Chittagong - From two down without a run on board at one point of time, England successfully chased down a huge 190-run target, courtesy outstanding shows by Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan (57), to script a magnificent 6-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their World T20 Super 10 match on Thursday.
Hales mauled the Lankan attack and slammed a brilliant century while Morgan looked perfect in his supporting act. The duo shared a solid 152-run partnership for the third wicket putting Sri Lanka on back foot in their defence despite a terrific start.
Nuwan Kulasekara struck in the first over to dismiss Michael Lumb and Moeen Ali in consecutive deliveries without a score on the board. Kulasekara bowled out Lumb and then got Ali's outside edge to get him caught by Senanayake at second slip.
However, Hales and Morgan turned the tide in England favour with their blitz. Hales reached his hundred in style hitting a dazzling six off Kulasekara. He followed it with another six on the consecutive delivery and another maximum in the final over to snatc victory from Sri Lanka.
Hales stayed unbeaten on 116 that was studded with 11 boundaries and six sixes.
Earlier, taking advantage of England's poor fielding Mahela Jayawardene (89) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (55) shared 145-run stand for the second wicket to power Sri Lanka to a huge total.
Jayawardene benefited from many dropped catches and went on to score 89 off 51 deliveries. He came to bat after the early dismissal of Kusal Perera off Jade Dernbach at the score of 4 after Sri Lanka were asked to bat.
However, the right-handed batsman rode on the poor fielding by the opponents and soon rescued his side with his aggressive strokeplay. His 51-ball knock was studded with 11 boundaries and three sixes.
He was ably supported by Dilshan who made a gritty 55 before becoming second victim of Dernbach.
Jayawardene was lucky not to get out off the first ball he faced when television replays showed Michael Lumb took a brilliant catch off Jade Dernbach but the on-field umpires -- Rod Tucker at the non-striker's end and Aleem Dar of Pakistan -- referred the catch to television umpire Steve Davis.
Davis, also from Australia, ruled replays were inconclusive. That did not end England's miseries as their fielders dropped as many as four catches, twice off Jayawardene on five and 82, and one off Dilshan on 21 and in the final over of Thisara Perera who made 23 not out.
Dernbach struck in the second over of the match to get Perera caught behind.
Perera (3) got his glove while while trying to pull Dernbach, giving an easy catch to the man behind the stumps.
Earlier, England have won the toss and opted to bowl first.
England - MJ Lumb, AD Hales, MM Ali, EJG Morgan, JC Buttler (wk), RS Bopara, TT Bresnan, CJ Jordan, SCJ Broad (Capt.), JC Tredwell, JW Dernbach
Sri Lanka - MDKJ Perera, TM Dilshan, DPMD Jayawardene, KC Sangakkara (wk), LD Chandimal (Capt), AD Mathews, NLTC Perera, KMDN Kulasekara, SMSM Senanayake, BAW Mendis, SL Malinga
Sri Lanka - 189/4 (Jayawardene 89, Dilshan 55, Jordan 2-28, Jade 2-42)
England - 190/4 (Hales 116*, Morgan 57, Kulasekara 432)
Result - England won by 6 wickets
Points - England 2, Sri Lanka 0
MOM - Alex Hales (England)