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Lankans stay in the fight

Leeds: Kumar Sangakkara scored a world-record equalling half-century as Sri Lanka reached 214 for four at the end of Day III to leave the second Test delicately poised on Sunday.

The stylish Sangakkara became only the fourth player in Test history to score seven successive half-centuries as Sri Lanka threatened to take control, but he fell for 55 as England took two late wickets to stall the visitors’ progress.

Having earlier polished off England’s first innings for 365, Sri Lanka ended the day leading by 106 runs.

Sangakkara shared a 79-run third-wicket partnership with Mahela Jayawardene (55 batting). Part-time spinner Moeen Ali took two late wickets.