Sri Lanka rout England by 9 wickets in lone T20

Published: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 9:21 [IST]
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SL rout Eng by 9 wickets in lone T20

Bristol, June 26: In contrast to their dull performance in the recent Test series against hosts England, Sri Lanka put on a dazzling display of cricket to win the lone Twenty20 International of their tour. Chasing 136/9, the visitors eased home by 9 wickets with 16 balls to spare as Mahela Jayawardene (72 off 57 balls) and Kumar Sangakkara (43 off 39 balls) put on an unbroken stand of 97 runs for the second wicket. Meanwhile, all the England bowlers struggled for impact with only new-comer Jade Dernbach taking a wicket.

Sri Lanka began their chase on a confident note with Jayawardene smacking Chris Woakes for a boundary in the first over and Jade Dernbach, for another four in the second. Then in the third over, Jayawardene laid into Woakes, taking him for two fours and a six as Lanka's score moved onto 31/0 in 3 overs.

The other opener Sanath Jayasuriya, dispatched Stuart Broad to the boundary, before hitting Dernbach straight to Kevin Pietersen at mid-off. The batsman was out for 8 off 8 balls and Lanka were 40/1 in 4 overs.

With Kumar Sangakkara for company, Jaywardene slapped Broad for a boundary to bring up Lanka's 50 in just the 6th over. The batting duo motored along and in the 9th over, Sangakkara hammered Patel for two fours as Sri Lanka moved onto 77/1 in 9 overs.

Then at the end of the 13th over, Sangakkara ran a double off Dernbach as the visitors went past 100. With 36 require of 42 balls for victory at that stage, Jayawardene and Sangakkara kept moving along steadily till in the 18th over, the former hit the winning boundary.

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