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Sri Lanka's Mathews leads from front to frustrate England

By Blogs - Sun May 29, 5:40 pm

Captain Angelo Mathews led from the front with a combative 80, sharing a partnership of 82 with Kaushal Silva, who made 60. Dinesh Chandimal remained unbeaten on 54 at the close.

For Sri Lanka to even reach this far represents an improvement on the first test, which they lost inside three days by an innings and 88 runs, but the tourists did not do enough to banish the impression that this three-test series is a mismatch.

England’s formidable attack took just 17 minutes to take the remaining first-innings wickets in the morning.

The total represented another dismal Sri Lankan performance to set alongside their first-test efforts of 91 and 119 – the first time since 1958 that a test team had been bowled out for under 120 in three consecutive innings.

A different approach was required in the second innings and for once the batsmen did not disappoint….

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