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Lankans fighting but England close to series win

first_imgCHESTER-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.last_img read more

Russia v Egypt: Preview, team news and radio commentary

first_img ‘THEY FAILED’ German icon blames Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and another star for World Cup exit Salah picked up a shoulder injury during the Champions League final last month in Kiev, but returns to the starting line-up for this crunch clash.When is Russia v Egypt?This match will take place on Tuesday, 19th of June.It will kick off at 7pm UK time.The game will be played at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT. The Russian team before they beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 2 Who are the key players?Alan Dzagoez will now miss the remainder of the group stage because of a hamstring injury he picked up during Russia’s 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia, meaning Aleksandr Golovin becomes ever more pivotal for the host nation. He starred in their opening day win over Saudi Arabia, scoring one goal and creating two other goals, and all of their attacking play is likely to go through the CSKA Moscow playmaker.For Egypt could it be anyone but Mohamed Salah? The Liverpool star has scored for fun last season and was named PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year for his brilliant campaign. Opposition defenders are terrified of his pace and ability to get in shooting positions. The only concern is whether he will be 100 per cent fit, having missed the defeat to Uruguay due to the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final.What is the team news?Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevic, Cheryshev, Gazinskii, Zobnin, Golovin, Zhirkov, Samedov, DzyubaEgypt: Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Hegazi, Fathi, Abdelshafy, Tarek Hamed, Elneny, Abdalla, Trezeguet, Marwan, Salah 2 UNITED center_img Latest World Cup News Hosts Russia will take on Egypt in the second round of Group A fixtures after thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opening game of the World Cup.Egypt are coming into the match on the back of a disappointing loss to Uruguay, which saw Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah left on the bench. 10 amazing football facts you won’t believe are true Liverpool ace Mo Salah is expected to play tomorrow’s match talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Stadiums revealed for 2026 World Cup in USA, Mexico and Canada last_img read more