10 Test Matches In 21st Century That Proves That “Tests Are Still The Best”

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#4 England v Sri Lanka, Headingely, 2014

England came close to repeat their Auckland heroics but got their heart broken on the penultimate ball of the test this time. The situation at the start of the day was very similar for England. They were reeling at 57/5 in their chase of 350 at the start of the day and the chances of even a draw looked slim. But Moeen Ali was not ready to give up. He batted till the end to score his maiden test ton and when England were still 21 overs short to salvage a draw with only one wicket left, he found a great support in James Anderson. They both took it to the last over and Anderson successfully negotiated 4 balls. Just when Sri Lanka had abandoned their hopes, Anderson skied a short ball unconvincingly on the leg side to be caught by Rangana Herath. In the end, James Anderson’s 55-ball naught went in vain. He was in tears, Moeen Ali somehow maintained his poker face to walk off the field and the Lankan players were running around to celebrate their first ever series victory in England.

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First ever series victory for Sri Lanka after a completing a win on the penultimate ball of the test match

 

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