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Lions denied in Colombo

Sri Lanka A Emerging Players held on for a draw with England Lions on day three at Colombo’s Premadasa Stadium.

The Lions this morning extended their overnight 253 for five to 383 all out, Scott Borthwick contributing 52 from number eight and last man Tymal Mills striking 31 not out off 17 balls.

That set the hosts an improbable 409 for victory and they avoided defeat thanks mainly to 63 from Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Roshen Silva’s unbeaten 46.

Scott Borthwick, right, during his fifty that put victory beyond Sri Lanka A Emerging Players as England Lions set them 409 to win. The game was eventually drawn

Off-spinner Moeen Ali was the best bowler in the last innings, returning 3-51 from 16 overs, including the wicket of Rajapaksa, amid a total of 192 for five from 54 overs.

Moeen followed up Mark Wood’s early dismissal of Pabasara Waduge by trapping fellow opener Udara Jayasundera in front.

Rajapaksa had dominated a stand of 86 with Jayasundera but he soon became Moeen’s second victim, caught behind by Jonny Bairstow.

Leg-spinner Scott Borthwick, who like Bairstow played in last month’s Sydney Ashes Test, ousted Angelo Perera to leave the hosts 114 for four in the 32nd over and give the Lions hope of victory.

However, the tourists could add just the wicket Niroshan Dickwella, another for Moeen, as Silva and Ishan Jayaratne resisted for 13.2 overs.

Earlier, Bairstow improved on his overnight 43 by two before being bowled by Tharindu Kaushal and captain Chris Woakes then fell in the next over to Jayaratne.

Ollie Rayner, who later delivered 13 overs, struck 26 at better than a run a ball until he was run out by Kaushal, but Borthwick was further supported by Wood and Mills before falling lbw to Angelo Perera.

The Lions’ second warm-up game against the same opponents, ahead of three four-day matches against Sri Lanka A, starts on Thursday.

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