England relinquished their T20 World Cup title in tame fashion after being dumped out of tournament after defeat to hosts Sri Lanka in Pallekele.

Requiring a win to reach qualify from the super eight stage, England produced a lacklustre fielding performance as Sri Lanka compiled 169 for 6 from their 20 overs with Mahela Jayawardene tops scoring with 42.

But the holders never got going in reply, despite Samit Patel's 67 from 48 balls, with Lasith Malinga (5-31) tearing through England's top order taking three wickets in his first over, as they finished on 150 for 9 a; defeat which sees Sri Lanka reach the semi-final along with the West Indies, who defeated New Zealand earlier in the day.

Lasith Malinga
Malinga took five wickets as England crashed out with a whimper. Reuters

"Of course really disappoint and all the guys all tried really hard," he said.

"We have inexperienced side so we take away a lot from it. We learnt we need to keep wickets in at the top, we fell short there and we didn't get our death bowling quite right either.

"The surfaces have changed quite a bit and that dictates who you play but the guys have really enjoyed the experience. Losing three wickets in an over hurt us quite a bit, whenever a bowler takes a five-for they're going to come away with the win.

"Samit really showed what he can do today and he got us in a position to win the game, it's just a shame no one could stay with him.

Captain on the day Kumar Sangakkara said:"Well I was the official captain today. The guys played really well. Lasith is unbelievable, here with the new ball and with the old ball. It would be fantastic if we can win it but the focus is to keep our feet on the ground."

Following victory over New Zealand, England made three changes to their side, recalling Patel and Jade Dernbach, while Ravi Bopara made his first appearance of the tournament.

Wickets in consecutive balls from Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad had put the hosts on 126 for 5, but a late cameo from Thisara Perera (26 not out) ensured the home side were able to set a target of 170.

Early wickets had undermined England chases against West Indies and India, and even with a new opening pair in Alex Hales and Luke Wright, they couldn't change the tide.

Malinga took the scalps of both the opening pair and No.3 Jonny Bairstow in his first over as England capitulated to 18 for 3.

A brief fight back from Eoin Morgan(10) and Patel saw England rally, but a spate of wickets shared between Akila Dananjaya, Jeevan Mendis and Nuwan Kulasekara left the score at 93 for 7.

Patel and Swann put on a partnership of 51 for the eighth wicket but Malinga struck again, before Kulasekara bowled the latter to send England home and Sri Lanka bouncing into the knockout phase after three super eight stage wins.

Earlier, West Indies kept their nerve to beat New Zealand in a super over to reach the last four in thrilling style.

After being bowled out 139 with three balls to spare, New Zealand required 14 from the final over to claim a place in the last four.

However, despite Ross Taylor(62) hitting a six, the Kiwis could only level the scores, leading to a super over eliminator.

New Zealand made 17 with the bat, but Tim Southee's wayward over with the ball saw Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels take just five balls to secure the West Indies' place in the knockout stage and inflict a second super over defeat on their opponents.

Captain Taylor said: "We probably should have won it in normal time, but credit to West Indies. to score 18 of five balls is pretty awesome. When the first ball is a no ball that goes for six it ruins the over, that's cricket and we're going home now."