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    England in Sri Lanka World Cup loss

    England's hopes of reaching the knockout stages in doubt after 103-run loss to Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad.

    England have it all to do if they are to progress from the group stages after losing to Sri Lanka by 103 runs in Ahmedabad.

    After losses to Pakistan and India, England needed a reversal in fortune and they started positively when Luke Sugg bowled opener Ruwan Wasantha for six in the fourth over to leave Sri Lanka 39 for one. 

    However, the captain's breakthrough wicket was to be the only one of the innings.

    Sri Lanka's top order went through the gears with Suranga Sampath hitting an outstanding 164 off 73 balls, including 25 fours and four maximums, and Pathum Saman Kumara also reaching a century. 

    Their 268-run partnership saw Sri Lanka to a 307 total and piled pressure on England's batsmen, who were forced to go hard from the off. 

    They lost an early wicket when Justin Hollingsworth was dismissed in the second over but rallied as Nathan Foy and Matthew Dean proceeded to build a score. Foy went for 28 in the eighth over, ending the 58-run partnership, and Dean was joined by Peter Blueitt to chase the imposing total. 

    Together the pair put on 65 in six overs with Dean bringing up his fifty before being run out.

    Blueitt was the standout performer, top scoring on 70, but his side lost vital wickets as Sugg, Matthew Page, Mahomed Khatri and Ed Hossell all departed in turn.

    Runs slowed to a trickle and England ended their 20 overs on 204 for seven.

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