England T20I team
England pose with the T20I trophy (AFP Photo)

Jason Roy and Joe Denly secured England a 30-run win against Sri Lanka in a one-off T20I at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. Chasing 188, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 157 in 20 overs with England’s legspin duo of Denly (4/19) and Adil Rashid (3/11) starring with the ball.

Sri Lanka were generous in the field as they offered Roy three reprieves during an eventful phase. It was the ninth over of the England innings and Roy was dropped off Lakshan Sandakan twice in it. The first chance was when he was batting on 34 and mistimed one deep midwicket where the substitute fielder Sadeera Samarawickrama dropped a lolly. Roy hammered a six next only to be dropped again off the penultimate delivery, this time by Dasun Shanaka at long-off.

Sandakan then pinned Ben Stokes in front with his final delivery of the over but the appeal was rejected by the on-field umpire. Sri Lanka didn’t review the decision and ball-tracking showed that would have been out.

Roy reached his half-century in the following over with a six but was dropped, again, off the following delivery. He eventually was dismissed on 69 off 36. Handy contribution from Moeen Ali (27 off 11) and Denly (20 off 17) pushed England to a challenging 187/8.

Denly then struck early, getting rid of both Sri Lankan openers in his first two overs. From 16/2, a brief recovery followed which Rashid halted with the scalp of Dinesh Chandimal on 26.

Skipper Thisara Perera took it upon himself to power the chase as he scored 57 off 31 but with little to no support from the other end, Sri Lanka fell short of the target.

After Denly’s early strikes, Rashid took over as he ran through the hosts’ middle-over. Chris Jordan took care of the tail with figures of 2/19 before Denly removed the last batsman off the final delivery of the night.

Brief Scores: England 187/8 (Jason Roy 69; Amil Aponso 2/29) beat Sri Lanka 157 (Thisara Perera 57; Joe Denly 4/19, Adil Rashid 3/11) by 30 runs