LEEDS, June 23, 2014 (AFP) – Dhammika Prasad’s dramatic four-wicket burst following a Test-best 160 from skipper Angelo Mathews left Sri Lanka on the brink of victory in the second Test against England at Headingley on Monday. Sri Lanka resumed Monday on 214 for four, a lead of 106, with Jayawardene 55 not out and Mathews 24 not out.
They briefly faltered at 277 for five when fast bowler Plunkett took two wickets in two balls.
An angry Mathews threw his bat down in frustration but he responded by driving Plunkett for a ferocious six over mid-wicket.
England had seemed more concerned trying to get Herath on strike than dismissing Mathews, with Cook rarely putting pressure on his Sri Lankan counterpart with attacking fields.
Mathews’s impressive innings of more than five hours, including 247 balls with 25 fours and a six, ended when he chipped a James Anderson full-toss to mid-wicket. England were 57 for five at stumps on the fourth day, needing a further 293 runs to reach their imposing victory target of 350.
Sri Lanka have won just two Tests in England and never claimed a series on English soil of more than one match.
But, having held out for a draw in the first Test at Lord’s with just one wick