England win second Test to seal Sri Lanka series

England win second Test to seal Sri Lanka series

Mathews - given a lifeline on seven when Ben Stokes spilled a tough chance at slip off Moeen Ali's bowling - then added 73 with Roshen Silva (37) before the latter was out caught behind by Joe Root off Ali on review.

Joe Root and Jack Leach were the big stars as England won the second of three Tests in Sri Lanka to win their first Test series in the nation since 2001.

Ben Foakes retained the wicketkeeper's position after his dream debut in Galle as England named an unchanged XI for the second test against Sri Lanka, which starts on Wednesday in Pallekele.

Buttler's 63 and a crucial 64 from Curran at the end lifted England to 285 all out after they had been struggling on 89-4 on the turning Pallekelle stadium pitch. On all three previous occasions, he had been dismissed by a left-arm spinner, but this time he tackled Malinda Pushpakumara well.

Combative half-centuries from former captain Angelo Mathews and opener Dimuth Karunaratne had set Sri Lanka up nicely in their chase after Leach's brilliant spell of spin bowling with the new ball had reduced them to 26-3. "We feel if we can put pressure on tomorrow with our batting and get a good total, we feel that we can win the game", he said. "He was probably the one telling me to calm down and trust him".

Root appeared to show dissent at umpire Marais Erasmus' decision to turn down an appeal for the dismissal of Dilruwan Perera off Moeen Ali by shaking his head and kicking the turf.

'There is nothing about the Sri Lanka spinners which should worry England too much - they don't have a Muttiah Muralitharan or Shane Warne - but the tourists do have a collapse in them.

Leach then made the breakthrough at the other end, getting a ball to break sharply off the surface and beat Kaushal Silva's forward defence, to rattle off stump - the batsman dismissed for 6. By lunch Sri Lanka were 139 for four.

With Niroshan Dickwella (25), Dilruwan Perera (15), Akila Dananjaya (31) and stand-in skipper Suranga Lakmal (15 n.o.) he forged valuable partnerships of 46, 41, 56 and 28 respectively to frustrate England.

Before that, England's last-wicket pair, Foakes and James Anderson had added 22 to the overnight score.

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