Thursday 13 December 2007 

Three England Half-Centuries Before Rain Ends Game

England 351 (Vaughan 87, Muralitharan 5-116) & 250-3 (Cook 62) v
Sri Lanka 548-9 declared (M Jayawardene 195, Vandort 138)

Match drawn: Sri Lanka lead the three-match series 1-0

England batted strongly on the final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka, with their top three batsmen hitting half-centuries before rain stopped play with the tourists 53 runs ahead.

Alastair Cook (62) and Michael Vaughan (61) scored their second consecutive century stand opening the innings before Ian Bell consolidated with 54 from 88 balls.

Kevin Pietersen made a belligerent 45 and Paul Collingwood was on 23 when heavy rain brought an interruption to proceedings.

Vaughan was first to go, caught and bowled by Dilhara Fernando before Alastair Cook provided Chamara Silva a first Test wicket, caught by Mahela Jayawardene. Bell shared a 52-run partnership with Pietersen before he was caught by Michael Vandort off of Muttiah Muralitharan.

The rain was too heavy for play to restart leaving the umpires no option but to call the game off, with the match declared a draw.

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