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England too strong for Sri Lanka in T20

England too strong for Sri Lanka in T20

England contain claimed a second successive T20 victory over Sri Lanka, winning their rain-interrupted international by five wickets in Cardiff.

The hosts restricted the traffic to 7-111 before making 5-108 in 16.1 overs to win the contest under the Duckworth-Lewis manner.

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A day earlier, Sri Lanka managed 7-129 with England winning comfortable with Jos Buttler – absent on Thursday with a calf strain – scoring an unbeaten 68.

They had to work more difficult in their plod 24 hours later as early wickets slowed them down, nonetheless the victory used to be by no technique critically in doubt even before the rain came.

Sri Lanka opted to bat first again nonetheless struggled to find any kind of momentum as their first boundary did no longer come until the eighth over.

Kusal Mendis top-scored with 39 off 39 balls whereas paceman Label Wooden took 2-18 in his four overs to be the win of a consistently moral attack.

England in acknowledge had been 2-8 in the third over before losing captain Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy to be 4-36 in the seventh, and with light rain falling Sri Lanka had a peek of victory.

However England bat deep and Liam Livingstone and Sam Billings steadied the ship with low-menace shot replacement and lovely running.

That partnership took England to 4-69 after 12 overs, before a rain rupture reduced their goal to 103. Billings went for 24 nonetheless Livingstone ended unbeaten on 29 alongside Sam Curran, who hit the final ball for six to attain 16 no longer out.

The teams meet again in the third and final T20 at Southampton on Saturday.

Participant of the match Livingstone told Sky Sports: “When I went in, me and Sam acknowledged let’s hit it exhausting. It used to be good to bat with someone esteem Sam, I even contain achieved before, and find a partnership going.

“I’m gentle learning, nonetheless finally batting at six your job is to find the employees house.

“I device no longer inspect it as having to win my likelihood. I esteem coming into this atmosphere, it is one which suits me in reality smartly. I esteem playing with freedom and Morgs (Morgan) affords us the freedom to device that. I device no longer inspect it as strain, I device no longer inspect it that technique.”

England too strong for Sri Lanka in T20