RESULT
2nd Test, Colombo (PSS), April 03 - 07, 2012, England tour of Sri Lanka
275 & 278
(T:94) 460 & 97/2

England won by 8 wickets

Player Of The Match
151 & 42*
kevin-pietersen
Player Of The Series
354 runs
mahela-jayawardene
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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka 275/10(111.1 overs)
1st INNINGS
Graeme Swann4/75 (28.1)
James Anderson3/62 (22)
England 460/10(152.3 overs)
1st INNINGS
Sri Lanka 278/10(118.5 overs)
2nd INNINGS
Graeme Swann6/106 (40)
Steven Finn2/30 (15.5)
England 97/2(19.4 overs)
2nd INNINGS

2.10pm: Time for the presentations. A statement from the Sri Lankan board, read out by Tony Greig, thanks the Barmy Army ... Obviously he's been looking at the figures.

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene: "We knew it was going to be tough coming into the second match and we think we made quite a few mistakes. Against a team of this quality and with their fans, it was going to be tough. This has been the largest following for an English touring side, so it's been good, I've enjoyed it. We needed to pick up three or four wickets up front but Alastair played very well and KP finished it off. It's disappointing. But thank you, from Sri Lanka, and we'll see you again."

Kevin Pietersen is named Man of the Match: "Definitely, it's always nice to get some runs. It's been a tough winter for the batters but the hard work we've put in paid off, we deserve this one. The practice and hours you put in, when you're in some sort of nick you've got to try and get some runs ... and when it's 40-42, I can't block too many!"

Jayawardene is named as the Man of the Series, after scoring 354 runs at 88.50.

England captain Andrew Strauss: "Yeah, absolutely, it was was amazing to have that support away from home. In the end it seemed like a comfortable victory but we had to work hard. Jimmy Anderson was superb on an unresponsive wicket, Graeme Swann was outstanding and Kevin Pietersen took the game away from them. At the top of the order it was all very stodgy, then Kevin came in and showed us how to play. It was good to get a few runs, I would like to have got more but winning the match was the most important thing. Still No. 1 for a while yet."

That, folks, is it from Sri Lanka. Hands up who would have liked to see a decider? Well, write to your local MP. There's not even a one-day series to grumble about ice the cake. David Hopps' report is on the site and there'll be more from our man Andrew McGlashan later in the day, as well as Two Chucks, stats and more. Thanks for all your comments, it's been fun. Catch you on the flip side. Laters!

1.55pm: Victory by eight wickets squares the series at 1-1 and ensures that England retain their No. 1 status for a while longer. They haven't played like the best team in the world recently but that could be a significant win in their attempts to crack Asia. Excluding Bangladesh, that's only England's second Test victory on the subcontinent in the last 10 years. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, couldn't hang on and are denied a first series win since beating New Zealand in 2009. They've got their problems (hasn't everyone?) but there are certainly signs of encouragement for Mahela Jayawardene and his team.

Jayawardene has had a magnificent series from a batting point of view, though his captaincy was sometimes a little conservative. He got it spot on with that review against Trott earlier, though. Rangana Herath led the bowling well but he lacked support. For England, Graeme Swann, Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and, of course, KP dusted off the cobwebs to pull England together after a ropey couple of months. Pietersen stamped his mark on this match with characteristic flair ... just in time for the IPL you might say, with a wink and a nudge.

19.4
6
Dilshan to Pietersen, SIX runs

tossed up and finished with a six - a shot that almost hits a member of the Barmy Army as he invades the pitch at deep square leg - and England have won a Test for the first time this winter

19.3
2
Dilshan to Pietersen, 2 runs

flighted, gets an outside edge defending and it runs past the slip for a couple

Pietersen pulls up in Dilshan's delivery stride this time ...

19.2
4
Dilshan to Pietersen, FOUR runs

shorter, flatter and this time Pietersen hammers a cut in front of square

19.1
4
Dilshan to Pietersen, FOUR runs

tossed up on the stumps and Pietersen clears his front leg to smash an imperious boundary over midwicket

end of over 195 runs
ENG: 81/2CRR: 4.26 
Alastair Cook49 (69)
Kevin Pietersen26 (24)
Rangana Herath 9-0-37-1
Tillakaratne Dilshan 7-1-27-1
18.6
Herath to Cook, no run

on the stumps, defended

18.5
2
Herath to Cook, 2 runs

tossed up on the stumps and Cook top-edges a sweep over the head of Dilshan behind square on the leg side, who does well to stop a boundary with his feet

18.4
Herath to Cook, no run

length ball, outside off and BIG turn for Herath, the ball spitting off the surface, surprising Cook, who moves to kick the ball away as it drops near this stumps

18.3
1
Herath to Pietersen, 1 run

full, on the stumps, clipped aggressively through midwicket

18.2
2
Herath to Pietersen, 2 runs

flighted, towards the blockhole, punched through extra-cover, where it is half-fielded and they take two

18.1
Herath to Pietersen, no run

tossed up on middle stump, Pietersen steps out and drives to extra-cover

Here's Malcolm, with an astute point: "Don't want to foul things up, but it looks like Bresnan's record of not playing in a losing Test match is secure." Not only not losing, Malcolm, but winning every one. Anyway, they're taking drinks in the middle. Strauss's dismissal seems a long while ago now, doesn't it?

end of over 185 runs
ENG: 76/2CRR: 4.22 
Alastair Cook47 (66)
Kevin Pietersen23 (21)
Tillakaratne Dilshan 7-1-27-1
Suraj Randiv 3-0-16-0

I think, tentatively, I can rule out a collapse from here. There, I said it

17.6
Dilshan to Cook, no run

width, pushed into the covers

17.5
Dilshan to Cook, no run

tossed up and this time Cook defends

17.4
Dilshan to Cook, no run

again slashed through point but this time there's a fielder in the way

17.3
4
Dilshan to Cook, FOUR runs

short and wide from Dilshan and Cook tucks in, cutting with the enthusiasm of a 70s film censor

17.2
1
Dilshan to Pietersen, 1 run

flat again, flicked off the pads through square

17.1
Dilshan to Pietersen, no run

drags it short as Pietersen advances, hit on the pad and short leg almost runs the batsman out. Actually, he would have jut got back. Tight

Dilshan to come back on. Hope ebbing away for Sri Lanka, as well as the chances of a first series win since 2009 ...

end of over 178 runs
ENG: 71/2CRR: 4.17 
Alastair Cook43 (62)
Kevin Pietersen22 (19)
Suraj Randiv 3-0-16-0
Rangana Herath 8-0-32-1
16.6
Randiv to Cook, no run

wide of off and cut hard to backward point

16.5
1
Randiv to Pietersen, 1 run

length ball outside off, Pietersen sits back and cuts through point

16.4
1
Randiv to Cook, 1 run

tossed up and tickled through the covers

16.3
1
Randiv to Pietersen, 1 run

flighted on leg stump and punched to mid-on

Best performances - batters
KP Pietersen
KP Pietersen ENG
151 runs (165)
16 fours6 sixes
Control
95%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
46 runs
5 fours3 sixes
416271331301119
DPMD Jayawardene
DPMD Jayawardene SL
105 runs (216)
11 fours1 six
Control
96%
Productive shot
leg glance
33 runs
2 fours0 six
10181820103179
Best performances - bowlers
HMRKB Herath
HMRKB Herath SL
O
53
M
9
R
133
W
6
ECO
2.5
GP Swann
GP Swann ENG
O
40
M
1
R
106
W
6
ECO
2.65
Match details
P Sara Oval, Colombo
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
Series
Season2011/12
Player Of The Match
England
Kevin Pietersen
Player Of The Series
Sri Lanka
Mahela Jayawardene
Series result2-match series drawn 1-1
Match numberTest no. 2039
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days3,4,5,6,7 April 2012 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
Pakistan
Asad Rauf
Australia
Bruce Oxenford
TV Umpire
Australia
Rod Tucker
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka
Ranmore Martinesz
Match Referee
India
Javagal Srinath