25 Jun 2014

Sri Lanka beat England to claim thrilling test series win

7:56 am on 25 June 2014

The Sri Lankan cricketers claimed the last England wicket on the penultimate ball of the second test at Headingly to seal a thrilling 100 run win and a 1-nil series victory, their first multi-test series triumph on English soil.

There were more than 20 overs remaining when last man James Anderson came into bat, but he survived for 55 balls until, with only one delivery left in the match, he gloved a catch off paceman Shaminda Eranga to Rangana Herath at leg gully.

Defeat was tough on England's Moeen Ali who batted for six-and-a-half hours while making 108 not out - his maiden Test century.

England, set 350 for victory, were bowled out for 249 on the fifth and final day as Sri Lanka won a Test in England for only the third time in their history following victories at The Oval in 1998 and Trent Bridge in 2006.