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Buttler and Morgan lead England to crushing T20 win

Britain Cricket - England v Sri Lanka - NatWest International T20 - The Ageas Bowl - 5/7/16 General view as England take to the field for the start of the match Action Images via Reuters / Matthew Childs Livepic
Britain Cricket - England v Sri Lanka - NatWest International T20 - The Ageas Bowl - 5/7/16General view as England take to the field for the start of the matchAction Images via Reuters / Matthew ChildsLivepic

SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) - A fluent unbroken third-wicket partnership of 114 between Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan carried England to an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in a one-off Twenty20 international on Tuesday.

Buttler made an unbeaten 73 and captain Morgan hit 47 not out as the hosts eased to their target of 141 with more than two overs to spare.

England, who won the test series between the teams 2-0 and took a rain-disrupted one-day international contest 3-0, continued their complete dominance of the Sri Lankans with a ruthless performance.

Sri Lanka never looked like posting an imposing total after winning the toss, opener Dhanushka Gunathilaka top-scoring with 26 as England took wickets at regular intervals.

Left-arm spinner Liam Dawson completed excellent figures of three for 27 on his debut and the hosts looked sharp in the field, good work by Jason Roy and James Vince leading to run-outs.

England lost opener Roy in the first over and Vince fell for 16 but Buttler, promoted to open the innings, struck four sixes and three fours to keep his team in control and Morgan clinched the win with a big six over mid-wicket off Ramith Rambukwella.

(Reporting by Ed Osmond; Editing by Tony Jimenez)

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