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England v Sri Lanka, First Test


  • Prior ct Thirimanne bld Kulasekara 26 [wicket]

    Just the wicket Sri Lanka wanted and England didn't! Prior edges his flashy cut straight to Thirimanne in the gully
    6/15/2014 3:13:48 PM
  • Over 38 - England 125/6 (Ballance 26, Jordan 4)
    Huge celebrations from Sri Lanka there, they fancy their chances here and why not? Jordan gets off the mark in style with a boundary through the covers. The big plus for England is they bat deep, and they'll need to... The lead is 247
    6/15/2014 3:16:01 PM
  • Prior (26) turns away in dismay after picking out Thirimanne in the gully off Kulasekara. Eng 121-6 #EngvSL

  • Over 39 - England 126/6 (Ballance 27, Jordan 4)
    Just a Ballance single off Herath. Jordan has plenty of company around the bat but plays out the over without alarm
    6/15/2014 3:17:24 PM
  • Over 50 - England 167/6 (Ballance 44, Jordan 24)
    Ballance survives a half-hearted lbw appeal from Eranga early in the over and England scamper two leg byes. The ball pitched outside leg-stump and deep down, the bowler knew it. Ballance then eases a full delivery through extra cover for three to put England 289 runs in front. As things stand, it looks as though England are content to bat out the day
    6/15/2014 4:05:24 PM
  • Ballance & Jordan improve their stand up to 50... Precious runs. #EngvSL

  • Over 51 - England 171/6 (Ballance 48, Jordan 24)
    Ballance squeezes a full delivery from Pradeep through gully to find the boundary for a fifth time. It's a notable boundary too, bringing up the 50 partnership between these two. Ballance is nearing a maiden Test 50 and England lead by 293
    6/15/2014 4:09:54 PM
  • Over 52 - England 173/6 (Ballance 49, Jordan 25)
    Just a single apiece from Ballance and Jordan, who is receiving a short-ball barrage from Eranga at the moment. He's tough as ol' boots Jordan, and ducks and weaves like a top-order batsman
    6/15/2014 4:15:03 PM
  • Ballance reaches fifty - a gutsy innings in a tough situation, says @ShaneWarne . Eng lead by 300 at drinks having reached 178-6. #EngvSL
  • Over 53 - England 178/6 (Ballance 50, Jordan 29)
    50 for Ballance! His first in Test cricket! He's stood firm today amid a flurry of wickets at the other end and England have needed him, too. He's shown all the hallmarks of a solid No 3 and will be hoping this is the first of many notable contributions for England. Jordan then takes England's lead to exactly 300 with another sweet drive down the ground for four. Drinks.
    6/15/2014 4:20:26 PM
  • Over 54 - England 179/6 (Ballance 51, Jordan 29)
    That drinks break gave Ballance and Jordan a chance to discuss tactics with the England 12th Man. No clue as to what that is exactly from the first over back, with just a Ballance single to report
    6/15/2014 4:25:42 PM
  • Day five ticket news: on sale from 9am. Adults £20, Over 65s £10, Under 16s FREE at North Gate & East Gate (Cash only). #engvsl
  • Over 55 - England 181/6 (Ballance 52, Jordan 29)
    An awkward moment for Jordan as Pradeep bangs one in and the ball doesn't get up at all, striking the England all-rounder on the glove and bouncing safe. Just two singles added as these two continue to guts it out for England. Lead is 303
    6/15/2014 4:31:36 PM
  • Over 56 - England 187/6 (Ballance 53, Jordan 34)
    Good footwork from Jordan, who skips down and drives Herath through extra cover for four more. He looks a real class act with both bat and ball and a great luxury at No 8
    6/15/2014 4:34:43 PM
  • We’ll be discussing all the main talking points from Day Four on #TheVerdict this evening. SS2. 9pm. We want to hear your views!
  • Over 64 - England 231/7 (Ballance 79, Broad 15)
    Broad has added some much-needed impetus since arriving to the crease, Another boundary for him and Ballance this over as Eranga comes under fire late in the day. Ballance drives powerfully to the cover boundary and then Broad drives on the up through mid-off. 11 off the over and the lead is 353. Shane Warne in the Sky Sports commentary box is baying for England to make a declaration
    6/15/2014 5:11:46 PM
  • Plunkett has his pads on. Looks like #England will be batting the day out & give Ballance the chance to make a 100.

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    6/15/2014 5:14:25 PM
  • Where SL fell behind in this test match is Inability to clean up the innings..ENG 1st inn 380/6 added 195 and 2nd inn 121/6 added 119 so far
  • Over 65 - England 240/7 (Ballance 81, Broad 22)
    Broad continues to take the attack to Herath and slog sweeps high towards midwicket. Pradeep puts in a dive and sticks out a hand but can't produce a miraculous grab and the ball bounces to the rope for four more. Nine off the over. The lead is 362. Still no sign of a declaration with just 15mins left in the day
    6/15/2014 5:16:12 PM
  • Over 66 - England 250/7 (Ballance 90, Broad 23)
    Ballance moves into the 90s with back-to-back boundaries off the tiring Eranga. A glorious extra cover drive and then a pull fine to the fence take the lead up to 372 and a message then arrives at the end of the over via a drink. Ballance needs 10 more for a Lord's century. No declaration before then, surely?
    6/15/2014 5:20:08 PM
  • Broad's quick-fire innings comes to an end. Caught & bowled. Ballance now just needs five for his 100. #SkyCricket

  • Broad ct and bld Herath 24 [wicket]

    A rather tame end for Broad, who chips straight back to Herath, who claims his fourth wicket
    6/15/2014 5:23:15 PM
  • Good to see G Ballance expand his innings ... Watchful with wkts falling then time to #crackon
  • Over 67 - England 256/8 (Ballance 95, Plunkett 0)
    The wicket of Broad came after Ballance had reverse-swept Herath for four and added a single to move to 95. Plunkett joins Ballance in the middle with a maximum of two overs left in the day. Lead of 378
    6/15/2014 5:25:24 PM
  • Over 68 - England 259/8 (Ballance 97, Plunkett 1)
    Ballance attempts an almighty heave to reach his 100 but can only get one. Ballance, on 97, has one over left to reach his maiden Test century...
    6/15/2014 5:29:41 PM
  • 100 for G Ballance ... Hope he had a drink for Zimbabwe
  • 100 for Ballance! [100]
    He gets there first ball with a six over midwicket! Fantastic strike!
    6/15/2014 5:30:14 PM
  • Easy solution re overs lost ... It's already there .. Suspend Captain
  • Ballance rockets past 100 with a huge six. His maiden Test century. Pulled #England out of a hole here. #SkyCricket

  • Michael and Shane commentate on the moment Ballance reaches his hundred.

    6/15/2014 5:32:22 PM
  • @antonpadmasiri : @BumbleCricket both captains in that case?”Any Captain
  • Over 69 - England 267/8 (Ballance 104, Plunkett 2)
    Eight runs off the final over of the day and perhaps the final over of the England innings. The lead is 389. Ballance receives a standing ovation as he leaves the field
    6/15/2014 5:33:09 PM
  • Close
    A topsy-turvy fourth day comes to an end and it was a day which belongs to Gary Ballance and Angelo Mathews, who both posted maiden Lord's centuries. England lead by 389 runs and will have 90 overs to try and force a victory on the final day. Make sure you join us then!
    6/15/2014 5:34:40 PM
  • End of Day Four. #SriLanka have 90 overs (if #Eng declare overnight) to reach the target tomorrow. Nervy day ahead.

  • @paul_critchlow : @BumbleCricket I reckon Ballance has potential to be an England all-time great Bumble. What do you think?” Steady!!!
  • DAY 5 - Will England declare on their overnight 267-8, a lead of 389 - and will there be a positive result in this game?


    6/16/2014 6:57:49 AM
    At 121-6 on Sunday afternoon, England looked in more than a spot of bother until a superb maiden Test century by Gary Ballance put them back in the box-seat - and it was rightly appreciated by his team-mates....


    6/16/2014 7:01:41 AM
  • Lord's has witnessed some classic fifth day finishes - grab your seat with us from 1030am on SS2. #EngvSL

  • No sign of Ballance yet, which is unusual given his pre-9am arrival times of the previous four days. Just saying...
    6/16/2014 8:01:32 AM
  • Sri Lanka's coach has just pulled in, with Cook the only England player to have arrived so far. Unless they've snuck in through another gate.
    6/16/2014 8:13:07 AM
  • A little later than usual, @joeroot05 , Gary Ballance & @jimmyanderson9 enter the Pavilion... #EngvSL

  • Sri Lanka in good spirits this morning!

    6/16/2014 8:40:16 AM
  • Chris Jordan will be part of our build-up coverage this morning. Just waiting for him to get changed...
    6/16/2014 8:41:29 AM
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