ICC World Twenty20: England’s road to semi-finals

first_imgEngland were thumped by West Indies in their opening encounter of the ICC World Twenty20 2016. However, they managed to regain composure and beat South Africa, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka to make it to the semi-finals of the tournament.Lost to West Indies by six wickets Chris Gayle hit the fastest century in World Twenty20 cricket as West Indies thumped England by six wickets in their Group 1 match. Gayle took 47 balls to complete his century with five fours and 11 sixes and in his unbeaten 100 to better his own record of a 50-ball hundred in the 2007 tournament in South Africa.Marlon Samuels set the tone by hitting eight fours in his 37 before Gayle’s brutal hitting took West Indies to 183-4 in 18.1 overs in reply to what earlier appeared to be a competitive England total of 182-6. Beat South Africa by two wickets England pulled off its greatest World Twenty20 victory on Friday, beating South Africa by two wickets in the highest-ever run chase in the tournament’s history.Joe Root smashed 83 off 44 balls as England survived a very late scare to march to 230-8 in 19.4 overs after South Africa had posted 229-4 on the back of half-centuries from Hashim Amla, JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock.England openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales had provided a roller-coaster start of 48 runs off just 15 deliveries and Root motored along the chase by hitting six fours and four sixes against wayward South African bowling.Beat Afghanistan by 15 runsEngland overcame a batting collapse to beat Afghanistan by 15 runs for its second win in three matches at the World Twenty20. England was 57-6 in the 10th over and 85-7 in the 15th, but thanks to a boost from Moeen Ali (41 not out) and David Willey (20 not out), it finished on a defendable 142-7.advertisementWilley then took 2-23 with the new ball and Ali chipped in with 1-17 as Afghanistan looks wickets frequently and could manage only 127-9 in reply. England, which beat South Africa but lost to the West Indies, survived its early scare after electing to bat because Ali and Willey resurrected the innings after coming together at 85-7.The left-handers steadied the innings and stepped up the run scoring, their 57-run stand including 44 runs in the last three overs, and 25 off the 19th bowled by left-arm spinner Amir Hamza.Beat Sri Lanka by 10 runsEngland held their nerve to beat Sri Lanka by 10 runs in a thrilling World Twenty20 Group One match, 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.last_img read more