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England have won the second Test against Sri Lanka by 57 runs after spin twins Moeen Ali and Jack Leach made light work of the hosts' tail on Sunday morning. 

The Test was largely down to Joe Root setting Sri Lanka a sizeable target with his magnificent century, but he was backed up by some superb spin bowling. 

Sportsmail runs the rule over both sets of players following the victory for Joe Root's men.

Rory Burns – 8

Scored 102 runs in the game, and looks more at home each time. His 59 off 66 balls in England’s second innings set the tone – full of assured sweeps and adept footwork. 

Burns arrived in Sri Lanka with question marks over his ability against spin, but has dealt with them emphatically. The biggest compliment we can pay him is that no one is talking about Alastair Cook.

Rory Burns scored 102 runs in the game and is looking more at home each time he plays

Rory Burns scored 102 runs in the game and is looking more at home each time he plays

Keaton Jennings – 6

His dismissal on the first morning, nibbling at an innocuous delivery from Lakmal, reopened the debate about his frailties against seam outside off stump. 

But his second-innings stand of 73 with Burns eased English nerves after they trailed by 46 on first innings, and Jennings created two wickets out of nowhere with alert fielding at short leg on the fourth day.

Ben Stokes – 5

Scored 19 and nought, wasted a review, and bowled only one over. And his new role at No 3 lasted one innings, after Leach went in as nightwatchman. 

But Stokes awoke England from their slumbers in the field on the second morning, running out Karunaratne and catching Mendis at slip – the kind of one-handed blinder he practises for hours. Even his quiet games are never truly quiet.

Scored just 19 runs — his experiment at No 3 lasted one innings — and bowled only one over

Scored just 19 runs — his experiment at No 3 lasted one innings — and bowled only one over

Joe Root – 9

Played one of the great innings in Asia by an England batsman. His 124 from 146 balls perfectly fulfilled the attacking brief he had asked of his team. 

Perhaps only Kevin Pietersen, at Colombo and Mumbai in 2012, has played more imaginatively for England on the subcontinent.

Root’s captaincy has moved up a notch too. It feels like his team.

Captain Joe Root played one of the great innings in Asia by an England batsman

Captain Joe Root played one of the great innings in Asia by an England batsman

Jos Buttler – 8

His 63 from 67 balls on the first day saved England from meltdown. And he was especially adept at counter-attacking just before lunch: 38 from 32

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