India had entered the field with enthusiasm in the T20 World Cup 2021, but now the team’s senses have come to the fore. First against Pakistan by 10 wickets and then against New Zealand by 8 wickets.

There were statements and criticism on this defeat but what came out from the side of the team was that the Indian bowlers proved to be ineffective due to dew. In two matches, the Indian bowlers conceded 263 runs in 194 balls, the reason for this was attributed to the wet ball due to dew.

More or less the same thing was brought to the fore for the batting, that there was swing in the opening overs, which benefited Shaheen Afridi and Trent Boult and Team India faltered from the beginning.

But all these situations happened in front of England yesterday also. But by the time the match was over, England had gone through all these odd conditions.

Sri Lanka won the toss-

Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and elected to bowl in the 17th match of the T20 World Cup 2021 against England on Monday. Both the teams were playing with the playing XI of the previous match.

It was a big advantage for Sri Lanka in the beginning but England still came into the dressing room with confidence. Virat Kohli’s face had come down after losing the toss and from there the morale of the team also started falling.

England reached 3 to 163 for 35

The England team, sent to bat first, lost three wickets for 35 runs. After this, Buttler scored an unbeaten 101 off 67 balls and Morgan scored 40 runs in 36 balls, scoring the first T20 century. Both scored 112 runs in 78 balls for the fourth wicket to take England from the initial blows to 163 for four.

England knew that dew was coming in the second innings, which would give Sri Lanka an opportunity to score runs easily, due to which played with the loss of 3 wickets and started scoring runs rapidly from the 12th over itself.

This can be gauged from the fact that Jos Buttler scored the first 50 runs in 45 balls and scored a century in 67 balls. The Indian team scored just 8 more runs against New Zealand than Jos Buttler scored yesterday.

Took wickets in the beginning before the dew came

Sri Lanka had a poor start with three wickets falling within 31 balls when 34 runs were on the score board. Pathum Nisanka (1) was run out on the third ball. Kusal Perera (seven) and Charit Asalanka (21) were sent to the pavilion by leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

Avishka Fernando (13) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (26) shared a 23-run partnership but Chris Jordan broke the partnership by dismissing Fernando in the ninth over. Sri Lanka needed 98 runs in 10 overs. Rajapaksa tried to ease the pressure by hitting Woakes for four consecutive sixes but was out on the next ball.

Since then it has become difficult for Sri Lanka to make a comeback. Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva (34) and captain Dasun Shanaka (26) tried and Sri Lanka needed 51 runs in the last five overs. 10 runs came off Jordan’s bowling in the 16th over. After this, Liam Livingstone broke the partnership and ended the hopes of a return to Sri Lanka.

Apart from this, the run out and catching was excellent. Hasaranga’s catch that Roy gave to Billings was brilliant. He was the turning point in the match. On the whole, England crossed all odds and entered the semi-finals and showed that the team can win in any situation.

Akash Gokhe

By Akash Gokhe

Akash is the Founder and Writer of the Sports Platform website. He conceived the idea of starting a Sports Platform website to channelize his love, passion, and emotions for the game of cricket and to connect other like-minded people on the platform.

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