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Moeen leads England fight

England were reduced to 173-7 chasing a target of 350 by tea on the final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley.

Moeen Ali's 56 not out - his maiden Test half-century - led the way for England as they concentrated their efforts on saving the match to secure a 0-0 draw in the series.

Ali and Joe Root had batted throughout a rain-shortened morning before Sri Lanka struck twice in an extended afternoon session to leave them three wickets away from their maiden Test series victory in England.

Seamer Nuwan Pradeep made the breakthrough by finding Root's outside edge with a full delivery that squared him up and resulted in a low catch to Lahiru Thirimanne in the gully.

Root's exit for 31 off 108 balls ended a sixth-wicket stand of 67 in 30.2 overs and was greeted with much delight by Sri Lanka's fielders, who had plenty to say to the Yorkshire right-hander during a heated post-lunch passage of play.

Moeen, who made his debut in the drawn first Test at Lord's, continued to mix watchful defence with the occasional boundary and reached his half-century from 129 deliveries, including eight fours.

Matt Prior (10) helped the Worcestershire left-hander add 36 for the seventh wicket before he was caught at short-leg to give Dhammika Prasad - who removed all of England's top four including out-of-sorts skipper Alastair Cook the previous evening - his fifth wicket of the innings.

Prior was sent on his way after the TV umpire made a long study of Prasad's front-foot position.

Chris Jordan (9no) joined Moeen through to tea, meaning England's last three wickets have 40 overs to survive.