England v Sri Lanka, 1st semi-final, St Lucia

England stroll to resounding win

The Report by Andrew Miller

May 13, 2010

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England 132 for 3 (Pietersen 42*) beat Sri Lanka 128 for 6 (Mathews 58, Broad 2-21) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

Michael Lumb struggled for timing early on but found his range as the innings went on, England v Sri Lanka, World Twenty20, 1st Semi-Final, Gros Islet, May 13, 2010
Michael Lumb's hardhitting approach set England up for another big win © Getty Images
Kevin Pietersen marked the birth of his first son by steering England into the final of the ICC World Twenty20, as he continued his imposing run of form with an unbeaten 42 from 26 balls in a comprehensive seven-wicket victory. Back in the side after his paternity dash back to England, Pietersen built on the hard-hitting efforts of Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb, who added 68 for the first wicket in eight overs, as Sri Lanka's sub-par total of 128 for 6 was hunted down with four overs to spare.

It was yet another supremely composed performance from England, who have shed the diffidence they have habitually shown in this format, and powered their way past the beaten finalists in the 2009 tournament in unquestionably their most domineering performance of the competition to date.

After losing the toss and being asked to bowl first, England's seamers and spinners throttled a dangerous Sri Lankan line-up in a wholehearted display, then cruised to their target without blinking. Though Sri Lanka recovered from 47 for 4 after nine overs thanks to the calm accumulation of Angelo Mathews, who made 58 from 45 balls, their final total was at least 20 runs short of a competitive total.

With rain in the air, and a tacky surface underfoot, Sri Lanka's decision to bat first proved, in hindsight, to have been a mistake. The conditions offered movement for the seamers and purchase for the spinners, and though Mahela Jayawardene began with intent by clipping a first-ball loosener from Tim Bresnan for four, that was arguably the last moment that Sri Lanka were in command of the contest.

England's openers were made to battle for their runs at first, as Sri Lanka opened with the spin of Dilshan and Ajantha Mendis, and restricted the scoring to six runs in two overs. But when Suraj Randiv joined the attack, Kieswetter launched into two inside-out slogs over the covers from consecutive balls, and suddenly the innings was up and running.

Both men required a touch of luck to last as long as they did, but such was England's collective belief, it's hard to think that the result could have been any different. Kieswetter edged Angelo Mathews streakily for four only moments before surviving a stone-dead appeal for lbw, before responding with a dismissive blat for six over long-off in the same eventful over. Lumb, meanwhile, should have been run out by 15 yards when his partner refused a quick single to backward point, but with the stumps at his mercy, Mendis tried to gather the shy with hard hands, and the chance ricocheted harmlessly back down the pitch.

Match Meter

  • ENG
  • Sidebottom and Broad both strike with their first balls, as Sri Lanka struggle to 38 for 3 in the Powerplay
  • ENG
  • Swann and Yardy throttle Sri Lanka's recovery, and at 47 for 4, Kumar Sangakkara holes out to mid-off
  • ENG
  • Angelo Mathews takes 17 from Tim Bresnan's last over in a mini-revival, but 128 for 6 is still below-par
  • ENG
  • Lumb and Kieswetter ride their luck to add 68 in eight overs for the first wicket
  • ENG
  • Pietersen wets his baby's head with 42 not out from 26 balls in a seven-wicket win
Advantage Honours even

Kieswetter made Mendis pay for his clumsiness by flogging consecutive fours to round off the Powerplay overs, and as the requirement dipped below a run a ball, the two openers exchanged sixes in Sanath Jayasuriya's first and only over of the innings. It was Lasith Malinga, one delivery later, who finally made the breakthrough with a fast and flat yorker, but at 68 for 1 after 8.1 overs, the contest was drifting out of Sri Lanka's reach.

When Lumb was dropped by a diving Nuwan Kulasekera at mid-off in the same over, Sri Lanka's heads dropped too. One ball later, Lumb should once again have been run out by the length of the pitch, but the throw from mid-off was wildly off the target, and though he stepped across his stumps to be bowled by Thissara Perera in the following over, it wasn't before he'd snaffled two further fours to finish up with 33 from 26 balls.

By this stage, the numerous England fans in the stands had accepted that the result was looking after itself, and were setting about the important business of partying. There was just time for Paul Collingwood to continue his troubling run of low scores by skying a leading edge off Perera to Kumar Sangakkara behind the stumps for 10, but with 16 runs still needed, Eoin Morgan barely got a look-in as Pietersen sealed the deal with a flicked six and a driven four in consecutive deliveries off Malinga.

Whereas England's batsmen punished all marginal errors, Sri Lanka's own line-up were never allowed to settle. Ryan Sidebottom was the first to strike, with the first ball of his new-ball spell, as Jayasuriya edged a Test-match quality outswinger to Paul Collingwood at second slip. Tillakaratne Dilshan responded with a wild yahoo to get off the mark with a boundary first-ball, but England responded by pulling their lengths back half a yard, and the results of their aggression were plain to see.

Bresnan was the next to strike, as Dilshan's frenetic innings came to an end courtesy of a mad mow off the front foot to deep square leg, where Luke Wright made superb ground to cling onto a low diving catch. At 20 for 2 in the fourth over, Kumar Sangakkara stroked his first delivery, from Sidebottom, through point for four, but at the other end, the introduction of Stuart Broad accounted for the massive wicket of Jayawardene, only moments after he had reached his 300th run of the tournament.

Broad's first ball to Jayawardene was the perfect delivery for the conditions - a cross-seam lifter outside off that grazed the edge of an uncertain prod and fizzed through to Craig Kieswetter behind the stumps. At the end of the Powerplays, Sri Lanka were wobbling on 38 for 3, whereupon the spinners, Graeme Swann and Michael Yardy, compounded their problems with a miserly first foray.

Only nine runs had been grifted from three overs by the time Sangakkara lost patience with Swann's loopy guile, and holed out to Pietersen at mid-off as he attempted to belt a dipping delivery over the infield. Angelo Mathews cut a wide ball from Yardy past point for four before lofting Swann down the ground for the first six of the innings, but the reintroduction of the pacemen stymied the run-flow once again.

England's use of the slow bouncer proved especially effective. None of Sri Lanka's batsmen was able to gauge the pace of the deliveries as they bunny-hopped past their noses - and one such ball, from Sidebottom, led Chamara Kapugedera to fling his bat past square leg as he completely mistimed a pull. Broad eventually nailed for 16 from 27 balls as he swatted a rare full one to Bresnan at mid-off.

Only Mathews was able to compile a long-term response as Sri Lanka groped their way past 100 in the 18th over of the innings. By the end of that same over he had brought up his half-century from 41 balls, as Bresnan's radar went unusually awry with 17 runs coming from nine deliveries, including three leg-side wides. But England recovered their poise through Broad and Sidebottom, and Mathews was run out with one delivery of the innings remaining.

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Posted by Wiksac on (May 15, 2010, 10:58 GMT)

I think Sanath factor is playing a big part in the teams currint performance. May be its hindering the unity of SL team little by little. Moreover, a strong public opinion is building up against Jayasooriya's over stay in the team, preventing young talents entering the team and providing them with much needed experience before the 2011 World Cup. Check this facebook page called 'Sanath Please Resign, Before You Get Kicked Out'; http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=10220021315925 What a sad situation for SL cricket!

Posted by HLANGL on (May 15, 2010, 8:24 GMT)

The ultimate story is SL haven't got batsmen with quality & ability to win games on a consistent basis. The departure of De Silva left a huge hole in the middle, can a player like S'kara take on the opponents with the same kind of skill & authority ? De Silva is a player who'd a 80+ SR with a decent average in a generation where most of the middle order players, except only a handful, had a 60+/70+ SRs. Most importantly he managed to play as the situation demands; rock solid in defense & very good in counter attacking stroke play passing the pressure to the opponents. J'ya provided high octane at the top; on his day he could win games single handedly; just see his record in tournament finals, no need to list them here. He may not have any world cup wins like De Silva, but plenty of others. Then how many of these other superiors who had won even a Asia Cup final on their own ? Mahela played 300+ ODIs, S'kara nearing that mark. Even K'gedara is nearing 100 ODIs. How many they've won ???.

Posted by HLANGL on (May 15, 2010, 8:09 GMT)

Funny reading most of these comments here.I'm not biased to anyone but can see why SL is struggling.J'ya may have done some huge mistake by entering politics while still playing the game, 100% true.Partly it's the fault of selfish politicians here who couldn't wait until he retires from his game to exploit his popularity for their political agendas.J'ya being a greater player should have learnt from Marven to quite without being a muppet of anyone.Still I find it quite funny seeing people blaming J'ya as the ULTIMATE CAUSE for these embarrassing defeats.Rubbish to say the least, at least he's the man along with De Silva who's mostly responsible of making the a then dejected side to a competitive side on the world stage.He may have failed here, but @least in past, won quite a dozen of games on his own. Mahela, though he did a great service here, is nowhere near catching that mark yet. Dilshan is thriving, still need to prove it long term. Who're the rest & what's they've done in ODIs ?

Posted by SLfan on (May 14, 2010, 17:07 GMT)

Some people showing their lack of cricketing knowledge by saying that Sanga's "poor captaincy" was the reason for our defeat in last match. They showing examples from IPL also. Then what about Dhoni's captaincy ? He was the winning captain of last IPL & this time he lost...Last match was lost mainly because of our batsmen's failure. Simply, that total was not enough on that pitch. Don't make stupid judgements based on your narrow knowledge. Can't you notice the fact that Sanga is giving so many chances to youngsters in every series. Is n't that what we want for our cricket to go forward ?

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 16:50 GMT)

Only Mathews was able to compile a long-term response as Sri Lanka groped their way past 100 in the 18th over of the innings. By the end of that same over he had brought up his half-century from 41 balls,this young lad has been the find of the century for S.L,the way he handled pressure when all top batsmen came and went,but hats off for England for a grand display.

Posted by pathums on (May 14, 2010, 16:30 GMT)

Dear Sanath, pls think twise before u take the bat next time. this is the best time to quite. thanks for the every thing u did 4 the Sl cricket and ur retirement will be the best thing ever u can do for SL cricket and fans. pls think about this.

Posted by Shen_Mark on (May 14, 2010, 14:44 GMT)


Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 14:27 GMT)

Well well well, it wasn't our day. Our batting was over reliant on Mahela. Dilshan and Sanga were struggling. And we were a strike bowler too short, we should have brought Dilhara after his succes in the IPL. Chandimal should have opened with Mahela. C'mon Sana you have to go..Give a young man a chance and leave on your terms without making a nuisance of yourself. People are questioning Sanga's captaincy. But I think that's a bit harsh. He needs the right team. He wasn't given best team on the park, and we paid dearly. Lets learn from our mistakes and bring in the young guns or else face the music at the 50 over WC. Surely Sana has to go b4 that

Posted by PlumedgeXI on (May 14, 2010, 13:37 GMT)

These South African players in the England team are a good thing for them on a career view point. They are obviously having a great much needed impact on English cricket, however this goes to show that as much as SA has problems with quota systems etc, England is becoming a way out for SAFFAS such as KP, Trott and Kesweiter because they know it works in the reverse in the UK. Talented White Brits have preference in cricket in the UK over the ethnic population. Is SA wrong?? No they are not as things will improve as they are in England..However it shows these SAFFAS in the England team, that they are not open to change and do not wish for a unified nation!!

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 13:34 GMT)

What now for SL, 1- No more Sanath. 2- Sanga to hand over the captaincy to Mahela, 3- Bring in in form players to future tournaments, i.e Jeewantha Kulathunga, Dilhara F, Vass, 4- Give more opportunities for young talent- Matthews, Tissera 5- Find selectors with backbone 6- Groom players to replace- Mahela, Dilshan, Murali, Sanga in the long run.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 13:27 GMT)

Good lesson for India and SL. They thought they were the pros of 20/20. They thought they can just turn up and with the IPL experience they could finish this off. Hats off for England and Aus. From their last 20/20 they went back and worked hard hard.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 13:26 GMT)

I read previous commments of some sl fans and it is really funny , now they found sanga as the problem and wont mahela. those are the people who were praising sanga at last world cup , captain can do very little if team doesnt perofrm well. that s what happened yesterday . Some one had said we should have batted first , ohhh god every one becomes a expert when things go wrong , we cant blame the decision by sanga ,even collinwood said he would have batted first, because it is normally ideal to post a score in important games rather than chased ,Once who blame sangas decision to bat first should tell me what we would have done if Eng won the toss , just say u won the toss you will win the match and come home!!, grow up , it was a poor proformance from our guys ,any how they did reasonably well in tournament except ENG ,Aus games, good luck for future , sanath please retire u r embarassing a entire country.

Posted by prikand on (May 14, 2010, 13:09 GMT)

Hon president.Please give Jayasuriya a busy ministry so he cannot think about cricket anymore and please.... please.... keep him busy in some otherway.That's the best service you can do to the cricket of Sri Lanka.Jayasuriya is ruining it for everybody.If he intends to play for 2011 world cup ,may god bless for Sri lankan cricket.

Posted by sathishkumar20 on (May 14, 2010, 12:36 GMT)

@ ahmedbros - First of all your "comments" are out of context with the main article! Here is the place to comment on the match between England vs Sri Lanka and to analyze the same. Praise your passionate cricketers in the article where it fits!!

Posted by yohandf1984 on (May 14, 2010, 12:25 GMT)

@Zookinii - Why Kapugedara . He played a lovely hand against India and had a off day vs England . But his confidence has to be lifted. Yes Jayasuriya should be kicked out of the team forever. Time to look at some consistant bowlers in short format ofthe game. Dil shan , Mahela , sanga shouldnt bat @ 1,2,3 but 1,3,5 which helps them to guide youngsters in the middle.

Posted by Ritchies_Amigos on (May 14, 2010, 12:16 GMT)

i think england have come a long way, hope they maintain the same form against Australia..

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 12:15 GMT)

england are looking good. tough luck SL you came up against a good team and let yourself down in some departments. credit must go to the England coach mr flower definietely seems to have given them a winning edge and a definite hunger for success at the highest level. good luck england u seem to have struck on a winning formula.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 12:00 GMT)

Was There Ever Any Doubt That England Have Remembered That Their Forefathers Invented Cricket? There Must Be The Most Watchable Team To Watch. Unfortunately Here In South Africa Republic,I Relied On SABC For Tha Match And I Missed Out As SABC Never Televised The Game Despite Their Presenter Mluleki Ntsambo Promise That It Would Be Televised!

Posted by Mutukisna on (May 14, 2010, 11:34 GMT)

What a mismatch! SL could not handle the slow short pitched bowling by the pacemen and often could not get bat on ball. The fielding was way below par. Even umpire Aleem Dar did not help when he turned down a blatant LBW. Jayasuriya wants to play in the World Cup next year. Is he joking? Sangakkara suggested that the team was good enough to carry him. Who needs passengers in a vital semi final game? Are the selectors fearful of upsetting the Establishment? The hitherto great Sanath should retire now (too late to be graceful!) together with his arch supporter Rodrigopulle of Lake House. Reading his Sportscope articles in the Daily News and Sunday Observer makes most readers cringe. SL should appoint Matthews as limited overs Captain and bring back Dilhara Fernando for the WC next year. In all probability we will see an Eng v Aus final which should be a spectacle and England have a reasonable chance. My only concern about England is that Kieswetter's wicket keeping is not up to the mark.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 11:27 GMT)

So, demon_bowler, "most of their players <England's> are South Africans", right?

Wrong, actually. Let's deconstruct this silly little myth perpetrated, for the most part, by resentful Indians, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans & Bangladeshis who cry like little girls when their teams lose AND whose comments on these forums, by the way, frequently cross the line into overt anti-white/anti-English racism. Here's the batting order:

1 Kieswetter: English parentage; educated in England (Millfield school). 2 Lumb: son of the former Yorkshire opener Richard Lumb: again, double-English parentage. 3 Pietersen: English parentage; moved here when he was 19. 4 Collingwood: English. 5 Morgan: Irish-born Englishman: moved here when he was 17. 6 Wright: English. 7 Bresnan: English. 8 Yardy: English. 9 Broad: English. 10 Swann: English. 11 Sidebottom: English.

So, why do we have so many foreign-born players? Easy: for centuries, Britain has been a nation of expatriates - many of whom return to these shores.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 11:16 GMT)

Sangakara Showed his incapability as a Captain once again.. Selction of mendis and Sanath instead of Chandimal & Thilan is the biggest mistake.. Batting first is the worst decision.. its a 3 hour game.. how intelligent is that to bat first when so much moisture on a pitch.. Learn from Seniors sanga.. Change your attitude.. Dont over estimate your self when takin decisions. We would hv easily won this match had we bat second.. Look at Arjuna he never had a team wit so much allrounders.. but shame on you , Always unable to manage ur valuable resouces..

Posted by Diyan82 on (May 14, 2010, 11:00 GMT)

DROP SANATH J!!Why are we keeping him when he doesnt contribute in any form of the game. Like the rest of the SL fans I am a very frustrated one. I'd rather we have a young in-experienced squad and loose and than keep veterans that mean nothing in the current cricketing world. Why?? Why?? do we keep selecting players that do not perform.SL is the only side who does that,look at Aus R Ponting is world class player but he is not on the side, Why?? cos' he is out of form. But SL selectors choose to keep lousy players and mess the sprits of Fans like us. We need Changes made in order to succeed.

Posted by Yasi_Gee on (May 14, 2010, 10:26 GMT)

Well done to England. They beat us in every department, especially in thinking department. SL team was not balanced and too many bit and pieces cricketers. First thing Sana boy should go now. He's done good job for Sri Lanka in the past and we appreciate that. Sana had disastrous IPL and he was out of form. Sanga didn't help him at all. Please retire now and don't block a young cricketer's chance. The second thing we have to find a good young captain as soon as possible. We could have won the Indian series (away) if we had a good captain. I have been playing cricket last 20 years. Sanga is doing some basic mistakes that we wouldn't do in club cricket. I don't think SL is playing as a team under Sanga. I heard him shouting at Angelo "Kiyan de karapan ban" in the match against India when he bowled leg sides and got hit two consecutive fours. He is arrogant and he gets really wind up when things go wrong. See, what happened to the Kings of Punjabs in the IPL under Sanga's captancy.

Posted by Indunil76Shantha on (May 14, 2010, 10:02 GMT)

Here we go sri lankans. Let's sing when they win and shoot them when they lost, ''coz we own them. JOKE, Take it smooth, atleast we came this far. any donkey can easily understand what is going wrong with sri lankan team. with a grand father like jayasuriya in this team unfoetunetly Sanga has to play with 10 players. and no one can keep Mr.Jayasuriya out of the team ''coz he is a Bloody MP. anyone remember how he tried to throw our Aravinda and Arjuna back in 1999. Remember the reason?,That time they were old for the game of cricket in sri lanka. so, what about Jayasuriya now? why cant he go home with all the respect and do something else for the game of cricket in sri lanka now? when your opener lost his wicket 2 nd or 3 rd ball in the inning it's something huge for the rest who has to come in..& when your opening partner cant get the bat ontime for a medium pacer and if you are looking at that from the other end,, no words, enough is enough Sana, you are the big brother but time now.

Posted by nawaben on (May 14, 2010, 9:49 GMT)

Really disappointed show by SL boys. Hon. Minter played his last international cricket 20/20. It was a shame. I really think, Sanga need to simulate the way he change bowler and see what is best. Was he under pumped from SL politics to let Sanath open and give chance to bowl. Better not to bat first in crucial games semis and finals in big matches under Sagga's captaincy. Simply you can't handle the pressure to defend low target. Check past stats.

Posted by ahmedbros on (May 14, 2010, 9:41 GMT)


Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 9:35 GMT)

Sanath is not greedy he should leave now his time over...... but yesterday match we lose not bcoz of sanath. after sanga won da toss y he thnk we shd bat 1st that even surprise ENG captain tooo

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 9:17 GMT)

Team work of our team was zero.......... By practicing as two three small groups how can we win major tournaments. SL team deserve this. Be professional & don't allow politics to destroy our cricket. Sana boy u gotta leave...... Please SL CKT team act like a national team. Don't act like a IPL team......U Let down whole nation.................. Cheers............. Subha...Anagathayak......

Posted by SL_fan on (May 14, 2010, 9:05 GMT)

I am so frustrated on how we ( SL) played yesterday. So pathetic. Fair play to England. they deserved a victory. without a doubt, the better team on yesterday. Many of them saying here , one of the reason is JAYASURIYA.it's true. he's being magnificent over the years and we salute him. But now he should let a youngster to grab the opportunity. with is inclusion , the team looks unbalanced and we paid the prize yesterday.

England. good luck in the Finals. AUS-PAK, i think Aussies will go to the finals as they have the most dreadful balling line-up and will be too hot to handle by the Pakistani's. Anyway , If Aussies go through, i would like them to be beaten by English , as i am a keen supporter of anybody who plays against them ..sorry..

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 9:01 GMT)

England Team is in the Best form. Right now has the best combination of players. I am looking for Australia to be with England in the Finals. That will be a Great Final to watch !!!. KP is the best player from England side and if he fires there is nothing to stop England to be No 1. Australia has not lost any match in the competition. It will be a tough call. Let's see who qualifies AUS Vs PAK match. What I feel is it will be a one sider, but you never know PAK may bounce back. May the best team win.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 8:40 GMT)

What has gotten into the Britons!! They're not only winning the matches, but playing with the whatever factor it is. Its just so much soothing to watch them play. This is totally a new team, stronger and better than ever before. I hope to see England play Pakistan in the finals, because all this Eng Vs Aus is too overrated. Australia has gone plain boring. Afridi Vs Peterson it is. May the better team win.

Posted by KasunD on (May 14, 2010, 8:19 GMT)

Reason for the defeat is "poor captaincy" Sanga is a good cricketer no too words about it but not a good captain.SLC if We are to produce a good impact in 2011 WC we need to go for a change in the captaincy. we need a aggressive thinker who will think ahead of others who will take the initiative. Sanga has proved his incapability While Leading "kadurata" in provincial , Kings eleven in IPL. He cant ride on the back of Mahela for any More . He like Mudliers of Kandy who work on Behalf of British. He never go hard at White people since he is from Kandy who still go behind white people.(proof ENGLAND < AUSSI >NEW ZALAND> SOUTH AFRICA in warm up)all beat us in this T20. Hat's of to our former great captain Mahela for becoming the highest runs scorer in the T20 2010. Your have showed that You are the Greatest Batsmen that SRI LANKA HAS EVER PRODUCE.

Posted by schathuranga on (May 14, 2010, 7:39 GMT)

jayasuriya bring political power to cricket?

Posted by Zookinii on (May 14, 2010, 7:14 GMT)

drop kapugedera and jayasuria now!! get upul tharanga back!! top 7 players for sl line up for t20 in future should look like this: 1. upul tharanga 2.dilshan 3. jayawardene 4. sangakkara 5.angelo matthews 6. chandimal 7.thissara

Posted by AsifRathod on (May 14, 2010, 6:43 GMT)

This English team is looking much more stronger than some earlier teams, In terms of all the aspects, fielding, bowling,batting, power hitting, constructing the innings, anchoring the innings, destroying the bowling attacks, depth over bowling, catching and all. But, what meters the most will be there performance in the Final. Will they win there first ever, Big Title in history of more than 100 years. Only, if they can do all of the mentioned things above one more time.

Posted by Fanatic_cricko on (May 14, 2010, 5:45 GMT)

Srilanka should be in the final of the T20 as theey are one of the strongest and no doubt better than England. The main reason for failure: GREEDY JAYASURIA. Scored 15 runs in all 6 matches with 6 runs as highest and 1 x 4 scored. Ave 3.75 Bowled 7 overs and give 52 runs for 1 wicket!!! Why still played on and on and on...........eben after failure in all previous matches??? Muscle power........because he is a MP......unfortunate are the Srilankans.

Posted by Josephus72 on (May 14, 2010, 5:44 GMT)

"collective belief" eh? Whenever England teams manage to develop this trait, they seem to achieve real greatness. Certainly Australia need to be more consistently solid all the way through the batting line up and hopefully the track will be bouncy, in order for them to defeat an England that actually believes in itself. A very very tough task indeed.

And they still need to get past Pakistan for the right to attempt it.

Maybe this T20 format isn't actually too short that quality is not rewarded.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 4:26 GMT)

England have their heads high, and might just be able to win their first icc trophy.

Posted by inswinging_pilt on (May 14, 2010, 2:26 GMT)

England look to me as the title favourites Best of luck

Posted by Sisira on (May 14, 2010, 1:32 GMT)

England deserved to win as they have plans for their future. On the other hand Srilanka can take some more politicians and grandpas just because of their reputation leaving behind talented players back home in the cause may be destroying their whole life and carrier. Welldone Srilanka you just passed one of those milestones with the same attitude regarding the selection. Shame on you selectors and whoever influencing them. I must warn the politicians also if you select our representative sportsmen and women on regional basis remember the regions you neglect today may rethink their stand tomorrow.

All the best in the world cup as well remember to include a GP in the squad as their may be some heart cases in the field.

Posted by Rakim on (May 13, 2010, 23:45 GMT)

Good Job England !!!

Lets see if Pakistan can meet you in finals

Posted by azario on (May 13, 2010, 23:45 GMT)

What a match, but i do not care. I support for Pakistan and i want them to beat Australia tomorrow.

Posted by 3rd_man on (May 13, 2010, 23:01 GMT)

Very poor show by sl. all experience people going top of the order, no one there to play with inexperience lower order.Experience guys so selfish & not thinking about the team. everybody want to open the batting,to take advantage early field restrictions & harder ball.I think People should think more about the team, not individual performances to get better deal in IPL.what Upul thranga doing?we need proper opening batsmen.keep it simple. don't mess up with batting line up.MJ should bat at 4.opening against good teams hard,they will expose weaknesses.Thats why he couldn't score latter part of the tournament.MJ got a problem with fast bowlers outside the off. talented players like Banuka Rajapaksha give early chance.Kapugedara needs real confidence booster.he looks very low in confidence looks out of touch today.he became hero other day.no consistency at all. still struggling to cement his place.he should see how mathews play.I think dilhara fernando should give another chance.

Posted by Deepfreezed on (May 13, 2010, 22:42 GMT)

This was always in the cards. Sri Lankan batting is toothless against pace. good thing there are no overseas tours lined up. This hopeless team doesn't have any chance against a quality pace attack.

Sanga needs to step down. It's obvious he has no control over team selection and just acting a puppet role.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2010, 22:40 GMT)

lovely reporting - what a delightful set of words!

Posted by Thirdeye4Justice on (May 13, 2010, 22:38 GMT)

Sri Lanka was a exciting team, in the past. But unfortunately, Politics playing a role in the team selection and hurting them badly. Instead of getting into the team on pure talents and skill showcased, People like Jayasuriya are pulling the SL team down the drain. Jayasuriya needs to leave the national team and pave way for fresh blood. He is past his prime time.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2010, 22:12 GMT)

It was a totally all round performance by England. Srilanka looked lethagic and unpofessional on the field. The attacking was all lost. I was quite suprised they even got through to the super eights I don't think we deserve to be there in the semifinals . It is about time that the selectors and the people involved start giving young blood a chance . Sanath has been a great servant of Srilankan cicket there is no doubt about that but like everything else he should step down gracefully and give the younger generation a chance. We will sadly miss Sanath but that's life he has done a lot for srilankan cricket and now he should gracefully leave otherwise he will be asked to leave. There is a lot needed to be done with Srilankan cricket if we are going to have any chance in the world cup on current form we dont have any chance at all.

Posted by S.K.Chowdhury on (May 13, 2010, 21:39 GMT)

Well I can't remember when last time England played a final in a big tournament since 1992WC.. Waiting for a big clash in the Final........

Posted by   on (May 13, 2010, 21:32 GMT)

Good job England! Im hoping for a nice come back. lets see how you handle Australia.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2010, 21:29 GMT)

Well played England. This might be your tournament. No way OZ is going to win another finals. England all the way!!

Posted by   on (May 13, 2010, 21:24 GMT)

good .....................................................................................................

Posted by demon_bowler on (May 13, 2010, 20:47 GMT)

Unaccountably no Sri Lankan fans have commented on this report, so on their behalf can I point out that England only won because most of their players are South African, even the ones with English mothers, and the umpires were biased and/or incompetent. On no account were they the better team or Sri Lanka played badly.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (May 13, 2010, 20:46 GMT)

England look like the real deal in this format at last. One more game and probably now they don't fear anyone.

Posted by bumsonseats on (May 13, 2010, 20:35 GMT)

what will we get now, how lucky england were to win the toss and bat 2nd. come to think about it, we lost the toss. what reason will we get now. just how lucky england are now. the more we progress the luckier we are getting. dpk

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Andrew Miller Andrew Miller was saved from a life of drudgery in the City when his car caught fire on the way to an interview. He took this as a sign and fled to Pakistan where he witnessed England's historic victory in the twilight at Karachi (or thought he did, at any rate - it was too dark to tell). He then joined Wisden Online in 2001, and soon graduated from put-upon photocopier to a writer with a penchant for comment and cricket on the subcontinent. In addition to Pakistan, he has covered England tours in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007
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