England Vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test 2018 Live Score Ball by ball, Score card

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England 290/10 & 346/10
(75.4 Overs) RR: 3.83

Sri Lanka 336/10 & 243/10
 (103.0 Overs) 3.26
England won by 57 runs
Angelo Mathews (rhb)8813764.23
Dimuth Karunaratne (lhb)579659.37
Jack Leach (sla)28.028352.96
Moeen Ali (sla)19.027243.78
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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!

73.6WLeach to Pushpakumara 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! OUT
PM 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!
73.50Leach to Pushpakumara another massive wind-up, another miss! Down on one knee to sweep but the ball’s no longer there no run
73.41Leach to Dananjaya chiselled into the leg side, mid-on gathers 1 run
73.30Leach to Dananjaya right back into the crease, blocked to the leg side no run
73.21Leach to Pushpakumara down on one knee to slog-sweep, a bit of top-edge but safe enough to get Akila back on strike 1 run
73.10Leach to Pushpakumara that’s the length, dipping outside off and tweaking past the edge no run
Leach, with two slips and a short leg


72.60Ali to Dananjaya back of a length, fenced out to the off side, but can’t pinch the single no run
72.50Ali to Dananjaya beaten outside off again no run
72.40Ali to Dananjaya blocked into the covers no run
72.30Ali to Dananjaya 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! no run
72.20Ali to Dananjaya solidly pressed into the covers no run
72.10Ali to Dananjaya ambitiously swept, but misses everything as Foakes whips off the bails no run


Riaz Shaikh: “The fat lady has cleared her throat. The only suspense left is who will get a five-for – Leach or Ali? ”
71.60Leach to Pushpakumara firmly pressed back down the track, head over the ball no run
71.50Leach to Pushpakumara 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 no run
71.41Leach to Dananjaya flipped in the air, but bissects the men at short leg and leg slip 1 run
71.30Leach to Dananjaya right back on the stumps to defend, as Leach hunts his five-for no run
71.20Leach to Dananjaya pressing forward, almost toppling out of the crease as he makes contact no run
71.10Leach to Dananjaya patted into the off side, off the back foot no run


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
70.60Ali to Pushpakumara pushed deeper into the crease, tucked to the leg side no run
70.50Ali to Pushpakumara a bottom-handed waft out of the rough, no real contact no run
70.40Ali to Pushpakumara thumps the pads once more, but nothing doing this time no run
70.3WAli to Lakmal 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! OUT
RAS Lakmal b Ali 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
70.20Ali to Lakmal big appeal as Lakmal is rapped on the pads! Angled across the right-hander, turns back in sharply, but struck outside the line no run
Kieron: “Am i the only one who thinks SL are gonna walk this chase, with dickwella 70 no?” I think you might be now …
70.1WAli to Dickwella 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! OUT
N Dickwella c Stokes b Ali 35 (43b 3×4 0x6) SR: 81.39


69.60Leach to Dananjaya head over the ball to defend no run
69.51Leach to Dickwella pressed into the vacant mid-on, easy pickings 1 run
69.40Leach to Dickwella big rip from outside off! Foakes can’t gather as it bursts back through the gate. That was tossed up, and bit as a consequence no run
69.32Leach to Dickwella another full toss, Leach’s third, another sweep. Clubbed firmly out to the leg side 2 runs
69.20Leach to Dickwella big appeal as Dickwella sweeps! Root thinks about it, but not this time… nope, that was under-edge of the bat no run
69.11Leach to Dananjaya hint of extra bounce, as this one is worked out to backward square leg 1 run

Score Cards

    JM Anderson521202.40
    MJ Leach2828352.96
    MM Ali1927243.78
    AU Rashid1715213.05
    JE Root501503.00
  • Partnerships
    1st14JK Silva 4FDM Karunaratne 10
    2nd2DM de Silva 1FDM Karunaratne 1
    3rd10BKG Mendis 1FDM Karunaratne 4
    4th77FDM Karunaratne 42AD Mathews 35
    5th73ARS Silva 37AD Mathews 33
    6th45AD Mathews 20N Dickwella 24
    7th5MDK Perera 2N Dickwella 3
    8th14N Dickwella 8A Dananjaya 6
    9th0RAS Lakmal 0A Dananjaya 0
    10th3PM Pushpakumara 1A Dananjaya 2
  • MJ Leach 28.0-2-83-5
    FDM Karunaratne1500193161.29
    JK Silvastumped3004666.66
    DM de Silvacaught3001425.00
    BKG Mendislbw500050.00
    AD Mathews2520284660.86
    ARS Silva3330194047.50
    N Dickwella60061154.54
    MDK Pereralbw3001425.00
    A Dananjaya110041526.66
    PM Pushpakumaracaught5001616.66
  • MM Ali 19.0-2-72-4
    FDM Karunaratne1820192867.85
    AD Mathewslbw1910203262.50
    ARS Silvacaught6106966.66
    N Dickwellacaught7202220110.00
    MDK Perera6001714.28
    A Dananjaya100041330.76
    RAS Lakmalbowled200020.00
    PM Pushpakumara300030.00
    FDM Karunaratnecaught wk579640
    JK Silvastumped4600
    DM de Silvacaught11000
    BKG Mendislbw1700
    AD Mathewslbw8813760
    ARS Silvacaught379540
    N Dickwellacaught354330
    MDK Pereralbw21100
    A Dananjayanot out82800
    RAS Lakmalbowled0200
    PM Pushpakumaracaught1900
    Extras(b 5, lb 4)9
    Total(all out; 74 overs)243

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