England Builds 156-Run Lead Against Sri Lanka as Match Is Poised for Draw

Captain Andrew Strauss was dismissed on the second ball as England reached 149-2 in the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka, with a draw looking likely.

Strauss, who hadn’t scored, was trapped leg-before-wicket by Chanaka Welegedara on the fourth day of a weather-disrupted match at Lord’s in London. Jonathan Trott was bowled by Rangana Herath for 58, in response to Sri Lanka’s 479 all out. The hosts have a lead of 156.

Alastair Cook has scored 61 in England’s second innings and Kevin Pietersen is on 15. The hosts scored 486 all out in their first innings.

Play started at 1:10 p.m. today, after a rain delay, and was suspended at about 5:20 p.m. for bad light before resuming about 20 minutes later.

Sri Lanka was on 372-3 at the start of the day’s play, and lost its remaining seven wickets for 107 runs. Visiting captain Tillakaratne Dilshan made 193. Steven Finn took 4-108, and Graeme Swann 3-101.

Yesterday, fewer than 40 overs were played because of the weather.

The odds on a draw are about 1-10 on betting exchange Betfair, meaning a successful 10-pound bet would yield a pound in profit.

England won the rain-shortened first Test by an innings and 14 runs in Cardiff after bowling out Sri Lanka for 82 in its second innings when a draw appeared most likely.

The teams are scheduled to play three Tests, a Twenty20 match, and five one-day internationals.

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