Deccan Chronicle – Kandy: Jack Leach’s first five-wicket haul clinched an overwhelming win for England in the second Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday that sealed the series with a match to go.

Summary

  • Kandy: Jack Leach’s first five-wicket haul clinched an overwhelming win for England in the second Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday that sealed the series with a match to go.
  • England needed just 30 minutes on the fifth day to take the final three wickets with Leach fittingly getting last man Malinda Pushpakmura caught and bowled to set off celebrations.
  • It was England’s first away series win since beating South Africa in 2015-16 and their first series win in Sri Lanka since 2001.
  • England’s 57-run win followed their convincing victory in the first Test in Galle and was set up by spinners Leach, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid — who took 19 of the 20 Sri Lankan wickets — as well as captain Joe Root’s second innings 124.
  • Root was thrilled by the win and has set his sights on England becoming the number one Test team.


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