Sri Lanka Beat England by 10 wickets | Sri lanka reaches in Sami Final crush England by 10 wickets
Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets against England: IN icc cricket world cup 2011 4th and last quarter final match Sri Lanka Beat England by 10 wickets. sri lankan players dilshan and tharnaga chase the total target with very beautiful beating.Sri lanka reaches in Sami Final crush England by 10 wickets.
Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga hit half-centuries as England bowlers failed to make any breakthrough to dent the Sri Lankan run chase in their World Cup quarterfinal clash in Colombo on Saturday.
superb 86 by Jonathon Trott helped England set a target of 230 runs for Sri Lanka in the final World Cup quarter-final here at the R. Premadasa stadium on Saturday. After captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and decided to bat, England made a poor start losing both openers for 31 but Trott rescued them with Ravi Bopara (31) and Eoin Morgan (50) as his team made 229 for six in their 50 overs.
Trott’s 86 was his 11th fifty in one-day internationals and the fifth half-century in this tournament. He added 64 runs for the third wicket with Bopara and 91 for the fourth with Morgan to
anchor England to a fighting total on a slow wicket. Sri Lanka went into the match with three frontline spinners — Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath — who made it tough for the batsmen to score with their tight line and length. Morgan was dropped three times — on 16, 33 and 34 – while television replays showed he was also lbw to Lasith Malinga, a decision Sri Lanka did not appeal.
Strauss struggled against some accurate bowling by part-time off-spinner Tillakaratne Dilshan, who bowled the second over of the innings.
Ian Bell (25) became the third batsman to be promoted to open the England innings in the tournament and got off to a confident start but chipped one straight to Thilan Samaraweera off Angelo Mathews.
England kept the same side which beat the West Indies in their last Group B match, still keeping paceman James Anderson on the bench and playing with two off-spinners in Graeme Swann and James Tredwell.
Sri Lanka included left-arm spinner Rangana Herath for paceman Nuwan Kulasekara as the only change in the squad which beat New Zealand by 112 runs to give them three frontline spinners.
The winners of the match will play against New Zealand at the same venue on Tuesday in the first semi-final.
Dilshan and Tharanga brought up the Sri Lankan 200 in the 36th over.
Dilshan brought up his 22nd ODI half-century off 57 balls with the help of a six and 5 fours.
Tharanga too hit a six and 5 fours in his 20th ODI fifty that came off 70 balls.
Earlier, Jonathon Trott and Eoin Morgan hit contrasting half-centuries to help England reach a respectable 229/6.
The 29-year-old Trott finished with 86 and put on 91 for the fourth wicket with Morgan (50) after England, electing to bat in the day-night game, were reduced to 31/2 on a slow, flat pitch at R. Premadasa stadium.
Patience was the key word for Trott as he negotiated the four-pronged Sri Lankan spin attack but failed to lift the innings in the final overs as England managed just 23 in the batting power-play.
Trott fell in the 49th over, caught off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan who finished with 2/54 in what could be his last international match before retirement.
He hit only two boundaries off the 115 balls he faced as Sri Lanka’s bowlers kept a tight line and length in the final 10 overs.
Trott had added 64 for the third wicket with Ravi Bopara (31) after England lost captain Andrew Strauss (five) and make-shift opener Ian Bell (25) by the ninth over.
He brought up his fourth half-century in the tournament with a reverse sweep off Tillakaratne Dilshan in the 33rd over.
Morgan, dropped at 16 off Ajantha Mendis, got two more lives when Angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath dropped him in the space of three balls in one Muralitharan over.
The 24-year-old left-hander completed his 11th half-century with a sharp single off Lasith Malinga but in the same over he miscued a lofted drive and was caught in the covers by Mathews.
Morgan hit four boundaries during his 55-ball knock.
The winner will meet New Zealand in the first semifinal in Colombo on March 29.