England vs Sri Lanka cricket LIVE: Hosts claim FIRST wicket as Kusal Mendis CAUGHT out – latest | The Sun

ENGLAND face Sri Lanka in their final clash of Group 1, with their hopes of a T20 World Cup semi-final still alive.

Jos Buttler was ever impressive when England faced New Zealand, putting on a fine display to help his side to victory.

And now England are one win away from the semi-finals.

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  • Kieran Davies

    Sri Lanka 89/3 (12 overs)

    Livingstone bowls looking to utilise his leg-spin with the left/right hand combination in for Sri Lanka.

    England are starting to peg their opponents back in this phase of play.

    Only five runs from the over, Nissanka moves onto his fifty.

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    Sri Lanka 84/3 (11 overs)

    Stokes comes back into the attack.

    The change works as Charith Asalanka tries to go big and hits the ball high in the air with Malan underneath it.

    He takes a good catch to give England the breakthrough.

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    Wicket – Charith Asalanka (Sri Lanka)

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    Sri Lanka 80/2 (10 overs)

    Moeen Ali comes into the attack for Jos Buttler's side.

    Some ball-watching from the batsmen leads to a collision between the two in the middle.

    Fortunately for Sri Lanka, both batsmen make it back home.

    Nissanka required some treatment after the coming together.

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    Sri Lanka 75/2 (9 overs)

    Sam Curran adds to his wicket haul for the tournament.

    Dhananjaya de Silva trying to go big on the leg side but does not have enough on it and Stokes takes the catch on the ropes.

    Great catch by Stokes, ensuring not to step on the boundary rope in the process.

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    Wicket – Dhananjaya de Silva (Sri Lanka)

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    Sri Lanka 71/1 (8 overs)

    Rashid balls are more varied this over.

    Looking to flight the ball and tempt the batsmen.

    Six from the over with his last flighted ball deceiving the batsman all ends up as he swings and misses.

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    Sri Lanka 65/1 (7 overs)

    Liam Livingstone comes into the attack as England opt for spin from both ends.

    A lot of short deliveries in this first over but a few which have shown that it is turning for the spinners.

    Pathum Nissanka ends the over with a big six, just making it over the long boundary.

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    Sri Lanka 54/1 (6 overs)

    Fantastic introduction to the game for Adil Rashid.

    A side who he tends to get his best bowling figures against.

    Just a two runs from Rashid's first over.

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    Sri Lanka 52/1 (5 overs)

    Sam Curran comes on to bowl, again looking to bowl a fuller length.

    He varies his bowling well, utilising the shorter ball also.

    Nissanka managing to get a top edge all the way to the boundary for four.

    The last ball is put up in the air, keeping the fielder interested, it just sails over the head of Harry Brook.

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    Sri Lanka 39/1 (4 overs)

    Woakes seem to be pushing his bowling towards leg too often.

    Bowling a the first wide of the game with a short ball towards the end of his over.

    The next ball Kusal Mendis looks to go big on the leg-side but Liam Livingstone was able to get to it and take the catch.

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    Wicket – Kusal Mendis (Sri Lanka)

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    Sri Lanka 32/0 (3 overs)

    Mark Wood comes onto bowl, his first ball being dispatched for a big six over the leg-side boundary.

    Sri Lanka are batting positively here, looking to score whenever the chance presents itself.

    Expensive first over for Wood, his pace not helping him too much there, 17 runs from it with the over starting and ending with a six.

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    Sri Lanka 15/0 (2 overs)

    Chris Woakes opens the bowling for England.

    Bowling to mainly an offside field, his first ball is too far down the leg side, giving an easy two runs to the Sri Lankans.

    Stokes was a little too much down the leg-side in his over also.

    Some good running in between the wickets from Sri Lanka.

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    Sri Lanka 9/0 (1 over)

    Stokes starts with a ball getting a little bit of away swing, through to the keeper.

    The next ball is short and wide and is smashed for the first six of the game.

    Stokes is trying to get his line right, looking to bowl fuller, allowing the ball the chance to swing.

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    Sri Lanka vs England

    So we are about to get underway in the final Super 12 of Group 1.

    Sri Lanka have elected to bat first with Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis opening for the Asian champions.

    Ben Stokes looks set to open the bowling for England.

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    Tale of the tape

    Sri Lanka have not beaten England since 2014.

    England have won the last 7 encounters spread over 4 countries.

    In seven matches against Sri Lanka, Adil Rashid has nine wickets, with an economy rate of 5.91.

    On a worn Sydney pitch, it could be a day that sees the spinners decide the outcome.

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    Bowlers to lead the way

    Sam Curran has 11 wickets in four games and has been a stand-out bowler for Jos Buttler's side.

    Taking a career-best 5/10 versus Afghanistan in the opening game in Perth.

    Mark Wood has proven to the be the fastest bowler of the World Cup so far (6 wickets), while Ben Stokes has 4 wickets with an economy rate of 5.04.

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    Testing time for England

    Wanindu Hasaranga is the one England will need to watch, having taken three wickets against Afghanistan.

    He is currently the highest wicket-taker in this T20I World Cup, with 13 wickets to his name at a superb average of 13.53.

    Also heading up the world ranking to number two in the world.

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    England starting XI:

    Jos Buttler goes with the same side that beat New Zealand in their last game.

    Buttler, Hales, Malan, Stokes, Brook, Ali, Livingstone, Curran, Woakes, Rashid, Wood.

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    Sri Lanka win the toss

    Dasun Shanaka wins the toss and decides to bat first.

    Historically, teams batting first have won at this ground.

    England need to restrict their opponents with a good bowling display.

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    Silverwood's side looking to upset odds

    England need to be wary of Sri Lanka today who have nothing to play for today and can play with an air of freedom.

    Chasing down Afghanistan's 144-8 for the loss of only four wickets in their last game, Sri Lanka come into this game full of confidence.

    The ex-England coach will know that all of the host nation will be behind his side as they look to help Australia through to the final four.

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    Kiwis unable to make England pay

    Chasing 180 for victory, New Zealand lost their opening pair cheaply with Jos Buttler taking a superb diving catch down the leg side from Conway.

    Williamson (40) and Phillips (62) took the game to England, with the latter taking advantage of a Moeen Ali drop catch.

    The Kiwis fell 21 runs short of their target with England win setting up a three-way tie at the top of Super 12 Group 1.

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    Fans out in full force for game

    Despite the fact that Sri Lanka can no longer progress to the final four, this means nothing to the fans.

    Still looking to come and watch their heroes play in their last game of the T20 World Cup.

    There will be lots of Australians supporting the Asian champions today.

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    Kiwis awaken Joss’ England 

    In this ‘must win’ game, Jos Buttler starred with the bat, scoring 73 runs in what was a real captain’s performance. 

    Alex Hales scored 52 as England’s openers went after the New Zealand bowling attack.  

    England posted 179-6 in their 20 overs against the in-form Kiwis. 

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