England In Danger Of Early Exit

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England's Jos Buttler will be out for more runs against Sri Lanka. Picture: PA Sport/au.eurosport.com
After a controversial loss to New Zealand, England is facing early elimination from the Super 10 stage of the World Twenty20, especially if it loses to Sri Lanka on Thursday night in Chittagong.

England went down in its opening match of the tournament when rained ruined its defence of a handy 6/172. The Kiwis were 1/52 after 5.2 overs when the heavens opened and no further play was possible. Brendan McCullum’s unbeaten six-ball 16 head New Zealand ahead of the Duckworth/Lewis par score required and the Black Caps were declared winners.

There were at least some promising signs for the Englishmen. Bearded all-rounder Moeen Ali made 36 off 23 balls, Jos Buttler 32 from 23, while Ravi Bopara (24 from 19) and Tim Brenan (17 off 8) closed off the innings. With the ball, Jade Dernbach (who was hammered recently in Australia) took 1/13 off the two overs he completed.

Sri Lanka on the other hand made light work of minnows Holland. They may have ousted Zimbabwe and Ireland in qualifying for the Super 10 stage, but the Dutch couldn’t make the step up to the big league. In what was little more than a short training run, the Sri Lankans bowled out their miss-matched opponents for 39 – paceman Lasith Malinga took 2/5 in two overs, spinner Ajanatha Mendis 3/12 from 2.3 overs and Angelo Matthews 3/16 off his mandatory 4 overs. Sri Lanka reached the target of 40 with 15 overs and nine wickets to spare. Those from the land of 'hope and glory' though will provide much stiffer oppoisition.

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