England and Sri Lanka commence their second and deciding Test of the two-match series at Headingley Stadium, Leeds, on Friday.
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Sri Lanka scraped through the first test and dramatically salvaged a draw against England on the final day of the first Test at the Lord's. The hosts were forced to bat first and lost the opening pair of Alastair Cook and Sam Robson within seven overs.
Nevertheless, Joe Root went on to smash 200 runs and remained unbeaten as they lost nine wickets. Matt Prior (86), Ian Bell (56), Moeen Ali (48) and Stuart Broad (47) too contributed with the bat as Peter Moores' side managed to score 575 runs before Cook opted to declare their opening innings midway through the second day.
The Lankans batted significantly well with Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews scoring 147 and 102 runs, respectively, before their dismissals.
Apart from those two, cameos from Kaushal Silva (63) and Mahela Jayawardene (55) helped the visitors score 453 runs before running out of wickets early in the fourth day.
Leading by 122 runs, the hosts added 267 runs, with Ballance's contribution being 104, and lost eight wickets in the second innings to stand a chance of clinching the tie on the final day.
Sri Lanka needed 390 runs to win and the target was difficult to achieve, with their best option being to avoid a defeat. They started slowly but once Silva (57) and Sangakkara (61) were dismissed, the wickets started leaking one by one.
Coming into the final over of the day, the recently crowned T20 champions had 201 runs on their tally with two wickets in hand. Broad struck in the very first delivery to dismiss Rangana Herath, although replays suggested that a review could have saved him.
The 27-year-old Nottingham paceman just had to clinch one more wicket to secure a sensational victory for his team and he thought he achieved it in the penultimate delivery as the ball hit Nuwan Pradeep's pads.
The umpire Paul Reiffel raised his figure but the right-handed batsman, who was confident that the ball touched his bat before hitting his pads, asked for a review.
The review overturned Pradeep's dismissal, who then edged the final delivery of the match towards Chris Jordan at second slip. However, he managed to catch the ball after it took a bounce; much to the delight of the Lankan camp.
Fast bowler Chris Woakes was the only player from the England squad to not feature in this game and the fast bowler could be given a chance in place of Liam Plunkett in Leeds.
Meanwhile, Marvan Atapattu has some fitness concerns to ponder with Prasanna Jayawardene out with a finger injury and Suranga Lakmal whose torn hamstring has not fully healed.
Both sides are expected to make some changes to their squad from the first Test but a victory will certainly be on the minds of both skippers.
Probable Lineup: Alastair Cook (c), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Matt Prior (wk), Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, James Anderson
Probable Lineup: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews (c), Dilruwan Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Shaminda Eranga, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Pradeep