Sam Billings and Liam Livingstone burnished their Twenty20 credentials as England withstood a top-order wobble to seal a series win over Sri Lanka following a rain-affected second contest.
The duo is on the fringes of the limited-overs setup but after England stuttered to 36 for 4 in pursuit of 112 – a target reduced to 103 from 18 overs following a sharp shower – they put on a crucial 54 from 48 balls.
Billings (24) departed with 13 still needed but Livingstone (29 not out) and Sam Curran (16 not out) got England over the line with five wickets and 11 balls to spare as they moved into an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
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A stellar collective effort in the field restricted Sri Lanka to 111 for 7 — the lowest total England has ever conceded when it has bowled the full allotment – with Mark Wood and Adil Rashid taking two wickets apiece.