As Bumble says, it is very very difficult to win a series in Sri Lanka, especially after losing the first match. England have never won a series in Sri Lanka before. And now England has beaten the World Cup runners-up in their own backyard. The first time in twenty years England have won a major one day series on the sub-continent. Phenomenal.

Kevin Pietersen, poor in the series so far, scored 63 not out (big match player, not a bad thing), and man-of-the-match Alistair Cook 80, to see England home after England’s bowlers restricted Sri Lanka to an underpar score. Jayawardene praised England’s bowling up front, big praise is due to Sidebottom, Broad and Anderson, who have kept Sri Lanka’s top four completely under wraps all series.

“Everybody’s put a lot of hard work and effort into winning,” said Collingwood. “A special mention to the bowlers today, a great effort. All the boys have been superb from day one.”

Andrew Miller in Cricinfo has written an excellent summary.

Man-of-the-match Alistair Cook

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