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Twitter Reactions: England seal a historic away Test series win for the first time since 2016

It took only 30 minutes for the visitors to pick the remaining three wickets.

Jack Leach
England bowler Jack Leach and Jos Buttler appeal. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ever since Angelo Mathews lost his wicket late on the fourth day, the writing was on the wall for Sri Lanka in the second Test chasing 301 runs. Though there was a ray of hope for the hosts with Niroshan Dickwella batting well out in the middle as they needed 75 runs to level the series. England, on the other hand, were sensing something special and had a motivation to seal a historic away Test series win.

Sri Lanka resumed at 226/7 on the fifth morning as all the eyes were on Dickwella who was tipped to take his team through. He played some enterprising shots the other day and employed sweeps and reverse sweeps every now and then to churn out some quick runs. Even the Day 5 started similarly with the left-hander looking to play his shots and also added 14 runs in quick time to test the nerves of the opposition.

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But Moeen Ali kept his cool and floated a good length delivery beautifully to eke out an expansive drive from Dickwella through the tough patches and Ben Stokes grabbed on to it to effectively seal the fate of the match. Suranga Lakmal soon followed as he was castled in the same over for a second-ball duck.

Leach registers his maiden five-wicket haul

The final duo of Akila Dananjaya and Malinda Pushpakumara were never going to score the remaining 61 runs as they only delayed the inevitable for a few overs. Fittingly, it was Jack Leach, the left-arm spinner, who ended the proceedings by dismissed the latter. It was a caught and bowled dismissal as Leach registered his maiden five-wicket haul only in the third Test match of his career.

He returned with the figures of 5/83 while Ali supported him well with 4/72 as a total of 38 wickets fell to spin in this match which is a World record. As far as England is concerned, they won their first away Test series since 2016 when they had last won in South Africa.

Here’s how Twitter reacted during the short fifth day’s play:

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