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England seize dramatic win over Sri Lanka

CARDIFF - England seized one of the most remarkable victories in test history on Monday when they beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 14 runs in a match which appeared doomed to end in a frustrating draw.

After 130 overs had been lost to rain in the first test of a three-match series, England bowled the tourists out for just 82 in a fraction over two hours in their second innings.

The result was a stunning turnaround after only 15 wickets had fallen on the first four days and provided yet more evidence that England's ambition to become the number one test team in the world is a realistic goal.