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Sri Lanka wins

Thursday, June 26, 2014

LEEDS, England - Sri Lanka have beaten England by 100 runs, with just one ball to spare, to win the second Test at Headingley and so take the two-match series 1-0.

There were about 20 overs remaining when last man James Anderson came into bat.

But he survived for 55 balls until, with only one delivery left in the match, he gloved a catch off paceman Shaminda Eranga to Rangana Herath at leg gully.

Defeat was tough on England's Moeen Ali who batted for six-and-a-half hours while making 108 not out — his maiden Test century.

England, set 350 for victory, were bowled out for 249 on the fifth and final day as Sri Lanka won a Test in England for only the third time in their history following victories at The Oval in 1998 and Trent Bridge in 2006.

England had been in charge of this match at 311 for three after tea on the second day of this Test, thanks to Australia-born opener Sam Robson's maiden Test century, and again when they reduced Sri Lanka to 277 for seven on Monday — a lead of just 169.

But Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, who earlier in this match took a Test-best four for 44 with the ball, went on to make a superb Test-best 160, having shared an eighth-wicket stand of 149 with Herath (48) that gave the tourists the advantage.

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