Sri Lanka destroy Eng to advance in WC

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Durban - Sri Lanka raced to a sensational ten wicket victory against England on Saturday, booking their place at the ICC Cricket World Cup semi-finals.

England, winning the toss and electing to bat, made 229 for six which proved to be an effortless task for the Sri Lankan top order.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga (102 not out) both scored hundreds to seal the win at the R. Premadasa stadium. 

Dilshan's magnificent performance with the bat (115 not out) included 10 boundaries and two sixes while Tharanga blasted 12 fours and one six for his 102 not out.

Dilshan was named man of the match and his efforts ensured that Sri Lanka reach the third World Cup semi-final for the third successive time.

England's innings suffered an early blow, when Andrew Strauss lost his wicket in the seventh over after being bowled out by Dilshan.

Ian Bell followed shortly after scoring 25 runs while Ravi Bopara, trapped lbw by Muttiah Muralitharan, chipped in with 31 runs.

Jonathan Trott was solid with his 86 and with Eoin Morgan (50) added 91 for the fourth wicket.
Trott only scored two boundaries during his knock, and stayed until almost the end of the inning for England. He was caught by Mahela Jayawardene off a Muralitharan ball.

In the 42nd Morgan was eventually caught after being dropped at 16 off Ajantha Mendis.
Angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath both dropped Morgan in an over bowled by Muralitharan.

In this week's semi-finals Sri Lanka will now take on New Zealand, while Pakistan and Sri Lanka will lock horns. The final will be played on April 2.