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Sri Lanka hang on for draw with England

Updated: Monday, 16 Jun 2014 19:52 | Comments

Liam Plunkett, Joe Root, Chris Jordan and Stuart Broad of England look on dejected
Liam Plunkett, Joe Root, Chris Jordan and Stuart Broad of England look on dejected

England agonisingly ran out of time, one wicket short of victory, as their new Test era began with a nerve-jangling stalemate against Sri Lanka at Lord's.

James Anderson's burst of three wickets for one run either side of tea helped keep the outcome of this first Investec Test in doubt to the very last ball, as the tourists clung on at 201 for nine in notional pursuit of a ground-record 390.

After Anderson (four wickets for 25 runs) returned with the second new ball to have Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews caught at slip by his opposite number Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad (three for 43) had five shots at last man Nuwan Pradeep.

Broad, who had Rangana Herath caught-behind down the leg side with the first ball of the last over, sparked false celebrations when umpire Paul Reiffel gave Pradeep out lbw to the penultimate delivery of the match.

DRS proved the tailender had got a big inside-edge, however, and he then survived the final ball too.

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