England settle for draw at Lord's

08/06/2011

Rose Bowl hospitality guests may be hoping that England can secure a series victory against Sri Lanka when they meet for the third and final test next week.

England lead the series 1-0 following a draw at Lord's and will be looking to improve on this by winning the finale in Southampton.

Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen came out to continue their second innings on the final morning of the match hoping to put the possibility of victory beyond the tourists.

Both men played some positive shots, with Cook reaching a century and Pietersen making 72 before being bowled by Rangana Herath.

The innings may help restore some confidence to the South Africa-born batsman, who has been struggling for form recently and has made just one century in the past two years.

After he fell, a quick-fire 57 off 61 balls from Ian Bell helped advance England to a lead of 343 before declaring with 58 overs remaining to try and bowl out the visitors.

But the seamers could not repeat the extraordinary performance of the first test and the sides agreed on the draw an hour before the scheduled close of play, with the visitors reaching 127-3.

Posted by Jana Roberts
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