England win Colombo Test by 8 wickets to draw Series

Tags: England tour of Sri Lanka - 2011-12, Sri Lanka v England 2nd Test at Colombo- Apr 03-07, 2012

Published on: Apr 07, 2012

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Match Report of Sri Lanka Vs England, Day 5, 2nd Test at P Sara Oval, Colombo

England finally managed to pull off a Test victory in spinning conditions in recent times. They defeated hosts Sri Lanka in the Second and Final Test at the P Sara Oval in Colombo by 8 wickets to draw the 2-Test Series 1-1. With this win, England have managed to stay as the World No.1 Test Team.

Resuming Day 4 at 218 for 6 with a slender lead of 33 runs, Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 278. Skipper Mahela Jayawardene departed early for 64 (from 191 balls with 4 fours) early in the morning. Swann who took that big wicket went onto remove Wicket Keeper Prasanna Jayawardene cheaply for 2 to leave Sri Lanka at 242 for 8. Overnight batsman Angelo Mathews scored 46 (from 98 balls) before being the last man out. Graeme Swann ended with figures of 40-1-106-6.

England were left with a paltry target of 94 which they got in just 19.4 overs losing two wickets. The match got over in the second session with Alastair Cook scoring 49* (from 69 balls with 6 fours) and Kevin Pietersen smashing 42* from just 28 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes.

Pietersen who scored 151 and 42* in the Test got the Man of the Match award. Sri Lanka Captain Mahela Jayawardene for his two centuries for the Player of the Series award.

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