Jun 24, 5 years ago

Mathews and Prasad put Sri Lanka on top for historic win

Mathews and Prasad put Sri Lanka on top for historic win

The four wicket haul of Dammika Prasad and solid hundred from skipper Angelo Mathews open the victory doors to Sri Lanka in second Test against England at Headingly yesterday.

England was 57 for five at stumps on the fourth day, needing another 293 runs to reach their huge 4th innings victory target of 350 . Mathews scored a magnificent 160 to help Sri Lanka to reach second-innings total of 457 . Rangana Herath contributed to 48 while Mahela Jayawardene and Kumara Sangakkara added 79 and 55 respectively .

Dammika Prasad then attacked with a tremendous spell of fast bowling to collapse England’s batting by removing skipper Alastair Cook (16) and Gary Ballance (duck) , In consecutive balls , Sam Robson (24) and Ian Bell (8).

The previous highest run chase for England to win a Test is 332 for seven against Australia at Melbourne in 1928-29.

At Headingley , Australia is the only team made more than England’s victory target of 350 in this match to win a Test.
Australia scored 404 for three against England in 1984 in the same venue . Sri Lanka has won just two Tests of England and never sealed a series on England of more than one match.

Will Sri Lanka able to seal the series against England on their own soil? If they reach this historic occasion after 32 years , they will add a new chapter in the history of cricket.

© sportsinfo | Triomedia PPL

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