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.
Indore is set to host its first-ever Test during the three-match series against New Zealand in September-October as India’s top cricketers, in a unique way, on Tuesday announced the full schedule of the tour that will kick start the team’s home season.The series, comprising of three Tests and five ODIs, is set to begin from September 22 and will go on till October 29.Skipper Virat Kohli announced on his twitter handle that the first Test will be played at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur from September 22-26.#TeamIndia will begin the home season at one of the oldest venues in the country – KANPUR vs. @BLACKCAPS #IndvNZ 1st Test starts Sept 22 Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 28, 2016Batsman Ajinkya Rahane revealed that the second Test will be held at the Holkar Stadium in Indore from September 30-October 4, while the iconic Eden Gardens has been given the third and final Test from October 8-12, according to seamer Mohammad Shami’s tweet. The land of great Syed Mushtaq Ali will host its 1st ever Test Match. Indore is waiting 4 the moment. #IndvNZ 2nd Test Match starts Sept 30 ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) June 28, 2016History, Passion and Glory – Eden Gardens. It cant get better than this. Let us fill the Eden for #IndvNZ 3rd Test. Starts Oct 8 #TeamIndia Mohammed shami (@MdShami11) June 28, 2016Dharamsala will host the first of the five ODIs on October 16, whileDelhi (October 19), Mohali (October 23), Ranchi (October 26) andVisakhapatnam (October 29) will organise the other matches.Through his twitter account, newly appointed head coach Anil Kumble urged fans to turn up for the final One-day International in the port city of Visakhapatnam.advertisementVizag is all set to host the final ODI of the series against Kiwis #IndvNZ on Oct 29. Turn up at the stadium and support #TeamIndia @BCCI Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 28, 2016India-New Zealand schedule:1st Test: September 22-26 Kanpur2nd Test: September 30-Oct 4 Indore3rd Test: October 8-12 Kolkata1st ODI: October 16 Dharamsala2nd ODI: October 19 Delhi3rd ODI: October 23 Mohali4th ODI: October 26 Ranchi5th ODI: October 29 Visakhapatnam.(With inputs from PTI)