Result: England clinch first World Twenty 20 win in dramatic fightback against Sri Lanka

England batsman Alex Hales leaves the field after his 94 during the 2nd NatWest series T20 match between England and Australia at Emirates Durham on August 31, 2013
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England secure their first World Twenty20 victory by defeating Sri Lanka by six wickets with four balls remaining in a thrilling comeback.

England have secured their first World Twenty20 clash in Group One by defeating Sri Lanka by six wickets with four balls remaining in a dramatic comeback.

England, who won the toss and elected to bowl, had a positive start when Jade Dernbach's second ball resulted in the wicket of Kusal Perera, who took three runs from six deliveries.

England thought that they had dismissed Mahela Jayawardene on his first ball, but the third umpire ruled him not out, which allowed Sri Lanka to storm to 35-1.

Despite a positive start from England, a calamity of mistakes followed, with four drop catches in total from Dernbach, Tim Bresnan and Ravi Bopara.

After Jayawardene was sent packing following a Chris Jordan delivery, England began to collect wickets, but they were handed a target of 190 to win as Sri Lanka reached the end of their innings with the loss of four wickets.

It was a disastrous start for England's reply when Nuwan Kulasekara was on a hat-trick within the first over after taking Michael Lumb and Moeen Ali with no runs on the board.

What looked like a whimpering defeat for England began to turn around when Alex Hales led his side's attack with them needing 148 off 81 deliveries.

Eoin Morgan (57) also upped the run-rate as his partnership with Hales left England on 152 until Kulasekara grabbed his third wicket, causing Morgan to leave the field after hitting seven boundaries and two sixes.

Kulasekara swiftly snatched a fourth dismissal as Joss Buttler lasted for just two runs, but it was Hales who made history by becoming the first England batsman to score a century in Twenty20 international cricket.

Bopara ended on 11 not out, but Hales will take the headlines as he scored 11 boundaries and six sixes to reach an unbeaten 116 from 64 balls in Chittagong.

Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Sing Dhoni hits a boundary during the final match of the Tri-Nation series between India and Sri Lanka at the Queen's Park Oval stadium in Port of Spain on July 11, 2013
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