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Having missed 384 games, Joe Denly stars as England beat Sri Lanka by 30 runs in one-off T20I

Denly undermined Sri Lanka's chase of 188 by bowling openers Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella in his first two overs.

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Colombo Published on: October 28, 2018 11:43 IST
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Joe Denly, left, reacts after dismissing Niroshan Dickwella, right, during the T20I between Sri Lanka and England in Colombo.

Joe Denly made his first England cap in eight years count by taking 4-19 to help beat Sri Lanka by 30 runs in their one-off Twenty20 on Saturday.

Recalled as a batsman who can bowl leg-spin, Denly undermined Sri Lanka's chase of 188 by bowling openers Kusal Mendis for 1 and Niroshan Dickwella for 3 in his first two overs.

Fellow legspinner Adil Rashid added three wickets in his first three overs, and Sri Lanka was reduced to 77-5 in 11 overs.

Captain Thisara Perera tried to revive his side with 57 off 31 balls, including six sixes, but defeat was certain by the time he clobbered a Denly full toss to midwicket in the 20th over. Denly added Lasith Malinga off the last ball and was named the man of the match in his first appearance for England since 2010.

Put into bat first up, Jason Roy gave England a lively start with a six off Malinga's second delivery.

Roy survived a runout and four dropped catches to score 69 off 36 balls, including six sixes and four boundaries. He was out in the 11th over, at 107-4.

There was a delay for rain, then England was pushed along by Moeen Ali, who hit 27 off 11, and Denly, with 20 off 17. Add on Ben Stokes' 26, and they made sure the total was competitive at 187-8.

England won the one-day international series 3-1, and the first of three tests starts on Nov. 6 in Galle.

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