Friday 6 June 2014 

Sri Lankans Continue To Dominate

Sri Lanka enjoyed another excellent day in Northampton on day two
Sri Lanka enjoyed another excellent day in Northampton on day two
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Dilruwan Perera prepares to hit out during his half-century
Dilruwan Perera prepares to hit out during his half-century
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Sri Lankans 558-8 dec. (Thirimanne 156) v
Northamptonshire 146-5 (Levi 64)
Tour game, Northampton, day two

The Sri Lankans continued to torment Northamptonshire on day two of their four-day tour match, holding a 412-run lead going into the third day.

After centurions Kaushal Silva and Lahiru Thirimanne returned to the pavilion, Sri Lanka batted on until declaring on 558 for eight.

After that, Northamptonshire slumped to 146 for five at stumps despite Richard Levi hitting a quickfire half-century.

Silva retired on 152 in 260 balls while Thirimanne went on to make 156 in 221 balls before being bowled by Matthew Spriegel.

Dinesh Chandimal (47), Prasanna Jayawardene (25), Dilruwan Perera (59) and Dhammika Prasad (27) all made good use of the opportunity to get some time in the middle and deny Northamptonshire the satisfaction of bowling them out.

Steven Crook finished with three for 98, Spriegel two for 55, Rob Keogh two for 46 and Kyle Coetzer one for 78 for the home side.

Sri Lanka's opening bowlers Chanaka Welagedara and Nuwan Pradeep then fared much better with a wicket apiece to reduce Northamptonshire to 32 for two.

Welagedara trapped Richard Kettleborough in front for a golden duck before Peters was caught by Jayawardene off Pradeep.

Levi then cracked 10 fours during his 66-ball 64 as he and Coetzer (27) added 65 runs in good time for the third wicket.

Levi and Keogh (26 not out) took Northamptonshire past the 100-run mark before the former fell to Prasad, who had already removed Coetzer caught and bowled.

Perera bowled Ben Duckett for three before Keogh, who faced 80 balls, and Spriegel, who made 11 not out in 41, dug in to see out the rest of the day.

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Fixtures & Results

20th May: Twenty20 International, The Oval, London
Sri Lanka 183-7 (T Perera 49) beat
England 174-7 (Hales 66) by nine runs
22nd May: 1st ODI, The Kia Oval, London
England 247-6 (Ballance 64, Bell 50) beat
Sri Lanka 144 (Jordan 3-25) by 81 runs (D/L)
25th May: 2nd ODI, EDICG, Chester-le-Street
Sri Lanka 256-8 (Dilshan 88, Gurney 3-59) beat
England 99 (Senanayake 4-13) by 157 runs
28th May: 3rd ODI, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 73-0 (Bell 41no, Cook 30no) beat
Sri Lanka 67 (Jordan 5-29) by 10 wickets
31st May: 4th ODI, Lord's, London
Sri Lanka 300-9 (Sangakkara 112, Dilshan 71) beat
England 293-8 (Buttler 121) by seven runs
3rd June: 5th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Sri Lanka 222-4 (Thirimanne 60no) beat
England 219 (Cook 56) by six wickets
12th-16th June: 1st Test, Lord's, London
England 575-9 dec. & 267-8 dec. drew with
Sri Lanka 453 (Sangakkara 147) & 201-9
20th-24th June: 2nd Test, Headingley, Leeds
Sri Lanka 257 & 457 (Mathews 160) beat
England 365 & 249 (Moeen Ali 108no) by 100 runs