World T20: England down Sri Lanka with 10 run win to progress into last four

A devastating spell of hitting from Jos Buttler helped England to a 10 run victory as they confirmed their place in the Semi-Finals.

World T20: England down Sri Lanka with 10 run win to progress into last four
Jos Buttler was at his explosive best as he helped England to a crucial win | Image: getty images

England recovered from their scare against Afghanistan as they secured a nerve-wracking 10 run victory against Sri Lanka in Dehli.

Eoin Morgan lost the toss and his side were sent into bat and despite a slow start at the hands of the Sri Lankan's spinners, good innings from both Jason Roy and Jos Buttler propelled England to 171-4. Despite some heroics from Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka couldn't take the victory and fell 10 runs short.

Buttler smashes England into a good position

After losing Alex Hales early, and Joe Root and Roy struggling to find a consistent rhythm against the spin of Sri Lanka, England needed someone to take the game by the scruff of its neck.

Jos Buttler was that man for England. The wicket-keeper batsman had so far endured a lean tournament so far, but today Buttler showed the destructive nature that has given him his world class reputation. When Buttler came to the crease England were wobbling slightly at 65-2 after 10 overs. The Lancashire man started to up the run-rate almost immediately as he reverse swept just his third ball for four. After this early boundary, he didn't look back as eight fours and two sixes helped him rocket to 66* from 37 deliveries. 

Angelo Mathews gives Sri Lanka hope

Despite an early on collapse from Sri Lanka's top four, leaving Sri Lanka on 15-4 from three overs, their middle over put them in touching distance of victory.

Mathews Showed All His Skills to get to 73*
Mathews Showed All His Skills to get to 73*

The Sri Lankan captain used all of his international experience to put give his side hope of an unlikely victory. Recognising that England's pacemen were on fire, Mathews took the attack to the spinners carting Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali to all parts of the ground. In the end, though a hamstring injury prevented Mathews from taking the quick singles Sri Lanka needed to really put the pressure on England. Mathews finally ended his innings 73* from 54 deliveries.

Where does this leave things?

This defeat confirms an early exit for Sri Lanka who as the defending champions will see this as a disappointing campaign. Sri Lanka won't be too down heartened though, everyone recognised that they are far from the side that won the tournament last time out.

England meanwhile will be very pleased with their efforts. Morgan's young side have secured some impressive victories, including a world record chase against South Africa, on their way to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals it is expected that they should face New Zealand, England won't be favourites for the match but as they've proved they perform best as the underdogs.