Hello and welcome to the live updates of the one-off Twenty20 International between England and Sri Lanka at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. This is the last opportunity for the visitors to end their winless streak against England on this tour. Having lost their three-match Test series 2-0, they lost the five-match One-Day International series 3-0.
Sri Lanka (From): Dinesh Chandimal(w), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews(c), Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Chaminda Bandara, Farveez Maharoof, Seekkuge Prasanna, Suraj Randiv, Upul Tharanga
England (From): Jason Roy, James Vince, Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Adil Rashid, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jonny Bairstow, David Willey, Tymal Mills, Liam Dawson, Dawid Malan
Liam Plunkett has struck early as England have taken command early on in the match. They could've had Sri Lanka on the backfoot when Danushka Gunathilaka was short of his crease when a direct throw was made. However, the England fielders didn't appeal, allowing the Sri Lankan opener to continue playing
Just to let you guys know, earlier in the day, England women's team registered a comfortable 35-run win against Pakistan in the second Twenty20 International in Southampton. In case you missed the contest, here is the scorecard of the clash.
News coming in is that Tymal Mills and Liam Dawson are all set to make their T20I debut.
Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka skipper, won the toss and elected to bat. The Sri Lankan side wears a similar look to the side that was fielded during the One-Day International series. But Kusal Mendis, Ramith Rambukwella, Nuwan Pradeep and Chaminda Bandara will be making their T20I debuts. For England, it will be playing Liam Dawson and Tymal Mills playing their maiden T20Is.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal(w), Angelo Mathews(c), Dasun Shanaka, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ramith Rambukwella, Farveez Maharoof, Nuwan Pradeep, Chaminda Bandara
England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Sam Billings, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills
Here are some numbers, our statsman Deepu Narayanan has to share
Most T20Is missed bw 2 appearances:
74 Liam Plunkett
72 FARVEEZ MAHAROOF *
57 Mohammad Amir
54 Anwar Ali
51 Brad Hodge/ Adil Rashid
49 Khalid Latif
England batsmen seem to be in self-destruct mode. Chasing a relatively easy target, they are taking unnecessary risks in order to take the attack to the Sri Lankan batsmen. Jos Buttler, in specific, has been scratchy.
The second wicket partnership between Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka had got Sri Lanka off to a good start. However, debutante Liam Dawson's double strike has left half their side back in the pavillion. Adil Rashid, from the other side isn't allowing the batsmen to score freely.
Morgan has sustained an injury on his finger, after hurting himself while taking the catch of Dinesh Chandimal. Jos Buttler is leading the side on the field for the last two overs. Sri Lanka's performance hasn't been up to the mark. None of the batsmen has played a big innings. The lower order is going along slowly.
On a ground where the average first innings score is 196, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 140, well below par. All the bowlers were pretty economical for England. The two debutantes - Liam Dawson and Tymal Mills being the most impressive of the lot. While the former scalped three wickets, the latter finished with bowling figures of 4-0-22-0. Mills didn't get a wicket, but he would be happy with his efforts.
Sri Lanka have struck early as Jason Roy gets himself castled in an attempt to play a fancy scoop shot behind the wicket. He exposes his stumps and Angelo Mathews hits it.
Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler have done well to consolidate England's chase and put them in a commanding position. It was further helped by Sri Lanka dropping a couple of catches. As of now the hosts are cruising comfortably
Eoin Morgan ended Sri Lanka's misery on the tour with a six over the deep mid-wicket region to help England win the only T20 International by eight wickets and 15 balls to spare. With this loss, Sri Lanka have remained winless against England on the tour.