Sri Lanka tour of England, 1st Test: England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, May 11-15, 2006
Played at Lord's, London
11,12,13,14,15 May 2006 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
50.1

Maharoof to Trescothick, 1 no ball, Wide outside off, left alone

50.1

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, Outside off again but closer to off stump, Trescothick is beaten on the forward drive

50.2

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, outside off again

50.3

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run

50.4

Maharoof to Trescothick, (no ball) 1 run

50.4

Maharoof to Cook, no run

50.5

Maharoof to Cook, 1 run

50.6

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run

End of over 51 (4 runs) England 162/1

    • ME Trescothick 76 (137b 11x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 27 (81b 2x4)
    • MF Maharoof 12-1-59-0
    • M Muralitharan 12-5-18-1
51.1

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, Wide outside off, Trescothick has nothing to with it.

51.2

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, Fuller and outside off, slightly closer to off stump this time, and Trescothick is beaten on the forward drive

51.3

Muralitharan to Trescothick, 1 run, Outs

51.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run

51.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run

51.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run

End of over 52 (2 runs) England 164/1

    • AN Cook 28 (85b 2x4)
    • ME Trescothick 77 (139b 11x4 1x6)
    • M Muralitharan 13-5-20-1
    • MF Maharoof 12-1-59-0
52.1

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run

52.2

Maharoof to Trescothick, FOUR, Drifting down the leg, flicked to the fineleg fence. Another easy picking.

52.3

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run

52.4

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, Short of a length and angling in, Trescothick stands tall and bat and pad close together, dead bats it

52.5

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, Similar ball and again, head over the ball, defended watchfully

52.6

Maharoof to Trescothick, 1 no ball, Fuller this time and driven to mid-off. Another no-ball.

52.6

Maharoof to Trescothick, FOUR, Another help yourself delivery, short and drifting down leg, Trescothick swivels on his front foot and swats it to the fine leg fence. Poor bowling by Maharoof.

End of over 53 (9 runs) England 173/1

    • ME Trescothick 85 (146b 13x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 28 (85b 2x4)
    • MF Maharoof 13-1-68-0
    • M Muralitharan 13-5-20-1
53.1

Dilshan to Cook, 3 runs, Shorter in length and on the off stump line, Cook pushes back and punches it through cover

53.2

Dilshan to Trescothick, no run, Slower and fuller this time, leant forward and defended watchfully to the on side

53.3

Dilshan to Trescothick, no run, Shorter this time and just outside off, cut straight to point

53.4

Dilshan to Trescothick, no run

53.5

Dilshan to Trescothick, no run, Driven to mid off

53.6

Dilshan to Trescothick, no run, Tossed up this time, on the off and middle, Driven straight to cover. It was an invitation to go for a big hit, a juicy tossed up one.

End of over 54 (3 runs) England 176/1

    • ME Trescothick 85 (151b 13x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 31 (86b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-3-0
    • MF Maharoof 13-1-68-0
54.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Pitched on the off stump, turning away, pushed to the off side.

54.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Well tossed up, on the middle, defended carefully. Murali is trying to buy his wicket now

54.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, slightly flatter and on the off stump, pushed out to the off side

54.4

Muralitharan to Cook, FOUR, Flatter topspinner and bounces a bit and Cook goes for his cut shot, bit cramped and beaten by the bounce and the edge flies to the right of Mahela at the first slip

54.5

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run

54.6

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, Oh! huge appeal for lbw. It pitched on the middle and straightened, a subtle doosra if you like and Trescothick is beaten on the forward prod. That was close. Would have crashed into the off stump but ....

End of over 55 (5 runs) England 181/1

    • ME Trescothick 85 (152b 13x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 36 (91b 3x4)
    • M Muralitharan 14-5-25-1
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-3-0
55.1

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run

55.2

Dilshan to Trescothick, FOUR, Tossed up and comes down the track and indulges himself. a lovely lofted shot.

55.3

Dilshan to Trescothick, no run, As expected flatter and quicker and defended watchfully

55.4

Dilshan to Trescothick, no run

55.5

Dilshan to Trescothick, FOUR, Flatter again and Trescothick puts his right foot across and drives through cover

55.6

Dilshan to Trescothick, no run, pushed to the off side

End of over 56 (9 runs) England 190/1

    • ME Trescothick 93 (157b 15x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 37 (92b 3x4)
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-12-0
    • M Muralitharan 14-5-25-1
56.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Beaten! well flighted delivery that drifted in from round the wickets, pitched on the off and turned away. Cook hung his bat out but luckily, for him, doesnt connect

56.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run

56.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, goes on the back foot and pushes it out

56.4

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, Drags that one slightly shorts and punched through covers

56.5

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run

56.6

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, Floated outside leg stump and goes for a sweep shot but doesn't connect and is rapped on the pads.

End of over 57 (1 run) England 191/1

    • ME Trescothick 93 (159b 15x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 38 (96b 3x4)
    • M Muralitharan 15-5-26-1
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-12-0
57.1

Vaas to Cook, no run, Vaas back into the attack and hits the channel straightaway. The front foot comes across, bat and pad together and pushed to cover

57.1

Vaas to Cook, no run, Drifting down the leg and turned away past the square-leg

57.2

Vaas to Cook, 1 run

57.3

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, Pitched on the middle and coming in with the angle, pushed out to midwicket.

57.4

Vaas to Trescothick, 2 runs, Fuller, just short of a driveable length, Trescothick goes hard at it without moving forward and the miscued drive goes in air close to the cover fielder but no harm done.

57.5

Vaas to Trescothick, no run

57.6

Vaas to Trescothick, no run

End of over 58 (3 runs) England 194/1

    • ME Trescothick 95 (163b 15x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 39 (98b 3x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 16-2-43-0
    • M Muralitharan 15-5-26-1
58.1

Muralitharan to Cook, FOUR, Super cut! Not all that short, just outside off stump, Cook shifts his weight to his back foot and cuts it gloriously past point

58.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Much fuller this time as Murali adjusts his length this time and Cook comes forward and dead bats it

58.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Similar delivery and again leant forward and that dead bat comes out.

58.4

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, Murali switches to over the wicket, driven to cover and they take a quick single

58.5

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, Ooh! Classic Murali delivery: It pitched on the leg stump and it fizzed away past the bat.

58.6

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, tossed on the off, defended watchfully and that's Tea on the first day. England in complete control

Welcome back, Vaas to start proceedings after lunch

End of over 59 (5 runs) England 199/1

    • ME Trescothick 95 (165b 15x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 44 (102b 4x4)
    • M Muralitharan 16-5-31-1
    • WPUJC Vaas 16-2-43-0
59.1

Vaas to Cook, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, no real width, Cook shuffles back and across and defends it away towards cover

59.2

Vaas to Cook, no run, another good length delivery, bit of width on it this time, Cook drives hard and the ball rockets away towards cover, excellent diving stop by the fielder there cuts off a certain boundary

59.3

Vaas to Cook, no run, again Vaas goes wide outside the off stump and Cook cuts it away straight to Dilshan at backward point

59.4

Vaas to Cook, 2 runs, another wide delivery outside the off stump, Cook waits for it and cuts it away behind point, diving half-stop by Dilshan at backward point cuts off a certain boundary, ball rolls down third man, takes the first run quickly and Cook comfortably makes it back for the second

59.5

Vaas to Cook, no run, punched away towards cover

59.6

Vaas to Cook, no run, played to midwicket

End of over 60 (2 runs) England 201/1

    • AN Cook 46 (108b 4x4)
    • ME Trescothick 95 (165b 15x4 1x6)
    • WPUJC Vaas 17-2-45-0
    • M Muralitharan 16-5-31-1
60.1

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, defended on the front-foot

60.2

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, turning across, no shot offered

60.3

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, tossed up on the stumps, Trescothick goes for the sweep but fails to make contact

60.4

Muralitharan to Trescothick, FOUR, shot! tossed up outside the off stump, lands in the slot and Trescothick hammers it through extra cover, moves to 99 with that boundary!

60.5

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, defended down to silly mid-on

60.6

Muralitharan to Trescothick, 1 run, there it is! 14th Test hundred! flat delivery on the stumps, Trescothick quickly down on one knee and slogs it away to deep midwicket and the single takes him to the magic figure

End of over 61 (5 runs) England 206/1

    • ME Trescothick 100 (171b 16x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 46 (108b 4x4)
    • M Muralitharan 17-5-36-1
    • WPUJC Vaas 17-2-45-0
61.1

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, no shot offered

61.2

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, probing line and length, no shot offered

61.3

Vaas to Trescothick, FOUR, runs! runs! runs! good length delivery outside the off stump, harmless ball, Trescothick eases forward to the pitch of the delivery and creams it away through the hole between mid-off and cover, nicely opened the face of the bat to get the placement right - excellent use of the wrist

61.4

Vaas to Trescothick, 2 runs, steered down to third man for a brace

61.5

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, good length delviery, driven towards cover

61.6

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, drifting down the leg side, Trescothick fails to make contact

End of over 62 (6 runs) England 212/1

    • ME Trescothick 106 (177b 17x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 46 (108b 4x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 18-2-51-0
    • M Muralitharan 17-5-36-1
62.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, defended outside the off stump

62.2

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, driven wide of the fielder at cover, easy single

62.3

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, defended watchfully

62.4

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, ripper, pitched on middle and off and turning across, excellent line and length - Trescothick is sucked into the prod and the ball zips past the outside edge

62.5

Muralitharan to Trescothick, OUT, gone this time! almost the same line and length but bit slower on this occasion, turning right across the left-hander, Trescothick pushes forward to defend and the edge is produced, done in by the length and the turn, Jayawardene at first slip goes low down to his left and takes it inches away from the ground

ME Trescothick c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 106 (251m 180b 17x4 1x6) SR: 58.88

Ball was dying on him but Jayawardene took it with both hands, that was a hard chance but he made it look easy!

Pietersen is the next man in

62.6

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, defended back to the bowler, end of a successful over

End of over 63 (1 run) England 213/2

    • KP Pietersen 0 (1b)
    • AN Cook 47 (110b 4x4)
    • M Muralitharan 18-5-37-2
    • WPUJC Vaas 18-2-51-0
63.1

Vaas to Cook, no run, defended down to silly mid-off, cautious defensive prod

63.2

Vaas to Cook, 1 run, driven off the back-foot and Cook gets it wide of the fielder at mid-on

63.3

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery, angling across, defended on the front-foot

63.4

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, defended back to the bowler

63.5

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, defended on the front-foot, ball rolls away towards cover

63.6

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, pitched up on the middle and off stump line, hint of late swing, Pietersen drives well and the ball goes straight to the fielder at mid-on

End of over 64 (1 run) England 214/2

    • KP Pietersen 0 (5b)
    • AN Cook 48 (112b 4x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 19-2-52-0
    • M Muralitharan 18-5-37-2
64.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, starts off a new over with a quicker delivery on the middle and off stump line, Cook gets forward and defends it down on the off side

64.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, tossed up on the stumps, defended on the front-foot

64.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, driven off the back-foot to the cover region

64.4

Muralitharan to Cook, FOUR, short and on the pads, probably the doosra gone wrong, Cook quickly pounces on it and pulls it away to the backward square leg fence, powerful shot and that's his fifty!

64.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, excellent comeback delivery, Cook is beaten outside the off stump

64.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, left alone outside the off stump

End of over 65 (4 runs) England 218/2

    • AN Cook 52 (118b 5x4)
    • KP Pietersen 0 (5b)
    • M Muralitharan 19-5-41-2
    • WPUJC Vaas 19-2-52-0
65.1

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, defended towards cover

65.2

Vaas to Pietersen, FOUR, off the mark in style! pitched up and angling across, too full a delivery and Pietersen dispatches it to the deep extra cover fence

65.3

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery, pitched on middle and leg and shaping back in, Pietersen is beaten comprehensively and the ball hits the pad right in front of the stumps, pleading appeal for lbw turned down by umpire Aleem Dar - that looked out!

65.4

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside the off stump

65.5

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery, defended straight back along the carpet

65.6

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, defended down to mid-off

End of over 66 (4 runs) England 222/2

    • KP Pietersen 4 (11b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 52 (118b 5x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 20-2-56-0
    • M Muralitharan 19-5-41-2
66.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, width offered outside the off stump and Cook cuts it away towards point

66.2

Muralitharan to Cook, FOUR, again short and wide outside the off stump, this time Cook waits for the ball to turn and then cuts it away at the last possible moment, ball beats the fielder at gully and races away down the hill to the third man fence

66.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, quicker delivery, this time closer to the off stump line and Cook stokes it away towards cover

66.4

Muralitharan to Cook, 3 runs, fraction short and turning in from outside the leg stump, Cook shuffles back and clips it away through midwicket, long chase from Vaas saves one run

66.5

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, turning in from wide outside the off stump, Pietersen gets his left-leg forward and sweeps hard but fails to connect, ball hits the pad well outside the line of the off stump and rolls away towards short cover - safe shot

66.6

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, defended back down the track

End of over 67 (7 runs) England 229/2

    • KP Pietersen 4 (13b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 59 (122b 6x4)
    • M Muralitharan 20-5-48-2
    • WPUJC Vaas 20-2-56-0
67.1

Vaas to Cook, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Cook leans forward and jabs it down to mid-on

67.2

Vaas to Cook, no run, forced away towards cover

67.3

Vaas to Cook, FOUR, good length delivery, Cook quickly goes back and punches it straight back down the track to the mid-on fence, once past the fielder at mid-on the ball just rocketed away to the fence

67.4

Vaas to Cook, no run, defended down the track

67.5

Vaas to Cook, no run, line and length delivery, Cook defends on the front-foot and the ball rolls away towards short midwicket

67.6

Vaas to Cook, no run

End of over 68 (4 runs) England 233/2

    • AN Cook 63 (128b 7x4)
    • KP Pietersen 4 (13b 1x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 21-2-60-0
    • M Muralitharan 20-5-48-2
68.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, FOUR, fraction short and turning in from wide outside the off stump, Pietersen quickly picks up the length, rock back and thuds it through the narrow gap between the cover fielders - now that's a powerful cover drive!

68.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, swept away to long-leg

68.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, quicker delivery, turning across, no shot offered

68.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, again left alone outside the off stump

68.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, defended to point

68.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, tossed up delivery, defended to silly point

Kulasekara back on.

End of over 69 (5 runs) England 238/2

    • AN Cook 63 (132b 7x4)
    • KP Pietersen 9 (15b 2x4)
    • M Muralitharan 21-5-53-2
    • WPUJC Vaas 21-2-60-0
69.1

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, no movement whatsoever, Pietersen leaves it through to the keeper

69.2

Kulasekara to Pietersen, FOUR, good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and coming in with the angle, Pietersen gets well forward and drives, presenting the full face of the bat, diving effort at mid-on ends in vain and the ball trickles down to the long-on fence

69.3

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, defended back down the track

69.4

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, drifting down the leg side, Pietersen fails to make contact and the ball rolls away off the pad

69.5

Kulasekara to Pietersen, 2 runs, flicked away off the back-foot to the deep midwicket region, easy two

69.6

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside the off stump

End of over 70 (6 runs) England 244/2

    • KP Pietersen 15 (21b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 63 (132b 7x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 13-0-50-0
    • M Muralitharan 21-5-53-2
70.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, fraction short and Cook jabs it away towards cover

70.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, quicker delivery, opens up Cook, ball clips the outside edge and rolls away behind point

70.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, on the middle and off stump line, forced away towards cover

70.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, tight delivery, no shot offered

70.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, defended to point

70.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 71 (maiden) England 244/2

    • AN Cook 63 (138b 7x4)
    • KP Pietersen 15 (21b 3x4)
    • M Muralitharan 22-6-53-2
    • KMDN Kulasekara 13-0-50-0
71.1

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Pietersen shoulders arms and the ball goes through to the keeper

71.2

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, short of a length and bit wide outside the off stump, no shot offered

71.3

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, defended to cover

71.4

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, another probing delivery, defended watchfully

71.5

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, pitched up and angling in, Pietersen leans forward and drives it away straight to the fielder at midwicket

71.6

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run

End of over 72 (maiden) England 244/2

    • KP Pietersen 15 (27b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 63 (138b 7x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 14-1-50-0
    • M Muralitharan 22-6-53-2
72.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, defended to short cover

72.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, quicker delivery, spinning in from touch outside the off stump, Cook pushes forward to defend and gets hit on the pad, loud appeal for lbw turned down and rightly so

72.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, defended on the front-foot

72.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, pitched close to the off stump line and turning away, Cook reads it well and leaves it through to the keeper

72.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, defended towards cover

72.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, beauty! Murali hits the right line and length, ball grips the surface and rips across the left-hander, Cook is sucked forward and the ball zips past the outside edge - close call

End of over 73 (maiden) England 244/2

    • AN Cook 63 (144b 7x4)
    • KP Pietersen 15 (27b 3x4)
    • M Muralitharan 23-7-53-2
    • KMDN Kulasekara 14-1-50-0
73.1

Kulasekara to Pietersen, 1 run, driven wide of the fielder at mid-on, easy single

73.2

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, good length delivery, hint of swing? Cook gets forward and taps it away towards midwicket

73.3

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, on the middle and off stump line, the one that goes straight on, Cook shuffles across and hits through the line, ball rolls down to mid-on, no room for a single there

73.4

Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, driven away through cover point, runs hard looking for the second but the fielder in the deep was alert

73.5

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery and Pietersen drives it away towards cover, not a well timed shot

73.6

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off

End of over 74 (2 runs) England 246/2

    • KP Pietersen 16 (30b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 64 (147b 7x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 15-1-52-0
    • M Muralitharan 23-7-53-2
74.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, well flighted delivery, turning in from outside the leg stump, Cook gets a good stride forward and turns it away towards midwicket

74.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, turn and bounce, Cook plays inside the line

74.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, quicker and flatter, Cook leans forward and forces it away towards midwicket

74.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, short and wide outside the off stump, cut away straight to the fielder at point

74.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, again fraction short, on the middle and leg stump line, Cook skips back and works it away towards square leg

74.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, left alone outside the off stump

Drinks called for

End of over 75 (maiden) England 246/2

    • AN Cook 64 (153b 7x4)
    • KP Pietersen 16 (30b 3x4)
    • M Muralitharan 24-8-53-2
    • KMDN Kulasekara 15-1-52-0
75.1

Kulasekara to Pietersen, 1 run, Full just outside off stump and driven confidently to cover

75.2

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, Driveable length again, just outside off and out comes the front foot and driven to cover

75.3

Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, On a good length, on the off stump, coming in, punched to left of cover

75.4

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, Ah! the signature Peitersen shot. Walks across down the track, the bottom hand works over time and turned against the line to midon. Pietersen is warming up!

75.5

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, Outside off again but this time no adventure, left alone

75.6

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, Deja-vu . another well left

End of over 76 (2 runs) England 248/2

    • KP Pietersen 17 (34b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 65 (155b 7x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 16-1-54-0
    • M Muralitharan 24-8-53-2
76.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Floated on the off and middle and turning away, defended on the front foot

76.2

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, Slightly shorter and bit of width outside off, cut past point

76.3

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, driven to the off side ring. Plenty of gap there, easy single

76.4

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, Shorter and cuts past point

76.5

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 3 runs, Good stroke. Shorter and just outside off, waits and cuts it late

76.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Tossed up on the middle and leg, out comes the front foot, head over the ball and deadbatted away

End of over 77 (6 runs) England 254/2

    • AN Cook 67 (159b 7x4)
    • KP Pietersen 21 (36b 3x4)
    • M Muralitharan 25-8-59-2
    • KMDN Kulasekara 16-1-54-0
77.1

Kulasekara to Pietersen, 1 run, Pitched outside off, short of a length and coming in a bit, Pietersen thrusts forward and pushes at it, the inside edge runs past square leg.

77.2

Kulasekara to Cook, FOUR, Full and well outside off, Cook glides it third man fence

77.3

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, Bit straighter this time, outside off but this time no open face, drives it to mid-off

77.4

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, driven to cover

77.5

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, on a length, pitched outside off and goes with the angle, Cook stretches out and drives it to cover

77.6

Kulasekara to Cook, FOUR, Beautiful stroke! Full and begged to be hit, and Cook obliged in style. Leant forward, and head over the ball, caressed it straight past the bowler.

End of over 78 (9 runs) England 263/2

    • AN Cook 75 (164b 9x4)
    • KP Pietersen 22 (37b 3x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 17-1-63-0
    • M Muralitharan 25-8-59-2

Fifty of the partnership up.

78.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, FOUR, Easy pickings. Everything bad about the ball. Short, outside off and Pietersen went back and punched it past cover

78.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, driven back to the bowler

78.3

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, walks across and tries to whip it but doesn't connect, is rapped on the pads

78.4

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

78.5

Muralitharan to Pietersen, FOUR, Dances down the track, to the pitch of the delivery and lofts it to long on

78.6

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

End of over 79 (8 runs) England 271/2

    • KP Pietersen 30 (43b 5x4)
    • AN Cook 75 (164b 9x4)
    • M Muralitharan 26-8-67-2
    • KMDN Kulasekara 17-1-63-0

Maharoof takes over

79.1

Maharoof to Cook, no run, Short of length, pitched on the middle and moving away , defended off the back foot

79.2

Maharoof to Cook, 1 run, short of length but a bit of width outside off, stands up tall and punches it past point

79.3

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 run, Outside off and thrashed through cover

79.4

Maharoof to Cook, no run, On a length, pushed to the off side

79.5

Maharoof to Cook, no run, on a length again, on the off and shaping away, pushed to cover

79.6

Maharoof to Cook, no run, Similar delivery and once again pushed to the off

End of over 80 (2 runs) England 273/2

    • AN Cook 76 (169b 9x4)
    • KP Pietersen 31 (44b 5x4)
    • MF Maharoof 14-1-70-0
    • M Muralitharan 26-8-67-2
80.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

80.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, Rips that one across, outside off and spinning furiously, Pietersen pads it away deliberately

80.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, Rips it from outside off, pads it deliberately

80.3

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

80.4

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

80.5

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run

80.6

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run

End of over 81 (2 runs) England 275/2

    • AN Cook 77 (170b 9x4)
    • KP Pietersen 32 (49b 5x4)
    • M Muralitharan 27-8-69-2
    • MF Maharoof 14-1-70-0

The new ball has been taken

81.1

Maharoof to Cook, 1 no ball, Drifted down leg and a no-ball to boot

81.1

Maharoof to Cook, no run, Hits the channel outside off stump this time and left alone

81.2

Maharoof to Cook, no run, On the off stump line, going away with the angle, driven to cover

81.3

Maharoof to Cook, 1 run

81.4

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 run

81.5

Maharoof to Cook, FOUR, Another lovely shot: full and in the slot allright, but great execution. Leant forward and driven through the off side.

81.6

Maharoof to Cook, 4 runs, Another beautiful stroke. Outside off and over pitched, Cook goes forward and a mere firm push and it pierces the off side ring. Effortless.

End of over 82 (11 runs) England 286/2

    • AN Cook 86 (176b 10x4)
    • KP Pietersen 33 (50b 5x4)
    • MF Maharoof 15-1-81-0
    • M Muralitharan 27-8-69-2
82.1

Vaas to Pietersen, FOUR, On a length and drifting down leg and punched past square-leg. Bottom-hand fuelled that shot.

82.2

Vaas to Pietersen, 1 run, Again on the hips, turned away behind square-leg

82.3

Vaas to Cook, no run

82.4

Vaas to Cook, no run, Full and hint of swing, defended to the off side

82.5

Vaas to Cook, no run, Similar ball, Cook covers for the swing, and pushes it gently to the off side.

82.6

Vaas to Cook, no run, Outside off and swinging away, left alone

End of over 83 (5 runs) England 291/2

    • AN Cook 86 (180b 10x4)
    • KP Pietersen 38 (52b 6x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 22-2-65-0
    • MF Maharoof 15-1-81-0
83.1

Maharoof to Pietersen, FOUR, Imperious stroke! Short of length and admittedly outside off, Pietersen, on his front foot, just throws his hands at the ball, flaying it past point

83.2

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run

83.3

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, Slower ball but Pietersen watches it carefully, and lets it go to the wicketkeeper

83.4

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 leg bye

83.5

Maharoof to Cook, no run, Pitched on a length, on the middle and off line, Cook stands tall and drops his wrists and dead bats it to on side

83.6

Maharoof to Cook, no run, Pitched on a length again and on the off stump and going with the angle and Cook ended up trying to defend outside the line and is beaten

End of over 84 (5 runs) England 296/2

    • AN Cook 86 (182b 10x4)
    • KP Pietersen 42 (56b 7x4)
    • MF Maharoof 16-1-85-0
    • WPUJC Vaas 22-2-65-0
84.1

Vaas to Pietersen, 2 runs, Fuller and outside off, leans forward and drives it to sweeper cover

84.2

Vaas to Pietersen, no run

84.3

Vaas to Pietersen, FOUR, Overpitched outside off, thrashed past cover.

84.4

Vaas to Pietersen, no run

84.5

Vaas to Pietersen, FOUR, Fifty up in style! full outside off and Pietersen leans forward and square drives it behind point

84.6

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, A bouncer! angling away, and Pietersen weaves away and lets it fly past his right shoulder

End of over 85 (10 runs) England 306/2

    • KP Pietersen 52 (62b 9x4)
    • AN Cook 86 (182b 10x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 23-2-75-0
    • MF Maharoof 16-1-85-0
85.1

Maharoof to Cook, 3 runs, Drifting down the leg, turned away

85.2

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 no ball, Oh! Caught off a no-ball! Short of length outside off and Pietersen drives it on the up and goes to right of short cover where Vandort flings himself to right and takes the 'catch' but.... In fact Pietersen had turned behind and had begun his walk.

85.2

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 leg bye

85.3

Maharoof to Cook, 1 wide, Wide outside off stump.

85.3

Maharoof to Cook, OUT, Gone! Pitched just outside off, on a length and shaping away. Cook goes for a expansive cut shot and is beaten by the bounce and edges it behind

AN Cook c †Sangakkara b Maharoof 89 (232m 184b 10x4 0x6) SR: 48.36

Outside off and width, there was the invitation to play that stroke and he did. Was beaten by the bounce in the end

85.4

Maharoof to Hoggard, no run

85.5

Maharoof to Hoggard, no run

85.6

Maharoof to Hoggard, no run, BOuncer! and Hoggard does well to duck

End of over 86 (6 runs) England 312/3

    • MJ Hoggard 0 (3b)
    • KP Pietersen 52 (64b 9x4)
    • MF Maharoof 17-1-90-1
    • WPUJC Vaas 23-2-75-0
86.1

Vaas to Pietersen, no run

86.2

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, Outside off again, shoulders arms

86.3

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, Full and outside off, stretches out his left foot across and drives to cover

86.4

Vaas to Pietersen, 1 run, Drifting down leg, turned away behind square

86.5

Vaas to Hoggard, no run, 2 sips and a gully . Pitched on the leg and middle and swings in towards the pads

86.6

Vaas to Hoggard, no run, Ooh! Well left or trifle lucky?! Pitches outside off, on a length and comes in and Hoggard lets it go and it just whizzes past the off stump.

End of over 87 (1 run) England 313/3

    • MJ Hoggard 0 (5b)
    • KP Pietersen 53 (68b 9x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 24-2-76-0
    • MF Maharoof 17-1-90-1
87.1

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, On a length, just outside off, punched to cover

87.2

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 run, Slower ball, that one loops across, outside off, Pietersen waits and drives it to sweeper cover

87.3

Maharoof to Hoggard, no run, Wasted delivery. Short, outside off and the nightwatchman has nothing to with it

87.4

Maharoof to Hoggard, 1 run, On the legs and Hoggard flicks it away past square-leg

87.5

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 wide, Arrgh! Really wide outside off, must have slipped out of his hand and Umpire Dar extends his arms

87.5

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, Outside off, but no so wide this time, but wide enough for Pietersen to shoulder arms

87.6

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 no ball, Bangs it short and it rears up outside off, Pietersen initially shapes to pull but at the last minute, changes his intent and lets it go.

87.6

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run

End of over 88 (4 runs) England 317/3

    • KP Pietersen 54 (73b 9x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 1 (7b)
    • MF Maharoof 18-1-94-1
    • WPUJC Vaas 24-2-76-0
88.1

Vaas to Hoggard, no run, On the legs, flicked to long leg but they decide not to take the run. The nightwatchman will remain on the strike.

88.2

Vaas to Hoggard, no run, Outside off and left alone

88.3

Vaas to Hoggard, no run, Beaten on the forward prod. Outside off and angling away

88.4

Vaas to Hoggard, no run, on the middle and shaping in, defended watchfully.

88.5

Vaas to Hoggard, no run

88.6

Vaas to Hoggard, 1 run, Pitches on the leg and middle and shaping towards the pads, Hoggard turns it behind squareleg and will keep the strike!

End of over 89 (1 run) England 318/3

    • MJ Hoggard 2 (13b)
    • KP Pietersen 54 (73b 9x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 25-2-77-0
    • MF Maharoof 18-1-94-1

The last over of the day coming up.

89.1

Kulasekara to Hoggard, no run, Hint of swing there. Came in after pitching on the middle and Hoggard is rapped on the pads

89.2

Kulasekara to Hoggard, no run, Bit of inswing again. Shapes in towards the pads, Hoggard turns it to deep midwicket but again they decide against a run. The nightwatchman is there to protect the main batsman and Hoggard is doing his job perfectly

89.3

Kulasekara to Hoggard, no run, Pushed out to the on side

89.4

Kulasekara to Hoggard, no run, Waste of a delivery. Well outside off and Hoggard lets it go

89.5

Kulasekara to Hoggard, no run

89.6

Kulasekara to Hoggard, no run, Just the ball you want if you are facing the last ball of the day. Outside off and there was no need to flirt with that. Hoggard survives and that's stumps on the opening day

England have ended the opening day in a commanding position. Flintoff chose to bat and would be a happy man at the end of the day. His batsmen fell in love with the perfect batting conditions at Lords, and accumulated runs through out the day. Sri Lanka bowling lacked penetration, Vaas had another bad day in England, he had managed only four wickets in three matches in the last tour at an exorbitant 108 per wicket and today was another listless performance. For England Trescothick and Andrew Struass gave a perfect start and Trescothick marched to another century. Cook and Pietersen joined in the fun later, Cook was typically patient and watchful while Pietersen indulged himself Do join us tomorrow at 10:00 GMT for the live coverage of the second day's play

End of over 90 (maiden) England 318/3

    • MJ Hoggard 2 (19b)
    • KP Pietersen 54 (73b 9x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 18-2-63-0
    • WPUJC Vaas 25-2-77-0

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the second day's play. Vaas is at the top of his run-up, Pietersen on strike - here we go!

90.1

Vaas to Pietersen, 1 run, runs straightaway, good length delivery on the pads and Pietersen neatly tucks it away through midwicket for an easy single

Two slips and a gully in place for the right-hander

90.2

Vaas to Hoggard, no run, good length delivery, pitched in line and angling across, Hoggard offers no shot but leaves his bat hanging in the air, ball clips the outside edge and rolls away straight to the fielder at gully

90.3

Vaas to Hoggard, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, this time Hoggard is much more watchful and the ball goes through to the keeper

90.4

Vaas to Hoggard, no run, another probing delivery, angling across the right-hander, Hoggard leaves it through to the keeper

90.5

Vaas to Hoggard, 1 run, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Hoggard stays back and turns it away towards square leg, half-stop by the fielder there saves runs but fails to cut of the single

90.6

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, driven to mid-on, Vaas starts day two with a harmless over

End of over 91 (2 runs) England 320/3

    • KP Pietersen 55 (75b 9x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 3 (23b)
    • WPUJC Vaas 26-2-79-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 18-2-63-0

Maharoof on from the other end.

91.1

Maharoof to Hoggard, no run, good length delivery, cutting in from wide outside the off stump, Hoggard stands his ground and punches it down to the mid-on region, not a well timed shot and the ball rolled away off the inner half of the bat

91.2

Maharoof to Hoggard, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Hoggard had a go at it, a half-hearted prod and the ball zips past the outside edge

91.3

Maharoof to Hoggard, no run, inside edge and the ball rolls away towards point

91.4

Maharoof to Hoggard, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, no movement whatsoever, Hoggard shoulders arms

91.5

Maharoof to Hoggard, no run, quicker delivery, on the middle and leg stump line, Hoggard leans forward and works it away on the leg side, awkward looking shot

91.6

Maharoof to Hoggard, no run, short delivery outside the off stump, was wide outside the off stump but Hoggard turns down the invitation

End of over 92 (maiden) England 320/3

    • MJ Hoggard 3 (29b)
    • KP Pietersen 55 (75b 9x4)
    • MF Maharoof 19-2-94-1
    • WPUJC Vaas 26-2-79-0
92.1

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, short delivery outside the off stump and Pietersen hammers it straight to the fielder at point

92.2

Vaas to Pietersen, 2 runs, good length delivery outside the off stump, Pietersen leans forward into the drive, ball clips the outer half of the bat and races away through cover point, easy two

92.3

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven hard but straight to the fielder at cover, nicely got to the pitch of the delivery and timing was spot on but he failed to get the placement right

92.4

Vaas to Pietersen, 3 runs, short ball and that's a bread and butter shot for Pietersen, rocks back and pulls it away in the air to the deep midwicket region, runs hard and comfortably comes back for the third

92.5

Vaas to Hoggard, no run, left alone outside the off stump

92.6

Vaas to Hoggard, 2 runs, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, hint of swing there for Vaas, Hoggard jams his bat down and the ball rolls away off the inner half of the bat, two more added to the total

End of over 93 (7 runs) England 327/3

    • MJ Hoggard 5 (31b)
    • KP Pietersen 60 (79b 9x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 27-2-86-0
    • MF Maharoof 19-2-94-1
93.1

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside the off stump

93.2

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, short rising delivery outside the off stump, Pietersen shuffles across but offers no shot

93.3

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, again left alone outside the off stump, too wide a delivery to interest Pietersen

93.4

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, finally one on the stumps, Pietersen gets forward and defends it down to mid-off

93.5

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, hint of swing, Pietersen shuffles across a long way but in the end leaves it through to the keeper

93.6

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, another wide delivery outside the off stump, Pietersen repeats the act

End of over 94 (maiden) England 327/3

    • KP Pietersen 60 (85b 9x4)
    • MJ Hoggard 5 (31b)
    • MF Maharoof 20-3-94-1
    • WPUJC Vaas 27-2-86-0
94.1

Vaas to Hoggard, no run, slower delivery, bit wide outside the off stump and Hoggard leaves it through to the keeper&

94.2

Vaas to Hoggard, no run, better line and length, pitched up on the middle and off stump line and slanting across, this time Hoggard can't resist a go at it and the ball rips past the outside edge

94.3

Vaas to Hoggard, no run, wide outside the off stump, Hoggard shoulders arms - wasted delivery

94.4

Vaas to Hoggard, no run, pitched up and angling across, driven straight to the fielder at point

94.5

Vaas to Hoggard, 2 runs, Vaas strays onto middle and leg, Hoggard stays back and nudges it away well wide of the fielder at square leg

94.6

Vaas to Hoggard, OUT, bowled'm! well disguised slower delivery, hint of in-swing and the ball ends up as a low fulltoss on the middle and off stump line, Hoggard is duped into the drive and is beaten comprehensively, ball crashes into the woodwork, Vaas finally gets one to his name - England four down

MJ Hoggard b Vaas 7 (43m 37b 0x4 0x6) SR: 18.91

Paul Collingwood is the next man in

End of over 95 (2 runs) England 329/4

    • KP Pietersen 60 (85b 9x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 28-2-88-1
    • MF Maharoof 20-3-94-1
95.1

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside the off stump

95.2

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery, bit wide to interest Pietersen

95.3

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off

95.4

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside the off stump

95.5

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, in the slot for Pietersen to take out the cover drive, hit hard but the ball finds the fielder at cover

95.6

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, another good shot for no runs, good length delivery outside the off stump, Pietersen steps forward and drives hard but once again fails to get it past the fielder at cover

End of over 96 (maiden) England 329/4

    • KP Pietersen 60 (91b 9x4)
    • PD Collingwood 0 (0b)
    • MF Maharoof 21-4-94-1
    • WPUJC Vaas 28-2-88-1
96.1

Vaas to Collingwood, FOUR, excellent line and length, touch of in-swing and the edge is produced, ball rolls away well wide of the fielder at gully, Collingwood off the mark with a cheeky shot

96.2

Vaas to Collingwood, no run, defended to point, much better shot

96.3

Vaas to Collingwood, no run, another probing delivery from Vaas, Collingwood covers the line well and defends it down on the leg side

96.4

Vaas to Collingwood, no run, on the pads, turned away straight to the fielder at midwicket

96.5

Vaas to Collingwood, no run, good length delivery, Vaas once again hits the right line and length, Collingwood is made to defend and the ball rolls away towards cover

96.6

Vaas to Collingwood, no run, on the pads, turned away towards midwicket, another good over from Vaas comes to an end

End of over 97 (4 runs) England 333/4

    • PD Collingwood 4 (6b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 60 (91b 9x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 29-2-92-1
    • MF Maharoof 21-4-94-1
97.1

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery, close to the off stump line and Pietersen drives it straight to the fielder at extra cover

97.2

Maharoof to Pietersen, 3 runs, slightly fuller on this occasion and Pietersen drives it away into the gap between mid-off and cover, Murali comes across quickly from mid-off, drives to his left and gets a touch on,. saved one run there

97.3

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, leg-cutter, no shot offered

97.4

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run

97.5

Maharoof to Collingwood, 1 run, turned away off the pads and the ball rolls away towards midwicket, easy single

97.6

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, close to stumps and Pietersen safely defends it down on the off side

Vaas to continue

End of over 98 (4 runs) England 337/4

    • KP Pietersen 63 (94b 9x4)
    • PD Collingwood 5 (9b 1x4)
    • MF Maharoof 22-4-98-1
    • WPUJC Vaas 29-2-92-1
98.1

Vaas to Collingwood, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, no movement just slanting across the right-hander, Collingwood pushes forward and defends it down into the track

98.2

Vaas to Collingwood, no run, bit of width offered outside the off stump and Collingwood drives it down to mid-off

98.3

Vaas to Collingwood, no run, slightly short, pitched outside the off stump and angling away further, no shot offered

98.4

Vaas to Collingwood, FOUR, shot! short of a good length delivery, pitched in line with the off stump and angling across the right-hander, enough width and Collingwood drives it away off the back-foot to the cover fence, got nicely behind the line and placed it to perfection

98.5

Vaas to Collingwood, no run, on the middle and off stump line, defended watchfully

98.6

Vaas to Collingwood, no run

End of over 99 (4 runs) England 341/4

    • PD Collingwood 9 (15b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 63 (94b 9x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 30-2-96-1
    • MF Maharoof 22-4-98-1
99.1

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, defended down to mid-off

99.2

Maharoof to Pietersen, FOUR, cracking drive! good length delivery outside the off stump and that's where Pietersen likes it most, quickly gets into a good position and drills it away through extra cover, no stopping that

99.3

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, driven hard, excellent diving stop by the fielder at extra cover cuts off a certain boundary

99.4

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, slower delivery on the stumps, defended watchfully

99.5

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, width offered outside the off stump and Pietersen goes hard at it, misses the target by miles and the ball thuds into the keeper's gloves

99.6

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 run, closer to the off stump line, Pietersen pushes forward and taps it away well wide of the fielder at cover, quick single to end the over

End of over 100 (5 runs) England 346/4

    • KP Pietersen 68 (100b 10x4)
    • PD Collingwood 9 (15b 2x4)
    • MF Maharoof 23-4-103-1
    • WPUJC Vaas 30-2-96-1
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