England finalized a 3-0 Sri Lanka historic series after finishing a 42-round nervous victory on the fourth day of the final test at the Sports Club in Sinhalese.
Things were so much stricter than tourists expected, after hosts who started day four down, showed admirable resistance in search of a 327 championship.
However, as shown, Kusal Mendis and Roshen Silva have come back to the contest, following a stand 102 times more than 30 times per hour, Jack Leach intervened with an amazing run that decided ultimately this test.
Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Jack Leach celebrate after they finally took Kusal Mendis' ice
Leach (right) was one of the star performers for England on the fourth day of the test
Roshen Silva (right) was part of an impressive sixth goal stand at the hosts of Colombo
Leach, whose rejection of Lakshan Sandakan was the only wager of a surprisingly diminutive morning session, took the ball to his right foot after Roshen asked for a second run on Adil Rashid's bowling.
But Leach threw a bullet from a thrower, which left Mendis, 86, out of the ground at the end of the non-striker. Cue pandemonium.
He left Sri Lanka on 184 for six, still 143 shit of victory, and left the door open for Joe Root's team to conclude a victory.
However, they still had to break a 58-meter-long position between Captain Suranga Lakmal and Malinda Pushpakumara to finish the victory.
Silva's resilience, along with Mendis, held the exciting contest on Monday morning
England bowler Adil Rashid shows his frustration amid an impressive poster
TOP SPIN ON TEST
– This was England's first painting in a full Asian test series – and for the third time Sri Lanka lost 3-0 at home. England won twice 2-0 in Bangladesh, but it was both series of two matches. Their last 3-0 home win was in New Zealand in 1962-63.
– Exactly 100 of the 116 tickets that fell in the three tests were taken by spinners – a comfortable record for a series of three matches. Previously, the record was 79, between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in 1998. In a series involving England, there were 75 against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in 2011-12.
– Of the 100, Sri Lanka accounted for 51 and England 49, with Jack Leach and Moeen Ali pretending 18 points, Adil Rashid 12 and Joe Root 1. Outside of Sri Lanka, Dilruwan Perera led with 22.
– In Colombo, Keaton Jennings had six captures, equaling the record for the most in a Test by a player in England. The most recent of the seven other examples was Alastair Cook against New Zealand at Hamilton in 2007-08.
– For the first time in a series of three tests, all 12 totals of halves were between 200 and 350.
– In the tests that England won, Moeen Ali made 52 victories in fourth place at 18 points. Only Jimmy Anderson can match that figure in England's victories: 52 to 22.
– England has won eight of the last nine tests, losing only in India at Trent Bridge. It is the best sequence since 2004, when Michael Vaughan's part won 11 out of 12 against the West Indies (from home and abroad), New Zealand and South Africa.
Fortunately, for England, Leach resumed once again the spotlight in the first after the tea to catch Lakmal LBW to seal a famous victory.
Not only did the first test series in England win in 2016 when they beat South Africa 2-1, but only for the third time they won all the tests of an overseas series consisting of three or more matches.
In 1963, a team led by Ted Dexter won 3-0 in New Zealand. Before that, you must return in 1896, when England swept South Africa with the same score.
Although England has already sealed this series with victories in the first two games at Galle and Kandy, managing to complete a first test victory in 55 years is a notable triumph for the Root men, especially since they came to Sri Lanka on the back of a runless winless record of 13 remote tests.
Only Australia in 2004 and India last year have previously painted Sri Lanka at home.
This result continues in the summer finals of England, and Root's men have now won eight of the last nine tests.
Since it was a year that started with a 4-0 ash that hit Australia and a serious 1-0 defeat in New Zealand, the character presented by Root and his players back so good was impressive. Indeed, they are now ranked second in the world after ending last winter in the fifth.
Now with a three-day West Indies tournament that will be coming early next year and home on the summer horizon, England can expect the future positively.
Mendis was part of a severe resistance in Sri Lanka, while England was watching a headache
Leach intervened in the middle of this stand with an amazing run that ultimately decided this test
Having a home on the horizon, England can expect the future positively
Sri Lanka started this final day on 53 for four, Danuska Gunathilika, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya De Silva and Angelo Mathews were rejected on the third night.
It took England half an hour to make progress this morning, Leach found a tower, and then Sandakan's edge and Ben Stokes took the slip to slip as Sri Lanka slid to 82 for five.
But tourists were frustrated by the sixth place of Mendis, who brought the first half of the series, and Roshen before Leach's moment of magic on the field.
It was probably inevitable that Leach would grab the next square, Niroshan Dickwella, who dropped seven by Keaton Jennings, this time held by the short-bumper after the left-arm England's belt pulled the edge.
Niroshan Dickwella was eliminated on seven by Keaton Jennings shortly after Monday
Even though Rosen had passed fifty, at 214 for seven, Sri Lanka still needed 113 rounds to eliminate an unlikely victory.
There was a far-off perspective, especially after Jennings took the sixth hit of the game when he tried to make Dilruwan Perera from Moene Ali bowling.
Moeen struck again shortly after escaping from Rosenh in 65 years, England reviewing successfully for LBW and hosts slipping to 226 for nine.
That was another 101 shy winning run for the hosts, but the final stand-wicket between Lakmal and Pushpakumara that spans 12.1 overs blew fresh life into this contest.
Malinda Pushpakumara (left) was part of a final pavilion stand that covered 12.1 overs
England had made the last review when Moeen persuaded Root to go up because Lakmal was one.
Lakmal survived again four years after he was kicked out of Moeen – only for the captain at the Sri Lanka stand to be recruited after a review.
At this stage, it took 60 rounds to give home a remarkable consolation victory.
The root turned to Stuart Broad, once England took the second new ball, and the captain cut Pushpakumara with his first delivery, with a short queue.
Pushpakumara is hit by a delivery from Stuart Broad from England on the fourth day
The end of the period caused the tea break, which was postponed for half an hour, while Sri Lanka was nine times down.
Until then, only 43 rounds were needed to deny England cleanliness.
However, England wrapped things up when Leach caught Lakmal lbw with the third ball after the tea.
The time comes when the man comes and not even a review in Sri Lanka, which shows that the impact would be the referee's call, could deny his time in the sun.