England face tough run chase
England must chase 184 to pull off a second successive win over world champions Sri Lanka, in the one-off Twenty20 international at the Oval.
England restricted the tourists effectively, for the most part, after Eoin Morgan chose to bowl first on a cloudy evening - with T20 debutant seamer Harry Gurney the pick of the attack with two for 26.
But number seven Thisara Perera rode his luck to top-score in Sri Lanka's 183 for seven with an unbeaten 49 from 20 balls.
England were the only side to beat Sri Lanka during the latter's victorious campaign in Bangladesh but face a tough chase if they are to emulate that result.
Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kusal Perera threatened to give Sri Lanka a flying start, but the six-over powerplay was marginally England's thanks to the wickets of both openers with the score on 24.
Gurney's first international victim, in his second match, was a notable one in Dilshan and was the result of an outstanding piece of bowling - the left-armer beating the batsman on the back foot to clip the off bail.
Kusal was a little unlucky, picking up the length to pull Chris Jordan fiercely but straight to Ravi Bopara at short fine-leg.
Twenty20 debutant Kithuruwan Vithanage gave notice of his significant talent, dominating a half-century stand with Lahiru Thirimanne.
But again Sri Lanka were to forfeit momentum via two quick wickets.
Vithanage cut Chris Woakes straight into the hands of deep point then new batsman Dinesh Chandimal, who had just hit Joe Root for six over mid-wicket, got underneath another attempted big hit and was caught at long on.
Jos Buttler's slip, when perfect glovework might have given him a chance of stumping Vithanage, was not costly - but Jordan's failure to hold a sharp chance at point off a Woakes full toss was more so, with Thirimanne on only 14 on his way to an eventual 40.
There were two more half-chances to get rid of Thirimanne until he clubbed a Gurney full toss to deep mid-wicket.
England's most obvious blemish, though, was a mix-up between Michael Carberry and Morgan - both going for the same skier in the covers off a Gurney slower ball, and neither able to hold on as the dangerous Thisara was reprieved on 20.
The big left-hander went on to punish the opposition, with 22 runs from the final four deliveries of Jordan's spell.