Captain Andrew Strauss displayed commendable sportsmanship by calling back Sri Lanka batsman Angelo Mathews during England's opening Champions Trophy contest.
Mathews was initially run out towards the end of Sri Lanka's 212 all out at the Wanderers after colliding with bowler Graham Onions going for two.
James Anderson, the pick of England's attack, finished with three for 20, while Stuart Broad claimed figures of three for 49.
Strauss opted to ask Mathews back to the crease as he strode towards the pavilion, even though Joe Denly's throw from the deep would arguably have accounted for the Sri Lankan all-rounder. It was perhaps a reaction to the last time such an incident occurred in an England match when then captain Paul Collingwood later admitted regret at not pardoning New Zealand's Grant Elliott in a one-day international at The Oval.
This reprieve was not costly, however, as Sri Lanka - on 170 for six - at the time managed just another six runs before Mathews, who rescued his side with 52 from number seven, edged a low catch behind off Luke Wright.
Mathews acknowledged Strauss' gesture as he left the field and England soon wrapped up the innings thanks to two wickets in as many balls by Stuart Broad.
Muttiah Muralitharan's swashbuckling 18, from 10 balls, was terminated when Broad knocked back off-stump and Lasith Malinga suffered the same fate next delivery.
Anderson then finished things when he had Ajantha Mendis caught at slip in the 48th over.
Mathews had shared a 82-run stand with Thilina Kandamby - which had ironically come to an end via a run out earlier in Onions' 10th and final over - to ensure the Sri Lankans posted a competitive score in the day-night contest.
Anderson's excellent new-ball spell earlier provided England with a perfect start to their campaign. The Lancashire paceman struck twice during an opening burst of 7-2-11-2 as the bowlers made good use of the conditions. Onions also claimed two wickets during a stunning opening half-a-dozen overs, which left in-form Sri Lanka reeling on 17 for four.