England defeated Sri Lanka by 4 wickets in a do-or-die match, which eliminated defending champions bb Australia from the ICC T20 World Cup.

England advanced to the semifinals of the T20 World Cup and eliminated host Australia on net run-rate after its last over four-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Saturday.

New Zealand, England and Australia all finished with seven points from five matches in Group 1 but the Kiwis topped the group with a healthy net run-rate of 2.113.

Australia paid the price for a heavy loss to New Zealand in the opening game and finished with at a net run-rate of -0.173. England had a net run-rate of 0.473.

Ben Stokes kept his composure and made an unbeaten 42 off 36 balls as England reached 144-6 in 19.4 overs after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.

Sri Lanka could not have advanced even if it had beaten England but the islanders squandered a blistering start of 52-1 in five overs before ending up at a disappointing 141-8.

“We knew we had to find a way to win the game coming here today, so thankfully we did that,” England skipper Jos Buttler said.

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