CHESTER-LE-STREET, England:Facing another defeat inside three days, Sri Lanka held England at bay for now as captain Angelo Mathews’ 80 helped them to 309 for five in their second innings in the second Test yesterday.England were still closing in on a series victory in the three-match contest, with Sri Lanka 88 behind England’s 498-9 declared after being forced to follow on.But the struggling tourists showed some fight on day three with half-centuries by Mathews, Kaushal Silva (60) and Dinesh Chandimal, who was 54 not out.England earlier fired Sri Lanka out for 101 in their first innings at the Riverside Ground, with the hosts’ seamers sparking another collapse after bowling the tourists out for 91 and 119 in an innings victory in the first Test. In this game, Stuart Broad led England’s bowlers in the first innings with 4-40 and all-rounder Chris Woakes in the team for the injured Ben Stokes impressed with three for nine. James Anderson had 3-36 in the first innings and 2-40 in the second.Sri Lanka will, at least, take this Test to a fourth day, better than their loss inside three days at Headingley.OVERWHELMING FAVOURITESEngland had Sri Lanka wobbling again at 100-3 in their second innings before Mathews and Silva combined for an 82-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Mathews cracked nine fours and a six in his counterattack before being undone by Anderson, who forced a thin edge behind to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.Chandimal took up the fight after the departure of his captain and Milinda Siriwardana supported with an unbeaten 35 in their unbroken stand of 87. Those two will continue today with a target of, at least, making England bat again.But England remained overwhelming favourites to win this Test and clinch the series with one match to play.
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba Didier Drogba says he is still in discussions with Montreal Impact over his future, saying a report that he had retired from playing to rejoin Chelsea as assistant to Guus Hiddink was premature.Chelsea declined to comment on a report by French sports daily L’Equipe on Wednesday night which stated Drogba was quitting playing in Major League Soccer to return to London.And the 37-year-old, who has a year to run on his contract with the Canadians, said discussions were ongoing over his future.Drogba wrote on Twitter: “Lovely to receive these messages but I have not yet announced my retirement & am still in discussion with @impactmontreal about my future.”Montreal would be reluctant to let their talisman leave, but he has emotional ties to Stamford Bridge, where he enjoyed two spells. He is highly thought of at the club by players and staff, with some suggesting his absence was a contributor to their poor form this season after his summer departure. He has been repeatedly linked with joining the Blues for a third time since Hiddink was appointed interim boss last month after Jose Mourinho left Chelsea for a second time.The former Ivory Coast striker, who watched the first match since the departure of Mourinho alongside Hiddink and owner Roman Abramovich against Sunderland on December 19, has a rich history with Chelsea.Drogba scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for the Blues, 157 of the strikes coming in 341 appearances in his first spell, which concluded with the 2012 Champions League victory in Munich.He left Chelsea for two seasons after his silverware-laden eight-year spell and has won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and three League Cups with the Blues.Drogba had joined Chelsea in the summer of 2004 from Marseille and had short spells with Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray in between his stints at Stamford Bridge.He returned in opposition with the Turkish side in March 2014. 1