Dominic Sibley hit an unbeaten 56 and Jos Buttler hit a 48-ball 46 as England chased 164 to beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the second test on Monday at Galle International Stadium to win the series 2-0.
On day four, England spinners Jack Leach and Dominic Bess wove a web over Sri Lanka hitters and the duo took eight wickets between them as the host was grouped for 126 in the second inning, setting England a goal of 164. The visitor then found himself in a boring spot at 89/4 with Joe Root back in the hut, but Sibley and Buttler sewed an undefeated stand of 75 to take England down the line by six counters.
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In pursuit of 164, England got off to a bad start again as Lasith Embuldeniya fired Zack Crawley (13) and as a result Dom Sibley and Jonny Bairstow were tasked with ensuring the visitor did not take late in the game. Both batsmen ensured the team had nine wickets in hand heading into the final session, requiring 118 more races to register a victory.
Bairstow was playing aggressively and he put out all kinds of sweeps (traditional and reverse) to throw Embuldeniya out of his line, but that offensive instinct also led to his dismissal and he was sent back to the flag after playing a 29-shot. Joe Root (11) and Daniel Lawrence (2) also failed, and England were reduced to 89/4, still needing 75 points for the win.
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In the end, Buttler and Sibley made sure England didn’t suffer from hiccups anymore and England registered a comfortable victory.
Earlier, resuming their second innings with a slim 37-point lead, the Sri Lankan hitters were unfamiliar with the game and the team was limited to 67/6 at the lunch break. The English spinners who failed to take a single wicket in the first innings changed their fortunes in the second inning as Jack Leach and Dominic Bess took six wickets between them in the first session.
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Kusal Perera (14), Lahiru Thirimanne (13), Oshando Fernando (3), Angelo Mathews (5), Dinesh Chandimal (9) and Niroshan Dickwella (7) all failed to leave a mark with the bat and the Sri Lanka remained starring in the canon. At lunch break, Dilruwan Perera (1 *) and Ramesh Mendis (11 *) were on hand for the hosts.
In the second session, Embuldeniya played a decisive 40-point shot from just 42 balls, and this set helped Sri Lanka extend their lead above 150. Skipper Root took the final two wickets as the sets of Sri Lanka ended at 126, setting a target of 164 for England.
|Short scores: Sri Lanka 381 and 126 (Lasith Embuldeniya 40, Dominic Bess 4-49); England 344 and 164/4 (Dominic Sibley 56 *, Jos Buttler 46 *; Lasith Embuldeniya 3-73).|