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Ton leaves Hales 'buzzing'

Alex Hales was left 'buzzing' after becoming the first Englishman to score a century in Twenty20 internationals during a thrilling six-wicket triumph over Sri Lanka.

The Nottinghamshire right-hander helped drag England from a perilous position on 0-2 to a target of 190 with four balls to spare in Chittagong.

The win keeps England alive in the Super 10s stage, where further wins over South Africa and Netherlands should guarantee their passage into the semi-final stage.

Speaking on his knock, Hales said: "I'm absolutely buzzing with that. Centuries in this format don't come along very often and I've got out a couple of times in the 90s so I was pleased to get over the line today."

He added: "It's a great win for us. We weren't in good form coming into this match but we needed that and (I'm) buzzing for it.

"I think it was a beautiful pitch. The way they batted showed how good it was and after two wickets we knew if we just stayed in the game - the rate Morgy (Eoin Morgan, who hit a 38-ball 57) played was outstanding and made my job a lot easier.

"He was outstanding. The way he hit the ball for six in the middle overs made my job a hell of a lot easier."

England lost their first game of the World Twenty20 to New Zealand in controversial fashion via the Duckworth-Lewis method and Hales is now keen to look forward.

"We felt a little bit hard done by the other night," he said. "We posted a fairly good score and felt we could have defended it. But it's great to get a win on the board and hopefully there's a couple more to follow."