England easily beat Sri Lanka in one-off T20


Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (w), Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan (c), Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Olly Stone, Mark Wood.

The England squad have been urged to exercise caution following a change in the political situation in Sri Lanka. Only Zimbabwe (18) at Harare have lost more T20I games at a venue.

Sri Lanka's batsmen also failed to read much of Rashid's bowling, with his four overs of leg-spin costing just 11 runs for three wickets. The right-hander scored four boundaries and a half-a-dozen sixes in blistering knock.

Sri Lanka made a terrible start to their reply with both opening batsmen, Niroshan Dickwella (3) and Kusal Mendis (1), bowled by Denly inside the first three overs to leave the home side 16-2.

The 31-year-old, omitted over fitness concerns according to Sri Lanka officials, criticised the country's cricket board for being made a "scapegoat" after his sacking as skipper, which followed the team's dismal performance at the Asia Cup. Roy showed his intent smashing the second ball off Lasith Malinga for six. Roy was spilled in the deep three times, and the first two chances off the bowling of Lakshan Sandakan were particularly straightforward. In the fifth ODI they succeeded in taking more runs off legspinner Adil Rashid than they previously had in the series.

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England defeated Sri Lanka by 30 runs in their one-off Twenty20 worldwide in Colombo on Saturday. Between these two innings and that of Moeen, who struck three sixes and a four off his first 10 balls despite having arrived in the 12th over with four wickets already down, England were powered to their daunting total.

Denly, 32, made 14 one-day appearances for England nearly a decade ago but never featured in a Test match.

Denly returned for the final over the match and, with the result in hand, he picked off Thisara Perera and Malinga to end his day in delight. Niroshan Dickwella, who is perhaps the form batsman of this top order, was out in nearly identical fashion in Denly's next over.

England's Joe Denly, left, reacts after dismissing Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella, right, during the Twenty20 global cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. For now, his batting appears his foremost cricketing talent, even if the uniqueness of his bowling will command more headlines.