Sri Lanka V England, England in Sri Lanka Series, Match Two, 1st February 2006 at Mercantile Cricket Association Ground, Colombo

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Sri Lanka hosting an overseas tour for the first time saw England take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series after a close, high-scoring game.

Sri Lanka inserted the opposition. They made three changes and England brought in Andy Dalby-Welsh.

Nathan Foy was run out in the 4th over going for a run from an overthrow. The first wicket stand of 50 in 22 balls was followed by a stand of 246 between Rory Field and Luke Sugg in 110 minutes. Sugg was bowled on 99 as he stepped to leg to force the ball through the off side. Three overs later Field retired hurt with heat exhaustion after scoring another big hundred. Powers and Swanepoel added 59 with Powers reaching his 50 after being denied in the first match.

After some lapses early on the Sri Lankan ground fielding was again impressive.

Sri Lanka were pinned back early on by Dalby-Welsh, who bowled straight through for impressive figures of 8-0-53-1, as they fell behind the required run rate.

Perera sustained an injury and went immediately stumped by Sugg but Jayawardana went to an impressive 111 in 71 balls. Another stumping removed DeSilva cheaply and Foy took 2-3 in 7 balls, including a stunning catch by Northwood, to put England on top. Some lower order slogging rattled England but tigerish fielding especially from B2 reserve Sam Murray saw England through with 3 runs to spare.

The England bowling always pressurised the Sri Lankans and, despite some tired bodies, a freshen up and some nibbles at a function hosted by the High Commissioner plus the luxury of a MacDonalds on the way home left the squad in good heart

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