England beat SL, reach semis

New Delhi—England held their nerve to beat Sri Lanka by 10 runs in a thrilling World Twenty20 Group One match on Saturday, reaching the semi-finals and knocking the defending champions out of the tournament.
Jos Buttler struck a blistering unbeaten 66 to power England to a commanding 171-4 after they had made a slow start.
The 2010 winners returned to blow away Sri Lanka’s top order before Angelo Mathews battled a hamstring injury to drag his team back into the match with a brilliant unbeaten 73.
Sri Lanka’s defeat also dashed South Africa’s hopes of qualifying for the last four.
Put in to bat, England lost Alex Hales in the second over but Jason Roy (42) and Joe Root (25) added 61 runs in 8.3 overs to steady the innings..—Reuters

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