England v Sri Lanka: Jos Buttler leads hosts to emphatic eight-wicket win in first T20

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler has made nine half-centuries in 20 innings as a T20 opener for England
Sri Lanka 129-7 (20 overs): Shanaka 50, Rashid 2-17, Curran 2-25
England 130-2 (17.1 overs): Buttler 68, Roy 36, Chameera 1-24
England won by eight wickets; take 1-0 series lead

Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 68 helped England to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first Twenty20 in Cardiff.

Chasing 130 to win, Buttler and Jason Roy shared an 86-run opening stand before Roy fell for 36 to a stunning catch from Danushka Gunathilaka.

However, Buttler anchored England as the hosts chased down their target with 17 balls to spare.

Sri Lanka had earlier struggled to 129-7, with Adil Rashid taking 2-17.

Dasun Shanaka starred for the hosts with 50 but they were unable to get to grips with a slow surface.

England bowled well, led by Rashid and Sam Curran, who took 2-35 to help them take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

The second match takes place on the same pitch at Sophia Gardens on Thursday.

More to follow.

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