Buttler’s brilliant century inspires England win despite late scare

Buttler’s brilliant century inspires England win despite late scare

Buttler’s brilliant century inspires England win despite late scare

Written by Zulfick Farzan

01 Nov, 2021 | 11:40 pm

England beat Sri Lanka by 26 runs in Group 1 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in Sharjah to put one foot firmly in the semi-finals.

An astonishing Jos Buttler century helped England to victory over Sri Lanka in Group 1 in Sharjah.

Buttler reached his ton with a six off the final ball of the first innings, with the brilliant 101* his highest individual score in T20 international cricket.

And Buttler played a crucial role in the field as Sri Lanka threatened to push England close in their chase of 164, with the wicketkeeper pulling off two excellent run-outs, the second with an inspired direct hit.

Sri Lanka’s reply petered out in the end, with Moeen Ali (2/15) picking up two wickets in the penultimate over to wrap up the innings with six balls remaining and Sri Lanka still 26 runs shy.

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