Record-breaker Cook leads Eng­land to Sri Lanka se­ries win

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CHESTER-LE-STREET, United King­dom: Alas­tair Cook be­came the first Eng­land bats­man to score 10,000 Test runs as his side sealed a se­ries win over Sri Lanka at the River­side on Mon­day.

Eng­land won the sec­ond Test by nine wick­ets with more than a day to spare to go an unas­sail­able 2-0 up in the three-match se­ries.

Set 79 for vic­tory af­ter mak­ing Sri Lanka fol­low-on, Eng­land fin­ished on 80 for one.

Left-handed opener Cook was 47 not out and Nick Comp­ton, who hit the win­ning runs 22 not out.

His in­nings saw Cook score the five he needed to be­come just the 12th player of all time to make 10,000 Test runs.

Fel­low opener Alex Hales was 10 not out.

Cook reached the land­mark when he clipped Nuwan Pradeep for four through mid-wicket, having got off the mark with an edged sin­gle against left-arm spin­ner Ran­gana Herath.

At 31 years and 157 days he was the youngest player ever to achieve the feat, beat­ing the pre­vi­ous record of In­dia great Sachin Ten­dulkar (31 years and 326 days).

Ear­lier, Dinesh Chandi­mal’s ex­cel­lent 100 kept Eng­land wait­ing as Sri Lanka made 475 in their sec­ond in­nings.

Chandi­mal’s 126 was his sixth hun­dred in 27 Tests but first out­side Asia.

He re­ceived ex­cel­lent sup­port from Ran­gana Herath (61) in sev­en­th­wicket stand of 116.

Sri Lanka re­sumed on 309 for five, 88 runs adrift of Eng­land’s 498 for nine de­clared built around Moeen Ali’s Test-best 155 not out.

Chandi­mal was 54 not out overnight and Milinda Siri­war­dana un­beaten on 35 af­ter Sri Lanka cap­tain An­gelo Mathews (80) and Kaushal Silva (60) ini­tially kept Eng­land at bay.

Play be­gan Mon­day un­der a heav­ily grey sky.

The cloud cover promised ideal con­di­tions for Eng­land pace­men James An­der­son and Stu­art Broad, who were just four overs into a spell with the new ball.

Siri­war­dana had not added a run to his overnight score when he edged An­der­son straight to Alex Hales at gully to end a stand worth 92.

Chandi­mal, how­ever, cover-drove Broad for four and late-cut An­der­son be­hind point for an­other bound­ary.

But he was lucky on 69 when he got an in­side edge off An­der­son only for div­ing wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow to spill the catch de­spite get­ting both gloves to the ball.

Chandi­mal went into the 90s when he hooked fast bowler Steven Finn to the fine leg bound­ary.

An edged bound­ary off Woakes to third man saw the 26-year-old Chandi­mal to a 172-ball hun­dred in­clud­ing 11 fours.

Chandi­mal ended the ses­sion in style by cover-driv­ing Woakes for four off the last ball before lunch.

Herath, dropped in the deep by James Vince off An­der­son on 46, com­pleted an 87-ball fifty with six fours.

The 38-year-old, who ear­lier in this match took his 300th Test wicket, even­tu­ally fell when An­der­son, tak­ing the field­ers out of the equa­tion, had him lbw from round the wicket to claim his 450th scalp in the five-day game.

LED FROM THE FRONT: Eng­land's Alas­tair Cook hits a sin­gle dur­ing their match against Sri Lanka in the sec­ond Test at the Emi­rates Durham ICG on Mon­day. (Reuters)

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