Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Kumar Sangakkara struck a defiant century to deny England victory in the third and final cricket Test.
Sangakkara scored 119 as his team reached 334-5 at Southampton, England, before the rain-hit match was drawn. England won the series 1-0 after victory in the first Test at Cardiff. The second match at Lord’s in London was drawn.
England’s Chris Tremlett was named both man of the match and player of the series. He took 6-48 as Sri Lanka was dismissed for 184 in its first innings at the Rose Bowl and had 15 wickets in the three matches.
“I wasn’t expecting the pitch to have as much bounce as it did,” Tremlett said at the post-match awards ceremony. “It’s good to have a bit of bounce in the pitch and to take advantage of that.”
Sangakkara, who retired as team captain in May, had to be convinced to resume the role after Tillakaratne Dilshan broke his thumb in the last game. He was caught off the bowling of James Anderson today. Several match sessions were lost to the weather, and the game was ended when play couldn’t be resumed because of rain after tea.
The only other wicket to fall today was that of night-watchman Rangana Herath, dismissed for 36 after Sri Lanka resumed on 112-3. Thilan Samaraweera finished on 87 and Prasanna Jayawardene made 6, with Sri Lanka having built a lead of 141 by the time play ended.
Ian Bell’s unbeaten 119 had given England a chance of victory as he helped the team to 377-8 declared, a first-innings lead of 193.
Third-ranked England begins a four-Test series against No. 1 India on July 21.