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Sri Lanka vs England - 2nd Test

Series: England in Sri Lanka, 3 Test Series, 2018
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
Date & Time: 14 November 2018

Sri Lanka 243/10 (74.0 Ovs) RR: 3.28 | England beat Sri Lanka by 57 runs

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Batsman R B 4s 6s
Dimuth Karunaratne c Ben Foakes & b Adil Rashidc Ben Foakes & b Adil Rashid579640
Kaushal Silva stumped Jack Leachstumped Jack Leach4600
Dhananjaya de Silva c Keaton Jennings & b Jack Leachc Keaton Jennings & b Jack Leach11000
Kusal Mendis lbw Jack Leachlbw Jack Leach1700
Angelo Mathews lbw Moeen Alilbw Moeen Ali8813760
Roshen Silva c Joe Root & b Moeen Alic Joe Root & b Moeen Ali379540
Niroshan Dickwella c Ben Stokes & b Moeen Alic Ben Stokes & b Moeen Ali354330
Dilruwan Perera lbw Jack Leachlbw Jack Leach21100
Akila Dananjaya not out not out 82800
Suranga Lakmal bowled Moeen Alibowled Moeen Ali0200
Malinda Pushpakumara c & & b Jack Leachc & & b Jack Leach1900
Extras 9 (b 5, lb 4, w 0, nb 0)
Total 243,10 (undefined Wkts, 74.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
14-1 (Kaushal Silva,3.3), 16-2 (Dhananjaya de Silva,5.3), 26-3 (Kusal Mendis,7.5), 103-4 (Dimuth Karunaratne,28), 176-5 (Roshen Silva,54.3), 221-6 (Angelo Mathews,62.3), 226-7 (Dilruwan Perera,65.2), 240-8 (Niroshan Dickwella,70.1), 240-9 (Suranga Lakmal,70.3), 243-10 (Malinda Pushpakumara,74),
BowlingO M R WEcon
James Anderson5 2 12 0 2.40
Jack Leach28 2 83 5 2.96
Moeen Ali19 2 72 4 3.79
Adil Rashid17 1 52 1 3.06
Joe Root5 0 15 0 3.00
Rory Burns0 0 0 0 0
Keaton Jennings0 0 0 0 0
Ben Stokes0 0 0 0 0
Jos Buttler0 0 0 0 0
Ben Foakes 0 0 0 0 0
Sam Curran0 0 0 0 0

Okay! 2-0 to England. Can they make it 3-0 in a week's time? Sri Lanka's woes continue to deepen but can they muster some courage and avoid a whitewash at least? A draw might do their batsmen a world of good. Join us for all the action from the third and final Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo from Friday. November 23, 2018 at 10 am local (0430 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious England captain, JOE ROOT says that England were great in the whole game, being under pressure at times but even during those moments, the team responded well, by staying calm and getting the momentum back. Gives that to the close games against India, which helped the side to learn how to play under pressure. Praises the seniors in Stokes and Buttler for keeping the team in good spirits even under pressure. On the first innings' batting, Joe says that before the series began, the talk was about playing bold cricket and the results are now there for everyone to see. Is happy to see players pushing each other for spots in the playing XI and praises the hard work put in by everyone. Wants to work even harder, build consistency and get to that number 1 Test ranking. Hopes to replicate this performance in the third Test but is also guarding himself against complacency and wants his team to grab every opportunity to inflict a whitewash.

Sri Lankan skipper, Suranga Lakmal, feels that both sides played good cricket and England deserved to win. Cannot fault anything in his team, he says but when stressed further, he adds that the unit gave its 100 percent. Russel Arnold then asks questions to him in Sinhalese but sadly for us, there is no translation.

Now, the bowling. 40 wickets fell in this game - 38 WERE TAKEN BY SPINNERS - THE MOST IN THE HISTORY OF THE SPORT. Jennings' dismissal by Lakmal and Karunaratne's run out by Stokes were the only non-spin dismissals. Sri Lanka prepared spinning tracks where their own spinners thrived but unfortunately for them, their opposition thrived even more. While it was a team effort, Akila's 6-fer and Leach's 5-fer in their respective team's second innings stood out. In the end, the difference was the way the teams batted against spin - with England being way better. Time now for the presentation...

Karunaratne, Mathews, Roshen and Dickwella hung in there, getting in useful stands and at one stage, it seemed like the target was gettable. At 221/5, with 80 needed, the Lankans were looking as the prime favourites. But then, Mathews fell and Dilruwan followed. There was some drama as rain spoilt the party, preventing a Day 4 finish but this morning, the visitors barely took time to wrap it up.

Chasing what seemed like a massive total, the Lankans were 26/3 in the 8th over. Many might have thought at that stage - wow. Game over on Saturday itself. But then, began a massive fightback.

With just 46 runs adrift, it became a one-inning shootout. This time skipper Joe Root came to the fore, with a clinical 124 to shore the top order while towards the end, Foakes' 65 started taking the game away from the Lankans. Eventually, a target of 301 was set.

About the match then. England won their 7th toss in a row and went about the 'Australian' style of batting on a spinning track - ATTACK. They lived by the sword and died by it, mustering 290, riding high on Buttler's 63 and a crucial 64 from Sam Curran. Sri Lanka started cautiously in contrast but then lost their way in the middle, only to recover to a 46-run lead, thanks to a patient 85 from Roshen Silva. That also included a 5-run penalty.

Aha... Ian Ward gets someone else as well, for a chat. It is Ben Foakes. Foakes says that England were in a tricky situation last evening but is now happy with the series win. On his batting in this country, Ben says that it was challenging but he tried to play late and read the ball carefully. So far, he adds, he is enjoying his outing. Credits batting coach Mark Ramprakash for making things easier and maintaining a pleasant atmosphere in the dressing room.

The three musketeers first up, as addressed by Ward - the spin trio - Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Jack Leach. Leach says that it is a great feeling and credits Rashid and Moeen for helping him out while bowling. Adds that on Saturday, England had to battle hard but that is Test cricket. Adil Rashid says that it was great fun with three spinners in the side. Is proud to be part of a team that has made history. Moeen agrees that Dickwella's wicket was the big one needed this morning and England wanted it desperately. Praies Ben Foakes in the second innings for giving those extra runs to the bowlers in the end and even Sam Curran for his crucial knock in the first innings.

Done and dusted in 35 minutes. Wow. Can get a full day to myself, if my manager permits me to do so. Leaving aside personal jubilation, getting back to the match, this is the first Test series win for England in Sri Lanka after 16 years. Boy, have they deserved it thoroughly. Terrific moment for Joe Root, who has his first Test series win outside home. The players are currently doing a lap of honour around the ground and Ian Ward is frantically searching for a few players with whom he can have a chat.

Leach to Pushpakumara, OUT! That has gone off the face of the bat! ENGLAND WIN BY 57 RUNS AND TAKE AN UNASSAILABLE 2-0 LEAD IN THE 3-MATCH SERIES! Well done, Jack Leach. A fifer in just his 6th inning. He tosses this around off and as soon as the ball lands, there is an explosion around the surface. Pushpakumara looks to drive and the ball goes straight off the face of the bat, back to the bowler, who runs to his left to complete the formalities. Malinda does not move, he reckons that it is a bump ball. Replays prove him otherwise. Congratulations, England!

IS THAT THE MATCH? Jack Leach and the entire English team are confident that they have the series in the bag. The umpires have reviewed the caught and bowled decision upstairs. Did the ball bounce? The SOFT SIGNAL IS OUT.

J Leach to Pushpakumara, Full and outside off, MP looks to sweep but misses as the ball turns away by a big margin.
J Leach to Dananjaya, Comes down the track and pushes it towards long on for a single.
J Leach to Dananjaya, Full and around middle once more, watchfully defended.
J Leach to Pushpakumara, TOP EDGE, SAFE. Full and around middle, Malinda looks to sweep but gets a top edge. Luckily for him, there is no one patrolling the backward square leg area. A single taken. 59 more to win now.
J Leach to Pushpakumara, Full and outside off, Pushpakumara feels for the ball and gets beaten.
M Ali to Dananjaya, Pushes this towards point.
M Ali to Dananjaya, The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
M Ali to Dananjaya, Full and around off, Akila comes forward and prods ahead.
M Ali to Dananjaya, Nearly got him! But too much turn. Full and tossed up outside off, Dananjaya comes down the track but is nowhere near the pitch of the ball. Swings hard but misses. However due to the extravagant turn, Foakes takes a little bit of a while before taking the bails off.
M Ali to Dananjaya, Outside off, pushed towards cover.
M Ali to Dananjaya, Full and around off, Akila has a wild swing, only to miss.
J Leach to Pushpakumara, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
J Leach to Pushpakumara, Full and outside off, Pushpakumara looks to drive but is comprehensively beaten. Ben Foakes whips the bails off and appeals for a stumping which is referred upstairs. Replays show that the back foot did not go up only.
J Leach to Dananjaya, IN THE AIR BUT IN THE GAP! Nearly... Full and down the leg side, Akila flicks it uppishly and Keaton Jennings at short leg reacts, but in the wrong direction. He moves to his right while the ball flies past his left hand, towards backward square leg. A single taken.
J Leach to Dananjaya, Goes back and blocks it down the pitch.
J Leach to Dananjaya, Comes forward and blocks it back again.
J Leach to Dananjaya, Full and around off, pushed to the bowler.
M Ali to Pushpakumara, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
M Ali to Pushpakumara, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
M Ali to Pushpakumara, Full and around off, Pushpakumara looks to defend but misses and is hit high on the thigh pad.

Malinda Pushpakumara is the last man in.

M Ali to S Lakmal, OUT! BOWLED! One brings two! Moeen is getting this over done with quickly. Another lovely piece of bowling. Full and outside off, Lakmal looks to defend and once more the ball spins in, goes past the inside edge, exploiting the gap between bat and pad and hits the off stump! England just a wicket away from a series win.
M Ali to Lakmal, Beautiful bowling again. Landed outside off, Lakmal gets across to defend but the ball spins in a long way, goes past the bat and hits the bat. England appeal for LBW but that was too high.

Skipper Suranga Lakmal comes in at number 10, probably on one of those days when a 'captain's knock' is expected out of him.

M Ali to N Dickwella, OUT! Edged and taken! Moeen Ali strikes and England's stocks rise higher! Beautifully bowled. Moeen tosses this up outside off, on a fuller length and induces the drive from Dickwella. The southpaw obliges, goes for it but then the ball turns away and takes the outside edge. It goes in a flash to Ben Stokes at first slip and he makes no mistake. That was the wicket needed for England this morning. An early scalp. That too of Dickwella. Game over? 61 runs needed, 2 wickets in hand.
J Leach to Dananjaya, Full and around off, pushed towards cover.
J Leach to N Dickwella, On middle and leg, pushed down to long on for a run.
J Leach to Dickwella, BEATEN! Very well bowled. Full and outside off, ND looks to defend but the ball spins back in a long way and misses the outside edge, narrowly missing the off stump!
J Leach to Dickwella, Third full toss from Leach this morning, Niroshan sweeps it through backward square leg for a couple.
Leach to Dickwella, Very loud appeal for LBW! Turned down. Was there bat involved? Only bat. Full and around leg, Dickwella looked to sweep but missed and got a bottom edge, then got hit on the glove.
J Leach to Dananjaya, Full and around leg, Akila flicks it away and the ball sneaks through Ben Stokes at leg gully, towards fine leg. A single taken.
M Ali to Dickwella, Full and straight, well blocked out.
M Ali to Dananjaya, Full on middle, worked through mid-wicket for one. The stand is now worth 10.
M Ali to Dananjaya, IN THE AIR... OVER COVER! Slightly nervous moments for the Lankans. This is shorter in length, spinning away from outside off, Dananjaya is early into his push and spoons it uppishly. Just eludes the man at cover. Two runs taken.
M Ali to Dananjaya, First one really that has spun today. Moeen lands this slightly beyond the rough outside off, on a fuller length, Akila comes forward to punch but misses as the ball turns away a mile.
M Ali to Dananjaya, Full and around off, pushed towards mid off.
M Ali to Dickwella, Full and around leg, Dickwella unfurls the reverse sweep and gets it over point. Deep backward point tidies up. A single taken.