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Cook tops 10,000 as England grabs winning 2-0 lead

Skipper becomes youngest batsman to reach milestone; Sri Lanka slumps to nine-wicket loss despite Chandimal ton

Cook tops 10,000 as England grabs winning 2-0 lead - Cricket News
Alastair Cook became the youngest batsman to score 10,000 Test runs as England sealed a series win over Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street.
Alastair Cook became the youngest batsman to score 10,000 Test runs as England sealed a series win over Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street on Monday (May 30). England completed an emphatic nine-wicket win in the second Test with more than a day to spare to taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
 
Cook was unbeaten on 47 as England eased to its target of 79 after Dinesh Chandimal made a fine century to lift Sri Lanka, following on, to 475 in its second innings. Nick Compton, who hit the winning runs, finished 22 not out.
 
Cook started his innings needing just five runs to reach the milestone, and got there with a boundary through mid-wicket off Nuwan Pradeep. In the process, Cook became the first Englishman and just the 12th player overall to achieve the feat. At 31 years and 157 days, he is also the youngest, beating the record of Sachin Tendulkar, who was 31 years and 326 days when he scored his 10,000th Test run.
 
Sri Lanka had resumed the fourth morning on 309 for 5, trailing England’s 498 for 9 declared by 88 runs afte haing been shot out for 101 in the first innings. Chandimal was 54 not out overnight and Milinda Siriwardana unbeaten on 35 after Angelo Mathews (80), the captain, and Kaushal Silva (60) initially kept England at bay.
 
England’s only success in the morning session was the dismissal of Siriwardana, who edged James Anderson straight to Alex Hales at gully to end a sixth-wicket partnership of 92. Anderson found the inside edge of Chandimal’s bat when the batsman was on 69 but Jonny Bairstow, the wicketkeeper, spilled a simple chance, and Chandimal took advantage of the reprieve, reaching his sixth Test hundred with an outside edge for four off Chris Woakes.
 
Chandimal was well supported by Rangana Herath in a seventh-wicket stand of 116, Herath making 61 before he was trapped lbw by Anderson. Anderson bowled Shaminda Eranga for one to complete another five-wicket haul and Stuart Broad ended Chandimal’s defiant knock on 126 with a slower ball that clipped the top of his off-stump. 

Hales was bowled by Siriwardana for 11, but Cook calmly finished the job with Compton shortly after tea.
 
The third and final Test starts at Lord's on June 9

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