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As it happened: England vs Sri Lanka, World Twenty20

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As it happened: England vs Sri Lanka, World Twenty20

Chasing 190 to win, Alex Hales scored a brilliant 116 and shared a record 152-run stand with Eoin Morgan to power England to a six wicket win over Sri Lanka.

England: Michael Lumb, Alex Hales, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Ravi Bopara, Chris Jordan, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad (c), James Tredwell, Jade Dernbach.

Sri Lanka: Kushal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga.

Their campaign opener against New Zealand spoilt by rain, 2010 champions England face a difficult task of taming table-toppers Sri Lanka to keep their semi-final hopes alive in the ICC World Twenty20.

Dinesh Chandimal's men notched up convincing victories against the Netherlands and South Africa in their last two matches to sit at the top of the table with four points and they would look for an encore against England.

Commentary (England 1st Innings)

Alex Hales is the unanimous choice for the Man of the Match award! Says that this was a very important game for them. He feels that the wicket was beautiful and praises Morgan for his knock. That's all we have from this match. We look forward to your company tomorrow for another double-header. Cheers!!

Phew! That was one Hales of a knock! England were after a mammoth total and were pegged back very early in the chase with a couple of quick wickets. But from there on, the pair of Hales and Morgan bailed them out with an outstanding 152-run stand and brought the run chase back on track. The Sri Lankan bowling was on the mark initially but then looked hapless against the onslaught in the end overs. Alex Hales, in particular, batted amazingly well for his century and impressed one and all with his extraordinary hitting. England are now off the mark in the tournament and will look to continue with the same momentum!

19.2 A Mathews to A Hales, SIX! Waaaallllooopppp!!! Hales gets one in his zone and clobbers it high and handsome over mid-wicket for half-a-dozen of runs. England win by 6 wickets! Celebrations all around in the English camp! This is their highest successful run chase in T20Is. 190/4

19.1 A Mathews to R Bopara, Slower length ball on off, Bopara walks down the track to work it across the line but it comes off the inside edge and rolls to short fine leg for a run. 184/4

Angelo Mathews to bowl the pressure over. 7 needed off 6!

18.6 N Kulasekara to A Hales, Dot ball. A yorker outside off, Hales tries to push and run but fails to make any connection. 183/4

18.5 N Kulasekara to R Bopara, Knocks a full ball down to long on for one. 7 needed off 7! 183/4

18.4 N Kulasekara to A Hales, Drills a full ball to mid off for one. 182/4

18.3 N Kulasekara to A Hales, SIX! Gigantic hit! Length delivery on middle, Hales remains on the back foot and gives it the full whack of his bat. Makes sweet connection and sends it miles over mid-wicket. 181/4

Maiden T20I hundred for Alex Hales!

18.2 N Kulasekara to A Hales, SIX! What a way to reach the milestone! Full length delivery outside off, Hales climbs onto it and powers it over covers for a biggie. He jumps in joy and receive good warm applause from the crowd. 175/4

18.1 N Kulasekara to A Hales, Full on off, driven through covers for a couple. There was a direct hit at the striker's end but Hales was well in. 169/4

17.6 L Malinga to A Hales, Misses the yorker and bowls a full toss on the pads, Hales flicks it down to deep mid-wicket for a run. 167/4

17.5 L Malinga to A Hales, Full and on off, driven straight to extra cover. 166/4

17.5 L Malinga to A Hales, Wide! Full and down the leg side, the batsman fails to flick it. Sangakkara puts in a lone appeal, his customary but to no avail. 166/4

17.4 L Malinga to R Bopara, Very full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for one. 165/4

17.3 L Malinga to R Bopara, How did that miss the off stump? Malinga delivers a peach of a delivery, lovely full ball on off, swinging in the air, Bopara fails to keep it away and the ball screams past the off stump. 164/4

17.2 L Malinga to R Bopara, FOUR! Another cheeky boundary for England! Malinga bowls a yorker wide outside off, Bopara once again smartly dabs it down to third man. 164/4

17.1 L Malinga to R Bopara, FOUR! Beautifully played! Malinga slips in a low full toss outside off, Bopara remains on the back foot and at the last moment runs it down to third man. 30 needed off 17! 160/4

Malinga to bowl out here...

Ravi Bopara strides out in the middle.

16.6 N Kulasekara to Jos Buttler, OUT! The extra ball earns him a wicket! A good length delivery on off, Buttler tries to go big over covers but fails to get any timing behind it. The ball spoons in the air and Chandimal takes the catch safely at extra cover. 156/4

16.6 N Kulasekara to Jos Buttler, Wide! An attempted bouncer but it goes well over the head of the batsman. 156/3

16.5 N Kulasekara to Jos Buttler, Fullish on off, driven to covers for a single. An unnecessary shy at the bowler's end by Kusal, Kulasekara fails to collect and they cross for an extra run. 155/3

16.4 N Kulasekara to Jos Buttler, Length delivery outside off, pushed to covers where Chandimal made a diving stop. 153/3

16.3 N Kulasekara to A Hales, Taps it down with soft hands for a quick single. 153/3

Jos Buttler walks in next.

16.2 N Kulasekara to E Morgan, OUT! Morgan holes out! Is this the game changing moment? Kulasekara bowls it full and on middle and leg, Morgan tries to clear long on with his big shot but finds Mathews in the deep. End of a wonderful partnership! 38 needed off 22 balls! 152/3

16.1 N Kulasekara to A Hales, Short around off, dragged down to long on, one bounce to the fielder, a run taken. 152/2

Nuwan Kulasekara comes back into the attack.

15.6 L Malinga to A Hales, Digs out a yorker to mid-wicket and retains strike. 151/2

15.6 L Malinga to A Hales, No ball called for high full toss! Down the leg side, Hales ducks and then flashes a smile. 150/2

15.5 L Malinga to A Hales, FOUR! The outfield is lightening quick! Malinga delivers a very full ball on middle, Hales just takes his front leg out and whips it through mid-wicket. Moves into the 90s! 149/2

15.4 L Malinga to A Hales, Full around off, Hales hits it firmly through the line but finds Chandimal at extra cover. DOT BALL! 145/2

15.3 L Malinga to E Morgan, Another full one, squeezed down to long on for a single. 145/2

15.2 L Malinga to A Hales, Too full in length on off, Hales drives it through covers and rotates the strike. Sensible batting from the current pair. They should see off Malinga with minimum of risk! 144/2

15.1 L Malinga to E Morgan, Finds the yorker straightaway, Morgan keeps it out to covers for a single. 143/2

Lasith Malinga is back on. Crucial phase of the game!

14.6 A Mendis to A Hales, FOUR! Hales motoring! A full ball he gets outside off and drills it through extra cover for a powerful boundary. 25 runs off the over, 48 needed off 30! 142/2

14.5 A Mendis to A Hales, SIX! Another biggie, this one was flat! Flighted ball on middle, Hales sits down on one knee and rockets it over mid-wicket. 138/2

14.4 A Mendis to A Hales, SIX! High and handsome! This is extraordinary hitting by Hales! Mendis drops his length short after seeing the batsman coming down the track and Hales makes quick adjustment. He gets hold of his pull shot and smokes it over mid-wicket. 132/2

14.3 A Mendis to A Hales, Goes down on one knee and sweeps it through square leg for a couple. 126/2

14.2 A Mendis to A Hales, SIX! Floated full ball on middle, Hales swings his blade across the line and clears the deep mid-wicket fence with ease. 124/2

14.1 A Mendis to E Morgan, Short on middle, Morgan comes down the track and pulls it over mid-wicket for a single. 118/2

13.6 S Senanayake to A Hales, Advances down the track and forces it to wide long on for a couple. 117/2

13.5 S Senanayake to E Morgan, The batsman plays a sweep shot. They pick up a single. 115/2

13.4 S Senanayake to A Hales, Tries to flick it across the line but gets a leading edge. The ball goes through covers for one. 114/2

13.3 S Senanayake to A Hales, Skidding down the leg side, Hales fails to flick it off his pads. 113/2

13.2 S Senanayake to E Morgan, Quicker delivery on middle, Morgan taps it to the off side for one. 113/2

13.1 S Senanayake to E Morgan, FOUR! Fifth T20I fifty for Morgan! Tossed up delivery on middle, Morgan unveils a well timed reverse sweep for a boundary at deep point. 112/2

Jayawardene is off the field to receive some treatment. Thirimanne takes his place.

12.6 T Perera to A Hales, DROPPED BY MAHELA AND IT'S FOUR! Slower length ball on middle, Hales heaves it across the line over square leg and it goes on the full to Jayawardene at deep square leg. He overruns a bit and hence fails to hold on to the catch. It bursts through his palms and meets the fence. Jayawardene has hurt his fingers. 108/2

12.5 T Perera to A Hales, FOUR! Full toss outside off at 136 kph, Hales climbs onto it and hammers it through covers for a crunching boundary. 104/2

100-run stand between Morgan and Hales.

12.4 T Perera to E Morgan, Keeps the yorker out and crosses for a single. 100/2

12.3 T Perera to E Morgan, Drives a full ball through the line but finds the cover fielder. 99/2

12.2 T Perera to A Hales, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 99/2

Seventh T20I fifty for Hales!

12.1 T Perera to A Hales, FOUR! Uppish and just wide of the third man fielder. Short of a length ball outside off, Hales whacks it over point and the third man fielder moves quickly to his right. Dives but fails to reach the ball as it goes beyond the ropes. 98/2

Thisara Perera into the attack.

11.6 S Senanayake to E Morgan, FOUR! Senanayake bowls it slowly through the air and gives it some extra flight. It's bit short in length, Morgan camps back and smashes it through covers. 94/2

11.5 S Senanayake to A Hales, Tossed up delivery on off, Hales skips down and punches it through covers for a single. 90/2

11.4 S Senanayake to E Morgan, Quicker delivery, full on middle, skidding on, Morgan pats it down to covers for one. 89/2

11.3 S Senanayake to A Hales, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total. 88/2

11.2 S Senanayake to E Morgan, Walks down the track is deceived in flight a bit but adjusts well to play it through the gap at covers for a run. 87/2

11.1 S Senanayake to A Hales, Off-spinner on off, Hales walks across and clips it through mid-wicket for a run. 86/2

10.6 A Mendis to E Morgan, FOUR! Morgan on the charge! Short and wide outside off, Morgan latches onto it and slaps it over cover-point for a boundary. 85/2

10.5 A Mendis to A Hales, Carrom ball on off, Hales walks across the stumps and pushes it to wide of short third man for one. 81/2

10.4 A Mendis to E Morgan, Flatter full ball on off, Morgan hops back and hits it to covers for a quick single. 80/2

10.3 A Mendis to E Morgan, SIX! Effortless! Floated full delivery outside off, Morgan makes room and launches it inside-out over covers for a maximum. 79/2

10.2 A Mendis to A Hales, Carrom ball, on middle and leg, Hales flicks it through square leg for a run. 73/2

10.1 A Mendis to A Hales, Little short in length on middle, punched to mid-wicket. 72/2

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