Sri Lankan opener Pathum Nissanka gave them an explosive begin with a 45-ball 67 however the English bowlers roared again to limit them to a modest 141 for eight.
Chasing a difficult goal on a dry SCG wicket, Alex Hales (47; 30b) and skipper Jos Buttler (28; 23b) produced a ruthless opening partnership of 75 runs from 43 balls.
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From there, they only wanted 67 from 77 balls however very quickly, half of the English facet have been down with artful spinner Wanindu Hasaranga (2/23) as soon as once more triggering a collapse.
He dismissed the English openers as well as of simply seven runs, earlier than the likes of Dhananjaya de Silva (2/24) and Lahiru Kumara (2/24) received into the act.
With their designated No. 3 Dawid Malan injured (groin), England had a rejigged batting order and seemed shaky, needing 31 runs in 33 balls when Moeen Ali grew to become Dhananjaya de Silva’s second sufferer.
However English Check skipper Stokes, trying to discover kind on this match, held his nerves and closed out the chase with a composed 42 not out from 36 balls. He was related in a nervy 15-run partnership with Chris Woakes.
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After rain proved to be a dampener within the Australia-England conflict on the Melbourne Cricket Floor earlier within the Tremendous 12, the Aussies ended their group stage marketing campaign with seven factors, and their semifinal hopes rested on a Lankan win over the Englishmen.
England completed second behind New Zealand in Group 1 and can tackle the Group 2 toppers within the last-four.
It was a rollicking begin for England as Hales performed the position of the aggressor whereas Buttler took time to cool down.
Regularly, the English skipper additionally received into the act as he smashed the wily Hasaranga for consecutive fours and a six.
Earlier, Nissanka offered the proper begin as he blazed his approach to a 33-ball fifty after his workforce elected to bat.
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The fashionable opener took the English assault to the cleaners and slammed 5 sixes and two fours, however leg-spinner Adil Rashid (4-0-16-1) brilliantly turned it round by taking his maiden wicket of the match within the type of Nissanka.
Seamer Sam Curran (4-0-27-1) additionally bowled a tidy spell within the center overs as Sri Lanka, who have been going at over eight runs an over on the midway mark, faltered within the back-end.
The shortage of power-hitters price the Lankans expensive as boundaries dried up, and so they may handle simply 25 runs within the final 5 overs, a part the place additionally they misplaced 5 wickets.
England pacer Mark Wooden additionally overcame a woeful begin and hit his straps on the again finish to return with 3 for 26 as England denied their opposition about 15-20 additional runs.
Buttler introduced in his tempo ace Wooden within the third over and Mendis took him on within the very first ball with a six over deep sq. leg. Taking a cue from his opening accomplice, Nissanka completed the over with one other most because the over yielded 17 runs.
Rashid’s entry slowed down their run-rate and wickets stored falling on the different finish, however Nissanka continued his counter-attacking method en path to his ninth fifty, and second of this World Cup. Rashid and Curran then pegged the Lankans again with their good variations.