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England v Sri Lanka - 2nd Test

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  • Over 15 - England 38/0 (Robson 20, Cook 16)
    Good maiden over from Herath, watchfully played out by Cook. England's openers digging in to good effect here. Tomorrow shaping up to be a sensational day of Test cricket.
    6/23/2014 4:38:22 PM
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  • Cook b Prasad 16

    [wicket]The pressure on Cook ratchets up another notch as he drags a short ball from Prasad into his middle stump from way outside off.
    6/23/2014 4:41:18 PM
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  • Straussy is feeling England's pain:
    [andrewstrauss] England are in turmoil, again! That's the one ball you don't want first up. Full, swinging in. Ian Bell is in on hat-trick ball.

    6/23/2014 4:43:29 PM
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  • Ballance lbw b Prasad 0

    [wicket]Two in two for Prasad! Ballance trapped plumb in front of middle-and-off first ball. He thinks of a review, but it would be a total waste. Ball pitched middle and was cannoning into middle-and-off.
    6/23/2014 4:44:09 PM
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    6/23/2014 4:45:34 PM
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  • Over 16 - England 40/2 (Robson 21, Bell 1)
    Bell avoids the hat-trick, shovelling the ball into the legside for a single. But what an over for Prasad and Sri Lanka.
    6/23/2014 4:46:37 PM
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  • Over 17 - England 42/2 (Robson 21, Bell 3)
    Oohs and aahs every ball of the Herath over despite only one, dabbed wide of slip for two by Bell, causing any kind of concern for the batsman.
    6/23/2014 4:50:29 PM
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  • Tickets for tomorrow will be available on the gates, free for juniors accompanied by a paying adult. (Adults £5).

  • No pressure, Joe. Mikey...
    [michaelholding] Sam Robson was not in control of that stroke. It just moved away on a full length. England need a big innings from Joe Root now. He's done it before and they need it from him again here.

    6/23/2014 4:54:28 PM
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  • Over 18 - England 46/2 (Robson 24, Bell 4)
    Robson takes a tight but safe single to mid-on, and gets two bonus runs in overthrows as the fielder shies needlessly at the stumps. Bell collects an easy single to keep the strike with a clip off his hip as Prasad errs in line.
    6/23/2014 4:54:49 PM
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  • Over 19 - England 47/2 (Robson 24, Bell 5)
    Bell farming the strike. Plays out the first five of Herath's over before picking up another single from the sixth.
    6/23/2014 4:57:20 PM
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  • @credlandjohn : Save your money. England set for a disaster.@BumbleCricket @leslie_la_leafy ” Will be excellent day
  • Robson c Jayawardene b Prasad 24

    [wicket]England have lost their top three as Robson is suckered into a drive outside the off stump and offers a straightforward slip catch to Jayawardene.
    England in dire trouble now
    6/23/2014 5:02:34 PM
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  • Over 20 - England 50/3 (Bell 8)
    What an astonishing turnaround. Worth remembering that England secured a first-innings lead in this match with eight wickets in hand. They now need another 300 runs to win and have just seven wickets to play with.
    6/23/2014 5:03:50 PM
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  • Over 21 - England 50/3 (Bell 8, Root 0)
    Bell somehow survives Herath's over despite playing and missing at one that slides millimetres past the off stump and chopping one into the ground not much further away. How Herath's not got at least one wicket here is a mystery.
    6/23/2014 5:08:00 PM
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    6/23/2014 5:10:32 PM
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  • Over 22 - England 52/3 (Bell 8, Root 1)
    Joe Root off the mark with a nurdled single on the legside. England's target down to a mere 298 more.
    6/23/2014 5:10:39 PM
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  • Over 23 - England 52/3 (Bell 8, Root 1)
    England focused only on survival now against Herath. They're just about managing it.
    6/23/2014 5:13:27 PM
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  • Bell b Prasad 8

    [wicket]What. A. Spell. England's 100 Test man goes as Prasad jags one back through the gate to knock back the off stump. Surely no way out of this for England now.
    6/23/2014 5:15:17 PM
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  • Prasad is on fire! Bumble observes...
    [davidlloyd] Prasad has been terrific, bowling the perfect length. England are all over the place!

    6/23/2014 5:19:16 PM
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  • Over 24 - England 52/4 (Root 1, Plunkett 0)
    Here comes the nightwatchman. Plunkett handed the task. And, almost, here goes the nightwatchman. He's given out caught behind first ball by Billy Bowden. That would be a five-fer for Prasad, but he's denied. It's another poor decision from Bowden, the sound was bat on ground not ball. He's not been mutch better than England today.
    6/23/2014 5:21:45 PM
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  • Over 25 - England 53/4 (Root 2, Plunkett 0)
    England survive another Herath over. Again, not quite sure how.
    6/23/2014 5:26:56 PM
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    6/23/2014 5:28:03 PM
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  • @WillGreenwood : What is happening at the cricket????” England are losing....
  • Over 26 - England 57/4 (Root 6, Plunkett 0)
    Billy at it again here, giving Root out caught behind down the legside despite the ball touching absolutely nothing on its way through to Chandimal. England are in dire straits as it is; without DRS they'd be six down. Root lands a rare punch for England as he drives Prasad straight back down the ground for four.
    6/23/2014 5:29:54 PM
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  • Plunkett c Pradeep b Herath 0

    [wicket]A fitting end to the day. Sri Lanka race round to get another over in. Plunkett, the nightwatchman, decides to have a big drive at Herath and sends the ball looping forlornly straight to cover.
    6/23/2014 5:32:33 PM
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  • Beefy reflects as England lose another:
    [ianbotham] Such clever bowling to the tail-ender. Sri Lanka, who have never won a Test series in England, are on the brink!

    6/23/2014 5:33:03 PM
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    6/23/2014 5:34:39 PM
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  • Close: England 57/5, need another 293 runs to win
    [close]What a day. Sri Lanka have had an absolute Carlsberg of a day. They carted England's bowling around with gay abandon, led by their increasingly impressive skipper, and have then blown England's top order away in 26 and a bit overs before stumps. A first series victory in England (they won a one-off Test in 1998) now surely beckons tomorrow. Cricket; what a game it is.
    6/23/2014 5:34:47 PM
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  • Highlights of Day Four on SS2 from 8pm followed by The Verdict. Also look out for tonight's Sky Cricket podcast feat @BeefyBotham
  • PODCAST: @BeefyBotham says England mustn't axe Alastair Cook as captain when - not if - they lose the second Test:…
  • One of England's worst days as I can remember .. Huge task to bat 3 sessions.. M People time , Search for a Hero ..
  • Sterile tactics, poor bowling & limp batting have put England in a hapless Headingley position, says Mike Atherton:…
  • Very difficult day 4 English cricket .Sri Lanka were tougher, sharper, stronger, from ball one . Many questions and some very tough answers
  • Telling words from Jayawardena , "England could not handle the pressure "
  • What an awful day for English cricket !!!! New ball ,fielding imagination , oh dear next stop ???
  • Ian Bell gives his views at the end of day four

    6/24/2014 8:16:53 AM
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  • [benedictbermange] Benedict's morning stats pack:
    • If England lose, it will be their first defeat in an early-summer series since the split summer was introduced in 2000.
    • If England do not win today it will be their eighth successive Test without a win.  The last time they went that long was their 8-match streak between June 1996 and January 1997.  Their longest streak was 18 matches between January 1987 and August 1988.
    • England have only ever lost five Tests when they have led by at least 100 runs on first innings, and only twice in the past 100 years:
    • Not since his Test debut has Dhammika Prasad taken more than one wicket in an innings for less than 100 runs.  He hasn’t managed it in any of his last 11 Tests.
    6/24/2014 8:54:20 AM
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  • Bumble arrives in the commentary box and proclaims:
    [davidlloyd] England have been out-techniqued and out-fought after winning the toss in English conditions, at Headingley, by Sri Lanka...

    6/24/2014 8:55:11 AM
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  • 6/24/2014 9:02:06 AM
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  • Mikey believes Sri Lanka deserve to be on the brink of a series victory

    6/24/2014 9:15:56 AM
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  • Nasser believes Cooks' position as captain is in danger [ssnr]
    6/24/2014 9:28:09 AM
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  • COOK STILL THE MAN? [twitter]
    Whitewashed in Australia and now on the brink of being stunned by Sri Lanka. Is Alastair Cook still the right man to captain England? Have your say by getting in touch to @skycricket and we will publish the pick of the tweets.

    6/24/2014 9:40:55 AM
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