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topped Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg yes-
terday in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix,
becoming the first driver in 14 years to take six
consecutive pole positions.
The defending Formula One champion won his
tenth pole of the season by leaving Rosberg nearly
half a second behind in qualifying. Hamilton has
missed out on pole only once this season, to Ros-
"The car is feeling great on the circuit," Hamilton
said. "Pole position is a great thing to have but
it s a long race and it s a long, long stretch down
to turn five."
Rosberg dominated the first two practice runs
on Friday, despite a scary tire puncture in the
afternoon session. But in the third run ahead of
qualifying, Hamilton was faster by half a second.
Hamilton is looking to increase his 21-point
lead over Rosberg in drivers standings and take
his sixth victory of the season.
This was the British driver s 48th career pole
and made him the first driver since Michael Schu-
macher in 2001 to take six straight.
The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is one of the
fastest and the longest in Formula One at seven
kilometers (4.35 miles). (AP)
pole position for
Belgian Grand Prix
COLOMBO---India took control of the sec-
ond Test against Sri Lanka yesterday, fin-
ishing the third day at 70-1 for a 157-run
lead with nine second innings wickets in
India lost first innings centurion Lokesh
Rahul---bowled by seamer Dhammika
Prasad---with the total on just three.
Opener Murali Vijay was undefeated on
39 at stumps, with Ajinkya Ranahe 28 not
out. The pair shared a 67-run unbroken
partnership for the second wicket.
Earlier, leg spinner Amit Mishra took four
wickets to help India gain an 87-run first
innings lead by dismissing Sri Lanka for 306.
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews scored
his sixth Test century and was out for 102,
supported by half-centuries from Lahiru
Thirimanne (62) and Kaushal Silva (51).
India made 393 in its first innings.
Resuming the day at 140-3, Sri Lanka s
overnight pair of Mathews and Thirimanne
batted out the first session without conceding
a wicket and scored 84 runs.
However, fast bowler Ishant Sharma broke
through soon after the break, having Thi-
rimanne caught behind and ending a 127-
run partnership for the fourth wicket with
Sharma struck again when Dinesh
Chandimal (11) was caught by Rahul at slip.
Mathews was caught in the slips by Vijay
off seam bowler Stuart Binny. He hit 12
boundaries off 167 deliveries.
Sri Lanka s middle and lower order soon
crumbled, losing its last seven wickets for
Mishra finished with 4-43. Sharma and
off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took two
wickets each. Sri Lanka leads the three-Test
series 1-0. (AP)
India controls 2nd Test with 157-run lead
India 1st Innings: 393
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
D Karunaratne lbw b Yadav
K Silva c Ashwin b Mishra
K Sangakkara c Rahane b Ashwin 32
L Thirimanne c Saha b Sharma 62
A Mathews c Vijay b Binny
D Chandimal c Rahul b Sharma 11
J Mubarak b Mishra
D Prasad c Rahane b Mishra
R Herath lbw b Ashwin
T Kaushal st Saha b Mishra
D Chameera not out
Extras: (2b, 6lb, 5nb)
TOTAL: (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-75, 3-114, 4-241, 5-
259, 6-284, 7-289, 8-300, 9-306.
Bowling: Ishant Sharma 21-3-68-2 (4nb),
Umesh Yadav 19-5-67-1, Stuart Binny 18-
4-44-1 (1nb), Ravichandran Ashwin 29-3-
76-2, Amit Mishra 21-3-43-4.
India 2nd Innings
M Vijay not out
L Rahul b Prasad
A Rahane not out
TOTAL: (for 1 wicket)
Fall of wickets: 1-3.
Still to bat: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli,
Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin,
Stuart Binny, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra,
Bowling: Dhammika Prasad 4-0-12-1,
Rangana Herath 11.2-3-23-0, Dushmantha
Chameera 4-0-14-0 (1w), Angelo Mathews
2-1-1-0, Tharindu Kaushal 8-0-20-0.
Series: Sri Lanka leads three-match series
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford and Rod Tucker,
Australia. Third umpire: Ruchira
Palliyaguruge, Sri Lanka. Match referee:
Andy Pycroft, Zimbabwe.
LONDON---Australia looks set to end a dis-
appointing Ashes series on a high note after
tearing through England s batsmen yester-
day, putting the hosts on the verge of an
embarrassing innings defeat after the third
day of the fifth and final Test.
Australia enforced the follow-on at The
Oval after bowling England out for 149 in
its first innings for a 332-run lead.
While Alastair Cook provided some resist-
ance in England s second innings before falling
to part-time bowler Steven Smith for 85 in
234 balls, England still trailed by 129 runs
after reaching 203-6 at stumps.
Cook edged a shot to short leg late in the
afternoon off Smith s only over, while Jos
Buttler was 33 not out for England. Nathan
Lyon was the pick of the bowlers with 2-52,
along with Peter Siddle who took 1-14 and
had ten maidens in his 16 overs.
England regained the urn by winning the
fourth Test at Trent Bridge for a 3-1 series
lead but had hoped to win a fourth Ashes
Test in a home summer for the first time.
After England resumed the day on 107-
8, Mitchell Johnson took their final two first-
innings wickets in consecutive deliveries on
a sunny morning and Michael Clarke took
the obvious option of enforcing the follow-
on.Cook responded with patient resistance
and, in company with Jonny Bairstow (26)
and Buttler, helped to extend this Test to a
fourth day, unlike the last two Ashes encoun-
Cook s fellow opener Adam Lyth was
trying to keep himself in the reckoning
for a winter tour but floundered before
lunch for 10 against the excellent bowling
of Siddle, taking his Ashes returns this
summer to a paltry 115 in nine innings.
Ian Bell (13) and Joe Root (11) tried to
put right what went wrong first time
round, but neither could see it through.
Bell s luck ran out when he got a brute
of a delivery from Mitchell Marsh and
gloved a simple catch to second slip; then
Root s attempt to counter-attack against
Johnson ended with a mishook to fine-
Bairstow s innings either side of tea
ended with an inside-edge to short-leg
off Lyon, the first of two wickets in an over
for the off spinner, who had Ben Stokes for
a fourth-ball duck.
Bairstow was unlucky to be given out as
the catch by Adam Voges was made following
initial impact with the fielder s helmet.
Cook and Buttler fought hard to regain
form, sharing a sixth-wicket partnership of
59 until Clarke took a successful punt on his
vice-captain Smith. (AP)
Australia closes in on
win in 5th Ashes Test
Australia 1st Innings: 481
England 1st Innings
A Lyth c Starc b Siddle
A Cook b Lyon
I Bell b Siddle
J Root c Nevill b Marsh
J Bairstow c Lyon b Johnson
B Stokes c Nevill b Marsh
J Buttler b Lyon
M Ali c Nevill b Johnson
S Broad c Voges b Marsh
M Wood c Starc b Johnson
S Finn not out
Extras: (1b, 7lb, 1nb)
TOTAL: (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-30, 2-46, 3-60, 4-64, 5-83,
6-84, 7-92, 8-92, 9-149.
Bowling: Mitchell Starc 8-3-18-0, Mitchell
Johnson 8.4-4-21-3, Nathan Lyon 10-2-40-2,
Peter Siddle 13-5-32-2, Mitchell Marsh 9-2-
England 2nd Innings (following on)
A Lyth c Clarke b Siddle
A Cook c Voges b Smith
I Bell c Clarke b Marsh
J Root c Starc b Johnson
J Bairstow c Voges b Lyon
B Stokes c Clarke b Lyon
J Buttler not out
M Wood not out
Extras: (5b, 14lb, 5w, 1nb)
TOTAL: (for 6 wickets)
Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-62, 3-99, 4-140, 5-140,
To bat: Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn.
Bowling: Mitchell Starc 14-4-32-0 (1nb),
Mitchell Johnson 13-2-51-1, Nathan Lyon 25-
5-52-2, Peter Siddle 16-10-14-1, Mitchell
Marsh 10-4-28-1 (1w), Steven Smith 1-0-7-1.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and Kumar
Dharmasena, Sri Lanka.
Series: England leads 3-1.
England's Alastair Cook grimaces as he leaves the pitch after being given out caught off
the bowling of Australia's Steven Smith on the third day of the fifth Ashes cricket Test
between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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