Liam Livingstone noticed England to a series-clinching win over Sri Lanka because the hosts overcame a batting droop in a rain-affected second Twenty20 international at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Thursday. England appeared to have the sport sown up after holding Sri Lanka to 111 at Glamorgan’s headquarters. But they collapsed to 36-4 within the face of some spirited Sri Lanka bowling chasing 112 — a goal decreased to 103 from 18 overs following a rain delay. But Sam Billings (24) and Livingstone (29 not out) steadied the innings.
Billings fell shortly earlier than the end however Sam Curran (16 not out) helped England to a five-wicket win with 11 balls to spare because the world’s top-ranked T20 facet went 2-0 up on this three-match sequence.
“Any test that we come up against at this stage, with the (T20) World Cup in mind, is a good challenge — anything out of the ordinary is good,” England captain Eoin Morgan informed Sky Sports.
“So certainly the hiccup we had early in our innings when we were trying to force the equation a little bit with the bat pegged us back but the composure of Liam Livingstone and Sam Billings really showed our strength in depth.”
Earlier, a advantageous collective effort within the discipline noticed Sri Lanka held to a meagre complete, with 111 the fewest variety of runs England have conceded when bowling their full 20 overs at this degree.
Fast bowler Mark Wood (2-18) and leg-spinner Adil Rashid (2-24) led the best way as England averted conceding a boundary within the powerplay for the primary time in a T20 worldwide.
Kusal Mendis (39) and Kusal Perera (21) offered the one significant resistance with the bat.
But England, with out Jos Buttler because of a calf drawback following the opener’s 68 in Wednesday’s 1st T20 in Cardiff, noticed Jonny Bairstow bowled for a duck by paceman Binura Fernando at the beginning of their chase.
Dawid Malan then fell for his second single determine rating of the sequence, lbw to Dushmantha Chameera.
The harmful Jason Roy was dismissed for 17 when he holed out to long-on with Morgan (11) additionally falling cheaply.
But, with such a small goal to chase, one respectable partnership was all the time prone to be sufficient for England.
Billings and Livingstone fitted the invoice, with Lancashire all-rounder Livingstone thrilling spectators with a ramped six.
Curran’s six down the bottom ended the match, with England assured of a sequence success forward of Saturday’s finale at Southampton.
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