It was the penultimate ball of the last day of the third and final test match between Sri Lanka and England being played at the Headingley stadium in Leeds. James Anderson, the last man batting for England had spent 80 minutes alongside Moeen Ali whose resilient maiden Test century was taking England away from the jaws of defeat. England who were tottering at 57 for 5 had made a great comeback in the Test match.
Sri Lanka had to struggle hard to get the last wicket as James Anderson defended one delivery after the other. The excitement had reached the last two balls of the match. Anderson was surrounded by 6 Sri Lankan fielders around his crease as Shaminda Eranga came running in to bowl the penultimate ball of the match. Anderson had faced a staggering 57 deliveries before this ball and had scored a total of zero. Shows quite how resilient he was at the crease. As expected, it was a short of a length ball, bowled at a decent pace. Anderson tried his best to leave the ball but it just followed him, Anderson just tried to duck under it but before he could realise, he’d shoved it away with his bat. Before Anderson knew it, the red-cherry had touched his bat and sprung up in the air. Rangana Herath, who was standing at the short square-leg pouched it with both of his hands to give Sri Lanka a Test series victory in England.