England secure series sweep despite Sri Lanka resistance

26 Nov, 2018 4:24 pm

Colombo (Reuters) – England overcame some spirited late resistance from the hosts to seal a first 3-0 series sweep in Sri Lanka when the tourists wrapped up a 42-run victory shortly after tea on the fourth day of the third and final Test on Monday.

Chasing an improbable 327-run target, Sri Lanka’s last six batsmen combined well to get to within less than 50 runs of what would have been a remarkable triumph after they resumed on 53 for four at the Sinhalese Sports Club.

Kusal Mendis (86) and Roshen Silva (65) set the tone for the hosts with a dogged 102-run sixth-wicket stand in an exemplary display of defiance spread over 30 overs as Sri Lanka sought to end a disappointing series on a high.

After Mendis was run out, Malinda Pushpakumara (42 not out) survived a sickening blow to the helmet to raise 58 runs with Suranga Lakmal for the final wicket to give England some jitters before the tourists secured victory in the first over after tea.

England looked on course for a routine triumph after half an hour of play when Jack Leach angled one into the leg stump and nightwatchman Lakshan Sandakan could only edge the ball to Ben Stokes at slip to depart after making seven.

The hosts rallied and Mendis brought up his seventh test fifty as Silva shrugged off occasional discomfort against all-rounder Stokes’ awkward bounce to thwart the England attack.

Leach’s left-arm spin could not separate the duo but his right-handed throw did, the Somerset bowler charging in from backward square leg to throw down the stumps at the non-striker’s end with Mendis short of his ground.

It was a tragic end to a stellar innings by the right-hander, who hit eight boundaries and a six in an assured knock.

Leach (4-72) struck again to dismiss Niroshan Dickwella for 19 with Keaton Jennings enhancing his reputation as an exceptional close-in fielder by taking a smart bat-pad catch at short leg.


Moeen Ali (4-92) then dismissed Dilruwan Perera and Silva but Pushpakumara engineered a spirited counter-attack with stand-in skipper Lakmal, who was the last man out.

England triumphed in the series opener in Galle to end a 13-match winless streak in overseas tests and won in Pallekele to take an unassailable 2-0 lead, ending the side’s 17-year wait for a test series victory in Sri Lanka.

In response to their poor showing, Sri Lanka sacked the entire selection committee on Sunday and replaced them with a new panel headed by former test player Asantha de Mel.

SCOREBOARD

England  1st innings
 Rory Burns       b Dilruwan Perera                                14
 Keaton Jennings  c Roshen Silva b Malinda Pushpakumara            13
 Jonny Bairstow   b Lakshan Sandakan                               110
 Joe Root         c Danushka Gunathilaka b Lakshan Sandakan         46
 Ben Stokes       c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lakshan Sandakan          57
 Jos Buttler      c&b Lakshan Sandakan                              16
 Moeen Ali        c Angelo Mathews b Dilruwan Perera                33
 Ben Foakes       c Niroshan Dickwella b Malinda Pushpakumara       13
 Adil Rashid      Not Out                                           21
 Stuart Broad     b Lakshan Sandakan                                 0
 Jack Leach       c Angelo Mathews b Dilruwan Perera                 2
 Extras           7b 3lb 1nb 0pen 0w                                11
 Total            (92.5 overs)                             336 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-22 Burns, 2-36 Jennings, 3-136 Root, 4-235 Stokes, 5-254 Bairstow, 6-265 Buttler, 7-294 Foakes, 8-328 Ali, 9-329 Broad, 10-336 Leach

 Bowling                 Ov  Md   Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Suranga Lakmal          11   2   33   0  3.00  1nb
 Dilruwan Perera       32.5   1  113   3  3.44
 Malinda Pushpakumara    20   3   64   2  3.20
 Lakshan Sandakan        22   0   95   5  4.32
 Dhananjaya de Silva      5   0   16   0  3.20
 Danushka Gunathilaka     2   0    5   0  2.50

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 Sri Lanka  1st innings
 Danushka Gunathilaka  c Keaton Jennings b Jack Leach            18
 Dimuth Karunaratne    c Keaton Jennings b Adil Rashid           83
 Dhananjaya de Silva   c Keaton Jennings b Adil Rashid           73
 Kusal Mendis          c Ben Stokes b Adil Rashid                27
 Angelo Mathews        c Ben Foakes b Ben Stokes                  5
 Roshen Silva          c Keaton Jennings b Adil Rashid            3
 Niroshan Dickwella    c Ben Foakes b Ben Stokes                  5
 Dilruwan Perera       c Ben Foakes b Ben Stokes                  0
 Suranga Lakmal        Not Out                                    3
 Lakshan Sandakan      Run Out Adil Rashid                        2
 Malinda Pushpakumara  lbw Adil Rashid                           13
 Extras                0b 7lb 0nb 0pen 1w                         8
 Total                 (65.5 overs)                     240 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-31 Gunathilaka, 2-173 de Silva, 3-187 Karunaratne, 4-200 Mathews, 5-205 Silva, 6-222 Dickwella, 7-222 Mendis, 8-222 Perera, 9-224 Sandakan, 10-240 Pushpakumara

 Bowling         Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Stuart Broad     9   2  36   0  4.00
 Jack Leach      18   2  59   1  3.28
 Moeen Ali       13   2  55   0  4.23
 Adil Rashid   13.5   2  49   5  3.54
 Joe Root         2   0   4   0  2.00
 Ben Stokes      10   1  30   3  3.00  1w

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 England  2nd innings
 Rory Burns       lbw Dilruwan Perera                               7
 Keaton Jennings  lbw Dilruwan Perera                               1
 Jonny Bairstow   c (Sub) b Dilruwan Perera                         15
 Joe Root         c&b Malinda Pushpakumara                          7
 Ben Stokes       c Malinda Pushpakumara b Dilruwan Perera          42
 Jos Buttler      st Niroshan Dickwella b Lakshan Sandakan          64
 Moeen Ali        c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lakshan Sandakan          22
 Ben Foakes       Not Out                                           36
 Adil Rashid      c Niroshan Dickwella b Malinda Pushpakumara       24
 Stuart Broad     c Kusal Mendis b Malinda Pushpakumara              1
 Jack Leach       c Niroshan Dickwella b Dilruwan Perera             0
 Extras           3b 4lb 3nb 0pen 1w                                11
 Total            (69.5 overs)                             230 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-3 Jennings, 2-20 Burns, 3-35 Bairstow, 4-39 Root, 5-128 Stokes, 6-168 Buttler, 7-171 Ali, 8-215 Rashid, 9-217 Broad, 10-230 Leach

 Bowling                 Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Dilruwan Perera       29.5   3  88   5  2.95
 Malinda Pushpakumara    12   2  28   3  2.33
 Dhananjaya de Silva      9   1  24   0  2.67
 Suranga Lakmal           3   1   7   0  2.33  1w 1nb
 Lakshan Sandakan        16   1  76   2  4.75  2nb

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 Sri Lanka  2nd innings
 Danushka Gunathilaka  c Ben Stokes b Moeen Ali                  6
 Dimuth Karunaratne    b Moeen Ali                              23
 Dhananjaya de Silva   lbw Jack Leach                            0
 Kusal Mendis          Run Out Jack Leach                       86
 Angelo Mathews        c Stuart Broad b Ben Stokes               5
 Lakshan Sandakan      c Ben Stokes b Jack Leach                 7
 Roshen Silva          lbw Moeen Ali                            65
 Niroshan Dickwella    c Keaton Jennings b Jack Leach           19
 Dilruwan Perera       c Keaton Jennings b Moeen Ali             5
 Suranga Lakmal        lbw Jack Leach                           11
 Malinda Pushpakumara  Not Out                                  42
 Extras                8b 0lb 2nb 0pen 5w                       15
 Total                 (86.4 overs)                    284 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-15 Gunathilaka, 2-24 de Silva, 3-34 Karunaratne, 4-52 Mathews, 5-82 Sandakan, 6-184 Mendis, 7-214 Dickwella, 8-225 Perera, 9-226 Silva, 10-284 Lakmal

 Bowling         Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Stuart Broad     5   0  14   0  2.80  3w
 Moeen Ali       26   3  92   4  3.54
 Jack Leach    28.4   4  72   4  2.51
 Ben Stokes       8   1  25   1  3.12  2w 1nb
 Adil Rashid     19   1  73   0  3.84  1nb

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 Umpire         Sundaram Ravi
 Umpire         Christopher Gaffaney
 Video          Marais Erasmus
 Match Referee  Andrew Pycroft

 

 




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