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Sri Lanka vs England - One-off T20I

Series: England in Sri Lanka, Only T20 International, 2018
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Date: 27 October 2018

Sri Lanka 157/10 (20.0 Ovs) RR: 7.85 | England beat Sri Lanka by 30 runs

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Normally, in today's age, one does not see one-match series between two top sides. But England and Sri Lanka perhaps had only that much time to squeeze in this match (or series). We now have a change of format, with the Test series coming up. It is a 3-match one, with the first game scheduled to begin in Galle, on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 1000 local (0430 GMT). It has been a tri-series so far, with the third team choosing the heavens as its modus operandi. Hopefully, it is a good contest. Do join us for that. Till then, ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious England captain, Eoin Morgan, believes that tonight he witnessed considerably improvement in every facet of the game. Is high of praise for his batting unit for keeping the run flow coming in spite of losing wickets. Is proud of his bowlers for doing well with the wet ball. Has an extra word of praise for Joe Denly, especially since he has come back to the national side after 9 years. On being asked about the decision to give him the new ball, Morgan says that he has been following Denly's progress in county cricket and hence the confidence. On England's overall progress, Eoin believes that he is currently leading one of the world's best sides at the moment, but would like to see more consistency. Asked about whether he gained anything substantially from this rain-hit series, Morgan believes that there are always things to learn and this series too, provided plenty of such learnings.

Sri Lankan captain, Thisara Perera, says that had Sri Lanka not lost early wickets, it would have been a different result. On the poor fielding (they dropped 4 catches), Thisara cites it down to weather conditions, though does not want to make it as an excuse. On being consumed by spin, a foxed Thisara reckons that Sri Lankan batsmen play spin the best but tonight it was not good at all. On pushing himself down the batting order, Perera says that he just pushed better batsmen at the top. Is confident that the Lankan side is going in the right direction.

JOE DENLY IS THE MAN OF THE MATCH. On being asked about how does it feel on having had to wait for 8 years to represent England, Denly says that it has indeed been a long time but he is proud of the moment, citing that there is nothing better than it. On his performance, he says that the surface was tricky but he somehow managed to get his shots away. On his bowling, he suggests that he had confidence in his leggies and just did routine stuff. On being asked about his chances to make it to the Test squad, a modest Denly says that his job is just to make the most of the opportunities he gets.

One wonders what would have happened had Jason Roy's chances been taken - even one of them. He was put down on 20 by Udana, then on 34 by Samarawickrama and finally on 41 by Shanaka, before being eventually dismissed for 69. Please stay tuned for the presentation.

Joe Denly was the surprise pick, with 4 wickets but the real star of the bowling was Adil Rashid, with a 3-fer. Jordan was economical, with 2 scalps. Sri Lanka, well, just tried to hit hard, had a few good shots but ended up missing more than hitting. Thisara Perera got a half century for the records.

Comfortable win for England. Jason Roy's 69 set things up, albeit he was dropped thrice while with the ball, the visitors were just too good. The yorkers found their mark while the slower ones foxed the batsmen.

19.6
0
Joe Denly to L Malinga, OUT! Bowled him! Sri Lanka get bowled out on the final ball. Tossed up, around middle, Malinga comes down the track and looks to slog but misses. Timber. ENGLAND WIN BY 30 RUNS!
19.5
1
Joe Denly to L Sandakan, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.

LAKSHAN SANDAKAN is the last man in.

19.4
0
Joe Denly to T Perera, OUT! Taken in the deep. A full toss, Thisara swings it high in the air towards deep mid-wicket. Jason Roy comes running in and takes a very good diving catch.
19.3
6
Joe Denly to T Perera, SIX! Full and on off, Perera swings it massively over long on!
19.2
0
Joe Denly to T Perera, Outside off, a slog and a miss.
19.1
0
Joe Denly to L Malinga, A length ball on the pads, Malinga looks to slog but misses. The ball goes off his pads towards short third man and the batsmen take a leg bye.

Joe Denly to bowl the final over.

18.6
6
Tom Curran to T Perera, SIX! THIRD T20I FIFTY! Something to cheer for the Lankans. Full and in the slot, Thisara slogs this over long on! 15 from the over, has not been Curran's night. 4-0-40-0 so far.
18.5
0
Tom Curran to T Perera, Full on middle, lofted towards long on. Starts to run, then goes back.
18.4
6
Tom Curran to T Perera, SIX! Not a bad shot. On the pads, Perera swings it into oblivion over square leg! 45 more needed from 8 balls.
18.3
2
Tom Curran to T Perera, Length ball, heaved towards mid-wicket. Chris Jordan does really well running to his left and keeping the ball in play. 2 runs taken.
18.2
0
Tom Curran to T Perera, Full and outside off, slapped towards long off. Does not run.

England are having issues with the ball. It has gone really wet and they are finding it difficult to grip. It is getting changed now.

18.1
1
Tom Curran to L Malinga, A length ball outside off, Malinga swings hard but gets an inside edge past the stumps. Buttler does well with a dive to his left. A single taken.
17.6
4
C Jordan to T Perera, FOUR! Good ball, but a terrific shot. A yorker outside off, Perera squeezes it behind point and finds the fence! Fantastic bowling from Jordan after being flown all the way from London for this one game - 4-0-29-2.
17.5
0
C Jordan to T Perera, Full on middle, pushed towards long on.
17.4
2
C Jordan to T Perera, Full and outside off, driven towards cover for a brace.
17.3
0
C Jordan to T Perera, Full and outside off, lofted straight to long off. On the bounce.
17.2
2
C Jordan to T Perera, Full and wide outside off, sliced over point for a couple.
17.1
1
C Jordan to L Malinga, Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
16.6
1
Tom Curran to L Malinga, Landed outside off, pushed through the covers for another single.
16.5
1
Tom Curran to T Perera, Full and outside off, driven towards long off for one more.
16.4
1
Tom Curran to L Malinga, A slower ball, on middle, Malinga is early into his slog and gets a top edge. Luckily for him, it does not carry to three mid-wicket fielders over there. Just one run.
16.3
1
Tom Curran to T Perera, A full toss again, Thisara swings but mistimes it over mid-wicket. Just a run.
16.2
1
Tom Curran to L Malinga, A full toss, a high one, pushed towards long on for a single.
16.1
1
Tom Curran to T Perera, Full and on off, slapped towards long on for a single.

Lasith Malinga comes in at number 10, replacing Aponso. Tom Curran comes on as well.

15.6
0
C Jordan to A Aponso, OUT! Bowled! Lock, stock and barrel! A terrific yorker from Jordan. Right at the base of the stumps and at a good pace too. Amila is very late in getting his bat down and the Zinc bails glow. So after that six, it has been 1, W, 0, W.
15.5
0
C Jordan to A Aponso, A yorker outside off, Amila looks to drive but misses.

Amila Aponso comes in at number 9, replacing Udana.

15.4
0
C Jordan to I Udana, OUT! Number 7 goes. Perera is fast running out of partners. Full and outside off, Udana looks to go over the top but all he manages to do is scoop a simple catch to Ben Stokes at mid off. 69 needed from 26 balls. How many of those can Thisara play and get?
15.3
1
C Jordan to T Perera, Low full toss outside off, pushed towards long off for a single.
15.2
6
C Jordan to T Perera, SIX! CREAMED! That has gone many a mile! A slower ball, short in length, just sits up and asks to be smashed. Thisara obliges and pulls it massively over mid-wicket!
15.1
1
C Jordan to I Udana, Full toss outside off, slapped through the covers for a single.
14.6
1
L Plunkett to I Udana, Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single. 15 from that over, but with the wicket of Shanaka as well.

Isuru Udana is the new man in.

14.5
0
L Plunkett to D Shanaka, OUT! Bowled! The slower delivery does the trick. It is pitched on a length and Shanaka swings months early in advance. He misses and the ball hits the timber. Possibly the last chance for Sri Lanka goes. Thisara is all alone now.
14.4
1
L Plunkett to T Perera, Goes for a hat-trick with another almighty heave but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
14.3
6
L Plunkett to T Perera, SIX! Two in two! A length ball, around off, Thisara just dismisses it out of his presence by swinging it over long on!
14.2
6
L Plunkett to T Perera, SIX! CRASH! A short ball, on middle and leg, Perera swings it over backward square leg for a biggie!
14.2
0
L Plunkett to T Perera, WIDE. Attempted slower bouncer, this one sails over his head.
14.1
0
L Plunkett to T Perera, A length ball outside off, a swing and a miss.
13.6
1
C Jordan to T Perera, On middle, pushed towards long on for a run.
13.5
0
C Jordan to T Perera, Huge LBW shout, but pitched outside leg. Thisara misses his swing and the ball goes off his pads towards third man. A couple of leg byes taken.
13.4
0
C Jordan to T Perera, Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
13.3
1
C Jordan to D Shanaka, On middle, Shanaka chips it towards long on for a single.
13.2
0
C Jordan to D Shanaka, The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
13.1
0
C Jordan to D Shanaka, Outside off, very full, Shanaka slashes but misses.

Chris Jordan is back on.

12.6
0
A Rashid to T Perera, Around off, watchfully defended.
12.5
0
A Rashid to D Shanaka, Ball hits the batsman low on the pads. The batsmen have run through for a single. Leg bye given by the umpire.
12.4
0
A Rashid to D Shanaka, Around off, watchfully defended.
12.3
0
A Rashid to D Shanaka, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
12.2
0
A Rashid to D Shanaka, Full and outside off, Shanaka looks to sweep but misses.
12.1
1
A Rashid to T Perera, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
11.6
6
M Ali to D Shanaka, SIX! CRACK! Full and outside off, Shanaka gets down and slogs it over mid-wicket for a maximum!
11.5
1
M Ali to T Perera, On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for one.
11.4
1
M Ali to D Shanaka, Full and outside off, swept through square leg for a run.
11.3
1
M Ali to T Perera, A short ball, pulled towards long on for a single.
11.2
1
M Ali to D Shanaka, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. One run added to the total.
11.1
1
M Ali to T Perera, A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
10.6
1
A Rashid to T Perera, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
10.5
1
A Rashid to D Shanaka, Full on middle, driven through mid on for a single.
10.4
0
A Rashid to D Shanaka, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

Dasun Shanaka time.

10.3
0
A Rashid to de Silva, OUT! LBW! Second wicket in the over! Rashid is rocking the Lankans. Full on middle, de Silva comes down the track and looks to flick but misses. He is hit on the pads and Rashid appeals but the umpire does not give it. Buttler, Morgan and Rashid have a chat and then take the review. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be hitting the stumps!

Review time! England reckon that they have Dhananjaya de Silva plumb in front. He has not been given out LBW and it has been referred upstairs...

10.2
0
A Rashid to de Silva, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

Thisara Perera walks in at number 6, replacing Kamindu Mendis.

10.1
0
A Rashid to K Mendis, OUT! Gone this time! Full and outside off, Mendis looks to play the slog sweep but finds Alex Hales at deep square leg to perfection! The kid was looking so good...
9.6
1
M Ali to K Mendis, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
9.5
4
M Ali to K Mendis, FOUR! Great shot! This lad is oozing confidence. Full and outside off, Mendis brings out the reverse sweep and gets it over short third man for a boundary!
9.4
1
M Ali to de Silva, Short ball, pulled straight to deep mid-wicket but oh dear... ALEX HALES HAS LOST IT IN THE LIGHTS! He simply does not move and collects the ball at the last moment, on the bounce. A single taken.
9.3
0
M Ali to de Silva, Around off, watchfully defended.
9.2
1
M Ali to K Mendis, Jumps out and hits it towards long off for a single.
9.1
6
M Ali to K Mendis, SIX! Terrific shot! Fuller on middle, Kamindu comes down the track and sends it sailing over long on!
8.6
1
A Rashid to K Mendis, The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and connects. One run added to the total.
8.5
1
A Rashid to de Silva, Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
8.4
0
A Rashid to de Silva, Fired on the pads, a googly, Dhananjaya misses his flick and is hit. Rashid appeals for LBW but in reality, he distracts the batsmen. Kamindu slips and there is a chance of a run out but luckily for Sri Lanka, even the fielders are distracted by that LBW appeal and do not look at the ball.
8.3
2
A Rashid to de Silva, Short and outside off, cut through point for a couple.
8.2
0
A Rashid to de Silva, Fuller and around off, well defended.
8.1
1
A Rashid to K Mendis, Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
7.6
1
L Plunkett to K Mendis, Short ball, pulled away through mid-wicket for a run.
7.5
4
L Plunkett to K Mendis, FOUR! Great shot! A length ball, outside off, Kamindu walks down the track and lofts it inside out over cover for a boundary!
7.4
0
L Plunkett to K Mendis, Full and outside off, driven straight to point.
7.3
4
L Plunkett to K Mendis, FOUR! Powerful flick! The ball was on the pads and Mendis just flicked it casually over mid-wicket! The timing was exquisite and the ball raced to the fence.
7.2
0
L Plunkett to K Mendis, A length ball outside off, Kamindu slashes hard but misses.
7.1
0
L Plunkett to K Mendis, A bouncer to the southpaw, Mendis ducks.

Here's Plunkett.

6.6
1
A Rashid to K Mendis, Full on middle, pushed towards mid on for a quick run.

Debutant Kamindu Mendis comes out to bat.

6.5
0
A Rashid to D Chandimal, OUT! Chandimal departs! Big, big wicket! Full and outside leg, Chandimal brings out his reverse sweep and looks to hit it really hard. However, he finds Alex Hales to perfection at deep point! Could not have picked out the man any better.
6.4
0
A Rashid to D Chandimal, The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
6.3
1
A Rashid to de Silva, Comes down the track and drives it towards long on for a run.
6.2
0
A Rashid to de Silva, Short and outside off, Dhananjaya looks to cut but gets a bottom edge.
6.1
1
A Rashid to D Chandimal, Straightaway Chandimal uses his feet and dances down the track. Drives it towards long on for a single.

Adil Rashid introduced.

5.6
1
C Jordan to D Chandimal, Slower ball on middle, Chandimal pushes it towards cover and gets to the other end. 10 from the over and Sri Lanka are 47 for 2 after it.
5.5
1
C Jordan to de Silva, Slightly shorter in length outside off, Dhananjaya guides it down to third man and gets to the other end.
5.4
4
C Jordan to de Silva, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! That must have slipped out of his hands. A slower ball but it is a full toss on the pads, Dhananjaya flicks it fine down the leg side and a boundary results.
5.3
4
C Jordan to de Silva, TOP EDGE AND FOUR! Not sure this is a smart delivery with fine leg up. Short and on the body. Dhananjaya goes for the pull but gets a top edge over the short fine leg fielder and into the fence.
5.2
0
C Jordan to de Silva, This is right off the middle but straight to the fielder. De Silva makes room and gets a short ball. He slaps it towards covers.
5.1
0
C Jordan to de Silva, Hits the length hard around off, Dhananjaya keeps it out off the back foot. A dot to begin the last over of the Powerplay.

Chris Jordan is into the attack.

4.6
0
Joe Denly to D Chandimal, Two dots to end as this one is defended.
4.5
0
Joe Denly to D Chandimal, Pushed back to the bowler.
4.4
1
Joe Denly to de Silva, Dhananjaya now eases it towards mid on for a run.
4.3
1
Joe Denly to D Chandimal, Flatter and on the pads, Chandimal tries to flick but misses. The ball hits him on the pads and goes towards short third man. A leg bye taken.
4.2
4
Joe Denly to D Chandimal, FOUR! Chandimal is on a roll here! Full and on the pads, Chandimal whips it through mid-wicket and the ball races away.
4.1
1
Joe Denly to de Silva, Sri Lanka are struggling against the leg spinner. Dhananjaya gets down the wicket but mistimes his shot towards mid on. A run taken.
3.6
4
Tom Curran to D Chandimal, FOUR! SMASHED! Third boundar of the over! Slower ball and it sits up to be hit. Chandimal waits and hits it hard over the bowler's head and into the fence. 14 from the over.
3.5
4
Tom Curran to D Chandimal, FOUR! Slower ball and it has been picked! Chandimal hits it over the mid-wicket fielder and the ball races to the fence. Second boundary in the over. They need to keep going.
3.4
0
Tom Curran to D Chandimal, Fuller in length on middle, Chandimal finds the man at mid on.
3.3
4
Tom Curran to D Chandimal, FOUR! A much-needed one! Chandimal made room for himself and then cut it through cover-point and the ball races away. It was not a bad delivery but Chandimal by moving away, created that width.
3.2
1
Tom Curran to de Silva, Back of a length outside off, DdS guides it through backward point for a couple.
3.1
0
Tom Curran to D Chandimal, A huge appeal but it has been turned down. On the pads, Chandimal tries to flick but misses. The ball rolls towards third man and the batsmen take a leg bye. Missing leg.
2.6
0
Joe Denly to de Silva, Flatter on off, de Silva keeps it out. So Denly's figures read 2-0-5-2.

Dhananjaya de Silva is the new man in.

2.5
0
Joe Denly to N Dickwella, OUT! Denly gets another one! Dickwella walks back cheaply and Sri Lanka in big trouble here. What a job Joe is doing for his side. He tosses this up around off, Niroshan dances down the track and tries to hit it through the off side. He misses and the ball hits the off pole. Denly is ecstatic and why not? He is amidst a wonderful spell. 172 more needed.
2.4
1
Joe Denly to D Chandimal, Gives it air again, Chandimal goes for the slog but the ball goes off the inner half through mid-wicket for a run.
2.3
0
Joe Denly to D Chandimal, Gives it air on middle, the batsman times it towards covers.
2.2
0
Joe Denly to N Dickwella, And once again Dickwella misses the sweep and Buttler fails to collect. This time though he does get a glove to it. So only a bye.
2.1
1
Joe Denly to D Chandimal, Down the leg side, Chandimal flicks it towards short fine leg for a run.
1.6
1
Tom Curran to D Chandimal, Down the leg side, helped fine for a run.
1.5
0
Tom Curran to D Chandimal, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
1.4
0
Tom Curran to D Chandimal, Around off, defended from the crease.
1.3
4
Tom Curran to D Chandimal, NOT OUT AND WHAT'S MORE, IT IS FOUR OVERTHROWS! Outside off, Chandimal pushes it towards short mid-wicket. He wants a single but then sends Dickwella back. He dives in but the bowler's throw hits the stumps. It is referred upstairs and replays show that the dive has saved him while the ball has deflected off the stumps towards the long off fence!

Is that a run out? Dickwella seems to have been caught napping with a dive. He was called for a single but sent back.

1.2
1
Tom Curran to N Dickwella, A short ball outside off, Dickwella looks to pull but the ball goes off the inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls away to the off side and the batsmen take a run.
1.1
0
Tom Curran to N Dickwella, SAFE! Short ball, Dickwella pulls it towards square leg. Alex Hales claims the catch but it is referred upstairs. Replays show that it is bounced.

Dinesh Chandimal walks in at number 3, replacing Mendis.

0.6
0
Joe Denly to K Mendis, OUT! BOWLED! Would you believe it? Denly has struck. Fuller and in line of the stumps, Mendis looks to slog but misses and his furniture has been disturbed!
0.5
0
Joe Denly to K Mendis, Fuller length outside off, watchfully defended.
0.4
1
Joe Denly to N Dickwella, Works it with the turn through mid-wicket for a single.
0.3
0
Joe Denly to N Dickwella, FOUR BYES! Tossed up outside off, Dickwella goes for the sweep but misse. The keeper too fails to collect it and it races to the third man fence.
0.2
1
Joe Denly to K Mendis, Flatter on the pads, the batter tucks it around the corner for a run.
0.1
1
Joe Denly to N Dickwella, Starts off with a full toss and Mendis hits it down to wide long on for a run.

We are back for the chase. Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis open the innings, while Joe Denly takes the ball first up. Here we go...