Match No – 22, Group 1 – Sri Lanka vs England
Day and Date – Mon Oct 1, 2012
Match Time – 14:00 GMT | 19:30 local (7.30 pm)
Venue – Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Toss – England elected to field
Result – Sri Lanka won by 19 runs
Today in the 22nd match of T20 World Cup 2012, Sri Lanka defeated England by 19 runs.
Earlier England won the toss and elected to field first. M Jayawardene and T Dilshan opened the innings and gave Sri Lanka a flying start by adding 35 for the first wicket stand in just 4.4 overs. M Jayawardene and K Sangakkara then got out on consecutive balls reducing Sri Lanka to 74/3 in 10.2 overs. T Perera’s good hitting in the last overs helped Sri Lanka post a total of 169/6 in 20 overs.
Chasing 170 to win and keep alive the hopes for semi final berth, England lost L Wright in the third over when the team score was just 16. This wicket triggered the fall of wickets as Malinga took the wickets of J Bairstow and Alex Hales on consective balls reducing the defending champions to 18/3 in 3 overs. Eon Morgan and Samit Patel then raised some hopes for England as the duo took the score to 73 before Morgan got out. From 73/3, England were reduced to 93/7 in 14.1 overs. Some late hitting by G Swarn (34 off 20 balls) and superb 67 in 48 balls by Smit Patel helped England score 150/9 in 20 overs. England needed 26 to win off final over but could manage 6 in that over thus the defending champions were knocked out of T20 World Cup 2012 after being beaten by host by 19 runs.