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Joe Root gave England a fine start with the ball © Getty Images

 

Thisara Perera starred with both bat and ball as Sri Lanka gained revenge for their ICC World Twenty20 2014 defeat to England with a nine-run win at The Oval on Tuesday. Man-of-the-match Perera made a rapid 49 in World T20 champions Sri Lanka’s 183 for seven and then captured the important wicket of England captain Eoin Morgan under the floodlights.

On their way to winning this year’s World T20 in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka suffered a six-wicket loss to England in the group stage in March. That match saw Alex Hales become the first England batsman to score a Twenty20 international hundred. But this time around his 66, albeit off 41 balls with seven fours and two sixes, was not enough to take England to victory, AFP reports.

England saw opener Michael Carberry, making his Twenty20 international debut, Ian Bell, playing his first match at this level for three years, Joe Root and Morgan all fall cheaply as Hales looked on from the other end. The big-hitting Nottinghamshire opener kept going until he was clean bowled by Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga, hitting across the line, England were then 139 for six in the 17th over.