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England beat Sri Lanka by 30 runs in T20I in Colombo

Adil Rashid 3-11 for England today

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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