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Malinga leads SL to 9-run T20 win over England

Update : 21 May 2014, 08:57 PM

World champions Sri Lanka held off an England fightback to win by nine runs in a Twenty20 international at the Oval on Tuesday helped by an explosive innings from Thisara Perera and superb bowling from Lasith Malinga.

Perera’s quick-fire 49 runs from 20 balls, having survived a dropped catch by Michael Carberry, enabled the tourists to post a total of 183-7 from their 20 overs while Malinga’s figures of 3-28 kept England at bay in response.

“The last couple of years I’ve been used to bowling in pressure situations, I’m used to it and I work hard in those situations,” Sri Lanka captain Malinga told Sky Sports.

“I really enjoy it, it doesn’t matter, I used to say to captains to give me the ball.”

Sri Lanka’s innings had been ticking along at a steady pace with Kithuruwan Vithanage’s 38 runs from 26 balls and Lahiru Thirimanne, who was eventually dismissed for 40, helping them to 122-5 when Perera came to the crease.

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