Sri Lanka vs England 2018 3rd Test: England beat Sri Lanka by 42 runs,and sweep the series 3-0

Sri Lanka vs England 2018 3rd Test: England beat Sri Lanka by 42 runs,and sweep the series 3-0

Sri Lanka vs England 2018 3rd Test: England win by 42 runs and sweep the series 3-0

Colombo: England overcame spirited late resistance from the hosts to seal a first 3-0 series clean in Sri Lanka when the tourists cover up a 42-run win shortly after tea on the 4th day of the third and final test on Monday. Chasing an Impossible 327-run target, Sri Lanka’s last 6- batsmen combined well to get to within less than 50 runs of what would have been a remarkable victory after they continue on 53 for four at the Sinhalese Sports Club. Sri Lanka vs England 2018 3rd Test ScoreCard

Kusal Mendis (86) and Roshen Silva (65) set the rhyme with a determined 102-run sixth-wicket stand in an excellent display of defiance spread over 30 overs as Sri Lanka required to end a disappointing series on a high.
After Mendis was run out, Malinda Pushpakumara (42 not out) survived a sickening blow to the helmet to add 58 runs with Suranga Lakmal for the final wicket to give England some nerve before the tourist’s secured victory in the first over after tea.
“I’m proud of everyone,” England skipper Joe Root said. “Brilliant performance from the whole squad, it’s been a real team effort which has made it even sweeter.” England reached to number-2, behind India, in the world test rankings after a win on foreign soil Root hoped would lead to further success.
“We knew we’re capable of winning in these conditions but to do it the way we have and to perform as consistently as we have is a real improvement for this group of players,” he said.
“It shows the learning and the ability within the team and hopefully we can use it now as the springboard to move forward.”
England looked on the route for a usual victory after half an hour of play when Jack Leach angled one into the leg stump and night watchman Lakshan Sandakan could only edge the ball to Ben Stokes at slip to depart for seven.
The hosts rallied and Mendis brought up his seventh test fifty as Silva shrugged off occasional discomfort against all-rounder Stokes’ awkward bounce to thwart the England attack. Leach’s left-arm spin could not separate the duo but his right-handed throw did, the Somerset bowler charging in from backward square leg to throw down the stumps at the non-striker’s end with Mendis short of his ground.
It was a sad end to stellar innings by the right-hander, who beat 8- fours and 1-six in an assured knock. Leach (4-72) struck again to dismiss Niroshan Dickwella for 19 with Keaton Jennings enhancing his reputation as an exceptional close fielder by taking a smart bat-pad catch, his sixth of the match, at short leg.
Moeen Ali (4-92) dismissed Dilruwan Perera and Silva but Pushpakumara engineered a spirited counter-attack with stand-in skipper Lakmal, who was the last man out. Jonny Bairstow was declared man-of-the-match for his stormy innings of 110, but Ben Foakes may continue as wicketkeeper after deciding man-of-the-series for his impressive batting.

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