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England v Sri Lanka, First Test


  • Kumar Sangakkara got his name off this list with his first Lord’s Test Match century today. #TheVerdict #SkyCricket

  • We're back live at Lord's ahead of day four of #EngvSL . Watch all the build-up live now on SS2. #SkyCricket

  • The team are live from the Lord's committee room this morning! England hoping for a good session #SkyCricket #EngvSL

    The covers have been on and off and on and off again - but the good news is that they are off at the moment and the pitch is getting a decent roll.
    6/15/2014 9:36:39 AM
  • Here's the state of play going in to this morning's session. Sri Lanka to begin the day on 415-7. #SkyCricket #EngvSL

  • Both sides are currently going through numerous fielding drills with England (gently) testing their throwing arms...
    6/15/2014 9:39:41 AM
  • England warm up...

    6/15/2014 9:40:01 AM
  • Over 136 - Sri Lanka 442/9 (Eranga 2, Pradeep 0)
    Great over from Plunkett, who nearly wraps up the innings when beating No 11 Pradeep's edge first ball. Sri Lanka trail by 133
    6/15/2014 11:03:12 AM
  • For the stats nuts, Mathews' was also the 100th century at Lord's against England. #EngvSL
  • Over 137 - Sri Lanka 443/9 (Eranga 3, Pradeep 0)
    Anderson continues to toil away but Eranga keeps him at bay before tucking a single off his toes last ball to keep strike
    6/15/2014 11:06:29 AM
  • [davidlloyd] If England can get this last wicket quickly and score at roughly the same rate as they did in their first innings, they could be 400 ahead by the end of the day. They could even put Sri Lanka in for half-an-hour this evening…”

    6/15/2014 11:07:34 AM
  • Over 138 - Sri Lanka 449/9 (Eranga 5, Pradeep 0)
    Frustration beginning to creep in for England when Eranga punches Plunkett for two through the covers and then deflects a leg-side delivery off his thigh pad and to the fence. England have not bowled enough deliveries at the stumps today. They lead by 126
    6/15/2014 11:10:39 AM
  • Pradeep hit wicket Jordan 4 [wicket]

    A rather dramatic conclusion to the Sri Lanka innings when Jordan hits Pradeep with a well-directed short ball and Pradeep falls back on to his stumps
    6/15/2014 11:14:20 AM
  • All out! Pradeep takes a blow on the shoulder & clatters in to his stumps. Sri Lanka 453 ao. #SkyCricket #EngvSL

  • Sri Lanka 453 all out!
    So England will take a 122-run lead into their second innings after dismissing Sri Lanka for 453. Anderson and Jordan picked up three wickets apiece and it will now be up to Cook and co to bat with some purpose in order to rack up a sizable lead before having another go with the ball on a flat surface
    6/15/2014 11:16:04 AM
  • Reverse angle... Nice touch from Jordan, who immediately went to check Pradeep was ok.

    6/15/2014 11:16:23 AM
  • The Sri Lanka scorecard after they're dismissed for 453. Sangakkara & Mathews with centuries. #SkyCricket #EngvSL

  • That last wicket from Jordan sees him finish with figures of 3-102. #SkyCricket #EngvSL

  • So England lead by 122runs going into the second innings. Can they still gain victory? #SkyCricket #EngvSL

  • [mikeatherton] These will be nervy moments for Sam Robson and Gary Ballance at numbers one and three. When you are a bit nervous you want to get bat on ball so you can go searching for runs and shots. They’ll look to get themselves in and there is still a lot of time left in the game but if they do get themselves in they need to bat in the interests of the team and push on and get Sri Lanka in tonight.

    6/15/2014 11:21:18 AM
  • Over 1 - England 1/0 (Robson 1, Cook 0)
    Robson, who scored just one in his first Test innings, gets off the mark with a single through backward square-leg. Cheers from the home fans. A touch of swing from Kulasekara across Cook to end the over
    6/15/2014 11:28:36 AM
  • For those that missed Pradeep's dismissal, here's another angle of him clattering his stumps. #SkyCricket #EngvSL

  • Russel reckons Pradeep will look back on this for years to come and laugh...
    6/15/2014 11:31:19 AM
  • Over 2 - England 1/0 (Robson 1, Cook 0)
    A watchful start from Robson, who will be feeling a little but of pressure from the game situation, which does require England to push on with time running out. Pradeep shows no ill-effect of his dismissal with a testing maiden
    6/15/2014 11:32:13 AM
  • Umpire Bumble just swotting up on the rules on trial run-ups after Pradeep tried his out for good measure before that over... Not allowed in-play, he reckons...

    6/15/2014 11:34:14 AM
  • Over 3 - England 5/0 (Robson 1, Cook 4)
    Captain Cook gets up and running with a boundary. Offered some width from Kulasekara, the England left-hander guides a cut along the floor past gully and away to the boundary. The only runs from the third over
    6/15/2014 11:36:49 AM
  • Over 4 - England 17/0 (Robson 4, Cook 12)
    A good over for England, which sees Cook drive Pradeep to the fence on two occasions, once a little edgy through gully, the second perfectly out the middle through extra cover. Robson had earlier added three with a confident clip through midwicket and appears to be growing in confidence
    6/15/2014 11:41:53 AM
  • Over 5 - England 23/0 (Robson 10, Cook 12)
    Kulasekara has been too straight to Robson, who tucks fine off his hip and away for his first boundary in Test cricket. He reaches double figures as a result after clipping two off his pads earlier in the over. Decent start from England, who lead by 145
    6/15/2014 11:45:33 AM
  • Eranga joins the attack for Sri Lanka. Steady start from Cook & Robson, moving on to 23-0. #SkyCricket #EngvSL

  • Over 6 - England 24/0 (Robson 10, Cook 12)
    Robson looks a little hesitant outside off stump and new bowler Eranga plays on any uncertainty by testing the Middlesex man in the 'corridor'. Just one leg-bye off the over. 10mins until lunch
    6/15/2014 11:50:40 AM
  • Don't miss the return of Club Life at lunch, featuring the Wirral CC team bowled out for three...…
  • Over 7 - England 24/0 (Robson 10, Cook 12)
    A defensive maiden from Kulasekara to Cook, who leaves well alone well outside off stump
    6/15/2014 11:54:19 AM
  • Over 8 - England 24/0 (Robson 10, Cook 12)
    Back-to-back maidens from Sri Lanka as England play for lunch. Only one run added from the last four overs. Let's hope England up the ante after the interval. One more over to come this morning, to be bowled by Herath
    6/15/2014 11:58:03 AM
  • Over 34 - England 110/5 (Ballance 23, Prior 8)
    Overs following a pattern here - Prior gets the only runs, finds himself off strike and then watches on as Ballance blocks, or leaves, the rest of the deliveries that follow. Can Herath rattle through six balls quickly, allowing Sri Lanka an extra over before the end of the session?
    6/15/2014 2:37:07 PM
  • Over 35 - England 113/5 (Ballance 25, Prior 9)
    Prior gets a single off the first ball down the ground to long-on, then actually has to do some running again when Ballance plays a shot in anger.
    A paddle sweep brings the left-hander two, breaking his dry spell. He pats back the remaining four deliveries and everyone looks at the umpires to see...yep, we're going to get one more over in before the break. And Sri Lanka are going to change things up, Shaminda Eranga, who was superb earlier in the session, taking over from Pradeep
    6/15/2014 2:40:14 PM
  • Over 36 - England 117/5 (Ballance 25, Prior 13)
    Having got Prior out with a leg-side attack in the first innings, Sri Lanka decide to try the same again in the lead up to tea.
    Eranga comes around the wicket and digs in plenty of short stuff. The biggest issue he causes, however, is for himself. Umpire Reiffel is not impressed with his follow-through, leading to the seamer coming back over the wicket. Prior responds by smashing the final ball, another half tracker, well in front of square with a cracking pull shot. Good way to finish a session that has otherwise belonged to Sri Lanka.
    6/15/2014 2:45:11 PM
  • TEA [tea]
    So that ends an afternoon that has seen England add 90 runs and Sri Lanka take five wickets.
    The hosts lead by 239 runs but have let slip their advantage, Eranga and Herath pegging them back by working their way through the top and middle order. Much now depends on Ballance and Prior
    6/15/2014 2:47:10 PM
  • TEA: #SriLanka have given themselves a huge chance following a spectacular session. Harath & Eranga the stars.

  • Talking of collapses - check our first Club Life of the summer on our blog, featuring Wirral CC, bowled out for three…
  • CLUB LIFE - WIRRAL CC, bowled out for three

    6/15/2014 2:51:23 PM
    [shanewarne] Herath has bowled well, as he has throughout the whole match. He’s an under-estimated bowler – he mixes things up well and uses the crease and flight well.

    6/15/2014 2:54:26 PM
  • Here's that close shave for Prior - his third ball. Herath the bowler. Decision stayed with umpire's call.

    6/15/2014 2:56:22 PM
  • 6/15/2014 3:04:54 PM
  • Over 37 - England 121/5 (Ballance 26, Prior 16)
    This Test match remains in the balance as the players walk out for the evening session on day four. It's exploded into life today. England add four runs from the first over back, bowled by Herath, with Sri Lanka's field a mixture of attack and defence
    6/15/2014 3:09:22 PM
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