England v Sri Lanka, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong March 27, 2014

Hales ton keeps England alive

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England 190 for 4 (Hales 116*, Morgan 57) beat Sri Lanka 189 for 4 (Jayawardene 89, Dilshan 55) by six wickets
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Highlights: Hales ton turns game around for England

A breathtaking display from Alex Hales, who hammered England's first T20 hundred, inspired a beleaguered team to their highest-ever T20 run chase as they hunted down 190 to overcome Sri Lanka and keep alive a realistic chance of progressing in the tournament.

It was an astonishing turnaround after a shambolic fielding display which included four dropped catches and a missed run-out to allow Sri Lanka to reach an imposing 189 including a stand of 145 between Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan. England found themselves 0 for 2 after the first over of their chase before a brilliantly calculated assault by Hales and Eoin Morgan who added 152 in 15.2 overs for the third wicket.

Hales, who was dropped on 55 at deep square-leg by Jayawardene as fielding woes afflicted both teams, closed out the match with three sixes in six balls after Nuwan Kulasekara, who began with a double-wicket maiden, returned to remove Morgan and Jos Buttler in the 17th over to bring Sri Lanka back into the match but they could not stop Hales' onslaught.

The brief role played by Ravi Bopara should not be overlooked either, as he deflected two boundaries to third man in Lasith Malinga's final over to ensure England had some breathing space. Crucially, Malinga went wicketless - and conceded nearly eight an over - while Ajantha Mendis was dispatched for 52 which included 25 off his final over to swing the chase firmly England's way.

Before this match Hales jointly held the record for England's highest T20 innings - 99 shared with Luke Wright - and this time was not to be denied three figures as he cracked a fourth six, over cover, during his final dip to reach a hundred off 60 balls. "It was one of the best knocks I've ever seen," a delighted, relieved, and slightly hoarse Stuart Broad said.

An overseas season of regular misery for England appeared to be having another chapter added to it when Michael Lumb missed his first-over heave at Kulasekara and Moeen Ali edged to second slip first ball, but Hales and Morgan kept their composure which is not something that has been said much of this team in recent months.

After nine overs England were well behind the required rate on 56 for 2, but Morgan then went after Angelo Mathews and Mendis, struggling with a wet ball and not holding any fear. 29 came in the next two overs to kick-start the chase. In the space of six overs, which brought 86 runs, an asking rate that had reached 12.18 came down to far less imposing 9.60.

Morgan's half-century came after a run of 10 T20I innings where he had a top score of 34 and he struck the ball crisply, especially a reverse sweep and a lofted drive over cover off Mendis. Hales' last 54 runs came from just 20 balls and such was the way England targeted Mendis, Mathews and Thisara Perera (off whose bowling Jayawardene spilled Hales) they could afford to take a more cautious approach off Malinga's final two overs.

England's memorable chase meant that a moment of controversy early in the match did not hold as much significance come the end. Facing his first ball, Jayawardene was squared up by Jade Dernbach and the outside edge flew towards Lumb at point who dived forward to claim the chance in a rare example of international-standard fielding. But Jayawardene, as is his right, stood his ground and that immediately threw open the prospect of what happened next.

After rocking and rolling the replays for a considerable time the third umpire, Steve Davis, decided there was enough doubt over whether the ball had carried. There was disbelief from England; Dernbach almost lost his cool although Broad, already a touch light in the pocket after the New Zealand match, just about managed to bite his lip.

What could (and, by all logical views, should) have been 4 for 2 then descended into chaos for England. All their practice with wet balls was certainly not a case of making perfect. Jayawardene was given three lives - a catch on 19, a run out on 42 and another catch on 80 - while the out-of-form Dilshan was shelled on 21 during a half-century that equalled his slowest in T20. To cap the innings, Thisara Perera was put down in the last over by Bopara at wide long-on who, surprisingly, was not given a bowl.

But while he had fortune, Jayawardene also played another calculated and deft T20 innings. His fifty came off 32 balls and his next 37 runs took 18 balls to leave him within sight of a second century before he missed a straight ball from Chris Jordan. At the midway mark few expected him to be on the losing side.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ramz30380 on March 27, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    All Hail Hales! - Many this WCT20 was looking for the "Gayle Storm" were disppointed so far but unexpectantly its the "Hale Storm" that has impressed one and all today! Superlative performance - SL get the raw deal of having to deal with the wet ball which they rarely got both in the Asia Cup as well as in this tourney! Anyways, well played SL - Mahela especially!

  • Harmony111 on March 27, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    This match, the Pak-Aus match & the NZ-SA match are great examples of why T20s are so exciting & deserve to be seen in a new context instead of just being a bonsai ODI. All forms of cricket are unpredictable but T20s are unpredictably unpredictable. They could show you all 6 seasons in the matter of 18 balls. SL were so far ahead after 30 overs but then Eng batted beautifully to get so very close to the win then Kula came back & SL again looked like winning then Bopara came and gets 2 boundaries of 2 balls.

    Now what?

  • vkumar_086 on March 29, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    I thought SL's semi final spot is in danger, but now its ranking in T20 also in danger....in fact it went to India....within 2 days, SL faced many set backs, im enjoying it greatly....can i ask one question to SL fans...who is your captain?

  • Vijay_P_S on March 29, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    @Ethan Anderson: because SL fans do the same thing to Ind when they lose one.

  • on March 29, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    to all other cricket fans (specially Indian fans) .... for just loosing 1 match u guys are talking that SL is a poor team, can't win matches etc..... I don't know why the hell u guys are mentioning SL as that for just 1 match

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    I hope this opens SLC's eyes about Mendis (especially when playing at a wet outfield). The whole world knows that Mendis has such a delicate grip that a slightly wet ball would trouble his grip and therefore his variations - which gets him wickets. Herath MUST be played instead of Mendis as the next games for SL will be played at night.

    And about Lumb's 'catch' off Mahela, I think the ICC replied to everyone on that!! LOL @ everyone who blamed the 3rd umpire, and Mahela for not walking (and how exactly would the batsman know whether it was a clean catch or not???). Perfect example of people freaking out before they know the facts. If anyone's still unsure, watch the video on the ICC website :)

    And obviously, well played to Hales and Morgan for playing so well after being 0 for 2 wickets and winning the match for England :) They took full use of Mendis that day and that expensive' over of his was the game-changer.

    Good luck in the next game against NZ, SL! :)

  • Mutukisna on March 28, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    @Jason Herft, I agree wholeheartedly with your comments. Also, it was a good win by England. Hope they qualify for the semis. I was happy when Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup recently reflecting their prowess at currently being the best in Asia on the 50 over format. If other nations and their fans disagree, how else can this point be proved, apart from demonstrating it on the field of play as they did a couple of weeks ago. I have greater respect for the 50 over format than the butchery and muscle game of the T20s, also sometimes perhaps unfairly described as cowboy cricket by some true cricket lovers. If Sri Lanka are not able to win the World T20s, it will not bother me. And if they do win it, it will be a bonus for this tiny island of 20 million people, with their reputation of producing innovative cricket.

  • CodandChips on March 28, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    @JG2704 agree that the bowling seems "regimented". Perhaps Broad's captaincy being all about following orders. Or too much meticulous planning.

    Re Buttler, he has certainly improved recently, and I forgot about the victory you mentioned, so thanks for htat. But in the back of my mind, a concern is developing that chases build too much pressure on him- he often gets low scores. CT13 final, vs New Zealand at Ageas bowl, one of the matches in WI- it all builds up unfortunately. It's just a mild concern, but a concern nontheless.

  • event-horizon on March 28, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    There was a lot of talk about Jayawardene's catch and lots of pundits saying it is a catch not given, however if you see the ICC released footage that clearly shows it was marginally bounced before England player took the catch, I think player would not know whether it is bounced, to be fair to him. Well done Steve Davis, great use of technology. I tell all cricket lovers to go and check the footage released by ICC with all angles and super slow-mo. This was broadcast in the live stream but given to 3rd umpire request. I can't give the link here, sorry.

    Also no one talks about Kusal's dismissal which clearly he did not nick. Thanks for getting only one bad dismissal and not two, would have been disastrous for ICC.

    Excellent batting from Hales, it is a great individual performance than a English team show. Sri-Lanka bad luck this times but keep the team spirit. Select the true best bowling unit for the next match.

    please publish..

  • on March 28, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Meanwhile, India now displaces Sri Lanka as no 1 in ICC T20 rankings.

  • ramz30380 on March 27, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    All Hail Hales! - Many this WCT20 was looking for the "Gayle Storm" were disppointed so far but unexpectantly its the "Hale Storm" that has impressed one and all today! Superlative performance - SL get the raw deal of having to deal with the wet ball which they rarely got both in the Asia Cup as well as in this tourney! Anyways, well played SL - Mahela especially!

  • Harmony111 on March 27, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    This match, the Pak-Aus match & the NZ-SA match are great examples of why T20s are so exciting & deserve to be seen in a new context instead of just being a bonsai ODI. All forms of cricket are unpredictable but T20s are unpredictably unpredictable. They could show you all 6 seasons in the matter of 18 balls. SL were so far ahead after 30 overs but then Eng batted beautifully to get so very close to the win then Kula came back & SL again looked like winning then Bopara came and gets 2 boundaries of 2 balls.

    Now what?

  • vkumar_086 on March 29, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    I thought SL's semi final spot is in danger, but now its ranking in T20 also in danger....in fact it went to India....within 2 days, SL faced many set backs, im enjoying it greatly....can i ask one question to SL fans...who is your captain?

  • Vijay_P_S on March 29, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    @Ethan Anderson: because SL fans do the same thing to Ind when they lose one.

  • on March 29, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    to all other cricket fans (specially Indian fans) .... for just loosing 1 match u guys are talking that SL is a poor team, can't win matches etc..... I don't know why the hell u guys are mentioning SL as that for just 1 match

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    I hope this opens SLC's eyes about Mendis (especially when playing at a wet outfield). The whole world knows that Mendis has such a delicate grip that a slightly wet ball would trouble his grip and therefore his variations - which gets him wickets. Herath MUST be played instead of Mendis as the next games for SL will be played at night.

    And about Lumb's 'catch' off Mahela, I think the ICC replied to everyone on that!! LOL @ everyone who blamed the 3rd umpire, and Mahela for not walking (and how exactly would the batsman know whether it was a clean catch or not???). Perfect example of people freaking out before they know the facts. If anyone's still unsure, watch the video on the ICC website :)

    And obviously, well played to Hales and Morgan for playing so well after being 0 for 2 wickets and winning the match for England :) They took full use of Mendis that day and that expensive' over of his was the game-changer.

    Good luck in the next game against NZ, SL! :)

  • Mutukisna on March 28, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    @Jason Herft, I agree wholeheartedly with your comments. Also, it was a good win by England. Hope they qualify for the semis. I was happy when Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup recently reflecting their prowess at currently being the best in Asia on the 50 over format. If other nations and their fans disagree, how else can this point be proved, apart from demonstrating it on the field of play as they did a couple of weeks ago. I have greater respect for the 50 over format than the butchery and muscle game of the T20s, also sometimes perhaps unfairly described as cowboy cricket by some true cricket lovers. If Sri Lanka are not able to win the World T20s, it will not bother me. And if they do win it, it will be a bonus for this tiny island of 20 million people, with their reputation of producing innovative cricket.

  • CodandChips on March 28, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    @JG2704 agree that the bowling seems "regimented". Perhaps Broad's captaincy being all about following orders. Or too much meticulous planning.

    Re Buttler, he has certainly improved recently, and I forgot about the victory you mentioned, so thanks for htat. But in the back of my mind, a concern is developing that chases build too much pressure on him- he often gets low scores. CT13 final, vs New Zealand at Ageas bowl, one of the matches in WI- it all builds up unfortunately. It's just a mild concern, but a concern nontheless.

  • event-horizon on March 28, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    There was a lot of talk about Jayawardene's catch and lots of pundits saying it is a catch not given, however if you see the ICC released footage that clearly shows it was marginally bounced before England player took the catch, I think player would not know whether it is bounced, to be fair to him. Well done Steve Davis, great use of technology. I tell all cricket lovers to go and check the footage released by ICC with all angles and super slow-mo. This was broadcast in the live stream but given to 3rd umpire request. I can't give the link here, sorry.

    Also no one talks about Kusal's dismissal which clearly he did not nick. Thanks for getting only one bad dismissal and not two, would have been disastrous for ICC.

    Excellent batting from Hales, it is a great individual performance than a English team show. Sri-Lanka bad luck this times but keep the team spirit. Select the true best bowling unit for the next match.

    please publish..

  • on March 28, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Meanwhile, India now displaces Sri Lanka as no 1 in ICC T20 rankings.

  • JG2704 on March 28, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    @ SriLankanYoungBlood on (March 27, 2014, 18:31 GMT) I think you're being harsh on SL MJ here. Re Dilshan - I don't think it was selfish inns , more a case of the guy not being up to scratch these days. I've not followed SL in great detail but whenever I've watched him play he seems to have stagnated the RR at the top. It could be a case of him overtrying. The 1st over Bres bowled he hit a 6 off the 1st ball but then 5 dots.

  • JG2704 on March 28, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    @kovinbuddi - possibly agree re not using AM again but I would have used Mallinga in the same way and at the same time. Re "Just Bowling Yorkers" - just bowling Yorkers is a high skill and Mallinga does it better than pretty much everyone. He bowled with 33 runs needed off 18 balls. Realistically you'd have expected him to go for around 6/7 and maybe even pick up a wicket.Had he picked up the wicket Eng were into their bowlers and SL would have been huge favourites. The 2 balls Bopara hit for 4 were beautiful deliveries but beautifully manufactured shots from Bopara. In most cases those deliveries would have gone for singles at worst. I suppose they could have set a 3rd man for these balls but I would rather have bowled Mallinga then and leave whoever else to defend a larger target than have Mallinga defending 7 or 8 or less off the last over. Also isn't the Yorker a key wicket taking weapon for LM? If he bowled shorter etc there is more risk of boundaries etc

  • vkumar_086 on March 28, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    @Deepti Mariyam....we did not get any other countries support when we playing in Asia cup....i felt very bad...when they are not supporting us...why should Indian fans support them....thats why we are very happy with the loss of SL yesterday...i definitely bet that NZ will throw SL from tournament...

  • vkumar_086 on March 28, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4....luck is favouring SL and not England, its in very easy group still performing badly....i tired of hearing the excuse of dew factor...in spite of 5 dropped catches by England...poor bowling performance and captaincy....among all top 8 teams, SL captain is non playing captain, feared to play even against an associate country in last match....and the STRONGEST TEAM is banking on him in important tournament

  • Damo_s on March 28, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Hmm, an Ashton Agar like exceptional performance from one man has covered up the fact that England were completely rubbish in the field. Good to see Morgan getting some form though. He was brilliant too and we definately need him firing if we are to get anywhere in thie competition. It is coming together. Lumb has scored well in some of the games so if these guys and Buttler can just get firing more consistently then we will have a formidable batting line up. The bowling on the other hand.....

  • JG2704 on March 28, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Have to say that pretty much all the comms from SL fans have either been self critical or congratulating England for their win and I certainly have not noticed comms from SL fans chest beating before the game or trying to make excuses afterwards or reffing results from previous games. As far as I see it the negative comms have come from other countries posters and the SL fans by and large have been very sporting in the build up and after the defeat. Most of the time we would have got nowhere near the total and it was a special individual performance which saw us through. So I just want to say full respect to the Lankan fans - a credit to your country

  • JG2704 on March 28, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    @Cod&Chips - Re Buttler - I'm still a big fan. He has helped Eng big time in chases/setting targets before. In ODIs - admittedly setting totals. In 2 of the 3 wins from our last 2 series Buttler has been a major part of it scoring 99 off 84 vs WI and 71 off 48 vs Aus and I honestly doubt we would have won either had Buttler not scored what he did at the tempo he did. And last year he came in when England were chasing a modest 230 total vs Australia and Eng were 126-5 scored 65 off 48 to see us home and that was 49.3 overs so without Buttler it doesn't take a genius to see what the result would have been. I think he has been very hit and miss in T20 recently but then it seems to me that we're failing most of the time anyway in all SF games anyway.

  • JG2704 on March 28, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    @ R_U_4_REAL_NICK /Cod&Chips - Again it all seems regimented. Bowl Ali up first for an over and then put the pacers on - regardless of how Ali's over goes or how the pacers overs go. Part of me thinks he's bowling all the pacers overs because they need to justify having 4 pace options on such pitches. Surely we don't do we? Would we not do better - either with an extra batsman or an extra slow/spin option? Also was there any reason why Bopara wasn't used at all yesterday. It seems barking that the pace options were (as per usual) going for runs and still no Bopara who has been one of our most consistent SF bowlers. They were saying(something like) that in the ICC rankings 9/10 of the top 10 T20 bowlers are slow/spin and yet we are still always determined with going for 4 pacers in every game

  • JG2704 on March 28, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    @ Arun Bose on (March 28, 2014, 2:58 GMT) Doesn't surprise me that you give no credit whatsoever to Hales or England for the win - esp after all your pre game comms after it being a foregone conclusion etc. Seems like your Asia United stance hasn't lasted too long there

  • JG2704 on March 28, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    @ Evelin Mikenberg on (March 27, 2014, 23:14 GMT) it's the done thing that umpires review all catches. The technology is there so why not use it? As an Englishman I have no issue whatsoever with it. The decision after was obviously wrong and I have an issue with that. Part of me wonders if the 3rd umpire took into account the wrong dismissal the ball before and felt there was enough doubt to even it out?

    @ LocWAP- Indeed SL had the worst of the bowling conditions but then so did England in the game vs NZ the other evening. Funny that the other eye didn't notice that? Your comms @ 5.44 are unhealthily obsessive

  • hasran on March 28, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    That's why I said lads,in a t20 you cant be sure of victory no matter how good you are.ajantha mendis selection is causing havocs in my mind from the start of the match.he is no longer a mystery bowler,him included in the match itself is a mystery for fashinonate srilankan fan like myself.please drop him for god sake for the next virtual quarter final between us and newzealand.I have not even misssed a single match telecast from my little childhood up to 26 years age,but I will definately abstrain from watching the next match if he is included>pls get in rangana herath.another reason for srilanka's lost was the higher amount of dew factor.all the sides who won the toss at chittagong will definately have to bowl first.simple as win the toss win the match

  • JG2704 on March 28, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Wow - Great result for England and a great game altogether.

    But back to reality , it really was a one man display and after he got so close vs WI to scoring a ton I'm delighted for Hales and credit to him or not losing his head after he got to the ton mark. And as said in the article credit to the often lambasted Bopara for deflecting 2 very decent balls from Mallinga

    However the win was despite very poor individual displays and by the team as a whole. I basically watched the game in recorded version and missed much of the between balls commentary but was there any reason given why Bopara wasn't bowled? Surely it was a less risky option than most of our pacers. Very very sloppy fielding fielding too. Felt that the drops cost us alot of runs. Obviously Jaya should have been out but then again Perrera should not have been.

  • on March 28, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    It was a magical display from Hales. SL lost because they ( Hales and Morgan) handled Malinga very well desipite excellent bowling. However, they only respected Malinga and other bowlers were helpless. Well played England.

  • on March 28, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    @SLSlider - yeah you do have a point, we are unlikely to win the tournament and I would not complain based on our batting talent - We do have a fairly good bowling apparatus for T20 side - but our batting is pathetic - except for kusal and angelo - who can be genuine match winners - the rest of the match winners are mainly bowlers but with batting friendly conditions and the mystery of Mendis bin solved now by top teams -the bowling is not enough to pull us out of scrapes. Even our batting is not great we can still achieve something worthwhile if excess baggage such as chadimal and dilshan are dropped in favour of genuine hard hitting batsman (lahiru for the lack of anyone else right now) and an all rounder (seeku maybe) and the hard hitting allrounders such as Kula and especially Tissara (who doesn't do anything much with the ball) anyway contribute with the bat - maybe even as a pinch hitter

  • kovinbuddi on March 28, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Sri Lanka tried well but I have some doubts if Malinga di his job as he normally do.He was not attacking as he normally do - he was only bowling yokers one after another.He did not try to take wickets - that is why Sri lanka lost this match.And also it was poor captaincy to send Ajantha Mendis for four overs when he was getting hammered.Tisara Perera's bowling was better than Ajantha Mendis's in the match.Captain should have tried Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews. We lost the Toss, that was bad.But overall Sri lanka played another good game.We wish they can definitely win the match against NewZealand.

  • TEROSHAN on March 28, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Sri Lankan Fans - Great Batting Display By Both ENG & SL - One of the Best from Hales - (IS HE THE NEXT KP ) Hello World Be Careful ..Serious Alive Now Many Month Back Who thought That BD can produce this type of Tournament !!

    And NEW TOPIC HAS ENG DISCOVERED THE NEXT KP - hey cricinfo Pls add topics onbehalf of TEROSHAN

  • Lion_96 on March 28, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Alex Hales played really well, under enormous pressure. Interesting to read the comments made by (mainly Indian fans). Had it been SL who chased down 190, you could bet your bottom $, that it would all been cos of "the wet outfield". But of course, since we lost, we now being called "over-rated". Love them haters, don't we?

  • katch47 on March 28, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    time to dump Mendis out of the playing eleven, When a mystery bowler loses his mystery, he is HISTORY

  • SLslider on March 28, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4 This is what I am talking about. Arrogance of us Sl fans will take us nowhere. We thump our chests on forums but our players fail miserably everywhere. We have not won a single test series outside SL since 2000. We have not won a single ICC tournament outside ASIA ever. But you Keep living in denial my friend. I am sure you already have excuses if we get knocked out. Coz that's all we have while other team have talent. If dew means everything then you should have asked your captain to forfeit the match after he lost the toss. Ask him to stop playing cricket and only play TOSS. Your comments will not make us the super power. SA chocked and that was the reason we won and then we won against MINNOWS and then lost to the weakest team in the competition. This is the reality. But I know you have a blind fold and will not see the reality. GET WELL SOON.

  • SLslider on March 28, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Its disgusting to see Sanga keep wickets. Even with big wides he acts as if it touched the pad. Somebody should remind him that he is considered a LEGEND in at least SL and should act like one. He doesn't have to give oscar winning performance when his team is losing. Pathetic really.

  • CodandChips on March 28, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    @Harmony agree with that we shouldn't get carried away with Hales' innings. Good knock but small boundaries, flat pitch & a lot of dew. Broad "it's pretty wet".

    Re India Aus I dont think many English fans had a problem with it. And if they did, it's their loss. No matter how favourable conditions are (the extent of which in that match was overstated), 350-1 in 43 overs is an incredible achievement

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    It was great to watch such scientific batting deployed by Hales to climb over a huge total. Congrats to him and Morgan

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    some indian fans enjoy this victory than england fans.. soo funy.. its just a match... come on lions.. ur the best.. u also done well..

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    Too many mistakes yesterday by England, awful fielding, awful umpiring and awful bowling at the death. SL shouldn't have got 120. Bresnan and Dernbach are no good and Broad only bowled 3 overs! An easy victory became a hard victory.

  • Lord.emsworth on March 28, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Great batting England! SL should bring in their best spinner Herath in for Mendis . Pakistan's Ajmal cant bat either but he is included in all of Pakistans cricket formats. Send Sangakkara further down the batting line-up and promote Kulasekera who can really hit big.

  • gorafa on March 28, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    sangakkara was appealing for everything..even for a wide well outside leg stump nowhere near the bat....unbelievable...and hav anyone noticed 1 full toss to hales wasn't called a no ball..whereas two full tosses for england for almost same height called no-balls..and everybody knows jayawardhne shud hav given out first ball...pathetic umpiring to say the least....but eng were deserving winners.....go eng..

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    dropped catch by Mahela, wrong dismissal of Kusal, poor bowling by Mendis costs the match for SL.... hope rangana herath should replace with Mendis..... & I guess SL will definitely win the next match.... cuz in ODI's, T20's if they lose 1 match they had beaten any other team in the next match..... good luck Lionz show what u got in the next match...

  • CodandChips on March 28, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    @JG2704 Agree that bowlers have to change. Bresnan has been poor for a while. Dernbach has actually bowled well with the new ball, but is a risk. Broad has been expensive recently, resembling the bowler of a few years ago. The problem is the squad is limited. Woakes is a red-ball allrounder- he often looks innocuous in white ball cricket (but can hardly do worse than Bresnan.

    As I've said before, bring in Kieswetter for Bresnan. Give Ali & Bopara more overs.

    Also what's your opinion re Buttler failing yet again in a chase?

  • Prabhash1985 on March 28, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    After the match, we can say anything, this guy should have not played, this guy should have not bowled. But my perception is that there is a similar pattern when we lose like this. Everytime, someone smashes the ball without any respect to the bowlers, even when the bowler is in fine form, and then we lose the match until that guy gets a hundred. So, how to stop this? That's the biggest question we need to answer. That's something the new coach should consider. You see, some teams say something to the batsman in such scenarios, and break his concentration. Sri Lanka never does that. When everyone is brutal, you have to be brutal, being an outlier will do nothing good for you. You see, Sri Lankans used to walk when they feel like they are out. Kusal Janith is one such player who never looks back. Jayawardhena is also like that. Sanga is also. But, recently there were some incidents that they were not sure,and see the bashing at them. Just be normal. Some people even edge to slip,& stay!

  • anoop3301 on March 28, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4: The strongest sub continental teams are in Group 2 - Ind, Pak followed By Bangladesh and the weakest of the four SL is in the easier group playing pathetically against non sub-continental teams. If you are really looking for the right reason for your failure against Eng, it is not dew but lack of cricketing skills and a captain not good enough to even play in associate teams.

  • weditha on March 28, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    Well played England... SL was lucky yesterday, but not lucky enough.. horrible bowling plan by SL, which lead give away the win after putting up a decent score..on the other hand ENG played good cricket after sometime, better team won the match.. looking forward a good match against Kiwis.. Cheers..

  • ksquared on March 28, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    All in all it was an atrocious display by SL if ENG hadn't fielded like 9 year olds the score might not have gone past 160. Then there was Mendis the less experienced Senanayake has a better cricketing sense than Mendis. Senanayake bowled superbly to Hales and in more than one occasion Hales had no idea about what the ball was doing and it was very evident that he was bowling much slower. SL should have gotten a clue from the bashings Mendis took in both practice games and the SA game. Poor bowling changes from Chandimal too he should have bowled more Mathews/Thisara overs upfront when the batsmen were new. In the end that dropped catch by Mahela probably decided the match, that's karma for u!!!!!

  • missionbegins2011 on March 28, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Possibly one of the best knocks i have ever seen. Hales played the role of opener and finisher both by himself, extraordinary !! The worlds best bowling attack & the no 1 team got rolled over by a single guy, LOL. Semi's spot which almost looked like a certainty for SL now has a probability associated with it & its SL now who are under pressure because NZ will come out all guns blazing after their loss to SA. SA vs ENG would be the most crucial game of the tournament till date.

  • amila_buwa on March 28, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    I think this lost is the best thing happen to SL in this tournament. There will be alternations for sure in the team against NZ. It is better that this lost has happen sooner rather than later. Take it as foods for thoughts Lions. We are with you as always in wins & losses.It is proud to say we won't burn our team posters or players houses. We understand it is just a game. As I said, Let the game talk guyz.

  • stormy16 on March 28, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Credit where its due and plenty credit to Eng for chasing a stiff target after being 2 down for nothing! Hales has promised for a while and his big innings was around the corner and he has shown just what a dangerous players he can be. SL will be dissappointed at not being able to defend 190 and would have taken that total anyday. I dont buy the argument of dew - its much like the Eng complain of the heat or SL complains of the cold in Eng - at the end of the day you play the conditions you get and Eng were good enough to win which effectively means its a quarter final shoot out from here in with everyone having a chance bar the Duth - unless they are able to win 2!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 28, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Another dew/toss induced win for lucky Eng. But luck can only take you so far. SA,SL and NZ are by far the most powerful teams in the group ,the rest being minnows. Well,Eng got a thrashing from NZ,and another from SA will put them out. If not for luck, would have been out now. Publish!

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Hats off to England, specially to Hales and Morgan. England deserved to be the winners with the way they batted. Due or no dew, you got to defend 189 as a bowling unit, period! Having said that, both teams made mistakes yet managed to play good cricket in between. So overall it was a good game of cricket.

    Too many mistakes from English fielders. If they can pick themselves up from here, they will be tough to beat. Their bowling effort was not bad. With this win they have a really good chance to advance to the semis.

    Too many bad bowls from Sri Lankan bowlers, probably due to wet conditions. Yet as International players, they need to prepare themselves for the worst and should have done better than that. They should consider about dropping Mendis and give Lakmal a go. Dew might come into play on Monday too and Lakmal's yokers could come in handy in the latter overs of the game. Their fielding was always good. If one of top three batsmen fires, we would have a exciting game on Monday

  • mohammed-ismail on March 28, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    It was very embarrassing to watch Sanga applying for everything, what a pathetic behavior by the so called Legend:-(. The FLUKE for SL team seems to come to an end. Inshaallah,They will thrashed by NZ & out of the tournament. So sad that Pakistan will not be facing such a weak team like SL in the semis.

  • vkumar_086 on March 28, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    @anoop3301....yes in spite of being in relatively easy group....SL performance is not good....in first match somehow they managed to win.....second match...bashed minnows..in third match, they thought England as another minnow and they are on the verge of going out of the tournament....they are complaining about dew...the same dew was there when SL were batting, many dropped catches are proof for this....SL were playing their matches since from January 2014 in BD....played three T20 matches, adjusted to the conditions very well, still did not improve their performance....Mendis's cunning, Malinga's yarkers, Mathews line and length are all blunted by only one guy HALES...they did not deserve a semi final spot....i want NZ, SA and Eng to qualify...they are weak against spin in subcontinent conditions but still playing good cricket...

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Alex hales the ONE MAN ARMY.go England go by an indian fan.

  • vkumar_086 on March 28, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    @Dinith Tilshan ....i wont consider SL as great team....it did not won any global title after its first in 1996....dew was there when SL was batting...thats why England fielders dropped many catches....mere excuses wont help SL....SL team has very good captain....in fact he is non playing captain..cant bat, cant bowl, cant keep wickets....just like the captain of Davis cup team in tennis....we have one of the best captains of the world with very good average and better strike rate....should learn a lot from him...

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    Mr Ethan Anderson... It was first started by the SL fans when Ind lost a game or two in the asia cup.. Do you think we shouldn't hit back when we get a chance.

  • vkumar_086 on March 28, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    @Dinith Tilshan ....i wont consider SL as great team....it did not won any global title after its first in 1996....dew was there when SL was batting...thats why England fielders dropped many catches....mere excuses wont help SL....SL team has very good captain....in fact he is non playing captain..cant bat, cant bowl, cant keep wickets....just like the captain of Davis cup team in tennis....we have one of the best captains of the world with very good average and better strike rate....should learn a lot from him...

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    it is not good to criticize coz of one match loose. but it is a wake up call for the selectors as well as sri lankan players. Does Dinesh Chandimal deserve a spot in the T20 team. If yes what are his performances over the last one year. He hasnt any 50s in to his name, he is not a bowler who can bowl when needed neither doesnt have the metal as a thinking captain who always depend on seniors. He may suit other format but not dis format. In yesterdays match what is his contribution as a captain. not with bat or ball neither as a captain. if there was a all rounder for chandimal place this match would have been a different story. it is the time to take a decision sooner rather later.

  • bravetigersmustwin on March 28, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Srilanka was defeated both in cricket and UNHRC resolution. What a great day for me :). Truth Triumphs

  • Liyanage.1283 on March 28, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Finally, the mediocrity of this SL team shows up

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Losing a match is a good sign, Lions we got 3 more matches let the MOJO begin Once again.

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    6. Malinga didn't have enough overs in the middle because he wasted 2 overs upfront. He should bowl his 1st 2 overs between 8 & 12 and need to keep 2 overs at the death. 7. Bringing Malinga to bowl the 18th over. If the there are more that 60/70 runs to score in 3 overs, you can do that. But in a situation of y'day, he should have bowled 17th & 19th or 18th & 20th. Whilst dropping Hales by Mahela was very critical, poor bowling changes at critical moments were the deciding factors. Hope SL team has learned a huge lesson like the Pakistani test. I think its high time to bring in Rangana for Mendis.

  • cricfan_from_80s on March 28, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    SL win would have been perfect. Anyway It's good to lose at group stage rather than knock-out stage. Since the SL match with NZ is the last match of the group SL have advantage of pallanning & executing perfectly to reach the WT20 Semi-Final. Good Luck Lions!!!

  • on March 28, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    Its nothing but poor captaincy. I was praising Chandimal all the way as he has shown great maturity as a captain even though he was not in his best batting form. But yesterday, he flew nose down and hit the ground. I wonder what the seniors around him was doing. Out of so many mistakes I put down the following critical hara-kiri decisions. 1.To send Sanga before Mathews. With all due respects to The world's no. 1 batsman, it was not the correct time for him to step in. 2.Removing Mathews after 1st over. He should have continued with him for at least 2 more overs. 3.Brining Sachitra too early. 4.Bringing Malinga too early. This is the biggest mistake. It was a totally waste of 2 overs, where Thissara, Mendis, Dilshan or Sachitra could have bowled. If the total is not lower than 140, we should not bring in Malinga before 10th over (then he should open bowling). 5.Mendis was brought in when the batmen were at their best. We should finish the 1st 10 overs with Kula, Angi, Mendis & Sachitra

  • Philippe on March 28, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    pls dont underestimated SL. they r serious contenders for this title & looks like strongest team in the tournament. this loss might be good for them for the tournament ahead. SL batting is best of the tournament in form of mahela & sanga. they wil win the title this time for sure.

  • ajithabey on March 28, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    Good eye opener for Sri Lanka to always try and control the game instead of been complacent. Excellent performance by England despite dropping catches at crucial moments in the game.Hales and Morgan played really well taking the initiative from Sri Lanka.Mendis' over going for 25 runs proved to be the turning point in addition to dropped catches. All in all it was a good game of cricket with Mahela & Dilshan also contributing moderately. Thirimanne,Herath & Prasanna deserve a place for the next important game against high riding NZ.

  • Iceman29 on March 28, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    When you are pushed against the wall a good team will always bounce back that's what England did...after the first couple of wickets I thought Eng are done and dusted but they proved me wrong..well played Eng and SL too...hope both these team qualify..other team dont deserve it...Ind fan..

  • tests_the_best on March 28, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    Congrats to Hales and England from an Indian fan. Hope they continue this good form as the tournament progresses. Frankly I'm tired of seeing India, SL, Aus dominate the ODI/t20 tournaments. It would be good to see one of Eng, SA, NZ take the trophy (although Eng did win it in 2010).

  • on March 28, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    Is it me or has anyone noticed that Chandimal keeps himself to the end when it comes to batting and usually never gets a knock? He is neither a bowler. He is a wicket keeper who doesn't keep. And by the looks of it Mahela, Sanga, Malinga and Matthews seem to be directing the field of play. It seems that Chandimal is trying to play it safe and ride on teams effort for captaincy credit. That is how it looks like. I could be wrong

  • on March 28, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    It was a pathetic bowling by Sri Lanka after a good start. Sri Lanka was lucky to get to 189 thanks for England`s poor fielding. If Sri Lanka are going to win the next 3 games , they have to drop Chandimal and bring Prasanna & Herath into the side. I think Mendis is done and should only bowl to Associate teams and tail of Superior teams ( If they go to the tail) . He bowls too short & wide with no turn. All top order batsman with big muscles and technic should destroy him. They need to drop Chandimal and change the batting order with Kusal or Dilshan to bat at No.4. I don`t think Kusal is good enough to open batting and on the other hand he is pathetic against spin. Then Dilshan should bat at No.4. I think it`s a poor squad for this tournament with pathetic captain, who depend on seniors to set the field. They aren`t great either after all that experience. Sri Lanka`s biggest problem is bowling of Angelo & Thisara. They aren`t good enough to bowl 4 overs against big teams. Good luck SL

  • on March 28, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Deepti Mariyam..... yes it's soo called no 1 t20 team..... why can't such a team just loose 1 match. and people like u always try to mock against SL.... I don't know y is that.. just try to grow up.

  • on March 28, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    Hi SL, its a stain in the road to victory. we were short of 20-30 runs in this batting pitch, should have been realized when Mahela and Dilshan batting. Mahela made some sweet strokes with ease unformed Dilshan had a spot of bother. all in all we will roar once again.

  • on March 28, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    @Sanuj - If the captain is excess baggage like you point out (and I agree) do we deserve to win the cup? - Dilshan is now playing to secure his place only and is a liability - Thirimanna Sanga Mahela Chandimal - in the first four is not a winning combination for a batting explosion in a T20 tournament I feel. compare with Warner Watson Finch Maxwell -- Gayle Smith Samuels Bravo --- Hales Lumb Morgan Buttler (they are missing luke wright) or even - Guptill Maccullum Williamson and Anderson - At least one them if not two should be dropped permanently - We need 3 of the top 4 who can change gears when needed to and win the match on our batting - or else employ the strategy of sending pinch hitters (which is not always feasible) - If not for Dilshan's selfish innings yesterday we may have scored -220 putting the match beyond even Hales gale force

  • on March 28, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Totally agree with ramz30380. Sri Lanka rode on the opposing teams inability to handle the wet ball. It's better SL got this result yesterday than in the Semi Finals. SL need to address this issue before NZ game. Mendis has to be dropped. Not sure whether Herath is capable either on a wet outfield. Tahirs interview had some important points if SL spinners were listening. There are observable captaincy displeasure also among players in SL camp. Chandimal lacks experience and tact. Matthews would be better. But doubt anyone could have stopped the Hales-Storm y.day. SL must target higher totals. Maybe get Thirimanne in instead of Chandimal/Dilshan. With dew weighing heavy on results, best bet is batting to put higher totals on the board.

  • mondotv on March 28, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    A match full of surprises. For a start England won - that's a surprise...(when I went to bed it certainly looked less than promising) Englands normally reliable fielding outfit looked worse than an U/9s team. Surprising. Alex Hales got runs. Surprise surprise - I still think he will only succeed in the shorter formats but you never know - a hundred in 20/20 still requires concentration and technique so props to him. Jayawardene stood around when he was clearly out - no wait that's not a surprise. Broad does it - they all do it. Steve Davis got it wrong - no wait that's not a surprise either. I'm an Aussie but if ever an umpire deserved to be dropped its Steve Davis. So many wrong decisions that it boggles the mind. Despite all that Jayawardene was still sublimely good at working the ball around the park. Sangakarra came in too late - really Sri Lanka should be opening with Sanga and Jayawardene.

  • true-cric-lover on March 28, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    @vkias.. yes i agree with u friend. Now this series go to right direction. Because SL identify some of their weaknesses and ENG come to the party. But you can't compare the teams because misses some points here. Two groups are playing in two grounds which conditions are so much differences each other. dakha ground is a friendly batting pitch with lots of help to spinners so top teams which have such strength are in top. In other hand Chittagong ground is more help for fast bowlers and under dew conditions spinners are helpless. In this game SL miss the tricks by taking mendis to bowling who make finger spin. lakmal is more suit for this situation but ENG played wonderfully and tournament is open now. i think group 1 will more play handsomely than group 2 in dhaka because they are coming through tough conditions.

  • on March 28, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    @Analyzer - My sentiments exactly - Dilshan scored a 50 to secure his place once more but on a belter of a wicket to score nearly a run a ball for 48 balls is criminal. That's in the power play too. I can imagine that type of score if you are 3-4 wickets down in a tight situation on a dodgy wicket. See how morgan and hales batted even when the chips were really down. Mahela benefitted from a bit of luck or unfair play call it what you may, at least he made it count. Chandimal just hides himself as a batter - there has never been a match winning performance by him and it is apparent to everyone he doesn't have the required armoury to deliver the goods. Mendis who I thought was even better than Murali has simply lost it, especially when he is put under pressure. Like u said except for 5-6 players,, the rest are just passengers meandering along. I wonder what happened to Akila dananjya - we need a replacement for Mendis and Hard hitting allrounders - Thissara is woefully inconsistent

  • on March 28, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    The mistake is in the selection of the team. Mendis may have done well against Netherlands, but increasingly good players are finding id easy to face him. Knowing the weakness of England against leg spinners, the selectors did not bring either Priyanjan or Herath and with that Lanka lost the game. All in all it was poor strategic thinking. Lanka must bring Herath or Priyanjan for final match against the Kiwis if Lanka wish to enter semi finals.Had Herath or Priyanjan played Hales would have gone in a hail storm. Also why pick two off spinners when there choice of leg spin?

  • on March 28, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    Real brutal hitting by Hales who single handedly got England the victory. If he can replicate this effort in ODI and Test, then England wont miss KP anymore. All of his shots were proper clean hits. This group is pretty much open now.

  • ani.. on March 28, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    for all those saying Mahela should have walked, remember from Mahela' s angle at full speed the decision seemed uncertain and maybe he just wanted to check whether the catch was properly taken. Anyway both teams batted extremely well and somebody please remove Dilshan from the team. He was so scratchy and horrible to watch and even after being set he still couldn't get the run rate going.

  • SL_Fan_1985 on March 28, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    As a SL fan, i won't hesitate to say ENG deserve place in semis...Bcoz D&L method ruined their game with NZ.... NZ & SL match would be a kind final in this group...Who win ...go in... Enjoying cricket......!!!

  • on March 28, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    Very good win by England! Important and well-deserved loss to SL. Vital lessons to be learned here, thanks to England. Throw Mendis out of the bloody squad!!! His time is over. Let him play with the likes of China or USA. Replace him with Prasanna or Herath (most likely). And get in-form Thirimanne in for Dilshan, most probably, since Chandimal seems to be the captain.

  • ITJOBSUCKS on March 28, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4, As the match started, dew set in....it's not like only SL suffered...ENG bowlers struggled as well!!! Srilanka's bowling got exposed today & it's quite clear that Mendis shouldn't have played.....Take out Malinga & kula, SL's bowling isn't that great!! Now it's a virtual quarter-final against NZ!!!

  • on March 28, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    Good lesson for SL selectors for keeping Mendis though he was punished in all matches except minnow Netherland and not including Lakmal and Prasanna.

  • Mr.Blacksmith on March 28, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Luck of Irish shifted to their neighbors...

  • Ramansilva on March 28, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    I think England had a great game plan and they executed it very well though dropping catches was not part of the plan. Before the game Bopara openly said that they will attack Mendis and use the pace of Malinga to deflect the ball to third man and they exactly did that. I also do not think SL did many mistakes. They posted a good score with the help of umpires and poms. Unfortunately they could not defend it. Now their task has become more difficult.

  • on March 28, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    I think SL did the biggest mistake by selecting Mendis by knowing he is no more a mastery spinner.. It was a waste when Rangana was sitting in the bench when Mendis was always going over 9 econ. Mean time Chandi's bowling changes was not up to level too.. He should have keep Malinga for last couplr and the plan should have make bit earlier.. Finish few overs here and there with Ange,Thisara, Or even Dilshan upfront.. This is what Dhoni always do when few wickets fall in early of an innings. Kholi,Raina,Yuvi comes and finish quick couple of overs even before batsman realize... But al together great performance by england and SL has to do the maths when they face NZL on 31st

  • Vishal_07 on March 28, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    Great match, but what the heck is up with the dress England is wearing for the T20 (I am not watching it on TV but just on Internet including espncricinfo) - T-shirt and jammies, awful awful!

  • Udendra on March 28, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    Well played by England and Hales. Mendis looked like another medium-pacer. No flight, no turn. KJP was unfortunate to be given out.

  • on March 28, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    Mahela played a great role and we hope SL can use herath for next games on the other hand Eng played brilliantly i wish both teams specially my country SL

  • checkOnCricket on March 28, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Hats off to Hales!!!. Amazing performance Crucial Sixes and boundaries came at crutial time from Hales's bat. Morgan played a good supporting role to Hales. Still i felt one small change which broad has to make before the next match to continue winning. He should never pick up Treadwell. According to me he is a lollypop bowler and that too in 20 - 20 OMG its a boon to the Opposition batting.

    Catches went down, yep but could be because of Dew factor as i have never seen Bopara missing a sitter.

    Amazing performance from Jordan. His bowling at the Depth was splendid. Not so good from dernbach and bresnan...

    I am not sure why Bopara was not used yesterday in bowling.

    Great Victory for England. Hope this loss gives Srilankan Players and Srilankan Fans to think about changing something which is going wrong in their team.

  • Htc-Android on March 28, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    Mendis needs to be replaced by Herath. Mendis cost us the game today. He nearly cost us the game against SA as well. If he cant do well against SA and Eng, then I cant expect him to do well against Ind, Pak as well. Atleast herath can Dry up some runs.

  • ibbani on March 28, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    good one England. I told in my last comment, "HOPE ENG beat SL and penter to semis with SA.

  • SLMaster on March 28, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    As I mentioned before the match they need to drop out of form T. Perera and include Hearath or Lakmal.

  • on March 28, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    Ha Ha Ha ---- The so called No. 1 ranked t-20 team

  • on March 28, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    Kusal Perera was given out when he was Not Out. Kusal would have smashed quick runs on this flat pitch. That was a real bad decision against Sri Lanka

  • on March 28, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    I am sick and tired of reading abt this dew factor.. Why it should bother an international cricket team?

  • Antony_Lucas on March 28, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    England deserving winners and a brilliant performance. Jayawardene devious and disappointing with his decision to just stand there after being caught first bal. It was clearly out. A much similar even happened vs NZ in the World Cup at a critical critical time, Jayawardene just knows this slow mo replay could save him. This form of tactic needs to be stomped out. Benefit should be the fielders. For England to pick themselves up from that was truly admirable

  • TheAnalyzer on March 28, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    Thanks England for reminding SL selectors few things.. The last few T20 matches we won due to kusal, angelo and malinga's performance.. Dilshan is awfully out of form.. He couldn't score runs in a batting wicket,, if he got out when he was in 21,, the result would be different.. Check his last few innings,, he barely connects the ball.. And our misery spinner( ah sorry,, it is supposed to be mystery ) is hammered around the ground.. WI did that in the practice game,, SA did it in the first match and now england.. He always goes more than 10 runs per over.. And our hard hitting captain chandimal.. These 3 players do not contribute,, but they are part of the team.. We cant rely on kusal, mattews and malinga.. Mahela, kulasekara and sachithra did really well. They do perform.. But the rest of the team is a liability.. You cant have your best batsmen in the country for T20s.. You have to select the most suitable batsmen.. Not the best batsmen..

  • homergriffin2014 on March 28, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    I feel for lanka fans here..As soon as the tournament becomes global, they are automatically qualified to semis or finals. Its just too sad to see how they go down from that point on. why? we may never know. but one thing is certain and that is No Trophy. Now, asia cup was just a gesture based on a few games...but ICC events are their hunting nightmares. Most appearences in recent finals...always a bridesmaid. As Madupname once said, 2nd place is the biggest loser, its the one that almost had the trophy.

  • IMG_SL on March 28, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    Wow, unbelievable performance by Hales. I think Sri Lanka did everything right except the placement of bowlers.

  • on March 28, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Well done England and Hales. The one good thing that comes off this is that it puts our fortune in our own hands. We just need to beat England to progress and not worry about NRR. The only problem is England will be highly motivated after their fantastic performance today and we will be demotivated after almost losing to a "minnow." I was disappointed in our batting but Imran is proving to be a star in conditions which suit him to a tee. Can't wait to knock the resurgent Poms down a notch on Saturday :).

  • on March 28, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    At last I could say "Hail Hales !". In the first match played by England, before I could say that, he quit! ( Or forced to quit). He seems to have played his natural game in this one. That seems to be the secret of success.

  • on March 28, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    Dilshan ruined the game for SL. Clearly 20-30 more runs were on the cards. Dilshan is terribly out of form and only got the 55 though mishits, edges and luck. The shot he played after being on the crease for 47 balls is pathetic. Thirinanna who was in great nick in the Asia cup has to sit in the sidelines while Dilshan was brought back to the team. In any case, that takes nothing away from England. Morgan and Hales were incredible and deserved to win.

  • on March 28, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    SL need to get in their best spinner herath .Why are they persisting with mystery spinners who play only against minnows !!Superior teams will thrash mendis .They will get into semis for sure but without herath they are not going to win the cup .Remember last world cup they dropped herath after match winning performance in semis and dropped the cup

  • the_blue_android on March 28, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    Angelo Mathews bowled 4 overs against Netherlands. How many did he bowl today?

  • on March 28, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    This loss could be a blessing in disguise for sri lanka. It really exposed the liability that thisara perera is to the composition of the team and how ineffective Mendis is on these wickets. They must play prassana ahead of perera (who can compensate for his "supposed" batting ability) and herath in place of mendis. Wrist spin has proven to be the most effective form of bowling in this tournament, evident by the performances of tahir and badree thus far. One only needs to see the economy rates of herath and prasanna at around 4-5 compared to 14 for mendis in the warm up game against a strong batting side like the west indies. http://www.espncricinfo.com/world-t20/engine/match/716543.html

    If sri lanka do not make these adjustments, they will lose this tournament.

  • Krishanmadhuwantha on March 28, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    It was a really great match I ever seen, however of course one team has to won the match and it doesn't matter Good luck for England, but for SL secretors has to think about the mendis will play or no against NZ cos he was the poor bowler for south Africa match as well. After morakell hit two big sixes if chandimal did not get the catch of Morakel might be that game also to be turn to SA side. Mr. Jayasuria please don't forget that Man of the series in Asia cup Lahiru thirimanna and Ranagana herath also the sitting on the chair like a extra players, you can use both of them instead of Ajantha and someone, Good luck for Sri lnakan for NZ game…

  • SL_roar on March 28, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    What a Hales storm, unfortunate though against SL. Sri Lanka needed a reality check. The consecutive wins does no team any good..Back to the board guys. The game against England was an eye opener but hey this is cricket n t20 so it could be anybody's day.. SL bowling let us down and England should count their lucky stars to win after all the drop catches.. And for all stating Mahela should have walked, do remember that the benefit of the doubt goes to the batsman and it was a third umpire decision. As for the Indian fans,, please try your best not to make this tread about the Indian team.

  • wazza85 on March 28, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    Great batting by both sides, but the bowling failed for SL. the game changed for SL when Mendis started bowling and it is a good eye opener what T20 can do to a top team. SL has a massive task ahead they need to inmprove their bowling department especially Mendis i think he his finding it difficult with the dew. Bring in Herath if SL needs to stand a chance.

  • on March 28, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    That day when Bangladesh lost to West Indies many Lankan fans were trying to advice the host team what went wrong as though they have already won the world cup. This lost game shows any team can have a bad day. Although this was a close game but a loss is a loss and enough to get the over confident Lankan fans down to the ground. No bowler is a Match winner in Sri Labka (except Malinga). From an Indian Fan

  • Humdingers on March 28, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    Nothing better than seeing SL fans quiet! What an innings by Hales. @YsaKaru - If Mahela and Dislhsan weren't dropped 5 times England would have won easily mate!

  • jmcilhinney on March 28, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    @YsaKaru on (March 27, 2014, 17:51 GMT), do you really want to talk dropped catches? Sure, things might have been different if Hales had been caught on 55 but you do know that MJ himself was dropped more than once, right?

  • on March 28, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    When England started their innings, I thought they'd definitely be bundled out for 80 - 90 runs or even less. I could never think even in my dream or imagination that these two batsmen would have turned this match from certain death so miraculously in the space of a few overs. I can highly admire Mr. Hales' innings and comment that this man certainly brought new sensation and excitement to the game of cricket. This is one of the best innings I've seen in a while. I'd like to see more batsmen like him in coming future.

  • on March 28, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    Great win !! Go England go !! Just don't understand why Moin Ali was only given one over, as he only went 4 runs ???

  • on March 28, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    End of Sri Lanka bullying weak teams with World records.

  • SLsupport on March 28, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    SL losing can be a good thing.Now they can fine tune the combination for semi finals.Till now every in every match Mendis went for runs except against Netherlands.But we win all all and ignored it.Hope they will not do the same.

  • on March 28, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    Congrats to England from a SL fan....there were no loose shots from the pair (Hales/Morgan) even after the loss of 2 wickets. They paced their innings well and they deserve the win. The dew was a thorn to both the fielding sides (ENG fielding & SL bowling) but no excuses, if someone bat like that, he deserve to be in the winning side. Anyway, SL is still leading but to dutch thrashing and I hope they will make it to the semi's. SL have the talent go all the way...and in my opinion this loss was needed to bring them back to earth to regroup. They need better planning, and need better execution of individual duties. FYI: if dew is there... winning the toss and bowling 1st is a no brainier. Eng almost lost hat advantage with poor fielding, but a remarkable patience and execution won them the game.

  • on March 28, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    I think think this lose will help sl before semis in this 3 positions should be change immediately. mendis. dilshan and thisara.before the match most of the fans suggest playing herath instead of mendis but it doesn't see the results

  • RA122 on March 28, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    I cannot understand why Bopara comes so late. I kept thinking the same when he was playing Big Bash. Batted beautifully on many occasions but ended up on the loosing side as he came in very late to bat. May be he himself is afraid of batting higher.

  • MeijiMura on March 28, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    It's good to see that England actually have a batsman worth watching post-KP. Alex Hales is one of the biggest hitters in world cricket today and England are unquestionably a much better side with him in it than not. I'd like to see him play all three forms of the game for England. If guys like Chris Gayle and Dave Warner can play all three forms of the game as successfully as they have and do then there's no reason why Hales can't do the same.

  • Haiderpakawsome on March 28, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    This game has exposed how mediocre SL bowling is. 134 of last 11 overs. Probably the weakest bowling on the planet. SL fans were getting "Go ga ga" on their most overrated bowler Mindis who ended up with a half century in his spell. Another worry for SL would be they cant drop Mahela anymore. He will continue with single digit runs for another 10-15 T20s. Things are only going to get tougher for SL.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 28, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    SL were really unlucky with amount of dew that set in.The way their world class bowling-best in tourney along with the Aussies-struggled to cope showed extent of dew's influence.Would've been heavy Eng def in normal conds.SA and SL well placed for semis.

  • J_J. on March 28, 2014, 0:13 GMT

    Great and well thought out batting display. Did not get intimidated by te sb-continent pitch or the world's number one team or the mammoth total to chase after a 2 wicket maiden first over. IPL fanchises would be rueing over not taking him thinking he can't survive Indian pitches.

  • kandykolla on March 28, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    "Don't take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips

    are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck."

    ― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

    Congrats England !! See how many lips are talking against us !!!

  • dunger.bob on March 28, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    There are 2 nice things about this result. First, it's good to see England play to somewhere near their potential and win a game. They may the oldest foe but I like to see them do well occasionally. The 2nd thing is it's lovely to see SL lose. Not that I've got anything against them, it's just that some of their fans were getting very uppity and a dose of humility should do them a world of good.

  • Gamaraala on March 28, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    Congratulations England! You played well and deserved the victory. It's great work from Hales, more than poor bowling from us, which took the game away. Group 1 is still open, anything can happen. Too bad we cannot rest in the last game, a must win.

    SL needs to find another good seamer. And definitely the time to rethink of the place of Mendis. He's proven to be expensive in this series.

  • on March 28, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    Yeah, we had a real bad one last evening. In fact the game appeared closer than it was due to England's fielding blunders. But if we are to drop a game in this world cup, I guess this is the best time to do it. In previous chapters, we won all round robin games but lost the finals. Let's hope this time around this is the only match We lose. Go lions go!

  • Haiderpakawsome on March 27, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    Great win for Eng. I can't be happier than this. I mentioned during match preview that Eng should win keeping 4-5 wickets in hand at least. Also I mentioned that either Morgan or Buttler would repeat Umar Akmal's inning, but I didn't knew that Hales had a different plan in mind. Anyway, great result. Hope NZ could repeat the simiar thumping win against Lankans. SL T20 number 1 spot is now looking in danger which they safe guarded for some time without playing many matches.

  • theRule19 on March 27, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    What a fantastic innings by Hales..well supported by Morgan. The English are certainly in with a chance to qualify.

  • on March 27, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    Great innings, it seems England will click when it matters, last game 175 this match chasing down 190, the batting line up looks formidable. All can bat 1-9. It's a matter of clicking together.

  • on March 27, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    Jayawardene was out. I still can't believe he didn't walk. Thankfully, it didn't matter in the end.

  • OT12 on March 27, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    What is the role Chandimal??? As a captain he hardly comes out to bat and when he does he scores nothing, he does not keep wicket, the only thing he do is make that ugly face after every wicket, now if you will tell me he captains a side trust me Srilanka does not need a captain to decide who will ball when, any 5 year old can lead Srilanka as each and every bowler is a specialist, so drop this useless player and player an all rounder or Herath. Pakistan, WI and Srilanka Fan..

  • rickyvoncanterbury on March 27, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    England ARE THE NEW India of world cricket, you cannot beat them in India and they are hard to beat for Sri Lanka anywhere the ball turns. haha.

  • on March 27, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    All teams have big hiiters for world t20 except sub continents team although they are winning with traditional smart cricket but teams like aus nz eng sa WI will hurt them badly in coming matches with hales english ppl didnt miss KP what an excellent knock! master blaster hales

  • jmcilhinney on March 27, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    England's catching was truly woeful. They have been poor for quite some time too and it has cost them dearly several times, so I'm not sure I expect it to suddenly improve now. That said, there's certainly been a lot of psychological damage lately, so hopefully this victory snatched from the jaws of defeat will buoy them enough to carry them a bit further in this tournament at least.

    Perera looked out in real time so I can definitely understand why the umpire gave him out, although the replay from behind suggested that it was actually late swing rather than glove that caused the deviation. As for Lumb's "catch" of MJ, I can only think that, whether intentional or not, that was a makeup call for the Perera because there was nothing on any replay that I saw to suggest that the ball touched the ground. Whether England were affected psychologically by that or not, there's still no excuse for the dismal catching thereafter. Fantastic batting by Hales to drag the leaking ship into harbour.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 27, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    Still baffled as to why Broad is so unwilling to use Ali more as a bowler. Bowled a really good opening over, and then despite the seamers once again going for more than10 per over, Ali was never used again! I think Ali and/or Bopara bowling in tandem with Tredwell could really choke more of the middle overs, like Afridi and Ajmal used to do for Pakistan. Broad himself needs to crank up his pace and practice more Malinga-magic.

  • on March 27, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    to vkias ...no srilanka is a btilliant teAm...dew played the game. ....they r the champssss

  • covadrive on March 27, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    "Hale Storm" in Chittagong would be the fitting headline!

    Congrats to ENG for the well deserving victory. What a game, what an inning by Hale. With 2 quick wickets down in the first over and Hale hitting the first two balls from Mathews in the next over said it all. His intentions were clear from the outset. There was no panicking between Hale and Morgan and they seem to have never taken their foot off the pedal. Well done ENG!

    Knowing there will be Dew factor in the D/N games in Chittagong, one could not understand the rationale behind Mendis playing ahead of a leg spinner or even Lakmal. Perhaps SL doesn't want to tinker with their winning combination and now they do. Mendis last over was the turning point of the game in my opinion.

    In retrospect Net RR gained by SL from the Dutch game might now come in handy for the Lankans to advance to the Semis.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 27, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    Fantastic knock by Hales; he wasn't number one in T20 internationals for nothing. I missed the chase due to work commitments, but must confess I left thinking England had no chance after yet another messy fielding performance, and Sri Lanka had racked up a very intimidating target. I know the ball/conditions were damp, but some of those fielding blunders by England bordered on shameful and in any other job such errors would be quickly followed up by the drafting of a P45. This tournament is still wide open now.

  • heathrf1974 on March 27, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    Wow. Well done England I thought they would have had little chance against a SL side whom are damn good at T20 cricket.

  • vkumar_086 on March 27, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    @ Lanka1003..hope you come to know the power of BIG 3....the other two of the BIG 3 also waiting to thrash SL either in semis or in final

  • zacky2 on March 27, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    For England it finally turned out to be a one man show, but I will never understand the way Broad was handling his bowlers. He was consistently relying on his most expensive bowlers. Ali just 1 over and Bopara never bowled. Good luck England if Broad wil continue with kind of attitude. Zacky

  • on March 27, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    what a match it was..... alex hales u beauty

  • on March 27, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    what a match it was..... alex hales u beauty

  • on March 27, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    Was Bopara not fit to bowl? Given that he has been England's best T20 bowler recently by far, seems daft for him not to bowl, especially given how many runs SL racked up.

  • on March 27, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    Peacer. This is not just a wake up call for SL Team but I hope its also for SL fans.

  • on March 27, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    @SandipManjrekar. Completely agree with you. If you come hard at this SL side, they fold easily.

  • on March 27, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    Cricsnake. Your comments are very contradictory. One hand you say that SL played well and then you suggest they played below par by bowling too many loose deliveries and underestimated England. Make up your mind. The fact is SL played as well as one could expect from them and were beaten by a better Team who are realising their potential. Kusal will be out cheaply more often than not, Dilshan is still not in any form, Mahila is past his due date and living on luck. Only Sanga and Angelo can be relied upon to make some runs. This batting line up døesnt exactly instill confidence or can be expected to score 150+ consistently. As always SL fans are far away from reality.

  • on March 27, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    well played both teams.. outstanding batting performance from both teams.. england chased very atractive way.. congratulations for both teams...! from SL

  • on March 27, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    Yohan Phillips. Ajantha Mendis hardly spins the ball. Don't you think he should be hardly affected by the dew? Today England put Sri Lanka in but if Chandimal would have won the toss, wouldnt he have batted first as always?

  • sanathputha on March 27, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    Congrats England. Though I am a Srilankan fan, I would not mind getting beaten by a better side on the day. After all cricket is a game. England has always been modest in their achievements whether winning or loosing. Specially guys like Eion Morgan, Buttler etc. are vey down to earth people though their skills and abilities are huge. In fact all teams in Group 1 are "very modest" in comparison to "Big Shows" in group 2. I hope Srilanka can bring the cup home this time. If not it should be a one from Group 1.

  • shakeena on March 27, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    Excellent game of cricket & great knock by Hails.. we fought hard and gallantly... But surly one team has to loose and it was Sri Lanka this time.. I'm so so sad but insha allah we will reach the sami finals..

    MICHALE WAGUN PLEASE STOP JOKING AROUND WITH SRI LANKAN NATIONAL ANTHEM PLEASE... IT FEELS SO SAD TO READ THOSE TWITTERS :(

    " well I was in grade 10 when michale start up his international career and after the end of my first semester his career was over"

  • RoBoBobster on March 27, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    well played England - especially Hales, but I do feel England are overdoing the bowling - Bresnan has been consistantly expensive, no hero with the bat, and his overs could easily be bowled by Bopara/Ali who have been good recently. The batting looks shaky and it would be nice to have someone like Kieswetter as another batsman, to balance the team.

  • on March 27, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    what a great game and credit to both sides, yes the fielding was sloppy but surely the dew coated ball has to account for at least some of it...Sri Lanka posted a fairly formidable target but a fantastic innings from Hales and an important one from Morgan took us over the line, Malinga is a great bowler ( esp in the shorter formats ) but England played him very well....like to say well played to Holland too for their herioc effort against SA, its been an enjoyable tournament already (even though Test Cricket is for me is where the soul of this great game will always reside, and ODI'S also allow for more rhythm and ebb and flow than T20, but i digress!!...) and now this group is wide open, heres to some more exciting games to come...

  • Coastaltown on March 27, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Blimey. Astonishing knock from Hales (and also Morgan). He always had it in him. BUT the fielding? Oh dear. I've normally got a lot of time for Bres but I fear his career may have run its course. Jordan looked the part. Dernbach is improved but I'm still pretty sure there's a bazillion county seamers who could do a better job. Mystified as to why Ravi didn't bowl.

    Still, a win is a win. Also Electric Wotsit, don't you ever get bored of being wrong?

  • vkumar_086 on March 27, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4....SL is in misery now after the end of the game....its nice to see England win after the series of thrashings....it chased down its highest total in T20's against STRONG bowling attack of the world....whereas India's average bowling attack defended the less total than mighty 189..in fact India's bowling attack seems like the best bowling attack of the tournament

  • Cricketlover54 on March 27, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    As a SL fan, Congratulations Eng :)

    Hales you magician. What an Innings! SL arent T20 invincible after all. SL should watch out for NZ if they want to get into semis, they are a really tough team.

    Oh and drop Mendis forever please, he can keep the seats warm. He is our Ishant Sharma

  • BellCurve on March 27, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    Thank you Alex. You have put South Africa's destiny back in their own hands. Now they just need to drop Tsotsobe. Best starting 11 is De Kock, Amla, Faf, AB, Miller, JP, Morkel, Steyn, Morkel, Tahir and Hendricks.

  • on March 27, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    Watching the highlights, England got angry from the awful 3rd umpire decision in the 2nd over, that led to the awful fielding.

  • on March 27, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    Well done England, to chase down 190 after being 0/2 is a great effort, hales sixes in the last over shows he can handle pressure of being so close to victory and actually saw it home for the English. Both groups now wide open!!

  • Chris_P on March 27, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Top effort from the Poms. I saw Hales smash a super 70 odd in the BBL 2 seasons ago & thought what a super player he was when "in the zone". As long as he is batting, any score is "chase-able"(sp). @Harmony111, 'unpredictably unpredictable" being a double negative would make it simply, predictable?

  • on March 27, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    Welcome win for England..SL victorious run is dented..let's see how all these things pan out..To go to knockout SL always defeated Eng. Now they will have to rewrite omens..

  • StevieS on March 27, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    So now the winners of England vs SA and Sri Lanka v New Zealand will go through to semi finals baring the Dutch spoiling someones party. It's much better that a run rate situation.

  • momer79 on March 27, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    wow we are going to have 2 semi finals in this group now. SA vs Eng and SL vs NZ.....i think SA and NZ are fav

  • Stat1977 on March 27, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    This happens once in a blue moon, I mean Eng winning in subcontinent.Can they go beyond this win? That's the familiar question with Eng team when it comes to big tournaments.

  • mirandola on March 27, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    Hales batted well, and almost covered up the glaring lack of confidence England showed after a four-month battering (how many dropped chances was that ...?) - luckily for them, Angelo once again showed he's not captain material by mislining his bowling in the last few overs - honestly, if Mahela and Sanga don't want it, there's got to be a better choice than Mathews ... surely?

  • on March 27, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    It's funny that Indian fans are so hyped about Sri Lanka losing a match! Seems like they see Sri Lanka as a real threat to them.

    About the match, well played Hales and Morgan! SL need more practice with the wet ball. Can't really blame Chandimal for his capitancy. Probably the only thing he could have done different was held back Malinga for 3 overs in the last 10 overs. Probably over bowled him too early on in the match. Matthews could have bowled more early on which would have allowed him to escape with fewer runs conceded. Looks like the dew factor is going to be crucial in the night games, so the composition of the attack needs to be thought out. Mendis needs to be dropped for sure though.

    Hope SL play smarter against New Zealand.

  • on March 27, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    Happy for England team, very well played boys especially Hales, Morgan, Bopara and Jordan. JD and TB were offcolour today, but i hope they will gain there form and will hit the middle of middle stump soon. Will like to see India vs England Final.

  • likeintcricket on March 27, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Brillant win from England. That's what I believe that India and Srilanka's bowling are not as great and they should be treated better. Still anbody's game in both group and anyonecould qualify.

  • on March 27, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    i think chandimal is the only captain in top ten teams who did not deserve a place in a team.In next match SL should drop chandimal and play with extra bowler if they interested in winning a world T20 championship.

  • gahapanmachan on March 27, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    WOW England you still got fight, something lacking all summer downunder. Where was this Hales? You've probably done good to SL by beating them. Good match anyway both teams.

  • Harmony111 on March 27, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    @All Eng fans:

    No doubt you would be delighted with this win & why not. Hales was fab during his knock. I couldn't believe when I saw he was in his 80s cos barely 5 mins prior to that he had got to his 50.

    A win of this kind feels good, right? Now how many of you are talking about small ropes, flat wickets? Barely anyone. Some months back, India pulled off two 350+ chases vs Aus when Mitch was in the form of his life. Those chases were dismissed with 'came on a flat track'. Just some extra context you see. :-)

  • yorkslanka on March 27, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    well done to England on a fantastic victory which was thoroughly deserved..Superb innings from Hales and Morgan really showed his class too..no excuses from me, we were jsut beaten by the better batting unit on the day..

  • BigINDFan on March 27, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    Great game, looking forward to seeing the highlights! Hales sealed it and is keeping this Group wide open after the Dutch almost got past SA! Sounds like the game had all the drama of poor umpiring, bad fielding, listless bowling and superlative batting. If Hales and Morgan carry this momentum forward NZ and SA are in trouble. Eng stand a good chance of making the semis and put pressure on NZ, SL and SA.

  • mubiiiii on March 27, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    alex hales you beauty.what a knock.......

  • ADARSH100 on March 27, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    That was a such an amazing stuff by Hales and congrats to him. The way he paced to comply with the run rate is great. Morgan batted beautifully to build that partnership or else this victory was impossible. Cant deny Jordan's contribution of 1 catch and 2 wickets for 28 runs. I am surprised to see Ajantha Mendis in SL team even after 2 poor warm-up matches and the first match against SA. Netherlands match was an exception. To be honest his overs turned the match for England. This is not the first time he got thrashed as he got beaten in warm-ups too and his mystery bowling is just a history now. Rangana Herath should be given a chance against New zealand. He bowled well in warm-up match too.

  • on March 27, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    Probably the best summation: "England have done something special here, not just because they toppled the top-ranked team, but also because they snapped Sri Lanka's 14-match unbeaten streak. Even 12 overs into the chase, they were well behind. They banked on catching up when the ball got wet towards the end, and Hales was too good in the final few overs."

    Taking nothing away from Eng, there wasn't just some dew in the ground, it looked like it was raining out there!! All the dropped catches by Eng was also cos of the dew - so imagine how bad it was in the 2nd innings!!! Broad: "I feel for SL's bowlers with the dew. We changed about four or five balls in the innings." Obv, spinners weren't going to look ominous with that heavy dew, especially Mendis wasn't able to grip the ball, for his variations. The ball even slipped out of Malinga and Thisara's hands (fast bowlers), have we seen that happen so far?!

    Like Chandi said "We'll have to pick up the pieces and get ready for the next game

  • forward_diffence on March 27, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    poor captaincy from Chandimal. He had used the Malinga's over at the end.

  • St.John on March 27, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    England's all Hale and hearty... Sri Lanka has a touch of flu...Bad Captaincy form both Broad and Chandimal. Broad 4 not giving Ali or Bopara a few overs and Chandimal 4 sending Sangakarra after Dilshans fall and spoiling the momentum. Kulasekera should have come in then as pinch-hitter and taken the score to 200. SL's best spinner Herath is still warming the bench while Mendis gets hammered & Sennanyake cant take a decent haul.(Never does!)

  • on March 27, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    this shows how hales s a good player in t20 cricket. last time he misses out ton on 99. now he made it.. England slowly into track ..

  • solomon54 on March 27, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    What an exhilarating & scintillating match ,where the Hales Storm dominated the proceedngs quite magnificently ,despite a flurry of dropped catches from both the sides, more lavishly from the English side !

    Generally the Cricket Basics is Catches Wins Matches, but Alex sort of disproved it, by his classical display over the covers

  • MojoMojo on March 27, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    Bad luck lions. One man took the match away from us. We will still make it semis. Btw it's embarrassing to see sanga claiming everything behind the wicket as catch. Stop embarrassing us Sanga!

  • on March 27, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    hey does Anybody known the distance covered by the final six hit by Hales. It surely is the biggest six of the year probably beating Anderson hit in ODI.A superlative effort by Hales, an the best inning of the WC 2014.

  • Srini_Indian on March 27, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    With all the negativity around England, I still feel England has a very good T20 team. Hales, Lumb, Morgan are far better, reliable than the hopeless sloggers like warner, maxwell etc. They have a good seam attack and reliable spinner. Now assuming Netherlands loses all of their remaining matches, the winners of Eng/SA and NZ/sl qualify to semis. Good luck to SA, Eng and NZ! It was pleasure watching sl lose though. Hope NZ beats them and knocks them out of the tournament.

  • Sujith lasan on March 27, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    No need panic SL. SL fought well with the damp ball. This defeat remind which the match rain affected won By NZ in hambantota last year.

  • on March 27, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    YsaKaru No then Bopara would have played...

  • markatnotts on March 27, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Excellent from England with the bat. This result is making a lot of people look very silly with their emotional anti England rants. We need to improve on bowling and fielding dramatically though! Oh and I am awaiting the excuse that Sri Lanka were hugely disadvantaged by the bar decision against Perera, and therefore the result doesn't count!

  • helloDolly on March 27, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    I guess SL fans are so up on Mahela that they forgot that Honestly Mahela was out on the first ball thanks to these incompetent umpires and how many catches were dropped? but still you are gonna dwell on one drop catch on Mahela and still Mahele batted well and I guess it was sheer luck for Hales.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on March 27, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    'Huge chase', that's laughable. For England it was huge but for quality teams it wouldn't be.

  • on March 27, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    well played england, Hales was brilliant. I hope SL drop Mendis for Herath or even Prasanna in the next game. as a SL fan, i am deeply disapointed in the end result, but a great game, congrats to england, well deserved in the end, and Inshallah SL will bounce back in the next game, But seriously... DROP MENDIS!!!

  • cricketdebator on March 27, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Congratulations to England. Well played Hayes. I am now looking forward to hear from those who say that England cannot prosper without Peiterson. Hope they realise that no man is an Island.

  • mohammed-ismail on March 27, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Reality check!!! Sri Lanka is overrated team, this is what they really are! When I said England is going to thrash SL, the arrogant SL fans jumped & argued, but it got my prediction spot on. Next game NZ will thrash the Lions, no, Foxes. Inshaallah, thanks for everything. Pak will be in semis.

  • bouncer709 on March 27, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Playing Mendis by SL is a gamble, few players can play carom ball so easily. Carom ball only works against the players who have not played it before. Mendis, specially in dew conditions is totally useless. His 25 runs over was the major difference in today game.Against SA too he went for 44 runs for 1 wkt. In warm up match against WI he gave away 43 in 3 overs. This match was very much similar to Pak VS Aus match, but Pakistan got back in the match in right time, while Srilanka were bit late in taking 3rd,4th wkt.now this group is also open.

  • vkumar_086 on March 27, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    Now we can guess Group 1 equation quite well....if NZ and SA manages to win their next matches, both will get through to semis (SA playing against England and NZ will play against ND and SL... NZ having clear advantage with still 2 matches in hand)...No 1 ranked T20 team will go out of the tournament....!!!...If this does not happen....then 4 teams end up with 4 points....NRR will deciding factor...very interesting stage in group 1....upcoming matches will be really exciting

  • on March 27, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    congrats England cricket team. what a match, I never believe eng will win the match.

  • FieryFerg on March 27, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    To all the Asian fans who derided Hales after the IPL auction because he'd made runs in games you'd paid no attention to, what say you now? That no. 1 ranking wasn't for fun!

  • on March 27, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    semi final 1-india vs new Zealand semi final 2-pakistan vs england final -india will beat Pakistan

  • Peacer on March 27, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    It's kinda hard to understand, but.. Sometimes you try so hard on something, Sometimes you can be so.. so prepared! and still fail. And everytime you fail.. it's painful! .. causes sadness. especially as I saw today night it causes disappointment.

    It has often said.. a man's character is not judged after he celebrates a victory about what he does...

    So no matter how great the sitback, how severe the failure,

    you never give up. you never give up! You pick yourself up! You press yourself up! You push forward! You move on! Until you're done! You overcome!

    That is what We want you from SL!

  • on March 27, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    One of the most brilliant innings by an England batsman in any format in the longest time! Breathtaking stuff. Morgan made a significant contribution as well. This England team needs support, not criticism. The future of the batting dept looks bright, it is the bowling department that they need to worry about. Dernbach needs to be thrown out permanently...they need some young, fresh blood there.

  • JG2704 on March 27, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    PS thought the after match comms re Mallinga were harsh. For me he still bowled great lengths throughout and re the 2 balls Bopara hit for 4 - Bopara deserves all the credit for manufacturing the shot. Right now I'd swap any 2 of Bres,Broad and Dernbach for Mallinga and go a bowler short

  • on March 27, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    look guys. this is T20 world cup. every game should be hard. you think sri lanka must win all the games in the row.? then what about the other teams.? are they school teams.? grow up pls.. still have the show. the best team will be the winner.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on March 27, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Engalnd learned SL what is real T20 Cricket. First SL has more than enough chance to go to 220. When Mahela played real T20 inning Dilshan Selfishly take 1's and 2's. Until he reached 40+ he played only 2 Sixes and 1 Four. If Another batsmen who cloud equal SR with Mahela. we r now in Semi Final. Mendis bowling is waveward and ordinary spin and he paid the price. Chandimal who played the Team only as a specialist caption destroy his caption image and fielding setting were less than under 19 caption. If SL want to win next game drop these 3 or play thiri,sekuge and hearth. Otherwise have a farewell party of Mahela and Sanga

  • JG2704 on March 27, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Still think the side balance is all wrong. Root (injured) or Patel (overlooked)would be ideal as they would add to batting depth and are both bowling options. I would replace Bres or JD - probably the former as I don't really see there being any promise whatsoever in his bowling. I genuinely don't see that we need 4 pace options on these pitches. So I'd either bring in Parry as a spin option or Kies or Bell as an extra batsman - depending on the pitch. My hunch would be the extra batsman but I still think they should have tried Bell in one of the warm up matches. They say not to mess with a winning line up but by and large we won't be winning many when we keep the same underperforming bowlers in our side

  • on March 27, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    The dew factor is taking too much control of the games in modern days and it was very well shown today...If you win the toss then you win the match too and there is no game on it.. its just like gambling....

    for both ODIs and T20s if we start the matches a bit earlier and finish the games by the time when the dew comes a lot... I think we'll have a true game of cricket... And congratulations England.. U were the better side today..

  • LK-LadyCric on March 27, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    England played a hell of a game. I love how all these other fans keep bad-mouthing Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans don't think the team is invincible, and neither does the team itself. We have some of the most humble cricket players, but the world sees it differently. Give respect where respect is due. And that knock from Hale was incredible!!!! This is what T20 is all about! Love the game. Lankan with pride! :)

  • Bloodwrath on March 27, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Hales played very a gutsy knock ,nothing to take away from him but clearly sl looked like the better team until it was stuck by dew ,Hope the championship isn't coming down to winning the toss

  • on March 27, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Am I totally insane to think Moin Ali (one over for four runs) should have been given another over (at least). I also think , in my madness Bopara couldn't have gone for more than the chosen ones! However we (England) won, what a cunning plan!!

  • i_amVIVA on March 27, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    @Harmony111: you left out today's SA-Ned game from your exciting list bunch...

  • willsrustynuts on March 27, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Until the introduction of the DRS and the modern, slavish adherence to technology I would not have dreamed of criticising the umpires. Now, however, they are fair targets - no one should make these types of mistakes when they have access to so much (albeit often unreliable) technology.

    If the technology stays the umpires need to up their game, it doesn't seem to be helping them as much as they probably hoped and in fact it is placing them under increasing scrutiny.

  • Englishmanabroad on March 27, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Amazing game. Hales and Morgan finally got their acts together. Fielding was atrocious. I hear many SL fans complaining about the "dew", Eng had to deal with that in the 2nd half of their innings also. If England had take the chances that were offered, SL would have struggled to make 160, so they should stop complaining.

    It would have been nice if Netherlands could have knocked of SA this morning, then the group would be wide open, however it seems to me that the most likely qualifiers will be SL and SA. If NZ beat SL, then I would favour NZ and SA.

  • Remocity on March 27, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Sl deserve a loss but this will learning point for them. Now they will asses the player performance to next match wit NZ. Seeing comments here why Indians are hating Srilanka? Are u really scared to face SL? Or jealous about this little nation? One thing for sure today SL tomorrow India could lose against BD. India played last two matches at Mirpur slow pitches if they play Chittagong with their 3spinners will see the difference. People of India wait and see who will win the trophy definitely not India.

  • darsh127 on March 27, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    Well then, let the quarter finals begin! Winner of England S.Africa to enter semis, and the winner of N. Zealand S.Lanka to enter semis! (unless netherlands party poop). On the other hand, India are all but through and Winner of Pakistan and West Indies should make it.( unless bangladesh party poop). My prediction for top 4 are : India, W.Indies, N. Zealand, England or South.africa (quite a tough pick). Best luck to all!

  • Vijay_P_S on March 27, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    Well done boys! Games against SA and NZ were supposed to be tough anyway. So important to win against weak teams (SL and Ned) in this group.

  • asiritheone91 on March 27, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Good WAKE UP CALL for lions. Great batting by english men. They deserve the victory. I dont know what the hell we are using ‪#‎AjanthaMendis‬ again and again. This is not the first time he got hammered. Anyway, its not fair to blame only him. Currently he is a mystery spinner for associate nations only (‪#‎HongKong‬, ‪#‎Nepal‬ etc ). Sri Lanka following a old fasion, not to change a winning team. If some guys in the winning team are not at their best, what is the point of keeping them ?? Thats my point....

  • on March 27, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Great match it was a huge target because of our pervious performance. If England can play like this, no one can stop us winning the championship.

  • Lorenz022 on March 27, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    It was so amazing to watch although it was little hurting as a Sri Lankan supporter. But you gotta admire true talent. Well done Alex Hales. RESPECT FROM SRI LANKA..

  • Hanumall on March 27, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    What a great win for England after all those disappointing months! Mahela dropping that catch on the boundary line was a significant turning point. (One hopes and prays that his injury is not serious.) Both teams fought well and gave the spectators their money's worth. Only one team won the match but both teams have won the spectators' hearts with creditable performances especially by Kulasekhara, Mahela, Dilshan, Morgan and, of course, an incredible one by Alex Hales. While the luck factor was fickle , the dew factor tilted the scales.

  • twistatwistaa on March 27, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    srilankan players faces where worth looking at

  • Vijay_P_S on March 27, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Another hammering by NZ would bring them back to reality. No.1 ranking is up for grabs folks.. as if it means anything in this format.

  • anoop3301 on March 27, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Alex Hales, take a bow ! 116 of 64 balls. Now that is called minnow bashing !

  • on March 27, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    @saadatullah: 95 metres I believe.

  • on March 27, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Well there was a hell amount of dew as if there was very slow but continous drizzling going on.....

    as soon as the ball got 9 ovrs old both teams found it hard to field and bowl.

    Drop catches were always on the cards because only the onfield players know that heavy dew acts like an oil for the ball and it becomes very very slippery.

    The match was very good and entertaining what everyone expects top teams to deliver, winning and losing are alltogether different thing.

    Only bad thing was 3rd umpire decision give jayawardene not out which was not only poor but of sub par standard for this level.

    Excellent innings from Hales and Jayawardene who made full utilization of the opportunities provided to them not to forget Morgan innings.

    but a series question arises here that if dew continues to be of this level then team batting 2nd would consider half the job already done. some steps has to be taken or there might be another storm of beamers.

  • cooljalz on March 27, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Considering all that happened its almost like England got into a time machine & saw balls slipping from sri lankans' hands while bowling & fielding late in the innings. Either it was a very bold calculated risk or big bout of luck. But the bottom line is that this seems to be the group of death rather than the other group. Competitive cricket is what a true fan wants badly & this world cup is gonna roll out dollops of it. All hail cricket!

  • LuckyGamage on March 27, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Take this easy lions..!!! Sri Lankans played also very well..!!! Go on Go on..!!!

  • Maqsood_aalam on March 27, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Congrats To English cricket team!! We are much thankful to you for this brilliant show in our country. The first half was completely demoralizing for you and even first over of your inning. It require a lot of courage to come out from 2 down without score in first over. You play like true champions today. The way you dominated against bowling side which looked strange & clueless. I thought Hales was hitting balls into stands against club level bowlers. Really, well played both Hales & Morgan.....from BD fan.

  • lancs-lion on March 27, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Saadatullah....we will find out how long that winning six was.....when it lands!!! What an innings by Hales. When will we drop Bresnan? Another spinner would be better than his cannon fodder stuff...and as for his fielding!!!

  • Greatest_Game on March 27, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Wow - what a match. Big scores and golden ducks, mystery spinners leaking runs and a medium pacer the most economical bowler!

    With SL cruising to 189 they looked well in charge, but Eng came back at them, and have again shown that all teams can be competitive in abbreviated cricket. I guess all those who wrote off England, and said that they, along with Aus, NZ & SA "can't compete" on Asian pitches are dining on a big slice of humble pie today. SL lasted just two balls defending seven runs off the last over, yet SA successfully defended seven runs just a few days ago. Seems that the concept that only Asian teams can compete on these tracks is being shown to be something of a myth, & ahollow boast.

    This result really shakes up the group. With the 4 member teams each having lost a match, the Eng vs SA & NZ vs SL fixtures will likely determine which teams move to the semis - provided the Netherlands don't surprise Eng or NZ. This certainly makes those 2 matches look very interesting.

  • on March 27, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Great game to watch, especially Hales in full flight. Jayawardene's innings was classy too, Not sure about the Sri Lankan's choice of bowlers at crucial points in the game. Does Dilshan still bowl at all?

  • JoshFromJamRock on March 27, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Good game by England and a great game by Sri Lanka. I never doubted Hales' or Morgan's ability to score runs but my greatest worry was that they would have to perform extraordinarily well for this team to have a chance. This was a good game for them and the group in that South Africa and New Zealand still have reasonably chances to go at two spots rather than England (if they lost this game) and them having to fight for one spot. For Sri Lanka its good to see Jayawardene performing. He's just below Sanga statistically but he is definitely the go to guy in finals and other high stake games. I'm Backing Sanga to perform soon though.

    By the way, I know this tournament has most likely taken the record for the most dropped catches but does anyone have an idea why? In every game at least 5 straightforward chances have been grassed and some players have managed to even drop two in a game. Bangladesh duly got punished for it but here England had two batsmen to provide some saving grace.

  • anoop3301 on March 27, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Inspite of being in an easier group, Sri Lanka is on the verge of being out of the tournament. They are also redefining consistency in world cricket " arriving for every major world cup with high and unrealistic expectations, bashing minnows consistently, losing to better teams consistently and going back home with empty hands consistently.

  • ms2000 on March 27, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Its just another Match for sri lanka where Chandimal made blunders. Forget this match and take on the next. This is not the end. Chandimal should not have bowled Mendis after the 2nd over. Should have used Dilshan for at least 1 over . Field setting was bad. Too many runs given due to that. Mahela missed a crucial catch. It was not the day for Sri Lanka on the field. Except india ( as at now) all other teams have lost at least 1 match. So what. Correct the mitakes and go forward. Drop Mendis for the next match. He cant turn the ball on these wickets. Bring Priyanjan. Why not rest Chandimal for the next match?

  • on March 27, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    the dew factor is taking too much control of the games in modern days and it was very well shown today...If you win the toss then you win the match too and there is no game on it.. its just like gambling.... well my idea is why can't we start the matches a bit earlier... so by 8.00 p.m. the matches should be over.. and then the effect of the dew would be much more less reflectingon the result.. for both ODIs and T20s if we start the matches a bit earlier and finish the games by the time when the dew comes a lot... I think we'll have a true game of cricket...

    and very well played england...

  • on March 27, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    A well fascinating victory by England.

  • nothingnew on March 27, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    instead of Ajantha mendis over . tisara perera or Angelo should have bowled . Bat captaincy from Dinesh . more hopes from him . drop catch from Jayawardane was the key for England's victory . Anyhow we watched a good cricket from both side . Dilshan's batting worse than i expected . pitch was really good . but he couldn't play good cricket . his timing was really bad . I were selection board of Sri lanka . i will drop chandimal and bring lahiru tirimanne . Brilliant spell by Senanayake even dew factor were worse .

  • on March 27, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    SL lost, oh well.. You win some, you lose some!

    To the people who keep going on about Mahela not being given out, Kusal Perera's out was not legit. An eye for an eye! Although, Mahela did miss Hale's catch and probably split his webbing again! Hopefully it's nothing serious!

    Most people, including me, thought this would be a walk in the park, taking Eng's recent form into consideration, but Eng did better than most people's expectations - credit to them. Eng needed this win to keep their semi-final hopes alive and they delivered. Winning against SL will be a HUGE confidence-booster for Eng, like Bopara said. Alex HALES was SUPERB btw! SL should've just dropped Mendis, like a lot of people suggested here; he was WAY TOO expensive and that in turn led to bringing in Malinga early without being able to leave him for the last or penultimate over.

    Hope SL comes back with a bang next game as they have a couple of days to go over what they did wrong (as there are quite a few). Gd luck, SL!

  • rockhadda on March 27, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Playing Mendis was a big mitake, there are 3 bowlers in the bench who are capable, team selections are really unfair, if he is not in good form why do you play him, for his name? There are 2 weak points in Sri Lankan team, Mendis and Dilshan. Hopefully Sri Lanka will make changes in the next match, Thanx to England for giving them a slap

  • bllas on March 27, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    @frncis That's why SL is a good team, they win as a team

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Hale storm blunts the Lankans in their path, throws off their so-called Juggernaut, and keeps England alive to play another day!! Truly, one of the BEST T 20 performances in a long, long time..England's Robin Hood from Nottingham, along with his band of merry men, snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and burst some over-inflated egos in the process.

    Hail England, Hail Alex Hales!! If they play like this, the trophy is not too far away.

    From-an Indian fan

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Srilanka should drop dilshan and mendis for the next game and bring back in form batsmen thirimanne

  • Prabhash1985 on March 27, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    We are proud of you Sri Lankan team! Well played! Congratulations to England on their win. Sri Lanka needs to improve when someone gets going. This happens to us always. When someone hits big, usually we lose the grip, and later on, throw it away. But it was a fantastic game. Kusal was unlucky to be given out for something he didn't glove at all, otherwise, it could have been his firework with Dilshan, rather Mahela's touch which is also nice to watch.

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Wow, even after 10 overs I didn't expect England had any chance. Just shows that anyone can beat anyone at T20 level. This group is wide open now. Four teams still have a chance of making the semis, and they've all lost a match.

    Nice to see Hales back on form. Hopefully he (and Morgan) can keep this going because the bowling and fielding was very poor.

    Dark_Harlequin, how did England not deserve to win? Yes, they needed some big overs and a lifetime best performance from Hales but that's what T20 is about. They should have taken more SL wickets. Nothing to do with 'taking the foot off the pedal'. Sri Lanka set a tough target.

    Anyway, I still don't expect England to go through but the rest of the big matches in this group should be great to watch. South Africa will be feeling very good right now.

  • vkumar_086 on March 27, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Even after posting 189 runs huge total in T20....SL lost the match....SL was claiming that bowling is their strength, i did not see this strength in SL bowling...can we compare this match with 2011 WC final....yes sure..in that match also SL posted huge total 276, Mahela played very good in both these matches....SL took two early wickets...but lost the match by 6 wickets....SL bowling is not even clicking in subcontinent....SL will lose to NZ in next match....this match showed that the tournament is progressing in right direction...congrats for England....what a power hitting by ALEX HALES...he swept both Mendis and Kula

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    Hale played well SL did well till the half of the game but mendis find it difficult to grip the bowl dew played a very important role here but that is not an excuse. if you can defend 190 means you are bowling is really weak so SL is vulnerable & this group is open anything can happen I hope Sri Lankan selectors will do something for it SL can not depend on Medis & Thessara any more

    All the best for the next game Lions !!!

  • Cricsnake on March 27, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Congratulations England. You did very well with the bat though worse with the ball. Kudos to Alex Hales. What a player? brilliant knock by the tall righthander. Anyway well played SL. Though many drop catches helped, they posed a competitive total and bowling was going exceptionally well at the start. The game changer was the 15th over by Mendis. The dew has loosen the grip of Mendis. But credits should be given to hales. What a fightback from England after some uncomfortable & unluck start at the tournament. I saw SL used to bowl many loose deliveries against Netherlands. They did not consider that & just took Eng very lightly and the result was obvious. SL should work hard now and have to play well against NZ. Tough competition. But hope to see SL in semis. Good Luck.

  • SandipManjrekar on March 27, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    What a remarkable win!! I couldn't hide my disappointment if England would have failed to finish. I had seen them showing great picture in Caribbean. I don't understand why their fans dropped shoulders before match. SL aren't invincible the way so many showing exaggerated view about them. If you play hard, you can get past them 10 out 10 times. Alex Hales !! Perhaps you could post many better innings more frequently like this one. Even last Ashes tour T20 inning was special if I remember correctly. Some serious concern for Poms are about spilling catches. SL has high NRR advantage in this group. Now any 2 out of 4 teams can go further. I wish any 2 among SA, Kiwis & Eng. It depends on how dutch play hard in next 2 games. Proteas would have been in semis if they had adopted better think-tank in earlier game against SL.

  • Peacer on March 27, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Ah, What a match it was.. Both teams played really well.. However someone has to loose.. That is how it goes.. We want to understand it.. It is good wake up call for SriLanka, "There is nothing you can take granted forever"

  • KrikIndFan on March 27, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    What an exiting game of cricket! It wasn't easy for Eng to be against in-form SL and come victorious after their loss in their last couple T20 losses. No matter the due has to be taken into consideration but what an innings by Hales. This match is the reason why T20 is what it is. SL, good match, you're still one of the favs to lift the trophy. Best of luck!

  • YsaKaru on March 27, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Congratulations to england.... If mahela caught hales may be a different story and ENG would be a lossing side...anyway good luck for win against NZ...

  • Adnan_MD on March 27, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    @Harmony,

    You forgot South Africa vs Netherlands. This format is anyone's game. It all depends who can hold their nerves.

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Hales is ranked 2 or 1 n still he remained unsold in the ipl auction

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    What a match it is.Alex hales massacred the opposition's bowling.Looks like some ppl may learn some good things from this match.Never underestimate your opposition folks.This is a T20 game and tables may turn instantly.

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    A question to all Sri Lankan fans. When was the last time a Sri Lankan player delivered a phenomenal match winning performance? I am talking special not just a good performance. I am really curious.

  • Harlequin. on March 27, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Oh dear me. In no way did England deserve that, and Sri Lanka must be concerned they took the foot off the pedal. But we should all be concerned that this result means we will be subjected to further spells from Dernbach.

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Well done England and Hales. The one good thing that comes off this is that it puts our fortune in our own hands. We just need to beat England to progress and not worry about NRR. The only problem is England will be highly motivated after their fantastic performance today and we will be demotivated after almost losing to a "minnow." I was disappointed in our batting but Imran is proving to be a star in conditions which suit him to a tee. Can't wait to knock the resurgent Poms down a notch on Saturday :).

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 27, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I am very happy England won. Well done boys. SL were very lucky when they batted. But in the end, Alex Hales played a sensational innings to secure victory for England. It also goes to show how ordinary SL bowling is when the conditions don't favour them. NZ will also give a tough time for SL in their final game. This group is now very wide open.

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    I was expecting morgan to play da main role

  • sarangsrk on March 27, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Super innings from Hales. The best that I have seen under such pressure in T20I. Where are all SL fans who thought that SL is better than Big 3?? Hahaha.. You need to get your captain to play and not just over react after taking a simple catch. Doesn't bat, doesn't bowl and tonight he showed he can't even captain. What is he? A non-playing captain like in Davis Cup of Tennis?

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    ENGLAND T20 would cup good cricket I proud England cricket team

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    I'm still waiting to see how long was the last wining six? Any body plz.

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Actually if you observe Malinga closely, his bowling is very similar to that of baseball pitcher. Only that he runs in. Amazing how he consistently manages to bowl yorker length with such an action. SL seems to produce such bowlers more. Murali was one. Malinga next. Maybe the next will have a name starting with M. Paul Adams of SA had a wierd action and not to forget Sohail Tanvir. Mendis promised much in the Asia cup but he has often been taken to the cleaners by Dhoni, Yosuf pathan, and now Hales. Kulasekera bowled beautifully. England dropped catches. All in all a fine T20 match. But they need to do something about the dew.

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    congratulations England. the founder of cricket. Respect you. .and you gonna go to the semis with SL. and wish you to meet at the grand finale too. but WC belongs to SL...all the best for that..

  • Coolcapricorn on March 27, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    The SL bowlers were badly found out by England attacking them! Even their batsmen only got to a high total due to all the luck they had & England's poor catching!

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Congratulations Team England 4 a great win over Sri Lanka . Good luck 4 remaining matches. Play to win with no fear of defeat. would all England supporters would agree with me that Alex Is the best batsman in the World Cup for t20 .

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    SL was shown wer dey belong tday..wel plyd poms..!!..i thnk india is d team to beat n dis t20..(hope mishra dont hv to bowl wth a soap;-)..nyways d tournmt is on a colloroster ride..wud hv been more intrsng if dutch cud hv pulled one tday..

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    oww yes. now its t 20. increase the compitition

  • kc69 on March 27, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Well I had never seen Hales before but got to admit he is a strong hitter of the ball but many are complaining about dew but it seemed that there was equal amount of dew during both the innings.But SL is more dependent on spinners.SL is a star studded side and will make it to semis.But I still dont feel Chandimal is a good captain!

  • 11MP on March 27, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Nice game English boys. What an inning by Hales. Good for T20 cricket. Yes this time Lion got meow.

  • tanstell87 on March 27, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    So India is number 1 T20 team now with 128 points from 21 games & Sri Lanka has 128 points from 29 games...

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Though we lost the match, fantastic cricket by both teams. What an innings by the key man Alex Hales. Bad Luck lions...

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Ajantha mendis is the real game changer ...

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    wow! thats cricket for you. 1 man can change the game completely, awesome game and well done by England, actually not well done it was brilliant from hales after worse fielding display than BD in first innings. I decided the case 70:30 in favor of SL. Now this game taught me not to predict the game of t20i.

  • CodandChips on March 27, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    One thing to note is Butter once again failing in a chase.

  • chandimasl on March 27, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    The major mistakes paid off for our team.these are those mistakes, 1.captain.not a t20 player.obstruct a t20player's position in the team 2.dilshan's selfish innings to stay within the team 3.mendis is in horrible form and the selectors are consistantly using him 4.poor team selection.

    The turning point of the match in sl innings that I could see is the selfish inning of dilshan.and in eng innings was mendis's over.

  • CodandChips on March 27, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    For next match, Bresnan has to go. And ideally Dernbach as well, but he has actually looked good with the new ball. Woakes however is a red-ball allrounder, not a white-ball. But he can hardly do worse than Bresnan. Alternantively, Kieswetter could come in to bat, and more overs given to Ali/Bopara.

    On the dubious decisions, it's hard to claim that they "even out". You can't value 2 batsmen the same. But for the Perera one, that could have potentially been avoided by DRS. For the Jayawardene one, that could have been avoided by common sense.

  • gshant on March 27, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    Awesome Match. Fun to watch a good game of cricket.

  • vkumar_086 on March 27, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    Yesterday's weather report was saying that thunderstorm is expected....but we did not expect this HALE STORM....credit for England....one of the very best innings i have seen in cricket....

  • SL_rockz on March 27, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    Congrats England!!! Well played... SL should win the next match and try to secure a place in the semis.... Still SL can top the group if they win against NZ .Mendis replaced by herath or lakmal. SL win next match.. for sure... Feeling sad..But better to be defeated now all the alerts will go up now and SL Will focus more...

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Just a reminder to us all, T20 consists of 120 balls per innings so anything can happen with the right belief. Great win for England.

    Today we saw a low score being defended by SA and a high score being chased down by England! Great set up for Saturdays match :)

  • vishwa1111 on March 27, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    I believe go to final with unbeaten record is a real bad thing..now we can change our team,if we won today menids might play in next game also.......Anyway great power from hails.......very well done england!! We, SL don't take these loss is seriously .....It's just a match in a muddy ground

  • IndianCoolGuy on March 27, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Before the start of this match, how many sri lankans would have thought that they will loose this match? may be 0 or max 1 out of 100. Even SL players have taken England lightly when they got good total on the board and specially after the early breakthroughs. SL would never have thought that they are going to loose this match and that negligence would have cost them the match. what if they loose to NewZeland? SL will be out of the tournament. I think SL will be under pressure when they face NZ for sure. I would love to see India facing SL in semis or final. Lets see what happens. I am totally disappointed with SL performance today as England is relatively new and young side. On the other hand SA was struggling to win against Duch. What a shame. This group is unpredictable. Packed with week teams and SL should feel them self's very lucky to be in this group. Bangladesh would have come to Semis if it was in this group.

  • BlackHawk on March 27, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Well played SL! The players had to contend with a freakish amount of dew and the better batting conditions in the second half to make it a close finish. Better to lose to one of the weaker full members in the group so we can prepare for the harder games to come. At least now the selectors will make the right decision to pick Herath instead of Mendis.

  • BlueAndYellow on March 27, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    The moment when Jayawardene almost got a century (albeit 4 dropped catches, 3 by players and 1 by umpire) I knew that this is a seriously flat pitch and any score can be chased. Good job England.....

  • CodandChips on March 27, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Yes! A win! And agianst the number 1 side on the planet by miles. And against an asian team in asia.

    Good game. Both sides batted well, and at times bowled well, but fielded poorly, and some bowlers bowled poorly.

    Morgan and Hales batted excellently. About time they delivered to be fair. Bopara also was there at the end to be fair to him.

    But perspective is needed. The dew factor gave us an advantage. When will the ICC learn that in may parts of the sub-continent, dew is ridiculous.

    Also our bowling is still very poor. Dernbach started well but finished dreadfully. Bresnan was once again abysmal. Tredwell for once had a poor game, but has done well in the lead up.

    Wondering why Ali and Bopara only bowled one over between them? Especially when the quicks were getting destroyed.

    This group is now wide open. Had Netherlands beaten South Africa earlier, it would have been even more.

  • rk_ks on March 27, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    @surgeon101 : If jayawardane was given out, SL would have been out for 15 runs. SL is definetely not world class and are one of the biggest chokers in world cricket. Imagine how many finals you have lost.

  • thozar on March 27, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Hahaha, what a joke. Self proclaiming number 1 team and favorite to win world T20 Sri Lanka got hammered by the worst team in the world. This should put India's impressive wins against Pakistan and West Indies in perspective. India are the form team and will win this world T20, mark my words. Sri Lanka could not win even after enjoying the rub of the green with the poor umpiring decisions. Well done England. But I wont call this a big upset. Had England defeated India or South Africa, it would be called an upset but not Sri Lanka.

  • twistatwistaa on March 27, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    well played hales , it will do world of good too his confidence, great power hitting, srilanka deserved it . now its time for kiwis too do the same to lanka

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    though dilshan played well his slow strike rate took match away from sl & the turning point is the over of mendis but I still believe he shouldn't be dropped & I think maiya & kusal should open the innings and chandimal & dilshan should be replaced

  • i_amVIVA on March 27, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Today Eng rejoice being alive, tomorrow Ban possibly rejoice against choker Ind, this is exciting time in cricket...

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Enland taught us a lesson.However, mahela is an inconsistant player.I dont respect him to his marks he got today. Everyverw Everything should be honest.SL showed that they dropping by catches....... Anyway today SL captancy was not good.But fulllllll credit to ENGLAND... Well Played......

  • dganger on March 27, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Well this has to be one of the best T20 innings I have seen....mind blowing hail..Morgan brilliant too.

  • hadncs on March 27, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    as a sri lankan even my team in losing side...i really enjoyed that great innings from hales

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    SL: die england die england: not today.... not without a fight

  • rockhadda on March 27, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Mendis u just ruin the party

  • tanstell87 on March 27, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Posted by Lanka1003 on (March 27, 2014, 17:11 GMT) Today is the real test from one of so called big 3.. we will show to the world that we are number one...wait and see

    hahaha your so called number 1 team was taken to claeners by Hales....the chokers of World Cup finals choked in league match this time....so sad for Lanka lions

  • Lord_mac on March 27, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    There we are KP lovers, the new generation starting to exert their influence on the future. With matchwinners like Hales and Morgan, who needs ageing stars?

    SL ran it close though, due to Mahela's second innings and some appalling fielding.

  • jerryman on March 27, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Congrats to the England team and well played Hales. SL should consider some changes - should drop Mendis and bring in Herath for next game which has now come down as a must win game to qualify for the semis. The only positive is that their NRR is rather decent and if gets down to the wire could still qualify on NRR .. It now makes the remaining games in this group a do or die for all teams ..

  • yvivekcb on March 27, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Worst bowling in the competition. LOL.

  • 11MP on March 27, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    This is why England belongs to Big-3 my friend Lanka1003.

  • jb633 on March 27, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    @Lanka1003, disagree, Sri Lanka are not even close to India at the moment. SL should play Herath instead of Mendis and bring in Thirimane in front of Dilshan.

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    What a stunning knock by Alex Hales. It was a mistake by all the IPL franchises not to sign him or Morgan.

  • Hatter_Mad on March 27, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Well they say pride comes before a fall ...

  • mohammed-ismail on March 27, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    My prediction has been spot on, NZ warming up to beat SL & kick them out of World Cup. Inshaallah, thanks for everything.

  • SL_Fan_1985 on March 27, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    I'm SL fan....well-done England...Congratulations.......It was a great game and i'm not taking any thing away from you....Hat off for Hales........ Wish and Hope SL will be in semi finals...!

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    well done eg and sl.good match.mendis not standed to play with test nation.he must developed.

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    Poetic justice one might say. Mahela given not out, then so brilliant only to miss tough catch off Hales who carried England through with even more scintillating knock than mahela's

  • SixSmasher on March 27, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    It's also justice that England won this game in the end. Jayawardene was CLEARLY OUT caught by Lumb. Hales has put any controversy to bed here with a brilliant display of power hitting.

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    no matter how many times you go to the final you are gonna loose everytime its jus you got lucky with 96 wc still respect jayasuriya and murali best cricketers

  • Sinhabahu on March 27, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    What an innings from Hales! SL was unlucky to have to contend with a freakish amount of dew but take nothing away from Hales' knock. Hopefully SL can still squeeze into the semi.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on March 27, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Alex Hales ... You BEAUTY !!!!

    ....Is that how lankans say it !!!!

  • nothingnew on March 27, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Bad captaincy make it worst . I don't know why chandimal would be T20 captain in Sri lanka even in T20 world cup . very bad choice has done by Sri lankan Selectors . Drop catches from Mahela would worst .any how have great cricket by England . What sort of batting has done by Dilshan . very disgusting of his way of scorring runs.

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    really good batting by england. t20 you beauty no team genius. all the best from srilanka.hope our guys will beat nz

  • rk_ks on March 27, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    @Lanka1003 : Oh really. World number one cannot defend a high score.

  • SixSmasher on March 27, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    What an innings from Hales. Best t20i batsman in the world IMO. It's criminal that he's yet to play in ODIs for England. One of the best knocks ever by an English player in limited overs

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Alex Hales you beaut! you brute! What belief this guy must have to single handedly take his team to victory. I am going to enjoy reading comments from Sri Lankan fans.

  • jb633 on March 27, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Hahah as if we have won this. Alex Hales you beauty. I actually cannot believe this.

  • foooooooooooooooooo on March 27, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Ho Hoooooooooooo

    Sri lanka has lost the match.

    I am happy Today.

    Indian

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    congrates England,, u deserved this victory :)

  • rohanblue on March 27, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    what an innings by Hales, so happy fr my 2nd fav cricket team, happy for england......

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    Dew or no dew this blows major holes in the common belief that Sri Lankan bowlers can defend any total. The extra runs gifted to SL by Englands poor fielding more than makes up for any disadvantange that dew may have caused.

  • Lanka1003 on March 27, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Today is the real test from one of so called big 3.. we will show to the world that we are number one...wait and see

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    only player that can thrash malinga is my boy kohli!!!!!

  • jb633 on March 27, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Well, regardless of how this finishes, I am delighted the lads have shown this fight. Come on boys this really will be remarkable.

  • on March 27, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    what a bad decision by the umpires!!!!mahela was clearly out by a brilliant catch from Michael lumb.....in fact that decision totally changed the game.icc should take action against this kind of bad decision. niaz

  • SayakBhattacharyya on March 27, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    @126/2 in 14.3 overs : It is now England's match to loose. Tremendous fightback by Morgan and Hales after the clever bowling by Kula.

  • on March 27, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    can't keep till dew get involved ....need another couple of wkts before these two settled

  • on March 27, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Who said it was wrong?! Were you certain ? I don't think so and as for Mahela walking, obviously he didn't think he was out!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 27, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    So SL's score 190-pretty competent 1 and 50-50 game with that score if opp. was p/houses like Aussies,SA,even NZ.But with Eng its easily a winning score,game's good as 1.Eng wont be even close v class SL attak.Oh,Kula has 'Mitched' Lumb for 0.Eng 47 a.o?

  • Bat-Ball-Politics on March 27, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Broad,Worst captain of all times. English cricket doesn't seem to be interested in cricket at all.

  • on March 27, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    @Nirmal Hetti. Two wrongs dont make a right. Mahela should have walked.

  • kiya-tutu on March 27, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    first over of lankans tells the story.

  • on March 27, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    KP please!!!

  • on March 27, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    This would be a good time to start the reinstate Kevin Pietersen campaign

  • Fazu on March 27, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    what finish to match.......... hope they will bowl good and go to semi final. opps already a wicket gone.

  • on March 27, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    If Nasser was so certain the catch was clean , how come I was, like the third umpire, not sure after seeing so many replays. The benefit of the doubt is always to the batsman. Another thing, if Kusal Perera wasn't given out off a ball he didn't touch, Mahela would not have been in so early ! All a part of the game and the rub of the green!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 27, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    After series of thrashings from might of tourney favs. Aussies,hapless Eng are looking good for another 1 from SL lions.Will be 2nd big defeat in row for useless Eng side-aft. NZ-in group stage.Am sure by game's end SL would've put them out of misery.

  • Cricket_Our_Religion_1983_2007_2011 on March 27, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    what is the use of Technology here..Again human error..This why the review system will spoil cricket beauty.. but SL well played till now...good luck for both the teams.

  • Lord_mac on March 27, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Never mind, we still have defeat by the Netherlands to look forward to :-)

  • Ramansilva on March 27, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Thanks the selectors for keeping faith on Dilshan. He has little bit more gas left in his tank. Thirimanna can wait. He has age in his favour. We cannot let Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan leave at the same time.

  • Vikum72 on March 27, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    What was GOING ON there??? Usually teams drop that many catches in a whole tournament, not a single match! Hope it doesn't catch on,... will it? Nevertheless, I think Sri Lanka used up their entire tournament's quota of luck today.

  • IndianSRTfan on March 27, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    @jb633: Match isn't over yet. The dew looks really bad today. England's fielding was very bad except for one great catch which ironically was given not out.

  • WTEH on March 27, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    It is funny that everybody talk about the first ball of Jayewardene and the impact on that decision for the match. But what they ignore is the impact on the wrong decision for Kusal. Imagine if he stayed, with this bad bowling and worst fielding ever. I think England got lucky. If Kusal was there, it would have been more world records.

  • Ramansilva on March 27, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    Jayawardena's haters will have a field day. But England got a bad umpiring decision in their favor and it was the turn of Sri Lanka in the next ball. Umpire asked Kusal to go so he left. Umpire asked Jayawardena to stay so he stayed. period.

  • surgeon101 on March 27, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    worst away England team....don't even think of blaming the umpires! kusal wicket was not out and if he had been there it would have 200+ with that atrocious fielding!

  • on March 27, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    I think Sri Lanka's mediocrity has been exposed today. Let the 190 not fool you, they simply lack the quality to dominante any good side. What they do well is be consistent and always manage to put up a average total and wait for the opposition to capitulate. You can call this luck or well honed strategy, either way it works for Sri Lanka.

  • on March 27, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Why Broad has not given bowling to Ali.... Bhopara not used at all???

    Is it only cricket what Broad was playing??

  • awt786 on March 27, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Now Sri Lanka will thrash England from ere.. England low on confidence will have to fight hard and make some records to beath Srilanka but i dont think that is happening

  • on March 27, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    The biggest mistake that England has made is fielding first. Sri Lanka's batting is weak while chasing and they are known to choke under pressure situations. Given a choice Sri Lanka will bat first every single time even if it means bowling second with due. England have only themselves to blame for allowing Sri Lanka to make 189. It took probably the first fielding display in recent times to make 190. Now Sri Lanka has laid the trap and will wait for England to walk into it.

  • on March 27, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Why broad not giving the bowl to moen ali, who has only given 4 runs in his first over?!

  • Lord_mac on March 27, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    Pathetic fielding and catching display from England. But what a good day Steve Davies has had. First he gives Barresi out LBW when the ball wouldn't have hit the next set, and the Dutch lose by six runs. Then he gives Jayawardena not out to a ball which about six inches off the turf when it was caught and he goes on to destroy England. Thanks mate. Without you, both results might have been different.

  • Harlequin. on March 27, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Very amusing to watch England blunder around the field! My prediction at the start of the tournament was that England would be out of the competition after the first 5 overs of their second match. It probably took until 10 overs of this match, but as their first one was cut short, I'll claim the victory!

  • jb633 on March 27, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    @HassanAli, i would go 95:5 in favour of Sri Lanka. We are chucking the game away and deserve to get a mauling. English cricket is at an all time low in every single format. I would not be at all surprised if both SL and India do the number on us next summer in the test matches. That will hurt even more than the Ashes loss.

  • jb633 on March 27, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Got to actually laugh at how pathetic we are at the moment. I mean any batsmen is going to score runs if you give them 2 chances each. I don't know where we can turn without any talented players coming through. When will the ECB put an end to Dernbach's career. We hear that KP was sacked for bringing down the mood of the dressing room. Surely dropping catches, getting smashed and never scoring runs will bring down the mood of any dressing room quick enough.

  • whippingBails on March 27, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    England missing KP's energy and positive attitude on the field. I see dropping catches and drooping shoulders. Pick yourselves up men all is not lost. KP where are you when we need you!!

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Sloppy from Englishmen, i think they are low on confidence after catch decided against them. as i can think of it, its 70:30 to SL, after which they will be certain in final 4.

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    even though Dilshan is scoring nearly at a runaball, his confidence has improved a lot, when compared with that last few matches. he must finish his innings in style

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    yeh I like if mahela walk by trusting the fielder.but these days cannot trust the fielders. if it is correct catch sorry dear england fellows. we also need correct decisions we never care the result.

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    That was an awful umpiring decision, it just looks out from the front, gives England an excuse but there fielding again has let them down. I give England very little chance of chasing anything above 160 on here.

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Why Broad is not using Moeen Ali, this pretty average captaincy from him. He did the same thing against New Zealand. Why??????

  • jb633 on March 27, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Pathetic fielding again. Anything over 150 on this wicket will be difficult to chase.

  • Yousufahmed1 on March 27, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Its amazing how lucky SL is. So many dropped chances and a catch which was taken cleanly given not out.

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Who can not love watching Mahela bat if he loves cricket? Absolute delight!

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    I think England is bater 11 without brod in t20

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Oh poor Bresnen 12 runs of three balls and on another day you would have got Mahela out three times. But no one rememberS it..! Only result matters

  • CodandChips on March 27, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Broad knows a lot that I dont. Apparently we have a strong bowling attack.

    This looks bad like I predicted. Sri Lanka to rack up the runs and bowl us out for less than half.

    How many more chances will Bresnan get. Once again he's being outbowled by Jade Dernbach, though to Jade's credit he looks much improved.

    Congratulations to the umpires for already handing Broad his post-match excuse.

  • on March 27, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    everyone was asking when will big 3 come to form ......I think (Maiya,Sanga & dili )..the big 3....going to fire tonight ....

  • on March 27, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    170-80 will be enough...

  • on March 27, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    'Not only semi but I think srilanka will play final .with SA or pakistan

  • on March 27, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    i think decision to field is nt rgt fr englnd.. as thr r soo many good bowlers in srilanka...

  • on March 27, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    i think decision to field is nt rgt fr englnd.. as thr r soo many good bowlers in srilanka...

  • on March 27, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    'Not only semi but I think srilanka will play final .with SA or pakistan

  • on March 27, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    170-80 will be enough...

  • on March 27, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    everyone was asking when will big 3 come to form ......I think (Maiya,Sanga & dili )..the big 3....going to fire tonight ....

  • CodandChips on March 27, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Broad knows a lot that I dont. Apparently we have a strong bowling attack.

    This looks bad like I predicted. Sri Lanka to rack up the runs and bowl us out for less than half.

    How many more chances will Bresnan get. Once again he's being outbowled by Jade Dernbach, though to Jade's credit he looks much improved.

    Congratulations to the umpires for already handing Broad his post-match excuse.

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Oh poor Bresnen 12 runs of three balls and on another day you would have got Mahela out three times. But no one rememberS it..! Only result matters

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    I think England is bater 11 without brod in t20

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Who can not love watching Mahela bat if he loves cricket? Absolute delight!

  • Yousufahmed1 on March 27, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Its amazing how lucky SL is. So many dropped chances and a catch which was taken cleanly given not out.

  • jb633 on March 27, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Pathetic fielding again. Anything over 150 on this wicket will be difficult to chase.