Hales, Roy in record stand
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP):
Openers Alex Hales and Jason Roy put on an unbeaten and record-breaking 256-run partnership to take England to a thumping 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second one-day international yesterday.
Both made centuries, with Hales 133 not out and Roy 112 not out as England stormed past Sri Lanka's 254-7 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 256-0, Hales and Roy put together the highest partnership for England in ODIs and the fifth highest opening stand by any team in a 50-over international. They decimated Sri Lanka's bowling attack, with Hales hitting 10 fours and six sixes, while Roy added seven fours and four sixes.
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 were 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.