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Jayasuriya boosts Sri Lanka with 85

Jayasuriya cracked an impressive 85 to consolidate Sri Lanka's position in the third Test against England on Friday.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2003 18:14 IST

Sanath Jayasuriya cracked an impressive 85 to consolidate Sri Lanka's position in the third and final cricket Test against England here on Friday.

The left-hander's first half-century of the series helped the hosts reach 161-2 at tea on the second day in reply to England's first-innings total of 265.

Thilan Samaraweera was batting on 21 with Mahela Jayawardene (14).

Jayasuriya paced his innings well and did the bulk of scoring in the first two sessions, putting on 71 for the opening wicket with Kumar Sangakkara (31) and 67 for the second with Samaraweera.

The opener hit 12 fours and one six over long-on off left-arm spinner Ashley Giles in his 26th half-century before being caught by Marcus Trescothick at slip off fast bowler Andrew Flintoff.

Jayasuriya was more restrained in the afternoon session and was not given enough strike by Samaraweera, who slowed down the run-rate during his 145-minute stay at the crease.

Samaraweera was lucky to survive on 12 as Trescothick dropped an easy catch off Giles.

Sangakkara batted positively after being promoted to open the innings in place of Marvan Atapattu, who sustained a hand injury while fielding on Thursday.

Sangakkara struck six fours in his 42-ball knock before being caught by Trescothick at slip off seamer James Kirtley.

England lost their remaining two wickets in the opening six overs after resuming at 259-8.

Left-arm seamer Chaminda Vaas trapped Kirtley and James Anderson leg-before to finish with three wickets.


First Published: Dec 19, 2003 15:53 IST