Alex Hales is the unanimous choice for the Man of the Match award! Says that this was a very important game for them. He feels that the wicket was beautiful and praises Morgan for his knock. That's all we have from this match. We look forward to your company tomorrow for another double-header. Cheers!!
Phew! That was one Hales of a knock! England were after a mammoth total and were pegged back very early in the chase with a couple of quick wickets. But from there on, the pair of Hales and Morgan bailed them out with an outstanding 152-run stand and brought the run chase back on track. The Sri Lankan bowling was on the mark initially but then looked hapless against the onslaught in the end overs. Alex Hales, in particular, batted amazingly well for his century and impressed one and all with his extraordinary hitting. England are now off the mark in the tournament and will look to continue with the same momentum!
Angelo Mathews to Alex Hales
SIX! Waaaallllooopppp!!! Hales gets one in his zone and clobbers it high and handsome over mid-wicket for half-a-dozen of runs. England win by 6 wickets! Celebrations all around in the English camp! This is their highest successful run chase in T20Is.
Angelo Mathews to Ravi Bopara
Slower length ball on off, Bopara walks down the track to work it across the line but it comes off the inside edge and rolls to short fine leg for a run.
Angelo Mathews to bowl the pressure over. 7 needed off 6!
Nuwan Kulasekara to Alex Hales
Dot ball. A yorker outside off, Hales tries to push and run but fails to make any connection.
Nuwan Kulasekara to Ravi Bopara
Knocks a full ball down to long on for one. 7 needed off 7!
Drills a full ball to mid off for one.
SIX! Gigantic hit! Length delivery on middle, Hales remains on the back foot and gives it the full whack of his bat. Makes sweet connection and sends it miles over mid-wicket.
Maiden T20I hundred for Alex Hales!
SIX! What a way to reach the milestone! Full length delivery outside off, Hales climbs onto it and powers it over covers for a biggie. He jumps in joy and receive good warm applause from the crowd.
Full on off, driven through covers for a couple. There was a direct hit at the striker's end but Hales was well in.
Lasith Malinga to Alex Hales
Misses the yorker and bowls a full toss on the pads, Hales flicks it down to deep mid-wicket for a run.
Full and on off, driven straight to extra cover.
Wide! Full and down the leg side, the batsman fails to flick it. Sangakkara puts in a lone appeal, his customary but to no avail.
Lasith Malinga to Ravi Bopara
Very full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for one.
How did that miss the off stump? Malinga delivers a peach of a delivery, lovely full ball on off, swinging in the air, Bopara fails to keep it away and the ball screams past the off stump.
FOUR! Another cheeky boundary for England! Malinga bowls a yorker wide outside off, Bopara once again smartly dabs it down to third man.
FOUR! Beautifully played! Malinga slips in a low full toss outside off, Bopara remains on the back foot and at the last moment runs it down to third man. 30 needed off 17!
Malinga to bowl out here...