England v Sri Lanka, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day June 16, 2014

Sri Lanka cling on for dramatic draw

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Sri Lanka 453 (Sangakkara 147, Mathews 102 and 210 for 9 (Sangakkara 61, Anderson 4-25) drew with England 575 for 9 dec. (Root 200*, Pradeep 4-123) and 267 for 8 dec. (Ballance 104*, Herath 4-95)
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There have been few finishes to a Lord's Test, perhaps any Test, as dramatic as this, few climaxes that boiled up from such an unpromising position. After the penultimate ball of the match, and Stuart Broad in full flow, England's fielders converged in jubilation, convinced they had completed a footslogging victory with seconds to spare.

But in their excitement they had overlooked one thing: Sri Lanka's last man, Nuwan Pradeep, might be a batting novice, but he knows how to signal for a DRS review. Broad heard only the thwack of a fullish ball on pad. But rarely has the top of a bat been patted so defiantly. Replays revealed a thick edge, missed by the umpire Paul Reiffel.

Broad summoned himself for one last effort and found Pradeep's edge again, this the outside of the bat; it scuttled inches short of second slip. Their sighs were audible. England's hard slog was unrewarded; Sri Lanka could escape to Headingley for the second Test with the series still 0-0. And if the BCCI can watch such a finish and even now, still insist, hand on heart, that their series against England will be better for no DRS then they will have defied the ultimate argument in its favour.

As for the 17 overs lost in the match because of slow overrates - and faults lay on both sides - it is England who will rue that now.

That Pradeep had five balls in the last over to survive was a story in itself. Rangana Herath was Sri Lanka's ninth man out, to the first ball of the final over - but he should never have walked. Herath's bottom hand was off the bat when Broad struck the glove and Matt Prior took a leaping leg side catch, but he walked off as if oblivious to the Law, leaving umpire Reiffel with no chance to intervene.

As Herath returned to the Sri Lanka dressing room, no doubt to the stifled consternation of his team mates, Pradeep entered. Pradeep: the man dismissed in the first innings when he was struck on the helmet by Chris Jordan and careered into his stumps in a mixture of shock and self-preservation. The most Sri Lanka could hope for that he had practiced his straddle leap. But somehow he clung on. He ducked a bouncer, played and missed and blocked one stoutly. Then came DRS: then came an attempt to find fairness. What could have followed was an outcry, a sense of injustice, endless recriminations.

That England got so close owed much to their ability to refuse to accept the inevitable. They were an over short of the final 10 overs with the second new ball when the sixth Sri Lankan wicket fell. It was the sort of bonus wicket to lift a bowling side, enabling them to regather resolve and scent an immediate opportunity to put a new batsman under pressure.

The wicket was Jordan's, the ball a full length, and the initial not out decision by umpire Billy Bowden highly erroneous. England used their final review to overturn it: Hawk Eye suggested the ball was crashing into middle and leg.

It was the brink of 6pm, floodlights piercing the heavy overcast skies, and the bowlers finally finding hope. England's field for the first delivery with the second new ball briefly captured the mood of the day; indeed, of the match. Jordan was in his final over, completing a spell of 8-7-2-1 and he bowled to two slips and five leg side catchers. It might have been captured on a Victorian painting with the title: "England's unusual field".

The field quickly became conventional. The new ball swung immediately, especially for James Anderson. Nuwan Kulusekara was lbw to Broad with 40 balls remaining. Anderson found Angelo Mathews' edge for Cook to take the catch at first slip: his 350th Test wicket, his fourth in the innings.

Mathews, who had clung on for two-and-a-quarter hours to make 18, can rarely have played so cautiously. As Prior informed him after his first defensive stroke: "It's a long time to block".

That England got so close owed everything to a seven-over spell either side of tea from Anderson which produced four maidens and yielded three wickets for only three runs. This was the last time that Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jaywardene would bat together in a Test at Lord's and when they were departed just before tea the merest hint of an England victory was reawakened.

Until then Sri Lanka had looked comfortable. "Let's have a quiet one," they might have said, like two old mates catching a final beer together to mark the passage of time. And it certainly was a quiet one, a contemplative end to a Lord's Test that left to its own devices was bent upon heading towards a draw.

Anderson did his best to wrest the steering wheel. He looked tired and dispirited in Australia: tired enough to encourage people to look up his age and wonder if he was on the decline, but he remains lithe and fit and his zip was evident once more in arduous bowling conditions.

England's only success in the morning was the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne, who inside-edged a short ball from Broad onto his thigh pad and to Sam Robson at short leg. Broad did not flog the middle of the pitch half as much even in the days when he regarded himself as The Enforcer. Only this time, on such a somnolent surface, it was more in desperation.

Overcast skies seemed favourable to England's cause and Alastair Cook ran Anderson for eight overs in the search of a second breakthrough, but Silva and Sangakkara held firm and when he was removed from the attack they must have felt that the first little victory had been achieved. Sri Lanka made 99 runs up to lunch, but were strokeless thereafter, adding only 102 in the last two sessions.

Sangakkara and Jayawardene joined forces in mid-afternoon when Kaushal Silva became the second Sri Lankan wicket to fall. Even then it needed an England review to secure it. Silva flicked at a leg-side delivery from Liam Plunkett and gloved it to Prior, the decision of umpire Bowden this time corrected. Desire flooded out of Sangakkara; Jayawardene was a passive, a touch player feeling the pressure of a backs-to-the-wall struggle.

On such a pitch, England's absence of a specialist spinner was a disadvantage. Moeen Ali has bowled his off spin respectably throughout. He found minimal turn on this fifth-day surface, although there was some bounce. When he did turn one out of the footholds, in the penultimate over before lunch, the ball died in front of Ian Bell at gully like a piece of apple blossom.

Statistics insisted from the outset that Sri Lanka's sole task was to bat out the final day. Nobody had ever overhauled a target of 390 at Lord's, and there was only a day to do it. They had only batted more than 90 overs in the fourth innings to salvage a draw on three occasions, only once away from home, in Hamilton in 1991. Lord's has now joined that list.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • top_SPIN on June 17, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Test cricket was the true winner at the end. ENG didn't want to loose and SL didn't deserve to loose. However England now know what to ball at SL, so they will try to push for a win, and expect SL would try to leave England with a draw.

    The difference is between bowling units, England pace attack is experienced in their conditions. SL attack is getting better but still can't dismiss English tail. One can't expect things to change alot within four days, but if SL can get another decent bat they might get away with a draw. To be optimistic about a win SL must run through ENG tail for less than 60-70 runs.

    Neither Sanga nor Mahela is an attacking batsman to force English bowlers to change their length. So England will keep on attacking them. SL must get ready for a battering ram of bouncers. Good thing is SL bowlers understood that they can't dish out bouncers because of their height and pace. Hopefully they will stick to their strength.

    Expect another nail biting test match.

  • harshthakor on June 17, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    Test match cricket was the ultimate winner yesterday when we witnessed one of the game's most interesting climaxes of a drawn test.It proved that it is test cricket that contains the greatest number of twists and turns than any form of cricket.Sri Lanka were coasting towards a draw before a sensational late burst by the English seamers.It proved the impact of a positive frame of mind which all but won the game for England.Both teams displayed relentless spirit in this test match which witnessed great quality of cricket.Above all it took place at the mecca of cricket-Lords.Really sad that 17 overs of play were lost.

  • on June 20, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    Better to replace Prasanna by Chandimal, Thirimanne by Dilruwan and Kulasekara by Prasad/Thisara. Thirimanna is a bunny for Anderson.

  • whofriggincares on June 19, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    England could have done with a spinner the quality of N.Lyon.

  • saravananunga on June 19, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    @Lion_Wallaby I didnt say Lanka didnt win test series at home but they struggled much to win a series as you asked for facts here it is from espncricinfo itself now what you are going to say facts itself is wrong or what? total test from 2011 to 2014 wins abroad played abroad wins home plyd wins india 30 12 16 1 14 11 lanka 30 8 11 2 12 5 neutral venue played by lanka 6 matches only one was won ,india no neutral venues match.Not only this in the end of 2010 year lanka couldnt win any match against westindies at home 3 tests all ended in draw.Is the facts enough or you want more??

  • on June 18, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Certainly England Narrowly Missed the Victory in Lord.s Cricket Ground.England Bowling Attack Was Very Good But Still They Lack a Good Spinner.SL Did Well in there Ist innings.Could not Repeat the Same performances on 2nd innings.Lahiru Thrimanne and Nuwan Kulasekara did not play well.SL Selection Commitee Members Must bring Chandimal and thisara perera in place of Lahiru and Nuwan to attack the english bowling When situation Arises.Even they Play Test Maches Still there is a opportunity to attack and make more runs to attract the crowed.Hope there will be Exciting match on the 2nd Test Match.

  • on June 18, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    England's -ve tactics hurt again...............They need an aggressive captain like Clarke Ponting

  • on June 18, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Sangakkara is a good test batsman, but cant make real impact to the game towards victory..he should try to be more POSITIVE and maintain can WIN attitude as cricket is played to win not only for personal goals.

  • on June 18, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Good game to watch.But it was far from great.England should have declared when the target reached 320+.

    Had they declared with a target of 320 odd Srilanka would have tried to go for the win and would have made things spicy.

    Mark my words England will never regain no1 rankings again as long as Cook captains.He is too defensive and afraid to lose and so will miss countless opportunities to win

  • JG2704 on June 18, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    @ Arun Bose on (June 17, 2014, 2:49 GMT) It's not the fault of DRS that some fail to grasp what it's for. The standard of umpiring may have been poor and may also need addressing but DRS did overturn a Bell not out decision in the 1st inns and the (what would have been ) the final SL wicket. I believe Herath too would have been reprieved had he reviewed it but it's not the fault of DRS if a player fails to review a decision if it should be not out. Bell's 1st inns )non dismissal) was overturned and that WAS an LBW. The Ashes series was dogged by problems where the umpires (who had a good reputation) had stinkers and the 3rd umpire went against the system a few times. That and people not understanding how DRS works. It's like blaming a fully functional car for a poor driver ploughing off the road

    please publish this time - nothing of offence

  • top_SPIN on June 17, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Test cricket was the true winner at the end. ENG didn't want to loose and SL didn't deserve to loose. However England now know what to ball at SL, so they will try to push for a win, and expect SL would try to leave England with a draw.

    The difference is between bowling units, England pace attack is experienced in their conditions. SL attack is getting better but still can't dismiss English tail. One can't expect things to change alot within four days, but if SL can get another decent bat they might get away with a draw. To be optimistic about a win SL must run through ENG tail for less than 60-70 runs.

    Neither Sanga nor Mahela is an attacking batsman to force English bowlers to change their length. So England will keep on attacking them. SL must get ready for a battering ram of bouncers. Good thing is SL bowlers understood that they can't dish out bouncers because of their height and pace. Hopefully they will stick to their strength.

    Expect another nail biting test match.

  • harshthakor on June 17, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    Test match cricket was the ultimate winner yesterday when we witnessed one of the game's most interesting climaxes of a drawn test.It proved that it is test cricket that contains the greatest number of twists and turns than any form of cricket.Sri Lanka were coasting towards a draw before a sensational late burst by the English seamers.It proved the impact of a positive frame of mind which all but won the game for England.Both teams displayed relentless spirit in this test match which witnessed great quality of cricket.Above all it took place at the mecca of cricket-Lords.Really sad that 17 overs of play were lost.

  • on June 20, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    Better to replace Prasanna by Chandimal, Thirimanne by Dilruwan and Kulasekara by Prasad/Thisara. Thirimanna is a bunny for Anderson.

  • whofriggincares on June 19, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    England could have done with a spinner the quality of N.Lyon.

  • saravananunga on June 19, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    @Lion_Wallaby I didnt say Lanka didnt win test series at home but they struggled much to win a series as you asked for facts here it is from espncricinfo itself now what you are going to say facts itself is wrong or what? total test from 2011 to 2014 wins abroad played abroad wins home plyd wins india 30 12 16 1 14 11 lanka 30 8 11 2 12 5 neutral venue played by lanka 6 matches only one was won ,india no neutral venues match.Not only this in the end of 2010 year lanka couldnt win any match against westindies at home 3 tests all ended in draw.Is the facts enough or you want more??

  • on June 18, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Certainly England Narrowly Missed the Victory in Lord.s Cricket Ground.England Bowling Attack Was Very Good But Still They Lack a Good Spinner.SL Did Well in there Ist innings.Could not Repeat the Same performances on 2nd innings.Lahiru Thrimanne and Nuwan Kulasekara did not play well.SL Selection Commitee Members Must bring Chandimal and thisara perera in place of Lahiru and Nuwan to attack the english bowling When situation Arises.Even they Play Test Maches Still there is a opportunity to attack and make more runs to attract the crowed.Hope there will be Exciting match on the 2nd Test Match.

  • on June 18, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    England's -ve tactics hurt again...............They need an aggressive captain like Clarke Ponting

  • on June 18, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Sangakkara is a good test batsman, but cant make real impact to the game towards victory..he should try to be more POSITIVE and maintain can WIN attitude as cricket is played to win not only for personal goals.

  • on June 18, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Good game to watch.But it was far from great.England should have declared when the target reached 320+.

    Had they declared with a target of 320 odd Srilanka would have tried to go for the win and would have made things spicy.

    Mark my words England will never regain no1 rankings again as long as Cook captains.He is too defensive and afraid to lose and so will miss countless opportunities to win

  • JG2704 on June 18, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    @ Arun Bose on (June 17, 2014, 2:49 GMT) It's not the fault of DRS that some fail to grasp what it's for. The standard of umpiring may have been poor and may also need addressing but DRS did overturn a Bell not out decision in the 1st inns and the (what would have been ) the final SL wicket. I believe Herath too would have been reprieved had he reviewed it but it's not the fault of DRS if a player fails to review a decision if it should be not out. Bell's 1st inns )non dismissal) was overturned and that WAS an LBW. The Ashes series was dogged by problems where the umpires (who had a good reputation) had stinkers and the 3rd umpire went against the system a few times. That and people not understanding how DRS works. It's like blaming a fully functional car for a poor driver ploughing off the road

    please publish this time - nothing of offence

  • THEBEAST7 on June 18, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    @ chandimasl: Well said buddy. Completely agree with your comments. Thirimmana is a sitting duck against Anderson. Dimuth is a walking wicket. Prasanna may be able to keep wickets but certainly can not bat! Chandimal will do a better job as a Keeper/Bat in number 6 or 7 slot. Kithruwan is a better option as an opener opposed to Dimuth. We need some fire power at the top. Remember guys like Sanath, Dilshan? Silva can block while Kithruwan keeps the score board ticking.

    SL lost to Pakistn in Sharjah this year because all seniors wanted a draw. I thought Matthews and co must have learned a lesson from that game. But not. Being negative and playing defensive cricket is a recipe for disaster! That is certainly not the Sri Lankan brand of cricket. Kick out Dimuth, Kula and Prasanna. Bring in Kithruwan, Lakmal or (Welagedara/Prasad), Chandimal. Give Thirimanne ONE LAST chance. Then he goes out too!

  • Lion_Wallaby on June 18, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    @saravananunga: You can go through the results first. You have said SL is struggling to win test at home. Thats incorrect check when SL lost a test series at home for the last time. But SL has performed well outside Asia than Indian in last few years with wining one in SA and playing well to draw this one in Eng. You cannot critisise the SL team without getting your facts right. In this match SL got 18 English wickets and Eng got 19 SL wickets. If you say SL was poor then England also was poor.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on June 18, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    Sri Lanka did well last day to make this test draw while all the conditions favored to Eng. Mathews played kind of brave match saving effort with Prasanna. For Next Test Kula should replace with Prasad,Chandi instead of Injured Prasanna and Kithruwan instead of continuously failing Dimuth.

  • RTPbetterthanSRT on June 17, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    England can't even beat a minnow in their own backyard, they have well and truly fallen from the lofty heights of a rare 'dominant era' in world cricket.

  • rk_ks on June 17, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    @SLMaster: So unless it is a batsmen friendly pitch SL cannot win right. If a team is capable they should be able to win on any pitch.

  • JG2704 on June 17, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    @ kovinbuddi on (June 16, 2014, 18:29 GMT) Didn't see the final day but listened to it on the radio and the commentators said that Herath walked and if it was a poor decision then surely it is up to the player not to walk and then to review it?

    @ Herath-UK on (June 16, 2014, 20:42 GMT). The conditions changed on day 4 which is why England skittled out SL so quickly on the morning and the English batsmen had so much trouble in the afternoon. Obviously there was decent bowling from each side but whenever the conditions favour Eng you seem to notice but somehow I guess the other eye failed to notice this

  • JG2704 on June 17, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    Great final day in the end. I said on Sunday that Cook maybe should have declared earlier and it now looks that it should have been the case. The problem is that it might seem like a kick in the teeth to Ballance who had basically ensured that England would post a tough total. However I also saw little chance of such a close finish at the close of Saturday's play. A decent test in the end and a pretty topsy turvey one too.

  • SLMaster on June 17, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Honestly, the pitch was bad. It was extremely flat first and then the cracked pitch making ball stay very low. I DO NOT KNOW WHY COMMENTATORS SAID PITCH IS GETTING BETTER.

  • on June 17, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Am I the only person to think that England could still have won had Chris Jordan dived forward and held on to the low catch (last ball)? Jordan was slow to react.

  • CodandChips on June 17, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    @SirViv1973 I like Moeen but like you I fail to see where he fits in. 3, 4, 5 look good for now and Vince is emerging and I still like Taylor. Though the idea of a middle order player who can be a backup spinner (eg if Kerrigan plays but freezes with nerves again Ali could cover some of his overs despite lacking bite). Hopefully though Moeen will take 20 wickets for barely any runs next match and solve the spin conundrum, but there's more chance of Anderson scoring a hundred methinks.

  • 2MikeGattings on June 17, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    It's not about the declaration. At 102-5 in the 3rd innings Sri Lanka were winning the game. England retrenched for 10 overs, and then scored 150 runs in the final session. This removed the possibility of defeat on what was still a good batting wicket. Is that so wrong?

    All told, England scored 842 runs at 4.22 per over. It's hard to argue that England didn't win because of poor batting strategy.

    Now if England wanted to win on the 5th day, perhaps they should have picked a specialist spinner.

  • on June 17, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    I M worried Of Srilankan Attack in Test Cricket.. I dont Think They Will Be Able To Take 20 Wk To win a Test Match!!

  • SLMaster on June 17, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Good test match. ENG edge little ahead because of the familiar conditions. I can see Chandimal coming in for Prasanna. Lakmal was missed dearly in this match. Or SL should try bringing Malinga just to open and clean-up tail that way not much work load for Malinga.

  • SirViv1973 on June 17, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    @Cod&Chips, Yeah I guess Moen does look the most vulnerable but I agree it would be harsh to drop him after 1 game. Moen is at the moment in the allrounder's slot but longer term if he is to establish himself in the side he will have to do it as a top 5 batsman as his bowling isn't strong enough.Going forward I would expect Prior to bat at 6 providing his form with the bat holds that will give Eng the option of a bowling allrounder at 7. Sooner rather than later that will probably be Stokes but Borthwick could be used there until at least we find a decent spin option, as he is a better bowler than Ali and he has scored well with the bat for Durham this year.

  • Twinkie on June 17, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    @Paul Rone- Clarke - your posting is unclear. Do you mean that if the umpiring had been better England would have won? If so, what game were you watching? England clearly had the better of the umpiring decisions. Matt Prior twice survived on umpire's call. The 50:50 decisions on field almost all went in favour of England and therefore stayed as umpire's cal on reviewl. And that final decision of Paul Riefel- wow!

  • SGP-Melbourne on June 17, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    This is more a suggestion if some one could relay it to ICC! when DRS reviews are used, if umpire make a wrong decision and at least one domain remains "orange" (i.e. 50:50), the original decision stands whether it favour batsman or bowler. However, if there is any doubt, the decision should favour the batsman not the umpire. In cricket, the benefit of the doubt always goes to batsman. So if the DRS decision is uncertain it should favour the batsman. Batsman only gets one chance. Benefit of the doubt SHOULD NOT go to the UMPIRE!!!

  • Grasian on June 17, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    The fact is that Sri Lanka has the most inept tail in world cricket with three No 11s (it will be four in the next Test if Welegedera comes in for Kulasekera) - six down is usually all out.

  • philvic on June 17, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    fantastic match and showed why Test cricket is the ultimate form of the game.

  • SirViv1973 on June 17, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    @Glory96, Finn has been bowling well this summer for Midd but has been all over the shop when he has played for Eng over the last year to 18 months. I think the selectors are right to leave him at Midd until they are sure he has turned a corner. I will be suprised if he plays in any of the tests this summer. If things still look prmoising in a few months I can see him getting a call back to the 50 overs side for the series with Ind in Sept and if he goes well there he should make there world cup and winter tour parties. After 7 years out of the side it would make no sense to drop Plunkett after 1 match particularly seeing that the next match is at Headingly his home ground where he has been bowling really well this year.

  • nickexplore on June 17, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    You're right @ Appu Dasa that SL must make changes for Headingly. First, Chandimal (averaging over 50) for Thirimanne, all-at-sea against Anderson, (vc or not. Then Prasad (4 wickets v Northamptonshire) or another spinner in Mendis or Perera, for Kulasekara Alas, Vithanage is not in the squad so is not an option. PJ too out of form.

  • saravananunga on June 17, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    @Lion_Wallaby I just gave the real picture from my perspective but you are crying that lanka played really well,really well in 5 lines of ur comment u mentioned it 5 times its just a game and everybody has their views to share,you can't show hatred towards other asian countries while have been struggling to win abroad tests and home as well just look your records of test cricket then speak about others.

  • nickexplore on June 17, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    You're right @Appu Dasa that SL must make changes. First, Chandimal (averaging over 50) for Thirimanne, all-at-sea against Anderson, (vc or not). And then, PPJ too just hanging on. The SL tail is too thin. Super Sanga, Silva and Mathews holding the batting together.

  • vstrider on June 17, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    wow, cook is doomed if he declares and doomed if he doesn't...give the guy a break Declaring at 350 and giving Sri lanka 120 overs or so to get them isn't brave, especially in a 2 match series....personally couldn't care less what Clarke would have or wouldn't have done

    This lords pitch was an absolute road and its a credit to the english bowlers for getting so close to a result on such a dead surface

  • on June 17, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    It was also good to see former Sri Lankan captains Arjuna,Aravinda,Marvan & Sanath together in the Lords balcony at the match whilst you had Mahela,Sanga & Mathews playing in this game.7 captains at the venue but not inspiring enough as SL only managed to escape by the skin of their teeth!!!!!!!!It was also good to see & hear former England Captains Michael Atherton, Nasir Hussain, Ian Botham and Andrew Strauss doing the commentary. 11 Captains at the same venue, probably a record at Lords????

  • ABLcric on June 17, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Great Test match! One of the most exciting drawn test match that I saw live (on TV). The cricket fans are of 3 types. Strictly T20 followers and just want to see sixes. Then there are strict old fashioned Test match followers. Thirdly, there are mixers of both type. I am third type fan. But, i enjoy Tests matches more. Last night was delight to watch. In this drawn Test match, I consider SL as 'winners' and England as 'losers'. Cannot wait for next Test match.

  • Guernica on June 17, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    @yorkshire-86 Borthwick has 5 wickets at an average of over 60 this season - no doubt a couple of those off full tosses too. Monty is always quality but who do you play him instead of? Whoever it is you would weaken the tail. The batting of Jordan, Broad and Plunket is the main reason England had a decent first innings lead. Root couldn't have got 200 without them.

  • Guernica on June 17, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    I don't have a problem with the declaration. But I do have a problem with the over rates and more specifically the officials allowing play to end each day at 6:30 in perfect conditions when we were well short of 90 overs. As a result, nearly 20 overs were lost over the first 4 days. Strangely on the last day they went beyond 6:30 to get all of the overs in - does anyone know why?

  • on June 17, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    That was a proper game of Test cricket, echoes of 1963 against the West Indies as well. A pity England couldn't force the win, but plenty to look forward to on Thursday and the second Test.

  • on June 17, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Sri Lanka should start to learn how to win test matches. Ridiculously low scoring rates are disgusting. Specially when you playing ur first innings. Knowing that the ball is going to reverse swing after the tea, should have set a target of 250 in 2 first sessions. That way England will have to turn the safe mode on rather than attacking.

  • MMahmood1 on June 17, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Hats off to England and Cook for positive attitude. Few changes in bowling lineup will give them an edge over Srilanka in the next game.

  • Mervo on June 17, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    Man of the match should have been Matthews. Simply outstanding.

  • yorkshire-86 on June 17, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    You have got to play your best spinner whatever his other qualities are - that means Panesar, Rashid or Borthwick - and not a novice like Riley or Kerrigan and certainly not someone that averages over 40 in division TWO like Ali...

  • on June 17, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Sri Lanka should realize the moment they get to the negative mind set to bat or bowl they lost the matches, or came to verge of loosing, 1st test with England and last test with Pakistan gives the clear indication and should never forget this in future tests

  • on June 17, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    See this is the debate regarding Prior or Buttler in the team. As not for some bad umpiring then Prior really should of been out for a duck in both innings , and you could argue that had Buttler been in the team then the scoring rate would of been far higher , enabling Cook to declare earlier. As Buttler could of done what Gilchrist used to do all the time and that was bat the opposite team out of the game within 1 session by smashing a quick 50 , 100 and completely change the game. Unlucky for Buttler as Prior got lucky made 80 odd and now all will forgotten how terrible he was in Australia and a genuine talent rots on the sidelines.

  • on June 17, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Chasing personal milestones (Ballance) instead of declaring an hour before the close on day 4 cost the Poms. Well done SL a well deserved draw.

  • liz1558 on June 17, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Only spinner for England: Kerrigan - got to give him another go.

  • priceless1 on June 17, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Drop P jayawardena amd Kulasekara , those two are no longer contributing to the cause , Chandimal shoulld wicket keep and hope Suranga Lakmal is fit for the next game

  • on June 17, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    My issue is with Cook's declaration in the *first* innings. The run rate had been good - OK, Jimmy Anderson is not as good a bat as Jordan, Broad and Plunkett, but the pitch was good. Why not take a few more runs then - if they could have got another15 or 30 runs without slowing down too much, why not put them in the bank? It wasn't as if there were only a few overs to go in the day and they wanted to get a quick go at SL before the close.There was plenty of time left in the match - it was only the second day.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 17, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    @CodandChips, If its more for batting than bowling spin then Rashid has to fall into the mix as both have very similar stats and both are Leggies.

  • on June 17, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    Sri Lanka must change the team for second test. Out should go Kulasekara, Thirimanne with Prasanne out due injury and should bring in Vithange, Mendis and Chandimal so there will be three seamers and two spinners, a better mix. Also in this test the umpiring standards were quite poor. Another thing, others should tell Herath about the laws and that if your hand is off the bat you are not out. walking off is good but only knowing that you are out clearly.

  • amalsp on June 17, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    England have only themselves to blame after going for personal milestones rather than the team victory. If they had declared half an hour earlier on day four. Who knows what might have happened. Thank you A. Cook.

  • on June 17, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    England set achievable target for Sri Lanka, 390 from 90 overs.Sanga and Mahela played negative cricket.I strongly feel that we should have fought to WIN.But Sanga seemed like playing for his personal goals rather than country's victory.Sanga has the ability to score runs but those runs make no any real impact to the game. If Sanga or Mahela played some positive cricket we could have rotate the presuure to the fielding side. But their timid batting style created extra pressure to the new comers.Only Silva and Karunarathna played some positive cricket.

  • on June 17, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Isn't it amazing what the England bowlers can get a ball to do when it's a Duke. Even I can swing one of them, and I've never had any pretensions to ever being anything but a bowler of slow medium cutters.

    Get them with a Kookaburra in their hands and they are straight up and down.

  • UK_Chap on June 17, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    England have had their own fair share of last wicket "great Escapes" but when it`s England trying to save the game it is described as "a great rear guard action" ..... In march in New Zealand 2013, In SA in Jan 2010 and in the 1st test in the Ashes in 2009 all come to mind.

  • chandimasl on June 17, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    i was thoroughly dissapointed the way SL batted. Very recently our team lost to Pakistan due to the negative approach in a test. yet again they were very negative yesterday and luckily got escaped. The seniors should responsible for this. There are so many coaches for the team as well who have not been able to set the positive mind set of the team to go and attack in this kind of a situation.This is pathetic.

    And also we should consider the following players seriously.Dimuth, Kulasekara, Prasanna. The contribution has been minimum from these players who are not yet suited for this format. And also it is highly questionable the Vice captain of the team. He is completely out of form. If we do not strengthen the middle order it will be a disaster in the 2nd test.

    Replace prasanna with Chandimal,Prasad or Lakmal should be included for the place of Kulasekara. Dimuth should be replaced by either Kithruwan or Dilruwan.Either of the selected should open the innings.

  • CodandChips on June 17, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    @SirViv1973 Agree England should bring in a spinner to the squad for Woakes. Woakes deserves some cricket.

    Perhaps Borthwick for Ali as he is a more penetrative spinner though lacks control. Though Ali probably deserves another match. His place is already the least secure of the batsmen because Root and Ballance scored hundreds and Bell is Bell.

    I like Borthwick. Though his spin hasn't developed as hoped, his batting has. The English Steve Smith?

    Kerrigan should get a go this summer. His career shouldn't be decided on 8 overs. A batsman wouldn't be dropped after a king pair. Kerrigan has been the best English spinner in county cricket for a while. He deserves a go at some point.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 17, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    @siddhartha87, you cant say that, 350 would from 100 on that pitch would have been chaseable and cook heavily critised for declaring too early, so it was a lose lose situation for Cook. In the end they played the percentages, with 380 off 90 being almost impossible and 90 overs to take 10 wickets being possible and ALMOST happening. In the end cricket was the winner neither team deserved to lose but neither team deserved to win.

  • Mervo on June 17, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Overly cautious declaration by Cook. Clarke would have gone earlier, certainly the night before. Also not having a spinner and SL having to bat last, made it an even outcome. No moral advantage. I suspect England may have been struggling if they had to bat last against Herath

  • on June 17, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Test match is like chess game 1) Game is Long 2) Moves need to be carefully made 3) need to have lots of patience 4) Brain is under huge demand 5) Interesting.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 17, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Ultimately both sides will claim a moral victory, with England taking a lot of positives from the New faces like Balance, Root and Moeen's batting, SL will take away a positive of holding the England attack all be it just marginally at the end of the day.

    On the negative side England really need to find a front line attacking spinner, a 4 man pace attack isn't cutting it. Anderson seemed to get into some rhythm after the winter and broad looked as though he was getting into form.

    Robson and Jordan still have a few points to prove, also the juries out on plunkett.

    SL must have concerns of their tail not wagging, and without Sanga and Jayewardene in the middle they look a little fragile there as well.

    In the end a typical lords pitch flat for 2-3 days, and then becoming uneven and offering spin on days 4 and 5.

  • Gloryof96 on June 17, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Lord's is a result oriented venue, there was enough for the bowlers, seamers and spinners) and that was not a flat track!

    Leeds, I just checked the stats, Eng have won 7 of the last 14 played at Leeds and SL spinners take heart, Swann took 10, mostly another seaming pitch which will have bounce.

    Win the toss and bat unless clouds are in your face! Just FYI, Eng and Aus were bowled out for nearly 100 batting first!

    I expect Thirimanne to chip in and bring in Chandimal for Pranna J and if Lakmal is fit for Kulasekera

    Eng needs to be positive and not bowl on the leg. Where is Finn? if fit, bring him in for Plunket.

    I don't care who wins but see another match like yesterday

  • siddhartha87 on June 17, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Alistair Cook's defensive captaincy cost them the win. Should have 350 to win in 100 overs. Thats why Clarke or Greame Smith are magnificent captains. They generally set the target with at at least 120 overs to ball at the opposition

  • CodandChips on June 17, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    Not entirely what to make of this test match.

    A flat and boring pitch produced not much of a contest between bat and ball, except for some brilliant bowling on day 4 and day 5.

    The England fan inside of me is disappointed we couldn't steal victory. However I realise that steal is the optimum word- Sri Lanka certainly didn't deserve to lose.

    Some good batting from individuals but I doubt they'll find much easier batting conditions in England. Nonetheless Ballance, Root and Prior with the bat were encouraging, and Mathews and Sangakarra showed their class.

    Sri Lanka bowled pretty well. Took some early wickets with the seamers. Herath bowled well 2nd innings. Was always to be hard for their bowlers on this pitch.

    For England I doubt they'll change the side next match. Robson deserves another chance, as do Plunkett and Jordan. However the lack of a front-line spinner still concerns me.

    Over rate for both teams was awful. For England it's always a problem. Hope ICC take note.

  • Horaumpire on June 17, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    Heraths' non-literacy of Laws of Cricket put unnecessary pressure on Pradeep. Even Mathews confesses his ignorance of this situation. ("It's a lesson learned. We all now know that if it hits your hand and it's off the bat you're not out.") Why not give a lesson on 'Laws of Cricket' to the whole team? Herath didn't even have the presence of mind to go for a referral. So pathetic and irresponsible.

    Then come the biggest question, the quality of umpiring. How can Paul Reiffel miss such a big inside edge?

  • absartabish on June 17, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Lords stadium is surely king of stadiums . Yesterdays test match was more exciting than a T20 game . I was planning to watch FIFA WC #PORGER , but than I find more interesting match Lords Test.So I watched it and surely enjoyed it .

  • Darkmanx12155 on June 17, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    U nailed it saravananunga. Cook should have declared earlier. to at least have 110 overs to bowl at weak SL batting line up. SL will never risk chasing 300 + on a day five pitch with the fragile batting line up they got. As long as Jimmy Andeson is out their, Thirimanne is a sitting duck! As

  • Bansam on June 17, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    This is how test matches should be played. The nail biting finish was really unexpected from a Test match and was far more better than a one dayer. England with over 500 was a sure winner expect for the challenge taken by Sri Lanka in coming closer with over 400. England spoiled their chances of a win by putting up a big total to chase making Sri Lanka play for a draw. A reasonable lead of 300 for last day would have made Sri Lanka chase and lost their way in the last day. However the Sri Lankans showed guttiness to the last man in hanging out and providing one of the best finishes. However the level of umpiring did not match the high standard of the game.

  • Lord.emsworth on June 17, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    "The great escape" is how I would describe this Test match. While Sangakarra's 2 innings gave SL a chance to draw (win?) this match the real unsung hero was Prassana Jayawardene (Together with Mathews) who stoically blocked and battled for 62 balls with a broken finger to thwart the menacing late swing of Andersson and the bounce and fury of Broad and Jordan.

  • on June 17, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    The down under thrashing in the last Ashes series left Cook determined not to lose this Test, unfortunately at the cost of depriving England a win. A good presumption of taking one or two early SL wickets late on day four, based on a meaning full declaration was ignored and led to draw, instead of a win. Mathew and his tired boys must have thanked their stars to have a good night's rest and face the English bowlers the next day. Poor tactics by Captain Cook on this day. Learn and be more positive next time. Take a page out of the Aussie Captain Clark's tactics and Cook will be better for it.

  • on June 17, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    Eerie silence at Lords. One ball remaining. Last man in. A wicket to fall. A match to win for England or Srilanka to loose. Broad galloping at tail ender Nuwan Pradeep propelled by the crowd . Alas it was not to be. All in all good cricket.

  • Horaumpire on June 17, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    At the end trying to achieve personal glory cost the match to England. Cook should have declared on day 4 keeping about 15 overs to bowl rather than giving more time to Balance to score his century. Even if it was so important than your country, then Broad should have known to give the chance to Balance to score his runs. Even without the full 24 he scored taking valuable 33 mints, England would have had enough runs on the board to challenge SL. See the cost of selfishness.

    Anyway we all are happy that at the end of the day the game of cricket won!

  • Horaumpire on June 17, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Altogether it was a good test match. However several questions arise.

    On Sri Lankan side there seemed to have been no strategy adopted. Although one would say getting 390 on the final day has never happened in SL history it was gettable. Especially with the mediocre bowling of Englishmen. Only Silva and Sanga played with confidence. But I am sure placing the ball to the many vacant areas in the field and collecting singles could have been done right from the beginning. Only 4.3+ per over was required. That would have put some pressure on Cook and he sure would do some silly things. We saw England doing this many a time and even turning ones in to twos. Why cannot SL do the same? The Coach should be able to work out a strategy with the Captain. That is why he is there.

  • nickexplore on June 17, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Once Mathews sent England into bat on a perceived greentop with an understrength bowling attack, SL were forced to play catch up for 5 days. As commendable as a draw is, it took two fine centuries from Sangakkara and Mathews, two fifties from Silva and a total of 654 runs just to save the game. Chandimal must come in for Thirimanne at Headingly, and Prasad or spinner Perera for Kulasekara (2 for 148). SL only took 17 England wickets and Lakmal is still injured. Karunaratne has one more chance, or Tharanga will be recalled for the 2 Tests and 3 ODIs vs South Africa in SL in July. If Mathews is lucky enough to win the toss again, he must take the initiative and bat first.

  • Lion_Wallaby on June 17, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    @ saravananunga; Sri Lanka played really well in this match to draw and their bowlers bowled really well especially in the second innings and also the first part of the first innings. They batted really well in the first innings with 2 centurions and 2 fifties. The batting conditions were tough on the last day 5 with flood lights on with the overcast conditions for the entire day 5. SL has been playing really well with winning T20 and also ODI series in England and playing really well in the test match too. We know how other subcontinent teams getting " WHITEWASHED" outside Asia without been able to win even a single game even in the shorter format. So Loads of positives for SL in this tour with young guns like Silva, Matthews, Eranga and Pradeep performing with seniors.

  • DarrylRod on June 17, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Karma! Was the same situation when the last wicket pair held up Australia. Captain Cook just does not cut it. There is seriously so much hype on this England team that one would think they have been on a winning streak. Seriously, win matches. England hasnt won zip so till then, just play the game till you've prove something!

  • Prabhash1985 on June 17, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    I think Upul Tharanga deserves a recall. This is not to stop Dimuth's journey. It's just because he is not in good nick, while Tharanga had a good time with A team. It's better to replace an opener with another opener, rather than putting someone young like Vithanage who is not an opener. We should keep Mahela in the middle. Otherwise, once we lose him and Sanga, it's very difficult to win the mental battle. I believe Upul's past experiences especially in England with Sanath as the co-opener, Upul may be a good option. I further think Thirimanna's position should be given to Chandimal. Further, Dhammika Prasad should be in for Kulasekara. If Sachithra is available, he should replace Herath. That's my view. Because, true that Herath is a great spinner, but I don't think England will prepare any spinner friendly wicket, and Sachi is a skiddy bowler and will thrive our batting order as an all-rounder. We lack one all rounder, Sachi or Thisara.

  • saravananunga on June 17, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    England really played better than lanka ,it was just luck that lanka escaped horrible batting by them on last day can\t hold wickets for one day had england declared on 4th day surely they would have won.Credit goes only to england bowlers who made good contest.Lanka has to do some hard work to withstand england bowlers in leeds

  • Gloryof96 on June 17, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    Great advert for TEST CRICKET

    But Eng should have rumped home in 4 days with the bowling attack they have

    All credit to SL for hanging in there .... Mattews is a great Captain and a player for the future

    Eng were too negative with 2 leg slips, leg gully and bowling at the head on leg stump, where is the "spirit of the game", Where is Douglas Jardine? Does the question of "Spirit of the game" come only when the opposition has Eng against the wall?

  • Gloryof96 on June 17, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Now they say Lord's is a featherbead, flat track, dust bowl ..... but did do you know Lord's has produced 10 results in the last 12 matches played? the only 2 draws were against SL!

    Now they are saying wait till Headingly to see real pace bowling

    And then what if still Eng cant get 20 wickets, Will Headingly also be called a featherbed, flat track, dust bowl???

    Paul Riffel should not umpire PERIOD, what if SL had no reviews left. He gave 2 dogy decisions in the space of 10 balls, not acceptable at this level

    Both teams had a pathetic over rate. Eng to 40 additional minuted to bowl their 90 and SL are equally guilty and ICC needs to do something about the over rate and Riffel

    All who say Robson should be dropped .... check what the great "Don" got in his first test! To say a player is bad, he must be given time (e.g. series) not in 1 match

  • on June 17, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    Cook lacks confidence. He is tactically and strategically an awful Captain. If England cannot defeat Sri-Lanka at home ground, what could it do?

  • on June 17, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    Ballance...what did you do to England???lol...Your century made England lose the match...not blaming..just saying!

  • on June 17, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    It's a loss to England. They can't beat a inexperience Lankan Test side (Sanga & Mahela apart) on their home soil shows how poor England have been. If they hadn't had Roots knock in the 1st innings, it would have been worse. Credit to SL as they showed their determined to work on their test form.

  • Robster1 on June 17, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    Appallingly slow over rates permitted by weak match officials (all four of them or goodness sake) plus Captain Cautious delayed declaration cost England. Will the ICC do anything about over rates - don't hold your breath.

  • katch47 on June 17, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    I don't know what will happen to SL batting future when Sanga and Mahela retires. mahela's career is fading away as we speak and who will be strong enough to replace him? Its no wonder Sri Lankan players wait until their Late thirtees to retire cuz there are no reliable players around to fill their shoes.

  • cric1965 on June 17, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    Drop Anderson phobic Thirimanna, kulasekera and prasanna already injured. Give chance to Vithanage and try. He may be successful in these conditions. For other positions fill from Chandimal, Lakmal or Dhammika Prasad.

    Dimuth has faced 62 balls and scored 54 runs as a opener. Even though he has not done his job properly he has perform better than No 5 batsman Thirimanna who was able to face 28 balls and scored 4 runs only. Who should be dropped from the team out of Dimuth and Thirimanna. He played Anderson better than Thirimanna.

    Kulasekera,s cannot mnaintain average pace more than 75 mph. But Anderson has more than 85 mph with swing. Kula,s pace would not be able to get wickets in England. His new ball swinging ability only cannot seal the place for test team.

    Also Sri Lankan bowlers should learn from English counterpart. See how they bowl variety of balls to take wickets . Accurate bouncers, short balls, Yorkers, in swinger, out swinger etc.

  • on June 17, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    SL escape defeat by the skin of their teeth. What a dramatic finish which England deserved to win.SL losing 8 wickets for a mere 42 runs is pathetic especially when they were batting sensibly at 159 for 2.Such negative batting put England on top in the last session of play.SL will need to fine tune their batting line up as Karunaratne,Prasanna Jayawardena,Thirimanne,Kulasekera did not contribute at all with the bat which created much pressure on the others.Kaushal,Sanga,Mahela,Mathews, Herath & Eranga were the positives in this match and SL could do well to go into the next match with Chandimal,Dilruwan,Vithanage,Welagedera or Prasad.All in all a great game of cricket although the umpiring was sub-standard.

  • on June 17, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    SL batted well but they should learn to bat according to the situation. Lot of balls going away from the wicket should have left alone. Mahela , Mathew, Hearth, and Thrimanna wickets are example. By looking at the game Prasad should be in next match. SL needs a aggressive baller. I assume need another spinner with good batting. SL openers are much better than England both innings scored 50 runs batting 12 overs. That gave Sanga to play his normal game. Wish good luck next match. SL should come up 1-0.

    Sarath Mendis

  • on June 17, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    Shocking umpiring standards- two wrong decisions in the final over, many borderline wrong decisions, largely gone against the visitors. Why can't they get it right, especially when even Cook heard the inside edge in the last over, surely Umpire Paul R should have also heard and seen. Pathetic situation- ICC please act!

  • on June 17, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    It is Sickening to see Lankans with 2 of the best of all time Batsman and against a average attack, just try to stay in the wicket even without trying to score off loose balls. This brought unnecessary pressure to themself and if they played positive cricket, they would have ended at least 320/350 may be many wickets in hand.

    They had 90 overs to make 390 about 4.3 per over. They could have tried at least 20 overs playing like T20 in the middle and see how it goes and then if wickets fell, just play off for a draw. That was poor strategy by Lankans as well as late declaration by England.

  • Greatest_Game on June 17, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    "And if the BCCI can watch such a finish and even now, still insist, hand on heart, that their series against England will be better for no DRS then they will have defied the ultimate argument in its favor.."

    Very nicely stated, Mr. Hopps. Short, succinct, and bloody true! Can't argue with that!

  • on June 17, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    @ramz30380- DRS is a flawed system, period.. Why would during any lbw dismissal review, Umpire's call matter the most then why should we use DRS? Why not just keep it with umpires? I think the technology is still not 100% accurate so India will not use it anytime soon..Don't teach BCCI what to do or what not to do.. During last year's Ashes in England, It was clearly evident from all those wrong and confusing decisions by DRS.. Even Australia and England were opposing it but ICC is very stubborn..They just want to promote DRS but do not want to improve the standards of umpiring..

  • Greatest_Game on June 17, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    @ LAKingsFan: As a neutral, I have to ask what match were you watching? Was it even cricket? In the last over Umpire Reiffel raised his finger twice - both clearly incorrect decisions. No review can spare the invalidity of your statement. Cook said of Pradeep's review "it's not great ... when it's taken a Test win away but it was the right decision." I hope you noticed the words "but it was the right decision." He did not claim Eng were robbed, did he? Enough said!

    @ LAKingsFan goes on to write "It may be a draw but Sri Lanka has been humiliated."

    Eng's captain: "We were ahead throughout the game." Eng, ahead throughout, could not take 20 wickets and were held to a draw by Sri Lanka. In that is nothing humiliating for either team. There is perhaps only pride for SL, holding Eng to a draw in their own backyard.

  • KM01 on June 17, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    Typical DRS supporter- short memory. Only remember the ones DRS gets right. What about all the ones DRS gets wrong? Remember DRS' stunning "accuracy" in the Ashes? No? Didn't think so. How convenient!!

  • Bhatin on June 17, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Sri Lanka just hanging by thinnest of the strings there. Nuwan Pradeep had done a Graham Onions on England !

  • on June 17, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    Great game! Mankadang didn't effect the spirit of the game! Both sides played well and played hard. In the end credit to SL for having responded courageously. England's bowling battery was superior to SL. In the end SL dominated the T 20, the ODI's and the lady test will be the acid test.

  • Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on June 17, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    Sri Lankan had to struggle at the end for a draw because of their own mistakes,

    1. When they won the toss they could have batted first and use Rangana Herath at the end.

    2. As long as Anderson in England squad Lahiru Thirimanna is a useless player. Vice captain score only total 4 runs in a test match? We could use an extra bowler instead. Please replace him with Chandimal. He is a much better player in these conditions.

    3. Dimuth Karunarathna is not suitable to open the batting in a test match. He should be replaced with Kithuruwan Vitanage.

    4. Prasad or Welagedara is obviously a better choice than Kulasekara.

    5. Dilruwan Perera is an all rounder who is good in batting. He could replace the injured Prasanna.

    So for the next test match team should be,

    1. Kithuruwan 2. Kaushal 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Chandimal 6. Mathews 7. Dilruwan 8. Prasad 9. Rangana 10. Shaminda 11. Nuwan Pradeep/ Welagedara

    With this combination both bowling and batting departments looks stronger.

  • TheBigBoodha on June 17, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    Don't think Michael Clarke would have batted so late, Mr Cook. Still as conservative as ever.

  • Culex on June 17, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    At least the English batsmen look like they can get runs. That was something that was sorely lacking in Australia. Now for Cook to hone his tactics a little bit so that he can seize the advantage when it is presented...

  • on June 17, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    i'm happy that SL could make it a draw instead of losing it.but i think SL need to change its strategies in tests.SL should stop playing very deffensivly and should play test matches more aggresivly with an attacking strategy.earlier in this year SL lost the 2nd test in UAE mainly due to this reason and yesterday also we would have lost the match if not for the DRS. another problem that SL have is the non performing middle order (apart from mathews). the total runs scored by thirimanne and prasanna in this match is less than 20.provided that england have a really deep batting order it is crucial that SL middle order should score SOME runs.the positive thing is that mathews is in superb form and sanga's scoring machine is still operating properly. and also kaushal silvaplayed a promising knock. now dimuth karunarathne is a tried and tested opener, his name will be added to the list of the failed sri lankan test opener's list along with malinda warnapura and paranawithana.i

  • dunger.bob on June 17, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    The game may have ended in a draw but it definitely wasn't one of your "bore-draw" finishes. That was about as tight and tense as it gets. I'd like to thank both teams for putting on such a good exhibition of the game. .. it was brilliant to watch as a neutral.

    I'm beginning to think that Lords is the English equivalent of Adelaide. Both are supreme batting tracks but also tend to get results as the bowlers take over late in the match. That's just the way it should be imo.

  • Charindra on June 17, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    The beauty of test cricket. Bravo Sri Lanka! A lionhearted performance in horrible weather, fading light and swinging conditions, and against plenty of verbal abuse, some biased umpiring and some good fast bowling. Completely against the odds.

    And are there people who are still unsure of the need for DRS?? BCCI maybe?

  • on June 17, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    "We were ahead throughout" said Cook, I wonder which game he was watching to arrive at such thoughts. There were 4 hundreds and 6 score above 50 in the match. SL had 7 wickets at tea on hand, how could a captain believe they were ahead... Joke!! Is he for real?

  • on June 17, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    At the end of yesterday's play I said the decision to bat the extra hour will cost England the match and so it did. Cricket was and will never be a one man sport, getting to a hundred as an individual is good personally (as in the case for Balance), but not for the team especially given the circumstance yesterday afternoon. They needed to get runs quickly after lunch and put SL to face about 10 to 12 overs. England is trying to rebuild but needs to do so with a new captain. Cook plays too much defensive and safe cricket, consequently the result such as this will continue. Captaincy such as this is what kills test cricket including the supporters. This draw is equivalent to a win for Sri Lanka, they are the winner from this. Look out England!!!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 17, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    Close,exciting end to what had till then been a dull,boring match on a flat,easy Lords pitch.Mostly due to some dramatic cricket in final sess.,fall of a few W.New ball also did a bit,was a factor.But alls well that ends well! Bet,the Lankans will agree!

  • Shan_Karthic on June 17, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    Good test cricket.

    And to that snide remark about BCCI & DRS, India would not object to the use of technology for checking edges ... as the case here on the penultimate ball or for Herath's wicket. Essentially using the technology to remove the howlers that impact the game. What India objects to is relying on ball trajectory projection with limited data points without published scientific material that provides for the validity of method & technology. It can't be my mate who is sponsoring the technology says it works kind but peer reviewed engineering/scientific study that shows it works.

    And, by the way, get rid of the nonsense about it may be out or not out depending on what the original decision was.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 17, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    A close affair @ the end,SL holding on.Should'nt have and did'nt look like it when 5th wkt p'ship was looking untroubled,pitch looked flat as did Eng's avg. bowlers.But SLs lower order/tail is 1 of weakest and contributed in it ending up close as it did.

  • nmarsha on June 17, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    Herath walking off believing he was out, technology should have been used in this instance to have called him back, same as no-ball is checked to verify a wicket taken.

  • Happy_hamster on June 17, 2014, 0:03 GMT

    I got up at 6.00 EDT and watched the first 40minutes, I thought it would fizzle out this afternoon but this is what makes test matches, if England had declared earlier...if your Auntie was a man she would be your uncle. I was pretty gutted at the time (I was watching the ball by ball summary at work in DC), but you win some you lose some and you also draw some, this was no bore draw. Sanga got a Lords century, Ballance a maiden ton, Root a double, Jordan looking the part, this could end up being a key game for England's development or maybe not :) I think reports of England's demise as a test nation are previous.

  • landl47 on June 16, 2014, 23:59 GMT

    A game effort from Sri Lanka to hang on in a game in which they were always trying to play catch-up. I'm sure they heaved a sigh of relief at being able to survive, but if the wicket at Headingly is even a touch more responsive then they'll be hoping the weather can save them.

    As for England, the loss of Swann proved to be just as costly as was feared. For the spinners to take no wickets on a 5th day pitch while bowling with an insurmountable lead shows how difficult life is going to be until England finds a replacement. Moeen bowled like the part-timer he is and can't be regarded as good enough to be lead spinner.

    On the positive side, centuries from a 23 and a 24 year old bode well for England's batting and Prior and Anderson were both back to form after the dismal Australian tour. Jordan was the most impressive of the debutants; he bowled handily, with 5 wickets in the match, and batted well in both innings. Add his good fielding and he looks the part as a test cricketer.

  • Jeewaka9999 on June 16, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    Well played SL. We r proud of u. Selection of both Dimuth and Kule proved wrong. Dimuth managed only 54 runs. Ave 27 runs. Kule 37 overs-148 runs-2 Wkts. Average 74.00 .So please replace both with Vithanage and Lakmal. Kule is never a test bowler. We don't need an opening bowler who take 1 wkt per inning . Bcoz part timer can also do the same. SL should try to take England last 4 wkt cheaply . This match last 4 Wkts scored 325 runs. That made a big difference.

  • patg on June 16, 2014, 23:45 GMT

    Great test overall. Nuwan Kulasekera along with Thirimmane should be dropped for the second test. Kulasekera is not a test bowler. It was shown from the way he bowled and he was very expensive without much success. He should be replaced by Suranga Lakmal if he is fit. Otherwise by Prasad or welagedara.

    Thirimanne was terrible with the bat. He could not even bat for few overs in the second innings. His total contribution for the whole match is just 4 runs. He seems to be shivering when he sees Anderson. I think it will not hurt to give Chandimal a chance. He had a good average in England during the last tour.

    I was very impressed with the way Silva batted . He is a true test batsman.

    Also I think Sri lanka gave away too many runs in the first innings by trying to copy short ball theory from Ausies. Sri Lanka does not have a Michael Jhonston in their side. It was better in the second innings when they bowled to their strengths .

  • ArcAngel on June 16, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    Good Match. SL should have Lakmal instead of Kulasekara. Lakmal has genuine pace and swings the ball.

  • CM1000 on June 16, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    After all the criticism he has received for being too conservative and defensive as a captain, did Cook seriously set SL 390 on the 5th day instead of having two goes at them with the first new ball? Surely that's a joke!

  • OneEyedAussie on June 16, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    Here's an alternative headline: "Over-rate helps England escape from victory".

  • on June 16, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    What an epic finish to this test match! If only England had 1 more over!

  • SirViv1973 on June 16, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    @cod&chips, like yourself I've been banging on about the need for a spinner. I would at least like them to have one in the squad for Leeds. They could either pick 13 or drop woakes as he won't play anyway. Clearly we are not blessed with options its probably a choice between monty or kerrigan. There is an argument for borthwick as he is sort of the man in possession having played in Sydney but his lack of bowling in the championship would be a worry. No matter how sparse the options are unless we prepare green seamers that produce results in less than 3days then we need to be using a spinner sooner rather than later.

  • Jaffa79 on June 16, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    Enthralling Test match on a benign pitch. Credit must go to both sides; England for their push for victory, positive batting in the first dig and the return to form for many of their players and SL for their fighting spirit. Cook was a tad negative but I am not going to fault him too much. His field placements and bowling changes were spot on. Good to see Jimmy really charge in and bowl with more pace than I have seen from him in a long while and a lot of skill with the old ball, Broad, Jordan and even Plunkett (who was unlucky) bowled well. Root, Ballance and Prior batted with a lot of promise for the summer ahead and Ali looks like he can do a job with bat and ball. I would say that it is a bit of an ask for Ali to bowl out excellent players of spin at this stage. Not a total success and victory would've been great but lots of positives for England.

  • AlSmug on June 16, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    wow well done to sri lanka , this current England team couldnt beat sri lanka at lords lol deary me

  • Boycotts_Bat on June 16, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    Thing is Daniel, had England declared late on Day 4, their lead may have been only 300-320. At lunch today they were 100/1 - so, give them another hour from the night before and suddenly the 300-320 lead has been sawn in half. That means the bowling tactics and weird field settings today would be all different and you might have had a very different result on your hands.

  • gahapanmachan on June 16, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    Coming out of defeats in ODI & 20/20 & letting SL to pile up batting second, Cook was right delaying the declaration. Well played both teams but SL walk away with more positives. Batting second in foreign conditions, umpiring going against them & having to reply to a massive total & walk away sharing honours is an achievement.

    Though England/Prior should have called Herath back in the spirit of the game LOL.

  • tests_the_best on June 16, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    Well fought by both teams and credit to SL for hanging in there till the end as it looked it might be over once they were 5 down with more than 30 overs to go. I only wish Indian lower order also develops a spine which has quite often been missing on overseas tours of late. 5 down usually means Ind batting will fold for another 30-40 runs over 15 odd overs. Hope of better days to come when they tour England later this summer.

  • Patchmaster on June 16, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    ENG deserved to lose because of their slow over rate. Cook's captaincy is so painful to watch, so predictable and so slow. Any other captain would have pushed for the win, but no......not Cook. So poor for the game, and an over rate of 12 an hour should be punished by the ICC, before it kills the game.

  • Herath-UK on June 16, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    Although every one is now mentioning it was a flat pitch,contrary to that the game was played in the morning in chilly overcast conditions under light with the ball zipping & Anderson Broad com in full flight in perfect bowler friendly conditions.Full credit goes to Kaushal & Sanga handling those conditions perfect.Though Root got the MOM award he failed miserably in the second but Sanga played a match saving innings in the second innings too & in all against better bowlers in Anderson,Broad & the other two in their ideal conditions.

  • Mervo on June 16, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    Eng had the better of the conditions but without a true spinner and only medium pacers, they could not force a result. There are lessons here for the England attack.

  • on June 16, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    Cook cooked it as no Balance between glory of country win before Balance's 100 at Lords. Country before self. Kudos to Warne during the end of the 4th day who said England should have declared half hour before to get wickets. The Sri Lankans rested overnight. I agree that Cook is no captain material as the Aussies said. Change mind set Sri Lanka, Cricket is no more a Gentleman's game. Started with the Larwood's bodyline bowling to attack Bradman. Plunket especially and Gordon followed and they went for the head and body as no wickets forthcoming bowling wicket to wicket. It was the opposite with Anderson and Broad. Finally KUDOS to Sri Lanka for facing the body/headline bowling. Give a taste of their own medicine in the 2nd test. Forget fairplay/gentleman's game. Follow the Cook and Win at all costs. Why is it always Sri Lanka gets a test slot in England early summer when it is still cold and cloudy.

  • SLMaster on June 16, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    To be fair to Herath, I do not think Herath knew his hand was off the bat. It was split second and to his mind why waste a review. SL has done well in the series so far in spite of lots of drama before the tour. ENG CANNOT BOUNCE OUT SL UNLIKE AUS DID TO ENG ..........

  • Nutcutlet on June 16, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    There was much to enjoy in this Test and a draw was a fair result. Yes, Cook could have declared last evening and that may have made a difference, but this was a batters' pitch and SL have the batsmen that can break loose and score 370 or so in a full day's play. Cook shouldn't be criticized too severely. And there's the rub. if everyone comes out of this match with some credit, then the ICC assuredly does not. The lost overs on days 1-4 cannot be continued to be waved away. It is, in a very literal sense, short-changing the paying public - something that the businessmen who populate the ICC should understand, were they really true cricket enthusiasts, then they would address this issue urgently. They have to come up with something: fines for the players (or the captain(s)) responsible, or penalty runs. It is not difficult to deal with, were there the will to do so.

  • on June 16, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    Poor and timid captaincy by Cook. If he had declared 40 minutes before stumps yesterday, England would almost certainly have won. He should relinquish the captaincy, concentrate on his batting, and seek an opening partner with whom he has a track record of success, i.e. Nick Compton.

  • Mutukisna on June 16, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    I forgot to make one last point in my last comments. Where was Kausal Silva all these years. What a find for Sri Lanka to fill the opener's berth! He showed fantastic discipline in both innings resisting the temptation to play balls outside the off stump, ducking the short-pitched bowling and his shot selection was great. Although the commentators said that he had played and missed a few times, I thought that this was not true because he was merely covering his stumps and allowing the balls outside to go through to the wicketkeeper. He was not playing a shot. At the age of 28 or whatever, he should be an automatic selection for the Sri Lanka Test team for years to come.

  • on June 16, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    English negativity wins again!!!Sri Lanka were never going to get 390+ the deisipn not to push on yesterdy evening is yey another shameful example of the conservative nture of English cricket. At least the Aussies risk losing to win. Cook should go and his batting isnt good enough to warrant a place in the team anyway.

  • on June 16, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Dramatic finish... Finally DRS saved sl... Still Eng need one specialist spinner like Monty or tredwell ..!

  • glance_to_leg on June 16, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    Just shows how brilliant test cricket really is. Well done to both teams. People should learn to enjoy the brilliant drama. How dull the world cup is by comparison.

  • sundar02 on June 16, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    I don't totally agree with the article making a plea to BCCI to consider DRS. As We heard from Nassir Husain, DRS subject to umpire call. This is manhandling the technology. If you decided to review why do you want to include Umpire's call. That makes me DRS still poor.

  • Harlequin. on June 16, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Of course there were going to be people chastising Cook for his declaration but I am not convinced these people fully understand the situation. The absolute last thing that England would have wanted would have been for SL to chase down 320, which could easily have been possible given the flat deck/no true spinner. The final scoreline makes the declaration look worse than it was, because SL didn't really mount a proper chase, but had the score been 50 runs less, with an extra 10 overs then things could have got very nervy for Eng, especially with only 2 experienced members of the attack. Much, much more sensible to err on the side of caution (which in the end was only just an err) and go for the series win in Leeds instead.

    Well played both teams, great entertainment on the final day.

    Also, big shout for DRS

  • on June 16, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    If prasad played instead of kula, match would be different.

  • lionspaw on June 16, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Selfish century knock by Garry Balance and defensive tactics by the Captain Cook cost the game for England

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 16, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    Beautiful game of test cricket! When all's said & done, can't say I didn't thoroughly enjoy that despite the unusually flat Lords pitch.

    Very positive signs for both teams. Some class batsmen in that Sri Lankan line-up that were never going to be easy to knock over, + some great spells from some of the seamers (e.g. Eranga) as well. For England, well it's a case of more of the same please! Yes the lack of a frontline spinner is annoying, but I've said all I wanted throughout the game & no point in harping on about it. Magic Monty is not a huge turner of the ball; maybe someone like Borthwick could have made use of those nice rough patches outside leg stump?

    The England seamers bowled very compelling spells. Jordan took a bit too long to wake up this morning, but once he did, he joined the others in sending down some virtually unplaying deliveries that deserved wickets. Ali, as expected, was accurate & nagging but lacked penetration. Full credit to Sri Lankans for hanging on there.

  • on June 16, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    Lucky Sri Lanka. So many LBW decisions given not out - then umpires call on review. 2 today and 3 in the first innings. Glad Sanga got a hundred in the 1st dig though, he is a wonderful batsman and a real hero. But for better umpiring England might have won this inside 4 days.

  • on June 16, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    what a crazy match! Had my heart in my trousers inseveral moments of the day.Well done to England and to Sri lanka.Sri lanka need i repeat NEED to find a way to finish off englands tail,in both instances the lower order scored more than the top order,maybe bring in a extra pacie and make kaushal keep.Good game Test cricket <3

  • on June 16, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    It's really poor from Sri Lanka. They were so negative throught their batting session. They didn't plan to win. 100each for first 2sessions and try to score 190 in 25overs like in t20match. wicket was still very good. It's clear that we need some innovative coach who can inspire our cricketers. Go down gracefully guys. This good just for record books. England bowlers hats off. Surely We will lose next one if adopt the same approch.

  • on June 16, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    One for the ages! BCCI: Hope you are reading.

  • ramz30380 on June 16, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    It was keenly fought by both sides - but cudnt really understand Herath walking at the crucial moment when he knew damn well tht he wasnt out! It added to the spice of test cricket though!

    There are plenty of ifs.... and buts... abt this match but I must say tht the ultimate winner was DRS! BCCI, listening?!

  • SLMaster on June 16, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Only wrong thing SL did was to bat second after winning the toss. In Lord's always bat first.

  • YsaKaru on June 16, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    What a dramatic Test match.....that was a cracking match....WOW..... Credit goes to both teams and Congrats to SL......Well done lions....GOOD LUCK!!!!

  • ralphwaldo on June 16, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    Bizarre comments. Instead of sitting back with a big smile on their faces and expressing pleasure at the exhilaration that test cricket can provide, people here are carping about England, carping about Sri Lanka, carping about the umpires, carping about DRS...if you can't find anything good to say, perhaps you could take a day off and leave space for those who can. Great game.

  • on June 16, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Ive always supported Cook but failing to declare last night is one of the worst decisions I've seen. They prolonged the declaration just to allow Ballance to get his 100. Very poor.

  • Nathan_123 on June 16, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Test match at its best! Well done to both teams. Lots of people written off SL in the test series. I thought SL showed lot of character and guts. SL will go in to the next match with full of confidence and believe that they can win the next game. I am very impressed with Pradeep and Eranga. If the batters do well in the next match like they have done at Lord then England is in for a big surprise. Well done to Sang and Mathew for getting your names on the honours board.

  • KosalaDeSilva on June 16, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Cooks hypocrisy and Cricketing God...

    England was well ahead and was still batting after tea on 4th day of the Test at the Lords. First I thought they will ask Sri Lanka to bat hour or so before the end. As Cook always talks about his positive cricket, it was very strange. Then I realise he was just letting Balance to get his hundred. But that can't be true , taking the chance and risking the test draw for personal milestone ? Not from Cook...Well I was wrong and that was the case....

    Funny enough it just came to my mind what cook said about SL letting Chandimal, get his 100 at Lords.

    "They're perfectly entitled to do it if they want, But you never know, the cricketing Gods might look down at that in a bit of disgust."

    That time, SL knew they will win the match, and they did.

    But this time, England forgot about positiveness and Cook forgot his own disgust , risk the match for personal milestone... I think thats hypocrisy.....

  • Herath-UK on June 16, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    There will be two walking wickets if Thrimanne & Karunaratna selected for the second Tests.They are good players but not in right form for the second Test.Jayasuriya has to take a bold decision here.

  • eggyroe on June 16, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    So there we have it the paying spectator has been seen off yet again for 17 Overs of Test Match Cricket which boils down to over 1 hour of play.If these 17 overs had been played a positive result would have been achieved.The point Test Match players around the world seem to miss is that they are being payed to entertain and this means a full 90 Overs each and every day.Perhaps their fee's should be docked against the time lost through slow over rates,after all a ticket to attend Test Match Cricket hardly comes cheap to the average spectator,and why should the hard pressed spectator be short changed by very well payed players who think that by turning up is good enough to allow full payment without having to put in a full days effort on the field.

  • AS7777 on June 16, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Test cricket at its best. Well played both teams. Now to the next match on Friday. Vithanage has been called up for replacement of Prassana so drop one of them from Dimuth and Karunarathne and replace with Chandimal and Vithanage. Vithanage can use as a part time leggie too. Kulasekara is not a test bowler so Prasad or Lakmal can take his place if Lakmal is fit enough to play.

  • turabjohnson on June 16, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    i am pretty sure all the people saying exciting test match would have watched the first 4 days as well. because it was boring as hell the first 4.5 days . If cook would have declared earlier england would have won. but a poor defensive mentality from a defensive captain , afraid of losing. will get you no where. Broad should be the captain of England in all formats.

  • Herath-UK on June 16, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Paul Rieffel had a very poor game & probably it is better to give a break from umpiring because tiredness is a factor to even the elite.It was beggar's belief Rangana walking off without waiting for the umpire's decision at such a crucial stage of the game.Sri Lankan players have to crank up their professionalism in the sense leaving the crease just for the spur of the moment to find out later what stupidity was that is letting down a whole nation.

  • on June 16, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Great Test. Far as DRS is concerned, not very assuring in its current form. Cut out the projections - just check for nicks, hawk-eye & snicko are not infallible at all. & it beats me why the ICC keeps talking about DRS instead of doing something about the standard of umpiring.

  • steve48 on June 16, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Quite funny, Root saying nobody could accuse us of dull cricket! If he means deliberately leaving the declaration too late so that the opposition can scrape through with a draw, I guess he is right! It doesn't take hindsight to know that anything over 350 would not even be attempted, despite our lack of spin. Pleased for Ballance, batting above his county position, but we needed to win, playing positively, in this match more than any other for a long time. Another 10 overs with that new ball would have been enough, in the declaration calculations the number of overs we would get with it should have been factored in!

  • kovinbuddi on June 16, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Thanks to DRS .Otherwise this match would have won by the team favoured by umpires.Umpiring was very poor in this match.Herat was not Out - according even nasser Hussain, but umpire said he is out. He did not touch the ball. The other crucial one was over turned by clever Nuwan Pradeep as he acted immediately.

  • kc69 on June 16, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Sanga always surprises me by the way he takes the responsibility but speaking of future the bright spot for SL is Mathews.Not sure whethere SL can do it again, but nonetheless it was a exciting test match.

  • cric1965 on June 16, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Next test Kulasekara should be drpped. He took only two wickets . Prasanna or Thirimanna should be replace by Chandimal. Thirimanna has Anderson phobia.

  • on June 16, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    good game. well played by both teams. SL almost lost it but just managed to stay there in the last over. SL did went in to shell and that gave england more opening. But it was a great effort by SL. they bowled well in 2nd innings and did just ok. Lots of positives for both teams.

    England came close to win it in the end but will be disappointing. May be a bit late declaration. Over all good performance especially from 2 young players. england will back themselves in next test as conditions there might suit them more. Good luck to both teams

  • on June 16, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    SL has a very good chance if they play to their potential in e next match. Specially the bowling department. Let England create a bowling wicket. They will be surprised by SL fast bowlers.

  • on June 16, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Mathews well played, Herath u need to stick around n give Ur self a chance. Overall it was a superb match. Well played SL. The SL bowlers looked very good in comparison to the first innings.

  • Kays789 on June 16, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    Great game. Only difference between the two sides in this match was the batting contributions from the tail. That and pretty much every single 50-50 decision went in favor of England, which in hindsight could have easily resulted in a sri lankan win as well. Glad it ended in a draw though as neither team deserved to lose in the end. All to play for in game two!

  • on June 16, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    uff what a game a true treat of test match what was to be a dull draw with mathews jayawardene batting dramatic turnaround fall of wickets tense moments for both teams too much pressure what a finish a true test match.For people who say test matches are boring gone etc they should watch such close games.So many turn of events can happen in tests only tense moments looking for more well played lanka and england.Just repeating what commentators said was second declaration a bit delayed how can england improve their bowling so they bowl more overs fulfill the quota those extra 6 overs lost can make a difference

  • Prabhash1985 on June 16, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Congrats to SL for saving the match!

  • on June 16, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Fantastic bowling from England to take 9 (nearly 10) on that feather bed. If 17 overs hadn't been lost and if Cook had shown more aggression, Sri Lanka would have been crushed. Great stuff from Sanga though: a true great.

    Roll on Headingley, where Sri Lanka will really be tested with pace bowling. If they think they saw fast bowling today, they're in for a nasty shock.

  • dalpadadu on June 16, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Rohan Dalpadadu it seems that mahela,sanga,mathews and silva has played the game.thirimanne should be droped from second test and replaced with chandimal.prasanna looks nothing for the squad.

  • on June 16, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    england gave resonable target to Sri lanka. 4.33 runs for over. Sri lanka play two much defensively. This defence nearly cost the game with out fight. If SL took it positively and play then England play defensive role. There were lot of room to play boundaries. any way SL servive finally. Well done boys. Good luck for next match I hope more agrresive role next match.

    I think next match some new face like kithruwan withanage.

    good luck sl

  • Hanumall on June 16, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Excellent finish! But poor umpiring. Three successful reviews in just one innings! But for DRS, SL would have been down 0-1! We don't seem to need neutral umpires any more. They all seem to be equally fallible and at critical moments in a match. We need technology. After the evidence of this test, one hopes BCCI would change its irrational stand on DRS.

  • on June 16, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    More negativity from Alastair Cook..batting on for far too long again. This is why he will fail to win many more series.

  • sangaTHEgreat on June 16, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    anyone who watched this match will never say test cricket is boring and t20 is better than test cricket. what a finish to a great match. well played both teams....

  • SLMaster on June 16, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Unfair decisions cost SL the game.

  • CodandChips on June 16, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    Not entirely what to make of this test match.

    A flat and boring pitch produced not much of a contest between bat and ball, except for some brilliant bowling on day 4 and day 5.

    The England fan inside of me is disappointed we couldn't steal victory. However I realise that steal is the optimum word- Sri Lanka certainly didn't deserve to lose.

    Some good batting from individuals but I doubt they'll find much easier batting conditions in England. Nonetheless Ballance, Root and Prior with the bat were encouraging, and Mathews and Sangakarra showed their class.

    Sri Lanka bowled pretty well. Took some early wickets with the seamers. Herath bowled well 2nd innings. Was always to be hard for their bowlers on this pitch.

    For England I doubt they'll change the side next match. Robson deserves another chance, as do Plunkett and Jordan. However the lack of a front-line spinner still concerns me.

    Overrate for both teams was awful. For England it's always a problem. Hope ICC take note.

  • King900 on June 16, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    ICC will have to do something about umpire Paul Reiffel. He was very inconsistent throughout the test match. I have also not been impressed with his performances in other test matches.

  • on June 16, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    very nervous test match,,, thankz for the entertainment, congrats sl,,

  • rajcan on June 16, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Well done Pradeep, in cricket not only talent, you need to think about team more than you. Hearth made a blunter, batting in the last over, you never walk off the crease unless you are so sure you are out. He walked away when actually he was not out and put the team almost loosing due to his poor, selfish move. You don't look like gentleman when you walk out the crease when you are not even out, it looks reap stupid.

    On the other hand, Pradeep reviewed and saved SL. Well done, hats off.

  • Gloryof96 on June 16, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    SL were written off from the day this fixture list was handed out and if this the best Eng can offer, good luck to Moore and Cook V Ind, Aus and don't bother going for the WC

  • on June 16, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    That was epic. This is exactly why I love test cricket. Long may it go on!

  • LAKINGSFAN on June 16, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    It may be a draw but Sri Lanka has been humiliated.

  • Prabhash1985 on June 16, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Oh my god! Oh man! I have never ever experienced this tension in any T20 match ever! Test at its best! Well done Sri Lanka! Hats off! Why did Rangana walk? Hats off to Nuwan Pradeep! Exciting like a death match!

  • SixSmasher on June 16, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Alistair Cook might just be the worst tactical captain of all time. Should have declared just after tea last night. Sri Lanka were never going to get 390 runs in under 4 sessions. Terrible captain

  • C0l0mb0 on June 16, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    karunarathne n thirimanna need to be dropped for next test fo sure....

  • on June 16, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    I would say Y U ppl forget Kula's heroics in 2006

  • Prabhash1985 on June 16, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Longest 30 mins for a Sri Lankan fan! Come on Sri Lanka!

  • on June 16, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    another bad day for Brits :v

  • on June 16, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    I want this to go down the wire. It looks like a draw but all 3 results are possible.A win for England,A win for SL and a tie.May the best team win

  • JayEye on June 16, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    I hope Sri Lanka will draw this match. They deserve to after playing so professionally. It has been enjoyable watching this Test on TV and there is little doubt that a lot of this is down to a well educated commentary team. Here, Nasser Hussain stands out both in terms of dry wit and knowledge.

  • on June 16, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Sri lanka should go for draw . They are experienced campaigner . They should not do what Australia did in eden garden in 2000 series

  • rajcan on June 16, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    SL has been playing with 10 batsmen most of the time. Unsteady opening batsman always loose his wicket within the first 10 overs. Instead of Sanagakara playing his role as N0.3, most of the time he is playing the role of opening batsman. Why Upul Tharanaga is not included? Upul Tharanaga 26 innings, Ave 28.52, 50s-3, 100s-1.

  • on June 16, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    sirilanka playing also for a draw.not a positive cricket like Misba make in dubai

  • on June 16, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Am huge follower of sangakkara. but looking at second innings innings looks like he playing selfish innings. since they have got the chance to win this test by chasing. but I never seen him 7 overs maiden no runs he scored for 42 balls. Silva playing good innings . sangakkara don't Look for 2 century in lords. look s to win this match by playing quick.

  • on June 16, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Am huge follower of sangakkara. but looking at second innings innings looks like he playing selfish innings. since they have got the chance to win this test by chasing. but I never seen him 7 overs maiden no runs he scored for 42 balls. Silva playing good innings . sangakkara don't Look for 2 century in lords. look s to win this match by playing quick.

  • on June 16, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    sirilanka playing also for a draw.not a positive cricket like Misba make in dubai

  • rajcan on June 16, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    SL has been playing with 10 batsmen most of the time. Unsteady opening batsman always loose his wicket within the first 10 overs. Instead of Sanagakara playing his role as N0.3, most of the time he is playing the role of opening batsman. Why Upul Tharanaga is not included? Upul Tharanaga 26 innings, Ave 28.52, 50s-3, 100s-1.

  • on June 16, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Sri lanka should go for draw . They are experienced campaigner . They should not do what Australia did in eden garden in 2000 series

  • JayEye on June 16, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    I hope Sri Lanka will draw this match. They deserve to after playing so professionally. It has been enjoyable watching this Test on TV and there is little doubt that a lot of this is down to a well educated commentary team. Here, Nasser Hussain stands out both in terms of dry wit and knowledge.

  • on June 16, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    I want this to go down the wire. It looks like a draw but all 3 results are possible.A win for England,A win for SL and a tie.May the best team win

  • on June 16, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    another bad day for Brits :v

  • Prabhash1985 on June 16, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Longest 30 mins for a Sri Lankan fan! Come on Sri Lanka!

  • on June 16, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    I would say Y U ppl forget Kula's heroics in 2006

  • C0l0mb0 on June 16, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    karunarathne n thirimanna need to be dropped for next test fo sure....