England 187 for 8 (Roy 69, Aponso 2-29) won Sri Lanka 157 (Thisara 57, Denly 4-19, Rashid 3-11) for 30 races
Card field and ball-by-ball details
Jason Roy – fell three times – defeated 69 of 36, Moeen Ali defeated 27 of 11 while the lower middle order recovered, and England took a leap and started at 187 by 8 , what to prove 30 too much for Sri Lanka.
The objective was imposed enough by itself, with only a larger total that had been pursued successfully in Khettarama. But when Joe Denly, who played in his first international game in England in almost nine years, eliminated both Sri Lankan starters with his leg loop practically without turning, the search for Sri Lanka was seriously threatened. England's other favorite – the main one – Adil Rashid then claimed three windows through the middle survivals to essentially seal his team's victory.
Among them, Rashid and Denly represented the top five in Sri Lanka, and they had them far behind the interest rate. The captain of Sri Lanka, Thisara Perera, closed his way to 57 of 31 balls for the rest of the innings, but his team had lost too much ground to make even the innings were significant. The hosts eventually surrendered to 157 for all by the end of 20.
England, and Roy in particular, made their intentions felt from the start. Running across the field towards Lasith Malinga, Roy knocked him down for six seconds, before looking at the fourth ball towards the limit of the fine leg for four. Sri Lanka tried to point to Roy with the twist of Amila Aponso's left arm, perhaps from the theory that he was susceptible to that form of bowling at the beginning of his innings. It did not work: Roy hit two goals of the first two Aponso balls.
Roulette would have more luck at the other end, however, in firing Roy's opening mate, Jos Buttler, and Alex Hales in space. of four balls. That caused a brief respite from Roy's onslaught, a period of around four in which he did not reach a limit. However, the great successes would resume soon.
The ninth final, knocked down by Lakshan Sandakan, was the most hectic of the innings, and perhaps the definitive one of the game. By hitting in the moment with 34 of 25 balls, Roy overcame the second ball and sent a sweeping blow miscued high to deep midwicket. But the substitute outfielder, Sadeera Samarawickrama, spilled the direct opportunity, after which Roy nailed a sweep into the western outpost. Fourth ball, another top edge, this to Dasun Shanaka on the field. That was also grass. The last ball, Sandakan should have also had Ben Stokes, but only for the referee to deny it, and his teammates refused the review.
Roy, who was knocked down again in the next round, knocked down 34 runs. Balls after their first postponement. Stokes added 24 of his following 21. Between these two innings and that of Moeen, who hit three six and four of his first 10 balls despite having arrived in the 12th with four already fallen windows, England reached its total discouragement.
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