Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    7.5 bowled, kisses the top of off! Dilruwan strikes, the length was perfect and Burns misses trying to cut off the back foot! Misjudgment from the opener, who had looked the more composed of the two... done by the ball skidding on 22/1
    10.5 he's picked out the freshly positioned catcher straight away! Flicked off the pad and into the bread basket! Jennings lingers, perhaps wondering why he played that shot, maybe hoping it hadn't carried... but after consulting together, umpires Ravi and Gaffaney are happy to send him on his way. Straight off the face of the bat and snagged a couple of inches above the turf, Pushpakumara chips in with his fifth ball! 36/2
    70.4 bowled 'em, Bairstow's done! Went for a big hoy over midwicket, the ball dipping and slipping through to hit leg stump! Sandakan has his third, ending a special innings from YJB, who has sweated buckets and deserves a rest in the sheds 254/5
    38.1 oh dear, that wasn't part of the script... Root's top-edged a slog-sweep to midwicket! Wicket for Sandakan and it's the big one, England's captain and tone-setter; he's played that shot regularly and well, but this time loses his shape and perishes to what looked an ungainly hoick 136/3
    64.5 draws him out, flighty wristspinner and it grips, slides off the edge - gobbled up at slip! Stokes swishes his bat in frustration, it wasn't a fluent knock but he ground them out. Second wicket for Sandakan, gave this plenty of air and then the turned suckered him as he pushed out at the ball 235/4
    74.4 gone! Hits it straight back towards Sandakan who takes it overhead, going with both hands with the ball sticking in his left hand, was a length ball, looked like a googly. Buttler was a tad early into the shot as he looked to force it off the back foot 265/6
    90.5 here he goes, and there he goes! Not the greatest shot from Moeen, as he dances down the pitch. Was looking to get on with the game, but hits it straight to long off. And by straight to long off, I mean that Mathews has had to move about one and a half steps 328/8
    83.1 gone this time, Foakes it's. Was a length ball, Foakes goes for the cut but it was too close for him, Dickwella pouches the outside edge 294/7
    not out
    91.2 who can take a five-fer? The Sandakan can, that's who! Broad bowled round his legs! Immediately tries to sweep to a very full ball and beaten. This is so full it should have been a full toss. England collapsing quickly, and no Sammy Gunnar Solskjaer to bail them out this time 329/9
    92.5 oh hello matron! What on earth was Leach doing?! I did not expect that! Dances down the track looking to go over long off. Miscues it and that's a terrific catch from Mathews. Running South East, he keeps his eyes on the ball and takes a great catch 336/10
    11 (b 7, lb 3, nb 1)
    336 all out (92.5 Overs, RR: 3.61)
    Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Rory Burns, 7.5 ov), 2-36 (Keaton Jennings, 10.5 ov), 3-136 (Joe Root, 38.1 ov), 4-235 (Ben Stokes, 64.5 ov), 5-254 (Jonny Bairstow, 70.4 ov), 6-265 (Jos Buttler, 74.4 ov), 7-294 (Ben Foakes, 83.1 ov), 8-328 (Moeen Ali, 90.5 ov), 9-329 (Stuart Broad, 91.2 ov), 10-336 (Jack Leach, 92.5 ov)
    RAS Lakmal1123303.0001
    MDK Perera32.5111333.4400
    PM Pushpakumara2036423.2000
    PADLR Sandakan2209554.3100
    DM de Silva501603.2000
    MD Gunathilaka20502.5000
    11.4 Jennings bags another blinder! Absolutely roasted into the leg side as Gunathilaka galloped down the pitch, but Keaton, under the lid, shimmied along the intended line of the shot, like a well-trained goalkeeper, then somehow absorbed the wallop into his midriff, toppling backwards to cushion the blow and secure the breakthrough for England! He's 31/1
    51.6 Rashid the wizard strikes after tea. The easiest catch Jennings has had for a while at short leg. Nice turn on offer, it kisses the inside edge, on to the pad and lollipops up for the jolly green giant of short leg 187/3
    47.3 flicked to Jennings at short leg! It's that man again, and it's another very sharp piece of work, albeit the easiest snaffle he's had for a while. It came quickly off the face of the bat, as Rashid dipped a full length into the toes, and Jennings plucked the offering in two hands, low to his left 173/2
    61.1 edged straight to Stokes. Someone's given Sri Lanka a toboggan and pushed them down Niagra Falls! Lovely turn and that's catching practice for Stokes. Sri Lanka in a mess 222/7
    54.1 has that carried to Foakes? A superb catch if he's got that. Mathews isn't moving, as he awkwardly attempts a pull. They're going upstairs. Soft signal is out. Front foot is fine, now to spin vision. It's off the toe end of the bat. That's a blinding catch by Foakes. Wonderful foot movement and dives forward to get his massive mitts under it. A huge wicket and the plan has worked 200/4
    55.6 Jennings is the jolly green giant of short leg! More fantastic work. Oh that is epic! What a catch. Reacts like a ninja as Roshen pushes the googly to his left. It's almost past him, and he sticks out a hand and clings on. He's a magician and England are on a roll 205/5
    60.2 strangled down leg! Dickwella's got to go. Stokes' spell is getting rewarded. Dug in, he looks to tickle it fine, but it's too much of a tickle, and Foakes does the rest 222/6
    62.1 Stokes has another. Sri Lankan rabbits - meet the headlights! Short ball, finds the gloves and Foakes takes another. This is all utter madness 222/8
    not out
    62.5 good line and length, tapped into the covers, and he's only gone and run himself out! Entirely innocuous, entirely avoidable. A slight misfield from Rashid at mid-off, Sandakan set off as if stung by a bee, and was still two feet short when the direct hit pinged off his bails! Sandakan kan't. And Sri Lanka are almost done for this innings 224/9
    65.5 pinned on the pad, that's lbw again! Another review ... what will this reveal? Looked tight to the line of leg stump, but would have been smashing the timbers ... did it pitch on? Indeed it did! Rashid has five wickets! 240/10
    8 (lb 7, w 1)
    240 all out (65.5 Overs, RR: 3.64)
    Fall of wickets: 1-31 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 11.4 ov), 2-173 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 47.3 ov), 3-187 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 51.6 ov), 4-200 (Angelo Mathews, 54.1 ov), 5-205 (Roshen Silva, 55.6 ov), 6-222 (Niroshan Dickwella, 60.2 ov), 7-222 (Kusal Mendis, 61.1 ov), 8-222 (Dilruwan Perera, 62.1 ov), 9-224 (Lakshan Sandakan, 62.5 ov), 10-240 (Malinda Pushpakumara, 65.5 ov)
    SCJ Broad923604.0000
    MJ Leach1825913.2700
    MM Ali1325504.2300
    AU Rashid13.524953.5400
    JE Root20402.0000
    BA Stokes1013033.0010
    10.1 drifting in, thumped on the shin, another lbw! Almost a carbon copy of the Jennings dismissal, Perera's skiddy lines give little margin for error when he comes round the wicket to the left-hander. Burns is guilty of planting the front foot as he plays across the line, and he too opts not to review 20/2
    4.1 huge appeal and gone first ball! Well, that's one way to redress the balance of play. Round the wicket, and skidded low into Jennings' shin as he planted his front foot. The angle might have been taking it down, but that looked to be at least clipping leg stump, and Jennings reckons there's no point in burning a review there. Sure enough, HawkEye confirms it would have done just that. Scenes! 3/1
    12.3 gottim! That's a Jennings-worthy grab at short leg from Kaushal Silva, the sub. It was turned fiercely off the face of the bat by Bairstow, and thudded into his chest at a rate of knots. He stood his ground, rode the ricochet, and clutched it to his chest to leave England in a further spot of bother! 35/3
    13.6 no mistake here! A leading edge and a fine return snaffle! Root joins the collapse, he's fallen yet again to a left-arm spinner, and how vital is that first-innings lead looking now? Looking to work across the line, Pushpakumara saw the chance zipping towards him early, and dived low to his left to grasp it in both hands 39/4
    31.5 belted down the ground again but straight to mid-on! And shockingly, it's not a no-ball this time! The rush of blood does for Stokes in the end, it was a good connection, but an excellent take too, and England offer up an opening once more ... 128/5
    44.1 Buttler's been stumped down the leg side. Unless Sandakan has overstepped again. Ah, I tell you what.. they've gone upstairs to check and he's just about fine. Toeing a fine line there, but gets the benefit of the doubt, which is fair in the end. Buttler charged down the ground but couldn't clip this away as he was strangled by the line 168/6
    46.2 great catch at first slip. Sandakan loops it up around off, gets big turn and bounce and Moeen shuffles and pokes at it, gets a big fat outside edge that's snaffled brilliantly by Dhananjaya getting down to his left 171/7
    not out
    60.6 massive appeal, and that's a snorter to Rashid! Bursting out of the leg-side rough, leaping past the gloves and through to Dickwella. The umpire is initially unmoved, and a relatively chastened Dickwella takes a moment to call for the review. But there's a thin snick of glove on UltraEdge and the decision is over-turned 215/8
    62.4 pop-a-doodle-doo! Leaps off the pitch, into a loosely dangling inside edge, off the knee-roll, into the waiting hands of short leg. Easy pickings, and for all that Broad bowled well, he's not matched Anderson's stickability in this series 217/9
    69.5 edged and gone! Leach's vigil is over, and it's five wickets for Perera - by a whisker, that front foot is encroaching once again... outside off, zipping past the edge, through to Dickwella, and Sri Lanka will need 327 to win 230/10
    11 (b 3, lb 4, nb 3, w 1)
    230 all out (69.5 Overs, RR: 3.29)
    Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Keaton Jennings, 4.1 ov), 2-20 (Rory Burns, 10.1 ov), 3-35 (Jonny Bairstow, 12.3 ov), 4-39 (Joe Root, 13.6 ov), 5-128 (Ben Stokes, 31.5 ov), 6-168 (Jos Buttler, 44.1 ov), 7-171 (Moeen Ali, 46.2 ov), 8-215 (Adil Rashid, 60.6 ov), 9-217 (Stuart Broad, 62.4 ov), 10-230 (Jack Leach, 69.5 ov)
    MDK Perera29.538852.9400
    PM Pushpakumara1222832.3300
    DM de Silva912402.6600
    RAS Lakmal31702.3311
    PADLR Sandakan1617624.7502
    5.5 Moeen Ali breaks through for England! A typical offspinner's dismissal on a wearing track. On the rough outside off and spinning away to grab the outside edge of Gunathilaka prodding forward and settles into the hands of first slip 15/1
    11.6 Moeen cleans up Karunaratne with a beaut! Nicely looped up around off, Karunaratne presses forward, plays for the turn, ends up leaving a gap between bat and pad, and that's all the ball needs to slide on with the arm, beat the inside edge and clatter into the stumps 34/3
    8.3 huge shout for lbw.. not given. Looked close.. will England review? Yup, they will. Oh, this is very close. Looped into middle and leg and straightening enough to have it overturned, I think. Beats the inside edge as the batsman comes forward. Hitting the top part of middle and leg, but fully, so we've got three reds 24/2
    57.4 another googly from Rashid, nudged with the spin, and Leach has pinged down the stumps with a direct hit! That is a massive moment, Mendis is stranded as the bullet shy comes in at the non-striker's end from backward square leg. Roshen had charged back for two, assuming the danger was at his end, but instead, it's a blue-on-blue moment and is this the spark that England needed? 184/6
    16.1 oh, dear! Why would you do that, Mathews? This is awful, with the team three down, scaling a mountain down in the fourth innings. Falls for the bait from Stokes and pulls this short ball for midwicket to come running in and swooping down to snaffle it just above the ground. Seems clean but they go upstairs. Soft signal's out, and out it is. Nothing conclusive to suggest otherwise as he seems to have his hands wrapped under it 52/4
    26.6 there she goes! There's the once-an-over ripper from Leach, angled into the leg stump, bursting off the pitch, kissing the edge, and looping into Stokes' bucket hands at slip. It's taken a while, but England are into the wickets this morning 82/5
    74.1 back of a length and skids back in, was it pad first? Umpire Ravi shoots down the lbw appeal. Root thinks it's pad first and calls for a review. This could be pretty close. Flatter and turns sharply to brush the flap of the back pad before Roshen gets a touch with the bat. That's cannoning into the stumps. Nevertheless, fine innings from Roshen 226/9
    65.2 four and out! Dickwella walks off, out to a bad-pad catch to backward short leg. Jennings collects another catch. This is a much simpler one, although he had to dive forward. Fractionally short, turns back in and bounces. Dickwella plays back to it and inside-edges the ball onto his thigh pad. It loops to Jennings 214/7
    72.3 Jennings in the spotlight again. That's his sixth catch in the Test match. He flies to his right and snaffles it with both hands. He makes it look so effortless. Turn and bounce for Moeen, catches the batsman on the back foot. Bad-pad catch to Jennings 225/8
    86.4 huge appeal, up goes the finger! Round the wicket, thumping the front pad, straightening just enough to clip the leg stump. Lakmal reviews but to no avail. England win 3-0! 284/10
    not out
    15 (b 8, nb 2, w 5)
    284 all out (86.4 Overs, RR: 3.27)
    Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 5.5 ov), 2-24 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 8.3 ov), 3-34 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 11.6 ov), 4-52 (Angelo Mathews, 16.1 ov), 5-82 (Lakshan Sandakan, 26.6 ov), 6-184 (Kusal Mendis, 57.4 ov), 7-214 (Niroshan Dickwella, 65.2 ov), 8-225 (Dilruwan Perera, 72.3 ov), 9-226 (Roshen Silva, 74.1 ov), 10-284 (Suranga Lakmal, 86.4 ov)
    SCJ Broad501402.8030
    MM Ali2639243.5300
    MJ Leach28.447242.5100
    BA Stokes812513.1221
    AU Rashid1917303.8401

Match Details


England , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

England won the 3-match series 3-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10:00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

Match days

23.24.25,26 November 2018 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Fri, 23 Nov - day 1 - England 1st innings 312/7 (MM Ali 23*, AU Rashid 13*, 88.1 ov)
  • Sat, 24 Nov - day 2 - England 2nd innings 3/0 (RJ Burns 2*, KK Jennings 1*, 4 ov)
  • Sun, 25 Nov - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 53/4 (BKG Mendis 15*, PADLR Sandakan 1*, 17 ov)
  • Mon, 26 Nov - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 284 (86.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Sri Lanka 4th innings Partnerships

1st15FDM KarunaratneMD Gunathilaka
2nd9FDM KarunaratneDM de Silva
3rd10FDM KarunaratneBKG Mendis
4th18AD MathewsBKG Mendis
5th30PADLR SandakanBKG Mendis
6th102ARS SilvaBKG Mendis
7th30ARS SilvaN Dickwella
8th11MDK PereraARS Silva
9th1RAS LakmalARS Silva
10th58PM PushpakumaraRAS Lakmal