Eng­land set records tum­bling

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Open­ers Alex Hales and Ja­son Roy put on an un­beaten and record-break­ing 256run part­ner­ship to take Eng­land to a thump­ing 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the sec­ond one-day in­ter­na­tional. Both made cen­turies, with Hales 133 not out and Roy 112 not out as Eng­land stormed past Sri Lanka’s 7-254 in 34.1 overs at Edg­bas­ton. The con­vinc­ing win took Eng­land into a 1-0 lead in the five-match se­ries af­ter the first game was tied. Fin­ish­ing on 0-256, Hales and Roy put to­gether the high­est part­ner­ship for Eng­land in ODIs and the fifth-high­est open­ing stand by any team in a one-day in­ter­na­tional. They decimated Sri Lanka’s bowl­ing at­tack, with Hales hit­ting 10 fours and six sixes, while Roy added seven fours and four sixes. “Hales and I just wanted to get off to a good start and next minute you look we were across the line,” Roy said. Eng­land won with more than 15 overs to spare and the Sri Lankan bowl­ing fig­ures were for­get­table. Roy edged out Hales for the man of the match award af­ter also cre­at­ing two run outs in the Sri Lanka in­nings. Eng­land bowled well and was slick in the field to re­strict Sri Lanka to a medi­ocre to­tal on a very good batting pitch. Di­nesh Chandi­mal made 52, cap­tain An­gelo Mathews 44 and Upul Tha­ranga hit some late runs for his 53 not out. Eng­land’s bowlers kept the Sri Lankans in check through­out, on a wicket that was pre­dicted to be good for batting and proved to be sub­lime with the Hales-Roy part­ner­ship. Leg-spin­ner Adil Rashid and seamer Liam Plun­kett took two wick­ets each for Eng­land, but the open­ing bats­men stole the show with their ruth­less chase.

“I thought it was a bril­liant part­ner­ship,” Sri Lanka cap­tain Mathews said. “Hope­fully we can for­get about this game as soon as possible.

In­cred­i­ble num­bers

New world record for a suc­cess­ful run chase with­out los­ing a wicket (256). Pre­vi­ous record: 236 by New Zealand against Zim­babwe in 2015

New English record for high­est ever ODI part­ner­ship (256). Pre­vi­ous record: 250 by An­drew Strauss and Jonathan Trott against Bangladesh in 2010

Eng­land’s run rate at the end of its in­nings was 7.49. If they continued at that rate for a full 50 overs, they would have scored 375.” The Daily Tele­graph

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