England vs Australia LIVE: Hosts' chase comes down to the wire

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England need 359 for victory in the final innings at Leeds.

Hosts England are faced with an unprecedented task as they take the field against Australia on Day Four of the third Ashes Test at Headingley.

England will start the day batting at 156-6, still 203 runs away from pulling off their highest successful run chase in Test cricket history. Skipper Joe Root holds the key to the side after he dug in with an unbeaten 75 on Saturday and how he fares on the penultimate day could decide the fate of the Test.

Australia, meanwhile, are just seven wickets away from retaining the historic urn on England soil for the first time since 2001.

Can the hosts pull off the improbable at Leeds or will Australia’s bowlers come back strongly with the second new-ball? Follow the ball-by-ball action from Headingley below to find out.

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Sri Lanka vs New Zealand LIVE: Tom Latham sends visitors into the lead at Colombo

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Tom Lathan in action against Sri Lanka.

Play has gotten underway after incessant rains delayed the start to proceedings on day four of the second and final Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Colombo.

Earlier on day three, a Tom Latham ton had helped New Zealand reach a commanding 196-4 at stumps in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 244.

Sri Lanka did well to post that total after being reduced to 130-6 at one stage but an excellent ton from all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva helped the hosts recover from that precarious spot.

The hosts currently lead the two-match series 1-0 after six-wicket win in Galle and will be looking to hold firm in the remaining two days of play at Colombo. Can New Zealand force a win and level the series?

Follow the ball-by-ball action from Colombo below to find out.

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Pakistan's Babar Azam extends excellent form with another match-winning fifty for Somerset

Waseem Ahmed 25/08/2019
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Babar Azam is having a ball in the T20 Blast with Somerset.

Babar Azam’s superb run in the Vitality T20 Blast continued on Saturday with the Pakistan batsman registering another explosive fifty to help Somerset beat Glamorgan by 25 runs.

A 42-ball 63 from Babar helped Somerset post 177-8 in their 20 overs at Taunton before Glamorgan were bowled out for 152 in their reply.

Opening the batting along with Tom Banton, Babar struck seven boundaries and one six during his entertaining stay at the crease before finally perishing in the 16th over of the innings.

It was the fourth half-century of the tournament for the right-handed batsman who continues to lead the run-scoring charts with 541 runs to his name in 11 innings at an average over 60.

The Pakistan man is more than 100 runs ahead of his next competitor and fellow Somerset opener Banton who has scored 440 runs in the same amount of innings.

Babar also managed to register a superb unbeaten ton in a clash against Hampshire earlier this month which was only his second ever century in the T20 format.

It continues an excellent run of form in England for the Pakistan batsman who scored 474 runs for the Men in Green in the 2019 World Cup.

Saturday’s win over Glamorgan has moved Somerset back into fourth spot in the Southern Group standings and it keeps their hopes of making the quarter-final alive with two games remaining.

Babar and Somerset will next be in action on Tuesday at the Oval in London when they take on Surrey.

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