England batsman Liam Livingstone led England to clinch the series over Sri Lanka as the hosts overcame a battling slump in a rain-affected second T20I at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Thursday. The English team appeared to restricted Sri Lanka to 111 at Glamorgan’s headquarters. But they collapsed to 36 runs for four wickets in the face of some spirited Sri Lankan bowling chasing 112 runs target which reduced to 104 in 18 overs due to rain delay.
Though Sam Billings’ 24 runs knock and Liam Livingstone’s 29 runs knock helped the team to steady the innings. Billings lost his wicket before finishing the game but Sam Curran’ 16 runs helped England to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka with 11 balls spare as they went 2-0 up in the three-match series. Eoin Morgan told Skysports, “Any test that we come up against at this stage, with the (T20) World Cup in mind, is a good challenge – anything out of the ordinary is good.”
He added, “So certainly the hiccup we had early in our innings when we were trying to force the equation a little bit with the bat pegged us back but the composure of Liam Livingstone and Sam Billings showed our strength in depth.” Sam Curran smashed six down the ground ended the match, with England sealing the series over Sri Lanka.