Joe Root was named Man of the Series for his double century in the first Test and 186 in the second.© Twitter
After winning the two-game test series against Sri Lanka, England captain Joe Root said on Monday that his side is on the rise and that every member of the squad wants to take positive steps. Dominic Sibley hit an unbeaten 56 and Jos Buttler made a 48-ball 46 when England chased 164 to beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the second Test on Monday at the Galle International Stadium to take the series 2-0. Root got both Man of the Match and Series for his impeccable form with the bat. The English skipper had scored 186 in the first innings of the second Test and this knock followed the 200-run innings in the first Test.
“It was a great performance to come out on top after losing the toss. We had the worst part of the wicket for the most part and that speaks to the determination of the boys. From Sibley and Buttler, to us “Seeing it at home was a brilliant way to finish the series. We wanted to create some chaos with the ball and make it difficult for them to score boundaries, and we’re glad we did.”
“There were certainly some tough balls to deal with. But what I’m proud of is how calm we were in the chase. I also thank the bowlers for making it difficult for them. We are on an upward trend as one. team, ”said Root during the post-game presentation.
“It was really nice to do well with very little preparation. In four more tests in these conditions there will be different fields and different conditions, but we have to keep moving forward. We want to improve in all departments, that’s what we are We want to be more consistent, and we’ve made some steps forward in these two games and just want to keep doing that. It’s always hard to look past this win as my best, lots of good things to move forward, ” he added.
On day four, English spinners Jack Leach and Dominic Bess spun a web on Sri Lanka’s batters and the duo took eight wickets between themselves when the hosts bundled for 126 in the second innings, making England a target of 164. The visitors then found themselves in a difficult position on 89/4 with Joe Root back in the cabin, but Sibley and Buttler sewed an undefeated 75 to take England by six wickets.
England will now be seen in action in the four-game test series against India, starting February 5. The first two tests will be played in Chennai, while the last two will be played at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.
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