England are now left hanging by a thread in their campaign to win the ICC Champions Trophy after a defeat by Sri Lanka means they must conquer New Zealand, if they are going to advance into the semi-finals. Sri Lanka has Kumar Sangakkara to thank as he scored an impressive century, unbeaten at 134, which sealed Sri Lanka their target of 294 with 17 balls to spare. The victory was made extremely comfortable when Nuwan Kulasekara scored a 30-ball half-century.
Earlier in the day, England got off to a decent start when Captain Alastair Cook scored 59, Jonathan Trott scored the highest for England with a 76 and Joe Root managed 68. When Ravi Bopara made 33 not out from 13 balls, it gave England a strong position of 293-7. However, since Kumar Sangakkara put Sri Lanka on his back and carried the team to a victory, England must triumph over New Zealand when they travel to Cardiff on Sunday. Sri Lanka have got to win on Monday against Australia if they are to advance to the semi-finals.
Alastair Cook has said that he wasn’t too disappointed with the loss of the game against Sri Lanka as they had the fantastic Sangakkara. The outstanding Sri Lanka cricketer came into the game at the third over partnered with Kulasekara and they never left the game with an unbroken fourth-wicket of 110. This victory has given Sri Lanka a chance for advancement as if they lost to England, which looked possible following England’s batting, they would have been knocked out of the tournament.
England Captain, Alastair Cook, commented after the game, “The difference was an outstanding hundred from an outstanding cricketer. Sometimes you can come up short against a guy who plays as well as that and you don’t feel quite so bad. I’m not too disappointed. We had an opportunity to get into the semi-finals today and we didn’t take it. We have another one in our next game.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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