In a spin: England's win against Sri Lanka sets new record

Spin was king as England clinched a series victory against Sri Lanka in Pallekele, with a record-breaking bowling stat achieved.

England spinners Jack Leach, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid.   -  Getty Images

England clinched their first away series victory since January 2016 with a 57-run win against Sri Lanka in Pallekele on Sunday, but the second Test was also notable for its record-breaking bowling stats.

The match - which also sealed England's first series win in Sri Lanka since 2001 - saw 38 of the 40 wickets taken by spin bowlers, setting a new marker in Test cricket.

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Akila Dananjaya and Jack Leach took eight wickets apiece, while Dilruwan Perera was one off that pair with seven and Moeen Ali boasted six scalps.

Malinda Pushpakumara and Adil Rashid each ended the match with four wickets and England captain Joe Root took one.

Dimuth Karunaratne was run out by Ben Stokes during Sri Lanka's first innings, leaving Suranga Lakmal as the only non-spin bowler to claim a wicket.

The previous best was 37 in a Test between India and New Zealand in 1969, while India's clashes with Australia in 1956 and Pakistan in 1987 featured 35 spin wickets.

The third and final Test gets under way in Colombo on Friday.

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