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Highlights: Stokes' lone effort ends in vain
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Highlights: Stokes' lone effort ends in vain

In the face of a loss of wickets down the other end, England all-rounder Ben Stokes led a terrific counterattacking knock in hide’s ill-fated chase of Sri Lanka’s total of 232. The flamboyant batsman looked like he was batting on a different pitch altogether as he ran out of batting partners to support him.

Stokes showed great courage and continued to fight till the very end as he blasted 4 sixes in his 89-ball unbeaten score of 82. At one stage, it seemed like he might take England over the line singlehandedly, however number 11 batter Mark Wood poked his bat outside the off-stump off Nuwan Pradeep, to send an outside edge to the keeper.

Despite his innings coming in a losing cause, Stokes was celebrated for a majestic effort that came at a quick strike rate. The 28-year-old will get a lot of confidence from this knock going ahead into the crucial remaining games.