Kaushal Silva was the first Sri Lanka wicket to fall as a mere 3.4 overs were possible up to tea on a rain-wrecked final day at Lord's
Some may believe they were victims of misfortune but the truth is Sri Lanka's defeat was at least partly self-inflicted, not the result of a conspiracy.
Alex Hales is getting closer to a treasured maiden Test hundred, but he will have to wait a while yet. He was on 94, only six runs short, when he fell only 10 minutes before tea at Lord's
The Sri Lanka team were asked to remove the national flag they had displayed on their balcony "to show support" for the side, after suffering an incorrect umpiring decision in the third Test
Amid the rainfall and the disappointment of seeing Alex Hales miss out on a maiden Test hundred, there was still a bit of the Lord's magic
James Anderson has been reprimanded by the ICC for showing disrespect to umpire S Ravi on the third day of the Lord's Test against Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford said Nuwan Pradeep was unlucky to miss out on a Lord's five-wicket haul, given the quality of his bowling in the second innings
Alex Hales might have missed out on a maiden century for the third time in the series but he could console himself with the knowledge that he has established himself in England's top order for the foreseeable future
Nearly 10 years have slipped by while Alastair Cook has been a permanent fixture at the top of England's order in home Tests. In his temporary absence at Lord's because of a bruised knee, England had an unnerving vision of the future
England have plenty room for improvement but, despite more notable batting failures, they have options queuing up in their bid to become the world's best
The third day began with much hope for Sri Lanka but it ended with talk of progress being restricted to small moments
For Jonny Bairstow, even on the grandest days the debate about whether England should utilise him as a wicketkeeper or specialist batsmen seems destined to ring loudly
It was all going so well for Jonny Bairstow on the second day at Lord's as he moved to a career-best 167, but once again his glovework was left as the talking point
Stats highlights from a batsmen-dominated day at Lord's
Kaushal Silva had always been selected to give Sri Lanka some solidity, but it reached a stage where sometimes he solidified completely. On his return to the side he is striking the ideal balance
Jonny Bairstow, looking more battle-hardened by the month, completed his third Test hundred in eight innings to rouse England from a problematic opening day in the Lord's Test
Jonny Bairstow has gloriously fast hands when it comes to being one of the world's most in-form batsmen. But they deserted him in his wicketkeeping duties, and it's not entirely his fault
Early inroads, a dropped catch (or sometimes more than one) and then the opposition middle order leading a recovery. It's a familiar script for Sri Lanka
England are a fun, often thrilling, side to watch - as typified by Jonny Bairstow's Lord's hundred - but they are not making it easy for themselves by frequent top-order wobbles
Stats highlights from first day's play of the Lord's Test where Cook and Bairstow rescued the England against Sri Lanka
Mahela Jayawardene has confirmed that a recommendation has been made to reduce the margin of umpire's call on the DRS, which would lead to more batsmen being given lbw
In an unsatisfying England-Sri Lanka series, some unsatisfying numbers were achieved. At least England's captain got to go berserk at the end
In their last five series - against West Indies, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan and South Africa - England have been defeated in their final outing
Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford has suggested his team's approach to the series has been less than ideal
ESPNcricinfo previews the third Test between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's
Century stands for Sri Lanka in this series - 116 between Chandimal and Herath in Durham, and 108 between Karunaratne and Silva in this Test
Fifty-plus scores for Kaushal Silva in three Test innings at Lord's - 63, 57, 79*. Among Sri Lankans, only Mahela Jayawardene has more 50+ Test scores here (4)
Wickets lost by Sri Lanka within the first ten overs of the third day. They were 162 for 1 at the end of Day 2.
No. of SL batsmen, out of 15, who completed 2000 Test runs in fewer inns than Chandimal (49 inns) - Sangakkara (46), Jayasuriya (47) & Jayawardene (48).
Sri Lanka's batting efforts in the first session of Day 3; reduced from 162/1 to 218/6. Anyways, they have managed to avoid follow-on for the first time this series.
Runs added by SL's 7th wicket in the 2nd inns of the last Test by Chandimal & Herath. K Perera and Herath have added 50+ runs for the same wicket in this Test.
Last time both teams had 50+ stands for the 7th wicket in their first innings of a Lord's Test - Eng & SL. The same teams have featured in this Test as well.
No. of balls bowled by Anderson without a wicket at Lord's, before dismissing Perera. In the last Lord's match, he didn't take any wicket conceding 137 runs in 33 overs.
Last time two right-handed batsmen opened the innings for Eng in Tests - Key & Vaughan v Ind, Leeds, 2002. Compton & Hales opened in 2nd inns today.
80+ scores for Hales in 5 innings in this series; in 8 Test innings in South Africa, his highest was 60
Test innings between sixes for Cook; his last one before today was in December 2012, v India, when he made 190 in Kolkata
Instances in Tests that Cook had batted below No. 3 before today. He had opened the batting 218 times, and batted at No. 3 12 times
The last time before today that Anderson didn't bowl the first over of an innings; he bowled first change v West Indies at Lord's in May 2009
Instances of teams scoring more than 310 in the 4th innings of a Lord's Test in the last 30 years: by Australia (406 in 2009) and India (397 in 2002)
Consecutive drawn Tests between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's - in 2002, 2006, 2011, 2014 and 2016