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Sri Lanka vs England, 2nd Test Match Summary

SL vs ENG, 2018 - Test Summary

Sri Lanka vs England Scorecard
Match Ended   
336&243 (74.0)
England beat Sri Lanka by 57 runs
  • Player of the Match
    Joe Root
ENG 290/10
Bat Top Batsmen
64 (119)
  • 1x4s
  • 6x6s
  • 53.78SR
63 (67)
  • 7x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 94.02SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
SL 336/10
Bat Top Batsmen
85 (174)
  • 4x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 48.85SR
63 (125)
  • 4x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 50.4SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
ECON 2.41
ECON 3.40
ENG 346/10
Bat Top Batsmen
124 (146)
  • 10x4s
  • 2x6s
  • 84.93SR
65 (119)
  • 4x4s
  • 2x6s
  • 54.62SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
SL 243/10
Bat Top Batsmen
88 (137)
  • 6x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 64.23SR
57 (96)
  • 4x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 59.37SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
ECON 2.96
ECON 3.78
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. Praises 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.
Jack Leach To Malinda Pushpakumara OUT!
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.
Jack Leach To Malinda Pushpakumara
Full and outside off, MP looks to sweep but misses as the ball turns away by a big margin.
Jack Leach To Akila Dananjaya
Comes down the track and pushes it towards long on for a single.
Jack Leach To Akila Dananjaya
Full and around middle once more, watchfully defended.
Jack Leach To Malinda 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.
Jack Leach To Malinda Pushpakumara
Full and outside off, Pushpakumara feels for the ball and gets beaten.
Over 73 : 241/9
0 Runs
    A. Dananjaya
    7 (26)
    M. Pushpakumara
    0 (5)
    M. Ali
    Moeen Ali To Akila Dananjaya
    Pushes this towards point.
    Moeen Ali To Akila Dananjaya
    The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
    Moeen Ali To Akila Dananjaya
    Full and around off, Akila comes forward and prods ahead.
    Moeen Ali To Akila 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.
    Moeen Ali To Akila Dananjaya
    Outside off, pushed towards cover.
    Moeen Ali To Akila Dananjaya
    Full and around off, Akila has a wild swing, only to miss.
    Over 72 : 241/9
    1 Runs
      M. Pushpakumara
      0 (5)
      A. Dananjaya
      7 (20)
      J. Leach
      Jack Leach To Malinda Pushpakumara
      Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
      Jack Leach To Malinda 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.
      Jack Leach To Akila 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.
      Jack Leach To Akila Dananjaya
      Goes back and blocks it down the pitch.
      Jack Leach To Akila Dananjaya
      Comes forward and blocks it back again.
      Jack Leach To Akila Dananjaya
      Full and around off, pushed to the bowler.
      Match Info
      • Venue Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
      • Weather Sunny
      • Toss Englandwon the toss and elected to bat
      • Result England beat Sri Lanka by 57 runs
      • Player of the Match Joe Root
      • Umpire Marais Erasmus (SA), S Ravi (IND) and Chris Gaffaney (NZ)
      • Referee Andy Pycroft (ZIM)
      Match Notes
      • Innings Break: England 285/10 in 75.4 overs
      • Drinks: England 279/9 in 74.0 overs
      • 10th wkt Partnership: 53 off 48 balls between S Curran (43) and J Anderson (6)
      • S Curran dropped on 53 by Pushpakumara in 72.2 overs
      • S Curran 3rd Test fifty: 51 runs in 92 balls (0x4) (5x6)
      • England 251/9 in 68.1 overs
      • England 218/8: A Rashid lbw b D Perera 31(52)
      • Referral 4 (61.2 ovs): A Rashid against SL (LBW) Unsuccessful (SL: 2, ENG: 1)
      • Tea: England 212/7 in 60.0 overs
      • England 202/7 in 55.5 overs
      • Drinks: England 168/6 in 43.0 overs
      • England 151/5 in 38.1 overs
      • J Buttler 11th Test fifty: 50 runs in 50 balls (6x4) (0x6)
      • England 134/5: M Ali lbw b M Pushpakumara 10(23)
      • Referral 3 (34.2 ovs): SL against M Ali (LBW) Successful (SL: 2, ENG: 2)
      • Lunch: England 120/4 in 30.0 overs
      • England 102/4 in 27.3 overs
      • England 50/2 in 14.4 overs
      • Drinks: England 44/2 in 13.2 overs
      • England 44/2: B Stokes lbw b D Perera 19(27)
      • Referral 2 (13.2 ovs): SL against B Stokes (LBW) Successful (SL: 2, ENG): 2)
      • Referral 1 (9.5 ovs): SL against B Stokes (LBW) Unsuccessful (SL: 2, ENG: 2) (Retained)
      • Innings Break: Sri Lanka 336/10 in 103.0 overs
      • Drinks: Sri Lanka 307/8 in 92.0 overs
      • 9th wkt Partnership: 55 off 73 balls between R Silva (23) and A Dananjaya (31)
      • Sri Lanka 300/8 in 91.1 overs
      • A Dananjaya dropped on 30 by J Buttler in 90.4 overs
      • R Silva dropped on 58 by B Stokes in 83.3 overs
      • New ball taken: Sri Lanka 268/8 in 82.1 overs
      • R Silva 4th Test fifty: 50 runs in 103 balls (3x4) (0x6)
      • Sri Lanka 251/7 in 79.0 over
      • Tea: Sri Lanka 244/7 in 78.0 overs
      • Referral 3 (69.3 ovs): ENG against R Silva (LBW) Unsuccessful (SL:1, ENG:0)
      • Sri Lanka 211/7 : N Dickwella lbw b M ALi 25(33)
      • Referral 2 (66.4 ovs): N Dickwella against ENG (LBW) Unsuccessful (SL:1, ENG:1)
      • Sri Lanka 200/6 in 62.4 overs
      • Drinks: Sri Lanka 193/6 in 61.0 overs
      • Sri Lanka 150/5 in 47.2 overs
      • Lunch: Sri Lanka 139/4 in 44.0 overs
      • d Silva 4th Test fifty: 52 runs in 79 balls (5x4) (0x6)
      • Sri Lanka100/2 in 29.3 overs
      • Drinks: Sri Lanka 97/4 in 29.0 overs
      • D Karunaratne 18th Test fifty: 52 runs in 94 balls (3x4) (0x6)
      • 3th wkt Partnership: 50 off 69 balls between D Karunaratne (20) and d Silva (26)
      • Sri Lanka 51/2 in 20.0 overs
      • Referral 1 (13.3): ENG against D Karunaratne (LBW) Unsuccessful (SL: 2, ENG: 1)
      • Stumps: England 324/9 in 76.0 overs
      • Bad Light: England 324/9 in 76.0 overs
      • B Foakes maiden Test Fifty : 51 runs in 102 balls (3x4) (1x6)
      • A Dananjaya 3rd Test 5-wicket haul: 6/95 (69.3)
      • Drinks: England 302/9 in 73.0 overs
      • England 301/6 in 69.1 overs
      • 7th wkt Partnership: 50 off 85 balls between J Root (27) and B Foakes (22)
      • J Root 15th Test Hundred : 102 runs in 120 balls (9x4) (2x6)
      • Tea: England 259/6 in 59.0 overs
      • England 250/6 in 55.0 overs
      • Drinks: England 218/5 in 46.0 overs
      • England 200/5 in 43.2 overs
      • J Root 42nd Test fifty: 50 runs in 66 balls (5x4) (0x6)
      • 5th wkt Partnership: 50 off 59 balls between J Root (20) and J Buttler (23)
      • England 150/4in 33.5 overs
      • J Buttler dropped on 14 by K Mendis in 30.2 overs
      • Lunch: England 131/4 in 30.0 overs
      • England 109/4: B Stoke lbw b D Perera 0(2)
      • Referral 5 (26.1 ovs): B Stoke sagainst SL (LBW) Unsuccessful (SL: 0, ENG: 0)
      • Referral 4 (26.1 ovs): SL against J Root (LBW) Unsuccessful (SL: 0, ENG: 1)
      • Referral 3 (25.5 ovs): R Burn sagainst SL (LBW) Unsuccessful (SL: 1, ENG: 1)
      • Referral 3 (25.5 ovs): SL against R Burns (LBW) Successful (SL: 1, ENG: 2)
      • England 100/2 in 24.0 overs
      • R Burns Maiden Test fifty: 52 runs in 61 balls (6x4) (0x6)
      • Drinks: England 67/1 in 16.0 overs
      • Referral 2 (14.5 ovs): SL against R Burns (LBW) Unsuccessful (SL: 1, ENG: 2)
      • 1st wkt Partnership: 50 off 64 balls between R Burns (33) and K Jennings (19)
      • England 53/1 in 12.3 overs
      • England 4/1: J Leach lbw b D Perera 1(11)
      • Referral 1 (2.3 ovs): SL against L Leach (LBW) Successful (SL: 2, ENG: 2)
      • Stumps: Sri Lanka 226/7 in 65.2 overs
      • Rain Stoppage: Sri Lanka 226/7 in 65.2 overs
      • Sri Lanka 221/6: A Mathews lbw M Ali 88(137)
      • Referral 5 (62.3): A Mathews against ENG (LBW) Unsuccessful (SL:2, ENG:1) (Retained)
      • Tea: Sri Lanka 219/5 in 62.0 overs
      • Sri Lanka 202/5 in 58.3 overs
      • Sri Lanka 176/5: R Silva C J Root b M Ali 37(95)
      • Referral 4 (54.3): ENG against R Silva (Caught) Successful (SL:2, ENG:1)
      • Referral 3 (47.3): ENG against R Silva (LBW) Unsuccessful (SL:2, ENG:1)
      • 5th wkt Partnership: 50 off 115 balls between A Mathews (21) and R Silva (27)
      • Drinks: Sri Lanka 151/4 46.0 overs
      • Sri Lanka 150/4 in 43.6 overs
      • A Mathews 32th Test fifty: 51 runs in 75 balls (3x4) (0x6)
      • Sri Lanka 102/3 in 27.4 overs
      • Lunch: Sri Lanka 93/3 in 25.0 overs
      • Referral 2 (25.3): D Karunaratne against ENG (LBW) Successful (SL:2, ENG:1)
      • D Karunaratne 19th Test fifty: 51 runs in 81 balls (4x4) (0x6)
      • 4st wkt Partnership: 50 off 83 balls between D Karunaratne (30) and A Mathews (20)
      • Sri Lanka 50/3 in 15.1 overs
      • A Mathews dropped on 7 by B Stokes in 14.6 over
      • Drinks: Sri Lanka 38/3 11.0 overs
      • Sri Lanka 26/3 : K Mendis LBW b J Leach 1(7)
      • Referral 1 (7.5): ENG against K Mendis (LBW) Successful (SL:2, ENG:2)
      • Innings Break: England 346/10 in 80.4 overs
      • New ball taken: England 346/9 in 80.4 overs
      • Leach maiden Test 5-wicket haul: 5/83 (74.0)
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