The Second Test between England and Sri Lanka ended in an expected draw yesterday evening at Lord’s. The day started with England declaring their second innings sometime after Lunch at 335 for 7 in 78.1 overs leaving SL an unrealistic target of 343. Overnight batsman for England – Alastair Cook went onto score 106 (from 231 balls with 10 fours) to secure the match. Ian Bell played an impressive knock of 57 not out (from just 43 balls with 8 fours). For the visitors, left arm spinner Rangana Herath picked up three wickets.
Sri Lanka had an early loss when they lost Sangakkara in just the 5th over to Tremlett. Sangakkara had to open the innings following Skipper Dilshan’s thumb injury. Mahela Jayawardene (25 from 71 balls), the next man in stayed long enough with opener Tharanga Paranavitana to rule out any chances of an English victory. With just few more overs to go for the stalemate, Tharanga Paranavitana after a hard-working innings of 44 from 86 balls fell to the innocuous Jonathan Trott.
The visitors finished the match at 127 for 3 in 47 overs with England holding onto their 1-0 Series lead. Dilshan got the Man of the Match for his 193 in the Sri Lankan first innings.