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  • Cook c Sangakkara b Prasad 17
    [wicket]Sri Lanka have the breakthough! Cook hangs his bat out to a length ball outside off stump from Prasad and edges it to Sangakkara at first slip, the Sri Lanka veteran taking a fairly straightforward low catch.
    6/21/2014 10:14:35 AM
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  • COOK-ED

    6/21/2014 10:15:18 AM
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  • Over 19 - England 49/1 (Robson 31, Ballance 0)
    Gary Ballance is the new man in and takes a watching brief wherever he can as Prasad completes a wicket maiden.
    6/21/2014 10:19:41 AM
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  • Over 20 - England 49/1 (Robson 31, Ballance 0)
    Sri Lanka start to exert a little bit of pressure as Eranga's tidy bowling forces Robson to see out a second straight maiden over.
    6/21/2014 10:23:14 AM
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  • @teddehaan : @BumbleCricket what fancy dress will you be looking out for today @Yorkshireccc ??”Elvis
  • COOK CRITICISM [TWITTER] 



    6/21/2014 10:26:42 AM
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  • Over 21 - England 53/1 (Robson 31, Ballance 4)
    Ballance gets off the mark when a slower, shorter delivery from Prasad sits up right in the hitting zone and the left-hander duly dispatches it away to the square leg boundary for four. Prasad tidies his length up for the rest of the over and there are no further runs.
    6/21/2014 10:28:22 AM
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  • UH-OH

    6/21/2014 10:32:03 AM
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  • Over 22 - England 58/1 (Robson 35, Ballance 4)
    Eranga concedes a no-ball before offering a full one up to Robson, who drives it back down the ground for four runs. Robson then leaves the last couple of deliveries and another over is in the books.
    6/21/2014 10:33:01 AM
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  • [betting]ENGLAND STILL CLEAR FAVOURITES
    England are still odds-on at 1/3 to win the second Test despite the fall of Cook's wicket, with a Sri Lanka victory and the draw both priced at 11/2.
    Bet in-play with Sky Bet here.
    6/21/2014 10:35:35 AM
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  • Over 23 - England 61/1 (Robson 36, Ballance 6)
    Ballance plays and misses at a wide one from Prasad before working away the second ball of the over for a single. Prasad gets some extra bounce which has Robson in a spot of bother but then has to watch as the batsmen trade singles to end the over.
    6/21/2014 10:38:01 AM
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  • Over 24 - England 62/1 (Robson 36, Ballance 7)
    Eranga continues and serves up five dot balls before Ballance edges a single off his pads from the last delivery of the over.
    6/21/2014 10:42:07 AM
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  • Over 25 - England 62/1 (Robson 36, Ballance 7)
    Prasad keeps chipping away and completes another maiden when Ballance is unable to fashion any scoring opportunities from his decent line and length.
    6/21/2014 10:46:34 AM
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  • Over 26 - England 62/1 (Robson 36, Ballance 7)
    Robson threatens to glove one behind down the leg side but pulls out of the shot just in time and Robson goes on the defensive for the rest of the over, which ends up being a maiden.
    6/21/2014 10:52:18 AM
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  • A batting masterclass from Nasser and Strauss

    6/21/2014 10:54:42 AM
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  • Over 27 - England 63/1 (Robson 36, Ballance 8)
    The first bowling change of the morning sees Nuwan Pradeep replace Prasad. The new seamer concedes a single to Ballance off his first delivery but tightens things up thereafter and ends up conceding just one run from the over.
    6/21/2014 10:55:34 AM
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  • Over 28 - England 65/1 (Robson 36, Ballance 9)
    Ballance leave a couple from Eranga before the left-hander works one through the leg side for a single. A no-ball adds another to England's tally but no further runs come off the bat for the rest of the over.
    6/21/2014 11:00:26 AM
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  • Over 29 - England 68/1 (Robson 38, Ballance 10)
    Pradeep rifles a jaffa past Ballance at 87mph but somehow fails to find the edge of the Yorkshire player's bat. Two more great deliveries do find a thickish edge, but the ball falls well safe on each occasion. Ballance is finally able to push a single to extra cover and Robson dabbles a couple through midwicket to end the over. Time for drinks.
    6/21/2014 11:04:53 AM
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  • COOK'S DECLINE

    6/21/2014 11:06:11 AM
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  • Over 30 - England 71/1 (Robson 40, Ballance 11)
    Sri Lanka opt for spin after the drinks break as Rangana Herath is brought into the attack. The left-armer deceives Robson with some decent spin and the England opener is lucky to see his edge fly past slip and down towards third man for two runs. A single from Ballance was the only other run from the over.
    6/21/2014 11:12:02 AM
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  • Bumble excited by day two spin...
    [davidlloyd]Big spin for Herath. That delivery to Robson was heading down the leg-side, as was the wicket-keeper, but it gripped and turned to catch Robson's edge wide of slip.

    6/21/2014 11:12:20 AM
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  • Over 31 - England 76/1 (Robson 40, Ballance 16)
    Ballance leaves three Pradeep deliveries before drilling the fourth to the fielder at backward point. The next ball is short and wide and Ballance cuts it away behind square and away to the boundary for four runs. He then runs a single to make it five from the over and retain the strike.
    6/21/2014 11:16:02 AM
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  • Over 32 - England 80/1 (Robson 40, Ballance 20)
    Ballance strikes another boundary as he sweeps a full one from Herath away to the square leg boundary. He defends the other five deliveries well and there are no further runs from the over.
    6/21/2014 11:18:50 AM
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  • Over 33 - England 80/1 (Robson 40, Ballance 20)
    Pradeep keeps his line and length tidy and Robson blocks the paceman back for a maiden.
    6/21/2014 11:23:15 AM
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  • Is the captaincy impacting Cook's performance with the bat?

    6/21/2014 11:25:25 AM
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  • Over 34 - England 83/1 (Robson 40, Ballance 23)
    England have a little more success off Herath, Ballance whipping the spinner through the leg side for two runs and then adding a single from a full delivery later in the over.
    6/21/2014 11:25:37 AM
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  • Over 35 - England 92/1 (Robson 48, Ballance 23)
    Pradeep offers a full and wide one up to Robson but the batsman only succeeds in finding the man at cover point. He makes up for that missed opportunity later in the over when Pradeep bowls a similar delivery and Robson this time finds the gap and sends the ball racing away for four. He then drives another one through the covers to earn a second boundary from the over.
    6/21/2014 11:30:49 AM
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  • Over 36 - England 92/1 (Robson 48, Ballance 23)
    Prasad replaces Herath at the Kirkstall Lane end. Ballance looks untroubled negotiating a maiden as the seamer makes a solid return to the attack.
    6/21/2014 11:33:56 AM
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  • 50 up: Robson gets his half-century. Steady rather than spectacular. But just what England needed. 96/1. Live on SS2. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bqpqv4UCUAE1B6I.png

  • Over 37 - England 96/1 (Robson 52, Ballance 23)
    [50]Pradeep almost finds Robson's edge as the opener dabs at an arrow straight delivery outside off stump. The right-hander is looking a little nervous but an uppish cut through the slip cordon and away to the third-man boundary brings up his half-century and should go a long way to dispelling those jitters.
    6/21/2014 11:38:40 AM
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  • POLL: Is the captaincy impacting Cook's performance with the bat? RT for yes. Fav for No. #EngvSL #SkyCricket http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bqpq_51CMAA6ftw.jpg

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    6/21/2014 11:39:36 AM
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  • Over 38 - England 97/1 (Robson 52, Ballance 28)
    Ballance takes a single off Prasad, with some good fielding from Pradeep running in from deep square leg ending any thoughts of a second. There is then a delay as the umpires inspect the ball for damage and on the resumption a dot ball completes the over.
    6/21/2014 11:46:11 AM
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  • Over 39 - England 101/1 (Robson 52, Ballance 28)
    Ballance comes down the wickets and lofts the returning Herath over mid-on and away to the ropes for a boundary which brings up the 100 for England. There are no further runs from the over.
    6/21/2014 11:48:09 AM
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  • Over 40 - England 104/1 (Robson 55, Ballance 28)
    Robson flicks Prasad through midwicket for a couple of runs before working him through the leg side again for a single. Ballance evades a bouncer to complete the over.
    6/21/2014 11:52:24 AM
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  • Over 41 - England 104/1 (Robson 55, Ballance 28)
    Herath causes Robson a couple of problems with the flight of his deliveries and the England player is forced to see out a maiden over.
    6/21/2014 11:54:55 AM
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  • Over 42 - England 105/1 (Robson 55, Ballance 29)
    Prasad continues and Ballance mistimes a cut, almost chopping onto his stumps. The bowler then goes up for a big lbw shout but it appeared to pitch outside leg stump and a review is not called for, with replays showing an inside edge for good measure. A bouncer keeps Ballance on his toes before the left-hander flicks Prasad away through midwicket for a single.
    6/21/2014 11:59:25 AM
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  • Stay with us on SS2 at lunch for a feature on @Chance2Shine
  • Over 43 - England 106/1 (Robson 55, Ballance 30)
    [lunch]Ballance works Herath through the on side for a single before the spinner sends down five dot balls to complete the morning session. England have kept the scoreboard ticking over for the loss of just Alastair Cook and although it has been slow going at times, the hosts now trail by just 151 with nine wickets in hand.
    6/21/2014 12:03:02 PM
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  • STORY SO FAR

    6/21/2014 12:09:26 PM
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  • Nasser tracks down Benedict to find out how he missed Broad's hat-trick

    6/21/2014 12:36:54 PM
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  • PLAY TO RESUME
    The lunch interval is almost finished now and play will get back under way in about five minutes.
    6/21/2014 12:38:06 PM
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  • Over 44 - England 107/1 (Robson 55, Ballance 31)
    Eranga is given the first over after lunch and concedes just one run from his six deliveries as Ballance cuts a short and wide one away to the man at deep point for a single.
    6/21/2014 12:44:21 PM
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  • The latest Chance to Shine feature

    6/21/2014 12:47:54 PM
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  • Over 45 - England 109/1 (Robson 56, Ballance 32)
    [umpire-review]Herath opens up after the break at the other end and has Ballance in all sorts of trouble second ball. The left-hander misjudges one which pitched outside off, the ball spinning past his bat and into his pads. Ballance is given out lbw by Billy Bowden but decides to review and Hawk Eye shows the ball to be spinning down the leg side and the decision is overturned. A huge reprieve for Ballance, who trades singles with Robson afterwards. There is then another close lbw shout to complete the over, Bowden giving it not out and it being umpire's call on the stumps. The review was not called for on that occasion, though.
    6/21/2014 12:49:17 PM
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