Malinga sends England out


Sri Lanka beat England by 19 runs to reach the World Twenty20 semi-finals along with West Indies Monday and send the defending champions crashing out of the tournament. Sri Lanka made 169-6 in their 20 overs before Lasith Malinga took a career best 5-31 to restrict England to 150-9 in their 20 overs in Pallekele. Earlier, West Indies defeated New Zealand in a thrilling Super Over finish.
Pakistan play Australia and India meet South Africa in Colombo on Tuesday to decide the two semi-finalists from group two of the Super Eights round.
Earlier, Sri Lanka’s batsman posted a challenging 168-6 against defending champions England in their must-win match. Mahela Jayawardene top-scored with 42 off 38 balls, while Angelo Mathews hit 28 and Thisara Perera made 25 not out with two sixes to lift the total in the final overs at Pallekele. Both hosts Sri Lanka and title-holders England need victory to reach the semi-finals after West Indies beat New Zealand in a thrilling Super Over finish earlier in the day.
Sri Lanka raced to 35 by the fifth over before Tillakaratne Dilshan fell leg-before to paceman Steven Finn for 16. He hit a boundary and a six off 12 balls. Graeme Swann then pegged the hosts back with a double strike, dismissing Jayawardene caught at deep mid-wicket off a lofted shot, and off the next ball had Kumar Sangakkara caught behind for 13. Mathews and Jeevan Mendis (18) added a quick-fire 52 for the fourth wicket before England captain Stuart Broad dismissed both off successive balls with the score at 126.