:England beat Sri Lanka in the only T20I match on Tuesday at Southampton.
After winning the toss, Sri Lanka decided to bat first. All Sri Lankan batsmen struggled against the England bowlers as the visitors managed to put 140 runs on the board at the end (140/10 in 20 overs). In reply, England easily chased down that total in 17.3 overs after losing just 2 wickets (144/2 in 17.3 overs). England won the only T20I match by 8 wickets with 15 balls to spare.
With this result, England finished on the top of the point table of the Super Series with 20 points. England won 2 Tests, 3 ODIs and 1 T20Is (also drawn 1 Test; tied 1 ODI and no results – 1 ODI). On the other hand, Sri Lanka only managed a total of 4 points in the end which they earned from the drawn Test, a tied ODI and abandoned (no result) ODI.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka finished the England tour without winning a single match (excluding Ireland tour).
Below are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
- Spin bowling all-rounder Liam Dawson made international debut for England in this match. The slow left-arm orthodox bowler performed very well in this match as he finished with a respectable figure of 4-0-27-3. It was the 4th best figure by a T20I debutant English bowler. The other 3 best T20I debutant with better figures for England were – Jon Lewis (4/24), Darren Gough (3/16) and David Willey (3/22).
Meanwhile, it was the 4th best T20I figure by an English spinner. Former English off-spinner Graeme Swann (3/13; 3/14 and 3/24) holds the other 3 best figures by an English spinner.
Also, it was the best T20I figure by an English spinner in the home soil (in England).
- Like Liam Dawson, left-arm pacer Tymal Mills also made his international debut for England in this match. Though Mills finished wicket-less in this match but he also put a decent spell as he ended with the figures of 4-0-22-0. Tymal Mills is the second English bowler who went wicket-less after getting 4 overs in his debutant T20I match. The other English bowler was James Tredwell (4-0-31-0) who also finished wicket-less after bowling his full 4-over quota in his debutant T20I match.
- Right-arm pacer Nuwan Pradeep made his T20I debut for Sri Lanka in this match. Coming to batting at no.11, Pradeep was dismissed on golden duck (out for 0 in the very first ball). Pradeep became only second Sri Lankan batsman to be dismissed on duck in his debutant T20I match.
Mahela Jayawardene was the only other Sri Lankan batsman who was also dismissed for a golden duck in his debut T20I match and that match was also against England at Southampton on 15th June 2006 (it was Sri Lanka’s first T20I match in history).
- In this match, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 140 runs (in 20 overs). It was the second time in T20I history that Sri Lanka were bowled out against England. Both instances happened on England soil.
- Coming to bat as an opening batsman for England in this match, Jos Buttler remained unbeaten at 73 runs. It was the highest runs scored by any England opening batsman who for the first time batted as an opener for England in T20I history. The previous best was 46 by James Vince against Pakistan at Sharjah on 30th November 2015.
Also, Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 73 runs knock was the second best individual knock for England against Sri Lanka in T20I history. The best knock for England against Sri Lanka in T20I history was unbeaten 116 runs by Alex Hales at Chittagong on 27th March 2014.
- England won the match by 8 wickets with 15 balls to spare. It was England’s first T20I victory against Sri Lanka on home soil (in England). England lost all the 3 previous T20Is against Sri Lanka which were played in England.
- Sri Lanka lost the match by 8 wickets. It was Sri Lanka’s only 2nd T20I defeat on English soil. Out of 11 T20Is till date in England (including this match), Sri Lanka won 9 T20Is and lost only 2 T20Is. Sri Lanka’s only other T20I defeat on English soil was in the final of ICC WT20 2009 where Sri Lanka lost against Pakistan at Lord’s (21st June 2009).