England defeat Sri Lanka in the first T20 international. The match took place at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. This stadium has been a fortress for the England team in T20. They have played 7 games including this match and have a 100% win record in this stadium.
Kusal Perera captain of Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first.
Opening the batting for Sri Lanka was Danushka Gunathilaka and Avishka Fernando. The Sri Lankan team got off to a slowish start and kept losing wickets. Dasun Shanaka single handedly took the charge against the England bowlers. He crossed the half-century mark. Sri Lanka finished 129/8 in their quota of 20 overs. Dasun Shanaka was the highest scorer for Sri Lanka scoring 50. For England, Adil Rashid and Sam Curran were the pick of the bowlers. Picking up 2 wickets each.
Opening the batting for England was Jason Roy and Jos Butler. The openers got off to a good start. Jos Butler crossed the half-century mark and helped England chase the target. England completed 130/2 in 17.1 overs. Jos Butler was the pick of the batsman for England, remaining not out on 68. For Sri Lanka, Dushmantha Chameera and Isuru Udana was the pick of the bowlers. Picking up 1 wicket each. England defeat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets and 17 balls to spare.
Jos Butler won the Man of the Match award.