England beat Sri Lanka by 30 runs in T20I in Colombo
Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to field against England in the only T20I, at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo today.
England 187 - 8 (Jason Roy 69, Moeen Ali 27; Lasith Malinga 2-30, Amila Aponso 2-29)
Sri Lanka 157 (Thisara Perera 57 ; Adil Rashid 3-11 , Joe Denly 4-18)
Result England won by 30 runs
Jason Roy blasted 6x6s and 4x4s in his knock of 69 off 36 balls for England in their total of 187-8. However, he managed to run out skipper Eoin Morgan in a mix up and at one stage England looked in some trouble at 60-3. However, Roy, Ali, Stokes and Denly all played cameo innings to take England to 187-6, even though play was interrupted by rain. Lasith Malinga 2-30 and Amila Aponso 2-29 were the pick of the Sri Lanka bowlers.
In reply, Sri Lanka were undone by spin duo Adil Rashid 3-11 and Joe Denly 4-18, who returned to the England team after 8 years. Captain Thisara Perera top scored with 57 for Sri Lanka but for my money, Joe Denly had a storming match and will be in the mix for England in ‘white ball’ cricket for the foreseeable future.
Man of the Match – Joe Denly.
Sri Lanka - Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera(c), Isuru Udana, Kamindu Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Amila Aponso, Lakshan Sandakan
England - Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(wk), Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Joe Denly, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan
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