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England v Sri Lanka - 2nd Test

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  • WELCOME
    Hello everyone and welcome to interactive coverage of day four at Headingley, with the Test match and series in the balance. Sri Lanka will resume their second innings shortly on 214-4 – 106 ahead of England, who will be hunting morning wickets with the new ball available in seven overs time. Over-by-over updates and expert views from the commentary team coming throughout the day.
    6/23/2014 7:57:11 AM
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  • Andrew Strauss chats on the latest Sky Cricket podcast

    6/23/2014 8:00:21 AM
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  • Moeen Ali is out early warming up before Day Four

    6/23/2014 8:44:55 AM
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  • Beefy hopes for a better bowling display from England:
    [ianbotham] Hopefully the bowlers will come out today and get their lines and lengths right because they got it wrong yesterday.

    6/23/2014 9:16:57 AM
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  • Andrew Strauss: England slight favourites [ssnr]
    Former England captain Andrew Strauss believes England still have the edge at Headingley, but only just.
    6/23/2014 9:44:27 AM
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  • PARTNERSHIP MILESTONE

    6/23/2014 9:49:17 AM
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  • MATCH SITUATION
    Out come the players in glorious sunshine at Headingley. Jayawardene (55*) and Mathews (24*) at the crease with Sri Lanka 214-4 - 106 runs ahead. Huge session coming up...
    6/23/2014 9:59:41 AM
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  • Plunkett is bowling the first over of the morning,
    6/23/2014 10:01:21 AM
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  • Over 74 - Sri Lanka 219/4 (Jayawardene 58, Mathews 25)
    Cook will be keeping James Anderson and Stuart Broad for the second new ball in around half-an-hour. Jayawardene gets a couple off his hip from the first delivery of the morning. Plunkett finds a driving Mathews' outside edge later in the over but it drops safely in front point.
    6/23/2014 10:05:41 AM
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  • Over 75 - Sri Lanka 222/4 (Jayawardene 60, Mathews 26)
    Good start from Chris Jordan, getting one to keep low and forcing Jayawardene to jam down his bat before passing his outside edge with a big outswinger. Jayawardene chased it and made no contact. Not much urgency in the field from England, allowing a few easy singles.
    6/23/2014 10:10:13 AM
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  • Over 76 - Sri Lanka 232/4 (Jayawardene 61, Mathews 34)
    Plunkett offers too much width and Mathews drives on the up through cover point for the first boundary of the day, completing a half-century stand with Jayawardene in the process.
    6/23/2014 10:14:32 AM
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  • Over 77 - Sri Lanka 236/4 (Jayawardene 65, Mathews 34)
    Jordan's over is going well until Jayawardene drives the final ball through the covers for four in fine style.
    6/23/2014 10:18:30 AM
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  • Athers remarks as Sri Lanka surge ahead:
    [mikeatherton] England desperately need a wicket! Sri Lanka have started very well this morning

    6/23/2014 10:19:41 AM
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  • Over 78 - Sri Lanka 240/4 (Jayawardene 68, Mathews 35)
    Jayawardene edges a drive just short of a diving Anderson in the gully. Plunkett has found the outside edge a few times this morning but has also been expensive.
    6/23/2014 10:21:24 AM
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  • That edge fell just short. Strauss and Atherton discuss the art of slip catching before play

    6/23/2014 10:22:27 AM
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  • Over 79 - Sri Lanka 248/4 (Jayawardene 73, Mathews 38)
    Another lovely drive from Jayawardene races away to the boundary, this time through cover point. Sri Lanka have added 34 runs in six overs this morning, the new ball can't come soon enough for England. Sri Lanka lead by 140.
    6/23/2014 10:26:55 AM
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  • Moeen gets the last over with the old ball (assuming Cook takes the new one straight away)
    6/23/2014 10:27:53 AM
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  • Over 80 - Sri Lanka 254/4 (Jayawardene 74, Mathews 43)
    Moeen gets the last over with the old ball (assuming Cook takes the new one straight away). Mathews sends a short, wide offering racing away to the boundary. The rest of the over is innocuous and includes a single for each batsman.
    6/23/2014 10:30:03 AM
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  • Strauss praises Mathews after reaching 50:
    [andrewstrauss] Leading from the front Angelo Mathews. He's put his side in an excellent position. He's been keen to play his shots and that's the right way to play in this situation

    6/23/2014 10:31:18 AM
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  • Over 81 - Sri Lanka 254/4 (Jayawardene 74, Mathews 43)
    England have taken the new ball. Anderson has two slips and a gully in place but Jayawardene doesn't have to play much during a maiden.
    6/23/2014 10:33:12 AM
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  • Over 82 - Sri Lanka 256/4 (Jayawardene 74, Mathews 45)
    Broad shares the new ball. Mathews takes a wild swing and misses outside off-stump. Broad tightens up his line as the over progresses and finds Mathews' outside edge with the final ball, although it is well controlled by the batsman and earns him two runs.
    6/23/2014 10:39:47 AM
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  • Nasser on the game situation...and dinner with Atherton, Lloyd & Strauss

    6/23/2014 10:41:31 AM
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  • Over 83 - Sri Lanka 265/4 (Jayawardene 79, Mathews 49)
    Anderson is punished for a wayward line. Jayawardene eases a boundary down to the vacant third-man and Anderson over-corrects his line and it disappears for four leg byes. Anderson passes Mathews outside edge with the final delivery, although it was short, wide and asking to be hit.
    6/23/2014 10:42:39 AM
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  • [dropped-catch]Over 84 - Sri Lanka 265/4 (Jayawardene 79, Mathews 49)
    Decent ball from Broad, squaring Jayawardene up and seaming past his outside edge. Bounced as well but was a touch too short to take the edge. Dropped! Jayawardene cuts low to Bell in the gully but he can't cling on. Was a difficult chance, dying in front of him
    6/23/2014 10:46:23 AM
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  • [50]Over 85 - Sri Lanka 266/4 (Jayawardene 79, Mathews 50)
    Mathews taps a single into the leg-side to complete his 15th Test half-century (81b, 4x6). Anderson still can't get his line right, it's been an awful new-ball spell from him.
    6/23/2014 10:50:32 AM
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  • ANDERSON STRIKES!

    6/23/2014 10:52:37 AM
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  • Over 86 - Sri Lanka 267/4 (Jayawardene 79, Mathews 51)
    Broad has passed the outside edge a few times, it looks good but he's pitching too short to actually take the edge.
    6/23/2014 10:54:14 AM
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  • Jayawardene c Prior b Anderson 79 [wicket]

    Jayawardene edges a drive through to the wicketkeeper. Anderson finally got his line and length right, drawing the batsman into the shot outside off-stump.
    6/23/2014 10:57:48 AM
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  • Over 87 - Sri Lanka 268/5 (Mathews 51, Chandimal 0)
    That was an excellent delivery from Anderson, Jayawardene knew he was in trouble half-way through the shot, taking his hand off the bat.
    6/23/2014 11:00:29 AM
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  • Over 88 - Sri Lanka 270/5 (Mathews 53, Chandimal 1)
    Mathews pushes a single into the covers to bring new batsman Dinesh Chandimal on strike. He takes a painful blow on the bottom finger of his right hand pushing forward in defence before getting off the mark with an unconvincing drive that loops into the covers but finds an unguarded spot.
    6/23/2014 11:05:29 AM
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  • Over 89 - Sri Lanka 276/5 (Mathews 53, Chandimal 7)
    Anderson strays on to Chandimal's pads and is flicked down to the fine-leg fence for four before a neat steer through point brings two more. A fine, spearing yorker is successfully if not particularly stylishly kept out. Chandimal squared up a couple of times in the over and knocked of his feet by another full delivery that thuds into the pad. It's comfortably missing leg, but England's desperation for wickets is exposed by the fact they opt to review it. Might just have been umpire's call on a fourth stump. Terrible review.
    6/23/2014 11:10:31 AM
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  • Chandimal c Ballance b Plunkett 7

    [wicket]Brainless batting from Chandimal. Plunkett back into the attack, and the Sri Lanka wicketkeeper - who has looked all at sea in his brief stay at the crease - hammers a short ball straight to the man stationed at deep square-leg.
    6/23/2014 11:14:37 AM
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  • CHANDIMAL GONE!

    6/23/2014 11:16:42 AM
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  • Prasad c Root b Plunkett 0

    [wicket]Sri Lanka have fought so hard to get into this position. They are now tossing it away. Prasad carves his first ball straight to third-man, where Root takes a really smart low catch diving forward. Can only think the batsman didn't know there was a man down there. Steered it straight to him.
    6/23/2014 11:17:23 AM
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  • Over 90 - Sri Lanka 278/7 (Mathews 55, Herath 0)
    The batsmen cross, so it's Mathews to play Plunkett's second hat-trick ball of the match. He shovels it to square-leg for a single. New batsman Herath steers the last ball of the over into the covers where there's an easy single, but Mathews wants the strike.
    6/23/2014 11:20:47 AM
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  • Nasser has sympathy for umpire Davis... [nasserhussain]
    I umpired the other day and it is actually hard to count to six! Especially without any stones!

    6/23/2014 11:24:58 AM
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  • Over 91 - Sri Lanka 281/7 (Mathews 58, Herath 0)
    Field set deep for Mathews as England, predictably, stop trying to get him out. Still manages to find a two on the legside and a single off the last ball when the field inexplicably fails to come in to cut it off. In between, he edges a full, wide delivery that Prior fails to gather. Might have just carried, might have been on the half-volley. Would definitely have been referred upstairs and given not out.
    6/23/2014 11:26:36 AM
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  • Over 92 - Sri Lanka 289/7 (Mathews 65, Herath 0)
    Plunkett starts the over with a short bouncer that sails harmlessly over the keeper's head and is signalled wide. Mathews turns down singles from the next two balls before swatting a huge six over midwicket. Extraordinary shot: length ball, just dispatched. Takes a single from the next to leave Herath two balls to survive. He survives the first so securely that Steve Davis decides there's no need to go through the motions of ball six and calls over. Everyone's in position for the next over when the message finally comes through, and Plunkett now does have his extra chance against Herath. He bowls an almost sarcastic bouncer. Herath ducks.
    6/23/2014 11:31:44 AM
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  • Over 93 - Sri Lanka 297/7 (Mathews 73, Herath 0)
    Mathews having quite a series here. Fair to say he's won the battle of the captains. Clubs Anderson for four down the ground and then adds another boundary to fine-leg. England do have Herath on strike, though.
    6/23/2014 11:36:37 AM
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  • Over 94 - Sri Lanka 299/7 (Mathews 74, Herath 1)
    Frustration for England as Herath spoons the first ball of the over just out of Broad's reach at mid-off and calmly jogs his single to get off strike. Mathews pulls the third ball of Plunkett's over out to deep midwicket with the intention of running two but has to settle for a single. Three balls to survive for Herath. He does so via a blow on the thigh, a play and miss, and a duck under a bouncer.
    6/23/2014 11:39:46 AM
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  • As Herath digs in, Athers remarks...
    [mikeatherton] Herath has plenty of motivation to stay out there as he's the spinner who'll be bowling last on this pitch

    6/23/2014 11:40:27 AM
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  • Over 95 - Sri Lanka 303/7 (Mathews 78, Herath 1)
    Broad is back on for another spell. Mathews is looking for a single late in the over but times his guide to third-man and gets four, meaning Herath will be on strike to Plunkett.
    6/23/2014 11:47:34 AM
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