match. But thats the beauty about Sri Lanka & Sri Lankan cricket.

Posted by lcg_123 on (October 2, 2012, 1:58 GMT)

Wonder what could have happened if Samit Patel had someone like KP to support him?

Posted by Rogerunionjack on (October 2, 2012, 1:44 GMT)

@ seniorgators on (October 01 2012, 20:54 PM GMT) To give credit where it is due, SL were better and Malinga was tough. Early wickets set us back, and then it was always going to be uphill. You can't take me to task for being patriotic. Atleast I support my team, which is more than what can be said for several other fair weather supporters. Just wait for tonight when the Indians join us at Colombo airport.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 1:39 GMT)

I think the days of the outdated andyflower concepts are over.They come to the sub-continent with players who are suited to english conditions.Moreover they are rigid with their ideas and not flexible, like they live in a make believe world "Yeh these asians cannot play shortpitched deliveries" and stick to that even when they see they are being hooked or pulled.They forgot that they are in Asia here shortpitched deliveries sit up nicely to be hit.Instead of thinking on the feet they were thinking more in the board rooms. AndyFlowers concepts worked for a while like any new blood but has a shelflife which is over now.Happy that the poms are out.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 2, 2012, 1:25 GMT)

As a Lankan fan I feel sorry for England but this is all a part of the game. I know you all won the last T20 world cup and no doubt you all are a great side. I love your Barmy Army who came to my shores in thousands early this year and hope our boys perform well when we tour England next year for the Champions trophy and also in 2014 and 2016 Summers for tests, ODIs and T20s. Great to see KP returning to the squad soon.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 2, 2012, 1:22 GMT)

Thanks a lot Jindal Priyank and hope today's games in Colombo will be o absolute thrill and entertainment.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 1:20 GMT)

First of all, well done Malinga. Well done Sri Lanka. Great game, great win, no doubt. To the English fans: If South Africa can create a win of decent proportions today, both India & Pakistan will be out of the semis? IF that happens, look at the plight of millions (or, is it billions?) of Indian & Pak fans! That is the way it goes. So, English fans may take some consolation in the result. The most positive for England is the fact they have identified many young English players, in whom they can invest for the future.

Posted by Ameega on (October 2, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

SL fans, please do not publish any harsh comments on Indians. The only Indians visit this forum today is someone wants to congratulate us (except couple of jealousy guys). As Sri Lankans, we must show that we appreciate and respect others and enjoy our game (as most of the us already do). The more we appreciate the opponent, more valuable the victory against them.

Posted by mumerashfaq on (October 2, 2012, 1:17 GMT)

Eng just made too many crucial changes in a decider match.....i was stunned to see thier playing XI......

Posted by BG4cricket on (October 2, 2012, 1:05 GMT)

Still have no idea why Bopara was not preferred to Buttler who has really never done anything with a lot of opportunities. If they had backed Bopara in to find form they might have finished with a semis spot as the batting was just not good enough (and never looked likely to be). Wright's efforts with the bat were one of the few positives along with Finn

Posted by Chris_P on (October 2, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

@JG2704 . All good points & pretty good analysis. Despite some posts, T20 form is just about pointless for test consideration so now, at least you (and us shortly) can move onto some serious cricket. This hit & giggle is so reliant on form on the day with a general element of luck going your way that consistency over a period of time is difficult to maintain. You know my views on how serious I take T20, still, you could be happy the way England has played over the past 2 years considering their start. Like you, I have noticed & appreciated some thoughtful posts from fans from particular countries. I just wish Cricinfo can vett ALL the trolls to rid all ridiculous posts. Please publish.

Posted by RandyOZ on (October 2, 2012, 0:17 GMT)

Where have all the poms gone? Hammond? Gone fishin again mate?

Posted by gudolerhum on (October 1, 2012, 23:58 GMT)

Yep, Broad has not been inspiring in his role as captain. There should be a look for a replacement. Bopara has not been used appropriately and this series may well finish his international career. Much like many other similarly talented players whose skills were not used at the appropriate time or were harshly discarded by the selectors at the time. Waste of talent and frustration of a possible career. Gooch was a very good batsman but his man mangement skills have always been less than the best. He chopped off Gower's career for, well whatever reason he had. England need to heed this wake up call. They have a lot of talent but it is not producing as it should and this will soon cause the team spirit to disappear. Swann will not take kindly to failures and his performance will suffer. Bairstow is still not quite ready to play a full role. His work looked untidy today for someone who is a full time keeper and his batting is still not reliable. Take warning now.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 23:49 GMT)

Kieswetter batted at the top like he was blind folded ,spun round in a circle 5 times,unblind folded and then sent out to the middle as his didn't know how to play his innings at the top of the order. Bairstow was all at sea,butler came in in dire situations and struggled to provide the innings required at that time. Pietersen experience talent and presence was missing but the main reasons why England won the cup in 2010 is because they had a very shrewd captain (collingwood) who was respected by everyone (including pietersen) in their line ups they had all options and bowling variations covered and the team knew what their role was. As Geoff boycott rightly says time and time again English batsmen struggle on sub continental pitches.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

I have to agree with some of the comments on here in regards to Stuart broads captaincy and agree with some of the users that he should not have been the captains job. I felt on paper the team was pretty one dimensional. We had no left arm seamer. No left handed batsmen at the top. Brennan bowled test match length and slower bouncers that Geoff boycotts mum could hit with a stick of rhubarb after seeing 3 of them. Dernbach is a bowler who can't a consistent line and length for his plan to get someone out and this is one of the reasons why his strike rate and economy is high in first class cricket and why he will probably wont play a test match. Morgan was out of touch and struggled to touch the ball with his bat against the spinners.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 23:31 GMT)

Peter trego should have been picked for this cup as his has power hitting. He is a good fielder and offers a lot with the ball. A lot of sommersets success in the one day games over the past 3-4 years have been thanks to Peter trego.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

England really missed a trick by not playing Michael lumb. He would of have the left hand/right combination variation at the top of the order. Bopara should not have been played as he lacks confidence in his ability at international level. Danny Briggs should have played instead of dernbach as Briggs has more control than Patel and the pitches suited more of his bowling than dernbachs bowling machine type of bowling. I've always believed before this World Cup that they should of brought in Jamie foster as wicketkeeper as he is the best wicketkeeper batsmen in the country at odi's. they should have played dimi dibberly doblery bowling mascharanus as taking pace off the ball on these pitches worked more times out of 10 than pace on the ball.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 23:17 GMT)

If West Indies is to go forward they have to play serious cricket. Too many team selection and batting placement position errors.

This is my opinion on the team and batting line up. Gayle, (Smith, Charles/Simmons), Samuels, Bravo, Pollard, Russell, Sammy, Ramdin, Best, Rampaul, Narine and Edwards.

There is no Roach or Taylor so the selected pacemen will have to do their thing.

I hope Sammy picked up a few points from the Sri Lanka Captains MJ and KS.

West Indies should field in their remaining matches, to allow the bowlers a fair chance and have the batsmen go after the runs regardless if they win the Toss.

Fielding is equally important.

Hope you guys make use of this oportunity.

Posted by No_1_again on (October 1, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

I still have doubt on this group. NZ didn't win any game but took both to the super over. Anyhow, congrats to both. See you in the finals.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 22:50 GMT)

haha..SPiritof the game and go to the hell..cup is all we want and well done SL management to keep Mahela safe !

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 22:44 GMT)

England we sorry! That is the way the game goes, we feel your pain. But West Indies are still in so pray for us.

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (October 1, 2012, 22:40 GMT)

Well once again, England have been found wanting. Our performance over the last year has been abysmal, across almost all formats. Yet, England fans still come on here and shoot their mouth off, when really, they'd be better off just keeping schtum. I just wonder how many more losses we will have to endure before fans start behaving with some humility and the players stop writing autobiographies, stop talking about how they're going to be a team to rival the great Australian and West Indies dynasties,when frankly there seem to be neither the talent nor the application. Sorry Sorry England, I couldn't say I didn't expect it, it was only a matter of time before you dissapoint me once again.....

Posted by kunderanengineer on (October 1, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

Two thirds of England's runs coming from Patel and Swann; I guess that says it all.

Posted by RohanMarkJay on (October 1, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

England did the right thing bye not selecting KP as much as I like KP, by going with a mostly young team. However if they want to be a finalist team in tournaments they have to have one or two players who are excellent players of spin which can hold the side together which they used to in the past. Like Gatting,Gooch,Gower, Thorpe and KP etc. Otherwise they will continue to struggle in subcontinent conditions. Nasser Hussain was right. England didn't play good cricket in Sri Lanka though put in a big effort. However they are a young team and should learn from it. Also A.Flower and Graham Gooch are very good batting coaches. KP should be allowed to play if he wants Tests and one dayers in England only. However he is nearing the end of his career and should make way for youngsters from England's county cricket scene. Also Sri Lanka deserve to win the tournament they have played superbly in their own conditions. England were never gonna challenge SL after they posted a good total.

Posted by Douggy on (October 1, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

Excellent innings by Patel ! If only you had a partner to stay with you the result of this game would have been different. Well played Sri Lanka with tis type of form you are very much favorites to clinch the trophy...

Posted by 12thUmpire on (October 1, 2012, 22:14 GMT)

England exposed Bopara to SA attack under English conditions; Now to Sri Lanka under subcontinental conditions. They missed two golden opportunities to use him - Against Afghanistan, his runs would not have mattered, and against New Zealand, his batting was not required. When will they stop this cruel and unusual punishment for the innocent? A fourth seamer like Onions or a second spinner like Monty could easily produce the same number of runs at Bopara's batting position.

Posted by Stateside_Steve on (October 1, 2012, 22:14 GMT)

England has been sub-continented once again. All they have now is harmonious dressing room with respect for one another. Sri Lanka has a tougher match in the semis be it India or Pakistan. I would rather not be a favorite in the knock out stage.

Posted by Patchmaster on (October 1, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

Broad should stand down as Captain. It should be Morgan, or they should seriously consider bringing in Cook as an opener and captain. Broad just doesn't have the brain for it, Cook does, and they need a 'stayer' as an opener.

Posted by seniorgators on (October 1, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

@Rogerunionjack I think you were a tad optimistic and premature 2 days ago with your following projection " Well done England, one foot in the semis. We're on track to retain our crown. NZ were inadequate today, now all the pressure will be on the hosts come Monday. One bad match against India, and all the knives were out. Guess a few folks would be eating humble pie tonight." England has one foot on the plane and how's the pastry?

Posted by seniorgators on (October 1, 2012, 21:50 GMT)

@bounced out Have not 'heard' from you for a while. It is probably only a coincidence that your silence has aligned with England's dismal slide and Australia's success. This recent reference from you about Australia is far more appropriate for the underperforming land of hope and glory " How the mighty have fallen .... But then a lack of talent and an inability to look forward, only back, will do that to a team" Very prophetic by quote and very prophetic by name. Bounced out in straight sets!

Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (October 1, 2012, 21:50 GMT)

Well played SL. England out, dissappointing for the young guns Bairstow, Buttler, Kies and Dernbach not to replicate their county T20 exploits, but I'm sure they'll be back stronger for it. I think a lack of experience did for us. I like the way Flower has the balls to make the selection calls he does, we are certainly not predictable. One was a master stroke (Patel), the others didnt quite come off. We certainly missed KP, and with a young inexperienced squad missed the big names other countries had, but I think we'll be much stronger next time. Sidebottom and Yardy made a big difference last tournament, and its a shame Dernbach didnt quite come off, and Briggs might have had more of a run.

Posted by Hasnat-18 on (October 1, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

Wow.....what a match player Lasith Malinga is...!!! Always a treat to watch him bowling.It will be interesting to see sub continent teams in first semi final.For me, Australia seem to play the final, other team yet to be decided.

Posted by Akshita29 on (October 1, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

Sorry everyone my last comment was a mistake . It should have been " we could win without Kp"..

Posted by jmcilhinney on (October 1, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

Well, England disappointing and just not good enough. A valiant effort by Patel but just no help from the other batsmen. It probably would have only taken one other half decent innings but they just weren't up to it. Killer over from Malinga but they still should have been able to regroup. Their bowling let them down a bit also meaning that the chase was always going to be difficult. They've definitely missed KP this tournament but that's no excuse. He wasn't here and the squad they had should have done better. Hales, Wright, Morgan and Patel here played some good innings but not consistently enough while Kieswetter, Buttler and Bairstow were disappointing. No bowler was consistently good enough either. Although he bowled a couple of cheap overs here I'm not sure playing Bopara was a bright move. Bowl Wright and bat Lumb or get Briggs in and try to limit the opposition batsmen. Back to the drawing board I guess. Good luck to those teams still in the competition.

Posted by muttydoc on (October 1, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

England missed Pietersen fullstop. Regardless of what everyone feels, Broad should not be even in the t20 side nevertheless captaining it. This was bound to happen, beating Afghanistan and Newzealand only and swindled for 80 by India, the team with arguably the weakest bowling attack bowling with their second line bowlers was a shocker. England cannot have a lot of positives to travel back home. I hope WI take the title this time, they deserve some success to try to come back as a consistent force again.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

Good the young and talented England team played against the experienced Srilankan team. Well done SR Patel and GP Swann. Gave a Scare to them. Well played. Even though you are lost in this world T20 good luck for the next games and I am sure you guys will become no 1in t20.

Posted by subbass on (October 1, 2012, 21:38 GMT)

Oh my apologies I should have mentioned Wright who also had a decent tournament.

Posted by Rastus on (October 1, 2012, 21:34 GMT)

Maybe Flower has finally realised that a happy dressing room is not the most important thing in cricket. A cricket tour is not a holiday it is a job and the best players should be in the team and told to get on with it. England supporters have spent a lot of money to go to this championship and have been let down by the English management. Maybe it is time for Flower to take his ego and stupid ideas somewhere else.

Posted by subbass on (October 1, 2012, 21:34 GMT)

I think also that even KP could not have got us through, but believe me I always wanted him in the side. Maybe he might, but of course now we will never know. I just think there was far too much inexperience in the top 6 and Dernbach is the most overrated bowler I have seen in an England shirt and an obvious weak link his economy must have been well over 10 for the tournament !!

Cook probably should get a game in the T-20 side as he has SR of 80+ since he returned to the 50 over side. A top 6 with Cook and KP would have been pretty decent I think. The irony is that it was not spin that got us in a mess, but the excellence of Malinga the 'slinga' ! Anyway good luck to SL they are the side I want to win it now and have always been my favourite team from Asia.

Posted by samincolumbia on (October 1, 2012, 21:31 GMT)

@nilb - Going by the results of IND-SL games for the past 10 years, you are better off playing Australia than India in the semi-final...lolz. If it's India, chances are Malinga will get injured on purpose to avoid bowling to Kohli and Co.

Posted by subbass on (October 1, 2012, 21:27 GMT)

Must be a weak group if WI have made it through, heck they could not even beat NZ in normal time was criminal England losing to them though. SL V Australia final ? I think so now to be honest. Only Finn, Broad, Patel and Swann can come home with any credit, the rest have been utterly awful.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 21:20 GMT)

Too many kids trying to do the batting without a leader of the unit, who was working for ESPN. Swanny showed in the couple of T20s he captained against WI last year that he's much the better captain than the cliche parroting Broad. Maybe he's spent too much time on the ghosted Twitter account. Indecisive selection didn't help either. Maybe the head coach is as burnt out as his former skipper who is now retired. It was the management who lost the trophy, after all. Who coaches the batting that hasn't worked since the India test series?

Posted by mark2011 on (October 1, 2012, 21:19 GMT)

congratz to SL.. good team effort... sory to see Eng is off the tournament, they didbt get their combinations right and keep changing every match.. very much misses the KP, had he been in the team, it wud have different game altogether for englishmen.. good luck for future Eng series...

Posted by suve on (October 1, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

Well done Team Sri lanka!!!, and it's nice to see no Sri lankans are throwing insults at other teams on cricinfo. Sri lanka are very well balanced with the bat and ball, their fielding is brilliant too. Mathews, Perera and Jeewan batted very well today. The first half of the match was very exciting as both teams kept going at each other but the last half completley belonged to Sri lanka. England are going no where without K.P. The Sri lankan team has great crowd support and have good momentum (winning last 3 matches) and they have no excuse to lose this tournament. Good luck to the Semi Finalists.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 21:09 GMT)

you wrong, sl lost to eng in 2006 in t20, check ur stats

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

malanga unplayable today .he shown his class one again in the t 20

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

England have one player with IPL experience. Not a level playing field

Posted by disco_bob on (October 1, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

It will surely be said that Pietersen would not have made the difference in this campaign, but that would not take into account the lift confidence that would flow from his presence. Ironically, especially as he had made a grovelling apology and a new captaincy era had begun, a series of high octane games in this championship would be the perfect bonding mechanism and restore the all important 'dressing room' camaraderie. Sure the Aussies would have got them in the final but that would only have been expected.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

England have one player with IPL experience. The rest of the teams have alot more. It is not a level playing field.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

@David Worrall on (October 01 2012, 18:59 PM GMT) I can see your point but apart from KP the other settled test batsmen are probably too slow for this format. Also even re the team examples you use - Aus don't have Cowan,Clarke or Ponting in the side and SA don't have their opening pair in the side. Also , until this tournament we'd done pretty well in this format and in this format I reckon our bowlers have been more at fault than our batsmen

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

Re our squad out there , I'd have had Jimmy in there in front of Dernbach. I think he is more experience and would be more likely to bowl better lengths/lines. Apart from that and the obvious player we were missing I think we had our best players out here. I blame our bowlers above our batsmen and even with our prized batsman I wouldn't have backed our side to consistently chase down the totals we were having to defend. Swann/Finn and Wright are probably the only players who have come away from this tournament with their reputations undiminished.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

LAMBAST 4 - Re our batsmen - again I felt at times there were too many dot balls. One thing which impressed me about India and SL was the way they almost seemed obsessed with not allowing dot balls. One example was when Morgan and Patel were in together and Morgan had just struck a 4 - I think off Matthews - off the 1st ball of the over and the next 3 were dots. Morgan is a talented batsman but why could he not (after doing the hard part) play the percentage shot for a single. 5 singles after the 4 and we have 9 an over and if one of those can be a 2 then we have 10 off the over as opposed to 6.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

LAMBAST 1 - HORRIBLE TEAM SELECTION CTD - Another puzzle and I've not really seen Jonny keep wkt before but to me (from what I've seen from both JB's) Jonny is a better boundary rider with a stronger throwing arm and Jos is a better wicket keeper. If this is as it appears surely they should have had Jos keeping wicket. LAMBAST 2 - CHOOSING TO CHASE - After winning the toss why do we always seem to choose to chase? Is it just me who thinks we are better at defending totals than chasing. I know the warm up matches were of little significance but in both matches we were defending totals and vs Pak it was a very low total - coincidence?

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

Before I lambast my own team , congratulations SL and WI who both deservedly qualify. I kind of feel more sorry for NZ who lost 2 of their 3 games on the super over and today probably should have won. Anyway , horrible day to be an England fan. So in time order lambast 1 - HORRIBLE TEAM SELECTION - Can anyone tell me why Lumb has not been used throughout the whole tournament or why Dernbach was brought back in ahead of either Briggs or Bresnan. If you took Jade's overs out and then presume Briggs goes at the same rate as the other bowlers then we are chasing 11 lighter and under 8 RPO. Bopara was also a strange selection although his bowling was OK and his bowling is better than his batting in this format. But why did he come in before Buttler? I know Buttler has not had a great time out there but surely he was more likely to pull something off than Ravi who scored 1 from 6 and increased the required rate further up?

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (October 1, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

Well Done SL. A well deserved victory. I am surprised ENG made it to Super 8 as they were no match to the mightly LIONS except for a little cameo by Samit Patel and Swan. Broad was clueless as a captain and is useless as a captain. Another interesting day awaits tomorrow to decide who has to go through a Gayle Storm. I hope both IND and PAK make it to Semis then there will be 3 Sub continent teams in the final 4 but AUS looking very good and SA has great chance as they face a pathetic Indian bowling attack.

Posted by voyrison on (October 1, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

What is the logic of the England selectors? They have always seen T20 as something for the 'junior' team, England Colts, while other countries just put their best players in the team. Apart from the farce of KP we had no Prior, Cook, Bell. What's the point of having class players and not using them?

Posted by disco_bob on (October 1, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

England are not just a one trick pony, they can play slingers just as badly as spinners.

Posted by nilb on (October 1, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

@Krishna Chaitanya On the contrary we SL fans prefer to see SL team play the no 4 team (next to Bangladesh) in the subcontinent rather than Pakistan in the semi-finals. Oh but will India qualify? Have they yet? Are u sure they will?.

Posted by Naresh28 on (October 1, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

CONGRATS TO SL and WI for getting to Semis. In the other group Oz are there. SA might give India a good go as they have not won one match. So beware India. india's biggest problem is bowlers. Pak will certainly have to throw everything at Oz. So it all exciting tomorrow. You win some and you lose some. So may the best teams emerge for the semi's.

Posted by Hira1 on (October 1, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

England didn't win the cup but have a happier dressing room ...that was more important for them

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (October 1, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

chamoion going back home very sad...good work by sri lankan...SL is best team now,,,SL,,AUS in final..

Posted by Master_Mihil on (October 1, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

@FaYsal Raza -hey! hey! we are not tigers, we are roaring lions. Anyway thanks :D . Hope pakisthan would mellow up the Aussies tomorrow. Otherwise they are gonna run away with the cup! Please do not let Watson get another MOM. That'd be much appreciated. :)

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

' always needed a miracle of Medinah proportions'. That's an interesting turn of phrase, I haven't heard before.

Posted by Akshita29 on (October 1, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

And for those guys who kept loud mouthing " We can defend the title with KP " I have to say now you guys have to go back to some new line like " Oh Kp could not have won anything for us . " Guys just check his t20 records . He was awesome in India in the one off t20 . He belted even aZmal and Afridi in UAE in the t20 s and ODIs . PLz don't say anything about tests . He was great in the IPL and smashed Ashwin ,ojha ,Jadeja etc out of park regularly . Test matches are played at different level . But in T20 One destructive batsman like KP can win the cup like he did last time.

Posted by Hasnat-18 on (October 1, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

Another awesome performance from Sri Lanka. The passion and commitment is fantastic. Keep it up SL,you deserve to win the T20 Title now.We all Pakistani would love to see trophy in your hands, if not Pakistan. Who know SL might meet Pakistan in Semis.....I guess Australis will play against WI and SL will play either India or Pakistan in Semis.Great tornament so far. Love it.....!!!

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 20:08 GMT)

Wel done Lanka :) U did Dat like a Tiger ........from Pakistan

Posted by fab4_india on (October 1, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

So BYE BYE ENGLAND....a real heart breaker for the inventors of the game...

So for the 4th time in as many editions we gonna have a different champ...unless of course India or Pakistan pull up the trigger and turn the table around..Am betting for the mighty Aussies to run away with the titles...but heart say come on India...

Any ways...all the best to India, Pakistan, Australia and South Africa lot will be depending on tomorrow...the most important day of the tournament so far...


Posted by ifrakurshid on (October 1, 2012, 20:06 GMT)


Posted by lee_man on (October 1, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

SL and Australia are the form teams at the moment. Cricket is, as we know, a game of glorious uncertainties, so we can't predict a Sri Lanka vs Australia final...but it surely looks like it.

Posted by Akshita29 on (October 1, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

I was watching KP in star cricket .post match show . And he proved he does not have great control over his emotions almost shouting at Mark Waugh . He was getting angry over the fact Mark said Nz was the second best team in the group and Kp was not willing to agree to him . Kp is seriously hurt . He seriously wanted to be there and showcase himself on the field . But he made a lots of mistake and he deserved to suffer a bit . But at least now ECB should bring him back and let fans like me enjoy his batting . Not much to blame the young England team with no real experience at all in these conditions . Really missed KP the batsman in this world t20 .

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

tomarrow anything can happen Aus is already qualify............... but for second qualifying team there will be tough competition between ind,pak,sa South Africa also have chances to qualify if ind n pak loss by big margin..... hope india will qualify....expect sehwag do some extraordinary as per his image in T-20 format

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

a source of great mystery to me is that all countries in the tournament bar England play their country's strongest test batsman. SL play Sanga, Jayarwadine and Dilshan.. Aussies play Watson, Warner and Hussey ... SA play Amla, Kallis DeVilliers WI play Gayle. Bravo etc and so on with India, Pakistan, NZ, Ireland etc etc. Where then are Cook, Bell and Pieterson?

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

good work boys.keeps the hopes alive.this time its not for india neither pakistan

Posted by gsingh7 on (October 1, 2012, 19:58 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

once again malinga genarated his slingas and srilanka reached on semifinal without loosing a match.good luck for srilanka and malinga.

Posted by Perera32 on (October 1, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

Did someone say Sri lanka are top heavy?, Shows the quality of Mathews, Perera and Jeewan Mendis. Sri lanka are very well rounded both with Bat and Bowl and also their fielding is outstanding as usual. England and Broad were pathetic, why on earth did Broad elect to Bat on a wearing pitch. Anyway Congrats to Sri Lanka and wish them well in the Finals.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

@rob_damn:All you can do is pray for SL to face Pak in semi's because in case India gets through tomorrow.You will see history.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

World Champions out of WC .......poor performance by England....lankans luking fabulous... 2maro big match ahead of big clash........

Posted by Herath-UK on (October 1, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

Congrats to Sri Lanka and it is pleasing to note Malinga peaking at the right side of the tournament.Team selection was a disaster for England; Patel leaked runs and Bopara was a dismal failure. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by kc69 on (October 1, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

Like many of my fellow Indians i was not expecting much from Lanka at the start of the tournament but honestly they are playing really better than any other team.However i really believe that this english side didn't deserve to go the next level.All the Best to Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

well-done lions..gud 2 see middle order batting well! Mathews must play like this in next 2 games..dont waste many balls b4 start hitting! as a sri lankan happy 2 c WI n semi's

Posted by cool2cool on (October 1, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

May be Malinga can be the captain in the next match(just kidding, don't take it seriously). Well played SL.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

West Indies and Sri Lanka congrats. and good luck for the rest. England must learn that beating teams in freezing conditions is not a very good measure of strength.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

once again malinga generated slingas srilanka going to the semifinals without loosing a game.good luck for malinga and srilanka.

Posted by Madhavan.Varun on (October 1, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

Do I dare to say that had some English players participated in the IPL, they'd have had a better time in this tournament?

Had they done it, I am sure they'd have had a better understanding of subcontinental conditions, plus most of the players now know how to face Malinga... ANd also English players would have played spin better than they did in this tournament... Had Kevin Pietersen been picked, he'd have definitely given some backbone to this otherwise very poor batting line up for the given conditions...

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

And people say the host never qualifies for the semies. he he he please bitches...

Posted by Nutcutlet on (October 1, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

Well done to Sri Lanka! Worthy winners & possessing too many trump cards for a willing but largely uninspired England. My heart sank when the England side was announced. How had Dernbach got himself back into the team? I'd love to know the thinking behind that! Frankly, his selection was disastrous & his aggregated figures v the major sides Eng has played are:12-0-125-2, @10.42 rpo. No side can afford to have a frontline bowler ship that sort of punishment. Yes, he has been unlucky here & there, but overall he has not bowled well, although I'm sure he's tried his best. So why didn't Briggs retain his place? More muddled thinking, I suspect. Patel, on the other hand, has made his case for being included in England's team in all formats on these sorts of surfaces. He (not of the Gooch academy of batting, btw) uses his wrists, looks to play late & has a good cricket brain, even if he's down on the beep test. India will be interesting & England needs to think carefully about the best XI.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

How can ECB send such a young team for such a big tournament taht too in sub continent....Where is Bell ??? Where is Prior??? That drama of wicket keeper should be ended with Prior as main stream wicket keeper!!!

Posted by hyrclov on (October 1, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

Sri Lanka look the better team right now before and more now after this game , sorry end for England though , but I love it , being a west Indian I love seeing England like this , leaving out key persons like kieswetter out , and for the way they battered us , fantastic stuff , mahela is hitting them so good , good viewing thanks

Posted by bumsonseats on (October 1, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

we just never got the top 3 playing consistently well thought out the whole series. were teams got such starts they would, if not won every time at least they were not playing catch up. im sorry to say the team i expect to win, is the team that has bean getting those starts and thats australia. i know they have to win their semis, but i expect that, and unless the SL are allowed to prepare an absolute sandpit of a pitch, then i expect them to beat SL in the final.

Posted by dada_speaks on (October 1, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

english players should halt in india to get some spin practce before the tour to avoid another humiliation,,,,:(

Posted by Afridynamite on (October 1, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

Sri Lanka is conveniently places in a very easy group whereas Pakistan has to sweat it out against the 3 best sides of the trounament!

Posted by HJ_SL on (October 1, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

With this performance Sri Lanka top on the ICC T20 rankings with 129 ratings. Congratulations!!! Sri lanka.

Posted by Master_Mihil on (October 1, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

I wanted England to win this, Cos then English fans would come flying here to watch the semi-final, You should have thought a bit about our economy, mahela and the clan. I thought England actually gave a fight, but too much to do at the end! Finn and broad bowled menacingly. I'm surprised still we managed to score 169. Windies are too much dependent on their batsmen. England might have put up a fight against Aussies when it matters.Any way hard luck England and the fans. Enjoy the rest of your stay.

Posted by tdslbuwa on (October 1, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

Good luck to Sri Lanka for qualifying for semifinals..!!!! they are looking very good to lift the cup as looks like Aus and Pak are going to go to semis so it can be a PAKISTAN vs SRI LANKA semi final.....good luck to Windies as well...

Posted by dada_speaks on (October 1, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

patel glad, malinga happy, sammy happier, kp happiest...

Posted by SahanP on (October 1, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

welldone boyssss..... waiting to see what will happens to so called giant cricket nation (India) tmmrw... go SA...

Posted by St.John on (October 1, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

This was a much tighter match than what is said here. England could have won if only someone stuck with Patel. A KP in the equation and things could have been different. Agree totally with Andrew that Patel has been under-used. Stil,l England can take a lot of credit for having the courage to select such an young team and see them do well. Broad came of age, Wright looks a new KP, and Patel surely has cemented his place?

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 19:08 GMT)


Posted by Aussie_Cricket on (October 1, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

SL still showing their credentials for taking this world cup.

England should look on the bright side... At least they didn't have to play Ireland.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (October 1, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

The loss is not the important thing. So what if they crashed out of the tournament, at least the dressing room is happy and Broady and Swanny are enjoying the banter. And there was a good win against Afghanistan, don't forget.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

Malinga is back..Sri Lanka is the #1 T20 side in the world..playing like the #1 team

Posted by Surajdon9 on (October 1, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

well played lankan lions.happy to see sanga as a captain............all the best lankan lions.........

Posted by rajithwijepura on (October 1, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

I still feel England is a team that has very much more talent than that they showed in this tournament. Its bad luck for England. Any way Thank You Team England for coming to Srilanka and play tough cricket. Now I see Srilanka vs Pakistan or Srilanka vs South Africa Semifinal and West Indies vs Australia Semifinal.

Posted by ashguru123 on (October 1, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

PLZZZZZZZZ give Perera's to chance the open the batting..

Posted by Hira1 on (October 1, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

so finally England out of the after this heavy defeat Flower must resign and pave way for KP.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (October 1, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

if SA considered CHOKERS in WC,then SL are considered BIG CHOCKERS when it comes against IND..Well IND gets into SEMIS & then Finals on the way where ever they meet SL they are gonna CHOKE SL OUT!!!!! thats for sure..SL very good neighbors..

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 1, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

WELL DONE TO SRI LANKA on a good win and a comprehensive performance which was nice to see.. I am pleased that our middle order got tested and showed that they can perform(despite being labelled as the weak link)..Aslo pleased to see that we won the match using pace bowling rather than just spin whihc gives us more dimensions to our game...Sorry to see the English go and have to say that Patel played a blinder and almost got home...two more games to win for Sri Lanka...please note no comments re India or trash talk from me, hopefully our fans will do the same and show we can rise above it...

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

Nice to see SiLanka & West Indies in the semis. Is there a way we can see India & Pak too? Doesn't seem to be. Oz seems to have booked a seat. Out of India, Pak, & South Africa, only ONE can get into the semis, the other two have to pack up and leave tomorrow night. One more chance to see an Indo-Pak match in this version seems shattered.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

Thank you Sri Lanka. You could have swtiched up players and just play this game without care but you came to win. Now W.I are through.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

At least KP didn't play and hopefully he wont again, England blooded some youngsters and that's the way we need to go.

Posted by Aiddee on (October 1, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

Congrats Srilanka !! From Pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

Malingaaaa.... what a bowler this guy is... Star for SL and for IPL... Bye Bye "Champions"... when it comes to playing in the subcontinent, Eng can't handle spin, can't handle pace either!

Posted by Vik2660 on (October 1, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

I am Indian fan. Well done Lanka again. You guys have balanced team not dependent on 1 or 2 players. You deserve to lift the cup. Best of luck

Posted by GalVeddah on (October 1, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka! To SL fans: Be humble in your victory. Do not hurl insults to other fans (from other countries). Good fight England

Posted by chottabhai on (October 1, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

England knocked out!! Where is KP the man of the series in last tournament. Bring back KP to have any chance in India, otherwise a big mauling is in order.

Posted by binojpeter on (October 1, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

I was surprised that Broad gave Patel another over after he was hit in the first over and did not go with Bopara who bowled well. England gave away too many runs in wides and byes. I believe that England did not pick the right 15 for this tournament. I am not following their domestic tournament much, is it the best 15 they could come up with?

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

Now if India qualify for semifinal,they have to face SL and lyk we saw in recent days,India will thrash SL again.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

England didnt have a chance without KP.....missed him all through the tounament

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

Ramdin lace in T20 side is ok because the batting responsibility rearly comes to him. West Indies need to do something about the singles, thats why i want Darren Bravo to open With that respsonsibility. He will need to turn over the strike to Gayle. He should hanker the innings to allow all the big hitters a chance for the rest of the games. So the side should look like: Darren Bravo, Galye, Samuels, Pollard, Charles, Sammy, Russell, Rampaul, Narine, Badree and Ramdin. I predict the semi Finalist a long time ago.

Posted by ZsZs on (October 1, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

Any one missing Pietersen?

Posted by Greatest_Game on (October 1, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Oh dear. England are crashing out so spectacularly even KP could not save them now….though he could have earlier in the game! Patel is the only batsman to justify his selection for this match. Swann the only other player to take SL's bowlers on, and playing an absolute blinder, showed up with ball and bat. Should have had him batting at no. 4. Patel becoming Malinga's 5th victim closes the door on the ex title holders. England fall to spin AND pace in the Sub-continent. KP come back….all is forgiven.

Posted by rob_damn on (October 1, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

Well... Just noticed that SL is the top ranked t20 team in ICC rankings... a lead of 3 points to second ranked SA and the points for ongoing match hasnt been added yet... so what SL fans going to say... top ranked team Vs 5th ranked IND/PAK.. no chance for ind/pak???...

Posted by SalilN on (October 1, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

This is what happens to England team without Kevin Pieterson. I hope ECB will understand his significance.

Posted by bolthaa on (October 1, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Sri Lankan Middle order needs to tested yet under high pressure game and in second innings. Thats where quality and temperament of any batsman will be tested. Today they played without any pressure. AND PRESSURE MAKES LOT OF DIFFERENCE...

Posted by rob_damn on (October 1, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

dont understand what team indian fans should be supporting today... should they troll on england loss and hail SL.. or the vice versa.... I think indian comments would be pretty neutral today.. Hey SL fans, look for some honest replies today...

Posted by Prodems on (October 1, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

England is done here, can't play on Indian sub-continent's pitches.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

Eng couldn't play India's spin attack and now a fast bowler of SL making them look like Amateurs. Wish, KP was selected. The competition would have been tougher. And Bopara should have been IN team from the very start, although he had a horrible time against SA in Eng; But among all Eng batsmen He can handle spinners better.

Posted by Hira1 on (October 1, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

England batsman can't play harbajan, chawla, malinga so whom they can play?? probably only Afghanistan bowlers

Posted by NALINWIJ on (October 1, 2012, 17:20 GMT)


Posted by RobinMama on (October 1, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

Now who said Sri Lanka top heavy on top 3???

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

this is what i was waiting to watch exposure of sl middle order before semis so sl middle order did well to take it to the people who was saying if any team manage to get-ride of top 3 sl bat sl is no-ware, this is for you guys

Posted by HJ_SL on (October 1, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

Right now who needs to check our middle order again. I think they score more freely and quickly than top 3. Any way Best of luck for SL and WI for the semi finals

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

To be honest, all of a sudden, SL looks the most balanced, in-form and deserving side to lift this year's cup. The Best thing is their Best 3 batsmen Mahela, Dil and Sanga come @ No. 1, 2 and 3. That makes sense, your best batsmen should play the maximum no. of balls. And the likes of Matthews, Jeevan, Thisera and Thirimane look in good touch too as was evident from today's batting. And bowling dept. is Quite Good too. Malinga seems to have regained his lost touch(for example Super Over). Mendis is back with a bang. Kula is in form. And likes Matthews, Herath/ Danajaya, Perera, Dil and Jeevan Mendis are always there to support. SL have edge over India in bowling dept. and edge over Pakistan in batting dept..

Posted by Vikum72 on (October 1, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

168 should be more than enough for SL.

Posted by frazell on (October 1, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

Why Dernbach? Bresnan did nothing wrong to get dropped (as few as i'm aware) and Dernbach has bowled rubbish all competition (and has been hit again today after 3 overs).

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

finally matthews Showing his metal.nice to see that .good going this for SL...

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

ohh SL gotta play with 12 players huh...Steave Davis also playing for he gave that out for KS??if it would have nicked,Sanga would definity walked.there was no conclusive evidences to rule him out..

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

England should lose so that my FAV TEAM WINDIES goes to the semis to probably face AUStralia and the win the World CUp.GOD help SL boys

Posted by Coldkapi on (October 1, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

I wonder....If bowlers have limited overs, why not batsmen ? 4 overs per batsman, he can come back once remaining wickets have fallen. The captain can recall a batsman after 2 overs to send him back at a later point. This ensures that a one man show doesn't happen... What say ?

Posted by Srini_Indian on (October 1, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

A battle of minnows, can't believe its a super 8 match

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (October 1, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

"Farewell and adieu to you, England T20 team... Farewell and adieu to you, inept players of spin! For WI beat NZ, and you'll never beat SL... and we'll never see you in this T20 tournament again!" (Spanish Ladies is a traditional English naval song...)

Posted by Solace1 on (October 1, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

What a cheap tactic employed by the lankan management to use Sanga as captain for this game to avoid a ban for Jaya in the semis, i have never ever seen such a move!!

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