Lahiru Thirimanne - 4: Failed twice with the bat but as King Cricket explains made himself big like a goalkeeper at short-leg where his bravery and anticipation changed the course of the match when he caught Prior in the second innings.
Tillakaratne Dilshan - 3: Had a game to forget with the bat, but kept it tight with the ball and performed a fielding masterclass with four catches and several breathtaking stops.
Kumar Sangakkara - 2: Cricket's most renowned orator bagged a golden duck in the 1st innings before being undone by a beauty by Swann second time around. Spilled a catch at leg slip to reprieve Pietersen that fortunately for him did not prove crucial in the final reckoning - it's a lot harder without the gloves Kumar.
Mahela Jayawardene - 10: An absolutely brilliant and sublime hundred gave his team an initiative that they were to never truly relinquish. His intelligent attacking strategies in the field suffocated the life out of England's batsmen and demonstrated that Sri Lanka are a completely different side with him at the helm.
Thilan Samaraweera - 5: Exhibited extreme caution to help his captain repair the early damage on day one before a desperately unlucky run out. Was more fluent second time around before uncharacteristically giving his wicket away when well set.
Dinesh Chandimal - 4: Is clearly a fantastically talented young batsman but needs to learn not to give his wicket away cheaply after playing himself in as he did in both innings here.
Prasanna Jayawardene - 8: An electric performance behind the stumps and a crucial unbeaten 61 in the 2nd innings, which helped his side add a decisive 87 runs for the last two wickets. Hugely underrated.
Rangana Herath - 9: He may not be a Murali or a Saeed Ajmal, but he was still too good for England's spin shy batsmen as he bowled with control to bag a match haul of 12 wickets.
Suraj Randiv - 8: Proved to be a good foil for Herath especially in England's 2nd innings and took six wickets in the match. Useful contribution with the bat as nightwatchman.
Chanaka Welegedara - 5: Just the one wicket and a big one too as it was Pietersen. Dug in both times with the bat adding 54 and 40 for the ninth wicket with the Jayawardenes.
Suranga Lakmal - 6: Started off England's 1st innings demise with a wonderful ball to dismiss Cook and looked lively enough throughout excepting a mini dismantling by Stuart Broad.
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