result
2nd Test, Kandy, Nov 14 - 18 2018, England tour of Sri Lanka
290 & 346
(74 ov, target 301)336 & 243
England won by 57 runs
player of the match
Joe Root
England
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• The Report by George Dobell in Kandy

Jack Leach, Moeen Ali lead England to rare series win

On the fifth day in Kandy, Sri Lanka lost their last three wickets for 17 runs to concede a 57-run win to the visitors

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Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
England290/10(75.4 overs)1st INNINGS
Sri Lanka336/10(103 overs)1st INNINGS
Jack Leach3/70(29)
Adil Rashid3/75(22)
England346/10(80.4 overs)2nd INNINGS
Joe Root124 (146)
Ben Foakes*65 (119)
Sri Lanka243/10(74 overs)2nd INNINGS
end of over 742 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 243/10CRR: 3.28 
Akila Dananjaya8 (28)
Jack Leach28-2-83-5
Moeen Ali19-2-72-4

10.41pm So, that is the end of the presentations. What a remarkable series performance from England. And there's still the finale in Colombo to come. Thanks for all your comments. From all of us here, thanks for tuning in. George Dobell's match report will appear here shortly, and come back later for all the post-match analysis.

Meanwhile, over in Abu Dhabi, there's another thriller just starting to take shape. What are you waiting for? Nothing left to see here!

Joe Root is the Man of the Match. "A brilliant Test match, we were very good for the whole game, at times under pressure but I couldn't be more proud. We lost clusters of wickets but stayed calm and got control back in our favour. We came through some close games in the summer against India.

"Our guys have worked hard on their close catching, some dynamic guys in Ben and Jos and the others have followed suit."

"We've came out saying we wanted to play some bold, courageous cricket, and we've worked extremely hard. We've got to keep looking to improve, we are not the finished article, we want to get to No.1 in the world, keep that drive, and harness that."

"You've seen teams in the past ease off [after a series win], but we want to back it up."

10.36am Time for some presentations. Here's Suranga Lakmal. "A good game on a challenging wicket. It was a turning wicket in both innings, but we were unlucky in this match. The last three wickets was very good cricket.." Afraid my Sinhalese can't keep up with his next answer, but he's keeping his chin up, it's fair to say.

10.30am CricViz chips in with a killer stat: "England's spinners took 19 of the 20 wickets in the match. It's the fifth time in Tests that England have taken so many wickets through spin and the first time since Mumbai in 2012. It's only the 11th time in Test history that no England seamer has taken a wicket in a match (excluding matches in which England didn't bowl). This match is the first time since 1973 in Karachi that no seamer has taken a wicket in a Test for England."

More to the point, it is the third time that no seamer has taken a wicket in an England win

10.27am ss: "Man of the Match - JImmy Anderson for adding 101 runs with Curran/Foakes across both innings! :)" Can't argue with his contribution with the bat. A rare blank in the wickets column for England's old stager. Wonder if he'll be given a blow for the final match?

10.24am England's players are off on a lap of honour. "It's been a blast," says Ben Foakes. "It's going alright so far, as long as we win games, I'm happy. It's a really relaxed environment, you come in and get told to do it your own way."

10.22am England's three spinners are speaking to Sky Sports. "There were periods I found it good and some were hard," says Leach. "There were tougher moments, but that's Test cricket."

"Things change quickly," says Rashid. "I'm pleased to be part of this team."

"It was a good team performance," says Moeen. Can't argue with any of those sentiments.

10.19am A maiden five-wicket haul for Jack Leach, four for Moeen Ali - a grand total of 38 wickets to the spinners in this match, which is the most in history. And shockingly, it is England who have prevailed!

Handshakes all round as the teams leave the field. What an achievement for England - Sri Lanka are not the force of old, it is true, but they devastated South Africa on home soil not so long ago, and they have been a force to be reckoned with on their own pitches for years. But England's ambitious Test line-up, with more allrounders than they sometimes know what to do with, has given them the depth and the options to do a job on their hosts, and in some style!

73.6
W
Leach to Malinda, OUT

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!

Malinda Pushpakumara c & b Leach 1 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.11

Hammad : "The difference is Curran's innings. Had he been out cheaply in first innings it would have altogether been a different ball game" Can't dispute that!

73.5
Leach to Malinda, no run

another massive wind-up, another miss! Down on one knee to sweep but the ball's no longer there

73.4
1
Leach to Dananjaya, 1 run

chiselled into the leg side, mid-on gathers

73.3
Leach to Dananjaya, no run

right back into the crease, blocked to the leg side

73.2
1
Leach to Malinda, 1 run

down on one knee to slog-sweep, a bit of top-edge but safe enough to get Akila back on strike

73.1
Leach to Malinda, no run

that's the length, dipping outside off and tweaking past the edge

Leach, with two slips and a short leg

end of over 73Maiden
SL: 241/9CRR: 3.30 
Akila Dananjaya7 (26)
Malinda Pushpakumara0 (5)
Moeen Ali19-2-72-4
Jack Leach27-2-81-4
72.6
Ali to Dananjaya, no run

back of a length, fenced out to the off side, but can't pinch the single

72.5
Ali to Dananjaya, no run

beaten outside off again

72.4
Ali to Dananjaya, no run

blocked into the covers

72.3
Ali to Dananjaya, no run

huge air! Slow and wide turn as Akila launches into a Murali-lite kamikaze gallop down the track. Foakes has to gather high to his left, giving the batsman time to dive for the crease as the bails come off!

72.2
Ali to Dananjaya, no run

solidly pressed into the covers

72.1
Ali to Dananjaya, no run

ambitiously swept, but misses everything as Foakes whips off the bails

end of over 721 run
SL: 241/9CRR: 3.34 
Malinda Pushpakumara0 (5)
Akila Dananjaya7 (20)
Jack Leach27-2-81-4
Moeen Ali18-1-72-4

Riaz Shaikh: "The fat lady has cleared her throat. The only suspense left is who will get a five-for - Leach or Ali? "

71.6
Leach to Malinda, no run

firmly pressed back down the track, head over the ball

71.5
Leach to Malinda, no run

driven, and misses as Leach gets one to bite! Foakes whips off the bails, no edge, but plenty threat. A quick check for the stumping, but the back foot is anchored

71.4
1
Leach to Dananjaya, 1 run

flipped in the air, but bissects the men at short leg and leg slip

71.3
Leach to Dananjaya, no run

right back on the stumps to defend, as Leach hunts his five-for

71.2
Leach to Dananjaya, no run

pressing forward, almost toppling out of the crease as he makes contact

71.1
Leach to Dananjaya, no run

patted into the off side, off the back foot

end of over 71Wicket maiden
SL: 240/9CRR: 3.38 
Malinda Pushpakumara0 (3)
Akila Dananjaya6 (16)
Moeen Ali18-1-72-4
Jack Leach26-2-80-4

AB: "How crucial are those five penalty runs looking now?" Less crucial than they might have been. Though, let's remember, it's actually seven runs, as Sri Lanka were docked the two that they ran as well

70.6
Ali to Malinda, no run

pushed deeper into the crease, tucked to the leg side

70.5
Ali to Malinda, no run

a bottom-handed waft out of the rough, no real contact

Best performances - batters
Joe Root portrait
JE Root
124 runs (146)
10 fours
2 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
sweep shot
36 runs
3 fours
0 six
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Angelo Mathews portrait
AD Mathews
88 runs (137)
6 fours
0 six
Control87%
Productive shot
flick
24 runs
1 four
0 six
91045272922
Best performances - bowlers
Akila Dananjaya portrait
A Dananjaya
O
25
M
0
R
115
W
6
ECO
4.59
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W1W
1W
Jack Leach portrait
MJ Leach
O
28
M
2
R
83
W
5
ECO
2.96
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
3W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
TossEngland, elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of Sri Lanka
Season2018/19
Player Of The Match
Joe Root
Joe Root
Series resultEngland led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2326
Hours of play (local time)9:45 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14:55-15:15, Close 17.15
Match days14, 15, 16, 17, 18 November 2018 - day(5-day match)
Umpires
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Marais Erasmus
India Image
Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
New Zealand Image
Chris Gaffaney
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Ranmore Martinesz
Match Referee
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Andy Pycroft