Wednesday October 3, 2012
England crash out as S. Lanka, West Indies, Pakistan and Australia in semis
PALLEKELE (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka sent defending champions England packing at the World Twenty20 as they reached the semi-finals along with the West Indies after a dramatic night of action on Monday.
Sri Lankaís 19-run win over England, thanks in large part to Lasith Malingaís career-best 5-31, put the hosts into their third successive World Twenty20 semi-finals as they hunt their first major title in 16 years.
Earlier the West Indies snatched victory from New Zealand in a thrilling Super Over finish after they were tied on 139. Despite New Zealandís 17 off their extra over, West Indies smashed 19 with a ball to spare.
In the late match Pakistan advanced to the semi-finals while India crashed out of the tournament despite a one-run win against South Africa in its last Super Eights yesterday.
India had to restrict South Africa to 121 after making 152-6 to qualify for the final four instead of Pakistan by superior run rate. But the Proteas were bowled out for 151 on the next-to-last ball of the innings at the R Premadasa Stadium.
Pakistan beat Australia in its last Super Eights match earlier in the day.
Sri Lanka will play the first semi-final against Pakistan tomorrow, while Australia will play West Indies on Friday.
Englandís reshuffled team may regret sending Sri Lanka in to bat after the hosts posted a challenging 169-6. In reply, at a packed Pallekele stadium, England managed 150-9 and only briefly threatened to pull off an unlikely win.
The chase was in trouble from the start as England were rocked by Malinga, who took the first three wickets in his first over.
It needed a fourth-wicket stand of 55 between Samit Patel (67) and Eoin Morgan (10) to repair the early damage, but England lost wickets at regular intervals.
Patel added 51 with Graeme Swann (34) for the eighth wicket as hope fluttered. But Malinga bowled Patel in the penultimate over to snuff out the danger and improve on his previous best of 3-12 against New Zealand in 2010. ďThe guys played really well. Lasith is unbelievable, both with the new ball and with the old ball. It would be fantastic if we can win it (the title) but the focus is to keep our feet on the ground,Ē said captain Kumar Sangakkara.
In the earlier match, New Zealand started with a bang as they bowled out the West Indies for just 139 in 19.3 overs, with Tim Southee (3-21) and Doug Bracewell (3-31) doing the damage. Chris Gayleís 30 was the inningsí top score.
Ross Taylor was the mainstay of New Zealandís reply with an unbeaten 62. But with New Zealand needing 14 off the last over, bowled by Marlon Samuels, Taylor hit a six off the fourth delivery but managed just a single on the penultimate ball.
Bracewell hit the final delivery but was run out while taking a second run, tying the match as New Zealand closed on 139-7.
Taylor scored an impressive 17 for New Zealand in their Super Over off the bowling of Samuels. But the all-rounder then stepped up for West Indies to hoist the winning six off Southee. ó Agencies