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Sri Lanka U19s dominate in Colombo

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The theme of bat dominating ball extended into the second Test between Sri Lanka and England Under-19s in Colombo.

The sides could not be separated during a high-scoring draw in Dambulla, but Sri Lanka made the early running after winning the toss at the P Sara Oval today.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa was once again the architect behind a first-innings total that stood at 372 for five by the close of day one, following up his fine 149 last week with an equally impressive 129.

Yasoda Lanka, who scored two half-centuries in the opening match, weighed in with an unbeaten 132, their third-wicket stand of 166 doing much to dampen England’s hopes of forcing victory and a series win.

Medium-pacer Shiv Thakor eventually accounted for Rajapaksa, his second wicket and one of three late on for the tourists as they mounted a minor recovery.

However, with Lanka set to resume tomorrow and the pitch typically flat, England know much work lies ahead.

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