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Record opening wicket partnership by Roy and Hales leads England to 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka

Saturday, Jun 25, 2016,11:32 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Birmingham | Blistering hundreds by Jason Roy and Alex Hales hauled England to a crushing 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second One-day International at Edgbaston.

England, set a modest 255 for victory, finished on 256 without loss as they won with more than 15 overs to spare to go 1-0 up in the five-match series following Tuesday’s tied opener at Trent Bridge.

Roy, named man-of-the-match after also completing two run-outs, was 112 unbeaten at the finish and Hales 133 not out, both batsmen recording their highest scores at this level.

Their unbroken stand surpassed England’s record ODI partnership of 250 set by Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott for the second wicket against Bangladesh at Edgbaston in 2010.

England’s total was also the highest scored by any side winning an ODI by 10 wickets, topping the 236 scored by New Zealand against Zimbabwe at Harare last year.

Victory also saw England win the inaugural multi-format Super Series, with Sri Lanka now unable to surpass their 13-3 points lead in the remaining three ODIs and lone Twenty20.

Successive fours by Hales off leg-spinner Seekkugge Prasanna saw the Nottinghamshire opener to a 91-ball century.

It was the start of a thrilling sequence in which Hales scored 26 runs in five balls off Prasanna — two fours followed by three sixes.

Hales was dropped on 126 but by then it hardly mattered.

Roy, a ball after surviving an lbw appeal on 99, drove Prasanna down the ground for six to go to a 92-ball century including six fours and four sixes.

Prasanna’s 8.1 overs cost 78 runs, with Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews — who suffered a hamstring injury at Trent Bridge — not bowling.

Earlier, Adil Rashid took two quickfire wickets as England held Sri Lanka to 254 for seven after Mathews won the toss.

Leg-spinner Rashid, unlucky to go wicketless in a return of none for 36 in 10 overs at Trent Bridge, took two for 34.

Sri Lanka were struggling at 191 for seven in the 41st over.

But an unbroken stand of 63 between Upul Tharanga (53 not out) and Suraj Randiv (26 not out) bolstered their total.

Dinesh Chandimal (52), restricted by a hamstring injury during his innings, and Mathews (44), shared a fourth-wicket stand of 82 in front of a capacity crowd of just over 23,000 at a sunny Edgbaston.