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England v Sri Lanka - 2nd Test

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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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  • [umpire-review]Over 86 - England 205/7 (Moeen 71, Jordan 20)
    Eranga is also getting some shape with the new ball. Not out! Sri Lanka review a caught-behind appeal against Moeen. Umpire Bowden turned it down on the field and replays show the ball flicked his trouser leg on the way through to Chandimal, who made good ground down the leg-side. Sri Lanka down to their last review.
    6/24/2014 4:02:43 PM
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  • Over 87 - England 211/7 (Moeen 71, Jordan 21)
    Pradeep gets one to rear up alarmingly after taking a piece out of the pitch. Sort of like an 80mph leg-break that goes through at head height and keeps rising. Wicketkeeper Chandimal has no chance of stopping it flying away for four byes. Jordan was fortunate that wasn't straight or it would have taken his head off.
    6/24/2014 4:06:23 PM
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  • There are 30 overs remaining in the match.
    6/24/2014 4:07:20 PM
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  • Over 88 - England 211/7 (Moeen 71, Jordan 21)
    Jordan is again equal to the task during a maiden from Eranga. Leaving alone as much as possible. Cross another one off.
    6/24/2014 4:10:44 PM
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  • Left-arm spinner Herath into the attack with the new ball only eight overs old.
    6/24/2014 4:11:20 PM
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  • Jordan lbw b Herath 21[wicket]

    Jordan is gone, lbw playing forward in defence to Herath's arm ball. He reviewed it but Hawkeye confirms umpire Davies' judgment, it was going on to hit leg-stump.
    6/24/2014 4:14:08 PM
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  • [mikeatherton] The ball just slid on and straightened a fraction. The threat of the left-arm spin, in the modern age, is greater now with the introduction of DRS.

    6/24/2014 4:17:08 PM
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  • Over 89 - England 212/8 (Moeen 72, Broad 0)
    Broad enters the fray with 28.4 overs for England to survive. There are four men round the bat as Broad gets a big stride in to defend the remainder of Herath's over. Broad turns down a single from the final delivery.
    6/24/2014 4:17:11 PM
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  • Prasad is back on. He's already got five wickets in the innings...
    6/24/2014 4:18:17 PM
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  • Over 90 - England 217/8 (Moeen 77, Broad 0)
    Prasad is back on. He's already got five wickets in the innings... Moeen hits the first delivery of the over through the covers for four off the back foot. Another lovely shot from the left-hander, got right on top of the bounce. Moeen keeps the strike with a single to square-leg.
    6/24/2014 4:21:58 PM
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  • Anderson fends a short ball from Eranga to short-leg, where Herath takes a simple catch. What a finish!
  • Anderson c Herath b Eranga 0

    [wicket]Amazing! The penultimate delivery of the Test match is fended into the legside and Anderson is gone! Sri Lanka win by 100 runs.
    6/24/2014 6:09:05 PM
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  • Anderson fends a short ball from Eranga to Herath, who takes a simple catch. What a finish!
  • Highlights tonight - 8pm SS2 to re-live the drama #EngvSL
  • HEARTBREAK! Anderson can't believe it. Two balls to go. Utter despair for the no.11, who had defended brilliantly.

  • ELATION: Sri Lanka celebrate with a team bundle after their last-gasp victory. Incredible scenes. #EngvSL

  • Cook: "Moeen played an outstanding innings. To get a hundred like that bodes incredibly well for the future. It's gutting to come up short."
  • Cook: "It's a huge honour to captain England and I'm in it for the long-haul. I'm a determined bloke and determined to turn this around."
  • PODCAST: Andrew Strauss and Nasser Hussain pay credit to Sri Lanka plus we hear from England coach Peter Moores:…
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