Wednesday, 21 May 2014 - 9:37
England beaten by Sri Lanka in Oval T20 international
England's home summer campaign began in familiar fashion with a nine-run Twenty20 loss to Sri Lanka at The Oval.
The tourists finished on 183-7, top scorer Thisara Perera making the most of a dropped catch by Michael Carberry to blast 49 from only 20 balls.
Alex Hales gave England hope with a fine 66, but the opener had little support from further down the order.
The over from Malinga has proved the difference on the night.
There was good batting from both sides, but in the penultimate over Chris Jordan went for 22, Malinga went for four runs..
The hosts had no answer to Lasith Malinga (3-28) and fell short despite Ravi Bopara's (28) late hitting.