England seal series win in Sri Lanka after 17 years
Finally, England closed their seventeen years-long waits to win a series in Sri Lanka by beating the hosts in the second Test by 57 runs in Kandy.
England are having a dream time in International cricket now with the consecutive series win in the series they played in recent times. With one more Test remaining in the Lankan tour they have ensured the Test series win too following the wins in limited over formats.
After a comfortable win in Galle, England took on the hosts in Kandy aiming at a historic Test series win in Sri Lanka. England put a first innings score of 290 with the knocks from Sam Curran and Jos Buttler. In reply, the hosts scored 346 runs and took a first innings lead of 56 over England.
After conceding a small first-innings lead, England batsmen put up a great show with the bat to come back into the match in a much stronger position. England skipper Joe Root scored a match-winning ton along with the fifties from Rory Burns and Ben Foakes.
This resulted in England posting 336 in the board from the second innings. And the hosts were set a moderate target of 300 to make a come back into the Test series after a humiliating defeat in Galle Test.
But Sri Lanka started the chase in an unfortunate manner losing three early wickets for only 26 runs. Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews rebuilt the Lankan innings after the early batting collapse.
Unfortunately, Karunaratne had to walk back in an unfortunate situation for him as Ben Foakes and Keaton Jennings teamed for a great catch to dismiss the opening batsman on 57. Following his wicket, Roshen Silva played a good hand with Angelo Mathews scoring 37 runs.
Then step by step England came back into the game after dismissing well settled Angelo Mathews on 88. Dilruwan Perera also didn’t spend much time on the field scoring only 2 runs. Following his wicket, the day’s play was stooped due to rain.
England came into the day five needing only three wickets to win the match. They spent only 30 minutes on day 5 to dismiss the Lankan tail. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 243 and England won the match by 57 runs.
With this win, England clinched the series 2-0 with one more to go. This is England’s first Test series win in Sri Lanka since 2001. Joe Root was awarded as Man of the match and simultaneously he won first Test series as a captain in Asia.
England: 290-all out
Sam Curran 64, Jos Buttler 63
DIlruwan Perera 4/61, Malinda Pushpakumara 3/89
Sri Lanka: 336-all out
Roshen Silva 85, Dimuth Karunaratne 63
Jack Leach 3/70, Adil Rashid 3/75
England: 346-all out
Joe Root 124, Ben Foakes 65
Akila Dananjaya 6/115, Dilruwan Perera 3/96
Sri Lanka: 243-all out
Angelo Mathews 88, Dimuth Karunaratne 57
Jack Leach 5/83, Moeen Ali 4/72