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Rain spoils England bid for SL whitewash

By The Assam Tribune

LONDON, June 14: Rain thwarted England�s bid for a 3-0 series whitewash of Sri Lanka as the third Test at Lord�s ended in a draw on Monday.

The result saw England take the three-match series 2-0.

Sri Lanka, set 362 to win, finished on 78 for one after rain, which had prevented any play before lunch on the final day, finally saw the umpires 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 after only 12.2 overs were possible today.

Jonny Bairstow was named man-of-the-match and England�s man of the series.

Bairstow made a Test-best 167 not out in the first innings at Lord�s and in the series as a whole scored 387 runs at an average of 129, including two hundreds.

�To be back in England and hit the ground running was the main aim,� said Bairstow, whose first stint as a Test player ended with him being dropped from the team.

Bairstow has been in superb batting form since making 150 not out in his maiden Test century against South Africa in Cape Town in January.

�I felt like I had a few people to prove wrong,� said Bairstow.

�This series and in South Africa I think I�ve done that.�

The Sri Lanka series also saw wicket-keeper Bairstow hold 19 catches, although doubts about his glovework persisted after he grassed a couple of routine chances.


England 1st Innings: 416.

Sri Lanka 1st Innings: 288.

England 2nd Innings 233-7 dec.

Sri Lanka 2nd Innings (target 362, overnight 32-0): D Karunaratne not out 37, K Silva lbw b Anderson 16, K Mendis not out 17. Extras: (b1, lb6, nb1) 8. Total: (1 wkt, 24.2 overs, 107 mins) 78. Fall of wickets: 1-45. Bowling: Broad 11-4-27-0 (1nb); Anderson 9-2-27-1; Woakes 2-1-7-0; Ali 2-1-4-0; Root 0.2-0-6-0. �AFP

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