Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland, 1st Investec Test: England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Jun 12-16, 2014
Played at Lord's, London
12,13,14,15,16 June 2014 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100

The players are heading out, floodlights on to brighten the gloom. On final question: do Sri Lanka have a Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge in their ranks? Jimmy Anderson is lining up his swingers from the Pavilion End...

"I think, with Anderson's swingers and Broad's bouncers, Sri Lanka might collapse earlier than Tea session," says Kareem, with a wicked glint in his eye.

Here's SK Patel: "I think SL will go for draw. If Eng would have decleared around 350-360, it would have been different game. Eng has played safe and now it will be turn of SL safety"

10.50am: Can England make the new ball talk with a surly snarl? Might there be a little variable bounce? Will Sri Lanka give it a crack? What chances Moeen Ali having an impact on a (gently) wearing surface...? We'll find out the answers to some of those questions shortly. This would be the highest successful chase at Lord's, by the way.

"If England declare overnight, SL should play out the first session carefully and plan after the lunch whether to go for the target or play out a draw," suggests Daniel Alexande, reasonably enough.

And here's Mark: "Given the debate last night I checked Sri Lanka's record chasing targets. Their largest ever successful 4th innings chase outside Sri Lanka was 220-8 v Pak in 2000 (the only time that they have ever chased more than 170 successfully in an away Test). Only once has more than 300 been chased successfully at Lords and that was by the 1984 West Indians, who were a bit special. It's true that Sri Lanka have chased more than 300 successfully twice, but both times were at home (352-9 v RSA in 2006 and 326-5 v Zim in 1998). Some of the suggestions last night that Sri Lanka would chase down 350+ comfortably in a full day seem unsupported by the record." All good points, Mark... but the pitch is a shirt front.

10.41am: England have declared, setting Sri Lanka 390 to win in 90 overs - aka. GAME ON! The pitch, it probably doesn't need saying, is still a belter. We should have some fun today.

10.40am: Still a bit grey around Lord's way, Old Father Time won't be sunbathing this morning. The positive signs from the warm-ups are that England's bowlers are going through their paces and the Sri Lanka batsmen are getting their net on. Ah, and a little 'd' has appeared next to the overnight score in the bottom corner of the screen... Do Sky know something?

"Could be an interesting day, assuming England declare (as they should)," says James. "Good day for Ballance yesterday, but Jordan, I think, has had an excellent debut so far. 3 first innings wickets, and a second useful contribution with the bat yesterday, playing just as the team needed him to."

10.30am: Morning all and welcome to Endgame. We'll find out soon enough whether Alastair Cook is going to give us what we want, what we really, really want and put Sri Lanka in for a full day of nerve-frazzling fun. While you wait, catch up on another busy day for the curator of the Lord's honours board in David Hopps' report and watch fourth day Polite Enquiries, with Jarrod and Fidel.

0.1

Anderson to Karunaratne, no run, goodish length and a touch of swing away from the batsman, Karunratne covers it and defends

Three slips and a gully in place

0.2

Anderson to Karunaratne, FOUR, and this is edged, fending well away from his body - you don't need to play those, Dimuth! - the ball flying out of the reach of Bell in the gully and down to third man

0.3

Anderson to Karunaratne, no run, brings out the in-ducker now, whips back in to strike Karutnaratne on the front pad, Bowden shakes his head - doing too much, I think

0.4

Anderson to Karunaratne, 1 run, slightly short and nudged off the body behind square, bit of hesitation but they get one

0.5

Anderson to Silva, no run, length ball, good carry in the corridor wide of the stumps, Silva raises his bat out of the way

0.6

Anderson to Silva, no run, good line, this snakes through past the outside edge as Silva props forwards

Here's Neelakantan: "For Mark and others, couple of years back, Sri Lanka came very close to chasing 500+ for a win against Australia in Australia. It took a poor decision from the umpire when Sanga was on 192 to stop SL from progressing."

End of over 1 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 5/0

    • JK Silva 0 (2b)
    • FDM Karunaratne 5 (4b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 1-0-5-0

It will be Stuart Broad with the new ball from the Nursery End

1.1

Broad to Karunaratne, no run, beautiful length from Broad, the batsman hangs back and plays inside the line, keeps a little low on its way through to Prior

1.2

Broad to Karunaratne, no run, climbing off a length, down the leg side, flicks and misses, Prior drops it but no harm done

1.3

Broad to Karunaratne, no run, pushed across the left-hander, he goes back and across and defends

1.4

Broad to Karunaratne, 1 run, on the stumps, length delivery and Karunaratne pushes forward, dabs on towards mid-on

1.5

Broad to Silva, no run, Broad getting the ball to arc subtly in and then away from Silva, he's drawn out but in the end doesn't play a genuine stroke

1.6

Broad to Silva, FOUR, pitched up and leaving Silva, he accepts the challenge this time and pings a crisp drive in front of square, nice way to get off the mark

End of over 2 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 10/0

    • JK Silva 4 (4b 1x4)
    • FDM Karunaratne 6 (8b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-5-0
    • JM Anderson 1-0-5-0

"If 10 overs are left in the day and Sri Lanka are six/seven down would you back us to take the wickets with the new ball?" Given the over rates in this match, Dan, by the time England get the second new ball, the darkness will be descending...

2.1

Anderson to Karunaratne, no run, on a length and going across the lefty, who is happy to let it go

2.2

Anderson to Karunaratne, 1 run, full and shaping back in around off stump, leans out and pushes into the covers

2.3

Anderson to Silva, no run, short ball and Silva gets in a tangle ducking, the ball doesn't bounce much at all, hits him on the back... not far from being an lbw shout, actually, Hawk-Eye shows it going an inch or two over the top

2.4

Anderson to Silva, no run, that's tasty, curving in and then nipping away off the deck, wide enough for Silva to leave

2.5

Anderson to Silva, 1 run, gets across his stumps and pushes towards mid-on, the run could be tight but the throw doesn't trouble the stumps

2.6

Anderson to Karunaratne, 1 run, back of a length and flicked off the hips down to fine leg

End of over 3 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 13/0

    • FDM Karunaratne 8 (11b 1x4)
    • JK Silva 5 (7b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 2-0-8-0
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-5-0
3.1

Broad to Karunaratne, no run, impressive lifter from Broad, on this surface, forces Karunaratne well back but he plays it well, down on to the cut strip

3.2

Broad to Karunaratne, no run, gets across his stumps and defends a good-length delivery

3.3

Broad to Karunaratne, no run, length and fizzing through in the channel outside off, no stroke

3.4

Broad to Karunaratne, no run, Broad pitches the ball a bit further up, hinting at inswing, Karunaratne clips it off his pads to midwicket where Moeen Ali scrambles to prevent a run

3.5

Broad to Karunaratne, 4 byes, shortish down the leg side, the ball wobbles after passing the batsman and defeats Prior's dive too

3.6

Broad to Karunaratne, no run, gets on the front foot to defend outside off

"The match Neelakantan refers to is this one," says Mal, "SL scored 410 in their second innings, chasing 507, with only one score above 50 aside from Sangakkara, and six single-digit scores (four of them, including two first-ball ducks among the top 7). Creditable effort from Sanga, but not sure it really counts as 'very close.'"

End of over 4 (4 runs, maiden) Sri Lanka 17/0

    • FDM Karunaratne 8 (17b 1x4)
    • JK Silva 5 (7b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 2-1-5-0
    • JM Anderson 2-0-8-0
4.1

Anderson to Silva, no run, bangs this in back of a length outside off and Silva squints at the ball as it passes through

4.2

Anderson to Silva, no run, tighter line to the stumps, stays in the crease and blocks

4.3

Anderson to Silva, no run, dug in short at the batsman, he's quick to crouch under it, though as in the first innings his bat is poking up vertically above the battlements, which will encourage Anderson

4.4

Anderson to Silva, no run, length delivery and this shapes back quite late, clips the inside edge as Silva presses forwards and runs to square leg

4.5

Anderson to Silva, no run, in the channel, spits up and through to Prior at chest height as Silva leaves

4.6

Anderson to Silva, no run, draws him into sucker territory, takes the outside edge but it dies quickly, played with soft hands, bounces to slip

"Right, just had a word the boss, I'm leaving at lunch and jumping on the tube to Lords if it looks to be a nailbiter! Thank you Mr A.Cook!" Here's hoping you get one, Mick

End of over 5 (maiden) Sri Lanka 17/0

    • JK Silva 5 (13b 1x4)
    • FDM Karunaratne 8 (17b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 3-1-8-0
    • SCJ Broad 2-1-5-0

Short leg, three slips and a gully for Broad to Karunaratne

5.1

Broad to Karunaratne, no run, starts on a length outside off and it keeps a little low, blocked late on the back foot

5.2

Broad to Karunaratne, FOUR, boundary ball sent packing, Broad offering too much width, touch short and slapped through point, good to see Karunaratne putting those away

5.3

Broad to Karunaratne, no run, pitched up a little straighter and Karunarate covers it in defence

5.4

Broad to Karunaratne, FOUR, lovely shot, four more for DK, not a half-volley but punched down the ground back past the bowler. Lovely timing

5.5

Broad to Karunaratne, no run, digs this in short and the batsman nods under it

5.6

Broad to Karunaratne, no run, slightly full, pitching on middle and leg, tucked towards mid-on and Karunaratne thinks better about the single

"@Mal: There's a lot about a cricket match you just can't put on a scoreboard," argues Ishfaaq. "Whoever was watching would remember the fretting in Mark Taylor's voice on commentary."

End of over 6 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 25/0

    • FDM Karunaratne 16 (23b 3x4)
    • JK Silva 5 (13b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 3-1-13-0
    • JM Anderson 3-1-8-0
6.1

Anderson to Silva, no run, another bumper, aiming for the top of Silva's block, he winds down the windows to get quickly out of the way

6.2

Anderson to Silva, no run, length delivery outside off, wide enough to leave

6.3

Anderson to Silva, no run, touch short of a length, nibbles away after angling in, Silva shoulders arms

6.4

Anderson to Silva, no run, Anderson continues to pepper Silva, who's small and agile enough to evade again

6.5

Anderson to Silva, no run, stays back in the crease and fences a length ball to gully along the ground

6.6

Anderson to Silva, no run, slips in a booming inswinger, Jimmy thought he might have got him there, ducks inside the bat but bounced a bit and was probably outside the line

End of over 7 (maiden) Sri Lanka 25/0

    • JK Silva 5 (19b 1x4)
    • FDM Karunaratne 16 (23b 3x4)
    • JM Anderson 4-2-8-0
    • SCJ Broad 3-1-13-0
7.1

Broad to Karunaratne, OUT, short ball and Karunaratne pats it to short leg! That is gift-wrapped, England have their first in the hutch, Broad using his extra bounce to good effect. Karunaratne didn't play it very well, off the face then on to his body and straight into Sam Robson's breadbasket. Another flashy failure for Dimuth

FDM Karunaratne c Robson b Broad 16 (29m 24b 3x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Out stalks Kumar Sangakkara.... Does he fancy putting his name on the honours board again? That was Broad's 50th Test wicket at Lord's, by the way

7.2

Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run, goes short and at the ribs again, much better technique from Sanga, pats it down past square leg to get up the non-striker's end

7.3

Broad to Silva, no run, good length, comes forward to meet it, blocks into the off side

7.4

Broad to Silva, no run, bounces up in the channel, Silva gets across to block

7.5

Broad to Silva, no run, drags this down a touch, watchfully played off the back foot towards ppint

Here's Mal again: "Ishfaaq, I was watching, and I shared that concern - but losing by almost 100 runs, dodgy decision or not, is still not 'very close'."

7.6

Broad to Silva, no run, pitched up outside the line of off, Silva goes back and across and covers up

End of over 8 (1 run) Sri Lanka 26/1

    • JK Silva 5 (23b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 1 (1b)
    • SCJ Broad 4-1-14-1
    • JM Anderson 4-2-8-0
8.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, tight line in the corridor, trying to tease a mistake from Sanga, he plays inside it

8.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, length ball, wider and easy enough to leave alone

8.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, fires this across towards the slips, still some away-swing but Sanga shoulders arms

8.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, very wide this time, no chance of luring him with that delivery, taken almost in front of first slip

8.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, woof, that's a pearler from Anderson, length ball pitching on leg and fading late across the batsman, too good for even Sanga to get a nick on

"Simple plan for Sri Lanka," declares Kewadoo, "Silva to anchor the innings and the rest of the free flowing batsmen play their shots."

8.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, FOUR, slips down the leg side, doesn't miss out with an expeditious glance to long leg for four

End of over 9 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 30/1

    • KC Sangakkara 5 (7b 1x4)
    • JK Silva 5 (23b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 5-2-12-0
    • SCJ Broad 4-1-14-1
9.1

Broad to Silva, no run, Broad glides in and hits a length around off stump, presses forward to defend

9.2

Broad to Silva, 1 run, extra bounce off a length for Broad again, hits the glove and squirts away in the air behind square leg

Short leg comes back in for Sanga

9.3

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, skidding on, stays back and jabs defensively to leg

9.4

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, that's a tough line for any batsman but Sangakkara judges it well, curving back from outside off, not enough to trouble the poles, though

9.5

Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball climbing towards the body, in front of middle stump, tapped into the leg side for a single

9.6

Broad to Silva, no run, on the stumps, shuffles across his stumps and dabs to the leg side

End of over 10 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 32/1

    • JK Silva 6 (26b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 6 (10b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 5-1-16-1
    • JM Anderson 5-2-12-0

"It's really annoying with DK, he shows his talent but never can convert," chides Michael. "Really hope Attapattu can give bit of his wisdom and get him going considering he himself had a very slow start to his career "

10.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, length delivery around off stump, tapped into the covers for one

10.2

Anderson to Silva, 2 runs, goes after the short ball this time, it was outside the line of off and pulled down, not completely in control but got it past midwicket for a couple

10.3

Anderson to Silva, 1 run, back of a length, at the batsman, takes a bit of bat handle and glove and dribbles behind square

10.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, slightly leg side, Sangakkara fails to get bat on it

10.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, back of a length on the hips, nudges down to fine leg for another single, Sanga intelligently rotating the strike here, preventing either bowler from building up too much pressure

10.6

Anderson to Silva, FOUR, clumps this in front of square for a boundary, Anderson dropped short and wide and was dispatched with aplomb

End of over 11 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 41/1

    • JK Silva 13 (29b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 7 (13b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 6-2-20-0
    • SCJ Broad 5-1-16-1

Cook makes his first bowling change, Chris Jordan on for Broad

11.1

Jordan to Sangakkara, 3 runs, Jordan's loosener is short and wide and chopped through the covers off the back foot, won't quite go all the way

11.2

Jordan to Silva, no run, good length over the top of off stump, defended coming forwards

Jordan has a backward short leg in for Silva

11.3

Jordan to Silva, no run, back of a length, defended down between his legs and this bounces erratically away on the leg side

11.4

Jordan to Silva, 1 run, slides down the leg side and there's a faint snick of bat, Prior is in position on the dive but it doesn't carry and bobbles under his gloves

11.5

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, short again, played off the back foot but doesn't time the cut

11.6

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, better line from Jordan, defended on the back foot in front of off stump

"Those who think Lankans should go after the target should start writing a romantic novel or a sci-fi thriller." That's something we should all be doing, Aniket. Even better, a love story with gut-bursting aliens

End of over 12 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 45/1

    • KC Sangakkara 10 (16b 1x4)
    • JK Silva 14 (32b 2x4)
    • CJ Jordan 1-0-4-0
    • JM Anderson 6-2-20-0

Anderson continues into his seventh over

12.1

Anderson to Silva, 1 run, shaping in, good pace from Anderson still, takes the inside edge through backward square leg

12.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, oof, that was close! Anderson from around the wicket, gets this to straighten on Sanga, looked like an edge on the bounce to second slip but might have actually come off the thigh pad

12.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, angled in and straightening a touch, pushes into the off side

12.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, Anderson getting good shape on the ball from this angle, Sanga covers the line in defence

12.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, slightly back of a length outside off, shows it a straight bat

12.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, stays back in the crease and pats a shortish ball along the ground to square leg

End of over 13 (1 run) Sri Lanka 46/1

    • KC Sangakkara 10 (21b 1x4)
    • JK Silva 15 (33b 2x4)
    • JM Anderson 7-2-21-0
    • CJ Jordan 1-0-4-0
13.1

Jordan to Silva, no run, in the corridor outside off stump, goes across and defends

13.2

Jordan to Silva, no run, Jordan finding his rhythm and line, tight around off stump, Silva defends pressing forwards

13.3

Jordan to Silva, no run, touch short and in the channel, watches it well and pushes away square of the wicket

There's a short extra cover in for Silva now

13.4

Jordan to Silva, FOUR, lovely stroke, wasn't overpitched by Jordan but Silva gets forward smoothly to crunch a drive on the up through cover

13.5

Jordan to Silva, FOUR, four more, dug in short this time and pulled with control down into the ground through backward square leg, races away to the fence. Top stuff

13.6

Jordan to Silva, no run, pitched up outside the line of off, gets on the front foot and plays a solid forward defensive

Time for drinks, with Sri Lanka raising fifty in the first hour, for the loss of just one wicket. Nicely poised, it is. Although Ed Bowden is not buying it: "SL need 344 [before the last over] more at approx 4½ runs per over. That's just not achievable in Test cricket. As soon as they lose a few wickets they will shut up shop for a draw. England should have set them 330 with 100 overs. The more chance SL have of winning the more chance England have. But they threw away that chance by not inserting them last night"

End of over 14 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 54/1

    • JK Silva 23 (39b 4x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 10 (21b 1x4)
    • CJ Jordan 2-0-12-0
    • JM Anderson 7-2-21-0

Cook perseveres with Anderson, who is still wicket-less despite his efforts...

14.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, continues around the wicket, gets forward to defend

14.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, that's a jaffa and that is why Cook wants Anderson to continue, length ball holding its line from around the wicket and it flirts outrageously with the outside edge on its way past

14.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, pitched up a bit fuller, this time he gets in line to defend

14.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, stout block from Sangakkara, as he gets forward to a length delivery

14.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, pitched up outside the line of off, comes forward to drive into the ground

14.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, good footwork from Sanga, making sure he gets forward, pushes into the covers

Applause for that maiden over from Anderson... Might be his last this morning

End of over 15 (maiden) Sri Lanka 54/1

    • KC Sangakkara 10 (27b 1x4)
    • JK Silva 23 (39b 4x4)
    • JM Anderson 8-3-21-0
    • CJ Jordan 2-0-12-0
15.1

Jordan to Silva, FOUR, overpitched outside off stump and Silva seizes on this, driving it like he's Michael Schumacher through the covers for four

15.2

Jordan to Silva, no run, better length, in the corridor outside off, left alone

15.3

Jordan to Silva, 1 run, straighter line of attack, waits for it as the ball dips in, flicks to fine leg

15.4

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, bit of added boing from Jordan, takes the glove and bounces up on to the body

15.5

Jordan to Sangakkara, FOUR, width and Sanga chases it, cross-batted stroke and it cannons off the bottom edge, past stumps, keeper and away to the boundary. Could have been disastrous for the batsman but missed the wicket by a good distance

15.6

Jordan to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward and pushes a single through mid-off

End of over 16 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 64/1

    • KC Sangakkara 15 (30b 2x4)
    • JK Silva 28 (42b 5x4)
    • CJ Jordan 3-0-22-0
    • JM Anderson 8-3-21-0

Anderson does get a rest, Liam Plunkett on. No spin as yet

16.1

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, angled in from around the wicket, back of a length and defended

16.2

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, flung down in the channel, decent pace to begin with, left alone

16.3

Plunkett to Sangakkara, 3 runs, pitched up and Sangakkara thrusts forward to pierce the off-side field with a drive for three

Cook brings in a leg slip for Plunkett to Silva

16.4

Plunkett to Silva, 1 run, over the wicket, fullish and Silva pops the ball back towards Plunkett in his follow through, in the air but it died before reaching the hands, runs away for one

16.5

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, angled in with the arm, comes forward to block a length ball

16.6

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, fuller length, skips on a tad low, Sanga watches it on to the bottom of his bat

"I know I shouldn't be but I am very nervous that Sri Lanka can do this and their run rate so far supports this," quavers Darren, in the first bout of home nervousness. "Records are there to be broken."

End of over 17 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 68/1

    • KC Sangakkara 18 (35b 2x4)
    • JK Silva 29 (43b 5x4)
    • LE Plunkett 1-0-4-0
    • CJ Jordan 3-0-22-0

Moeen Ali is coming on, big challenge for him today

17.1

Ali to Silva, no run, tossed up from over the wicket, Silva gets across to defend

Slip and short leg in

17.2

Ali to Silva, no run, length ball, spinning gently in, pushed into the off side along the ground

17.3

Ali to Silva, no run, fullish and drifting in, works with the turn this time towards midwicket

17.4

Ali to Silva, 1 run, lets loose a full toss, Silva spots it and hoicks one through backward square

17.5

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, goes around the wicket, angled in and gripping a touch, to the pitch in defence

17.6

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward to present a straight bat

End of over 18 (1 run) Sri Lanka 69/1

    • KC Sangakkara 18 (37b 2x4)
    • JK Silva 30 (47b 5x4)
    • MM Ali 1-0-1-0
    • LE Plunkett 1-0-4-0
18.1

Plunkett to Silva, 1 run, length ball on the stumps worked through the leg side

18.2

Plunkett to Sangakkara, 3 runs, digs this in short, still fairly gently bounce off this surface and Sangakkara shovels in through midwicket

18.3

Plunkett to Silva, 1 run, Plunkett goes a bit straight, flicked off the pads for another single into the deep

18.4

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, slightly back of a length, outside off, tapped into the off side

18.5

Plunkett to Sangakkara, 3 runs, drags this down short and wide and Sangakkara regally dismisses the ball through point, Moeen gives chase and manages to reel it in

18.6

Plunkett to Silva, no run, length ball tailing in towards the stumps, Silva blocks it down on to the pitch

Here's Deepak: "Let's look at it like this. Even after losing a wicket Sri Lanka look set to score around 120 this session. No other bowler other than Anderson looks threatening in this English bowling line up and with no regular spinner I can see Moeen Ali again being targeted. My bet is on Sri Lanka to win it!"

End of over 19 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 77/1

    • JK Silva 32 (50b 5x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 24 (40b 2x4)
    • LE Plunkett 2-0-12-0
    • MM Ali 1-0-1-0
19.1

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up and there's bit of spin as Sangakkara waits and stays on top of the bounce

19.2

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, tough wide, turning away but left alone

19.3

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, flighted, drifting in and Sanga gets out to defend

19.4

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, again spins and bounces outside off and Sanga presses forwards

19.5

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, floated up around the off stump, gets in line and blocks

19.6

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, accurate stuff from Moeen, defended safely on the front foot

"How many times has it happened that a team declared twice and lost? I am sure it is not the first time, but would it be a first at Lord's?" I suspect it would be, Morten. It's (unsurprisingly) rare

End of over 20 (maiden) Sri Lanka 77/1

    • KC Sangakkara 24 (46b 2x4)
    • JK Silva 32 (50b 5x4)
    • MM Ali 2-1-1-0
    • LE Plunkett 2-0-12-0
20.1

Plunkett to Silva, no run, around the wicket to the right-hander, back of a length to begin with, gets out of the way

20.2

Plunkett to Silva, no run, digs this in very short, aimed at the batsman and he crouches to safety

20.3

Plunkett to Silva, no run, CLANG! Nasty blow for Silva, he tries to duck out of the way but this time the ball doesn't get up particularly high, resulting in a clattering on the back of the helmet. The ball rebounded straight back up the pitch

He's going to need a moment to compose himself. Cartoon Tweety Pies will be floating around his head after that... But he's okay to continue, strapping the helmet back on

20.4

Plunkett to Silva, no run, Plunkett continues to test his reflexes, short and angled across, flinches out of the way

20.5

Plunkett to Silva, no run, another bang-in ball, straighter line at the batsman, again he evades it well enough

Cook comes in to stand under Silva's nose at silly point

20.6

Plunkett to Silva, no run, length delivery to finish the over, down the leg side as Silva stays in the crease and wafts at it

"I tawt I taw a bouncer. I did. I did tee a bouncer." Very good, Steve Austin. Though I think the problem was he didn't see it

End of over 21 (maiden) Sri Lanka 77/1

    • JK Silva 32 (56b 5x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 24 (46b 2x4)
    • LE Plunkett 3-1-12-0
    • MM Ali 2-1-1-0
21.1

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up from around the wicket, pushed into the covers

21.2

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, comes forward to defend

21.3

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, slides through outdid the line of off, goes back and withdraws the bat

21.4

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, wider line, this spins and jumps into the gloves as Sanga watches it impassively

21.5

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, floated up towards the stumps, leans out to defend softly

21.6

Ali to Sangakkara, FOUR, just a fraction short from Moeen, picked up early and Sanga plays it at the top of the bounce, laces a cut past backward point for four

"@Morten: It's happened twice," informs FifthBeatle, "once by Sobers against England in Trinidad, 1968 and the other time by Graeme Smith against Australia at the SCG in 2006."

End of over 22 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 81/1

    • KC Sangakkara 28 (52b 3x4)
    • JK Silva 32 (56b 5x4)
    • MM Ali 3-1-5-0
    • LE Plunkett 3-1-12-0
22.1

Plunkett to Silva, no run, more chin music for Silva, this sears through at 88mph, well above the head

22.2

Plunkett to Silva, no run, this is a nastier length, springing towards the throat, Silva gets practically subterranean to avoid it

22.3

Plunkett to Silva, no run, this is in Silva's half, but only just, the batsman gets in line and blocks

22.4

Plunkett to Silva, 1 run, at the ribs this time, testing Silva's minerals, he does well to fend it away down past short leg for a single to get away from the fire

22.5

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length and calmly glanced towards square leg from back in the crease

22.6

Plunkett to Sangakkara, 2 runs, dug in, wide of the stumps and this time Sanga flat-bats a couple through a gap in front of square

"Now there's the Cook problem. He should've been at short leg before Silva got clattered. Too reactive. " Was he not in there already, David? But if not, yes, he should have been

End of over 23 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 84/1

    • KC Sangakkara 30 (54b 3x4)
    • JK Silva 33 (60b 5x4)
    • LE Plunkett 4-1-15-0
    • MM Ali 3-1-5-0
23.1

Ali to Silva, 2 runs, over the wicket, tosses up a length offbreak outside off, runs a couple past slip

23.2

Ali to Silva, 1 run, drops a little short and Silva drops back to cut through point

23.3

Ali to Sangakkara, 2 runs, around the wicket, sliding in and flicked off the pads behind square for a couple

23.4

Ali to Sangakkara, 2 runs, milking him here, goes back and glances another brace down towards fine leg

23.5

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, better line from Moeen, around off stump, skids on and hits bat and possibly pad, enough for Prior to sound a lone foghorn of appeal before cutting off

23.6

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, floats this up and it grips around off, plunges out to defend

End of over 24 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 91/1

    • KC Sangakkara 34 (58b 3x4)
    • JK Silva 36 (62b 5x4)
    • MM Ali 4-1-12-0
    • LE Plunkett 4-1-15-0
24.1

Plunkett to Silva, no run, fires in another bouncer, this time from over the wicket, defends down on the back foot and it ends up rolling away between his legs

24.2

Plunkett to Silva, 1 run, on the stumps, flicked away for one to fine leg

24.3

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length, down the leg side, Sanga attempts to glance and misses

24.4

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, short ball at the body, drops back and defends softly down on to the pitch

24.5

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, switches to around the wicket, slammed in short, 87mph and sliding down the leg side, Sanga limbos inside the line

24.6

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, good length and blocked on the front foot into the covers

"Sanga has no passed Chanders on the all time run list," observes McSwiss. "Considering Chanders plays today it could be an interesting race." Aye, he's closing in on Mahela too, so those three could all play musical chairs

End of over 25 (1 run) Sri Lanka 92/1

    • KC Sangakkara 34 (62b 3x4)
    • JK Silva 37 (64b 5x4)
    • LE Plunkett 5-1-16-0
    • MM Ali 4-1-12-0
25.1

Ali to Silva, no run, tossed up on the stumps, tapped to the leg side

25.2

Ali to Silva, no run, around the wicket, sliding on towards off stump, props forward in defence

Short leg and leg slip, as well as slip

25.3

Ali to Silva, no run, tossed up and straightening on the stumps, Silva gets in line

25.4

Ali to Silva, no run, on the stumps and played softly back

25.5

Ali to Silva, no run, drops a touch short, around middle and leg stump, rocks back and connects sweetly with a pull but it runs straight to square leg

"First hurdle is crossed," notes Krish. "300+ target come down to 200+ target"

25.6

Ali to Silva, no run, this bounces a bit more, Silva in a little difficulty even on the back foot but he manages to drop it to the canvas

End of over 26 (maiden) Sri Lanka 92/1

    • JK Silva 37 (70b 5x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 34 (62b 3x4)
    • MM Ali 5-2-12-0
    • LE Plunkett 5-1-16-0

Maybe a couple of overs before lunch, Stuart Broad changes to the Pavilion End

26.1

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, around the wicket and fired in slightly short of a length, defended calmly on the back foot

26.2

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, comes in and hits a length around the line of off, Sanga serenely defends back down the pitch

26.3

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, slower delivery from Broad - or maybe he's just taking it easy before lunch - blocked around off

26.4

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, Broad bowling below 80mph at the moment, Sanga defends coming forwards

26.5

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, fuller, driving length, a bit quicker, plants the front foot and punches to cover

26.6

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, pitched up towards the footmarks, Sanga gets a stride in and shoulders arms

End of over 27 (maiden) Sri Lanka 92/1

    • KC Sangakkara 34 (68b 3x4)
    • JK Silva 37 (70b 5x4)
    • SCJ Broad 6-2-16-1
    • MM Ali 5-2-12-0
27.1

Ali to Silva, 3 runs, Moeen continues around the wicket, flighted around middle and off, Silva skips out and drives past mid-off for a few more

27.2

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, length ball, stays back and defends outside off

27.3

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, edged but into the hands of Bell in the gully on the bounce! Nicely bowled by Moeen, fuller and just enough turned to clip the edge

27.4

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, pushed through on the stumps, turned to leg

27.5

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, touch short, goes back and steers the ball along the turf towards point

27.6

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up outside off and pushed towards mid-off coming forwards

Here's Rohit Ramesh with a thought before lunch: "At the current rate Sri Lanka will probably need 250 at the 50 over mark. Considering the pitch and the fact that the middle order is virtually the same as their ODI I am backing SL."

End of over 28 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 95/1

    • KC Sangakkara 34 (73b 3x4)
    • JK Silva 40 (71b 5x4)
    • MM Ali 6-2-15-0
    • SCJ Broad 6-2-16-1

Time to get one more over in, making 29 in the session... Broad to bowl

28.1

Broad to Silva, no run, good length, outside off stump, Silva prods it watchfully into the gully region

28.2

Broad to Silva, no run, length ball angled towards middle and off, Silva turns the ball defensively short on the leg side

28.3

Broad to Silva, no run, length ball, stays a little low, solidly kept out in front of the wicket

28.4

Broad to Silva, no run, ooh er, where's that gone... but of mischief from the pitch maybe, plus misdirection down the leg side, Prior does well to get to it

"Wickets in hand. Charge in the last session provided the weather holds up," predicts Leroy

28.5

Broad to Silva, FOUR, that's an emphatic drive, slightly full from Broad and Silva leans out the fizz the ball thorugh the covers, beats Root's dive for the first boundary in a while

Last delivery before lunch...

28.6

Broad to Silva, no run, gets on the front foot to a fuillis ball and pats safely into the covers - that is lunch, ladies and gents, after a nourishing morning session that just wanted a touch more flavour

1.05pm: Sri Lanka have made an assured start, the sort of solid session that will have sapped England's hopes of taking 10 wickets. Whether there's enough room in the game to whip up a chase later in the day will depend on this partnership and, in particular, the next one, between Sanga and Mahela. Join Alex in half an hour to see whether this game will go giggedy-giggedy goo...

End of over 29 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 99/1

    • JK Silva 44 (77b 6x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 34 (73b 3x4)
    • SCJ Broad 7-2-20-1
    • MM Ali 6-2-15-0

Cheers Monty, afternoon everyone, is there life still in this game? Strong start from Sri Lanka, another session like this morning and they might be in a position to have a dart after tea. England need a wicket or two to snuff out any dreams of the visitors and to try and get their challenge going. Moeen Ali to get us back underway at the Nursery End. Two slips, and a short leg...

29.1

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, around the wicket, full on off stump, blocked

29.2

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, bit of drift in takes the inside edge into the pad playing on a similar line

29.3

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, some bounce as this is left outside off

29.4

Ali to Sangakkara, 1 run, tighter line too short and tucked wide of midwicket for a single

29.5

Ali to Silva, no run, stays around the wicket, forward on off stump to defend

29.6

Ali to Silva, no run, quicker ball on a similar line, defended up the wicket

James: "England will need at least 2 wickets this afternoon to have any real chance." Three for me, I reckon they need um four down by tea...

End of over 30 (1 run) Sri Lanka 100/1

    • JK Silva 44 (79b 6x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 35 (77b 3x4)
    • MM Ali 7-2-16-0
    • SCJ Broad 7-2-20-1

Stuart Broad at the Pavilion End...

30.1

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, length on the stumps, clipped from the crease to square leg

30.2

Broad to Sangakkara, 2 runs, another leg side clip, this runs down to long leg, wide enough for a couple

30.3

Broad to Sangakkara, 2 runs, and again, identical stroke and result

30.4

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, wider on the crease, strikes the thigh pad and runs into the leg side

30.5

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, full length just outside off, a firm press up to mid-off

30.6

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, same line, drops the length a little and this is dropped down into the off side again

End of over 31 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 104/1

    • KC Sangakkara 39 (83b 3x4)
    • JK Silva 44 (79b 6x4)
    • SCJ Broad 8-2-24-1
    • MM Ali 7-2-16-0
31.1

Ali to Silva, no run, forward on the stumps and blocked back up the wicket

31.2

Ali to Silva, no run, skips down to this and meets it on the full, playing to mid-off

31.3

Ali to Silva, no run, stays in the crease to block a slightly shorter ball

31.4

Ali to Silva, 1 run, similar length but goes back and slightly leg side of it to push out through cover for an easy single

31.5

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, full just outside off, solidly blocked

31.6

Ali to Sangakkara, 1 run, touch short and cut out to the off side sweeper in front of the grandstand

End of over 32 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 106/1

    • KC Sangakkara 40 (85b 3x4)
    • JK Silva 45 (83b 6x4)
    • MM Ali 8-2-18-0
    • SCJ Broad 8-2-24-1
32.1

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, good length angled towards off stump, blocked in the crease and played out towards midwicket

Anupriya: "Sanga stands between win and a draw for England."

32.2

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, slightly wider line, nice and full, left well alone

32.3

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, similar delivery but a touch wider and this is more easy to ignore

32.4

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, fuller length and tighter line, Sangakkara forward playing up to mid-on

32.5

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, a good yard outside off, easy to let this go

32.6

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, drops the length back a little, Sangakkara tries to force off the back foot into the off side but gets an inside edge to mid-on

End of over 33 (maiden) Sri Lanka 106/1

    • KC Sangakkara 40 (91b 3x4)
    • JK Silva 45 (83b 6x4)
    • SCJ Broad 9-3-24-1
    • MM Ali 8-2-18-0
33.1

Ali to Silva, 1 run, a foot and a half outside off, Silva gets leg side of it and cuts out to deep point

33.2

Ali to Sangakkara, 2 runs, full on the off stump, flicked through midwicket and they jog back for a second

33.3

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, floated up a bit more just outside off, batsman blocks it on the front foot

33.4

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, fuller and driven to extra-cover

33.5

Ali to Sangakkara, 1 run, too short outside off, easily cut out to deep cover point

33.6

Ali to Silva, 2 runs, nice stroke, giving himself a little room on the off side and punching firmly wide of deep cover for a couple

End of over 34 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 112/1

    • JK Silva 48 (85b 6x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 43 (95b 3x4)
    • MM Ali 9-2-24-0
    • SCJ Broad 9-3-24-1
34.1

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, good length on off stump, Sangakkara forward and pressing to short extra-cover

34.2

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, wider line, left alone and it barely carries through to Prior

34.3

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, full length well outside off and no interest in that from the batsman

34.4

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, bumper and easily ducked under

34.5

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, fuller but just a touch too wide so Sangakkara leaves again

34.6

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, just a little to wide again to bring the batsman into driving

End of over 35 (maiden) Sri Lanka 112/1

    • KC Sangakkara 43 (101b 3x4)
    • JK Silva 48 (85b 6x4)
    • SCJ Broad 10-4-24-1
    • MM Ali 9-2-24-0

Absolutely no trouble so far for the batsmen...

35.1

Ali to Silva, 1 run, full length just outside off, driven steadily out to deep cover

35.2

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, just back of a good length, tucked to point from off stump

Two short extras go in...

35.3

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, back and so much time to tap it up on the leg side

35.4

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, touch straighter, tucked on the bounce to short leg

35.5

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, forward just outside off, this is ran off an inside edge to short leg

35.6

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, off stump line, played forward and blocked back to the bowler

End of over 36 (1 run) Sri Lanka 113/1

    • KC Sangakkara 43 (106b 3x4)
    • JK Silva 49 (86b 6x4)
    • MM Ali 10-2-25-0
    • SCJ Broad 10-4-24-1

Chris Taylor's on the field as a sub, perhaps the best fielder I've ever seen, Gloucestershire legend...

36.1

Broad to Silva, no run, full length just outside off and here's Taylor straight in the action to field at cover

36.2

Broad to Silva, no run, good length at the off stump, blocked in front of off stump from the crease

36.3

Broad to Silva, no run, fine delivery, just held it's line outside off, Silva beaten outside off

36.4

Broad to Silva, no run, similar delivery but this does nowt and is blocked

36.5

Broad to Silva, no run, touch fuller, Silva not entirely sure in coming forward but keeps it out around middle and off

36.6

Broad to Silva, no run, slightly wider on the crease, full length about off stump, Silva forward to defend

James: "Any sign of reverse yet?" Not at all, been very little to encourage the bowlers...

End of over 37 (maiden) Sri Lanka 113/1

    • JK Silva 49 (92b 6x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 43 (106b 3x4)
    • SCJ Broad 11-5-24-1
    • MM Ali 10-2-25-0

Change of offspinner, it's now Joe Root...

37.1

Root to Sangakkara, no run, around the wicket, a touch short and punched to short extra

37.2

Root to Sangakkara, no run, flat delivery on off stump, blocked in the crease

37.3

Root to Sangakkara, no run, far more air, it kicks up out of the rough but a line too wide for a stroke

37.4

Root to Sangakkara, no run, back to a flat trajectory and touched off the back foot into the covers

37.5

Root to Sangakkara, no run, from the crease, tucking to the off side once more comfortably from the crease

37.6

Root to Sangakkara, no run, blocked easily in the crease, no pace at all in this wicket

Decent over...

End of over 38 (maiden) Sri Lanka 113/1

    • KC Sangakkara 43 (112b 3x4)
    • JK Silva 49 (92b 6x4)
    • JE Root 1-1-0-0
    • SCJ Broad 11-5-24-1

A second change as Chris Jordan gets a chance at the Pavilion End. Two men out leg side and two short midwickets...

38.1

Jordan to Silva, 1 run, back of a length, steered wide enough of point for a quick single to give Silva a second fifty of the match, done well in this game

38.2

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, around the wicket, full on off stump, driven easily up to mid-off

38.3

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, wider line and left alone

38.4

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, full length at off stump, dug out back to the bowler

38.5

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, good length at off stump, easy to block from the crease

38.6

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, similar line blocked again

Charlie: "Trevor Penney would be right up there is terms of best fielders." Indeed, absolutely outstanding, a joy to watch too...

End of over 39 (1 run) Sri Lanka 114/1

    • KC Sangakkara 43 (117b 3x4)
    • JK Silva 50 (93b 6x4)
    • CJ Jordan 4-0-23-0
    • JE Root 1-1-0-0
39.1

Root to Silva, no run, forward on leg stump to tuck into the covers

39.2

Root to Silva, no run, forward on the stumps playing out on the leg side this time

39.3

Root to Silva, 2 byes, down the leg side, it bounces a bit and bundles off the gloves of Prior for a couple of byes up towards the Pavilion

39.4

Root to Silva, no run, just outside off stump, full length, driven to mid-off

39.5

Root to Silva, no run, forward on leg stump, blocked back up the wicket

39.6

Root to Silva, no run, floated up too much, batsman meets it on the full but can only clip to midwicket

End of over 40 (2 runs, maiden) Sri Lanka 116/1

    • JK Silva 50 (99b 6x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 43 (117b 3x4)
    • JE Root 2-2-0-0
    • CJ Jordan 4-0-23-0
40.1

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, good length, ran off the outside half of the bat to gully who makes a nice save diving to his left

40.2

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, good length again, Sangakkara plays from the crease up on the leg side

40.3

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, full length on the off stump, driven to mid-off

40.4

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, a lean outside off to push firmly into the covers

40.5

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, forward just outside off and pressed into the covers

40.6

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, very full and it skips under the attempted push into the covers from Sangakkara, no drama though

End of over 41 (maiden) Sri Lanka 116/1

    • KC Sangakkara 43 (123b 3x4)
    • JK Silva 50 (99b 6x4)
    • CJ Jordan 5-1-23-0
    • JE Root 2-2-0-0
41.1

Root to Silva, FOUR, tossed up on leg stump, Silva flicks it over midwicket, safe stroke, it lands in open field and trickles into the grandstand boundary

41.2

Root to Silva, no run, not as much air and Silva covers up around leg stump

41.3

Root to Silva, 2 runs, swept but this bounces up off bat and top edge and loops over leg slip, more luck for England might have presented a catch there

41.4

Root to Silva, no run, full on leg stump, clipped to midwicket

41.5

Root to Silva, 1 run, touch outside leg and this is clipped behind square leg for an easy single

41.6

Root to Sangakkara, no run, a step down the wicket, Root saw him coming and fired it into the wicket, Sangakkara blocks

End of over 42 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 123/1

    • KC Sangakkara 43 (124b 3x4)
    • JK Silva 57 (104b 7x4)
    • JE Root 3-2-7-0
    • CJ Jordan 5-1-23-0

Frank: "Only 17 runs in the last 10 overs...draw anyone?" More to the point, zero wickets, looks like petering out this game unless the bowlers can produce some magic...

42.1

Jordan to Silva, OUT, length down the leg side, a touch to the keeper and there's a big appeal for caught behind, not out given but England are convinced and go straight for the review which is obvious that it came off the gloves and Silva is gone. His hands were well away from his body and we don't even need the mark on Hot Spot to confirm that is out, smart catch from Prior

JK Silva c †Prior b Jordan 57 (172m 105b 7x4 0x6) SR: 54.28

Something for England, but they need a couple of cheap ones to keep their hopes alive...

42.2

Jordan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full length at the off stump, Jayawardene blocks it in the crease

42.3

Jordan to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, another touch down the leg side but this is clipped well away from Prior and runs to fine leg for four, a leg slip is in place but that was fine of the fielder

42.4

Jordan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full back on off stump, carefully rolled up to mid-on

42.5

Jordan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length that tails in slightly to off stump, pushed from the crease to cover

42.6

Jordan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, similar delivery, carefully blocked again

End of over 43 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 127/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 4 (5b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 43 (124b 3x4)
    • CJ Jordan 6-1-27-1
    • JE Root 3-2-7-0

Liam Plunkett now given a chance at the Nursery End...

43.1

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, full, sliding across the left-hander, left alone

43.2

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, similar line and able to leave again

43.3

Plunkett to Sangakkara, 2 runs, more in Sangakkara's area and he leans into a drive wide of deep cover for an easy two

43.4

Plunkett to Sangakkara, 1 run, a little short and cut to the sweeper for a single

Around the wicket with a leg slip, short leg, square leg, two deep catchers and a fly slip...

43.5

Plunkett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, length on the stumps, tucked on the bounce to short leg

43.6

Plunkett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, nasty bumper and Jayawardene takes his eye off it and it's simply complete luck that he dropped it down at his feet

Drinks time with England given some encouragement. Monty is back to guide you to tea...

End of over 44 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 130/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 4 (7b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 46 (128b 3x4)
    • LE Plunkett 6-1-19-0
    • CJ Jordan 6-1-27-1

Well, hello there... That was a snorter to finish the over from Plunkett, breathing a little fire into proceedings. England need to rip out two or three more in this session, to give themselves a sniff; SL's run rate dropping as it is, they look to be settling.

44.1

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, Jordan continues, puts this on a length from around the wicket, defended coming forwards

As MSB has pointed out, Sangakkara just joined up 32 dots in a row before scoring two off Plunkett

44.2

Jordan to Sangakkara, 1 run, pitched up a bit more, leans out to skelp a drive through cover point to the sweeper

44.3

Jordan to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, over the wicket, fires this in full and Jayawardene flips one off his pads to fine leg

44.4

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, on the stumps, worked short on the leg side

44.5

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, angled in from around the wicket, on a good length, defended coming forwards towards point

44.6

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, pitched up, hint of reverse away from the batsman, clunked into the covers

"So is this SL giving up or England bowling tight?" asks Dan. "Would have expected SL to have at least a little bit of a dart." I guess the thought of their fairly fluffy tail has engendered some caution, Dan. If England knock five over, they would hope to wrap things up quicksmart

End of over 45 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 132/2

    • KC Sangakkara 47 (133b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 5 (8b 1x4)
    • CJ Jordan 7-1-29-1
    • LE Plunkett 6-1-19-0
45.1

Plunkett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, goes around the wicket, bashed in short and climbing as Jayawardene drops back

45.2

Plunkett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, back of a length, down the leg side, flicks at is absently and misses

45.3

Plunkett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, ugly from Jayawardene - how often do you say that? - he was very far back, expecting the bouncer, Plunkett put it on a length and he wafted uncertainly at it in the channel outside off

45.4

Plunkett to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, shortish, fast and thudding into the splice, diverts it through point. "Give him two" is the chirp from the England fielders

45.5

Plunkett to Sangakkara, 1 run, pitched up around the off stump, dabs a single towards mid-off

45.6

Plunkett to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, the leg-side barrage continues and Jayawardene flicks this short of leg slip, Bell dived to get fingertips to it but it didn't carry

End of over 46 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 135/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 7 (13b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 48 (134b 3x4)
    • LE Plunkett 7-1-22-0
    • CJ Jordan 7-1-29-1

The crowd, though it's a little sparse, is getting juiced up by the extra intensity at the moment

46.1

Jordan to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, pitched up and flicked away off the pads behind square

46.2

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, gets on the front foot and plops this into the off side

46.3

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, fullish and on the stumps, driven back on the leg side, mid-on comes across

46.4

Jordan to Sangakkara, 2 runs, little bit of width and Sanga sits back to chop a cut through point, Plunkett is the man in the deep and they take on the arm successfully - fifty for Sanga, he's approaching 200 runs in the match

46.5

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, in the channel outside off, gets a stride in and leaves

46.6

Jordan to Sangakkara, no run, slightly full and inviting the drive, Sangakkara punches crisply into the covers - England succeed in keeping Mahela up the other end

"How are Plunkett's bowling speeds? Sounds like he is causing a few problems." Late 80s, up towards 90mph, Damian. Definitely the quickest bowler in the game

End of over 47 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 138/2

    • KC Sangakkara 50 (139b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 8 (14b 1x4)
    • CJ Jordan 8-1-32-1
    • LE Plunkett 7-1-22-0
47.1

Plunkett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, he's going to continue bouncing Jayawardene, this rises at 90mph but is well played off the back foot

47.2

Plunkett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, back of a length, angled across and played down towards square

47.3

Plunkett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fiery stuff from Plunkett, this is clocked at 91.5mph, steams through at chest height as Jaya sways under it

47.4

Plunkett to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, on the stumps, not quite so short and clipped behind square on the leg side

47.5

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, a half-chance, as Sangakarra pulls and the ball loops off the body over short leg! Robson didn't pick it up, took his eye off the ball as Sanga played at it - think he was a gonna if not

47.6

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, thunders in again, good pace and the batsman gets forward to defend

End of over 48 (1 run) Sri Lanka 139/2

    • KC Sangakkara 50 (141b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 9 (18b 1x4)
    • LE Plunkett 8-1-23-0
    • CJ Jordan 8-1-32-1
48.1

Jordan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full of a length outside off, there's some reverse swing for Jordan but it's wide enough for Mahela to ignore

48.2

Jordan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, pitched up around middle and off, played towards mid-on

48.3

Jordan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full and wide of the stumps, gets a stride in and taps towards cover

48.4

Jordan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fullish and angling back in towards middle and off, poked to mid-on

48.5

Jordan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length in the channel, 86mph and curving back a touch, gets on the front foot and shoulders arms

48.6

Jordan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, this jumps off a length and Jayawardene nearly steers straight to short leg

"SL should put the gear up..." Easier said than done, Inzamam, old boy. England are making life difficult out there, even if wickets aren't tumbling

End of over 49 (maiden) Sri Lanka 139/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 9 (24b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 50 (141b 3x4)
    • CJ Jordan 9-2-32-1
    • LE Plunkett 8-1-23-0
49.1

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, around the wicket to the left-hander, climbs high but Sangakkara gets on top of it, like a man trying to force shut an overstuffed suitcase

49.2

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, fuller length ball, Sanga pushes into the off side

49.3

Plunkett to Sangakkara, 1 run, short and at the body, rolls the wrists and pulls neatly round the corner for one

49.4

Plunkett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene is dancing around his crease like a moggy on a hot tin roof, this is down the leg side but he fences at it, then leans on his bat and gives a weary stare

49.5

Plunkett to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, back of a length and defended from the crease

49.6

Plunkett to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, leg-side and Jayawardene flicks a length ball off his hips, Bell dives at leg slip and palms it behind Prior, they get one

"I reckon we've got half an hour to dislodge these two - otherwise I'm switching off and going to get some work done." Just think about that statement, Roger Butcher. Going to get some work done. I doubt it

End of over 50 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 141/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 10 (27b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 51 (144b 3x4)
    • LE Plunkett 9-1-25-0
    • CJ Jordan 9-2-32-1
  • Overs 1-50
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WATCHESPN: 1st Test: England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Jun 12-16, 2014
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