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Sri Lanka knock England out

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 3:57PM AEST | by Omnisport

Defending champions England were knocked out of the ICC World Twenty20 after losing to Sri Lanka in their final Super Eight clash on Monday.

England were chasing Sri Lanka's total of 6-169 but finished on 9-150 to go down by 19 runs in Pallekele.

Sri Lanka seamer Lasith Malinga starred with the ball, taking three wickets in an over before finishing with figures of 5-31 off four overs.

The result ensures Sri Lanka and the West Indies advance to the semi-finals, while group rivals England and New Zealand have been eliminated.

England won the toss and chose to field, but were on the back foot soon after as Sri Lanka built an ominous target.

Opener Mahela Jayawardene led the charge with 42 off 42 balls, while Angelo Mathews (28) and Thisara Perera (26 not out) added valuable runs.

Crucially, Sri Lanka hit seven sixes and 13 fours as England struggled to gain any form of ascendancy.

Stuart Broad (3-32) was the best of the English bowlers, while Graeme Swann (2-26), Steven Finn (1-24) chipped in with further wickets.

England could only manage four sixes in reply with the bat and had no answer to the pace of Malinga, who dismissed Luke Wright (12), Jonny Bairstow (two) and Alex Hales (three) in the third over.

Samit Patel steadied the chase with his first T20 international half-century on his way to a top score of 67, supported by Swann, who had a six and four fours in his innings of 34.

But their efforts proved in vain as the wickets of Eoin Morgan (10), Ravi Bopara (one), Jos Buttler (eight) and Broad (one) all fell cheaply.Akila Dananjaya (2-26) and Nuwan Kulasekara (1-22) took Sri Lanka's other wickets, capping a dominant performance for the tournament hosts.

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First Posted 02 October, 2012 8:31AM AEST

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