England drew the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka today and leads the three-match series 1-0.
The hosts declared at 335-7 on the final afternoon at Lord’s in London, setting Sri Lanka an unlikely victory target of 343. Alastair Cook had scored 106. Sri Lanka ended on 127-3.
Kumar Sangakkara was out for 12 and Mahela Jayawardene got 25 as England tried to set up a second straight last-gasp victory to follow the first Test at Cardiff. Jonathan Trott then trapped Tharanga Paranavitana, top scorer with 44 runs, leg- before-wicket to leave Sri Lanka at 96-3. England could make no further breakthrough and the match was drawn shortly after 6 p.m. local time. Thilan Samaraweera was on 17 and Prasanna Jayawardene made 12.
“We needed something special to happen and it didn’t quite happen for us,” England captain Andrew Strauss told the post- match presentation. “The game died a bit of a death, which was a shame.”
Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan, man of the match after his first-innings 193, didn’t bat today after he sustained a hairline fracture of his right thumb.
England had resumed on 149-2 and the only wicket lost before lunch was that of Kevin Pietersen. He eased concerns about his form by totaling 72 runs before being bowled by Rangana Herath.
In early afternoon, Cook, Eoin Morgan and Matt Prior were dismissed in quick succession, and Stuart Broad was the last to go. Ian Bell finished on 57 not out in 43 balls as England declared with 58 overs remaining. Herath took 3-87.
Prior apologized to a woman spectator who suffered a cut ankle from shattered glass after he accidentally broke a window in the pavilion following his dismissal. He’d just been run out for 4 in a mix-up with Bell.
“It was one of those unfortunate incidents,” Strauss said. “It was entirely accidental. Matt Prior didn’t mean to break the window. We know it was dangerous. He’s apologized and we have apologized on behalf of the England team.”
The hosts had scored 486 all out in their first innings, and Sri Lanka made 479.
England won a rain-shortened first Test in Cardiff by an innings and 14 runs after bowling out Sri Lanka for 82 in its second innings when a draw appeared most likely.
The teams are scheduled to play one more Test, starting June 16 in Southampton, a Twenty20 match and five one-day internationals.
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