1st Test, Day 4: Gary Ballance Hundred Consolidates England Lead

England were leading Sri Lanka by 389 runs at the end of the penultimate day, thanks to a gritty hundred by Gary Ballance

updated: June 16, 2014 00:33 IST
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London: England fought back to finish the fourth day on 267-8 and lead Sri Lanka by 389 runs in the first Test at Lord's.


With one day left, the Sri Lankans will have to pass the highest successful run chase at Lord's of 344, achieved by the West Indies in 1984. An overnight declaration from England looks highly likely, as it will seek to take 10 wickets in the final day.

When Matt Prior was caught by Kumar Sangakkara at gully off the bowling of Nuwan Kulasekara, the hosts were struggling on 121-6, but Ballance and Chris Jordan put on a valuable partnership of 78 for the seventh wicket.

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