England was able to take an unassailable lead of 2-0 as they won the second Test match against Sri Lanka by 57 runs. It was a fine performance from the visitors to continue their sublime form. The second Test match belonged to the spinners as 38 wickets out of 40 were taken by them. The tourists came up with a fine batting performance in the second innings to hold the advantage over the hosts.
It took just 30 minutes for England to wrap up the proceedings on the final day of the Test match. The visitors needed another three wickets for the victory and they were able to get them in a jiffy. Jack Leach and Moeen Ali were the chief destroyers of the Sri Lankan second innings as they shared nine wickets.
A complete performance from the tourists.
Meanwhile, England skipper Joe Root was able to play a crucial role of 124 in the second innings to set up an above par target for the hosts.
England made 290 in the first innings after Root won the toss and decided to bat first. They were struggling at 171-7 and it was once again their rescue man Sam Curran who scored a vital 64 to take them to 290. Dilruwan Perera was able to scalp four wickets in the first innings.
Sri Lanka came with a strong batting reply as they took a lead of 46 runs. Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva and Roshen Silva scored fifties to help the hosts go past England’s total.
However, England changed the course of the match with their second innings batting display. Rory Burns scored a fine half-century and Joe Root played a captain’s knock.
Ben Foakes continued his dream form going as he scored yet another fifty in his second Test match. Thus, England was able to win and this away win must have added a shot in their arms.
Brief Scores: England 1st innings: 290, Sam Curran 64, Jos Buttler 63,
Dilruwan Perera: 4-61.
Sri Lanka 1st innings: 336, Roshen Silva 85, Dimuth Karunaratne: 63
Jack Leach 3-70.
England 2nd innings: 346, Joe Root 124, Ben Foakes: 65*.
Akila Dananjaya: 6-115.
Sri Lanka 2nd innings: 243, Angelo Mathews: 88
Jack Leach: 5-83.