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62.1

Dilshan to Prior, no run, tossed up, on a length and turning up, defended by Prior

62.2

Dilshan to Prior, 1 run, a touch more towards leg, Prior moves across and works it towards square leg

England 206/5   MJ Prior 1* (2b)

63.1

Fernando to Prior, 1 run, short of length ball on legstump, 89.4mph, tucked behind square leg for a single

63.4

Fernando to Prior, FOUR, beautiful drive from Prior, length ball on the pads, on-driven by Prior, Welegedara gave chase and put in a dive at the last moment but the ball was travelling too quickly for him

63.5

Fernando to Prior, no run, short of length on middle and leg, Prior looks to tuck the ball to the leg side but it is off his body towards the off side

63.6

Fernando to Prior, no run, overpitched on offstump, firmly driven to Lakmal at extra cover

England 222/5   MJ Prior 6* (6b 1x4)

64.4

Herath to Prior, no run, punched back down the track, Herath does the fielding

64.5

Herath to Prior, no run, once more defended back to the bowler

64.6

Herath to Prior, no run, gives it plenty of air, length ball outside off, more defence towards the bowler

England 223/5   MJ Prior 6* (9b 1x4)

66.1

Herath to Prior, no run, length ball, tossed up, driven down the track

66.2

Herath to Prior, no run, a touch shorter this time, Prior gets on the back foot and punches it towards cover

66.3

Herath to Prior, no run, another cut to point, once again he can't beat the fielder

66.4

Herath to Prior, no run, careful forward defence from Prior

66.5

Herath to Prior, no run, blocked to the leg side from the back foot

66.6

Herath to Prior, 1 run, gets a single to keep strike, squeezes it toward square leg

England 228/5   MJ Prior 7* (15b 1x4)

67.1

Welegedara to Prior, FOUR, he's welcomed with a crunching drive for four from Prior, gets forward and carves that length ball past cover for a boundary

67.2

Welegedara to Prior, no run, defended to the off side by Prior

67.3

Welegedara to Prior, no run, full ball on offstump, defended back towards the bowler

67.4

Welegedara to Prior, no run, Prior eys the big gap on the leg side, it was a short of length ball that Prior wanted to swipe towards midwicket, but is struck on his thigh pad

67.5

Welegedara to Prior, no run, angling across the batsman, who leaves it through to the keeper

67.6

Welegedara to Prior, no run, Prior is beaten as he looks to defend, a length ball goes on with the angle and whizzes past the outside edge

England 232/5   MJ Prior 11* (21b 2x4)

68.3

Herath to Prior, 1 run, overpitched just outside off, Prior gets on one knee and sweeps behind square

England 234/5   MJ Prior 12* (22b 2x4)

69.1

Welegedara to Prior, no run, lbw appeal is turned down, that comes in a touch, Prior was looking to defend down the ground but the movement takes it past his bat, hit on the thigh pad, too high to be a worry

69.2

Welegedara to Prior, no run, driven towards extra cover by Prior

69.3

Welegedara to Prior, FOUR, power from Prior, overpitched from Welegedara and Prior latches on, crahes him between cover and extra cover for a boundary, superb shot from Prior

69.4

Welegedara to Prior, no run, length ball on middle and off, Prior wanted to defend, gets an inside-edge onto the pad

69.5

Welegedara to Prior, no run, length ball on middle, Prior pushes it back towards the bowler

69.6

Welegedara to Prior, no run, swishes at a fullish ball outside off, doesn't connect with the middle or the edge, sails through to the keeper

England 242/5   MJ Prior 16* (28b 3x4)

70.3

Herath to Prior, no run, full ball from Herath, outside off, crisply driven towards mid-off

70.4

Herath to Prior, no run, Prior sashays down the track, powers the ball towards mid-on but can't beat the mid-on fielder

70.5

Herath to Prior, 2 leg byes, Prior looks to sweep this one from outside off, he misses but it is off the pads towards fine leg, was struck outside off so no worries for Prior

70.6

Herath to Prior, no run, on legstump, tucked to short leg by Prior

England 245/5   MJ Prior 16* (32b 3x4)

71.5

Welegedara to Prior, 1 no ball, good, testing line and length from Welegedara, but unfortunately he's over-stepped

71.5

Welegedara to Prior, no run, Prior steps forward to drive fluently to point, on the up

71.6

Welegedara to Prior, FOUR, well, there's a man out on the cover boundary but he couldn't stop this! Prior leans into a square drive to send the ball racing away

England 253/5   MJ Prior 20* (35b 4x4)

73.1

Herath to Prior, 1 run, he comes round the wicket to Prior, who drives a full ball out square

73.3

Herath to Prior, no run, Prior waits and waits before attempting a late cut ... but the ball goes straight to gully. Not really enough width to work with there

73.4

Herath to Prior, no run, pushed back defensively

73.5

Herath to Prior, no run, landing full on off stump, Prior steps forward to defend to cover

73.6

Herath to Prior, 1 run, chopped down just wide of the backward point fielder, and they steal a single

England 256/5   MJ Prior 22* (40b 4x4)

74.1

Maharoof to Prior, FOUR, four down to third man, but not a hint of an edge from Prior. He stepped forward to defend and just opened the bat face at the last moment to place the ball into the gap behind square

74.2

Maharoof to Prior, FOUR, flambuoyant! There's almost a Caribbean flavour to Prior's batting through the off side at times, now he leans back to drive a full ball out square, beating the cover sweeper

74.3

Maharoof to Prior, no run, Maharoof pulls the length back to rule out the drive, Prior defends and takes the bottom hand off the bat as the ball bounces slightly more than expected

74.4

Maharoof to Prior, no run, Prior steps back and across to defend back down the track

74.5

Maharoof to Prior, FOUR, cut away, almost off the front foot. Again Maharoof offers width outside off, and Prior won't miss out

74.6

Maharoof to Prior, no run, fuller and driven, but straight to cover

England 268/5   MJ Prior 34* (46b 7x4)

75.2

Herath to Prior, no run, looped up on middle, not much turn but Prior defends

75.3

Herath to Prior, 1 run, flighted outside off, Prior drives out to the cover sweeper for one

England 270/5   MJ Prior 35* (48b 7x4)

76.2

Dilshan to Prior, 1 run, pushed down to long-on for a single

England 275/5   MJ Prior 36* (49b 7x4)

77.1

Herath to Prior, 3 runs, great placement, Prior angles the bat to get the ball past gully .... and there's almost a run-out here too! Morgan turned for another run and Prior sent him back, late, forcing the batsman to dive back to make his ground

77.3

Herath to Prior, no run, Herath stays round the wicket to Prior, who gets across in defence

77.4

Herath to Prior, no run, cut away square, and point has some work to do to stop the runs

77.5

Herath to Prior, 1 run, this one rushes on with the arm, taking the inner half of the bat and rolling down to fine leg

England 284/5   MJ Prior 40* (53b 7x4)

78.1

Dilshan to Prior, FOUR, a flat-batted drive scorches across the turf to the boundary, and Prior edges closer to fifty

78.2

Dilshan to Prior, no run, defended off the back foot into the leg side

78.3

Dilshan to Prior, no run, more defence from Prior

78.4

Dilshan to Prior, no run, no flight at all from Dilshan, and Prior turns the ball defensively to midwicket

78.5

Dilshan to Prior, no run, Dilshan giving the batsman nothing to drive as another flat, fast ball is defended to midwicket

78.6

Dilshan to Prior, 1 run, eased down the ground for a single

England 289/5   MJ Prior 45* (59b 8x4)

79.1

Herath to Prior, no run, defended watchfully into the covers

79.2

Herath to Prior, FOUR, short and wide, an atrocious delivery, and Prior places the cut perfectly to move to 49

79.3

Herath to Prior, no run, better from the bowler, Prior defends back down the track

79.4

Herath to Prior, 1 run, a quick-handed paddle sweep to long leg takes Prior to fifty. Warm applause from an appreciative crowd

79.6

Herath to Prior, no run, slightly flatter from Herath, Prior is rushed into defence

England 295/5   MJ Prior 50* (64b 9x4)

80.3

Welegedara to Prior, 1 wide, short and very wide. That's a Test match wide ...

80.3

Welegedara to Prior, no run, fuller and straighter, Prior aims a defensive push into the covers

80.4

Welegedara to Prior, 1 no ball, and now the bowler over-steps, not the slickest comeback from Welegedara. There's England's 300

80.4

Welegedara to Prior, no run, floated up outside off once more, Prior has a huge go at it but hits only fresh air

80.5

Welegedara to Prior, 2 byes, sloppy keeping from Prasanna! It wasn't the easiest take, the ball coming to him on the bounce, but he looked very stiff trying to get to it

80.6

Welegedara to Prior, no run, full and very wide indeed. Somehow Welegedara gets away with it

England 302/5   MJ Prior 50* (69b 9x4)

81.4

Lakmal to Prior, no run, full, swinging away, and left alone by Prior. He'll be a little more circumspect now that Morgan has gone

81.5

Lakmal to Prior, no run, beaten on the under edge. This looked like it kept just a little low too

81.6

Lakmal to Prior, FOUR, Lakmal attempts the bouncer to end the over, but Prior is having none of it and hammers a pull out in front of square on the leg side

England 307/6   MJ Prior 54* (72b 10x4)

82.4

Welegedara to Prior, no run, chopped to point, Broad wants a run but Prior sends him back

82.5

Welegedara to Prior, FOUR, this swings back in to Prior but started wide, and so he forced the ball out through backward point ... Lakmal charges round, but his dive goes awry so that's another four

82.6

Welegedara to Prior, no run, full on leg stump, driven hard to mid-on

England 312/6   MJ Prior 58* (75b 11x4)

84.1

Welegedara to Prior, no run, flashing drive from Prior, but the ball bursts past the outside edge

84.2

Welegedara to Prior, no run, Welegedara hits a good length on off stump, and Prior can only defend

84.3

Welegedara to Prior, FOUR, fuller this time, Prior drives and it's Lakmal after it once again ... and again his dive goes wrong, the foot touching the boundary marker as he pushed the ball back in. Four more

84.4

Welegedara to Prior, 1 run, tapped into space on the off side

84.6

Welegedara to Prior, 1 run, nudged down behind square on the leg side for one

England 327/6   MJ Prior 64* (80b 12x4)

85.1

Lakmal to Prior, 1 run, full, driven through cover and the sweeper hurls the ball back in

85.5

Lakmal to Prior, FOUR, a scything drive flies through cover! It was pitched up wide of off stump and Prior just swung his arms through the line

85.6

Lakmal to Prior, FOUR, four more! The last shot was all about power, but this time it was placement as Prior waited on the shot, playing very late and angling the bat to pick the gap behind square. Prior's brilliant counter-punch continues

England 341/6   MJ Prior 73* (83b 14x4)

88.1

Welegedara to Prior, no run, ooh, good start, Prior is flat-footed as he pokes at this one which angles across him

88.2

Welegedara to Prior, 1 run, first runs (or run) of the day as Prior works a straighter delivery into the gap at midwicket

England 343/6   MJ Prior 74* (85b 14x4)

89.1

Lakmal to Prior, no run, good start, full on off stump and it moves away a little as Prior defends on the front foot

89.2

Lakmal to Prior, 1 run, wrong line this time, on leg stump and it's flicked easily down to fine leg...brings up a fifty stand off 49 balls. That's how to steal momentum

89.5

Lakmal to Prior, no run, outside off and left alone

89.6

Lakmal to Prior, 1 run, driven sweetly square of the wicket but there's a sweeper on the cover boundary

England 354/6   MJ Prior 76* (89b 14x4)

90.1

Welegedara to Prior, no run, back of a length on middle and leg, pushed towards the bowler

90.2

Welegedara to Prior, no run, straight at Prior, which is certainly better than offering width, and he defends towards mid-off

90.3

Welegedara to Prior, 1 run, outside leg stump and worked down to fine leg

90.5

Welegedara to Prior, 1 run, just getting too leg side against Prior and he can easily flick it to deep square...not much pressure on England at the moment

England 357/6   MJ Prior 78* (93b 14x4)

91.1

Lakmal to Prior, no run, driven on the up, nicely timed but straight to mid-off

91.2

Lakmal to Prior, no run, driven very straight this time and it rolls into the non-striker's stumps

91.3

Lakmal to Prior, 2 runs, lovely shot, placement and timing from Prior as he sends it through midwicket but a tumble save on the rope prevents a boundary

91.4

Lakmal to Prior, 1 run, leg side again and more easy pickings for Prior as he flips it to deep square

England 360/6   MJ Prior 81* (97b 14x4)

92.1

Welegedara to Prior, 1 run, wide outside off and Prior meets it with a strong square drive which brings the sweeper into action...everything coming off the middle for both batsmen

92.4

Welegedara to Prior, no run, defended back to the bowler

92.5

Welegedara to Prior, 1 run, Prior doesn't seem capable of playing a drive that isn't elegant as he rockets this one out to deep cover

England 371/6   MJ Prior 83* (100b 14x4)

93.1

Lakmal to Prior, 2 runs, might have been an attempted yorker, but it's a little short of target and Prior flicks it through square leg and another fielder is sent diving

93.2

Lakmal to Prior, 1 run, opens the face and drives through the gap at cover

93.5

Lakmal to Prior, FOUR, edged! Did it carry? The keeper stuck out his right glove but couldn't grab it and the ball races to the boundary. It went past the keeper on the full so that's a missed chance.

93.6

Lakmal to Prior, FOUR, and again...more luck for Prior and none for Lakmal. This takes the outside edge and flies between slip and gully. Prior was squared up as he tried to work to the leg side but there aren't many men in the slips now

England 387/6   MJ Prior 94* (104b 16x4)

94.3

Welegedara to Prior, 1 run, dropped Oh dear, oh dear Sri Lanka. Full outside off, brought the drive from Prior and Mahela Jayawardene spills a fairly simple catch at second slip. That's a rare sight

England 390/6   MJ Prior 95* (105b 16x4)

95.1

Lakmal to Prior, FOUR, would you believe it?! Prior edges again and this time it flies at catchable height between keeper and first slip. Neither moved and it's another boundary to Prior which takes him to 99.

95.2

Lakmal to Prior, 1 run, there's his hundred...works it wide of mid-on and that's back-to-back centuries for Prior. Superb innings and he's taken this game by the scruff of the neck

95.4

Lakmal to Prior, no run, a moment of sanity as Prior defends on off stump...how mundane

95.5

Lakmal to Prior, 3 runs, edged! And eludes the slips again...it was a good delivery that climbed and took the shoulder of the bat then looped over gully

England 409/6   MJ Prior 103* (109b 17x4)

97.1

Fernando to Prior, no run, starts full on off stump with a slower ball that almost catches Prior out as he plays a touch early

97.2

Fernando to Prior, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Prior stands tall and drives square to deep cover

97.6

Fernando to Prior, 1 run, ooh, gets away with an inside edge past the stumps and he tries to give himself a touch of room

England 419/8   MJ Prior 105* (112b 17x4)

98.1

Welegedara to Prior, no run, uses his feet and gets well outside off and an edge falls short of second slip

98.2

Welegedara to Prior, no run, back of a length and defended into the covers

98.3

Welegedara to Prior, no run, very full and dug out to deep point but he declines a single

98.4

Welegedara to Prior, 1 run, this time he takes the run as he opens the face to the point sweeper

England 420/8   MJ Prior 106* (116b 17x4)

99.1

Fernando to Prior, no run, this is interesting, Prior starting to farm the strike as he turns down another single to deep cover

99.2

Fernando to Prior, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended into the covers and again the run not taken...game goes into a holding pattern

99.3

Fernando to Prior, 1 run, on leg stump, flicked away down to fine leg and the run is taken three balls into the over

England 421/8   MJ Prior 107* (119b 17x4)

100.1

Welegedara to Prior, 1 run, whipped round to long leg, Prior wants two but the fielder is in very quickly. Prior swipes his bat in annoyance, he didn't want to hand over the strike so early in the over

100.5

Welegedara to Prior, no run, very full on off stump, dug out into the off side

100.6

Welegedara to Prior, FOUR, Welegedara aims for the yorker but sends down a low full-toss outside off stump, which Prior puts away in some style, getting down low and angling the bat to pick the gap behind point

England 431/8   MJ Prior 112* (122b 18x4)

102.1

Welegedara to Prior, FOUR, smeared to midwicket! This shot wouldn't have been out of place in the closing overs of a Twenty20, he just picked up the length early and swung across the line. With that, the field spreads even further

102.2

Welegedara to Prior, 2 runs, clipped firmly off the pads, and even with all the men on the boundary Prior still finds space to pick up two

102.3

Welegedara to Prior, 1 wide, Welegedara digs one in at his own feet, and the attempted bouncer loops well over Prior's head. Rightly called wide

102.3

Welegedara to Prior, 1 run, slammed up and over mid-off, a flat, skimming drive that long-off basically puts himself in the way of to stop the boundary. That was hit really hard

102.6

Welegedara to Prior, 1 run, short and rising once again, this time Prior hooks from in front of his grille and the ball flies in the air towards fine leg ... but drops short of the fielder!

England 445/8   MJ Prior 120* (126b 19x4)

103.1

Lakmal to Prior, 1 run, full and wide, Prior cuts off the front foot out to deep point

103.4

Lakmal to Prior, 1 run, angled down towards a wide third man for a single

England 448/8   MJ Prior 122* (128b 19x4)

104.1

Herath to Prior, 2 runs, he comes round the wicket to Prior, the field spread, and a very full ball is dug out hard into the covers. Parried by the fielder, and they're back for the second

104.2

Herath to Prior, 2 runs, Prior dances down the track and a swattted drive flies very high ... but lands safely between long-off and deep cover. Two more

104.3

Herath to Prior, OUT, finally, Sri Lanka have removed Prior. He swipes across the line at a straight one from Herath, a real slog sweep, but misses it completely and the ball clatters into off stump. Prior exits to standing applause, he's done really well to guide England past 450

MJ Prior b Herath 126 (195m 131b 19x4 0x6) SR: 96.18

England 452/9   MJ Prior 126 (131b 19x4)
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