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England v Sri Lanka - 2nd Test

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  • CLOSE CALL

    6/21/2014 12:51:09 PM
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  • Athers believes Sri Lanka are still well in this game:
    [mikeatherton] If Sri Lanka can stay competitive in the first-innings they have a handy operator in Herath, who will be bowling in the fourth innings. They have to stay with England, though

    6/21/2014 12:52:08 PM
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  • Over 46 - England 112/1 (Robson 57, Ballance 33)
    Eranga sends down a much less dramatic over, Robson cutting him away for a single and Ballance also running a single following a no-ball.
    6/21/2014 12:55:04 PM
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  • Over 47 - England 115/1 (Robson 59, Ballance 34)
    Ballance runs a single off Herath before Robson leaves one which spins back in towards him and come perilously close to hitting his off stump. The right-hander gets back on the front foot next ball, tucking one away through midwicket for two runs.
    6/21/2014 12:59:09 PM
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  • Over 48 - England 115/1 (Robson 59, Ballance 34)
    Eranga keeps it tidy and completes a maiden. England are ticking over at a run rate of just over 2.5 an over so far in their first innings.
    6/21/2014 1:02:26 PM
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  • Ballance & Robson looking very much at home in these conditions. Will one of them make a 100? RT for yes. Fav for No. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bqp-HYqCAAALN2j.jpg

  • Over 49 - England 117/1 (Robson 60, Ballance 35)
    Robson manages to get off strike despite Sri Lanka bringing their fielders in in the hopes of preventing the single. Ballance also manages to work a single off Herath before the end of the over.
    6/21/2014 1:04:41 PM
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  • Batting gloves from the 1930s (Courtesy of Benedict Bermange)

    6/21/2014 1:09:00 PM
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  • Over 50 - England 126/1 (Robson 61, Ballance 42)
    Ballance attempts to guide Eranga down to third man and, after a diving stop at gully proves ineffective, the ball trickles away to the boundary for four. Eranga is then pinged for a wide after a bouncer which strayed a little too high before Ballance and Robson both run singles and the former grabs two more to make it nine from the over.
    6/21/2014 1:10:38 PM
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  • Over 51 - England 128/1 (Robson 63, Ballance 42)
    Robson cuts Herath away through backward point for two runs but that proves to be the only scoring from the left-hander's 13th over.
    6/21/2014 1:12:32 PM
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  • Over 52 - England 130/1 (Robson 64, Ballance 43)
    Ballance flicks a single off his pads and Robson cuts away another solitary run as Eranga concedes two runs from the over.
    6/21/2014 1:16:49 PM
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  • Over 53 - England 132/1 (Robson 66, Ballance 43)
    Herath sends down five dot balls before Robson ends the over by working him away for two runs into the on side.
    6/21/2014 1:19:28 PM
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  • Big faith in the Twittersphere behind the two men at the crease. Who will make the most runs? Ballance or Robson & why? We'll RT some views.
  • Over 54 - England 144/1 (Robson 66, Ballance 53)
    [50]Nuwan Pradeep is brought back into the attack and endures a messy start, sending down a wide and a no-ball, with Ballance driving him through the covers for two in between. Things then pick up significantly as he beats Ballance all ends up with a beauty but just fails to find the edge. However, the left-hander then swipes two wide ones away square of the wicket for four, the second of which brings up his fifty.
    6/21/2014 1:25:35 PM
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  • Strauss likes what he has seen so far from Ballance:
    [andrewstrauss] He looks a very well-organised player and Ballance has made an impressive start to his Test career.

    6/21/2014 1:26:23 PM
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  • Over 55 - England 148/1 (Robson 70, Ballance 53)
    Robson shows some more authority by coming down the wicket to Herath and lofting the ball straight back over his head for a one-bounce four. There are no runs from the rest of the over, though.
    6/21/2014 1:28:51 PM
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  • 6/21/2014 1:29:54 PM
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  • Over 56 - England 153/1 (Robson 70, Ballance 54)
    The century partnership is brought up when Pradeep bowls a no-ball to start the over, which he quickly follows with another extra as he oversteps the mark again. The third no-ball of the over is signalled shortly afterwards and a fourth follows before the end, with Ballance this time complementing it with a run off the bat.
    6/21/2014 1:36:14 PM
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  • Over 57 - England 154/1 (Robson 70, Ballance 55)
    Spinner Herath has no such problems with no-balls but he does concede a single when Ballance works him away to backward point.
    6/21/2014 1:39:30 PM
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  • Over 58 - England 161/1 (Robson 73, Ballance 58)
    Pradeep bowls yet another no-ball, which Ballance sends through the covers for a single. It proves to be another expensive over as Robson flicks three runs through midwicket and Ballances gets two through the same area. Time for drinks.
    6/21/2014 1:43:45 PM
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  • Over 59 - England 162/1 (Robson 74, Ballance 58)
    Robson gets a little restless after four dot balls from Herath and charges down the wicket, driving the spinner through the covers for a single, which proves to be the only run of the over.
    6/21/2014 1:49:00 PM
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  • Over 60 - England 166/1 (Robson 76, Ballance 60)
    Prasad is brought back into the attack and is worked away by both Ballance and Robson for singles. The latter then tries to take another quick run after driving the ball to Herath at mid off but it is an ill-judged run and Ballance would have been gone with a direct hit, which fortunately for England doesn't come. Ballance ends the over with a strange-looking flick pull into the leg side for a single.
    6/21/2014 1:55:10 PM
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  • Over 61 - England 168/1 (Robson 77, Ballance 61)
    Herath concedes two singles from his 18th over of the innings but almost has Ballance caught when the left-hander edges to Kaushal Silva at short leg. The fielder had to react quickly but should really have taken the chance.
    6/21/2014 1:58:13 PM
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  • Atherton asks: "England v Yorkshire. If Root, Ballance and Plunkett played for Yorks, who would win?"
  • Over 62 - England 170/1 (Robson 78, Ballance 62)
    Both Robson and Ballance work Prasad through midwicket for singles before there is a strained appeal for lbw against the former. That looked like it was in front of the stumps and Hot Spot shows it hit pad first but there is not a huge appeal. Hawk Eye confirms it would have been out, even with a not out decision on the field...
    6/21/2014 2:02:48 PM
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  • Over 63 - England 173/1 (Robson 78, Ballance 65)
    Herath continues his spell and concedes three runs as Ballance works two through midwicket and then grabs a single, again through midwicket.
    6/21/2014 2:04:39 PM
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  • Robson & Ballance have put England in a strong position on day two at Headingley

    6/21/2014 2:05:46 PM
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  • [betting]CENTURY CHASERS
    Sky Bet have priced up the chances of Robson and Ballance making centuries, with Robson currently odds-on at 8/15 to get his with 22 more required while Ballance is 5/6 with 66 runs to his name.
    6/21/2014 2:07:32 PM
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  • Over 64 - England (Robson 79, Ballance 66)
    Ballance swipes Prasad through the off side for a single but that proves to be the only run of the over until Robson fashions another run off the final ball.
    6/21/2014 2:09:32 PM
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  • England v Yorkshire [twitter]



    6/21/2014 2:10:15 PM
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  • The 'Dickie Birds' celebrate four more from the bat of Ballance

    6/21/2014 2:11:53 PM
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  • Over 65 - England 183/1 (Robson 81, Ballance 72)
    Ballance sweeps Herath away to the boundary for four, just about finding the gap between fine leg and deep square leg while the ball was still in the air. Was that luck or by design? The two batsmen combine for four more singles to make it eight from the over.
    6/21/2014 2:12:29 PM
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  • Over 66 - England 187/1 (Robson 84, Ballance 73)
    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews now opts to bring himself into the attack. He almost finds Ballance's edge with his last ball but otherwise is dealt with comfortably as Robson takes a two and a single and Ballance also contributes another run to the total.
    6/21/2014 2:16:47 PM
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  • STUMP CAM: Ballance & Robson taking this game away from #SL with some clever batting. 187/1. Live on SS2. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqqPJPSCAAM6a8q.png

  • Over 67 - England 190/1 (Robson 86, Ballance 74)
    Pradeep is given the ball again and, although he bowls an over free of no-balls, he does concede three singles as the England batsmen keep edging towards that century mark.
    6/21/2014 2:21:21 PM
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  • Ballance c Chandimal b Mathews 74
    [wicket]The partnership is over after 142 runs! Mathews draws a faint edge from Ballance off a straight and accurate line and it flies through to Dinesh Chandimal behind the stumps.
    6/21/2014 2:23:56 PM
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  • WICKET in the CRICKET: A lovely knock by Ballance comes to an end. Angelo Mathews strikes! #SLvEng #SkyCricket http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqqQxk_CMAI3KMI.png

  • Bumble reflects on a special welcome to the crease for Bell:
    [davidlloyd] That was the perfect length and Ballance just felt for it outside off stump. What an ovation for Ian Bell and what a time to come in, with England going well on 191-2. That said, you have always got to be careful at Headingley because if you lose one wicket, you can always lose two or three.

    6/21/2014 2:27:25 PM
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  • Over 68 - England 196/2 (Robson 91, Bell 1)
    New batsman Ian Bell gets a great reception on his 100th Test for England and gets off the mark second ball with a single before Robson sends a four down to the third-man boundary to move him ever closer to that maiden Test century.
    6/21/2014 2:29:02 PM
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  • Over 69 - England 200/2 (Robson 92, Bell 4)
    England bring up the 200 after Bell takes a two and a single from Pradeep and Robson also runs a quick single.
    6/21/2014 2:31:24 PM
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  • Over 70 - England 207/2 (Robson 97, Bell 5)
    Robson and Bell trade singles before the latter sends a fine cover drive racing away to the ropes for four. He is just three runs away now.
    6/21/2014 2:36:25 PM
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  • Over 71 - England 208/2 (Robson 97, Bell 6)
    Herath is brought back into the attack and concedes just a single to Bell. There will be another over before tea so Robson still has a chance to notch the century before the interval. 
    6/21/2014 2:38:55 PM
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  • Over 72 - England 211/2 (Robson 98, Bell 8)
    Bell runs a single off Mathews to bring Robson on strike with four balls remaining, with the budding centurion then running one himself to take his tally to 98. A single from Bell brings him back on strike for the final ball but he can only block it down to mid off and will head into the tea interval two runs short of a hundred.
    6/21/2014 2:42:56 PM
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  • TEA
    [tea]So that is it for the afternoon session. England are just 46 runs behind with eight wickets in hand and the run rate picked up as well in that session. Another good couple of hours or so after tea will put them well in control of this Test match.
    6/21/2014 2:44:13 PM
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  • TEA, DAY TWO: It's a standing ovation for Robson, who ends the session on 98. His nerves will be jangling. #EngvSL http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqqVZb3CQAAUOHA.png

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