ICC World Twenty20: England’s road to the final

first_imgEngland started off their World Twenty20 campaign by losing to West Indies but bounced back well to win their rest of the league matches and then beating New Zealand in the semifinal.Lost to West Indies by 6 wicketsChris 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 2 wicketsEngland pulled off their greatest World Twenty20 victory, 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.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.Beat New Zealand by 7 wickets (Semi-final)Opening batsman Jason Roy struck a career-best 78 as former champions England stormed into the World Twenty20 final with a seven-wicket romp against New Zealand.Electing to field, England staged a strong comeback in the second half of New Zealand’s innings to restrict their opponents to a modest 153 for eight at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.Roy and Alex Hales (20) then provided a flying start to their reply and Jos Buttler smacked a six to seal semi-final victory with 17 balls to spare.last_img read more