Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    19.6 full of length a foot wide of off stump, Robson forward, pushing firmly and nicks it to second slip! Goodness me, Prasad is rampant here and Sri Lanka have a firm grip on the game. The wrong length really to go hard at, a little wide too, and Robson got a thick outside edge looking to drive and it carried at chest height to Jayawardene who held on well 50/3
    15.3 back of a length outside off, Cook goes to pull and drags it into his stumps! Can you believe it what a terrible way for Cook to go having played pretty soundly until that point but he's failed again and it's a first blow for Sri Lanka. A thick bottom edge has smashed into middle and leg stumps, when you're luck ain't in eh 39/1
    15.4 full, swinging in, strikes the pad low and plumb lbw! A beauty first up, late swing into the left-hander and that would have smashed into middle and off stumps, fantastic delivery, not a lot Ballance could have done there 39/2
    23.1 full of length, it nips back and knocks out off stump! Prasad is on fire and Sri Lanka are on their way to a famous victory. This is an absolute gem of a delivery, jagging back off the seam, beating Bell between the gate and clipping the off stump, absolutely superb bowling 52/4
    56.5 breakthrough! That's the one they desperately wanted. And it's a full length which has worked. Was angled into the pads, but there was a hint of late seam movement away - as opposed to in -which took a thick outside edge as Root aimed to play through the leg side. Carried low to gully 124/6
    26.2 tossed up outside off and oh my goodness me, Plunkett leans across and tries to drive it, gets nowhere near the pitch of the ball and chips it to cover! Simply outrageous from Plunkett, what the devil was he thinking of? It was a good two feet outside off, leave it all day long, why does he decide to go after it for? The simplest chance to cover 57/5
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    71.5 short ball again, Prior fends it off and it's taken by short leg! They're going to check the no-ball and it is so so close, they've got the camera zoomed right in because it is the closest call you'll see. But Prasad gets the benefit of the doubt and has a five-wicket haul, what a performance. It's a snorter at the throat, Prior went to fend it off and gloved it low to Silva at short leg who leaned forward to take a smart catch 160/7
    88.2 done it! Full, sliding in, he was prodding forward. He reviews but it looks pretty straight. No bat involved for certain. That's the skid of the new ball helping Herath. It's striking middle and leg. Well bowled and well captained 212/8
    96.4 he's done it! Change of angle has worked. Stone dead. A full delivery, pitching on middle, straightening a fraction, which he basically missed, playing the wrong line. Broad didn't review, which is a surprise in itself although it was very much out 228/9
    116.5 short ball, Anderson fends it off and loops a catch to backward square!!! Can you believe it! Eranga has pulled it off, a snorter that Anderson couldn't keep down for once and popped up a simple catch, what a disaster for Anderson after all that effort and what jubilation for Sri Lanka 249/10
    31 (b 11, lb 7, nb 9, w 4)
    249 all out (116.5 Overs, RR: 2.13, 500 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-39 (AN Cook, 15.3 ov), 2-39 (GS Ballance, 15.4 ov), 3-50 (SD Robson, 19.6 ov), 4-52 (IR Bell, 23.1 ov), 5-57 (LE Plunkett, 26.2 ov), 6-124 (JE Root, 56.5 ov), 7-160 (MJ Prior, 71.5 ov), 8-212 (CJ Jordan, 88.2 ov), 9-228 (SCJ Broad, 96.4 ov), 10-249 (JM Anderson, 116.5 ov)
    ANPR Fernando13.025514.2315
    RMS Eranga23.5103811.5904
    HMRKB Herath42.0165931.4000
    AD Mathews10.031601.6010
    KTGD Prasad22.055052.2720
    DPMD Jayawardene6.021302.1600

Match Details


England , elected to field first

Series result

Sri Lanka won the 2-match series 1-0

Player of the match

Player of the series

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00

Match days

20,21,22,23,24 June 2014 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Fri, 20 Jun - day 1 - England 1st innings 36/0 (AN Cook 14*, SD Robson 21*, 15 ov)
  • Sat, 21 Jun - day 2 - England 1st innings 320/6 (MJ Prior 3*, CJ Jordan 4*, 104 ov)
  • Sun, 22 Jun - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 214/4 (DPMD Jayawardene 55*, AD Mathews 24*, 73 ov)
  • Mon, 23 Jun - day 4 - England 2nd innings 57/5 (JE Root 6*, 26.2 ov)
  • Tue, 24 Jun - day 5 - England 2nd innings 249 (116.5 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Still rising


Alastair Cook has moved past Geoffrey Boycott on England's list of Test run-scorers. He is closing in on Kevin Pietersen

Leading by example


Angelo Mathews has scored three of his four Test centuries as captain

Exclusive club


Kumar Sangakkara becomes just the fourth player to score seven half-centuries (or more) in a row in Tests after Weekes, Flower and Chanderpaul

Sanga breaks new ground


When he reached 13 in his second innings, Kumar Sangakkara became the first Sri Lanka batsman to score 300 runs in a Test series in England