Alastair Cook acknowledges the crowd as he reaches 10,000 Test runs © Getty Images
Alastair Cook acknowledges the crowd as he reaches 10,000 Test runs © Getty Images

England sealed the series after a win over Sri Lanka on 4th Day of 2nd Test at Durham by 9 wickets. Alastair Cook made sure there is no drama in the fourth innings and the hosts win the match quite comfortably. He completed his 48th half century and before that 10,000 Test runs. He becomes the quickest players in terms of days to achieve this feat. England have won this match which became quite one sided after Sri Lanka bundled out for 101 in first innings.  Sri Lanka bounced back in the second innings but that was not enough to put up a fight in the fourth innings and put England under pressure. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Chester-le-street

England were given a target of 79 runs to chase after Lunch. Alex Hales fell victim to spinner Milinda Siriwadana once again. He tried to finish the match in a hurry, trying to hit him over the top but failed miserably as he got knocked over. Nick Compton joined the skipper to end this match without any drama. Herath and Siriwardana were not able to extract much spin and bounce off the surface despite being a fourth day pitch.

In the second innings Sri Lanka made a comeback by scoring 475 all out on Day 4. They were trailing by 397 runs in the second innings. They did not have a nice start as they lost Dimuth Karunaratne early on and the Kaushal Silva followed him trying to score runs at a brisk rate. Kaushal Silva played a decent innings to take them out of the danger. He fell for 60 following a short delivery by Steven Finn. Angelo Mathews came back into the form and scored 80 runs. He targeted Moeen Ali hitting him for fours and sixes. Dinesh Chandimal came in and tried to help him despite injury. After Mathews got out Milinda Siriwardana came into bat.

Chandimal played a fighting knock and went on to score his 6th hundred in Tests. He became the 8th wicketkeeper in the history to score a hundred batting during follow on. He shared partnerships with lower order to get Sri Lanka past the trail and put up a target for England to chase. Chandimal scored 126 before giving his wicket away to Broad trying to slog him for a boundary. He was backed up by Rangana Herath who scored 61. The tailenders tried to score as many runs as they can but bundled up for 475 before Tea.

James Anderson took his 450th wicket in Test when he picked up the wicket of Herath. He took a five wicket haul in second innings and eight wickets in the match. This was a match dedicated to records as Alastair Cook reached 10,000 Test runs and Rangana Herath took 300 wickets.

Earlier Sri Lanka had a nightmare of a first innings as only one batsman was able to score 35 runs, Kusal Mendis. They were 8 wickets down on 2nd Day and bundled out for 101 within a span of 21 balls. Stuart Broad picked up four wickets. Anderson and Chris Woakes picked up three wickets each. They were outclassed by England by a lethal fast bowling attack.

England had a roller coaster of a first innings as they put on a total of 498 for 9 declaring the innings. Moeen Ali starred in English batting line up as he made 155 runs not out to take England into a commanding position. Joe Root and Alex Hales provided valuable contribution with 80 and 83 runs. They shared a 96 run stand to put England back on track.

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Chester-le-street

Brief Scores: England 498 for 9 dec and 80 for 1 ( Alastair Cook 47, Milinda Siriwardana 1 for 37) defeat Sri Lanka 101 all out & 403 for 6( Dinesh Chandimal 126, James Anderson 5 for 58) by 9 wickets

(Arun Rawal, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a daydreamer, movie buff, and cricket fanatic. He could not play cricket, so did the next best thing, writing for it. He loves to play the flick shot over square leg, and believes Sachin Tendulkar is God. His twitter handle is @ArunRawal93)