England was able to win the one-off T20I against Sri Lanka by 30 runs. Sri Lanka’s skipper Thisara Perera won the toss and decided to bowl first. Batting first, the visitors were able to post an above par score of 187 runs. England’s opener Jason Roy scored a fine knock of 69 runs off just 36 balls to give a perfect start to his team. The right-hander scored four boundaries and a half-a-dozen sixes in blistering knock.
The finishing touches to England’s batting innings were provided by their talisman all-rounder Moeen Ali. The southpaw batsman scored a quickfire 11-ball 27 which included three maximums and one four. Joe Denly also chipped in with a handy knock of 20 runs off 17 balls.
Meanwhile, Lasith Malinga continues his good form going. The premier fast bowler has had a fine return to the game and scalped two wickets for 30 runs. In fact, Malinga had a bad start as he gave away 16 runs in his first over. However, he came back in style to concede only 14 in the remaining three and also took two wickets.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka could not deliver the goods with the bat. The hosts kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were always behind the eight ball. They were tottering at 77-5, however, their skipper Thisara Perera played a blistering knock of 57 runs off just 31 balls to save some pride. The southpaw batsman scored six maximums in his quickfire knock.
Meanwhile, England’s off-spinner Joe Denly had a perfect match. After scoring valuable 20 runs, Denly scalped four wickets in his bag. Furthermore, he gave away only 19 runs in his four overs quota. Thus, he was awarded the Man of the match award.
England’s leg-spinner Adil Rashid also hunted down the Sri Lankan batsmen. Adil took three wickets and gave away only 11 runs in his allotted overs.
Meanwhile, the first Test match between the two sides will take at Galle from November 6.