England record historic whitewash in Sri Lanka
England recorded a historic whitewash in Sri Lanka as the visitors won the third and final Test against Sri Lanka by 42 runs in Colombo.
England have ended their long tour to Sri Lanka in a historic way. The visitors captured al the three series they played in the island nation. With the win in the third Test England registered their first ever whitewash in Lankan soil.
Already England ensured the Test series win with the win in the Kandy Test. English skipper Joe Root won the toss for the eighth time in a row and elected to bat first in Sinhalese Sports Club, Sri Lanka.
After electing to bat first, England put 336 in the first innings with the ton from Jonny Bairstow the new no.3 batsman for England. In reply, the host managed to score only 240 runs as English spinners continued their domination in the series.
The spinners took a 104 runs to lead for the visitors in the first innings. In the second innings, English batsman also struggled like the Lankan batsman and bowled out for 230. Even though they didn’t bat well in the second innings, their first innings lead put them in the driver seat.
Sri Lanka were asked to chase 326 runs to avoid a whitewash and to get a consolidation win. The hosts had a start that they didn’t expect in a chase like this. Both top order and middle order batsman failed to contribute to the team except Kusal Mendis who scored 86 runs.
English spinners once again continued the domination that they had over the hosts in the entire Test series. In the end, Roshen Silva and Malinda Pushpakumara had a fight but was unable to take the team over the line. Pushpakumara remained not out on 42 while Roshen Silva was dismissed on 65.
In the end Sri Lanka were bowled out for 284 runs and felt 42 runs short of the target. With this victory, England whitewashed the hosts and recorded their first ever whitewash in Lankan soil.
England: 336-all out
Jonny Bairstow 110, Ben Stokes 57
Lakshan Sandakan 5/95, Dilruwan Perera 3/113
Sri Lanka: 240-all out
Kusal Mendis 83, Dananjaya de Silva 73
Adil Rashid 5/49, Ben Stokes 3/30
England: 230-all out
Jos Buttler 64, Ben Stokes 42
Dilruwan Perera 5/88, Malinda Pushpakumara 3/28
Sri Lanka: 284-all out
Kusal Mendis 86, Malinda Pushpakumara 42*
Jack Leach 4/72, Moeen Ali 4/92