Sri Lankan veterans help steady the ship

Last updated 06:36 23/06/2014
Kumar Sangakkara
Reuters
SEVENTH HEAVEN: Kumar Sangakkara scored his seventh consecutive half century in test cricket to help Sri Lanka build a lead in the second test.

Relevant offers

Cricket

Sunrisers Hyderabad four-runs short in Delhi Daredevils IPL match Former Black Cap Mathew Sinclair in domestic dispute Tim Southee gets one over Black Caps mate Trent Boult in IPL victory Bangladesh break drought against Pakistan with convincing victory in first ODI Alastair Cook satisfied with effort as England fall short against West Indies Martin Crowe rediscovers his love for cricket Michael Clarke says Ashes return for Kevin Pietersen not out of question Alastair Cook's sorry England form could end in his demise Gary Ballance century gives England victory hope Past must be ignored if Kevin Pietersen returns - Matthew Hoggard

Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene made half centuries overnight as Sri Lanka built a lead of 106 runs over England after finishing day three of the second test on 214-4.

Sangakkara's 55 was his seventh consecutive half century, the fourth player in test history to achieve the feat.

He was dismissed lbw by Moeen Ali, who then removed Lahiru Thirimanne for 0 in his next over at Headingley in Leeds.

Jayawardene is unbeaten on 55 and Angelo Mathews has 24 in a 38-run partnership so far that could determine the match, considering Sri Lanka's vulnerable tail.  

Liam Plunkett removed openers Dimuth Karunaratne (45) and Kaushal Silva (13) in the second session.

England began the day on 320-6 and were bowled out for 365 before lunch, a lead of 108.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should bouncers be banned from cricket?

Yes - they're too dangerous

Neutral - it is what it is

No - it's just bad luck when it goes wrong

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content