England’s 19-run defeat against Sri Lanka yesterday was their second loss in three Super Eights games and paved the way for the hosts and the West Indies to advance to the semi-finals from group one.”You can look at the missed opportunities. But I think throughout the whole tournament, we’ve not quite been good enough,” Broad said last night as his team prepared for the long journey home.
England, who won the 2010 title in the Caribbean under Paul Collingwood, beat only New Zealand in the Super Eights but could have made the semi-finals had they defeated Sri Lanka. Sling-arm fast bowler Lasith Malinga dashed the champions’ hopes with three wickets in his first over that reduced England to 18-3 chasing Sri Lanka’s 169-6.
Broad’s men ended on 150-9 following a half-century from Samit Patel and his 51-run stand for the eighth wicket with Graeme Swann, who swung his bat to hit 34 off 20 balls with four boundaries and a six.Patel finished with a glorious 67 off 48 balls, but the effort came too late to save England from an early exit. “It was very disappointing to have gone out, because I believe we do have the firepower in that changing room to go far,” said Broad. “It was frustratingly close.”
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