Alex Hales reignited England's hopes in the ICC World Twenty20 with a blazing century that gutted No. 1 Sri Lanka in a tall-scoring contest in Chittagong on Thursday night. hales (116 not out off 64 balls) became the first English batsman to score a century in T20 internationals as England chased down Lanka's 189 with six wickets and four balls to spare.
The 25-year-old Middlesex batsman had twice -- once out on 99 -- missed a T20I century but on Thursday, he was not to be denied. "I always had the confidence I would get the chance again," he said. "Hundreds don't come around very often in the short format so I'm buzzing I got it today and in a huge fixture for our country," said hales.
The six-foot-five-inch right-handed Hales opened the innings with Michael Lumb but England were off to a horrendous start. They lost two wickets in the first over with nothing on the scoreboard. hales and Eoin Morgan had more than a repair job to do. hales and Morgan produced 152 runs for the third wicket and that was good enough to lift English hopes on an otherwise poor day's cricket by Stuart Broad's team.