Pallekele: Fast bowler Lasith Malinga grabbed career-best 5 for 31 as Sri Lanka knocked out defending champion England from World Twenty20 with a 19-run win in the Super Eights on Monday.
Malinga dismissed Luke Wright (12), Jonny Bairstow (2) and Alex Hales (3) in his first over and then removed Jos Buttler (8) and top scorer Samit Patel for 67 to restrict England to 150 for 9 in its last group match.
Sri Lanka had posted a decent 169 for 6 with Mahela Jayawardene, who surprisingly handed over the captaincy to Kumar Sangakkara for the match, top scoring with 42 off 38 balls and England captain Stuart Broad picking up 3 for 32.
Sri Lanka topped the group with six points from three wins. West Indies — which also defeated England — also qualified for semi-finals after its thrilling victory in a one-over eliminator against New Zealand.