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Jayawardene steers Sri Lanka to victory

BRISTOL: Mahela Jayawardene's unbeaten 72 saw Sri Lanka register a nine-wicket victory over England in the lone Twenty20 International cricket match, here on Saturday.

Impressive bowling

Man-of-the-match Jayawardene's innings backed up an impressive bowling display that left the tourists needing just 137 to beat World Twenty20 champion England.

The tourists reached their target for the loss of only veteran Sanath Jayasuriya with 16 balls to spare.

The result meant Stuart Broad's first match as England's Twenty20 captain ended in a defeat where he was run-out for nought and took none for 29, while Sri Lanka skipper Thilina Kandamby won his opening match in charge.

England may have won the recent three-match Test series between the two countries 1-0 but this was a second successive crushing limited overs defeat by Sri Lanka after the 10-wicket World Cup quarterfinal loss in Colombo in March.

Unbroken stand

Kumar Sangakkara, like Jayawardene a former Sri Lanka captain, was 43 not out after the experienced pair shared an unbroken second-wicket stand of 97.

Earlier, Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga took two for 15 and left-arm spinner Jayasuriya two for 18 as England struggled to 136 for nine after Kandamby won the toss in overcast conditions.

Eoin Morgan (47) and Kevin Pietersen (41) put on 83 in 54 balls for the third wicket after England had been faltering at 12 for two.

England and Sri Lanka meet again in the first of five one-day internationals at The Oval on Tuesday.

The scores:

England 136 for nine in 20 overs (K. Pietersen 41, E. Morgan 47, Lakmal two for 26, Malinga two for 15, Jayasuriya two for 18) lost to Sri Lanka 137 for one in 17.2 overs (M. Jayawardene 72 not out, K. Sangakkara 43 not out).

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