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England lead by 156 runs

England captured the final seven Sri Lanka first-innings wickets for 107 runs in the second test at Lord's on Monday to give themselves an opportunity to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

cricket Updated: Jun 07, 2011 01:24 IST

England captured the final seven Sri Lanka first-innings wickets for 107 runs in the second test at Lord's on Monday to give themselves an opportunity to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Sri Lanka, comfortably positioned at 372 for three at the start of the fourth day, succumbed for 479 in reply to England's 486 after the opening session had been washed out.

England lost captain Andrew Strauss for a second-ball duck but Alastair Cook (61 not out) and Jonathan Trott (58) added 117 for the second wicket from 116 balls to restore their team's fortunes.

At the close of a prolonged day, England were 149 for two in their second innings, an overall lead of 156, with 98 overs scheduled for Tuesday's final day.

Brief scores: SL 1st innings 479 all out (Dilshan 193, Paranavitana 65, Finn 4/108); England 2nd innings 61/1 (Cook 27*, Trott 26*)