England v Sri Lanka ODIs
Record-breaking England crush SL
England openers break a six-year-old record on their way to a 10-wicket win and 1-0 series lead
Reuters and cricket.com.au
25 June 2016, 03:11 AM AEST
An England record opening partnership of 256 between Alex Hales and Jason Roy led their side to a crushing 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second one-day international in Birmingham on Friday.
Hales scored 133 not out and Roy an unbeaten 112 in England's highest first-wicket partnership in one-day cricket and they overhauled Sri Lanka's 254 for seven with more than 15 overs to spare.
England lead the five-match series 1-0 after the first match in Nottingham was tied.
Sri Lanka opted to bat after winning the toss but their total always looked inadequate on a good batting pitch at Edgbaston as England took wickets at regular intervals.
Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews shared a fourth-wicket stand of 82 to give their side a platform.
Mathews fell for 44, however, and Chandimal was run out for 52 by Roy who had earlier produced a brilliant piece of fielding to run out Kusal Perera.
Upul Tharanga struck an unbeaten 53 to give Sri Lanka hope but England's bowlers maintained a tight grip throughout, leg-spinner Adil Rasheed the pick of the attack with figures of 2-34 from 10 overs.
Hales and man-of-the-match Roy were completely in command against a toothless Sri Lanka attack.
Hales smashed six sixes and 10 fours while Roy went to his second one-day international century with his fourth six before driving Seekkuge Prasanna to the cover boundary to seal victory.
The third match of the five-game series is in Bristol on Sunday.
England's highest ODI partnerships
256* - Alex Hales and Jason Roy vs Sri Lanka, 2016
250 - Andrew Strauss and Jonathon Trott vs Bangladesh, 2010
226* - Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara vs Ireland, 2013
226 - Andrew Strauss and Andrew Flintoff vs West Indies, 2004
213 - Graeme Hick and Neil Fairbrother vs West Indies, 1991
Highest ODI opening partnerships
286 - Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka vs England, 2006
282 - Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 2011
274 - James Marshall and Brendon McCullum, New Zealand vs Ireland, 2008
258 - Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar, India vs Kenya, 2001
256* - Alex Hales and Jason Roy, England vs Sri Lanka, 2016
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