Jos Buttler century, England beat Sri Lanka to reserve semi-final spot, video, score, result

Jos Buttler hit the first century of the Twenty20 World Cup as England effectively booked their semi-final place with a 26-race victory over Sri Lanka on Monday.

Buttler’s unbeaten 101 – his first century in 86 T20 internationals – led England to 163 for four after being invited to strike first in Sharjah.

England bowler led by Adil Rashid then teamed up to level Sri Lanka for 137 in 19 overs and remain unbeaten with four wins in the Super 12 phase to remain at the top of the group.

Only South Africa and Australia can match their eight points, but England already have a far superior run rate.

Buttler smashed six fours and six sixes in his 67-ball shot and put on 112 with skipper Eoin Morgan making 40 to lift England after they were in trouble 35-3.

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The English opener, who beat undefeated 71 in the win over Australia, surpassed his former T20 best of 83 and now leads the tournament’s batting chart with 214 runs.

“I’m really happy to keep my head calm and work my way through it, support myself to get well in the end and start targeting certain bowlers and at certain ends,” Buttler told Sky Sports.

“I felt like I was using a lot of my experience. I remember saying a while ago, if I can put both parts of my game together, then I think I will get a really good place with my T20 batting. ”

England's Jos Buttler in action against Sri Lanka heading towards a century.  Photo: AFP
England’s Jos Buttler in action against Sri Lanka heading towards a century. Photo: AFPSource: AFP

Sri Lanka had England on the back foot, but Buttler stood firm and took the attack to the opponent as he reached his hundred on the last ball of the inning with another stroke over the fence.

Sri Lanka slipped to their third defeat in four matches.

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Jos Buttler leads England off the pitch after his match-winning century against Sri Lanka at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on November 1, 2021 in Sharjah. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Ben spinner Wanindu Hasaranga got two early wickets including Jason Roy at nine and Jonny Bairstow, caught lbw for nothing from the first ball.

The right-left batting pair of Buttler and Morgan stood firm to grind down the Sri Lankan attack with some sensible batting.

Buttler reached his fifties in 45 balls and then shifted gears with powerful blows that unsettled Sri Lankan bowling.

Morgan joined the charge with a four and three sixes in his 36-ball shot before being thrown by Hasaranga, who returned 3-21.

Co-spinner Maheesh Theekshana gave up just 13 runs away from his four overs, but the tempo bowlers were separated, including skipper Dasun Shanaka, who went to 24 in his two overs.

Sri Lanka lost early wickets in their hunt, with Pathum Nissanka running out for one in the first over.

Charith Asalanka hit back with limits only to lose her wicket for 21 when Rashid struck in his first over.

The leg spinner made Kusal Perera go back for seven and Sri Lanka slipped to 57-4 when Chris Jordan caught Avishka Fernando lbw to 13.

Shanaka, who made 26, and Hasaranga put on a menacing stand at 53 for the sixth wicket, but a good relay catch between Roy and substitute Sam Billings on the road broke the stands.

Hasaranga went back after making 34, and soon Shanaka followed him to the excavation.

English spinner Moeen Ali and fast bowler Chris Jordan also took two wickets each.

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