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Alex Hales falls short of ton as England set Sri Lanka steep target to avoid defeat

• England 416 & 233-7d; Sri Lanka 288 & 32-0

Rain throughout the morning and some short sharp showers later on saw the fourth day of this final Test of the series docked by 43 overs. There is still adequate time, though, for England to win the match and claim a clean sweep in the series.

England had reached 233 for seven, extending their overnight lead of 237 to 361, with Alex Hales making 94 – not without its mid-innings controversy – and Alastair Cook an uncharacteristically skittish unbeaten 49 before declaring the innings.

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