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England v Sri Lanka - 2nd Test

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  • Sri Lanka on the verge of historic Test series win

    6/24/2014 9:54:31 AM
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  • Spin to start this morning in the shape of left-armer Rangana Herath, he's finishing off the remainder of the over which was cut short by Plunkett's brain fade last night.
    6/24/2014 10:00:34 AM
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  • Over 27 - England 57/5 (Root 6, Moeen 0)
    Moeen is happy to defend on the front foot until being beaten outside his off-stump by Herath's final ball.
    6/24/2014 10:03:34 AM
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  • Over 28 - England 58/5 (Root 7, Moeen 0)
    Prasad, the four-wicket hero from last night, gets first chance from the Kirkstall Lane end. Root collects the first run of the morning via a thick inside edge towards square-leg. Moeen is beaten driving outside his off-stump as Prasad continues his policy of pitching full and giving it a chance to swing.
    6/24/2014 10:07:34 AM
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  • Over 29 - England 58/5 (Root 7, Moeen 0)
    Root living dangerously during a Herath maiden. A thin inside edge saves him from being lbw and he is then almost run-out after considering a suicidal single from the final delivery, Moeen sending him back just in time.
    6/24/2014 10:10:40 AM
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  • Athers is still talking about a memorable innings from Mathews yesterday:
    [mikeatherton] Angelo Mathews' century yesterday is surely the greatest ever Test innings by a Sri Lanka captain?

    6/24/2014 10:11:03 AM
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  • Over 30 - England 59/5 (Root 7, Moeen 1)
    Moeen is off the mark with a drop-and-run single into the covers. Root defends the remainder of Prasad's over, mainly staying on the back foot.
    6/24/2014 10:15:18 AM
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  • Over 31 - England 60/5 (Root 7, Moeen 2)
    Four men round the bat - two on each side - as Herath aims at the rough outside left-hander Moeen's off-stump. Moeen inside edges a slog-sweep for a single, could have gone anywhere.
    6/24/2014 10:18:13 AM
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  • Over 32 - England 68/5 (Root 7, Moeen 10)
    Moeen takes advantage of a loose delivery from Prasad, too short allowing the left-hander to carve it away for four. He adds a second boundary later in the over, throwing his hands into a square drive.
    6/24/2014 10:22:20 AM
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  • Over 33 - England 69/5 (Root 8, Moeen 10)
    Herath tossing it up at Root, who dead bats the first five deliveries and then works a quick single to mid-on from the final ball.
    6/24/2014 10:25:26 AM
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  • Over 34 - England 75/5 (Root 9, Moeen 15)
    Moeen is happy to have a drive at anything pitched up and sends another four racing away off Prasad, straight down the ground this time.
    6/24/2014 10:30:02 AM
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  • Over 35 - England 75/5 (Root 9, Moeen 15)
    Moeen plays out a maiden from Herath with a straight bat in defence.
    6/24/2014 10:32:43 AM
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  • Over 36 - England 75/5 (Root 9, Moeen 15)
    Prasad hasn't quite got it right this morning, Root easily negotiates a maiden.
    6/24/2014 10:38:34 AM
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  • Over 37 - England 76/5 (Root 9, Moeen 16)
    Moeen looks less comfortable against Herath's teasing spin. He gets off strike with an inside-edged prod, again it could have gone anywhere.
    6/24/2014 10:40:51 AM
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  • Michael Atherton says Alastair Cook’s batting form must improve if he's to remain England's captain.
  • First bowling change of the day, Eranga on for Prasad.
    6/24/2014 10:43:58 AM
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  • Over 38 - England 78/5 (Root 9, Moeen 17)
    Moeen turns a single into the leg-side and Eranga also donates a no-ball by over-stepping. England need 272 runs to win.
    6/24/2014 10:46:53 AM
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    6/24/2014 10:49:38 AM
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  • Over 39 - England 81/5 (Root 9, Moeen 20)
    Ali's now getting in a big, big stride forward to defend against Herath. He picks up a total of three runs on the off-side with nothing more than a pair of forward defensive shots.
    6/24/2014 10:50:38 AM
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  • Over 40 - England 81/5 (Root 9, Moeen 20)
    Eranga's angling it across Moeen, trying to tempt him into chasing a drive. He resists for the time being. Maiden.
    6/24/2014 10:53:32 AM
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  • Over 41 - England 81/5 (Root 9, Moeen 20)
    Root is saved by a thin inside edge against Herath for the second time in the morning. That's the closest Sri Lanka have come to a breakthrough. Root remains studious in defence despite plenty of noise from the close fielders. Another maiden.
    6/24/2014 10:56:27 AM
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  • England (82-5) come through the first hour unscathed. Watch the action with a Sky Sports Day Pass. Buy here: #EngvSL
  • Over 42 - England 82/5 (Root 9, Moeen 21)
    Moeen rides a bouncer from Eranga and drops it onto the leg-side for a single to bring an end to a quiet first hour.
    6/24/2014 11:01:04 AM
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    6/24/2014 11:02:11 AM
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  • Over 43 - England 82/5 (Root 9, Moeen 21) [rain]
    Light rain falling at Headingley as Mathews bowls the first over after drinks. Five dot balls before Moeen gets a single with a nudge to mid-on.
    6/24/2014 11:07:38 AM
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  • Light rain falling at Headingley and the light fading...
  • The rain is coming down heavier and the players are coming off at Headingley. England 83-5 #EngvSL
  • Over 44 - England 83/5 (Root 9, Moeen 22)
    Good maiden over from Eranga, but the precipitation is persisting, and the umpires get together for a chat.
    6/24/2014 11:12:31 AM
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  • Rain stopped play
    [rain]They're going off. Just got a bit heavier in the last few minutes. No indication that this is set in for the day, but Sri Lanka didn't want this.
    6/24/2014 11:13:21 AM
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  • View of the soggy scene at Headingley from the comm box

    6/24/2014 11:18:03 AM
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  • [rain]Full covers on the square now at Headingley. Early lunch on the cards here.
    6/24/2014 11:21:41 AM
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  • Lunch to be taken 12.30-1.10pm #EngvSL
  • Lunch
    [lunch]As expected, lunch moved forward to 12.30pm here at Headingley while we wait for that rain to pass. It's midsummer, so every chance this time can be made up at the end of the day if needed. Certainly no overs lost at this stage.
    6/24/2014 11:30:41 AM
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  • Just reflecting .. Sri Lanka have been technically better than England at Headingley .. Big problem for England cricket bosses
  • Raining here ... Just looking at Test stats Which bowler got Tendulkar out most in Tests ... J Anderson , 9
  • Spinner who got Tendulkar out most ? Murali. ... 8
  • The covers are starting to come off, so looks like we could be on for a prompt post-lunch restart at 1.10pm.
    6/24/2014 11:52:15 AM
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  • The rain has cleared, the covers are off and play will restart at 1.30pm #EngvSL
  • 6/24/2014 12:30:49 PM
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  • Over 45 - England 83/5 (Root 9, Moeen 22)
    Fair to say England aren't exactly going for the runs. Root plays out a maiden from Mathews.
    6/24/2014 12:34:50 PM
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  • Over 46 - England 86/5 (Root 10, Moeen 22)
    Sri Lanka going for the short-ball tactic that served England so well. Not sure why, although Root is in fairness troubled by a good one from Eranga that makes for his throat before glove gets there first. No short-leg, which is another oddity given the tactic being employed, and Root gets off strike.
    6/24/2014 12:38:43 PM
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  • Over 47 - England 91/5 (Root 11, Moeen 26)
    England will lose this game, in all likelihood, but we will always have this cover-drive from Moeen Ali to soothe our pain. A shot so beautiful that it would make the angels weep.
    6/24/2014 12:44:25 PM
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  • Could local lad Joe Root be England's latest Headingley hero? He's digging in

    6/24/2014 12:48:29 PM
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  • Over 48 - England 91/5 (Root 11, Moeen 26)
    Root unaffected by his contretemps with Mathews, goes right back to blocking like his life depends on it. Now 11 not out off 76 balls.
    6/24/2014 12:50:31 PM
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  • Over 49 - England 91/5 (Root 11, Moeen 26)
    Multi-tasking from Mathews here. Captaining the side, bowling a maiden over, and exchanging curt words with Root between each delivery.
    6/24/2014 12:54:08 PM
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