England v Sri Lanka, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day June 14, 2014

Sangakkara milestone leads Sri Lanka reply

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Video report - Kumar Sangakkara Day at Lord's

Sri Lanka 415 for 7 (Sangakkara 147, Mathews 79*, Jayawardene 55) trail England 575 for 9 dec by 160 runs
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Kumar Sangakkara had never made a Test century at Lord's; he has now and judging by his reaction he will cherish it forever. Whether it has saved the game, though, remains to be seen. Sri Lanka bowled along for much of the day but, still 160 runs behind with only three wickets remaining, their work is far from done.

A docile Lord's surface was an opportunity almost too good to be true. Perhaps this was Sangakkara's last chance - although the same was suggested the last time he was in England for a Test series. He is in no rush to give it up, not on the field at Lord's on the third day of the first Test, not yet in terms of his career, certainly not in terms of his life. He is a driven man.

It all did come to an end though, as far as his innings was concerned, midway through an elongated final session. He had made 147 when Moeen Ali took his first Test wicket courtesy of an alert catch behind the stumps by Matt Prior, optimism entrenched despite much evidence to the contrary.

Sangakkara castigated himself for missing out on a wide one. A kinder verdict was that Moeen had enticed a little turn and bounce from an unsympathetic surface. As an allrounder (a second spinner, in truth) asked to fulfil a role of specialist - and with Graeme Swann's retirement still fresh in the mind - he had bowled with control and he deserved kindness.

Sangakkara will prefer to reflect upon that Lord's century. When he righted the omission, driving Root on the up through cover, his old pal Mahela Jayawardene was observing the moment from 22 yards away. Jayawardene's delighted cling around his throat momentarily disconcerted him, strangling him more than the England attack ever did.

Sri Lanka might have saved the follow-on, but they are not yet out of danger. Whatever befalls these sides over the last two days this Lord's pitch has not been conducive to a thrilling contest between bat and ball. A young buck, Joe Root, made a double hundred on it for England, and Sangakkara, more than 13 years his senior, was equally sharp-sighted at taking the opportunity.

It needed the most enterprising innings of the match, however, an unbeaten 79 from the captain, Angelo Mathews, to enhance Sangakkara's work as England made inroads with two wickets with the second new ball and persisted gamely to add three more in the final session.

Once again, though, a laggardly over rate did not serve the game. The extra half hour is now regarded as an entitlement not an occasional safeguard. Sri Lanka were primarily responsible for a six-over deficit on the second day; England entirely culpable for a six-over deficit on the third. The umpires stand there like coat stands and the ICC fails to address the issue. When will this careless destruction of Test cricket ever be addressed?

Sri Lanka still had much to do at start of play, even from the stability of 140 for 1. No matter how benign the pitch, their first target was to pass the follow-on figure of 375 and that task dominated their thoughts for most of the day.

Sangakkara's individual target would also have moved him. When he made his first hundred in a Test in England, at the Rose Bowl on Sri Lanka's last tour in 2011, it was widely assumed to be his parting gift to England. Now he was back at Lord's, his career still fully operative, a serious adversary, taking his batting average in England away from the low thirties. That preparation in a short spell at Durham, England's most northerly county, seems all the more valuable now.

It was a moody morning with floodlights piercing the gloom and showers occasionally crossing the ground. At times it was a surprise that the umpires did not take the players from the field, if only to protect the pitch. MCC members gazed at the skies as if in mild rebuke. They gazed with equal disgust at a series of power cuts in the afternoon. They happen far too often at Lord's but such is the status of the ground that nobody seems even to raise an eyebrow.

England's hope that the overhead conditions might make batting more challenging never materialised. They experimented with a 7-2 off-side field to Sangakkara. Liam Plunkett tried some short stuff now and then, to little avail.

From the moment Sangakkara, 32 not out overnight, drove the third ball of the day, from James Anderson, through cover point off the front foot, he was attuned to his task, pushing well forward on a slow surface. This was easier than his defiant hundred under growling skies on Sri Lanka's last tour.

When Silva edged Anderson - driving, too - the ball died well in front of Alastair Cook at first slip. It conveyed that the slip cordon, as close as it could sensibly be, was barely in the game. But Silva departed in the ninth over of the morning, for 63. Not for the first time in this Test, he was a batsman dismissed by a well-directed bouncer. He was taken by Anderson and even though Silva ducked, he left his bat in the combat zone and an edge flew through to Matt Prior.

Jayawardene almost fell for 0, inside-edging Anderson past his stumps. Instead, Sri Lanka's old masters compiled 126 together - their 17th stand of more than 100. Only Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid have more 100-plus stands in Tests.

Jayawardene, too, may not grace the Test arena for much longer. Stuart Broad dismissed him with the second over of the second new ball, finding some movement back in to strike him on both pads. Jayawardene reviewed it, but the replay was pretty damning.

Thirimanne, a left-hander discomfited by inswing, just has to look at Anderson for his balance to go awry. If he was ever seen with Anderson on a narrow mountain pass, it would be polite to call the emergency services before he toppled into the valley below. His was a soft dismissal, a tempting delivery around leg stump which he punted to Sam Robson at midwicket.

England's pace attack became footsore just as the Sri Lankans had before them. For Plunkett, selected as a shock bowler, to find a shock-absorber pitch must have been galling. But Cook's captaincy showed more inventiveness than has often been the case. Plunkett's dismissal of Prasanna Jayawardena, courtesy of a fast catch by Ian Bell at leg slip was a prime example. Add the wicket of Nuwan Kulasekara two overs from the close and England had shaded the day.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Cricsnake on June 16, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    Sri Lanka played well for the first 3 1/2 days but then they loose the grip. SL missed the chance to limit the target for lesser figure by tight bowling in the 4th day eve but it can be accepted as our young fastmen were very tired a lot. Now SL play very negatively. Kaushal played quite well though he is less experienced. Sanga played brilliantly in the first innings but equally disappoints us a lot in the second innings. I do not appreciate him though he score another hundred in the second innings. Very negative batting (It seems he'll finish with 70 from 300+ balls). I appreciate SL even they loose by scoring 360 -320 all out by a brave try for a Victory. Win or Loose that's the sportsmanship & the spirit of game. Poor cricket from SL here. I'm very disappointed by such a pessimist innings & very poor attitude.

  • on June 16, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    If u say Sanga is better than Sachin, You're nothing but just a mathematician who don't know about cricket and u just watch scorecard not cricket, Have u ever heard Sanga bashing greatest bowlers like Akhthar,Shane warne, McGrath,BrettLee, Ambrose other than targeting weak bowlers?. Sachin started playing when Akram, W Younis, S Musthaq. Warne, Mc Grath, Ambrose, Walsh, Alan Donald etc were on their prime. Sanga started playing after all this bowlers have lost their prime .Sanga is a great player but not upto the mark of SRT

  • on June 15, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Sanga deserves this .. so as Sri Lankans. He has taken our name to the world..

  • social_monster09 on June 15, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    @yogesh.gg: Do you have any idea whom you are talking about? You are talking about Sir Don Bradman. Mate this is my advice for you please don't cross the line & keep away & never ever compare the greatest with anyone who is playing or not(got retired). Compare Sachin or Sanga with Ponting, Lara is right thing but bring sir Don in this race is ridiculous. Sir Don is the greatest test batsman of all time, far apart from anyone. Please don't put him in the race between Sanga & Sachin. The main Problem with you Indians is that you can compare anyone with anyone whether it is probable or not. In my life I saw nobody who dare to talk about Sir Don. He is in no need of ur respect he is unarguably the greatest.

  • disco_bob on June 15, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Will England have the courage to set SL a target of 325 in 100 overs? Probably not.

  • on June 15, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    i have no idea why tail end batsmen want to play high balls is they think wicket is 6 tf tall ......leave the ball hearath

  • on June 15, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    If ENG declared at 450 then SL would be all out now! But ENG batting long enough gave SL the confidence to be patient in their batting and here we are into the 4th day with none of the 2nd innings yet to begin! Cook should give up captaincy untill he regains form!

  • on June 15, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Sanga Your beauty!! But still a lots of work still to be done..

  • on June 15, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    @yogesh. do you know what bowlers feel ha? And you know sachin is the bunny of jimmy anderson? LOL sachin struggle against him even in Indian flat tracks

  • Akheel on June 15, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    what a player..what a champ Sanga is?? congrats and thanks for the treat mate.. loved you work ethic!!

  • Cricsnake on June 16, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    Sri Lanka played well for the first 3 1/2 days but then they loose the grip. SL missed the chance to limit the target for lesser figure by tight bowling in the 4th day eve but it can be accepted as our young fastmen were very tired a lot. Now SL play very negatively. Kaushal played quite well though he is less experienced. Sanga played brilliantly in the first innings but equally disappoints us a lot in the second innings. I do not appreciate him though he score another hundred in the second innings. Very negative batting (It seems he'll finish with 70 from 300+ balls). I appreciate SL even they loose by scoring 360 -320 all out by a brave try for a Victory. Win or Loose that's the sportsmanship & the spirit of game. Poor cricket from SL here. I'm very disappointed by such a pessimist innings & very poor attitude.

  • on June 16, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    If u say Sanga is better than Sachin, You're nothing but just a mathematician who don't know about cricket and u just watch scorecard not cricket, Have u ever heard Sanga bashing greatest bowlers like Akhthar,Shane warne, McGrath,BrettLee, Ambrose other than targeting weak bowlers?. Sachin started playing when Akram, W Younis, S Musthaq. Warne, Mc Grath, Ambrose, Walsh, Alan Donald etc were on their prime. Sanga started playing after all this bowlers have lost their prime .Sanga is a great player but not upto the mark of SRT

  • on June 15, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Sanga deserves this .. so as Sri Lankans. He has taken our name to the world..

  • social_monster09 on June 15, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    @yogesh.gg: Do you have any idea whom you are talking about? You are talking about Sir Don Bradman. Mate this is my advice for you please don't cross the line & keep away & never ever compare the greatest with anyone who is playing or not(got retired). Compare Sachin or Sanga with Ponting, Lara is right thing but bring sir Don in this race is ridiculous. Sir Don is the greatest test batsman of all time, far apart from anyone. Please don't put him in the race between Sanga & Sachin. The main Problem with you Indians is that you can compare anyone with anyone whether it is probable or not. In my life I saw nobody who dare to talk about Sir Don. He is in no need of ur respect he is unarguably the greatest.

  • disco_bob on June 15, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Will England have the courage to set SL a target of 325 in 100 overs? Probably not.

  • on June 15, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    i have no idea why tail end batsmen want to play high balls is they think wicket is 6 tf tall ......leave the ball hearath

  • on June 15, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    If ENG declared at 450 then SL would be all out now! But ENG batting long enough gave SL the confidence to be patient in their batting and here we are into the 4th day with none of the 2nd innings yet to begin! Cook should give up captaincy untill he regains form!

  • on June 15, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Sanga Your beauty!! But still a lots of work still to be done..

  • on June 15, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    @yogesh. do you know what bowlers feel ha? And you know sachin is the bunny of jimmy anderson? LOL sachin struggle against him even in Indian flat tracks

  • Akheel on June 15, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    what a player..what a champ Sanga is?? congrats and thanks for the treat mate.. loved you work ethic!!

  • yogesh.gg on June 15, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    @dunger.bob on (June 15, 2014, 8:44 GMT) : Really doubt that he would have carried his average throughout his career. He played most of his matches in Eng and Aus only facing one dimensional bowling attacks. Those days very less number of matches were played so less injuries used to happen. Not fair analogy i guess.

  • on June 15, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    @vjp Tendulkar has played for twenty four years where as Sanga has scored in far fewer test matches. Sanga is no flat track bully mate. You need to open your eyes. Tendulkar has got far more batting friendly surfaces than Sanga.

  • Herath-UK on June 15, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1@Sinhabahu,guys why did you miss the point? I didn't talk of this century but why he has had a low previous average compared to others. In Sinhala, there is a saying akin to 'give the floor right, dancers will do their dance'. Here it is not a fair playing field to compare two set of averages in different settings.

  • yogesh.gg on June 15, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    Sanga is a great batsmen but he cannot be clubbed with Lara, Sach, Pointing, Inzi for the simple reason that he has never evoked fear in opposition bowlers as these have. Lara and Sachin in their first half careers played much better bowlers. They played against the likes of Walsh, Ambrose, Wasim, Waqar, Saqlain, McGrath, and Donald. Sanga and most of the current lot have not faced these greats. Stats tell only a part of story.

  • dunger.bob on June 15, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    @ the Sachin/Sanga protagonists. Has anyone worked out how many runs Bradman would have had if he played 329 innings? I make it about 32000. That might take a bit of beating.

  • on June 15, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    SRT never was a match winner Lara was far far better batsman than SRT but he was better batsman than Sanga. India and sri lanka never had a good fast blowing unit so none of those teams were able to dominate overseas simple fact.

  • lancia71 on June 15, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Great to see Sanga scoring a century in Lords. A true modern great and one of the best examples in any sport today, that you do not need loads of talent to succeed in life. I am a sri Lankan but will not bracket him with SRT or Lara but certainly he is among the best our generation has seen. I am sure Indian fans will agree. wasn't so happy to see Sanga declining a single in the last over yesterday. Would have made sense, if a nightwatchmen was batting. We will save this match but can't see us winning the next test, with the bowling we have. Kule and company, might even struggle to get a permanent spot in Bangladesh line up.

  • on June 15, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    like many other respondents to this posting i fail to see why it has given the one-eyed tendulkar fanatics yet another chance to attempt to put down a spectacular batsman in favour of their own particular fetish. watching sangakkara bat well is a joy, people - as so-called cricket fans your should appreciate that. anyway, whisper it not in gath, i always rated lara above the sainted sachin. and graeme pollock, and barry and viv richards, and david gower.but it's personal choice, and i would never presume to say that they were better than tendulkar. so give us all a break, would you, and open your other eye

  • Sinhabahu on June 15, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    @Herath-UK, our friend Yousufahmed1 has a point. This Lord's pitch is almost as flat as the English pitches were back when India won the Champions Trophy.

  • on June 15, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    As an Indian it makes me sad that why do we indians and the indians here always compare players? if sanga makes a century i request my fellow indians to congratulate him! Not say rahul or sachin has a better record overseas! I agree with Herath-UK that indians usually enjoy the sun in their backs as well. Sanga is a world class player no doubt.

  • Yousufahmed1 on June 15, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    @ Herath-UK All you always do is crib about the conditions. Isn't this the flattest lord's pitch. You tell? But will you say that this was one of the easiest hundreds. There is no help for bowlers on this pitch.

    That said I respect Sanga and he is a legend no doubt.

  • on June 15, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Yes SRT has 18 centuries outside Asia but in 77 test, whereas Sanga has got 7 in 33test...... lolz

  • on June 15, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    You like it or not folks but Sanga may have more runs & 100s than SRT at the end of his carrier. His batting has always contributed to SL success over the years as he avgs more than 70 in 49 tests won by SL. He averages 60+ in Aus & NZ where most batsmen are exposed. And now he is making up for his avg performance in Eng where he averaged 37. If a detailed analysis of Sanga & SRT test records is placed here, Sanga's performance will stand out.

  • JG2704 on June 15, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    What would a Cricinfo comments page be without either KP mentioned or a let's compare a player to Sachin? Isn't it sad that folk can't just say well played?

    Surely there can be only one result here. Eng would need to capitulate in the 2nd inns for SL to win (assuming SL get near Eng's total) and if Eng polish SL off early today I doubt Cook would have the mindset to go for the win Silly review by Jaya

  • CodandChips on June 15, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Shows the desperate need for a front-line spinner. Hot sun and flat pitch with new drainage system. Ali has looked good but lacks bite. And he has been underused by Cook as well. Just 13 overs yesterday. 16 in the innings. The wayward Plunkett and Jordan have bowled around 30 each. I liked Kerrigan as a front-line spinner, or Borthwick as an allrounder because Borthwick takes wickets. He does bowl some rubbish but does take wickets.

    Well done Sangakarra non the less. A fantastic player.

    I can't see this match ending in an England win without a spinner. Sri Lanka seem more likely of the 2 to bowl a team out, because they have Herath and Enland's batting is fragile.

    After the result in last night's football, and in particular the performances of Rooney and Johnson, the cricket team have a good chance to engage with the public. It's a shame the pitch, and the make-up of the bowling attack, will ruin this chance.

  • Herath-UK on June 15, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    A lot of indian fans talk of better scores by indian batsmen in England forgetting all those are with sun behind their back in the easy summer, none of them was brave enough to come in the early May to face the tune. Sanga's previous lesser average was all his scores were done in May& early June. That's why Sanga's is better.

  • chucking_thug800_wickets on June 15, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    @ vinod pula tendulkar hs 17century outside subcontinent. sanga has 6.. u shld ask an Aussie or saffer..abt sach and sanga..ul knw d reality. .

    flat track bullies.

  • chucking_thug800_wickets on June 15, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    @ sudhanta. and how u came to conclusion dt sanga would hv scored at same average in future as well. . or maybe he could hv..after all..he has scored on flat pitches only..typical flat track bully.

  • srikanths on June 15, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Sanga is a great batsman no doubt ,but is he in the same class as a SRT or Lara, no. The best reserve their best against the best. Look at Sachin and Lara's record against OZ, England and SA. Against Australi SRT had played 39 tests scored 11 centuries including 6 in OZ and let us not forget the last 8 tests againbst OZ were well way past his best.

    Sanga for all his greatness , in his prime was vulnerable against moving ball , he used to struggle in England. He is made up a bit now but I think it was a benign pitch ,all the same a century in Eng is a centure to be valued highly. He is right up there but Lara and SRT were in a different class. Sanga has in fact got better with age. I have seen usually age 38 +, one starts faltering. If he crosses the hurdle and does well, he would be an exepction like Chanderpaul has been. Sanga has been very consistent and scores heavily . Eng shud try out full pitched . SRT,Dravid, Kallis and Ponting all had problems towards the end.Eng bolwing weak

  • xtrafalgarx on June 15, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    @Dorothydix: Sangakarra is no where near Gilchrist. Sanga only averages 40.48 with 7 hundreds in 48 matches as a keeper compared to Gilly's 96 games at 47+ and 17 hundreds. Not to mention the WAY he scored his runs and when. He is a good batsman, but as a kepper/bat Gilly is by far the better player.

  • Arif_Khan_Bangladeshi on June 15, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    There is no comparison between Sanga and Sachin. Sachin is all hype, while Sanga was reliable. Who could always be counted upon when it mattered. Sachin did well when there was no pressure, especially on flat tracks. But if there was pressure, he would fail. overrated

  • on June 15, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    @arun bose How many centuries sachin scored in Indian road like flat tracks?? India has the flattest and most batsman friendly tracks in world! that's only reason why sachin score lot! If sanga played 200 tests he will score 2000 runs more than sachin easily!

  • on June 15, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    there is no need of comparing sachin and kumar..sachin has got more runs than sanga and played brilliantly in his time..but when someone says sanga is lesser cricketer than ponting,kalllis,dravid and co there is something wrong in that guy..may be poor knowledge. jealousy of whatever..sanga has highest avg than all modern cricketers and his has played well away from home as well..In fact he is the most successful cricketer in recent time,every stat will prove it..since 2007 he the player in no 1 spot mostly in ICC ranking..prove me wrong.it is the exact reason why people tend to compare sanga and sachin..all sachin lovers and indians has to accept that in the period(2007-2013) when sanga emerges and in later half of sachins career,sanga played far more better than sachin.. that is the truth..even if sanga plays 200 test his avg will not dropped..he has already played 130 odd matches.so dont be idiots. we respect sachin.better if you can do to others as well.

  • on June 15, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    @bose Thendulkars most runs also came in Indian flat tracks and Sanga's oversea's average excluding B'Desh and Zim or Including them is greater than sachin..! Sanga is better than Sachin! You talk about averages in England but Sanga's average in SA and Aus is better than sachin..! Ok sachin has more test centuries what about double centuries..! Please Indian fans admit that sanga already pass Sachin

  • sudaththa on June 15, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    @Arun Boss.. Just think if Sanga gets 200 matches like Sachin..what will happens.. He will pass 20000 test runs Easley.. Don't try to campair Sanga with the Sachin.. Sanga is Great!!!

  • on June 15, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Ok, well done Sanga bla bla and all that. SL are still 160 behind and by the looks of it, there is a good chance of they getting bowled out for 415 today within the first five overs... england just need to add another 100 odd in 60 odd overs and put SL in on a tricky surface, and get the advantage of two new balls. england are the favorite at this stage. sorry Sanga,ur half cooked potato type inningas aint gonna save SL. May be a personal milestone for Sanga but he certainly did not finish the job.

  • on June 15, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    Thirimanne average 32 in test and 29 in ODI but selectors keep giving him chances! Chandimal who averages 52 in test is omitted! please selectors give the chances that you giving for thirimanne at the top of the order! he will prove you! P.s. Anderson has dismissed thirimanne 9 times now! lol

  • on June 15, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Please drop Prasanna jayawardena! average wicket keeper and below average batsman! Chandimal should be play instead of him!

  • on June 15, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    SEE THE DEFERENCE BETWEEN SACHN AND SANGA/POLOCK IN TEST CRICKET

    Graeme Pollock: Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Tests 23 41 4 2256 274 60.97 7 11

    Sanga: Tests 122 209 17 11151 319 58.07 35 45

    Sachin: Tests 200 329 33 15921 248* 53.78 51 68

    If sanaga play 329 inings: Tests 200 329 19105 58.07 55 70

    If Graeme Pollock play 329 inings: Tests 200 329 20059 60.97 56 88

  • Ramansilva on June 15, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    When Sanga scored that coveted hundred, I googled for this ..... "has Tendulkar scored a century at Lords?" Several articles appeared. Sanga has done what "the little master" could never achieve. Obviously Tendular is BIG for the Indians. Sangakkara is no less for the Sri Lankans. We are very proud of you man.

  • on June 15, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Wonderful from Sangakkara, and I'm pleased he's ticked that one off. Not going to be as down on the England bowlers as some commenters here. The match isn't done yet, and the pitch is starting to go a little up and down. Plunkett lacked a little control, but that's not what he's there for. Broad and Anderson bowled well. I'm not convinced by Moeen but he didn't disgrace himself. Should England be able to get Mathews early on there could yet be a result

  • lazyone on June 15, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    I think SL is in a very risky position. They will have to get at least another 100 runs or bat anther 30-40 overs.

  • OneEyedAussie on June 15, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    There is still a result for the taking but will Cook gamble on bowling out Sri Lanka on day 5 with a target of ~300?

  • on June 15, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    Sachin's is the best batsman in ODI. But i test cricket sanga far head from sachin and close to polock.

    My Best test batsman List: 1 Bradman 2. Polock/Sanaaga 3. Sachin/Ponting/Dravid/Lara/Kalis

  • on June 15, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    @Dorothydix- Sachin has played 200 test matches and his average is 52.46.. How many Sanga played and how many of his centuries came outside of Colombo? How many centuries has Sanga scored in his lifetime? Sachin has scored 100 international centuries, International centuries not domestic centuries, If you add domestic centuries in that it would stand above 200.. There is no reason to compare Sanga with Sachin, Sachin is the best in the modern era along with Lara, Ponting, Kallis, Dravid etc. Sanga is a great player too but not of their class..His average in England is still 30 something but Sachin has average of above 45 in England.. Your stats are all wrong mate.. I admired Sanga's innings but now because of fans like you who always wants to degrade the game by these silly comparisons, I really don't think it was any different than what he scores in colombo flat tracks.. And it was indeed a flat track.. So it was nothing surprising from Sanga..Same old, Same old..

  • Kotuwegogoda on June 15, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    Srilanka and win or lose rests largely on Angelo and ability to bat long enough to Tea Time. That is thé réal test for him. Having said that we feel somewhat let down by Tirimanne and Prasanna for not contributing to thé team when it mattered most.

    Inducting youngsters without proper checks and balance could hâve détrimental impact. Therefore selectors should continue with Mahela and Sanga for such time as théy hâve players who can play long innings. I feel we lost Tilan and Dilshan rather prématurely.

    Wish Srilanka still play positive cricket and close thé game on level terms.

  • on June 15, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    Who knows, may be Mathews might also get a century and may be a double hundred. But I was saddened by one thing, that is the TV commentary. Sir Ian, Strauss, Atherton, Hussain, Bumble and Arnold al had a balanced approach to the match progress, talked of the strengths and weaknesses as well as the century by Sangha and the positive response and how hard the English bowlers were trying,. But sadly one person from Australia had a different view, and all the time he was saying when should English bowlers get the next wicket and keep a big lead and push Lankans to corner. He hardly had a good word for Lankan response. Most disappointing feature of the game yesterday.

  • Sinhabahu on June 15, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    Congrats to the great Sanga! I had a mini heart attack when he hit that boundary just past cover to reach the century, but all's well! Great to have his bro Mahela there at the other end. The ultimate bromance!

  • Rajeshj on June 15, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    I guess the England supporters are too excited about the prospects of an England win.. If Angelo stays in for another 30 to 40 overs, regardless of even doing it without a single run, the match is almost saved.. Plus Srilanka will move happily to the second test with the knowledge that England bowlers would be a battered lot in having bowled 180-odd overs and so may not be at their best in the next test.. I wish to see the SL batsmen grind and grind the England bowlers to the core, so that our batsmen can feast on them in the next series... haha..

  • on June 15, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    Well played Sanga & well played Srilanka.It is sure that England wouldn't get 500 if umpire gave that legal out of Prior's.We all had seen that Umpires are giving wrong decisions to Srilanka and and helping England to win these matches.But England can't win because God is giving the wright decision.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 15, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    Sanga did a fantastic job keeping one end tight and avoided follow on. Mathiew's bad decision to bowl first has already backfired. He has to bat and score a century and beyond with the tail and get as close as to 575. Batting in the 4th innings is very difficul and even chasing 100 will be very difficult. My money is still with Eng to win.

  • on June 15, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    great batsman from small SL country

  • landl47 on June 15, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    Once again, the old hands, Mahela and Sanga, keep SL alive. Well done, Sanga, for reaching another milestone in a wonderful career.

    England are still on top and if they wrap up the SL innings quickly tomorrow it may be an exciting finish. We'll see whether having Moeen as lead spinner was a disaster or a stroke of brilliance.

  • gahapanmachan on June 15, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    Hope SL selectors wont take some of the comments here & change the team on a match performance. Chandimal should build up his game for a spot in the team and current team should be given time to consolidate. There are signs that the the team is maturing to be world beaters in all formats.Vaasy seems to be doing a good job with average speedsters. Good work boys win or lose.

  • on June 14, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    Well done England. 5-0 Ashes done. Time for a shake up? Not really. Prepare a benign pitch and droll out some more boring cricket. You are going backwards fast.

  • on June 14, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    I wonder what role the docile and batsman-friendly wickets England have prepared over the past few years have had on the decline of England. As soon as they have encountered pitches overseas that do something of late, English batsmen seem to be largely at sea. Add to that how hard bowlers the caliber of Anderson and Broad have had to toil for scant reward on their home pitches and it's clear how little English pitches ask of batsmen except patience and a good knowledge of where their off stump is. Almost a thousand runs having been scored before the first innings have been completed and not because of the brilliance of the batsmen. Far better for bowlers and batsmen alike would be pitches where 250 runs is a good score and 300+ a great one with four completed innings yielding an aggregate of 800 - 900 runs. Then a century would mean something!

  • Chris_P on June 14, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    @Herath-UK Not really sure you could call it "hostile bowling" but agreed Sanga showed us why he held in high regard. This is a different pitch to what I have ever seen at Lords so have no idea what the last 2 days will present, but Sri Lanka probably need to bat close to lunch to put pressure back on England to force a result.

  • on June 14, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    Slow over rates can be stopped if the rules provide for the banning of Bowler no 1 & bowler no 2 for the next test or for 2 tests.

    The3 fielding team then risks losing the series if they bowl slowly. Fining the team a few thousand is a waste of time for players who earn $300,000 to $1,000,000 a year.

  • Herath-UK on June 14, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    Wonder if a bit of brain could have used at the fall of Mahela's wicket.It was the new ball & with a pumped up Anderson & co after the wicket of Mahela & who stepped out to bat,well I dreaded to see Thimanne's face.Every one knew,of course except Marvan & Mathew,that here comes a walking wicket to Anderson.Why Mathew could not have come out defies logic,poor thinking on his part.Unless Thrimanne gets a chance in the second innings to showcase his place,his place in the second Test will be taking a massive gamble.It is not technical he needs a bit of counselling.

  • Herath-UK on June 14, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Congrats to Sanga for achieving your milestone.The century looked inevitable & your destiny the moment you stepped into the crease & England looked so helpless to prevent it.That much was your authority.A superb knock against hostile bowling & hope many more from your bat.

  • LankaPuthra on June 14, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    I am really pleased Sanga was able to achieve this most prestigious milestone in his career. This truly was the last opportunity and he made sure he did not stumble. He deserves this honour for all he has done for Sri Lanka and world cricket. Many congratulations indeed!

  • Champagne_Cricket on June 14, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    When England made 500+, I saw a lot of comments by Indian cricket fans as if SL had already lost the match. Wonder where they are now. Enjoy the game mate and give credit where its due, don't behave like your cricket board - arrogant and patting themselves on their back.

  • ilovetests on June 14, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    I wonder if Cook will be brave enough to set Sri Lanka a run chase of approx 320-350 in about 100-110 overs.

  • on June 14, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    With two days left, if that England lead is 130 or so when they bat again, the game could become very interesting indeed, althugh the draw is the most likely of results. The approach to the over rate is a disgrace, and has been for a long time. The amount of money charged, together with this attitude is the main reason I don't attend Tests now.

  • on June 14, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    KC Sangakkara ... there are some people you can't keep down.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 14, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Congratulations Sangakkara! Surprised he hadn't made a ton at Lords before, but such a great player thoroughly deserves his name on the Lords' honours board.

    On a pitch like that, part-time spinners like Ali and Root can't even be classed as spinners. I'd simply liken them to bowling machines set on their lowest settings to help kids learn how to bat and get their eye in. Honestly, I think I only saw a handful of balls from them turn a bit. This has been really short-sightedness by England; the moment Swann handed in his notice, preparations for a replacement frontline wrist spinner should have been made. Cannot win tests without a decent spinner in the side on pitches like that. Seamers looked like they did all they could, but on a flat pitch against class players you really need unorthodoxy / a real demon spell ala Broad during 2013 Ashes.

  • binojpeter on June 14, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Hard to tell if it is poor pitch or poor bowling standards from both teams. Srilankan bowlers can be justified for not having much experience in these pitches. Same can't be said of Anderson and Broad.

  • Felix1025 on June 14, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    @ Gayanthi: Kulasekera is no 8 batsman and not the no 10 or 11. He had scored enough runs and don't blame Mathews for that. The tailenders must add another 100 to save the match. All the best for Mathews and other 3 batsmen.

  • rk_ks on June 14, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    @dorothydix: Both Sachin and Sangakkara are great players in the modern era. Please don't compare them.

  • vallavarayar on June 14, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Good one that. The shock absorber pitch!

  • priceless1 on June 14, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    P jayawardena is a wicket keeping tailender , wonder why they still persist with him , SL batting looks short because of that

  • cric1965 on June 14, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    For second test, Chandimal should replace for Prasanna and Kulasekera should be replacde with Lakmal or Dhammika Prasad. Kulasekera,s 75 mph speed is not enough to take wickets. Thirimanna is still unable to correct his mistakes against Anderson. Dimthu Karunaratna,s place should come under radar. Kausal silva is far ahead od Dimuth. Need a similar talented test batsman to open with Kausal.

  • bobmartin on June 14, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    So now that we are 60% through this test match, what have we learned about this "new" England side ? Well against what a lot of the press were describing as no better than an average 2nd Division attack, our top 4 batsman managed a paltry total of just 97 runs and we at one stage were 4/120. In reply, against what is the best bowling attack England could field (and if it isn't, why isn't it ?) The Sri Lankan top 4 managed 303 runs ( more than 3 times as many) and were 4/289. Maybe we aren't quite so far down the road to repairing the damage as we thought we were.

  • rockhadda on June 14, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    chandimal should play next match instead of thrimanne, thirimanne has lot to improve

  • Roshan_P on June 14, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    I think England came in to this game with Plunkett expecting him to be a wicket-taking bowler. It was expected that he would go for runs. Unfortunately he has not taken wickets. However he should not be immediately discarded as he is quick and he is a proven talent at county level. He needs this series to prove himself at the Test level. But I cannot see England with 4 specialist pace bowlers, so someone will have to make way. If Plunkett proves to be a good wicket-taking bowler, I think Jordan will have to make way as he does not have Plunkett's pace and is fairly similar to Broad and Anderson in that respect.

  • on June 14, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Mathews allowed kulasekara to face 23 balls out of 36 in their partnership, poor cricket by Mathews.

  • Roshan_P on June 14, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    England badly need a good spinner. Panesar should do the job for now, so I see no reason why he is not being played as I can't think of anyone better at the moment. He's not a bad spinner, so give him a go! Also I think England have a bit of a selection problem similar to the England football team - they have many good players who are good but not quite world class and its difficult to choose between them. I can see Ben Stokes being the captain later on, or maybe Jos Buttler. Someone with a bit of flair and character.

  • chucking_thug800_wickets on June 14, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    @dorothydix keep ur emotions aside..think then..and let sangakara be who he is.

  • on June 14, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    #Cook n Crew is missing #Swan England need a new Captain not new Management!

  • priceless1 on June 14, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    ah! as i have predicted before the game the debutant Mooen Ali got Sanga's wicket . its just keep happening :d

  • Peterincanada on June 14, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    @fflnah On a pitch like this a full time spinner is needed. Four pacers and a part time spinner was always destined to fail.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on June 14, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    So much for an England resurgence, they are getting flayed all over the place.

  • rajcan on June 14, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Anderson success against Thirimanne continues, on what merit Thirimanne is selected knowing every time Anderson got him so cheaply...

  • rajcan on June 14, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Mahela's failure against new ball with pace and swing continues. Played this many years and praised by many good batsmen always escaped from criticism about his weakness against pace and swing with new balls.

  • fiddlerv90 on June 14, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Whatever England can do the Sri Lankans can do better but at least not in football nor rugby. ENG team tried so hard to make their batting-unit look much beyond par by exposing their weak bowling attack in a helpless wicket pitch. Why would they prepare pitch to suit their mediocre batmen than their average bowlers? That was a bad move and may lead resultless(draw) match. Nexttime they should prepare a seaming pitch to suit their bowling attack only if they want 2 win. #hopeless team

  • dorothydix on June 14, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Sangakkara`s stats measure up very well. Test average of over 58, which is better than Tendulkar`s and scores 50 or more just about every 2.5 innings which is about the same as his. Furthermore, he is a keeper and his stats measure up far better than Gilchrists and bats in the top 4. This must make him at least on a par with Tendulkar and better than Gilchrist as a wicket keeping all rounder as far as stats go.

  • SL_rockz on June 14, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    Congratulations Sanga !!! You are an awesome cricketer and a true legend... So wait is over You are an official member of HONORS BOARD which everyone dreams about in his career. A feat achieved by Best of the Bests... :) ... #relieved that you resigned from the non-honors board club :) ..#feeling proud as a Sri lankan :)

  • on June 14, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela!!!! Let's wait and see them finish this innings with a lead. Let this be the inning that the masters show their mystery once again.....

  • Prabhash1985 on June 14, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Congratulations Sanga! We are soooo proud of you! We knew it was coming.

  • xtrafalgarx on June 14, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    To add to that, i have noticed a few geed up English fans recently after their batting efforts. But i'd still be taking their 575 run total with a grain of salt. A flat pitch, mediocre attack, they were always going to get runs.

  • xtrafalgarx on June 14, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    @Jono Makim: Something tells me though, than the Australian or South African attacks would still be able to prosper here. Yes, the wicket is flat but i just don't think England's attack is as good as it used to be. Yes, Swann was a big loss but Anderson is no where near the bowler he was 3 years ago. If he was, I think he would have been able to have a bigger impact, Broad has shown signs of being a wicket taker at times, but really the English attack really looks mediocre at the moment, spearheaded by 30+ averages.

  • on June 14, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    Obviously there is plenty of time left in this test, just about up to the halfway point and there could yet be a few batches of wickets that provide a result. But, why on earth have England prepared such a lifeless wicket? It is really doing nothing other than to mask England's batting issues and deny their rookie seamers any chance of taking wickets to get themselves going at test level. England should be bossing Sri Lanka is home conditions but strips like this aren't going to help any of the players, nor provide the results to build confidence within the team.

    Moeen not looking any better than a handy part timer here, the two old heads are just picking him off with ease right now.. I wonder if SL can make 600?

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  • on June 14, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    Obviously there is plenty of time left in this test, just about up to the halfway point and there could yet be a few batches of wickets that provide a result. But, why on earth have England prepared such a lifeless wicket? It is really doing nothing other than to mask England's batting issues and deny their rookie seamers any chance of taking wickets to get themselves going at test level. England should be bossing Sri Lanka is home conditions but strips like this aren't going to help any of the players, nor provide the results to build confidence within the team.

    Moeen not looking any better than a handy part timer here, the two old heads are just picking him off with ease right now.. I wonder if SL can make 600?

  • xtrafalgarx on June 14, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    @Jono Makim: Something tells me though, than the Australian or South African attacks would still be able to prosper here. Yes, the wicket is flat but i just don't think England's attack is as good as it used to be. Yes, Swann was a big loss but Anderson is no where near the bowler he was 3 years ago. If he was, I think he would have been able to have a bigger impact, Broad has shown signs of being a wicket taker at times, but really the English attack really looks mediocre at the moment, spearheaded by 30+ averages.

  • xtrafalgarx on June 14, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    To add to that, i have noticed a few geed up English fans recently after their batting efforts. But i'd still be taking their 575 run total with a grain of salt. A flat pitch, mediocre attack, they were always going to get runs.

  • Prabhash1985 on June 14, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Congratulations Sanga! We are soooo proud of you! We knew it was coming.

  • on June 14, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela!!!! Let's wait and see them finish this innings with a lead. Let this be the inning that the masters show their mystery once again.....

  • SL_rockz on June 14, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    Congratulations Sanga !!! You are an awesome cricketer and a true legend... So wait is over You are an official member of HONORS BOARD which everyone dreams about in his career. A feat achieved by Best of the Bests... :) ... #relieved that you resigned from the non-honors board club :) ..#feeling proud as a Sri lankan :)

  • dorothydix on June 14, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Sangakkara`s stats measure up very well. Test average of over 58, which is better than Tendulkar`s and scores 50 or more just about every 2.5 innings which is about the same as his. Furthermore, he is a keeper and his stats measure up far better than Gilchrists and bats in the top 4. This must make him at least on a par with Tendulkar and better than Gilchrist as a wicket keeping all rounder as far as stats go.

  • fiddlerv90 on June 14, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Whatever England can do the Sri Lankans can do better but at least not in football nor rugby. ENG team tried so hard to make their batting-unit look much beyond par by exposing their weak bowling attack in a helpless wicket pitch. Why would they prepare pitch to suit their mediocre batmen than their average bowlers? That was a bad move and may lead resultless(draw) match. Nexttime they should prepare a seaming pitch to suit their bowling attack only if they want 2 win. #hopeless team

  • rajcan on June 14, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Mahela's failure against new ball with pace and swing continues. Played this many years and praised by many good batsmen always escaped from criticism about his weakness against pace and swing with new balls.

  • rajcan on June 14, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Anderson success against Thirimanne continues, on what merit Thirimanne is selected knowing every time Anderson got him so cheaply...