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Jack Leach spins England into strong position in Kandy

Sri Lanka are chasing 301 to level the three-match series. Jack Leach struck three times with the new ball as England positioned themselves for a series-clinching victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka. The tourists set a winning target of 301 after being bowled out for 346 on the fourth morning, Ben Foakes finishing 65 not out after he and James Anderson added a further 22 for the final wicket. By lunch at Pallekele Stadium Sri Lanka’s prospects of completing the chase had diminished considerably, Leach’s triple strike leaving them 93 for three and relying on the burgeoning partnership between Dimuth Karunaratne (54no) and Angelo Mathews (28no). Ben Foakes completes a difficult stumping (Eranga Jayawardena/AP) Above all else the home side would have wanted a stable openi...

Centurion Joe Root urges England to complete the job in Kandy

Joe Root will cherish his 15th Test century as one of his very best, but only if England’s bowlers finish the job and seal a series win over Sri Lanka. Root’s 124 on day three in Kandy was a quite brilliant innings, both in the context of a finely balanced second Test and on a Pallekele pitch offering consistent turn for a quartet of rotating spinners. It was also the first time the England captain had made a second-innings hundred away from home, with his previous overseas efforts in Grenada, Johannesburg and Rajkot all setting up the game rather than defining its end state. There were no second chances here, without Root’s ebullient 146-ball effort England would never have touched the heights of 324 for nine, enough for a stiff lead of 278 in challenging conditions. Root has never experi...

Ben Stokes boosts England after Sri Lanka fight hard on second morning in Kandy

Moeen Ali struck early to remove nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara. A brilliant run out and an outstanding catch from Ben Stokes boosted England‘s cause after Sri Lanka fought hard on the second morning of the second Test in Kandy. Moeen Ali struck early to remove nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara but Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva threatened to grind the tourists down with a confident 96-run stand that comfortably eclipsed anything England managed in their first-innings 285. Then Stokes showed his uncanny ability to swing a game in his side’s favour, producing a wonderful direct hit to see off Karunaratne (63) and an equally memorable one-handed slip catch off Kusal Mendis’ edge. By lunch Sri Lanka were 139 for four. Game changer @benstokes38! 👏 Scorecard: ...

Curran strengthens all-round credentials in Kandy

The 20-year-old left-hander made 64 as England reached a respectable 285 against Sri Lanka. Sam Curran smashed his third Test half-century to lift England out of trouble against Sri Lanka and strengthen his all-round credentials. The 20-year-old left-hander made 64 as England reached a respectable 285 in Kandy. He put on 45 with Adil Rashid (31) and 60 for the last wicket with James Anderson, who finished seven not out. It followed scores of 63 and 78 against India this summer and lifted Curran’s average for his fledgling Test career above 40. (PA Graphic) It is not just the half-centuries that mark the Surrey southpaw out as a lower-order weapon, but his consistency – he has three more scores in the 40s while every time he has got off the mark, he has reached at least 20. It is a re...

Victory tastes sweet as England triumph in Kandy

England eased into a 2-0 series lead over Sri Lanka as Eoin Morgan’s unbeaten 58 and a disciplined bowling performance delivered victory in a rain-shortened third one-day international. The match at Pallekele was cut down to 21 overs per innings after play was delayed by almost six hours, the latest frustration in a monsoon-season tour at odds with both common sense and the elements, but England’s well-oiled machine powered through for a seven-wicket win with 15 balls to spare. Morgan’s half-century was a fourth in his last five knocks but his work was made considerably easier by the efforts of Adil Rashid and the returning Tom Curran. Well played lads! 🙌 Scorecard: https://t.co/e7ufUtAUDz#SLvENG pic.twitter.com/ivoPIWy6Ku — England Cricket (@englandcricket) October 17, 2018 Rashid claimed...

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