RESULT
2nd Test, Galle, January 22 - 25, 2021, England tour of Sri Lanka
381 & 126
(T:164) 344 & 164/4

England won by 6 wickets

Player Of The Match
186 & 2/0
joe-root
Player Of The Series
426 runs • 2 wkts
joe-root
Sri Lanka 1st INNINGS 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Lahiru Thirimanne c †Buttler b Anderson43951235045.26
Kusal Perera c Root b Anderson614201042.85
Oshada Fernando  b Anderson044000.00
Angelo Mathews c †Buttler b Anderson11023837611046.21
Dinesh Chandimal (c)lbw b Wood521211844142.97
Niroshan Dickwella c Leach b Anderson9214423510063.88
Ramesh Mendis c †Buttler b Wood0716000.00
Dilruwan Perera c Leach b Curran671702248139.41
Suranga Lakmal c Crawley b Anderson024000.00
Lasith Embuldeniya c Root b Wood733580121.21
Asitha Fernando not out 01035000.00
Extras(lb 2, nb 1, w 1)4
TOTAL139.3 Ov (RR: 2.73)381
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Kusal Perera, 4.1 ov), 2-7 (Oshada Fernando, 4.5 ov), 3-76 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 26.2 ov), 4-193 (Dinesh Chandimal, 68.6 ov), 5-232 (Angelo Mathews, 88.6 ov), 6-243 (Ramesh Mendis, 91.6 ov), 7-332 (Niroshan Dickwella, 120.4 ov), 8-332 (Suranga Lakmal, 120.6 ov), 9-364 (Lasith Embuldeniya, 132.6 ov), 10-381 (Dilruwan Perera, 139.3 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
James Anderson29134061.371556000
4.1 to MDKJ Perera, thrashed through the line, a revolting hack, and Root clings on at first slip! That's a terrible way to give it away! Outside off, Perera thought he could just deposit this over long-on, but a hint of movement outside off was enough to catch the edge, and it's a sharp chance above the skipper's head. England have their opening, and it's a familiar tale of batsman error .... 7/1
4.5 to BOP Fernando, back of a length, inside-edge, and he's chopped onto his own timbers! Anderson mops his brow with a hint of embarrassment, but that was made by the bowler's extra nip off the seam. Fernando failed to account for the bounce, and couldn't get on top of the ball. This innings is in a bit of strife now!. 7/2
26.2 to HDRL Thirimanne, got him straightaway! Anderson nags away in that corridor outside off, but it's the seam that's done Thirimanne there. Perfectly upright, extracting every ounce of lift and moverment available in the deck, and kissing a thin edge through to the keeper! A fatal stab outside the line, and England have their opening!. 76/3
88.6 to AD Mathews, wriggles through to the keeper! But there's no conviction in this appeal as Mathews stabs forward with bat and pad, and the ball takes a deflection of sorts. Looked like pad to the naked eye, but England have reviewed. Definitely flicks the knee-roll, outside the line on a good length, but was there inside-edge... there was! A tiny spike ... but hang on, the third ump is confusing himself... starts to tell umpire Dharmasena to stay with his on-field decision... but checks himself, when he realises that the ball has carried to the keeper!. 232/5
120.4 to N Dickwella, rash from Dickwella and Anderson has five! The pressure told in the end, he took on the drive to a ball that wasn't quite there, wide line but never came onto the bat. Leach, in a more conventional wide mid-off, stretched well to his right to cling on in both hands! He had no need to do that, the runs were coming slowly but surely, but that field messed with his mind, and a very fine innings has a sad end. 332/7
120.6 to RAS Lakmal, slashed to gully and make that six! Outside off, a wild drive, a fat edge, Crawley makes it look easy as he reaches high to his left. Lakmal goes without impact!. 332/8
Sam Curran18.336013.24859000
139.3 to MDK Perera, Perera finally holes out, with Leach taking it at deep square leg. Banged in short, looks like a slower-ball legcutter from Curran, Perera goes for a hook, and winds up dragging it to the outfielder. 381/10
Jack Leach38511903.131539200
Mark Wood2848433.0012610011
68.6 to LD Chandimal, massive inswing and Wood gets his reward! Superb bowling, Chandimal reviews as he is all but plucked off his feet. It's feasible that this was doing too much, but still a superb, wicked in-ducker, Waqar-esque no less! Nope, nothing wrong there! Slapping leg stump, and that's a key breakthrough!. 193/4
91.6 to RTM Mendis, brilliant take from Buttler, and Wood has two! It's a bread-and-butter strangle down the leg side, but that's the benefit of extra pace. Mendis toppled over a touch as the ball was speared into his pads, but Buttler flung himself down the leg side, leading with his left hand, snaffling the edge and transforming Wood's fortune after such hard yakka yesterday!. 243/6
132.6 to L Embuldeniya, edged and grabbed at first slip. Third strike for Wood. Much fuller and homing away outside from round the wicket, no feet from Embuldeniya, he spars at it and nicks it off. 364/9
Dom Bess2627602.921055100
England 1st INNINGS 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Zak Crawley c Thirimanne b Embuldeniya524311020.83
Dom Sibley lbw b Embuldeniya01422000.00
Jonny Bairstow c BOP Fernando b Embuldeniya28731415038.35
Joe Root (c)run out (BOP Fernando)18630949518060.19
Dan Lawrence c Thirimanne b Embuldeniya321290014.28
Jos Buttler c BOP Fernando b Mendis55951457057.89
Sam Curran c Thirimanne b Embuldeniya1343450130.23
Dom Bess c Thirimanne b Embuldeniya32951284033.68
Mark Wood c Thirimanne b Embuldeniya1690016.66
Jack Leach lbw b MDK Perera11722005.88
James Anderson not out 4591080.00
Extras(b 8, lb 3, nb 5)16
TOTAL116.1 Ov (RR: 2.96)344
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Dom Sibley, 5.2 ov), 2-5 (Zak Crawley, 7.1 ov), 3-116 (Jonny Bairstow, 35.5 ov), 4-132 (Dan Lawrence, 41.2 ov), 5-229 (Jos Buttler, 70.5 ov), 6-252 (Sam Curran, 81.2 ov), 7-333 (Dom Bess, 109.5 ov), 8-337 (Mark Wood, 111.2 ov), 9-339 (Joe Root, 114.2 ov), 10-344 (Jack Leach, 116.1 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Suranga Lakmal1673101.93815000
Lasith Embuldeniya42613773.2617815004
5.2 to DP Sibley, slides one through, right back on the timbers, and Sibley is gone! A similar set-up to his first Test dismissal, confounded by the quicker flatter delivery, feet trapped in treacle, and though he reviews that looks to be thumping leg stump! Sure is... no reprieve. Sri Lanka strike!. 4/1
7.1 to Z Crawley, edged and gone straightaway! No sighters to Crawley! An impeccable left-armer's dismissal, round the wicket, angled in and dipping on an off-stump line, biting sharply to kiss the edge, and a simple snick to the lurking slip! Big problems at the top of the order for England. And big problems for the foreseeable in this innings!. 5/2
35.5 to JM Bairstow, explodes out of the pitch, and a tangle of limbs, and Sri Lanka think they have their breakthrough! Bairstow presses forward, not quite to the pitch as the ball thumps his pad and flicks high to bat-pad. The umpire says no, but was there inside edge, or even glove, first? Sri Lanka review. Yep, it kissed the bat on the way through. There's the opening!. 116/3
41.2 to DW Lawrence, turn and bounce, and another one bites the dust! Not much Lawrence could do about that, once he was committed to the front foot. Round the wicket, dipping on an off-stump line, demanding he put bat to ball, and sharp spin biting the edge through to the first of two slips. That banana was a waste of rations, and Embuldeniya has all four!. 132/4
81.2 to SM Curran, edged and grabbed at slip. The new ball slides in at off stump, a crease-bound Curran plays for turn and edges it low to Thirimanne. Five-wicket haul for Embuldeniya. Well done. 252/6
109.5 to DM Bess, edged and taken cleanly at first slip. Thirimanne clings onto this to give Embuldeniya his sixth wicket. On a length, drifts in from wide of the crease at off, kicks up and rips away. Off the glove and balloons to Thirimanne. 333/7
111.2 to MA Wood, Thirimanne leaps to his left and grabs it. Pushed through outside off, drifts away, Wood has a big swipe at it and edges it, Thirmanne is alert to it, taking his fifth catch and giving Embuldeniya his seventh wicket. 337/8
Asitha Fernando1023103.10455000
Dilruwan Perera32.148612.671366101
116.1 to MJ Leach, down on one knee for another sweep, and pinned lbw! England review but out of hope rather than expectation. Didn't turn a whole lot, skidding under the bat as it swung through, no edge involved. This looks like hitting middle and leg. In fact, nothing but middle! Thumping the stump three-quarters up, and Sri Lanka take a 37-run lead. 344/10
Ramesh Mendis1614813.00635000
70.5 to JC Buttler, R Mendis thinks he has Buttler for his maiden Test wicket. Umpire Dharmasena refers it to the TV umpire. The soft signal is not out, Buttler aims for another reverse-sweep, this time the ball loops off the boot, and not off the ground, to Oshada, man under the helmet at short leg. The TV umpire confirms that it's off the boot although the second angle is less clear than the first. Buttler has to go. After having nothing to show for with the bat in the first innings, R Mendis snaps the near-century stand with the wicket of Buttler. Big moment for R Mendis. 229/5
Sri Lanka 2nd INNINGS 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Kusal Perera lbw b Leach1425262056.00
Lahiru Thirimanne c Crawley b Leach1333630039.39
Oshada Fernando c Crawley b Bess319190015.78
Angelo Mathews  b Bess511240045.45
Dinesh Chandimal (c)c Anderson b Leach961520150.00
Niroshan Dickwella c Lawrence b Bess714301050.00
Ramesh Mendis c †Buttler b Leach1620443080.00
Dilruwan Perera c Crawley b Bess413140030.76
Suranga Lakmal not out 1132541034.37
Lasith Embuldeniya c Bairstow b Root4042376195.23
Asitha Fernando  b Root012000.00
Extras(b 3, nb 1)4
TOTAL35.5 Ov (RR: 3.51)126
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Kusal Perera, 5.2 ov), 2-29 (Oshada Fernando, 10.4 ov), 3-37 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 13.5 ov), 4-37 (Angelo Mathews, 14.4 ov), 5-47 (Dinesh Chandimal, 15.6 ov), 6-66 (Niroshan Dickwella, 20.1 ov), 7-70 (Dilruwan Perera, 22.3 ov), 8-78 (Ramesh Mendis, 25.1 ov), 9-126 (Lasith Embuldeniya, 35.4 ov), 10-126 (Asitha Fernando, 35.5 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
James Anderson20603.0080000
Sam Curran20904.5092000
Dom Bess1614943.06656000
10.4 to BOP Fernando, gottim, bat-pad straight to short leg! Bess finds the right length, Fernando drawn forward but he can't quit cover the turn, the ball clips the inside edge and sails to Crawley at head height for a simple catch! What was that I said about a collapse...?. 29/2
14.4 to AD Mathews, bowled 'im! My word, that's spun for Bess, and England have another! Mathews went on the attack, aiming an aggressive sweep to a delivery tossed up wide, but it slipped under the bat and ragged back to clip off stump... Huge wicket for England, who know the door is ajar. 37/4
20.1 to N Dickwella, plinked straight to cover, England have another! Dickwella on the charge, but he can carry on straight back to the dressing room - 93 short of that maiden Test hundred. Straightforward catch for Dan Lawrence, who bags his first one in Tests. Sri Lanka are a beastly 66-6!. 66/6
22.3 to MDK Perera, flipped off the toes, and Crawley plucks another blinder at short leg! Another outstanding piece of focussed close catching. Crawley is a tall man, but stayed low, with a firm base, even as Perera was signalling his intention to belt the ball in his direction. Safe hands, watching the ball straight in, and Sri Lanka's slide continues!. 70/7
Jack Leach1415944.21557101
5.2 to MDKJ Perera, slog sweep and pinned lbw! The round-the-wicket angle brings the stumps into play, and Perera's impetuosity does the rest. A wild wipe of the bat as the ball grips on a middle-stump line, and Dharmasena's finger goes up! Perera reviews, but it's umpire's call, clipping the top of middle. England strike!. 19/1
13.5 to HDRL Thirimanne, another one goes, straight into the bread basket at short leg! Crawley snaffles up a Keaton Jennings-esque take on the move and SL are three down! Leach has a second, and England might just feel they have a sniff here... Tucked off the bat face by Thirimanne but Crawley was anticipating the short, stayed low and enclosed his hands around the ball smartly. 37/3
15.6 to LD Chandimal, top-edged high in the sky... and Anderson takes a brilliant running catch! He was backpedalling immediately from mid-on but had to turn a couple of times to pick up the path of the ball, waited for it to come over his shoulder and pouched it smooth as you like! Chandimal's decision to hit out or get out succeeds, in a manner, and this is threatening to become a roundabout pile-up for SL. 47/5
25.1 to RTM Mendis, on the sweep again, and another big appeal for an inside-edge! England are using their last review! A flurry of limbs, and that looks like an under-edge onto the boot and up again! Yep, this is clearly a foot-fault, a looping chance to Buttler behind the stumps, and Sri Lanka are eight-down! Buttler, in fact, was appealing for the lbw before suddenly realising a catch was lobbing his way. He called for the review, as Root is currently off the field. 78/8
Joe Root1.51020.00110000
35.4 to L Embuldeniya, there's the breakthrough! Much fuller from Root, Embuldeniya is startled by the more incisive length, and offers an open-faced poke, almost on the half volley, straight into Bairstow's hands at slip! The end of a tremendous and invaluable innings. He's given himself the rope with which to hang England's run-chase!. 126/9
35.5 to AM Fernando, bowled him first ball! Root takes two in two ... all ten wickets to spin in the second innings... tossed right up to the popping crease, drifting away too, but Asitha's uncertain stab scuttles off the under-edge, and into the stumps. England have given themselves a chance of a 2-0 clean sweep, but it's going to be dicey!. 126/10
England 2nd INNINGS (Target: 164 runs)
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Zak Crawley c BOP Fernando b Embuldeniya1319161068.42
Dom Sibley not out 561441812038.88
Jonny Bairstow lbw b Embuldeniya29284631103.57
Joe Root (c) b Mendis1116301068.75
Dan Lawrence c †Dickwella b Embuldeniya29140022.22
Jos Buttler not out 4648775095.83
Extras(lb 4, nb 3)7
TOTAL43.3 Ov (RR: 3.77)164/4
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Zak Crawley, 4.5 ov), 2-62 (Jonny Bairstow, 14.5 ov), 3-84 (Joe Root, 21.5 ov), 4-89 (Dan Lawrence, 24.6 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Lasith Embuldeniya2037333.65777002
4.5 to Z Crawley, explodes to take the gloves, plops into the hands of gully! Embuldeniya strikes (of course he does) with one that drew Crawley out and then spat out of the fryer. Snapped up by Fernando diving across slip, and England's good start - these things are relative - is checked. 17/1
14.5 to JM Bairstow, right back on the stumps as Bairstow is done in the flight! Up goes the finger but here comes the review! It's clipping the leg stump! So well bowled, fizzed through so much quicker with scarcely a change of action, no spin, all skid, and a very handy cameo comes to an end. Bairstow would have wanted something more, obviously, but he's laid a platform here. 62/2
24.6 to DW Lawrence, massive appeal for absolutely everything! Sri Lanka are reviewing the lot. Lawrence was on the move, and effectively yorked himself, was there an inside-edge through to the keeper? If so, he's caught, if not, lbw is very on ... yes, there's a fat nick onto the pad, and England's fourth wicket falls!. 89/4
Dilruwan Perera13.313902.88552001
Ramesh Mendis1004814.80283100
21.5 to JE Root, bowled round his legs! Oh my, this is a massive moment in the Test match! Root's sweeps haven't been firing in this innings, fatigue kicking in no doubt, and he gets too far over to the off side, and is through the stroke by the time his leg stump is pegged back, via an under-edge off his glove! England are roughly halfway to their target, but they've lost three-quarters of their series runs!. 84/3
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MATCH DETAILS
Galle International Stadium
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
Series
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
England
Joe Root
Player Of The Series
England
Joe Root
Series resultEngland won the 2-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2405
Hours of play (local time)10:00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days22,23,24,25 January 2021 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Ramesh Mendis
Ramesh Mendis
Umpires
Sri Lanka
Kumar Dharmasena
Sri Lanka
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka
Lyndon Hannibal
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka
Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Ranjan Madugalle
PointsEngland 60, Sri Lanka 0
CLOSE OF PLAY
Fri, 22 Jan - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 229/4 (Angelo Mathews 107*, Niroshan Dickwella 19*, 87 ov)
Sat, 23 Jan - day 2 - England 1st innings 98/2 (Jonny Bairstow 24*, Joe Root 67*, 30 ov)
Sun, 24 Jan - day 3 - England 1st innings 339/9 (Jack Leach 0*, 114.2 ov)
Mon, 25 Jan - day 4 - England 2nd innings 164/4 (43.3 ov) - end of match
MATCH NOTES
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • Innings Break: England - 344/10 in 116.1 overs (JM Anderson 4)
  • Over 116.1: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - MJ Leach (Struck down)
  • Sri Lanka 2nd innings
  • Over 5.2: Review by Sri Lanka (Batting), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - MDKJ Perera (Struck down - Umpires Call)
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 33/2 in 12.0 overs (HDRL Thirimanne 11, AD Mathews 3)
  • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 16.1 overs (98 balls), Extras 2
  • Over 17.4: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - N Dickwella (Struck down)
  • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 67/6 in 21.0 overs (RTM Mendis 11, MDK Perera 1)
  • Over 23.5: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - RTM Mendis (Struck down)
  • Over 25.1: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - RTM Mendis (Upheld)
  • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 29.5 overs (180 balls), Extras 4
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 126/9 in 35.4 overs (RAS Lakmal 11)
  • Innings Break: Sri Lanka - 126/10 in 35.5 overs (RAS Lakmal 11)
  • England 2nd innings
  • Over 10.4: Review by Sri Lanka (Bowling), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - DP Sibley (Struck down - Umpires Call)
  • Over 11.3: Review by Sri Lanka (Bowling), Umpire - RSA Palliyaguruge, Batsman - DP Sibley (Struck down - Umpires Call)
  • Tea: England - 46/1 in 12.0 overs (DP Sibley 14, JM Bairstow 17)
  • England: 50 runs in 12.2 overs (76 balls), Extras 2
  • Over 12.3: Review by Sri Lanka (Bowling), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - JM Bairstow (Struck down)
  • Over 14.5: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - JM Bairstow (Struck down - Umpires Call)
  • England: 100 runs in 26.4 overs (163 balls), Extras 7
  • Drinks: England - 100/4 in 27.0 overs (DP Sibley 34, JC Buttler 4)
  • Over 33.1: Review by Sri Lanka (Bowling), Umpire - RSA Palliyaguruge, Batsman - DP Sibley (Struck down - Umpires Call)
  • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 76 balls (DP Sibley 19, JC Buttler 31, Ex 0)
  • Drinks: England - 143/4 in 39.0 overs (DP Sibley 48, JC Buttler 33)
  • England: 150 runs in 40.2 overs (245 balls), Extras 7
  • DP Sibley: 50 off 139 balls (2 x 4)