Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    25.5 no doubt this time. Edged and taken as Akila Dananjaya strikes in his first over. Flighted outside off, Burns pushes and gets an outside edge, a good low catch by Dhananjaya de Silva. They are checking upstairs if it was a clean take and that's clear, hands under the ball and England are 89 for 4 89/4
    4.3 excellent line, Jennings presses forward and thins one through to the keeper! No doubt about that, an audible nick and Jennings walks - he won't be following up his Galle ton with another biggie. Lakmal strikes, decent bit of new-ball bowling, just did enough off the pitch as the angle dragged the batsman across 7/1
    13.2 beaten by the turn again, Ravi shakes his head - but Sri Lanka review immediately this time! Dilruwan and Dickwella just know this is hitting, and Hawk-Eye agrees, thudding into the top of off stump with enough conviction to overturn the original call... Stokes is a goner! Perera got his angles right, spin from round the wicket, the batsman squared up and summarily evicted from the crease 44/2
    18.6 bowled 'im! Through the gate. An innocuous delivery, if I can say so. Tossed up around middle and off, Root pushes at it but leaves that tiny gap between bat and pad, the ball brushes both before sneaking in and rattling the stumps 65/3
    46.1 reverse sweep, and that's a massive wicket! Buttler doesn't keep his shot down, and top-edges a lob to backward point. The end of a belting innings that was both agenda-setting and counter-attacking. And definitely worth a hundred in ordinary conditions. But what can England's tail eke out from here? 171/7
    34.2 drops short, Moeen goes back and swings across the line... hit on the pad! Not given by Erasmus but SL review, and this could be a case of Moeen, Moeen, gone! Yep, smacked on the knee roll, Hawk-Eye says it was bulldozing leg stump. Not exactly a hall-of-fame dismissal but they all count, and England's little fightback is curtailed 134/5
    41.3 Foakes sweeps, the ball sidles through via pad and wicketkeeper, slip takes the catch - given! Was there a bottom edge on that? Foakes obviously thinks so, as he's walking off. The ball definitely deflected off the front pad, but hard to see if bat was involved without Snicko... Whatever the case, Sri Lanka have rid themselves of England's meddlesome wicketkeeper 165/6
    75.4 smashed hard out to long off, and that is the end of an absolutely gun innings. Right under the ball once again, looking to clear the ropes as ever, but doesn't get the elevation for once 285/10
    61.2 spinning and straightening, Rashid is trapped in the crease - that's out! S Ravi's finger goes up, only for Rashid to ask for a review, but I'd be surprised if he gets away with this... He doesn't, Hawk-Eye has it hitting middle stump, Tom Thumb! Similar to Stokes' dismissal, in that he probably should have been forward. Dilruwan gets his third, SL just two away from wrapping up the innings now 216/8
    64.4 bowled him with a peach! Too good for thee, Leachy... Pitching on middle and leg, spinning sharply and giving the top of off a Glasgow kiss 225/9
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    Extras
    12 (b 4, lb 3, pen 5)
    TOTAL
    290 all out (75.4 Overs, RR: 3.83)
    Fall of wickets: 1-12 (KK Jennings, 4.3 ov), 2-49 (BA Stokes, 13.2 ov), 3-70 (JE Root, 18.6 ov), 4-94 (RJ Burns, 25.5 ov), 5-139 (MM Ali, 34.2 ov), 6-170 (BT Foakes, 41.3 ov), 7-176 (JC Buttler, 46.1 ov), 8-221 (AU Rashid, 61.2 ov), 9-230 (MJ Leach, 64.4 ov), 10-290 (SM Curran, 75.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    RAS Lakmal1214413.6600
    MDK Perera24.456142.4700
    PM Pushpakumara2348933.8600
    DM de Silva20402.0000
    A Dananjaya1418025.7100
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    38.6 dropped square on the off side, Stokes swoops... and runs out Karu with a direct hit! Stokes is the partnership-breaker, the man to make something happen, even when he's not bowling! That is a sensational bit of work in the field, he sprinted up from gully, he turned on a dime, had only one stump to aim at, but Karunaratne was struggling and and the throw caught him inches short of the crease! England have an opening 127/3
    7.4 bowled him! That's a snorter from Leach, perfect line, perfect length, angled in from round the wicket, gripping the deck, straightening past the edge and into the top of off! 22/1
    14.4 that was an ugly, ugly shot. Again a horror swipe across the line, and the man is set like the bear trap there at mid-wicket and England have got their first of the day. That was an ugly hoick, and it got what it deserved 31/2
    46.2 GETS HIM THIS TIME! That was beautiful bowling. Lovely turn and bounce on offer, Dhananjaya prods forward, it's kissed the edge and Foakes gobbles it up. England will deal with 3 or 4 overs of Rashid all sorts if he then produces a delivery just like that 146/5
    41.1 and now Stokes takes a BLINDER at slip! Beautifully bowled by Leach, flight and dip and spin, kisses the outside edge as Mendis gropes forward, it's an instinctive chance - but Stokes sticks out his left paw and snares it with preternatural certainty! I think the ball might have taken a slight deflection off Foakes' gloves, too, but still it went straight into that bucket left hand, thrust out low to his left 136/4
    54.3 Foakes is magic, and so is Adil Rashid! Prodigious turn, takes the edge and Foakes takes this on the second attempt. Great reactions from the keeper. Sri Lanka in trouble now. Rashid earned that through finally finding a range. He may not get every delivery right, but when he does, he is a joy to behold 165/6
    102.6 gottim, picks out mid-on! Silva won't be getting a hundred, but he's hauled Sri Lanka into the ascendancy here... Trying to cash in off Rashid's last ball, didn't quite get under it and Moeen held on 336/10
    66.4 darted in straight, Dickwella misses on the sweep... and it's given! No hesitation from S Ravi, but Dickwella decides to review nevertheless; the ball was very full, didn't have far to travel after straightening, and Hawk-Eye has it thudding into middle and leg! Nothing zen about that, another wasteful dismissal, Sri Lanka seven down 211/7
    79.4 bullseye! Leach strikes with the old ball! Straighter from Leach, going on with the arm. There was perhaps an angling that it could have slid down leg, but with just one review left, Dilruwan opts not to review. That was a huge wicket 252/8
    93.2 pinned him, like a fly on a windscreen! Dananjaya plays the wrong line and is hook, line and sinker lbw, Moeen finally breaking the ninth-wicket stand, the new ball skidding on for Moeen from round the wicket - would have hit middle and leg halfway up 308/9
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    12 (b 6, lb 6)
    TOTAL
    336 all out (103 Overs, RR: 3.26)
    Fall of wickets: 1-22 (JK Silva, 7.4 ov), 2-31 (PM Pushpakumara, 14.4 ov), 3-127 (FDM Karunaratne, 38.6 ov), 4-136 (BKG Mendis, 41.1 ov), 5-146 (DM de Silva, 46.2 ov), 6-165 (AD Mathews, 54.3 ov), 7-211 (N Dickwella, 66.4 ov), 8-252 (MDK Perera, 79.4 ov), 9-308 (A Dananjaya, 93.2 ov), 10-336 (ARS Silva, 102.6 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JM Anderson1424002.8500
    SM Curran401904.7500
    MJ Leach2957032.4100
    MM Ali2518523.4000
    AU Rashid2227533.4000
    JE Root802613.2500
    BA Stokes10909.0000
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    2.3 goes for the sweep, struck on the back thigh - and although Marais Erasmus shakes his head, Lakmal calls for the review; I think this is curtains for substitute opener! Yep, no bat involved as he hacked across the line, the ball projected to give leg stump a firm tickle on the tummy. Not sure why Erasmus didn't give that in the first place, but anyway, SL have their man 4/1
    25.5 gives him out lbw but Burns has reviewed. DRS is only taken after a long chat with Root. So it's possible he doesn't have an inside edge. He does, however, have a long stride forward while he plays the sweep shot to a ball from round the stumps. Pitches on middle, hits on middle, hitting the leg stump, three reds and Burns has got to go, taking one of England's reviews with him 108/3
    19.1 reverse sweep goes straight to slip! Eish. That's a bad way to go. Jennings is very good with that shot, but here he premeditates, and that gives just enough warning to the bowler. Akila responds by pushing the ball through quicker, pulling the length back, getting that little bit of bounce that is the biggest enemy to cross-bat shots. 77/2
    69.2 straightening on the stumps, hits the front pad - given! No reviews, so Root will have to drag himself away. He was, of course, sweeping (reverse this time); don't think he got any bat or glove on the ball, and it looked pretty adjacent, turning down the line of middle stump from round the wicket. Nevertheless, a fabulous innings from the England captain and he's given his side a chance 301/7
    26.3 pins him in front and now it's England's turn to think about a review and Stokes has gone for it. Quicker delivery from Dilruwan, pitching at a full length on off stump. Moves in with the angle from round the wicket, and straightens just enough to be troublesome. The left-hander misses the sweep and ball-tracking says it's hitting leg stump. England have lost both their reviews as well! 109/4
    40.6 oh, he's played on! Another batsman falls sweeping! Buttler trying to reverse again, but the line was straighter, cramped him for the shot and a thick bottom edge bounced down and into the stumps! Change of pace might have done for him, as well, but it was heading down the leg side until he dragged it on to the woodwork... Second time that stroke has done for him in this match 183/5
    46.3 sweeping again, gone again! Looked very adjacent to the line of off stump, no reviews for either side remember. Moeen goes cheaply again, and this Test swings again. I reckon he was a bit unlucky there, the ball wasn't spinning sharply, just angling back in from outside off, but he needed to lay bat on it really! 219/6
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    69.3 oh, bowled him first ball! No lower-order heroics from Scurran today, that was perfectly on line from Dananjaya, spinning past the outside edge to nudge off the off bail... They check with the third umpire, so subtle was the deflection, but all is good. Two in two for Dananjaya, bags his five-for, and this match is swinging again! 301/8
    71.6 sharp spin, Rashid is back on his sticks... Up goes umpire Ravi's finger! It turned a long way, but probably would have been hitting leg stump, given how deep in the crease he had gone. But hang on, looks like there was an inside edge! Reviews blown, though, so Rash is toast 305/9
    80.4 and it lasts just one ball. Anderson is playing for turn. Gets an inside edge and it's pushed into the stumps 346/10
    Extras
    13 (b 4, lb 9)
    TOTAL
    346 all out (80.4 Overs, RR: 4.28)
    Fall of wickets: 1-4 (MJ Leach, 2.3 ov), 2-77 (KK Jennings, 19.1 ov), 3-108 (RJ Burns, 25.5 ov), 4-109 (BA Stokes, 26.3 ov), 5-183 (JC Buttler, 40.6 ov), 6-219 (MM Ali, 46.3 ov), 7-301 (JE Root, 69.2 ov), 8-301 (SM Curran, 69.3 ov), 9-305 (AU Rashid, 71.6 ov), 10-346 (JM Anderson, 80.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    MDK Perera20.429634.6400
    PM Pushpakumara27110113.7400
    A Dananjaya25011564.6000
    DM de Silva40701.7500
    RAS Lakmal401403.5000
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    27.6 YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! That is outstanding. Jennings has taken another epic. Actually, it's Foakes. But that is brilliant anticipation from the pair of them. Karunaratne has got down to sweep this. Jennings has anticipated it and gets going. It's swept hard and Jennings can't hold on, but parries it to Foakes who is also alert. Forget relay catches on the boundary; that is up there with any of them 103/4
    3.3 hook, line, sinker and the fish is in the fryer! Brilliant from Leach, drawing Kushal to come dancing thanks to the flight. He comes out for that dance, but he doesn't expect as much turn. Beaten, and Foakes whips the bails off quicker than Magnum PI. First wicket for England 14/1
    5.3 oh my Starburst, Opal Fruits and lucky charms! What a catch by Jennings at short leg! That's brilliant! A bit of a needless shot from Dhananjaya, as this is on leg stump. He should be sweeping this, but instead pushes forward. It's airborne enough that Jennings can get his mitt under it and pulls off a blinder. Sri Lanka wobbling more than jelly being carried down a pot hole fuelled road 16/2
    7.5 big appeal for LBW as Mendis attempts to sweep. We have ourselves a review! It wasn't given, but this was very full. Front foot is fine. I tell you what, that looks closer than I first thought. No bat involved, so down to ball tracking. It's crashing into leg. Leach has four in four v Kusal! England are rampant! 26/3
    62.3 GIVEN! Moeen strikes third ball. Mathews reviews, but is it in vain? That looks fairly plumb to me. Height could be the only thing that saves him. Umpire's call on hitting. Clipping leg. HUGE MOMENT! DO NOT GO ANYWHERE! 221/6
    54.3 has this got him?! Beaten on the inside flicking to leg, the catch is taken at slip... No dice from umpire Erasmus but England are adamant and go to the DRS! Did he get a tickle on it...? Yes, just a feather! Brushed the edge as he squeezed the bat down, on to pad and then Root claimed the catch! Roshen falls, Moeen with the breakthrough, a huge blow for Sri Lanka 176/5
    70.1 edged and gone! That's the one England wanted! Lovely from Moeen, the extra flight on a full length does the trick, dips late as Dickwella leans into a hard-handed drive, grips the pitch, kisses the edge and fizzes to Stokes at slip, who clings on with ease! 240/8
    65.2 Leach strikes! Is that the match? That hit him on the full and might have just been outside the line. He opts not to review so there will be no review. Sensible too as Dilruwan's foot is straight in front 226/7
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    70.3 England are rampant now! Another beauty from Moeen, a carbon copy of the previous ball, but tighter to the stumps, the angle around the wicket opens Lakmal up like a tin of beans, before straightening the ball through the gate and into the top of off! 240/9
    73.6 Leach thinks he has his five! Looked for all the world like a bump-ball, but the soft signal is out as Pushpakumara pushes a full length ball straight back to the bowler! Sure enough, that's straight off the toe, a puff of dust as the ball scrapes the turf in doing so, and England have won the Test, and the series, in terrific style! 243/10
    Extras
    9 (b 5, lb 4)
    TOTAL
    243 all out (74 Overs, RR: 3.28)
    Fall of wickets: 1-14 (JK Silva, 3.3 ov), 2-16 (DM de Silva, 5.3 ov), 3-26 (BKG Mendis, 7.5 ov), 4-103 (FDM Karunaratne, 27.6 ov), 5-176 (ARS Silva, 54.3 ov), 6-221 (AD Mathews, 62.3 ov), 7-226 (MDK Perera, 65.2 ov), 8-240 (N Dickwella, 70.1 ov), 9-240 (RAS Lakmal, 70.3 ov), 10-243 (PM Pushpakumara, 73.6 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JM Anderson521202.4000
    MJ Leach2828352.9600
    MM Ali1927243.7800
    AU Rashid1715213.0500
    JE Root501503.0000

Close of Play

  • Wed, 14 Nov - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 26/1 (FDM Karunaratne 19*, PM Pushpakumara 1*, 12 ov)
  • Thu, 15 Nov - day 2 - England 2nd innings 0/0 (MJ Leach 0*, RJ Burns 0*, 1 ov)
  • Fri, 16 Nov - day 3 - England 2nd innings 324/9 (BT Foakes 51*, JM Anderson 4*, 76 ov)
  • Sat, 17 Nov - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 226/7 (N Dickwella 27*, 65.2 ov)
  • Sun, 18 Nov - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 243 (74 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Sri Lanka 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st14JK SilvaFDM Karunaratne
2nd2FDM KarunaratneDM de Silva
3rd10FDM KarunaratneBKG Mendis
4th77AD MathewsFDM Karunaratne
5th73AD MathewsARS Silva
6th45AD MathewsN Dickwella
7th5MDK PereraN Dickwella
8th14N DickwellaA Dananjaya
9th0RAS LakmalA Dananjaya
10th3PM PushpakumaraA Dananjaya