Plunkett strikes but Mathews frustrates England

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Sri Lanka take a 203-run lead at lunch on day four

Liam Plunkett took two wickets in two balls for the second time in the match but Angelo Mathews frustrated England on the fourth morning of the second test at Headingley on Monday, as Sri Lanka reached lunch on 311 for seven, a lead of 203.

After taking five for 64 in the first innings, the Yorkshire seamer was again England's most dangerous bowler.

He accounted for Dinesh Chandimal (seven) and Dhammika Prasad (zero) in consecutive balls but crucially England could not remove Mathews (79 not out) who will resume after lunch alongside Rangana Herath (seven not out).

After Kumar Sangakkara (55) scored a world record-equalling seventh consecutive test half century, Sri Lanka started the day on 214 for four with Mahela Jayawardene and Mathews well set.

By the time the new ball was available after the seventh over of the day, Jayawardene (79) and Mathews had scored freely, adding 40 quick runs to their lead with the captain moving to his 15th test half-century. Jayawardene survived a dropped chance but eventually departed nicking a wide James Anderson delivery to wicketkeeper Matt Prior, but importantly the senior batsman had added 92 for the fifth wicket with Mathews.Reuters



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