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Dominant England hand Sri Lanka 3-0 sweep



England have outplayed Sri Lanka in all departments to seal a comfortable 3-0 whitewash in the three-match T20I series.

England’s new opening pair put on a 105-run partnership. Photo: Getty Images

 

Sri Lanka have registered their fourth-lowest T20I total – 91 – in their 89-run defeat in the third and final T20I at The Hampshire Bowl. They were at risk of breaking their record low 82 when they slipped from 61/4 to 64/8.

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Chris Woakes bowled the second-cheapest four-over T20I spell for England, picking up 1 wicket for 9 runs. Sam Curran took 2/14 and David Willey 3/27.

Having won the toss for the third successive time on the tour, Kusal Perera asked England to bat in the dead rubber. Openers Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan made a pulsating start for England in a 105-run stand.

Malan made good use of his promotion as he smacked 48-ball 76 runs with 5 fours and 4 sixes. Bairstow hit 51 off 43, including 5 fours and a six.

Dushmantha Chameera’s four-for took England to 180/6 from 143/1. Liam Livingstone (14) was the only other batter to make a double-figure score. Eventually the total proved more than enough for the hosts.

Willey struck in the first over of Sri Lanka’s innings. Two more wickets fell inside the powerplay. After a middle-order collapse, Binura Fernando’s 20 took the team score close to 100.

The focus now shifts to the ODI series, which carries 30 World Cup Super League series, starting from June 29.

Brief scores:

England 180/6 in 20 overs (Malan 76, Bairstow 51; Chameera 4/17, B Fernando 1/26)

Sri Lanka 91 in 18.5 overs (B Fernando 20; Willey 3/27, S Curran 2/14, Ali 1/3)

England won by 89 runs 

Player of the Match: Dawid Malan

Player of the Series: Sam Curran

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