England vanquish Sri Lanka in solitary T20I

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England continued their dominance over Sri Lanka in white-ball cricket with an emphatic 30-run victory over the Islanders in the only T20I between the two sides in Colombo. "But that was the most important thing in today's game also", said Thisara.

JOE DENLY took an wonderful four wickets as he enjoyed a dream England comeback.

England might still have struggled without Jason Roy's 69 - a devil-may-care knock that included six sixes, four fours, four dropped catches and all the fun of the fair.

Sri Lanka made a awful 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.

Captain Thisara Perera tried to revive his side with 57 off 31 balls, including six sixes, but defeat was certain by the time he clobbered a Denly full toss to midwicket in the 20th over.

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Roy advised Hales not to go for a review but it was a mistake - ball-tracking showed the ball missing leg stump. Fourth ball, another top edge, this one to Dasun Shanaka at long-off. In the fifth ODI they succeeded in taking more runs off legspinner Adil Rashid than they previously had in the series.

After a thrashing in the ODI series, Sri Lanka had some momentum coming into this one-off fixture in Colombo, given that they had won the dead-rubber final ODI by over 200 runs. He is set to play a central role in a three-match Test series played on turning pitches and Denly's chances of joining him and Moeen Ali in a three-man spin attack just rose sharply.

He then picked up the other opener Niroshan Dickwella in his next over. They will hope that Kusal Mendis' return to form and a bold, watch-winning innings from skipper Dinesh Chandimal has sparked a revival of limited-overs form. Ben Foakes is considered to be the best gloveman in England, in the county circuit and he is likely to play the first two warm-up matches.

Remember, he was only summoned into the white ball squad when Hampshire all-rounder Liam Dawson was forced home with a side strain.

England's Joe Denly, left, reacts after dismissing Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella, right, during the Twenty20 worldwide cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. These are the second most successive matches any player has in global cricket.

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