Cricket: Graeme Swann lifts England hopes

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Graeme Swann took two wickets in a dramatic penultimate over to raise England’s hopes of a series-levelling victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka.

England had started the day solidly but went 43.3 overs without success in the evening as Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera put on 90 for the fifth wicket.

Then, with the tourists fatigued by heat and humidity and facing a tricky chase on day five, Swann bowled Samaraweera and Suraj Randiv in the space of three balls.

His ecstatic celebrations as the stumps parted on each occasion showed just how important this could be for England - who need victory to draw level and preserve their world number one status.

At the close the hosts were 218 for six - a fragile lead of 33 - but with Jayawardene on 55 not out and in sight of his third century in the series.

n Kevin Pietersen’s 151 against Sri Lanka in the second Test at Colombo ranks as the ninth highest score of his 20 Test centuries.

n A maiden century for 21-year-old Matt Coles, in a record-breaking ninth-wicket stand of 153 with Mark Davies, piled on the agony for Yorkshire on the second day of their LV= County Championship match with Kent at Headingley. The pair rattled up the runs in only 37 overs and the declaration followed at 537 for nine as soon as Coles reached his century after he had been dropped on the cover boundary by Andrew Gale.