Centuries from Ravi Bopara and captain James Taylor helped England Lions complete a comprehensive seven-wicket victory against Sri Lanka A in the Tri-Series at Worcester.
England have two wins from three games after beating Sri Lanka twice, while New Zealand have won both their completed matches after their opener against Sri Lanka was washed out.
Steven Finn took 4-67 as Dinesh Chandimal’s unbeaten 119 underpinned Sri Lanka’s 283 for six from 50 overs. Dinesh Chandimal entered the crease with the score on 16-2 but the 24-year-old hauled his team back into contention with a superb unbeaten 119 in 127 balls.
Sri Lanka’s number three was ably supported by Ashan Priyanjan, who made 42 before being caught behind off Bopara (one for 29).
Chaturanga de Silva (21) and Seekkuge Prasanna (26) added some late runs down the order but both were dismissed by Finn as Sri Lanka closed on 283 for six after 50 overs.
England’s response got off to a solid start as Vince (32) and Alex Hales (24) saw off the early running but both fell in quick succession to Prasanna (three for 42).
Sri Lanka were given hope at 66 for two but Bopara and Taylor steered the contest away from their opponents with two excellent centuries.
Bopara was eventually stumped by Chandimal off Prasanna but the game was already won and it was left to Taylor and Jason Roy (12 not out) to see the home side over the line.
Sri Lanka A 283-6 (L Chandimal 119 no; S Finn 4-67) v England Lions 285-3 (R Bopara 106, J Taylor 103 no)
England Lions beat Sri Lanka A by 7 wkts