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England v Sri Lanka - 2nd Test

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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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  • 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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  • STRANDED

    6/23/2014 2:43:41 PM
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  • LUCKY ERANGA!

    6/23/2014 2:45:52 PM
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  • [betting]England now face a daunting task to win the final Test and the series. Who will star in the run chase? See the live in-play market here

    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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  • STANDING OVATION

    6/23/2014 3:08:16 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 ?
  • 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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  • MIGHTY MAHELA

    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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  • Ian Bell gives his views at the end of day four

    6/24/2014 8:16:53 AM
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  • 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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