England, Sri Lanka 2nd Test Heads for Draw as Rain Disrupts Play

June 5 (Bloomberg) -- The second cricket Test between England and Sri Lanka may be heading for a draw after rain restricted the match to less than 40 overs on the third day.

Sri Lanka was 372-3 in its first innings at close of play, with captain Tillakaratne Dilshan contributing 193, in response to England’s 486 all out at Lord’s in London.

Dilshan’s highest Test score included 22 boundaries in 253 balls. He left the field to a standing ovation after being bowled by Steven Finn, who’d collected the only Sri Lankan wicket to fall yesterday.

Kumar Sangakkara edged Chris Tremlett to wicketkeeper Matt Prior for 26 for England’s other breakthrough today. Mahela Jayawardene is 40 not out, with Thilan Samaraweera unbeaten on 1.

England won the rain-shortened first Test 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 three Tests, a Twenty20 match, and five one-day internationals.

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