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England v Sri Lanka, First Test


  • [michaelholding] Overcast conditions means wickets could fall. Sri Lanka had better hope the sun shines soon!”

    6/16/2014 9:56:24 AM
  • So, how good are Sri Lanka's chances?
    [benedictbermange] Sri Lanka’s highest successful run chase in all Test cricket is the 352-9 they made against South Africa at Colombo in 2006."

    6/16/2014 9:58:25 AM
    The players are out in the middle at Lord's and the day is about to commence. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva are the Sri Lanka openers.
    6/16/2014 10:00:09 AM
  • Mathews calls for sensible batting
    6/16/2014 10:00:34 AM
  • Over 1: Sri Lanka 5/0 (Karunaratne 5, Silva 0)
    James Anderson takes the first over and almost has Karunaratne caught at gully, but the left-hander's outside edge instead races past the fielder and away for four. An lbw shout follows but the ball was going down the leg side and a single from Karunaratne makes it five off the over.
    6/16/2014 10:03:46 AM
  • The ball's swinging about this morning, but Sri Lanka have hit a couple of early boundaries. On to 11-0 #SkyCricket

  • Over 2: Sri Lanka 11/0 (Karunaratne 7, Silva 4)
    Stuart Broad takes the new ball from the other end and nips one past the edge of Karunaratne with his first delivery. He does the same to Silva later in the over but the batsman responds by driving the last ball of the over away to the boundary for four.
    6/16/2014 10:10:01 AM
  • Over 3: Sri Lanka 13/0 (Karunaratne 8, Silva 5)
    Karunaratne works away a single before Silva is pinged on the body while trying to duck an Anderson bouncer which stayed surprisingly low. Another single, this time from Silva, makes it two from the over.
    6/16/2014 10:12:25 AM
  • A half-hearted LBW appeal as it hits Silva's upper back. @ShaneWarne thinks it was worth an appeal! #SkyCricket

  • Over 4: Sri Lanka 17/0 (Karunaratne 8, Silva 5)
    Broad pitches the ball up and keeps things tight for his first four deliveries, but the fifth is a wild one down the leg side which rolls away to the boundary for four byes after evading wicket-keeper Matt Prior's dive.
    6/16/2014 10:16:49 AM
  • Chaminda Vaas rings the five minute bell

  • Over 5: Sri Lanka 17/0 (Karunaratne 8, Silva 5)
    Anderson continues and delivers the first maiden over of the innings, with Silva forced onto the defensive and looking slightly under pressure as he edges one ball down the leg side and another along the floor into the slips.
    6/16/2014 10:20:51 AM
  • [betting]DRAW FAVOURED
    Sky Bet see a draw as the most likely outcome as England seek their first wicket.
    6/16/2014 10:21:59 AM
  • [benedictbermange] According to the recent paper in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sport, here are the probabilities of a team winning given a target of 390 set with 90 overs left – Win 47 per cent, Draw 50 per cent, Lose three per cent."

    6/16/2014 10:22:12 AM
  • Over 6: Sri Lanka 25/0 (Karunaratne 16, Silva 5)
    Broad serves up a short, wide one which Karunaratne duly dispatches to the boundary via a high square cut. Another four follows when the same batsman punches a full delivery down the ground to the ropes. Eight from the over.
    6/16/2014 10:24:25 AM
  • Over 7: Sri Lanka 25/0 (Karunaratne 16, Silva 5)
    Silva almost cops another one in the body but this time just manages to get out of the way of Anderson's bouncer. The England bowler completes another maiden, finishing the over with a flourish as he gets one to nip back in to Silva in dramatic fashion.
    6/16/2014 10:28:55 AM
  • Karunaratne c Robson b Broad 16
    [wicket]England strike! Broad removes Karunaratne with a short one which the left hander flicks onto his thigh pad, with the ball popping up nicely for Sam Robson to take a simple catch at short leg.
    6/16/2014 10:30:40 AM
  • Breakthrough! Sri Lanka lose their first wicket as Karunaratne departs. SL 25-1 #EngvSL #SkyCricket

  • That wicket from Broad was his 50th in test matches at Lord's, becoming only the fourth player to do so. #SkyCricket

  • Over 8 - Sri Lanka 26/1 (Silva 5, Sangakkara 1)
    Kumar Sagakkara is the new man in and gets off the mark straight away. Silva then sees out the rest of the over without further damage.
    6/16/2014 10:34:44 AM
  • Sangakkara can overtake Chanderpaul today & become the seventh all-time run scorer in Tests. #EngvSL #SkyCricket

  • Over 9 - Sri Lanka 30/1 (Silva 5, Sangakkara 5)
    Anderson continues to put the pressure on and looks set for a third straight maiden before his final delivery of the over is clipped fine down the leg side for four by Sangakkara.
    6/16/2014 10:39:43 AM
  • Over 10 - Sri Lanka 32/1 (Silva 6, Sangakkara 6)
    Broad concedes two runs from his fifth over, Silva gloving a single down the leg side and Sangakkara running another single after tapping one through the on side.
    6/16/2014 10:43:27 AM
  • Short leg goes in after Silva gloves one into the previously vacant area. Consternation in the comms box...

    6/16/2014 10:43:50 AM
  • Over 11 - Sri Lanka 41/1 (Silva 13, Sangakkara 7)
    Sangakkara and Silva combine for four runs from the first three deliveries of Anderson's sixth over as the England seamer starts to get a little loose. A single follows on the fifth ball and the final delivery is a wide and short one which Silva smacks through point for a boundary.
    6/16/2014 10:48:28 AM
  • It's all got a little too much for some on day five: #EngvSL

  • Over 73 - Sri Lanka 189/5 (Mathews 12, P Jayawardene 4)
    Another maiden over for England, this time from Jordan, includes a wayward full toss which Mathews calmly blocks back to the bowler.
    6/16/2014 4:17:21 PM
  • Over 74 - Sri Lanka 189/5 (Mathews 12, P Jayawardene 4)
    Plunkett shouts for lbw after swinging one into the pads of Jayawardene but it was clearly going down the leg side and also too high. He then goes back around the wicket and bounces yet another ball into a ducking Sri Lankan's body, this time finding the ribs of Jayawardene. Another maiden over.
    6/16/2014 4:21:41 PM
  • P Jayawardene takes one for the team...

    6/16/2014 4:22:37 PM
  • Over 75 - Sri Lanka 189/5 (Mathews 12, P Jayawardene 4)
    Jordan bowls another maiden over, with Mathews' defensive efforts continuing to look more convincing than his partner out in the middle. Now it's time for drinks ahead of the final 15 overs, 10 of which will be bowled with the new ball.
    6/16/2014 4:26:32 PM
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