England vs Sri Lanka

Match info: ICC World Twenty20 at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium - Group 1

Date: 27th Mar 2014 Umpires: R J Tucker and A S Dar

20-over match

Home team and score Away team score

England

190/4 (19.2 Overs)

Result

Sri Lanka

189/4 (20.0 Overs)

England win by 6 wickets

  • Last Updated: March 27 2014, 18:11 GMT

Alex Hales could not hide his delight after becoming the first Englishman to make an international Twenty20 century in the six-wicket win over Sri Lanka.

Hales celebrates as England record an unlikely victory
Hales celebrates as England record an unlikely victory

Hales smashed six sixes and 11 fours in an unbeaten 116 as England made their biggest successful chase in the shortest format.

England looked in troublewhen Mahela Jayawardene made 89, after Michael Lumb appeared to scoop up a low catch to dismiss the Sri Lankan first ball, and some lamentable fielding, including three simple drops, allowed Sri Lanka to post a testing 189 for four.

But Eoin Morgan (57) and Hales put on 152 for the third wicket to put Stuart Broad's men in the driving seat before Morgan and Jos Buttler (two) departed in quick succession.

But Hales and Ravi Bopara (11 not out) saw England home with four balls to spare.

I'm absolutely buzzing with that," Hales said on Sky Sports 2.

"Centuries in this format don't come along very often and I've got out a couple of times in the 90s so I was pleased to get over the line today."

He added: "It's a great win for us.

"We weren't in good form coming into this match but we needed that and (I'm) buzzing for it.

"I think it was a beautiful pitch. The way they batted showed how good it was and after two wickets we knew if we just stayed in the game - the rate Morgy played was outstanding and made my job a lot easier.

"He was outstanding. The way he hit the ball for six in the middle overs made my job a hell of a lot easier."

England lost their first game of the World Twenty20 to New Zealand in controversial fashion via the Duckworth-Lewis method and Hales is now keen to look forward.

"We felt a little bit hard done by the other night," he said. "We posted a fairly good score and felt we could have defended it. But it's great to get a win on the board and hopefully there's a couple more to follow."