England vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 4: Mathews and Prasad put Sri Lanka on the brink of victory

Prasad dismissed Robson, Cook, Ballance and Bell in quick succession

Prasad dismissed Robson, Cook, Ballance and Bell in quick succession

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Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews made a career-best 160 and pace bowler Dhammika Prasad ripped through England’s batting line-up with four wickets to put the tourists on the brink of victory on the fourth day of the second Test at Headingley.

Mathews and Prasad were brilliantly supported by veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene, who scored 79, and spinner Rangana Herath, who mustered 48 runs and took one wicket.

Starting out the day on 214/4, Jayawardene and Mathews managed to convert their 38-run partnership into a 92-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Jayawardene was caught behind off the bowling of James Anderson.

Jayawardene’s fantastic knock of 79 came off 168 balls and included eight boundaries.

Dinesh Chandimal only made seven runs before he was caught by Gary Ballance at deep square leg off the bowling of Liam Plunkett.

Plunkett struck again the very next ball when Prasad was caught by Joe Root at third man for a golden duck.

Mathews and Herath stabilised the innings with a vital 149-run partnership, during which Mathews brought up his fourth Test century, before Herath was run out by Root for 48.

Mathews went on to make a career-best 160, which came off 249 balls and included 25 boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Ali at square leg off the bowling of Anderson.

Mathews hit 25 boundaries during his career-best knock of 160

Mathews hit 25 boundaries during his career-best knock of 160

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Nuwan Pradeep failed to trouble the scorers as he was clean bowled by Anderson for a golden duck.

Shaminda Eranga was left stranded on 20, which came off 19 deliveries and included four boundaries.

Sri Lanka were bowled out for 457, which set England a target of 350 to win.

Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Anderson snapped up three and Ali chipped in with two.

Chasing 350 to win, England got off to a poor start as England captain Alastair Cook was clean bowled by Prasad for 16.

Prasad struck again the very next ball when Ballance was trapped lbw for a golden duck.

Sam Robson managed to make 24 runs before he was caught by Jayawardene at second slip off the bowling of Prasad.

Ian Bell only made eight runs before he was cleaned up to become Prasad’s fourth victim of the day.

Things went from bad to worse for England as Plunkett, who was the nightwatchman, was caught by Pradeep at cover off the bowling of Herath for a duck.

Just after the wicket had fallen, the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

Root was left unbeaten on six runs, which came off 16 balls and included one boundary.

Prasad inflicted the most damage with four wickets, while Herath claimed one.

England ended day four on 57/5 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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