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Kaushal Silva and Angelo Mathews lead Sri Lanka fightback against England

• England 498-9 dec v Sri Lanka 101 & 309-5
• Sri Lanka trail by 88 runs with five wickets remaining

Against what seemed to be the odds, Sri Lanka have survived to take the second Test into a fourth day. Faced with a massive first-innings deficit of 397, and following-on for the second successive match, they showed a determination that had been far from evident in their three previous innings in this series.

There was an excellent 60, spread over almost four hours, from the compact, busy opener Kaushal Silva (who in the spirit of bald men being called Curly, could be known as Long John), a more robust 80 from the captain, Angelo Mathews, whose brilliant century at Headingley on their last tour was instrumental in his team’s success then, and an unbeaten 54 from Dinesh Chandimal, who reached his half-century with a creamy cover drive in the quarter of an hour England had with the second new ball at the end of the day.

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