England's opening batsman Jason Roy and Alex Hales produced a record-breaking stand to guide England to a ten-wicket win in the second one-day international against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston. The hosts required a last-ball six from Liam Plunkett to rescue a draw from the first match at Trent Bridge, but produced a much-improved performance on this occasion to race to a one-sided victory under the floodlights in Birmingham.
Their triumph was built on the basis of a disciplined performance in the field and a dominant showing from their opening batsman, who put on an unbroken partnership of 256. It is England's new record opening partnership in one-day international cricket.
On a sun-drenched day in the Midlands, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Matthew won the toss and opted to bat first on a flat-looking surface. The tourists made a solid start before losing Danushka Gunathilaka with the score on 39. Liam PLunkett, who finished with impressive figures of 2 for 39 from his ten-over spell, claimed both of the first two wickets, as he also had Kusal Mendis LBW for a duck.
Dinesh Chandimal (52) and an unbeaten 53 from Upul Tharanga helped Sri Lanka to post 254 for seven. However, a steady spell from the increasingly-mature Adil Rashid (two for 34) ensured Sri Lanka were never able to get a hold of the game.
In reply, England's openers Hales and Roy - both of whom were dismissed cheaply in the first one-day international - overcame a slightly tentative start to bully an unremarkable bowling attack on a benign surface.
Hales - who made the highest score by an Englishman in an one-day international against Sri Lanka - reached his landmark off 91 balls, bringing up his hundred in the same over he bludgeoned 27 off Seekkuge Prasanna's leg-spin. Roy soon followed suit with a 92-ball ton of his own as England raced to their victory target with 15.5 overs remaining in their innings.
The tourists appeared bereft of ideas by the end of the match, but will have to dust themselves down quickly to prepare for the third one-day international in Bristol on Sunday (26 June).