England vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI: Hales and Roy demolish Sri Lanka as England take lead in ODI series

England moved ahead in the ODI series against Sri Lanka, thanks to a ten wicket win at Edgbaston

England vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI: Hales and Roy demolish Sri Lanka as England take lead in ODI series
Alex Hales and Jason Roy embrace after the ten-wicket win (image via: Gareth Copley/PA)

Following Tuesday's frantic tie at Trent Bridge, England moved 1-0 ahead in the One-Day International series against Sri Lanka with a sensational ten wicket win at Edgbaston

An incredible unbeaten opening partnership of 256 did the trick for England, thanks to centuries from openers Alex Hales and Jason Roy. The pair really turned the style on as the chase headed to a crescendo, striking boundaries at will. 

Alex Hales in beligerent form at Edgbaston (image via: Gareth Copley/PA)

The hosts' bowlers did well to restrict their opponents to 254-7 from 50 overs earlier in the day, before Hales and Roy's demolition job which saw England reach the target with more than 15 overs remaining.

Sri Lankans struggle to impose themselves despite Chandimal and Tharanga half-centuries 

Having won the toss and elected to bat, Sri Lanka never really got on top of England throughout the entirety of their innings, finishing with a below-par total of 254 from their 50 overs. 

Liam Plunkett captured two wickets in the powerplay, removing Danushka Gunathilaka for 22 and Kusal Mendis for a duck as the tourists slipped to 47-2 in the ninth over. 

After Kusal Perera was run-out by Roy for 37, Sri Lanka's most experienced pair Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews set about resurecting the innings during the middle overs. 

With a competitive total resting on the influential pair, their 82-run partnership gave Sri Lanka hope but Rashid's quickfire wicket double of Mathews and Seekkuge Prasanna put England back on top. 

Chandimal was then run-out for 52 by Roy for his second scalp of the innings, before some late power hitting from Upul Tharanga, who scored an unbeaten 53, saw Sri Lanka set England 255 for victory. 

Hales and Roy break English partnership record in incredible run-chase

England's opening partnership has long been up for debate in the Test arena, but in one-day cricket they have settled on the destructive pair of Roy and Hales. 

Both are known for their dominant batting at the top of the order in county cricket, and over the past few months have shown that they can recreate this on the international scene. 

Jason Roy on his way to a century (image via: Gareth Copley/PA)

England's new record partnership of 256 for all one-day cricket was a sight to behold for the Edgbaston crowd, with both batsmen comfortably striking at more than a run-a-ball, passing the previous record of 250 set by Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott six years ago. 

Hales raced ahead of his partner to reach three figures first during an over where he took Prasanna for 27, which included three consecutive sixes, finishing unbeaten on 133, the highest score for an Englishman against Sri Lanka. Roy then joined his partner after struggling to move past 99, with a lofted drive down the ground for six, finishing not out on 112. 

The sensational win was confirmed in the 35th over on another memorable day for English cricket, with the series continuing in Bristol on Sunday.