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England hold on in morning session; rain threatens Sri Lanka’s victory hopes on Day 5

Sri Lanka would hope the rain stays away © Getty Images
Sri Lanka would hope the rain stays away © Getty Images

Jun 24, 2015

England are facing a monumental task as they are chasing 350 to win on Day Five of the second Test at Headingley, Leeds. However, having lost half their side on the evening of Day Four, the task is even bigger and Moeen Ali and Joe Root have somehow held on to keep England at 83 for five before rain came down with over 45 minutes of play to go. As a result early lunch was taken, even as it started pelting down.

Ali and Root have been resolute in defence. Root in particular has almost been unshakable and didn’t score a run for quite a while even as Ali found some rhythm going. Sri Lanka started things off with Dhammika Prasad and Rangana Herath who kept asking them questions. Prasad tested Ali with a nagging line outside the off-stump and Root was content in defending Herath. England would hope the rain stays over Headingley so that they can sneak a draw. But, Sri Lanka are praying for it to go away to seal a historic win.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka  257 (Kumar Sangakkara 79, Dinesh Chandimal 45; Liam Punkett 5 for 64, Stuart Broad 3 for 46) and 457 (M Jayawardene 79, Angelo Mathews 149*; Liam Plunkett 4 for 112) lead England 365 (Sam Robson 127, Gary Ballance 74; Shaminda Eranga 4 for 93, Angelo Mathews 4 for 44) & 83 for 5 (Moeen Ali 22*; Dhammika Prasad 4 for 31) by 266 runs.

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