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Sri Lanka crushed New Zealand's hopes of making the T20 World Cup semi-finals when they brushed aside their Group 1 opponents by 59 runs in Chittagong.

The Asia Cup champions looked set to exit the tournament after scoring an under par 119, however Rangana Herath had other ideas as the left-arm spinner stunned the New Zealand batting with a superb 5/3 in 3.3 overs to set up a remarkable win and in the process ensured his country joined India and South Africa in the last four of the tournament.

Sri Lanka's opponent in the next round will be either Pakistan or the West Indies, who face-off tomorrow in a virtual quarter-final Group 2 clash.

New Zealand skipper Brendan McCullum decided to take the ball first up, a decision that seemed vindicated as pace bowler Trent Boult blew the Sri Lankan top order apart with 3/20.

Jimmy Neesham with 3/22 and Mitchell McClenaghan's 2/24 provided the perfect support to Boult's opening blitz, ensuring that wickets fell at regular intervals and limited the opposition to just 119.

New Zealand would have backed themselves to chase down the target on every occasion, however when it mattered most they capitulated in spectacular fashion to surrender what should have been a last-four berth.

Earlier in the day, England were humiliated by the Netherlands in what was a dead rubber for the English but would have felt like a World Cup final for the Dutch.

The Netherlands have performed admirably in the Super 10s having pushed both South Africa and New Zealand to the brink, so the comprehensive 45-run victory over England was just reward for the ICC Affiliate nation in their last match of the tournament.

Chasing a manageable 134 for victory, England folded embarrassingly for a paltry 88 against an attack that would generally struggle around the County circuit.

England arrived with unrealistic hopes considering they had no world-class match winners in their squad and will leave with a barrage of criticism heading their way from the English cricketing public and press.

Only Alex Hales underlined his future at the highest level, other than his performance much soul searching needs to be done after one of the worst summers in the history of English cricket.

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T20 World Cup
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