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Under-19s fight to save Colombo Test

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England Under-19s face a final-day battle to avoid defeat in the second Test after being forced to follow on by Sri Lanka.

Resuming on 158 for two in reply to the hosts’ daunting 542 at the P Sara Oval in Colombo, England were bowled out 373 to surrender a first-innings deficit of 169.

They may have reduced the arrears to 65 in reaching 104 without loss by the close of day three, England need to bat deep into tomorrow to avoid losing the match and series.

Sam Wood appears central to those ambitions. He will resume on 62, having made a fluent 130 in the first innings, with Daniel Bell-Drummond for company.

Wood, 17, was the first to depart today - he had added 20 to his overnight score - and with him went England’s hopes of matching Sri Lanka’s imposing total.

Although Lewis Gregory made 52 and Adam Ball 81 from number eight, England lost their last four wickets for 52 runs as Supechala Jayathilake added three more wickets to his second-day haul to finish with 5-57.

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