England retain top spot after win over Sri Lanka

Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen (above) guided England to an easy victory over Sri Lanka in the second Test Getty Images

Colombo: Apr 7, 2012

England defeated Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the second and final Test in Colombo on Saturday to level the series 1-1 and retain their number one Test ranking.

The tourists bowled out Sri Lanka for 278 in their second innings and then chased down the victory target of 94 in the post-lunch session of the fifth day at the P. Sara Oval.

England were asked faced a modest target of 94 to win the second Test against Sri Lanka after they dismissed the hosts for 278 in their second innings just before lunch on the fifth day on Saturday.

Off-spinner Graeme Swann picked up six wickets in the innings to finish with a match-haul of 10.

England, who lost the first Test in Galle, need a win to level the two-match series and retain their number one ranking.

Earlier, Mahela Jayawardena stood in England’s way with an unbeaten 55, showing the form that has already fetched him two centuries in the series, including one in the first innings. (AFP)

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 275 (Mahela Jayawardene 105, Angelo Mathews 57, Thilan Samaraweera 54; Graeme Swann 4 for 75) & 278 all-out (Mahela Jayawardene 64, Thilan Samaraweera 47; Graeme Swann 6 for 106) lost to England 460 all-out (Kevin Pietersen 151, Alastair Cook 94, Jonathan Trott 64, Andrew Strauss 61; Rangana Herath 6 for 133) & 97 for 2 (Alastair Cook 49*, Kevin Pietersen 42*; Rangana Herath 1 for 37) by 8 wickets.

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Man of the Match: Kevin Pietersen