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  • Over 96 - Sri Lanka 304/7 (Mathews 78, Herath 1)
    Herath survives an over of short-pitched attack from Plunkett, including a no-ball.
    6/23/2014 11:49:25 AM
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  • Over 97 - Sri Lanka 305/7 (Mathews 79, Herath 1)
    Mathews walks across his stumps and works a single into the leg-side from Broad's fifth ball. He's milking the strike with ease.
    6/23/2014 11:54:05 AM
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  • STORY OF THE MORNING

    6/23/2014 11:54:15 AM
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  • Over 98 - Sri Lanka 305/7 (Mathews 79, Herath 1)
    Mathews spends the first half of Plunkett's over drilling excellent pull shots to deep square-leg and long-leg for no runs. Field comes up after four balls. Mathews backs away looking to free up the offside, but Plunkett follows him. Last ball of the over is short, and Mathews can't beat the infield.
    6/23/2014 11:58:55 AM
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  • Over 99 - Sri Lanka 311/7 (Mathews 79, Herath 7)
    Broad's not fit here. Way down on pace. Herath helps himself to four through midwicket to take the lead past 200 and then works the ball into the legside for two more. Tries to duck under a ball that's not that short and gets a whack on the back, but he's made it safely to the lunch break.
    6/23/2014 12:02:04 PM
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  • Lunch
    [lunch]Great session that. Sri Lanka lost three wickets, but with 97 runs added they will probably settle for that. England will have to chase over 200 in the fourth innings to win this series. No gimme. By any stretch. And with Mathews looking imperious, there is ample scope for Sri Lanka to push that lead up towards and even beyond 250 here.
    6/23/2014 12:03:45 PM
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  • STORY OF THE MORNING

    6/23/2014 12:11:50 PM
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  • [betting]Still very much in the balance at Headingley. See the live -in-play market here

    6/23/2014 12:32:22 PM
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  • Our lunchtime Club Life feature on Clitheroe Cobras

    6/23/2014 12:36:02 PM
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  • Plunkett starts after lunch. He's going round-the-wicket to Mathews.
    6/23/2014 12:42:15 PM
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  • 2005 Ashes heroes Strauss and Hoggard catch up at lunch

    6/23/2014 12:46:06 PM
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  • Over 100 - Sri Lanka 315/7 (Mathews 83, Herath 7)
    Plunkett tests out Mathews with a succession of short balls. Sri Lanka's captain hooks and misses, Prior appeals for a glove behind but nobody else was interested (England opt against a review and replays are inconclusive). Mathews makes room to force a boundary through the off-side later in the over. Plunkett shoves the last ball well down the leg-side, meaning Herath will be on strike at the start of the next.
    6/23/2014 12:46:27 PM
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  • Over 101 - Sri Lanka 315/7 (Mathews 83, Herath 7)
    Herath's keen to go after anything outside off-stump from Jordan but with no success. England offer Herath a single late in the over but he twice declines it. Maiden.
    6/23/2014 12:50:37 PM
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  • [dropped-catch]Over 102 - Sri Lanka 320/7 (Mathews 87, Herath 7)
    Mathews plays some well-timed pulls early in Plunkett's over but gets no runs for his efforts. Mathews does get four for his pull from the fifth delivery, well timed and rolled his wrists on it. Dropped! Plunkett shells a return catch after Mathews stepped away to drive the final delivery of the over. Was straight at him but travelling. That would have been his 10th wicket in the match.
    6/23/2014 12:56:42 PM
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  • DROP!

    6/23/2014 12:58:32 PM
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  • Nasser comments on another England drop:
    [nasserhussain] Plunkett had a 10-fer in his hands, but out it went!

    6/23/2014 12:59:46 PM
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  • [50]Over 103 - Sri Lanka 328/7 (Mathews 87, Herath 15)
    Herath lives dangerously against Jordan. He misses with a wild swing (half-shout for lbw but England decline to review - was going well down the leg-side) and then top edges a hook straight over the wicketkeeper's head for four (almost six). Herath carves another four through the off-side later in the over to complete the 50 partnership.
    6/23/2014 1:01:08 PM
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  • Over 104 - Sri Lanka 332/7 (Mathews 91, Herath 15)
    Mathews deals with Plunkett's short-pitched attack with some ease and then dispatches the final ball of the over, a full toss, for four to straight midwicket to move into the 90s
    6/23/2014 1:04:25 PM
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  • CHASE IS ON

    6/23/2014 1:09:24 PM
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  • Over 105 - Sri Lanka 339/7 (Mathews 95, Herath 18)
    Herath flips a full toss from Jordan into the covers for three from Jordan's first ball. Mathews adds another boundary to the total, eased behind square on the leg-side. Mathews can't reach a full toss outside off-stump from the final ball, so Herath will be on strike for the next over. Sri Lanka lead by 231.
    6/23/2014 1:09:36 PM
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  • Over 106 - Sri Lanka 344/7 (Mathews 99, Herath 19)
    Plunkett passes Herath's bat three times in a row, once on the inside edge and twice on the outside. Herath takes a single off his hip from the fourth ball, Mathews' confidence in his partner is growing. Mathews carves a short, wide ball over backward point for four to move to 99.
    6/23/2014 1:13:23 PM
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  • Over 107 - Sri Lanka 344/7 (Mathews 99, Herath 19)
    Jordan to continue, Moeen still hasn't bowled today despite his two-wicket burst late yesterday. Herath looking increasingly comfortable, easily negotiating a maiden.
    6/23/2014 1:17:55 PM
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  • [100]Mathews completes back-to-back Test hundreds (and his fourth in all) by pushing a single on the off-side off Plunkett's bowling. He's faced 153 balls and hit 14 fours and a six.
    6/23/2014 1:18:37 PM
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  • Mikey reflects on a Mathews century, coming off 153 balls:
    [michaelholding] That's a fantastic rate to score a century at when you're still thinking about saving a Test match. He's put his side in a great position. A captain's innings

    6/23/2014 1:19:36 PM
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  • Over 108 - Sri Lanka 345/7 (Mathews 100, Herath 19)
    Mathews has been a run machine in Tests since taking on the captaincy. Plunkett passes Herath's outside edge with a sharp delivery later in the over. Sri Lanka lead by 237.
    6/23/2014 1:22:34 PM
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  • MAGIC MATHEWS

    6/23/2014 1:26:37 PM
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  • Over 109 - Sri Lanka 346/7 (Mathews 101, Herath 19)
    Mathews was happy to take a single off the first ball of the previous over to complete his century but turns down the same opportunity this time off Jordan. He does get his single later in the over though.
    6/23/2014 1:26:50 PM
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  • Moeen is coming into the attack for the first time today.
    6/23/2014 1:27:17 PM
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  • Over 110 - Sri Lanka 347/7 (Mathews 102, Herath 19)
    Moeen is into the attack for the first time today. He gets one to turn and another to shoot through a little low before Mathews advances to push a single down the ground from the fifth ball. Herath gets a big stride in to block the final delivery.
    6/23/2014 1:30:42 PM
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  • Gemma and Chris Broad were in the studio at lunch talking about the Broad Appeal, raising awareness for Motor Neurone Disease

    6/23/2014 1:33:15 PM
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  • Over 111 - Sri Lanka 354/7 (Mathews 109, Herath 19)
    Mathews takes a step down the pitch and lofts another four, one-bounce back over Jordan's head. Shot of the day. Herath again only has to deal with one ball and does so with ease.
    6/23/2014 1:35:36 PM
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  • Over 112 - Sri Lanka 357/7 (Mathews 110, Herath 21)
    Moeen gets a couple to shoot through a bit low - but Mathews is able to jam his bat down on both, playing off the back foot. Again he takes a fifth ball single and this time Herath late cuts the final delivery away for a couple, it went down and between slip and gully.
    6/23/2014 1:39:03 PM
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  • Over 113 - Sri Lanka 362/7 (Mathews 115, Herath 21)
    Even if England go bang, bang, bang now, they will need 250 to win this Test match and series. They do not look like going bang, bang, bang. They hardly even seem to be trying to get Mathews out any more. As is his way, he calmly deals with the first four balls of the over before going after the fifth when the field comes in. Broad smacked through mid-on for four, and the lead is 253. Easy single available from the last ball of the over. Mathews has broken both England's attack and their captain.
    6/23/2014 1:45:37 PM
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  • COOK CRITICISM [twitter]


    6/23/2014 1:46:58 PM
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  • Over 114 - Sri Lanka 363/7 (Mathews 116, Herath 21) [umpire-review]
    Herath given one ball to survive from Moeen, which he does. Just. Huge lbw appeal, but Steve Davis says not out. England review, and Hawk-Eye has the ball clipping the bails so the original not out decision stands. England now out of reviews as well as ideas.
    6/23/2014 1:54:47 PM
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  • Nasser believes England are paying the price of having no spin king:
    [nasserhussain] This has been a lesson for England, not having a frontline spinner. A Test match pitch can change a hell of a lot over five days. You have got to have a balanced attack, and I don't think this is a balanced attack for England.

    6/23/2014 1:57:48 PM
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  • Over 115 - Sri Lanka 367/7 (Mathews 120, Herath 21)
    Mathews bides his time for four balls and then smacks Broad over mid-off for four. Does give Moeen a whole over against Herath. Potentially.
    6/23/2014 2:00:29 PM
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  • Over 116 - Sri Lanka 374/7 (Mathews 122, Herath 26)
    [dropped-catch]Drop! Herath goes for the big slog-sweep against Moeen and gets a bottom edge that loops away off the flap of his pad without touching the ground. Prior does well to get to the ball, but then fails to do the easy part of the job, fumbling the ball with his right glove as it gently falls to ground. Herath then cuts four and nurdles a single before Mathews gets two for a late cut. Sri Lanka firm favourites now.
    6/23/2014 2:02:44 PM
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  • Over 117 - Sri Lanka 382/7 (Mathews 122, Herath 34)
    What a shot! Glorious pull shot for four off Broad from Herath to bring up the hundred partnership. Herath follows that with a gorgeous square drive off the front foot. Toying with England now. Front foot, back foot, legside, offside. However poor England have been in this innings - and they have been so, so poor - Sri Lanka have been magnificent.
    6/23/2014 2:05:46 PM
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  • Over 118 - Sri Lanka 383/7 (Mathews 123, Herath 34)
    Moeen looking for man most likely for England here. He's making things happen at least. Mathews has a hack out to deep midwicket, but the ball bounces short of Ballance on the fence.
    6/23/2014 2:09:44 PM
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  • Over 119 - Sri Lanka 385/7 (Mathews 124, Herath 34)
    Wheels coming off all over the place now. After five dot balls to Mathews, Broad goes round the wicket with Prior stationed down the legside. Fairly clear what the plan is. Broad then bowls it so far down the legside that Billy Bowden rightly calls a wide. Mathews gets bat on the next one and gets the single to keep the strike anyway.
    6/23/2014 2:14:32 PM
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  • Over 120 - Sri Lanka 389/7 (Mathews 128, Herath 34)
    England have spent 30 overs more interested in getting Herath on strike than getting Mathews out. The result: 112 runs, and no wickets. Mathews continues to play beautifully, cracking Moeen to the point boundary as he drops short.
    6/23/2014 2:17:15 PM
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  • Nasser believes England are paying the price of having no spin king:
    [nasserhussain] This has been a lesson for England, not having a frontline spinner. A Test match pitch can change a hell of a lot over five days. You have got to have a balanced attack, and I don't think this is a balanced attack for England.

    6/23/2014 2:20:33 PM
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  • Over 121 - Sri Lanka 395/7 (Mathews 132, Herath 34)
    Herath able to get off strike first ball from Anderson with a scampered leg-bye. England then do at least try something approaching a plan to Mathews, packing the offside and bowling outside the off stump. Off theory. Doesn't work. Anderson penalised for bowling too wide of off stump by Billy Bowden, and then sliced over backward point for four by Mathews.
    6/23/2014 2:22:34 PM
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  • Over 122 - Sri Lanka 400/7 (Mathews 132, Herath 39)
    The 400 is up for Sri Lanka as Herath lunges forward and hammers a powerful sweep shot off Moeen to the square-leg fence. Plumb if he missed it, but it screamed off the middle of the bat. Mistimes a pull shot from the last ball of the over and can only get a single so will keep the strike.
    6/23/2014 2:25:21 PM
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