ENGLISH ROUT LANKANS 3-0 AS THEY WIN SERIES AFTER 36 YEARS
It has been an emphatic series win for England against Sri Lanka as they hoisted off the series with a clean sweep of 3-0. England skipper Joe Root is extremely pleased with the way the series turned out for him and his boys. Beating the hosts in their home turf, Sri Lanka would be looking on to improve on every aspect of the game from here on as they would be touring New Zealand in December this year.
England had posted a comfortable total of 336 and the hosts needed to bat in every step of the way to make things work. England had only beaten the hosts once back in 1982 when the Sri Lankan team were formidable enough to make the world cower. But England was able to beat back the hosts that time with a stronger support from all their departments. This series was a trip down memory lane as Root and Co. were able to beat their opponents down with sheer force and luck as well.
England posted the final total of 327 for Sri Lanka to chase and the contributions came in largely from the enigmatic Joss Buttler. England was precariously reeling at 103 after losing 5 wickets at 23.3 overs and that might have been the end of it. Buttler and debutante Ben Foakes steered the series at a point which proved to be the turning point during the course of the match. They were bowled out in 230 with Buttler top scoring at 64 runs which were studded with 3 boundaries. Stokes was the second top scorer with 42 runs and Foakes remained not out at 36 with a boundary.
Both Sri Lanka and England had bowled marvelously throughout the series, but the hosts sorely lacked in the batting department when they needed it the most. Lankan Skipper Suranga Lakmal failed to play his cards right in the first innings when they were bowled out early on in the Day 2. Kusal Mendis and Roshan Silva opened up major dents in English bowling as they pulled up a stunning 81 run partnership until Mendis’ luck ran out in the literal sense. He batted brilliantly scoring 8 boundaries and a maximum in his kitty. Roshan Silva became the 2nd top run scorer for the team as he was taken out by Moeen Ali at 65.
In the end, the Lankans got booted out for 284 runs making this a historic triumph for the English as the skipper touted this to be one of his best tours in this year. England would now be taking some well deserved break as they would be expecting a long series with West Indies in their home turf, which should definitely prove exciting.