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Jos Buttler became the first England player to score an international hundred in all three formats with a brilliant 101 off 67 balls to help England home past a tricky Sri Lanka side to maintain their perfect record.

Buttler scored his first 50 off 45 balls as England had to take on the difficult conditions in Sharjah, but the second 51 runs came off 22 balls, as the opening batsmen accelerated his innings to help England to a total of 163-4. Buttler smashed a huge six off the last ball of the innings to complete his sensational hundred.

England captain Eoin Morgan got his first runs of the tournament with a gritty 40 off 36 balls as he helped to support Buttler.

Morgan and Buttler helped to steady the ship after England were reduced to 35 for three after some brilliant bowling from Wanindu Hasaranga, who took three for 21 from his four overs.

Hasaranga hit a quickire 34 to drag Sri Lanka towards victory, however Liam Livingstone took his wicket thanks to a brilliant bit of fielding from Jason Roy.

Late wickets from Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan and a run out from Buttler ended Sri Lanka’s innings on 137 all out, falling from 26 runs short of their target.

The only negative point of the night was an injury to Tymal Mills which meant he had to go off during the over. The injury was a quad injury that has subsequently ruled him out of the rest of the tournament.

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April 2024