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England win Sri Lanka series after Alastair Cook hits 10,000 Test runs

• England 498-9 dec & 80-1; Sri Lanka 101 & 475. England win by nine wickets
• Cook is first Englishman to reach 10,000 Test runs

England won the second Test and with it the three-match series, just as they had promised to do since bowling Sri Lanka out for 101 in the first innings. If they thought it might be a cakewalk, though, as it had in the first Test, they were sorely disabused of the notion by the worthy, if ultimately futile resistance of the opposition second time around.

Led on the fourth day by Dinesh Chandimal, with a quite magnificent century, the sixth of his Test career and reached joyfully and to acclaim 10 minutes before lunch, and a battling half-century from Rangana Herath, it was not until three o’clock that England were able to finish the innings. Sri Lanka had made 475, with Jimmy Anderson, the outstanding England bowler by a distance, taking five for 58, his third bag of five wickets in four innings this series.

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