The second T20I between hosts England and Sri Lanka was won by the hosts as they thrashed the island nation by five wickets in a one-sided encounter. The first T20I was also won by England in a similar match as Sri Lanka haven’t yet turned up in English conditions. The pitch, however has been a two-paced one but not as bad as Sri Lanka are making it look like with their batting.
Both the tossed were won by Sri Lanka’s newly appointed captain Kusal Perera, who opted to abt on both the occasions and the move backfired as his team wasn’t able to go past the 120-run mark. The opening duo of Gunathilaka and Fernando hasn’t fired yet and have been dismissed in the powerplay. While the skipper is showing a glimpse of form, but that’s just not enough as England bowlers are too good in limited-overs format.
Mark Wood and Adil Rashid took two wickets, while Sam Curran and Chris Jordan took one each as the hosts bundled out Sri Lanka for a mere 111.
In reply, England, having rested Buttler, opened with Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy, but the former was dismissed in the second over by Fernando. Dawid Malan, too followed Bairstow to the dugout as he was trapped in front by Chameera.
However, the side being full of impact players and match-winners along with a next to none tail, steadied the innings. Roy and Billings prevented a collapse, while Livingstone and Sam Curran performed the finishing act.
Livingstone was awarded the Player of the Match as England took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series.
There was a shot from Livingstone in the other half of the innings when he scooped a length ball for a six over fine leg. Here’s the shot:
That’s outrageous, Livi 😍
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 24, 2021