Jos Buttler hits fifty as England hammer Sri Lanka in the T20 series opener Cricket News

Jos Buttler (68no off 55) hits his 13th T20 fifty as England chase 130 down to beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the first T20I; Watch the second match in the series, live on Sky Sports Cricket from kl. 18 Thursday

Last updated: 23/06/21 22:01

English opener Jos Buttler smashed eight boundaries and a six in his match-winning knock at 68

England battled for an eight-time victory over Sri Lanka in the first T20 international in their three-match series in Cardiff on Wednesday night.

By limiting Sri Lanka to a well below par score of 129-7 when they first made use of the Sophia Gardens surface, England then chased their total with 17 balls to spare, with Jos Buttler firing an unbeaten 68 out of 55 balls.

Buttler and Jason Roy (36 out of 22) drove through to a fifty stand within five overs, blasting 61 from the opening powerplay. By comparison, Sri Lanka were only 39-2 after their first six.

Roy departed in the 10th inning, with Danushka Gunathilaka pulling a fantastic catch in the middle, but Buttler bought his fifty in the 12th and steered the hosts to a comfortable victory.

Roy was not in the mood to hang around, but it shows that he regrets when he moves forward and swings Chameera towards the middle, where Gunathilaka dives to the left and takes an acrobatic catch with two hands

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Roy was not in the mood to hang around, but it shows that he regrets when he moves forward and swings Chameera towards the middle, where Gunathilaka dives to the left and takes an acrobatic catch with two hands

Roy was not in the mood to hang around, but it shows that he regrets when he moves forward and swings Chameera towards the middle, where Gunathilaka dives to the left and takes an acrobatic catch with two hands

Adil Rashid was the English bowler’s choice and took 2-17 from his four overs. Sam Curran (2-25) also picked up a pair, while Chris Woakes (0-14) proved extremely tough to get away in his first T20 international in six years.

After winning the throw and choosing to strike first, Sri Lanka opener Avishka Fernando lost to a duck in the second half and plucked Curran to midfield, with Chris Jordan claiming the first of three catches for innings.

Gunathilaka (19) cracked Mark Wood for back-to-back boundaries in the fourth over, only to depart in the fifth, cloudy an attempt to ramp off Jordan back to Buttler.

The tourists struggled a bit for the rest of their innings; Liam Livingstone (1-9) caught Kusal Mendis (9) lbw, Wood (1-33) picked up Dhananjaya de Silva (3) caught on third man, while Rashid claimed Sri Lanka captain Kusal Perera (30) and Wanindu Hasaranga (5) in continuous overs.

Dasun Shanaka (50 off 44) put some respect on Sri Lanka’s score with some merry late blows and brought his half century up in the final before Curran’s last ball was behind.

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In response, Buttler and Roy were not in the mood to hang around. Roy broke four fours and cleared the rope once, swinging Nuwan Pradeep away over the deep midwicket. Meanwhile, Buttler found the boundary eight times and hammered Akila Dananjaya for a brilliant straight six down the ground shortly before bringing his 13th T20I fifty up.

After Roy fell to Gunathilaka’s stunning dive grip, Dawid Malan (7) looked contrastingly far from comfortable during his 14-ball stay at the fold before being thrown by Isuru Udana.

But England were never in danger of stumbling over the finish line; Jonny Bairstow (13no off 12) smashed Dananjaya for a big six over deep midwicket a ball before Buttler was dropped by Perera so he could burst through to the winning run.

Watch the second T20 International between England and Sri Lanka, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 18 Thursday.

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