Sri Lanka tour of England and Scotland, 2nd Test: England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Jun 3-7, 2011
Played at Lord's, London
3,4,5,6,7 June 2011 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
50.1

Lakmal to Morgan, no run, Morgan needn't have played at this, but pushes the hands out at a ball outside off to defend to cover

50.2

Lakmal to Morgan, no run, fuller and wider still, this one he lets go

50.3

Lakmal to Morgan, no run, full and wide, left. We've reached stalemate here

50.4

Lakmal to Morgan, no run, Lakmal aims well outside off again, Morgan leaves well alone

50.5

Lakmal to Morgan, no run, Lakmal comes round the wicket, for a change, but then bowls very full and very wide outside off yet again. Morgan offers no stroke, and the game continues to meander

50.6

Lakmal to Morgan, no run, full, wide, left. You know the drill

End of over 51 (maiden) England 164/4

    • EJG Morgan 23 (41b 3x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 74 (134b 13x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 12-2-38-2
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-1-0
51.1

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run, a hint of width offered outside off, Cook chops into the covers for a single

51.2

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, tossed up outside off from round the stumps, Morgan leaves

51.3

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, aimed closer to middle this time, patted back down the track

51.4

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, solid defence to cover

51.5

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, bat and pad come right together in front of a bowed head in defence

51.6

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, and quiet defence ends the over, and the session

We've reached tea on the first day at Lord's, England having recovered to 165 for 4 thanks to a 108-run stand between Cook and Bell and an unbroken partnership of 35 between Cook and Morgan. Morgan, in particular, looked to push things on from the start, and Sri Lanka responded with a negative line wide of off stump that brought the game creaking to a halt. As it stands, neither team in full control, and it'll be interesting to see how they approach the evening session. Andrew McGlashan's tea bulletin will be up in a moment, and speaking of tea I fancy a cuppa. We'll be back at 4.00pm.

End of over 52 (1 run) England 165/4

    • EJG Morgan 23 (46b 3x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 75 (135b 13x4)
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-2-0
    • RAS Lakmal 12-2-38-2

We're back from tea.

And here's a rant to start things off. Steve C: "Can someone explain to me why international teams are allowed to get away with bowling 13 overs an hour? How can that be fair to the people paying £70 for a day's ticket? It seems to me that they will continue to bowl fewer and fewer overs and have additional time every day instead of bowling a decent number of overs per hour and perhaps bowling more than 90 in a day!!"

Lakmal has the ball.

52.1

Lakmal to Cook, no run, length ball on off, Cook gets forward to defends the ball towards the bowler

52.2

Lakmal to Cook, 2 runs, slightly wider than the previous one, Cook rocks back and slaps the ball behind backward point for couple

52.3

Lakmal to Cook, no run, keeps it on offstump, Cook gets behind the line and defends towards mid-off

Two slips, gully, point, extra cover, mid-off, mid-on, midwicket, and fine leg

52.4

Lakmal to Cook, no run, more defence towards mid-off

52.5

Lakmal to Cook, no run, too far outside off to worry Cook

52.6

Lakmal to Cook, no run, this one is closer to off, but not close enough to interest Cook

End of over 53 (2 runs) England 167/4

    • AN Cook 77 (141b 13x4)
    • EJG Morgan 23 (46b 3x4 1x6)
    • RAS Lakmal 13-2-40-2
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-2-0

Maharoof to bowl from the Nursery End. He kisses the ball as he starts his run-up

53.1

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, angles it outside off, Morgan isn't interested

53.2

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, length ball a couple of feet outside off, Morgan shoulders arms

53.3

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, this time Morgan is forced to play as Maharoof sends it close to offstump, defended off the front foot towards cover

53.4

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, length ball outside off, Morgan was looking to drive towards cover, but mistimes it back towards the bowler

53.5

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, Morgan slices a short and wide ball outside off towards cover

53.6

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, length ball on offstump, Morgan watches the ball closely as he defends

End of over 54 (maiden) England 167/4

    • EJG Morgan 23 (52b 3x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 77 (141b 13x4)
    • MF Maharoof 11-3-28-0
    • RAS Lakmal 13-2-40-2
54.1

Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, pitched up just wide of off stump, that is enough invitation for Cook to square drive towards deep point for a single

Eddy Richards: "Until there are in-game consequences for slow over rates - like penalty runs - there is no real incentive for teams to bowl more quickly. Fines - although no doubt annoying - are not sufficient to deterthe practice."

54.2

Lakmal to Morgan, no run, Morgan gets behind the line once again and defends down the track

54.3

Lakmal to Morgan, 1 run, deep point is in business once more, this time Morgan cuts the ball towards the boundary

54.4

Lakmal to Cook, no run, pitching outside off and angling away further, Cook leaves it to the keeper

54.5

Lakmal to Cook, no run, fuller one from Lakmal, once again Cook leaves it to the keeper

54.6

Lakmal to Cook, no run, more shouldering arms from the batsman to end the over

Stephen Baldwin also suggests penalty runs: "Slow over rates are a tactical ploy and will continue until there is a tactical sanction. Set a minimum number per session and, say, if the fielding side fall two overs short then the batting side can have any two overs doubled up."

End of over 55 (2 runs) England 169/4

    • AN Cook 78 (145b 13x4)
    • EJG Morgan 24 (54b 3x4 1x6)
    • RAS Lakmal 14-2-42-2
    • MF Maharoof 11-3-28-0
55.1

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, length ball outside off, Morgan watches it through to the keeper

55.2

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, the batsman is a spectator once more, Morgan content to leave outside off

Jackthelad says: "When Bradman was scoring all those runs the bowlers - even the fastest, like Harold Larwood - were sending down overs at around 3 to 4 minutes, barring extraordinary accidents. The over rate in Tests currently is disgraceful, the product of gamesmanship, and stronger sanctions should be put in place. This is in danger of ruining the greatest game of all."

55.3

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, how long will Morgan patiently leave the ball? it was short of length and well outside off, Morgan shoulders arms

55.4

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, on off and middle this time, Morgan defends the ball down the track

55.5

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, revert to letting the ball go, full and outside off

Abhi from the US: "I like the idea from Eddy... The minimum overs per hour should be 14. If they fall short, the batting team should be awarded runs.. like 5 runs for each over they are short."

55.6

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, and that one jagged away after pitching just outside off, Morgan plays inside the line

End of over 56 (maiden) England 169/4

    • EJG Morgan 24 (60b 3x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 78 (145b 13x4)
    • MF Maharoof 12-4-28-0
    • RAS Lakmal 14-2-42-2
56.1

Lakmal to Cook, FOUR, Lakmal was halfway to appealing for an lbw when he sees the ball fly off the edge past slip to third man for four, that one comes in a touch after pitching just outside off

56.2

Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, another edge, this time cook closes the face early and nicks it towards point

56.3

Lakmal to Morgan, no run, Morgan watches another outside-off delivery to the keeper

56.4

Lakmal to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan gets forward and guides the ball towards deep backward point

56.5

Lakmal to Cook, 3 runs, fullish on the pads, whipped away by Cook towards deep midwicket, doesn't make it all the way to the boundary

56.6

Lakmal to Morgan, no run, punched confidently by Morgan but can't beat the man at extra cover

Alex from the UK: "Re over rates - not only fielding side though. Batsmen taking regular unscheduled drinks breaks, towel downs, etc. Harsh to simply carte blanche punish the fielding side."

End of over 57 (9 runs) England 178/4

    • EJG Morgan 25 (63b 3x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 86 (148b 14x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 15-2-51-2
    • MF Maharoof 12-4-28-0
57.1

Maharoof to Cook, no run, length ball outside off, gentle from Maharoof, stout defence from the batsman

57.2

Maharoof to Cook, no run, fuller from Maharoof, defended back towards the bowler

Mark Slattery: "Regarding slow over rates. If this prevented a team winning when they fell short of time to chase a total, why not apply some sort of Duckworth Lewis model to the result based on how many overs short of the rate they were - ie, a chasing side can gain back the time lost and a team striving to bowl out the opposition can do the same. It would be a very unsatisfactory way to secure a result, but it might have a very powerful effect on over rates if a team felt it would lose control of the result in a tight finish as a consequence of slow play." Hmm. That formula will be as complex as D/L.

57.3

Maharoof to Cook, no run, punched back to the bowler, who gets a boot in the way

57.4

Maharoof to Cook, 1 run, short and a bit of width, Cook carves the ball towards deep cover for a single

57.5

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, length ball in the channel outside off, 84mph from Maharoof, left alone by the batsman

57.6

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, full ball on middle and leg, crisply on-driven by Morgan, Fernando moves across to his right to field the ball at mid-on

End of over 58 (1 run) England 179/4

    • EJG Morgan 25 (65b 3x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 87 (152b 14x4)
    • MF Maharoof 13-4-29-0
    • RAS Lakmal 15-2-51-2
58.1

Lakmal to Cook, no run, on the pads, whipped towards midwicket, placement wasn't very good from Cook

58.2

Lakmal to Cook, no run, overpitched outside off, another good-looking drive from Cook, once again he can't beat the fielder, this time it is cover

Nigel Emes-Runciman: "re: over rates. Played in a cup match at the weekend and needed 12 runs from 2 overs. The team bowling had gone past the alloted time to bowl overs and were penalised 6 runs for each over not bowled. So we strolled off the pitch there and then with the win!"

58.3

Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, the fifty stand comes up as Cook clips the ball towards deep midwicket

58.4

Lakmal to Morgan, no run, too far outside off, Morgan leaves

Patrick: "Re over rates - surely it is significant that the number of lefthanded batsmen has increased greatly in test cricket. This would mean that the field would have to change a lot mid-overs, so clearly has an influence on the slow-over rate."

58.5

Lakmal to Morgan, no run, length ball on off and middle, Morgan defends solidly to the off side

58.6

Lakmal to Morgan, no run, short and wide, Morgan though about sending that flying over backward point, then he decides against it

End of over 59 (1 run) England 180/4

    • EJG Morgan 25 (68b 3x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 88 (155b 14x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 16-2-52-2
    • MF Maharoof 13-4-29-0
59.1

Maharoof to Cook, FOUR, Maharoof sends it short and wide, Cook jumps onto the backfoot and powers the ball towards the point boundary, he moves into the nineties

Peter: "Talking of penalty runs and over rates. If we're worried about gamesmanship, what if batting teams take liberties to slow the over-rate to pick up extra runs? Or am I being overly cynical?" No you aren't.

59.2

Maharoof to Cook, (no ball) 2 runs, Cook purrs along to 94, whipping the ball towards midwicket for a couple, and that's a no-ball as well

59.2

Maharoof to Cook, no run, short and very wide, umpire thinks long and hard before deciding against calling it a wide

59.3

Maharoof to Cook, 1 run, length ball on middle stump, tucked towards square leg

59.4

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, in the channel outside off, Morgan shoulders arms

59.5

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, full and on off stump, driven towards Samaraweera at midwicket, can't get it past the fielder

Jimmy: "All slow over rates should be blamed on Jonathan Trott whether england are involved or not." For more Trott's fault, check out our daily Two Chucks video.

59.6

Maharoof to Morgan, (no ball) FOUR, another no-ball, and another boundary, thumped past mid-on for a boundary., this is turning into an expensive and long over

59.6

Maharoof to Morgan, 1 no ball, and yet another no-ball, is this Dilhara in disguise? Morgan defends

59.6

Maharoof to Morgan, 1 run, well outside off, Morgan flays it towards cover for a single

End of over 60 (15 runs) England 195/4

    • EJG Morgan 30 (73b 4x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 95 (159b 15x4)
    • MF Maharoof 14-4-44-0
    • RAS Lakmal 16-2-52-2
60.1

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, Dilshan bowls it outside off, slapped towards point

60.2

Dilshan to Morgan, FOUR, Morgan bludgeons that one, overpitched from Dilshan, Morgan powers it over the bowler's head for a one-bounce four

60.3

Dilshan to Morgan, 1 run, applause from the crowd as a single to the off side brings up the 200

60.4

Dilshan to Cook, no run, punched back towards the bowler

60.5

Dilshan to Cook, no run, length ball heading for middle, careful defence from Cook

60.6

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run, on the pads this time, whipped towards square leg for a single

End of over 61 (6 runs) England 201/4

    • AN Cook 96 (162b 15x4)
    • EJG Morgan 35 (76b 5x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 3-0-8-0
    • MF Maharoof 14-4-44-0

Fernando is back

61.1

Fernando to Cook, no run, slightly overpitched outside off, Cook happy to leave

Colin from the UK: "Not sure bowling teams will care too much about adding 10 to a 300+ total. Keep/increase the current fines, start play a half-hour earlier and just insist the full 90 overs are bowled per day. When it's 6.30 and the bowlers are keen to get down the pub they'll soon speed up"

61.2

Fernando to Cook, OUT, and there's the wicket, the inevitable Cook century is not to be, it was a shortish ball, Cook went for an adventurous pull, top-edges it towards mid-on where Maharoof takes the catch, he is a dejected man, at least no one can argue that he was playing for the milestone

AN Cook c Maharoof b Fernando 96 (281m 164b 15x4 0x6) SR: 58.53

Karthik: "@Eddy: Penalty runs cheapen the game. I'd much rather see captains being banned for the next test instead."

61.3

Fernando to Morgan, no run, Morgan drives it towards Maharoof at mid-on

61.4

Fernando to Morgan, FOUR, oh, Morgan was nearly gone there, Fernando making an instant impact, that comes back in a touch, Morgan was looking to cut that one, too close to him and gets an inside-edge that somehow misses the stumps and runs away to the fine leg boundary

61.5

Fernando to Morgan, no run, another good delivery from Fernando, nips back from outside off and Morgan is beaten as he looks to defend

61.6

Fernando to Morgan, no run, well outside off, Morgan is relieved at the chance to shoulder arms

End of over 62 (4 runs) England 205/5

    • EJG Morgan 39 (80b 6x4 1x6)
    • MJ Prior 0 (0b)
    • CRD Fernando 11-2-47-1
    • TM Dilshan 3-0-8-0
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

62.3

Dilshan to Morgan, SIX, Morgan quite likes the offspin on offer, he smacks another overptched ball from Dilshan for a six over long-on, lovely clean hit that, some fans in the stands who weren't paying attention were startled by the ball coming towards them

62.4

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, flighted delivery, defended by Morgan

62.5

Dilshan to Morgan, FOUR, Morgan does it delicately this time, opens the face to guide the ball towards third man for four

62.6

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, a forward defensive to end the over

End of over 63 (11 runs) England 216/5

    • EJG Morgan 49 (84b 7x4 2x6)
    • MJ Prior 1 (2b)
    • TM Dilshan 4-0-19-0
    • CRD Fernando 11-2-47-1
63.1

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

Ken from Canada: "mposing penalty runs wont be a good idea, cause the batting side can use it as a tactic. also in a small run chase it wont be a good idea. I wold suggest the umpires should use Red and Yellow cards to captains... captain can be asked to sit out a whole session on first count and the team can't use any substitute for that session"

63.2

Fernando to Morgan, no run, Morgan gets forward and blocks the ball towards the bowler

Joe Drown points out: "Cook has gone past Mark Boucher, Michael Slater, John Wright and Ian Chappell in this innings. Flying up the list of all time run scorers!!"

63.3

Fernando to Morgan, 1 run, shortish ball on legstump, pulled away down to fine leg for a single that brings up Morgan's fifty

More suggestions for over rate penalties. Som: "@ Abhi & Eddy: Further, if the bowling team fails to meet the over-rate 3 times they should be docked a batsman from their batting innings, onwards."

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

End of over 64 (6 runs) England 222/5

    • MJ Prior 6 (6b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 50 (86b 7x4 2x6)
    • CRD Fernando 12-2-53-1
    • TM Dilshan 4-0-19-0

Herath to bowl

64.1

Herath to Morgan, no run, length ball outside off, careful defence from Morgan

64.2

Herath to Morgan, no run, defended to the leg side

64.3

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, pushed past the bowler towards mid-on for a single

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

End of over 65 (1 run) England 223/5

    • MJ Prior 6 (9b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 51 (89b 7x4 2x6)
    • HMRKB Herath 7-1-22-0
    • CRD Fernando 12-2-53-1
65.1

Fernando to Morgan, no run, length ball in the channel outside off, Morgan shoulders arms

65.2

Fernando to Morgan, FOUR, wonderful shot from Morgan, short and wide from Fernando, Morgan doesn't bother rocking on to the back foot, he gets forward and cuts that behind backward point with plenty of power

65.3

Fernando to Morgan, no run, outside off, Morgan is content to leave this time, Prasanna doesn't collect cleanly but no byes conceded

65.4

Fernando to Morgan, no run, a half-volley on the legstump, Morgan wants to whip the ball away to the leg side but can't connect well

65.5

Fernando to Morgan, no run, for the third time this over, Dilhara puts it on a length and just outside off, left alone by Morgan

65.6

Fernando to Morgan, no run, well wide of offstump this time, Morgan is happy to leave

End of over 66 (4 runs) England 227/5

    • EJG Morgan 55 (95b 8x4 2x6)
    • MJ Prior 6 (9b 1x4)
    • CRD Fernando 13-2-57-1
    • HMRKB Herath 7-1-22-0
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

End of over 67 (1 run) England 228/5

    • MJ Prior 7 (15b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 55 (95b 8x4 2x6)
    • HMRKB Herath 8-1-23-0
    • CRD Fernando 13-2-57-1

Welegedara takes over from Fernando

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

Two slips, gully, point, cover, extra cover and mid-off on the off side

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

End of over 68 (4 runs) England 232/5

    • MJ Prior 11 (21b 2x4)
    • EJG Morgan 55 (95b 8x4 2x6)
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 13-4-36-2
    • HMRKB Herath 8-1-23-0
68.1

Herath to Morgan, no run, Morgan drives crisply down the track, Herath moves across to his left to collect

68.2

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, fullish on offstump, whipped towards wide long-on by Morgan

68.3

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

68.4

Herath to Morgan, no run, length ball on middle an leg, pushed towards short leg

68.5

Herath to Morgan, no run, length ball outside off, once again short leg has to field

68.6

Herath to Morgan, FOUR, muscled off the back foot for a boundary, it wasn't too far outside off, Morgan skips away from legstump to make the room needed to get the power behind that cut, sends the ball racing past cover

End of over 69 (6 runs) England 238/5

    • EJG Morgan 60 (100b 9x4 2x6)
    • MJ Prior 12 (22b 2x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 9-1-29-0
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 13-4-36-2
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

End of over 70 (4 runs) England 242/5

    • MJ Prior 16 (28b 3x4)
    • EJG Morgan 60 (100b 9x4 2x6)
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 14-4-40-2
    • HMRKB Herath 9-1-29-0
70.1

Herath to Morgan, no run, flighted by Herath, outside off and pushed back to the bowler

70.2

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, similar ball, this time Morgan moves across and whips it between the feet of short leg

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

And that is the final drinks break of the day. 19 overs still remain.

End of over 71 (3 runs) England 245/5

    • MJ Prior 16 (32b 3x4)
    • EJG Morgan 61 (102b 9x4 2x6)
    • HMRKB Herath 10-1-30-0
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 14-4-40-2
71.1

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, Welegedara continues, and slings one down full and wide of the off stump. Morgan eases himself back in after the break, leaving alone

71.2

Welegedara to Morgan, no run, well, good fielding in the end but it looked as if the ball had the beating of Fernando at mid-off for a moment. Morgan pushed a full one between cover and mid-off and Fernando creaked into action, bending low at the last possible moment to stop the shot. Ripple of applause from the crowd

71.3

Welegedara to Morgan, 2 runs, off the inner half of the bat and down to fine leg, they run hard for two

71.4

Welegedara to Morgan, 1 run, definite inside edge this time, but again the ball rolls harmlessly to fine leg

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

End of over 72 (8 runs) England 253/5

    • MJ Prior 20 (35b 4x4)
    • EJG Morgan 64 (106b 9x4 2x6)
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 15-4-48-2
    • HMRKB Herath 10-1-30-0

Farveez Maharoof back into the attack

72.1

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, he starts full and wide, tempting Morgan into a drive. The shot is toe-ended to cover

72.2

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, nothing more than medium pace, but good line and length from Maharoof. Morgan defends from the crease

72.3

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, Morgan leaves alone outside off

72.4

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, shot! Well, good shot for no runs. Graceful cover drive from Morgan, and the ball pinged right out of the middle, but went straight to the cover fielder

72.5

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, Maharoof pulls the length back, forcing Morgan into a defensive push

72.6

Maharoof to Morgan, no run, well wide of off, extravagantly left by the batsman

End of over 73 (maiden) England 253/5

    • EJG Morgan 64 (112b 9x4 2x6)
    • MJ Prior 20 (35b 4x4)
    • MF Maharoof 15-5-44-0
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 15-4-48-2

Aha, change of ends for Herath, from the Pavilion to the Nursery End.

73.1

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

73.2

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, spinning in to Morgan, who steps forward to nudge through midwicket

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

End of over 74 (3 runs) England 256/5

    • MJ Prior 22 (40b 4x4)
    • EJG Morgan 65 (113b 9x4 2x6)
    • HMRKB Herath 11-1-33-0
    • MF Maharoof 15-5-44-0
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

End of over 75 (12 runs) England 268/5

    • MJ Prior 34 (46b 7x4)
    • EJG Morgan 65 (113b 9x4 2x6)
    • MF Maharoof 16-5-56-0
    • HMRKB Herath 11-1-33-0
75.1

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, a touch short, Morgan waits on the back foot and bunts down the ground

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

75.4

Herath to Morgan, 2 runs, chipped over the in-field by Morgan. He had come down the track but wasn't quite to the pitch, and so checked his shot to make sure he got the placement right. Good batting

75.5

Herath to Morgan, no run, pushed defensively back to the bowler

75.6

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, clipped out through square leg for a single

End of over 76 (5 runs) England 273/5

    • EJG Morgan 69 (117b 9x4 2x6)
    • MJ Prior 35 (48b 7x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 12-1-38-0
    • MF Maharoof 16-5-56-0

Dilshan brings himself back on

76.1

Dilshan to Morgan, 1 run, well, that was not there to be cut but somehow Morgan has got it away ... it rushed on from round the wicket and was headed straight towards leg stump before the bat jammed down on it

76.2

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

76.3

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, again Morgan makes room, but Dilshan follows him and he can only tap the ball back to the bowler

76.4

Dilshan to Morgan, FOUR, short and wide, Morgan was waiting for that and smashes the cut out to the point boundary

76.5

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, Morgan's really not expecting any sort of turn from Dilshan, again he steps right back and exposes all his stumps before defending

76.6

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, flat and fast, Morgan plays back and jabs the bat down in defence

End of over 77 (6 runs) England 279/5

    • EJG Morgan 74 (122b 10x4 2x6)
    • MJ Prior 36 (49b 7x4)
    • TM Dilshan 5-0-25-0
    • HMRKB Herath 12-1-38-0
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

77.2

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, eased through midwicket for a single

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

77.6

Herath to Morgan, no run, driven well, but straight to mid-on

End of over 78 (5 runs) England 284/5

    • EJG Morgan 75 (124b 10x4 2x6)
    • MJ Prior 40 (53b 7x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 13-1-43-0
    • TM Dilshan 5-0-25-0
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

This is now the highest sixth-wicket stand for England against Sri Lanka

End of over 79 (5 runs) England 289/5

    • MJ Prior 45 (59b 8x4)
    • EJG Morgan 75 (124b 10x4 2x6)
    • TM Dilshan 6-0-30-0
    • HMRKB Herath 13-1-43-0
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

79.5

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, driven down to long-on, easy run

79.6

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

End of over 80 (6 runs) England 295/5

    • MJ Prior 50 (64b 9x4)
    • EJG Morgan 76 (125b 10x4 2x6)
    • HMRKB Herath 14-1-49-0
    • TM Dilshan 6-0-30-0

Have Sri Lanka taken the new ball? It'll be Welegedara to bowl

80.1

Welegedara to Morgan, 2 runs, nudged off the hip through square leg, and they rush back for the second

Yep, he's definitely got a new ball in the hand now

80.2

Welegedara to Morgan, 1 run, another loosener, slipping towards leg stump and glanced away for another single

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

End of over 81 (7 runs) England 302/5

    • MJ Prior 50 (69b 9x4)
    • EJG Morgan 79 (127b 10x4 2x6)
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 16-4-53-2
    • HMRKB Herath 14-1-49-0

Lakmal will share the new ball. He'll move the ball back in to Morgan

81.1

Lakmal to Morgan, OUT, appeal first ball! Morgan is struck on the pad, Lakmal is convinced, but the umpire says no ... hang on, they're going to review this. That's taking leg stump out of the ground, and Morgan is out! It pitched in line, moved enough to beat the bat but not enough to take it down the leg side.

EJG Morgan lbw b Lakmal 79 (167m 128b 10x4 2x6) SR: 61.71

Well, how much did Sri Lanka need that? Shoulders were sagging in the field, there misfields aplenty and Prasanna looked disinterested in activites behind the stumps

81.2

Lakmal to Broad, no run, swinging down the leg side first up, Broad can't get close to it

81.3

Lakmal to Broad, 1 run, chipped uppishly towards midwicket, they set off immediately and Broad is off the mark

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

End of over 82 (5 runs) England 307/6

    • MJ Prior 54 (72b 10x4)
    • SCJ Broad 1 (2b)
    • RAS Lakmal 17-2-57-3
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 16-4-53-2
82.1

Welegedara to Broad, no run, good length, angling in to off stump, and Broad keeps it out with some straight-batted defence

82.2

Welegedara to Broad, no run, this one moved away from the left-hander through the air, and this time the defence is slightly more awkward

82.3

Welegedara to Broad, 1 run, pushed out into the covers for a single

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

"Prior must be the kind of batsman that opposition hate," writes Tom. "After a relatively good day for Sri Lanka he's come in and scored a 50 from 60 odd balls and it makes the score-board look so much worse for the. Scoring rate at 3.7 when it fell to near 3 not long ago. Top stuff."

End of over 83 (5 runs) England 312/6

    • MJ Prior 58 (75b 11x4)
    • SCJ Broad 2 (5b)
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 17-4-58-2
    • RAS Lakmal 17-2-57-3
83.1

Lakmal to Broad, no run, full, swinging well down the leg side and Broad can't reach it

83.2

Lakmal to Broad, FOUR, short, Broad gloves the pull but the ball goes down rather than looping up and evades a diving Prasanna to go for four

Prasanna's not had the best day behind the stumps. He doesn't look as if he's moving right, perhaps he's carrying some sort of injury

83.3

Lakmal to Broad, no run, defended into the leg side

83.4

Lakmal to Broad, no run, chipped uppishly! But the ball lands short of the midwicket fielder

83.5

Lakmal to Broad, FOUR, again the flick to leg flies in the air, this time it's past a diving midwicket fielder and rolls away for four

83.6

Lakmal to Broad, no run, curving down the leg side once more, Lakmal has not quite found his radar yet

End of over 84 (8 runs) England 320/6

    • SCJ Broad 10 (11b 2x4)
    • MJ Prior 58 (75b 11x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 18-2-65-3
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 17-4-58-2
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

84.5

Welegedara to Broad, 1 run, Broad is too early into the straight drive, chipping the ball just short of the bowler in his follow-through, and the ball is parried into the off side, allowing a single

84.6

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

End of over 85 (7 runs) England 327/6

    • MJ Prior 64 (80b 12x4)
    • SCJ Broad 11 (12b 2x4)
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 18-4-65-2
    • RAS Lakmal 18-2-65-3
85.1

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

85.2

Lakmal to Broad, no run, good delivery to the left-hander, snaking back in to him. Broad defends, but there's a big gap between bat and pad

85.3

Lakmal to Broad, FOUR, hammered down the ground! Again, hit in the air, but this time it really didn't matter as the placement was perfect, through straight mid-off

85.4

Lakmal to Broad, 1 run, short, another attempted bouncer from Lakmal but it's dealt with easily enough by Broad, who pulls hard out to deep midwicket

Very defensive fields being set now

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

End of over 86 (14 runs) England 341/6

    • MJ Prior 73 (83b 14x4)
    • SCJ Broad 16 (15b 3x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 19-2-79-3
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 18-4-65-2

Maharoof comes back

86.1

Maharoof to Broad, no run, very full on off stump, Broad leans forward and brings the bat down in defence

86.2

Maharoof to Broad, no run, nicely straight again, Broad taps defensively back to the bowler

86.3

Maharoof to Broad, no run, Maharoof pulls the length back and gets this one to seam away off the pitch, but Broad raises his arms high to leave

86.4

Maharoof to Broad, no run, back of a length once again, pushed to point

86.5

Maharoof to Broad, no run, Broad playing for the close here as another very full delivery is dead-batted

86.6

Maharoof to Broad, 1 run, dropped into a narrow gap at cover, Prior calls him through for a quick single

End of over 87 (1 run) England 342/6

    • SCJ Broad 17 (21b 3x4)
    • MJ Prior 73 (83b 14x4)
    • MF Maharoof 17-5-57-0
    • RAS Lakmal 19-2-79-3

It'll be Lakmal to finish things off ... or will it? Nope, Dilshan's decided to take it upon himself

87.1

Dilshan to Broad, no run, Broad lunges forward to defend

Slip and bat-pad in place, as well as a short extra cover

87.2

Dilshan to Broad, no run, defended to leg

87.3

Dilshan to Broad, no run, Broad comes well forward again and smothers the ball into the off side

87.4

Dilshan to Broad, no run, and yet more defence from Broad

Silly point coming in now too

87.5

Dilshan to Broad, no run, defended to short leg on the bounce

87.6

Dilshan to Broad, no run, and resolute, solid forward defence to end the day

So, that's stumps on the first day at Lord's. The ascendancy has changed hands several times today, but it will be England who are the happier side after recovering from some shaky positions to the relative strength of 342 for 6. They have their middle order to thank for that, as Bell and Morgan provided good support to prompt a recovery from 22 for 3 and Prior pushed things on nicely before the close. Sri Lanka looked like vindicating Dilshan's decision to bat first on a sunny morning with a couple of quick wickets, but the wind went from their sails as the day wore on and at some points in the afternoon they were downright sloppy in the field. Still, this is a position from which their own recovery is still possible. To read all about today's thrills and spills, check out Andrew McGlashan's bulletin, and don't forget to have a look at our gallery too. That's all from your commentary team today, we'll see you at 11.00am BST on what will hopefully be another sunny day tomorrow.

End of over 88 (maiden) England 342/6

    • SCJ Broad 17 (27b 3x4)
    • MJ Prior 73 (83b 14x4)
    • TM Dilshan 7-1-30-0
    • MF Maharoof 17-5-57-0

Sri Lanka are in the middle and here come the batsmen...Chanaka Welegedara will start the day. Two slips and a gully in place

10.55am Just a few moments away from the action. Matt Prior eyeing a Test hundred but Sri Lanka's bowlers will want to make the new-ball count as they did yesterday. The weather is wonderful, clear blue sky and warm. Outside chance of a shower brewing up later, but it all looks set fair.

10.45am Here's Mark Kidger. "What England wouldn't do for a century from Matt Prior and a 50 from Stuart Broad to soften-up the Sri Lankans. It would be torture for them to see 22 for 3 become 450 and another uphill struggle.

"The serious side to this comment is that Stuart Broad needs to score regular 50s because unless his does, or brings down that bowling average of 35 a fair bit, his place is going to come under real scrutiny." Can't argue with those comments

10.40am Competition time. How about a chance to win a net with Graham Thorpe? Well, if you in the UK here's your chance. Click here for all the details.

10.30am Hello folks, Andrew McGlashan here for the start of the second day's play from Lord's. It was a good viewing yesterday as Sri Lanka started well before England fought back. Decent Test cricket. I reckon England will be fairly happy with their current position, but another 100 runs from the lower order would be ideal. For Sri Lanka, they just need four wickets as quickly as possible then it will be down to the batsman to atone for the Cardiff nightmare. Should be a fascinating day.

Andrew Miller examines how England were below par on the first day, but still managed to work themselves into a decent position while the Two Chucks have a slightly different slant on the action.

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

Similar field for Broad, two slips in place and a gully

88.3

Welegedara to Broad, no run, outside off, hint of shape away from the left hander and it's left alone

88.4

Welegedara to Broad, FOUR, finds the outside edge but Broad plays it with soft hands and it beats a diving gully down to third man...always a profitable area at Lord's

88.5

Welegedara to Broad, no run, good line, on off stump, Broad defends from the crease square into the off side

88.6

Welegedara to Broad, FOUR, cracking shot, that's what Broad can do...a wide delivery but not quite a half volley and he drove it on the up over cover. Can be dangerous in this situation

Good start for England, nine runs from the opening over

End of over 89 (9 runs) England 351/6

    • SCJ Broad 25 (31b 5x4)
    • MJ Prior 74 (85b 14x4)
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 19-4-74-2
    • TM Dilshan 7-1-30-0

Suranga Lakmal will operate from the Nursery End

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

89.3

Lakmal to Broad, no run, almost a mix-up in the running...Broad drove powerfully towards mid-off who fumbled as he dived, then there was some confusion over whether to take a single and Broad had to scurry back

89.4

Lakmal to Broad, 1 run, a neat flick off leg stump out to deep square

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

End of over 90 (3 runs) England 354/6

    • MJ Prior 76 (89b 14x4)
    • SCJ Broad 26 (33b 5x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 20-2-82-3
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 19-4-74-2
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

90.4

Welegedara to Broad, 1 run, worked off the stumps towards deep square-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

90.6

Welegedara to Broad, no run, full on off stump and defended towards the on side

End of over 91 (3 runs) England 357/6

    • SCJ Broad 27 (35b 5x4)
    • MJ Prior 78 (93b 14x4)
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 20-4-77-2
    • RAS Lakmal 20-2-82-3
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

91.5

Lakmal to Broad, FOUR, short and on Broad's hip, pulls it away with a roll of wrists and it goes too fine for long leg to cut it off

91.6

Lakmal to Broad, FOUR, shorter this time and hammered with more power...he picks it up early and pulls it to deep square-leg and even though the fielder is only a few yards away he didn't have a chance

Excellent innings from Broad and it's selling trouble for Sri Lanka

End of over 92 (11 runs) England 368/6

    • SCJ Broad 35 (37b 7x4)
    • MJ Prior 81 (97b 14x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 21-2-93-3
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 20-4-77-2
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

Broad pulls away at the last second as something distracts him and the bowler aborts

92.2

Welegedara to Broad, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended towards mid-on

92.3

Welegedara to Broad, 1 run, touch fuller and it's bunted into midwicket

Down to one slip now, a gully and a short-ish point

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

92.6

Welegedara to Broad, 2 runs, close for Sri Lanka...Broad just gets away with this as he tries to loft straight down the ground and it lobs over mid-on who was scampering back. Broad not holding anything back

End of over 93 (5 runs) England 373/6

    • SCJ Broad 38 (40b 7x4)
    • MJ Prior 83 (100b 14x4)
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 21-4-82-2
    • RAS Lakmal 21-2-93-3
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

Just a slip and a gully now for Broad. Dilshan getting nervous.

93.3

Lakmal to Broad, no run, well bowled! That's the ball of the morning as it nips back and beats Broad on the inside edge. Close to taking off stump.

93.4

Lakmal to Broad, 3 runs, another positive drive on the up, it wasn't really timed but it runs away over a fast outfield and almost beats the chasing fielder

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.

First slip is stood very wide so it had to be Prasanna's catch

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

Prior takes a drink and perhaps a tablet from the physio...seems to have a slight shoulder issue

End of over 94 (14 runs) England 387/6

    • MJ Prior 94 (104b 16x4)
    • SCJ Broad 41 (42b 7x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 22-2-107-3
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 21-4-82-2
94.1

Welegedara to Broad, no run, full on off stump and dug out into the covers

94.2

Welegedara to Broad, no run, on off stump, defended with bat and pad together

94.3

Welegedara to Broad, (no ball) 1 run, full on middle, pushed towards mid-on and it's a well-judged single...also an extra from the no-ball

Welegedara comes around the wicket

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

94.4

Welegedara to Broad, FOUR, more pain for the bowler as Broad launches this in the air straight down the ground

94.5

Welegedara to Broad, FOUR, everything going England's way, Broad drives in the air and it bounces just short of mid-on who then can't stop the ball which dribbles to the boundary to take Broad to an attacking fifty

Superb counter-attack from this pair. It's edge-of-the-seat cricket. Broad's fifty took 47 deliveries and follows his 169 here against Pakistan

94.6

Welegedara to Broad, no run, beaten...good response from the bowler as Broad feels outside off stump

End of over 95 (11 runs) England 398/6

    • SCJ Broad 50 (48b 9x4)
    • MJ Prior 95 (105b 16x4)
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 22-4-93-2
    • RAS Lakmal 22-2-107-3
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.

Sri Lanka can't take a trick at the moment

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

Prior's second Test hundred at Lord's...he made one on debut in 2007 against West Indies

95.3

Lakmal to Broad, 3 runs, now Broad continues to motor along with another elegant cover drive which is pulled back inches from the rope

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

Lakmal can only wear a rueful smile

95.6

Lakmal to Broad, 1 run, pushed firmly towards mid-off and he keeps the strike

England have scored at more than eight runs an over this morning. That's quite some pace.

End of over 96 (12 runs) England 410/6

    • SCJ Broad 54 (50b 9x4)
    • MJ Prior 103 (109b 17x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 23-2-119-3
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 22-4-93-2
96.1

Welegedara to Broad, OUT, gone! Finally a breakthrough. Broad plays across a straight ball and that's stone dead. Much like Strauss yesterday he fell across the shot slightly. He asked Prior about using a review but was told how out it was.

SCJ Broad lbw b Welegedara 54 (73m 51b 9x4 0x6) SR: 105.88

A vital blow for Sri Lanka but that partnership of 108 in 15 overs has done major damage to them.

Graeme Swann is the new man and he won't hang around either

96.2

Welegedara to Swann, FOUR, there you go, away first ball as he drives a friendly, floaty half volley through the covers and loves them there

96.3

Welegedara to Swann, no run, touch wider and he resists another drive with a leave alone

Changes to round the wicket

96.4

Welegedara to Swann, no run, nicely bowled, outside off and nearly draws Swann into having a poke

96.5

Welegedara to Swann, no run, driven in the air but it lands well short of point who is fairly deep

96.6

Welegedara to Swann, OUT, gone! Sri Lanka take a catch at slip although the keeper almost messed it up. Well bowled by Welegedara from round the wicket, Swann pushed hard outside off and Paranavitana held on despite the keeper diving in front of him.

GP Swann c Paranavitana b Welegedara 4 (3m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

This game is moving on at a pace...Welegedara deserves his four wickets. Just seen a replay of that catch. What was the keeping doing?! Anyway, it ended okay for Sri Lanka.

End of over 97 (4 runs) England 414/8

    • MJ Prior 103 (109b 17x4)
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 23-4-97-4
    • RAS Lakmal 23-2-119-3

Change of bowling as Dilhara Fernando comes into the attack

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

97.3

Fernando to Tremlett, 2 runs, full on off stump and Tremlett is away with a push through the covers

97.4

Fernando to Tremlett, no run, angled in towards the pads and defended down the pitch

97.5

Fernando to Tremlett, 1 run, huge appeal...excellent yorker from Fernando which Tremlett tries to jab down on and gets an inside edge but it's given leg byes. Dilshan uses a review which shows the edge, but it stays leg byes. Work that out.

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

Sounds like that leg bye has now been changed to a run. We'll get that confirmed

End of over 98 (5 runs) England 419/8

    • MJ Prior 105 (112b 17x4)
    • CT Tremlett 3 (3b)
    • CRD Fernando 14-2-62-1
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 23-4-97-4
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

That leg bye has been changed

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

98.5

Welegedara to Tremlett, no run, too wide outside off and left alone

98.6

Welegedara to Tremlett, no run, comes forward and defends to the covers

"Can't think of a better current international lower order around at the moment than England's," says Will. "Got an amazing ability to accelerate an innings and basically finish off a bowling attack."

End of over 99 (1 run) England 420/8

    • CT Tremlett 3 (5b)
    • MJ Prior 106 (116b 17x4)
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 24-4-98-4
    • CRD Fernando 14-2-62-1

"3 for 22 was a long time ago," says Robert. Indeed it was. Well, a day ago at least

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

Tremlett can hold a bat so Prior may as well play normally for now

99.4

Fernando to Tremlett, no run, full at the stumps and pushed back towards the bowler

99.5

Fernando to Tremlett, no run, short ball and Tremlett drops his hands as it loops to the keeper

99.6

Fernando to Tremlett, no run, firmly driven but straight to cover

And that's drinks. Since being 22 for 3, England have scored 399 for 5. That's a recovery and some. Anyway, until lunch here's Liam.

End of over 100 (1 run) England 421/8

    • CT Tremlett 3 (8b)
    • MJ Prior 107 (119b 17x4)
    • CRD Fernando 15-2-63-1
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 24-4-98-4
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