England deny SL win in second Test

Updated: 14 December 2007 14:01 IST

Michael Vaughan, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell each scored half-centuries on Thursday and held to Sri Lanka to a draw in the second cricket Test.

England deny SL win in second Test

Colombo:

England captain Michael Vaughan, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell each scored half-centuries on Thursday and held to Sri Lanka to a draw in the second cricket Test.

The visitors were 250-3 at tea on the final day, with Kevin Pietersen (45) and Paul Collingwood (23) at the crease and no further play was possible because of rain.

England had a 53-run second innings lead with seven wickets in hand at the stoppage.

Winning the toss and batting first, England made 351 and Sri Lanka declared its innings on 548-9 in reply.

When the second session resumed Thursday on 152-1, England lost its second wicket on the first ball when Cook edged part-time legspinner Chamara Silva to Mahela Jayawardene at slip for 62 runs. Cook faced 124 balls and hit five boundaries.

Ian Bell made 54 before he was caught at long-on by Michael Vandort off Muttiah Muralitharan to leave the visitors 204-3.

England resumed the final day on 48-0 and scored briskly against pace bowlers in the first hour.

Vaughan followed up his first innings score of 87 with a superb 61 from 109 balls, hitting eight boundaries.

He efficiently timed and placed the balls into gaps before being caught and bowled by Dilhara Fernando with the total on 107 after a second successive century opening partnership with Cook.

The pair combined for 133 in the first innings.

Sri Lanka rode on centuries from Mahela Jayawardene (195) and Michael Vandort's 138 and a defiant 79 from Prasanna Jayawardene to lead England by 197 after the first innings.

Muralitharan recorded his 62nd five-wicket haul during England's first innings.

Mahela Jayawardene became Sri Lanka's highest scorer and its first batsman to pass 7,000 in test runs but missed out on his fourth double-hundred, after recording his 20th test century.

Pace bowler Steve Harmison finished with 3-111 for England.

The second test starts Tuesday at the Galle International Stadium.



Topics : Cricket England Sri Lanka
Related Articles
Virender Sehwag Reads His Own Tweets For Entertainment
Virender Sehwag Reads His Own Tweets For Entertainment
MCC Recommends Red Card Suspension, Limit to Bat Size
MCC Recommends Red Card Suspension, Limit to Bat Size
Rohit Sharma Hoping For Successful IPL Season Next Year
Rohit Sharma Hoping For Successful IPL Season Next Year
Show Comments
Advertisement