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England v Sri Lanka - 2nd Test

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  • Bumble sums up the mood in the camp:
    [davidlloyd] England, to me, look like they don't want to be out there. Angelo Mathews is giving them the total runaround here

    6/23/2014 2:26:17 PM
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  • Over 123 - Sri Lanka 408/7 (Mathews 132, Herath 47)
    The lead climbs to 300 as Herath pulls Anderson down to the fine-leg fence and then edges wide of the slips. Big appeal for leg-before to end the over, but it's sliding way down leg.
    6/23/2014 2:28:32 PM
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  • Over 124 - Sri Lanka 413/7 (Mathews 137, Herath 47)
    Mathews gets four with a fine leg-glance before leaving Herath one ball to survive against Moeen. Again, he does so, getting outside the line to cut England's lbw appeals short.
    6/23/2014 2:32:32 PM
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  • Over 125 - Sri Lanka 417/7 (Mathews 141, Herath 47)
    Mathews still not giving Herath any strike in the early part of the over, and justifies the decision by steering the fifth ball in one of the small gaps between three fielders behind point and collecting four.
    6/23/2014 2:37:15 PM
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  • Herath run out (Root) 48

    [wicket]Nine runs off the Moeen over before Mathews stitches Herath up. He's looking for a quick single off the final ball of the over but it's not there. Sends Herath back, but too late. He's stranded mid-pitch as Root throws down the stumps from mid-on.
    6/23/2014 2:40:21 PM
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  • Bumble reflects as tea is called:
    [davidlloyd] Those two (Mathews & Herath) have given England a massive headache. They'll be glad to get in with Sri Lanka holding a fantastic lead of 318 at tea.

    6/23/2014 2:40:56 PM
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  • Over 126 - Sri Lanka 426/8 (Mathews 149)
    Success right at the end, then, of a truly abysmal session for England. Mathews magnificent for his unbeaten 149.
    6/23/2014 2:41:20 PM
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  • Tea
    [tea]An England win still looked the likeliest result at lunch. One astonishing session later and it might even be the least likely. Mathews and Herath have demolished England in that session, one in which their bowling, fielding and captaincy have all been horribly, mercilessly exposed.
    6/23/2014 2:42:44 PM
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    6/23/2014 2:55:19 PM
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  • Beefy believes Sri Lanka are 'bossing the game' at tea on Day Four

    6/23/2014 3:04:00 PM
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  • [missed-chance]Over 127 - Sri Lanka 426/8 (Mathews 149, Eranga 0)
    Eranga is on strike after tea and avoids a 'king pair' (he got a first-ball duck in the first innings) with a calm back-foot defensive shot to Anderson's first offering. Not out! England are convinced they have got Eranga caught behind from the final ball but umpire Billy Bowden keeps his finger down - and England are out of reviews. Replays show a clear edge. Anderson couldn't even bring himself to go and collect his cap from Bowden, who has to wander down to mid-pitch and hand it to him.
    6/23/2014 3:04:17 PM
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  • Over 128 - Sri Lanka 427/8 (Mathews 150, Eranga 0)
    England paid the price for wasting their two reviews earlier on; particularly the Anderson-Chandimal lbw shout this morning which was going waaaaay down leg. Mathews moves to 150 with a single into the leg-side off Moeen.
    6/23/2014 3:09:01 PM
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  • Over 129 - Sri Lanka 428/8 (Mathews 151, Eranga 0)
    The body language between Anderson and Bowden is tremendous, the bowler can barely bring himself to look at the umpire. Mathews keeps the strike with a single behind square on the off-side from Anderson's final ball.
    6/23/2014 3:12:47 PM
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  • Over 130 - Sri Lanka 433/8 (Mathews 156, Eranga 0)
    Mathews advances to the fifth ball of Moeen's over and lofts his drive one-bounce for four to straight midwicket. He takes a wild swing at the last delivery and is fortunate when an under-edge runs away for a single to fine-leg. Sri Lanka riding their luck since tea.
    6/23/2014 3:15:03 PM
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  • Mathews c Moeen b Anderson 160[wicket]

    A wonderful innings ends with a poor shot, hitting a full toss to midwicket. Mathews is applauded off the field by the Headingley crowd. He faced 249 balls and struck 25 fours and a six. A masterpiece of batting with the lower order.
    6/23/2014 3:18:27 PM
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  • Over 131 - Sri Lanka 437/9 (Eranga 0, Pradeep 0)
    I would say that wicket has cheered Anderson up, but not sure it has really judging by his reaction.
    6/23/2014 3:20:37 PM
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  • Nasser pays tribute to marvellous Mathews:
    [nasserhussain] That was one of the great innings from an opposition captain is this country. Just think how many runs he would have got, he turned down a lot batting with the tail! A phenomenal effort

    6/23/2014 3:22:43 PM
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  • Over 132 - Sri Lanka 448/9 (Eranga 11, Pradeep 0)
    Eranga plunders back-to-back four off Plunkett, who is persisting with an almost exclusive diet of short balls in search of his 10th wicket in the match.
    6/23/2014 3:25:16 PM
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  • Pradeep b Anderson 20 [wicket]

    Anderson finishes off the innings by hitting middle stump with a yorker. Sri Lanka 457 all out. England chasing 350 to win match and series.
    6/23/2014 3:27:25 PM
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  • Sri Lanka card

    6/23/2014 3:33:15 PM
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  • Well, that didn't exactly follow the script for England, who now have roughly 118 overs (it depends on how many are lost today) to chase 350. To put that in context, it would be England's record run chase should they achieve it. Anderson finished with 3-91 and Plunkett took his match tally to nine with 4-112 - but both were totally over-shadowed by Sri Lanka skipper Mathews' brilliant 160.
    6/23/2014 3:35:36 PM
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  • Just got home & flicked the TV onto @SkyCricket interesting day at Leeds ! Going to be a great last day & a bit, thoughts followers ?
  • England have got play out of their skins to save or win this test !! Well played captain Mathews...!!
  • Over 1 - England 1-0 (Robson 0, Cook 0)
    Robson is beaten outside off-stump a couple of times by Pradeep, looked like one of those deliveries took a little piece out of the pitch. Not a good sign for England. Robson gets off strike via leg-bye from the fifth delivery and Cook is able to leave the last ball of the over alone outside off-stump.
    6/23/2014 3:41:54 PM
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  • England are going to have to make history if they are to win the series

    6/23/2014 3:43:32 PM
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  • Over 2 - England 5-0 (Robson 3, Cook 1)
    Robson is off the mark with a couple of pleasing check drives during Eranga's opening over. He gets two for the first and a single for the second, a tumbling stop at mid-off denying him a boundary. Cook also opens his account with a single on the leg-side.
    6/23/2014 3:47:00 PM
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  • Over 3 - England 6-0 (Robson 3, Cook 1)
    Pradeep is swinging the new ball from a full length. It's already proved a handful for both batsmen, Cook being drawn into the shot and missing outside off-stump. Just a no-ball from the over.
    6/23/2014 3:51:37 PM
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  • Over 4 - England 8-0 (Robson 4, Cook 2)
    Robson turns a single into the leg-side to start Eranga's over. Cook misses out on a full toss, picking out the fielder at square-leg but the England captain doesn't make the same mistake with a much shorter delivery, turning it off his hip for a single. Eranga's not looked as threatening as his new-ball partner Pradeep so far.
    6/23/2014 3:56:34 PM
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  • Benedict remarks on a notable boundary for Cook:
    [bendictbermange] That boundary takes Cook past Geoff Boycott in the list of all-time England runscorers!

    6/23/2014 3:57:21 PM
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  • Over 5 - England 12-0 (Robson 5, Cook 5)
    Pradeep gets one to take off from a length, clearing Robson's gloves as he pressed forward. Again, that took a piece of the pitch with it. Robson turns a single into the leg-side later in the over and Cook collects a couple off his hip in trademark fashion.
    6/23/2014 3:59:33 PM
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  • Over 6 - England 12-0 (Robson 5, Cook 5)
    Sri Lanka's seamers have pitched noticeably fuller than England's did earlier. Robson equal to the task in defence during a maiden from Eranga.
    6/23/2014 4:03:36 PM
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  • Over 7 - England 18-0 (Robson 6, Cook 10)
    Cook goes up on one leg in his follow-through (Brian Lara style) after helping a short ball from Pradeep to the square-leg boundary. Cook keeps the strike with a single behind square on the leg-side
    6/23/2014 4:07:17 PM
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  • Nasser is impressed by England's start with the bat:
    [nasserhussain] There has been a nice tempo to England's batting. They have been busy and Robson, in particular, looks like he wants to put bat to ball. The pitch is still flat so Herath is going to have to bowl well on here

    6/23/2014 4:11:59 PM
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  • Over 8 - England 22-0 (Robson 10, Cook 10)
    Eranga offers just a touch of width and Robson drives through the covers for four in fine style, full extension of the arms.
    6/23/2014 4:12:03 PM
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  • Left-arm spinner Herath is coming into the attack.
    6/23/2014 4:12:38 PM
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  • Over 9 - England 25-0 (Robson 12, Cook 11)
    Left-arm spinner Herath is into the attack for the first time. Cook is on strike and there's lots of rough patches to aim outside the left-hander's off-stump. Cook turns the strike over early in the over with a single to straight midwicket. Robson shoulders arms at a delivery that only just clears off-stump - good judgment! - and then ends the over with a couple off his pads.
    6/23/2014 4:15:55 PM
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  • Over 10 - England 30/0 (Robson 16, Cook 12)
    Mathews into the attack. Based on his contribution in this match so far, anything less than a hat-trick will be a crushing disappointment and anti-climax. Cook drops the ball to point for an easy single before Robson scampers a couple of twos for a legside nurdle and push past cover's left hand. Anti-climax.
    6/23/2014 4:20:06 PM
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  • Over 11 - England 31/0 (Robson 16, Cook 13)
    Excellent over from Herath. Cook gets a single with a sweep out to deep square-leg before Robson is soundly beaten by one that spins sharply past the outside edge.
    6/23/2014 4:23:05 PM
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  • Over 12 - England 32/0 (Robson 16, Cook 14)
    Cook squirts the ball down to third-man off the outside edge. Robson, crouched and watchful, sees out the rest of Mathews' over.
    6/23/2014 4:26:42 PM
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  • Over 13 - England 37/0 (Robson 20, Cook 15)
    Cook works Herath into the legside for a single before Robson, who's struggled against the spinner in this short spell to date, takes full toll on an overpitched delivery and drives it sweetly between cover and mid-off for four.
    6/23/2014 4:30:31 PM
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  • Over 14 - England 38/0 (Robson 20, Cook 16)
    Good-looking square drive from Cook, but it brings only a single with deep point in position. Robson plays out the over in that obdurate way of his. One of these opening batsmen who views every delivery with the sort of suspicion and mistrust a regular person reserves for emails from Nigerian princes. And that's drinks.
    6/23/2014 4:34:17 PM
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