England seal comfortable series victory after Dinesh Chandimal ton

Dinesh Chandimal (right) scored a valiant 126 in the second innings to avoid innings defeat for Sri Lanka.
Dinesh Chandimal (right) scored a valiant 126 in the second innings to avoid innings defeat for Sri Lanka.
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England 498-9 dec & 80-1 (Cook 47no) beat
Sri Lanka 101 & 475 (Chandimal 126) by nine wickets
Second Test, Chester-le-Street, day four

After Dinesh Chandimal notched a sublime century, England bowled Sri Lanka out for 475 runs in the second innings and chased down the target of 79 runs in 23.2 overs to secure an unassailable 2-0 series lead with a nine-wicket win in the second Test in Chester-le-Street.

Sri Lanka began on their overnight score of 309 for five and after four tight overs in the first session, James Anderson (5-58) had Milinda Siriwardana (35) caught at gully in the 89th over.

An over later, Jonny Bairstow dropped Chandimal (126) and just prior to the drinks break, Chandimal also survived an lbw review with an inside edge saving him.

After a steady start, Rangana Herath (61) unleashed a flurry of boundaries and upped the scoring rate. Chandimal completed his century in the 110th over and minutes later, Sri Lanka took the lead.

At lunch, Sri Lanka reached 403 for six with Herath and Chandimal going great guns.

In the second over of the second session, Herath was dropped by James Vince before moments later, he went on to post his second Test fifty from 87 balls.

In the 118th over, the 116-run stand for the seventh wicket was broken when Anderson trapped Herath lbw. Even a desperate review from Herath could not save him.

Three overs later, Anderson breached Shaminda Eranga’s (1) defences and completed his five-wicket haul.

Chandimal’s marathon 311-minute innings was brought to an end when Stuart Broad (1-71) castled him in the 126th over.

Anderson was England’s best bowler in the innings and he also became the sixth bowler in the history of the format to go past 450 Test wickets.

England needed 79 runs to complete a series win. In the second over of the fourth innings, Alastair Cook (47 not out) became the youngest player to reach the landmark of 10,000 Test runs and he got there with a flick to the fine leg fence.

Cook and Alex Hales (11) played steadily and went into the tea break with the score at 33 for no loss.

In the first over after tea, Siriwardana (1-37) bowled Hales. Four overs later, Sri Lanka opted to review an lbw appeal against Nick Compton (22 not out) but unfortunately for them, replays showed that the point of impact with Compton's pad was marginally outside off stump.

Cook and Compton shared an unbeaten 45-run stand for the second wicket and took England to a nine-wicket win in 23.2 overs. This win gave England an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Anderson was the man of the match for taking eight wickets in the game.

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