Result
Only T20I (N), England tour of Sri Lanka at Colombo (RPS), Oct 27 2018
187/8
20 ov, target 188
157
England won by 30 runs
Player Of The Match
England
Match centre 
Commentator: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
England187/8(20 overs)
Jason Roy69 (36)
Moeen Ali27 (11)
Sri Lanka157(20 overs)
end of over 208 runs • 2 wicket
SL: 157/10CRR: 7.85 
Lakshan Sandakan1 (1)
Joe Denly4-0-19-4
Tom Curran4-0-40-0

11.48pm So, that's your lot from England's white-ball cricket in 2018. A fine win to finish a damp tour. See you back here next month for the first Test at Galle. Who knows, maybe Joe Denly will be pushing his case in that format as well... from Alan and myself, good night.

Eoin Morgan: "A considerable improvement, to start with our intensity with the bat. Our white-ball guys will go home happy. An outstanding comeback by Joe Denly. was an opening bat, come back as a very good allrounder. This year at Kent he's had a bit of a Garry Sobers year."

"The fact that we've got results in our games, it's nice to tick that box. We've played against some mystery spinners, which has allowed us to hone some areas we need to improve on."

Thisara Perera: "If we hadn't lost wickets it could have been a different story. Last match we had good fielding, but we can't give excuses. Normally Sri Lankan players play spin well, but this series isn't working. Normally I bat No. 7, today No. 5, it's another batting order mistake, we need to get our plans better. But we are going in the right direction."

11.40pm Joe Denly is Man of the Match on his return to England colours! "It certainly is [worth the wait]. Delighted to be back. There were a few nerves, but more excitement. I was looking forward to it. A new experience to face one of the best bowlers at the death. With new ball, I land my legspinner pretty well, and being predominantly a batter I get a good sense of what they are trying to do. With a Test series coming up, hopefully I can put my name in the hat."

11.30pm That's the end of England's one-day cricket for 2018, and they've made fine amends for their drubbing last week. A remarkable comeback for Joe Denly with the ball, 4 for 19 including two wickets at the top and tail of the innings, and 3 for 11 for the other leggie in the line-up, Adil Rashid - 7 for 30 in eight overs all told. Stunning

Sauharda: "The last over of the game might have alter the Man of the Match award. Any thoughts?" Indeed. Be harsh to overlook Denly, though Rashid's spell was arguably the true innings-killer. And Roy's batting was the point of difference in England's innings. We shall see

Ritesh : "This day will be equivalent to patience of 3172 days for denly, remarkable comeback. " Quite so. What a remarkable day for England's forgotten man

19.6
w
Denly to Malinga, OUT
Denly has four on his comeback! Full and straight, Malinga plays all round it, and that is a very comprehensive win!
SL Malinga b Denly 5 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42
19.5
1
Denly to Sandakan, 1 run
good length, eased into the covers. Languid

Mudasir: "Ironically even a six each ball increases the required run rate"

19.4
w
Denly to Perera, OUT
low full toss, clobbered out to deep midwicket, and Denly has his third of a renaissance night! Probably his worst ball of the day, but it matters not. The end of a fine captain's knock, and it's all over bar the slogging
NLTC Perera c Roy b Denly 57 (31b 1x4 6x6) SR: 183.87
19.3
6
Denly to Perera, SIX runs
pumped hard and straight down the ground! No wonder Malinga is backing up where a runner would be standing. He knows where these shots are heading!
19.2
Denly to Perera, no run
good length, full and wide, and Perera can't connect
19.1
1lb
Denly to Malinga, 1 leg bye
tossed into the slot, but Malinga can't connect on a big wind-up

Last over. No no-balls, and England are home. Denly, fittingly, to wrap up the day

end of over 1915 runs
SL: 149/8CRR: 7.84 • RRR: 39.00
Thisara Perera51 (28)
Lasith Malinga5 (5)
Tom Curran4-0-40-0
Chris Jordan4-0-29-2

Proudfoot: "Seeing how much this English side is dependent on Morgs, it's depressing to think who'd take over the captaincy after his reign. " He's got a way to go yet, he's only, I think, 32.

18.6
6
Curran to Perera, SIX runs
full toss, and belted into the stands to bring up his fifty! What might have been with a bit of support for the skipper?
18.5
Curran to Perera, no run
chiselled into the leg side, briefly thinking of the single, but it's boundaries or bust. (and a no-ball would be handy)

Matt: "Irony with Dernbach is that he would have been a pretty good option for Eng in IT20 from 2015-present...v good death bowler these days but his reputation haunts him" Exactly

18.4
6
Curran to Perera, SIX runs
on the pads, a loose length ball and that's muscled fiercely over midwicket!
18.3
2
Curran to Perera, 2 runs
pumped on the up, out to wide long-on, where Jordan does brilliantly to gather a fast-travelling ball at his shins
18.2
Curran to Perera, no run
decent yorker, pushed into the covers

Issues with the ball, it'll be getting slippery in the dew... England are well in command but Morgan is taking no chances

James : ""Ahead of his time" is one way to describe Jade Dernbach. It wouldn't be mine!" Look at Tom Curran's box of tricks. He's Dernbach Mk 2

18.1
1
Curran to Malinga, 1 run
toe-ended for the single
end of over 189 runs
SL: 134/8CRR: 7.44 • RRR: 27.00
Thisara Perera37 (23)
Lasith Malinga4 (4)
Chris Jordan4-0-29-2
Tom Curran3-0-25-0
17.6
4
Jordan to Perera, FOUR runs
excellent yorker, and an undeserved upshot as Perera opens the face well but some lax fielding at point allows a welcome boundary.

.

17.5
Jordan to Perera, no run
thumped down the ground, this match has lost its fizz
17.4
2
Jordan to Perera, 2 runs
driven into the covers
17.3
Jordan to Perera, no run
wide full-toss, dumped over the covers, but intercepted on the boundary. He turns down the run, as boundaries are the only currency now...
17.2
2
Jordan to Perera, 2 runs
slapped hard over backward point, not enough width to dent the requirement

Hypocaust: "Chris Jordan (with 40) is now England men's 3rd highest T20I wicket taker, overtaking Jade Dernbach" Gosh. Dernbach was ahead of his time ... truly

17.1
1
Jordan to Malinga, 1 run
yorker, well-directed, tapped to point
Best performances - batsmen
JJ Roy
69 runs (36)
4 fours
6 sixes
Control75%
Productive shot
slog shot
18 runs
0 fours
3 sixes
0011411121813
NLTC Perera
57 runs (31)
1 fours
6 sixes
Control80%
Productive shot
on drive
15 runs
0 fours
2 sixes
0048142425
Best performances - bowlers
JL Denly
O
4
M
0
R
19
W
4
Eco
4.75
  • Full Toss
  • Yorker
  • Full Length
  • Good Length
  • Short of good length
  • Short Length
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
AU Rashid
O
4
M
0
R
11
W
3
Eco
2.75
  • Full Toss
  • Yorker
  • Full Length
  • Good Length
  • Short of good length
  • Short Length
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo
TossSri Lanka , elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of Sri Lanka 2018/19
Player Of The Match
Joe Denly
Series resultEngland won the one-off match
Match numberT20I no. 703
Season2018/19
Match days27 October 2018 - night match (20-over match)
T20 debut
Kamindu Mendis
Umpires
Ranmore Martinesz
Raveendra Wimalasiri
TV Umpire
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Reserve Umpire
Lyndon Hannibal
Match Referee
Sir Richie Richardson