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Morgan rues costly missed chances

England captain Eoin Morgan admitted his side were outplayed as they slipped to a nine-run defeat to Sri Lanka in their Twenty20 International.

Some late fireworks from Ravi Bopara, following 66 off 41 balls from Alex Hales, threatened to earn England an unlikely success, but Morgan accepted world champions Sri Lanka were comfortably the better side.

"Yeah, I think we were (outplayed in all departments)," Morgan said on Sky Sports 2.

"It's devastating. In the first 15 overs we bowled really well and fielded okay and then we sort of fell away."

The hosts were made to pay for a number of costly drops - most notably Thisara Perera, who went on to make 49 off 20 in his side's 183 for seven.

On those mistakes, Morgan said: "No excuses here. Perfect fielding conditions and we dropped three. It's inexcusable."

One bright spot for England was the performance of debutant seamer Harry Gurney, who was the pick of the attack with two for 26.

"He bowled magnificently," Morgan added. "He transferred his form from county cricket into the international stage - that's very promising to see."

Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga's bowling at the death was key to his side's win as he conceded just four runs off the penultimate over, returning figures of thee for 28.

"He's world class," Morgan said. "We've come up against him a couple of times. We recognise he is their best bowler and has been for some time."

Malinga's death bowling was in contrast to Chris Jordan's, who went for 22 off the second-last over.

And the Sri Lankan revealed he enjoys the pressure.

"I have good confidence in the pressure situation," he said.