That is all we have from this magnificent series. Sri Lanka created history and by virtue of this win have won it all, they beat England in the only T20I. They, then won the ODI series 3-2 and now this. Sri Lanka all the way. England need to go back to the drawing board before they take the field once again against India starting from 9th of July. Sri Lanka will go home and start afresh against South Africa visiting the island. Lots of cricket still to be played. Till next time, it's goodbye!
JAMES ANDERSON is named the MAN OF THE SERIES for England while ANGELO MATHEWS, also the Man of the Match, is Sri Lanka's Man of the Series.
On the final day, England showed that they truly have a stomach to fight. With just 5 wickets remaining, they stitched vital partnerships first between Root and Ali and then between Ali and Jordan. Moeen Ali recorded his maiden Test hundred as well and after a serious toil, just when it looked like the hard work had paid off, Anderson, who had hung around with him for the final wicket for more than 16 overs, fended one to leg gully to end a nail-biter. It was heartbreak for the English but Sri Lanka, worthy winners. That is how the cookie crumbles sometimes. It is a cruel game but a great leveler.
England put in Sri Lanka on the first morning and it turned out to be a great decision. They skittled them out for 257 and then, led by a maiden hundred by Sam Robson established a strong foothold in the game. With Sri Lanka reeling at the end of Day 3, who could have predicted what would happen next. The visitors staged a magnificent fightback thanks to another super century from their skipper Angelo Mathews. He and Rangana Herath hung around and changed Sri Lanka's position completely. A career best Test score from Mathews put Sri Lanka in a commanding position and after Day 4, Sri Lanka were the clear favourites.
What a fantastic game of Test cricket. What a series in fact! Both the games going down to the wire and we finally get a result. After 3 days, England were firm favourites to win this match and take the series. Sri Lanka produced an unheralded comeback and created history. They won their first Test series on English soil but the win by no means, was easy. It was a grind, a real hard grind.
Can a game get any closer? This is what Test cricket is all about. An absolute thriller of a game and in the end, it is Sri Lanka who have come out on top.
Shaminda Eranga to James Anderson
OUT! Dear oh dear! What a time and way to get out! Total heartbreak for England and complete jubilation for Sri Lanka. Eranga produces a magic delivery on middle, Anderson fends it off but this one goes off his gloves and goes straight to Rangana Herath at leg gully. Anderson is distraught and so is the entire England team. SRI LANKA WIN BY 100 RUNS WITH JUST 1 BALL TO SPARE. SRI LANKA WIN THE SERIES 1-0.
Goes for the fuller one on leg, Anderson is equal to the task as he blocks it away solidly. Just 2 balls remaining.
A short, awkward delivery, Anderson fends it away safely.
Short again on middle, Anderson stays back and dabs it to gully.
Back of a length on middle, Anderson stands tall and knocks it into the ground, 5 to go.
Anderson has to survive just these last six ball from Eranga.
Dhammika Prasad to Moeen Ali
Full on off, Ali drives it back to Prasad once again and that ends the over. England have just 6 balls to survive.
Back of a length on off, Ali stands tall and offers a rock solid block.
Very full on middle, Ali drives it straight back to Prasad again.
Full on middle, defended straight back to the bowler.
Another short ball outside off, Ali drops his wrists and allows it through. 9 balls to go.
WIDE! Another bouncer, Ali ducks under it and the umpire calls it a wide. Not sure England would want a wide at this stage.
Banged in short, Ali drops his hands and lets it go.
Rangana Herath to James Anderson
Stays back and defends it safely. Just 12 balls to go.