Swann puts England in control

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Updated: April 7, 2012

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 their nemesis 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 with Sri Lanka at 1-1 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 a remarkable series.

Sri Lanka 275 and 218 for 6 (Jayawardene 55*, Swann 4-82) lead England 460 (Pietersen 151, Herath 6-133) by 33 runs