England’s victory thanks to Jos Buttler

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England’s victory thanks to Jos Buttler

England’s victory thanks to Jos Buttler
England won the toughest test of their men's T20 Tournament so far in Sharjah, thanks to a century from Jos Buttler, who helped them preserve their perfect record.

Eoin Morgan's team has now conquered all four of their Super 12s games, putting them in a position to play in the semi-finals. However, the 2010 winners were knocked down to 35 for 3 in the sixth over, putting them in a difficult situation.

Buttler, on the other hand, hit a superb, well-paced century off 67 deliveries as England reached 163 for 4 from their 20 overs. With 3 for 21, Wanindu Hasaranga was the best of the bowlers.

With dew expected to affect the chase, Sri Lanka was still in the game, but they were losing wickets on a frequent basis early on.

Hasaranga played a brilliant comeback, scoring 34 off 21 balls, but Sri Lanka's campaign was over when he was wonderfully caught on the edge following a fantastic relay catch between Jason Roy and replacement Sam Billings.

While Sri Lanka will need a mini wonder to go to the knockout stage, Morgan's team is almost there, with eight points from four matches thanks to another strong performance.
Only back-to-back victories for both South Africa and Australia, as well as a humiliating loss to the latter in their last group encounter, might jeopardise their progress.

The 50-over reigning champions may have been facing loss for the first time in the UAE if it hadn't been for Buttler's masterful performance.

With only 35 in the book, Dushmantha Chameera and Hasaranga partnered to remove Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, and Jonny Bairstow.

As Sri Lanka struggled to consolidate on their early successes, Morgan and Buttler used all of their collective 197 T20I appearances to regain some feeling of normalcy on a tough, slippy surface before going on the battle.

After reaching 47 for 3 at the halfway stage, England scored 116 runs in the final 10 overs to set a challenging goal.

Despite Morgan's 40, which was his greatest T20I score in over a year, Buttler was the star of the show. He reached his first century in the format with six fours and a half-dozen sixes, particularly one off the last ball of the innings from a by now erratic Chameera. He was also the first England player to score a century in a Test, one-day international, and T20I match.

England plays South Africa on 6th November in Sharjah.