England reach the semi-finals of the World T20 for the first time since their successful campaign in the West Indies in 2010. Bettering a defiant Sri Lankan side, the English got over the line courtesy a sensational knock by Jos Butler and some top notch death bowling from Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes. Here are the talking points.
5. Captain’s knock in Vain.
It seemed as though the Sri Lankan innings was dead and buried in the 3rd over itself , which saw them reeling at 15/4, but their skipper Angelo Mathews in the company of Kapugedera, initially, and later with Perera, kept the English in check and almost fought a lone battle in the end. Battling a hamstring issue at the end, Matthew’s valiant contribution wasn’t enough, as the holders crashed out of the premier T20 tournament.