Sri Lanka vs England: Mathews-Prasad Show Scripts Rare Overseas Success for Islanders

With their win against England at Leeds, Sri Lanka have now won seven Tests outside the sub-continent.

updated: June 26, 2014 03:30 IST
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Angelo Mathews (L) inspired Sri Lanka to a sensational series win.

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Sri Lanka's dramatic 100-run win against England at Headingley (Leeds) was a rare overseas success and their young Test captain Angelo Mathews was at the fountainhead of it. The Lankans won the two-Test series 1-0and it was the second time in 16 years the islanders beat England by this margin.

Sri Lanka have won eight and lost 10 out of 28 Tests played against England. Ten matches have been drawn. With a winning percentage of 28.57, the Lankans have won seven Tests outside the sub-continent, excluding Zimbabwe. They have won three in England - one each at Leeds, Nottingham and The Oval, two against New Zealand and one each versus West Indies and South Africa.

Mathews played a leading role in the Leeds win. Although it was seamer Dhammika Prasad's 5 for 50 that swung the pendulum Lanka's way, Mathews' 160 in the second innings put Sri Lanka in a commanding position against England.

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