England Clinch Test Series vs. Sri Lanka 2-0 after Rain Plays Spoilsport at Lord’s

June 14 15:58 2016

engNew Delhi, Tuesday, 14 June – The final Test at Lord’s in London started from June 9 between England and Sri Lanka ended in a draw. The tourists heaved a sigh of relief as it was not a stress-free for them to stay on the crease with confidence. After being defeated in the first two Test matches, the guests were hopeful to shine in the last one.

Despite the fact that it did not happen, they managed to see the game finishing in a draw after rain won on the last day of the Test Series. Here is to describe that first innings of the host finished at 416 runs post batting for 128.4 overs. Alastair Cook’s 85 runs, Jonny Bairstow’s unbeaten knock of 167 runs and Chris Woakes’ 66 runs helped England stay strong from the beginning. Sri Lanka started their first innings well but wickets were lost in the late hours of play, making them settle at 288 runs. Whole team was back in the dressing room in 95.1 overs.

Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis and Kaushal Silva helped Sri Lanka think of having a grip in the contest. Kusal Perera and Rangana Herath batted well too but fall of wickets happened so quickly that Sri Lanka couldn’t help themselves rise from the shock. With considerable lead, England were positive enough and declared their second innings at 233 runs, losing seven wickets. Jonny Bairstow scored 32 runs and Alastair Cook 49 runs but Hales was the star performer this time with 94 runs. Here is to describe that Sri Lanka were moving towards another defeat thanks to some amazing play by England cricketers both as individuals and a unit.

Rain halted the third Test for quite a lot of times, leaving players with no option but to wait for some more hours to see whether things turn better or not. On the decisive day, the tourists were 330 runs away to taste first win of their tour in London this time. If truth be told then making it up in the last part looked unattainable given that Test cricket is about having patience which is different from ODI and shortest format. Rainfall came to Sri Lanka rescue in true sense. Possibility was there that they have had poured hundred per cent efforts to steer clear of looming defeat but England were in game. This can be said keeping in mind good form of some English players.

England won Test Series against Sri Lanka by 2-0 after Sri Lanka put 78 runs in 2nd innings for the loss of a wicket in form of Silva, who scored 16 runs. Karunaratne and Mendis were unbeaten at 37 and 17 runs, respectively. Bairstow was declared Man of the Match. He also received Player of the Series award, along with Silva. Even though Sri Lanka did not taste success in the longest format, they might be up for fresh start in the ODI matches beginning June 21. Change in team and tactics is likely. As of now, both squads look forward to some rest required to gain fresh momentum to deal with further challenges.

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