England beat Sri Lanka after a reckless batting display by the hosts

Monday, 25 January 2021 - 17:40

England beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the 2nd Test, played at Galle International Stadium.

England 344 (Root 186, Buttler 55, Embuldeniya 7-137) and 164 for 4 (Sibley 56*, Buttler 46*, Embuldeniya 3-73) beat Sri Lanka 381 (Mathews 110, Dickwella 92, Anderson 6-40) and 126 (Embuldeniya 40, Bess 4-49, Leach 4-59) by six wickets

England won the series 2 - 0.

This is England's sixth successive win in Sri Lanka. There has only been one other occasion when England have won six in a row against a specific opposition away from home - it was the first eight Tests they played against South Africa in the 19th century.

Dinesh Chandimal: "We were outplayed today. Done the hard work the last three days, as a batting unit we made the same mistakes we made in the first Test on the first day. No excuses, we have to learn how to bat like Root, he was outstanding. Need to be patient. Played well in patches but it's not good enough against a team like England, we have to do well every day. I played a rash shot, take that responsibility. If the batting unit takes responsibility and we get 250-plus that will be a good total on this pitch. We have to step up and learn to play with patience. [Embuldeniya] He was outstanding throughout the series, doing all the hard work in practice, fitness. He always comes and asks how to improve, so I'm sure he'll be a good asset going forward. I'm disappointed with the way I batted, have to learn and come back stronger."

Joe Root is Man of the Match and Man of the Series. Whodathunkit? He collects some hampers from a sponsor for England's players, too. And signs a ball... Right, here we go: "Fine performance, to come out on top having lost the toss on a wicket where we had the worst of it for the majority of the game. The way we stuck to the task in the first innings with the ball, and then dealing with pressure in the second innings, I thought a number of guys in a difficult chase showed maturity, calmness and poise to see us home. Brilliant way to finish the series. We knew we wanted to get as close as possible but with the ball it was about creating a bit of chaos. Make it difficult to score boundaries, build pressure and squeeze the game. We knew we could create chances on that surface. Really proud of how calm we were, clear on scoring runs in the chance. Credit to the bowlers for putting SL under pressure. Generally on an upward curve and looking to get better. Coming in with little prep, to perform how we have has been pleasing. With four more Test matches on this tour it's really important we don't stand still, keep looking to improve. Different challenges and conditions but can we have the same attitude? [Improve where?] All departments, not had complete performance. Want to get more consistent and keep making strides. Brilliant performance in this environment and a lot to take into next four games."

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