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Rain has final say at Lord’s as England wins series 2-0

Sri Lanka ends on 78 for 1 in its second innings chasing 362 on stop-start last day

Rain has final say at Lord’s as England wins series 2-0 - Cricket News
Only 22 balls were possible between lunch and tea after rain washed out the first session, but that was long enough for Sri Lanka to lose opener Kaushal Silva.

Rain ensured England and Sri Lanka drew their third and final Test at Lord's on Monday (June 13), a result that gave England a 2-0 win in the series.

Sri Lanka, set 362 to win, finished on 78 for 1 after rain, which had prevented any play before lunch on the final day, forced the umpires to abandon the match as a draw at 5.12pm local time (1612 GMT). Dimuth Karunaratne was 37 not out and Kusal Mendis 17 not out at the time. 

Only 22 balls were possible between lunch and tea after rain washed out the first session, but that was long enough for Sri Lanka to lose opener Kaushal Silva.

Sri Lanka resumed Monday on 32 without loss, and the first over had Silva edging Stuart Broad just short of Alastair Cook at first slip. But James Anderson struck when Silva, padding up after failing to pick an inswinger going against the Lord's slope, was lbw for 16. Silva reviewed but to no avail, and Sri Lanka was 45 for 1. 

No sooner had Silva been dismissed than the umpires took the players off the field after just 18 minutes' play.

But the weather relented for play to resume after tea. New batsman Mendis was fortunate when, trying to evade a Broad bouncer, a top edge sailed over Jonny Bairstow's head for four.

Even though the floodlights were on, there was now a risk the match might be halted for bad light.

Cook responded by deploying Moeen Ali and the occasional offbreaks of Joe Root. Mendis swept Root's second ball for six but then the rain returned and the umpires took the players off for the final time.

Bairstow's Test-best 167 not out and 85 from Cook were the major contributions to England's first innings 416. Sri Lanka could only manage 288 in reply, despite fifties from Karunaratne and Silva.

England's second-innings total of 233 for 7 declared had Alex Hales again falling short of a maiden Test century with 94 – his third fifty in a series where the opener had twice been dismissed in the 80s.

The draw meant England leads the inaugural Super Series against Sri Lanka by ten points to two. But with two points on offer for a win in each of the six white-ball fixtures – five ODIs and a lone Twenty20 International – Sri Lanka can still win the multi-format series.