Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    18.3 Herath strikes, England under more pressure now, the openers are gone. Tossed up and he accepted the invite, danced down the track to smack that over mid-on, ended up being a thick inside edge and Dilshan dived to his right at midwicket to complete a sharp catch 48/2
    8.5 Appeal for a catch, Jayawardene has called for a review, no Hot Spot, the umpire turned the appeal down, slid it on a good length outside off, turned the face on that one after getting across, it held its line and upon closer look, it seemed there was a deviation off the bat. Prasanna took a sharp catch behind the stumps. The Sri Lankans were completely convinced, Jayawardene immediately went for the review. 31/1
    94.6 Trott now gone and is that the game-changer...worked round the corner from middle and leg and a great catch taken with two hands to Dilshan's left at leg slip...Trott's given England a chance with a wonderful innings but won't be there at the end now... 256/7
    42.5 caught at short midwicket! Pietersen's gone! He came out of his crease to play the ball, it dipped on him sharply and he did not get to the pitch of it. Pietersen tried to hit through midwicket but didn't time it well, chipping it to Mahela Jayawardene, who takes off on a celebratory run 118/3
    58.1 a huge appeal for lbw and umpire Tucker raises the finger, but Bell reviews it immediately. He moved forward to sweep but he was far too early on the shot, Bell had to wait ages and when the ball finally reached him it dipped under his bat and hit low on the pad. He was miles outside his crease. He got a long stride forward and his back foot was outside the crease as well. I can't see evidence of a bottom edge, but even if he hit it, I think the ball was caught be someone. Replays indicate the ball hit the pad just in line of off stump and would have gone on to just clip the outside of off stump. So the umpire's decision is upheld. Bell has to go. But he was a long, long way forward. I was mistaken, no one caught the ball off the pad. 152/4
    85.6 sweep and he's caught at short leg! Drama as it goes straight to the man under the lid, it gets stuck in his midriff and Thirimanne managed to fumble around and cling on. So unlucky for Prior but is that the slice of luck that Sri Lanka need 233/5
    93.5 caught at cover! There was a fumble from Dilshan but a brilliant take on the second grab. Patel tried to step away a touch to drive and did so in the air straight to Dilshan who initially dropped the chance but held on with one hand with a great reaction 252/6
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    97.5 down for the sweep, missed and given out, referred, England's last and umpire's call on clipping the top of the bails that really is a crucial strike 259/8
    98.5 forward outside off stump and caught behind! A sharp chance taken by Jayawardene from a feather edge through. Fine delivery, bounce and turn away from Anderson and a tiny nick is good enough to put Sri Lanka on the cusp of victory 264/9
    98.6 but he's gone first ball! Caught in the gully and Sri Lanka have won by 75 runs as Panesar probes forward, the turn takes the outside edge and it's well taken down low by Dilshan at slip for his fourth catch of the innings 264/10
    7 (lb 6, w 1)
    264 all out (99 Overs, RR: 2.66, 387 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-31 (AN Cook, 8.5 ov), 2-48 (AJ Strauss, 18.3 ov), 3-118 (KP Pietersen, 42.5 ov), 4-152 (IR Bell, 58.1 ov), 5-233 (MJ Prior, 85.6 ov), 6-252 (SR Patel, 93.5 ov), 7-256 (IJL Trott, 94.6 ov), 8-259 (GP Swann, 97.5 ov), 9-264 (JM Anderson, 98.5 ov), 10-264 (MS Panesar, 98.6 ov)
    UWMBCA Welegedara13.024003.0700
    RAS Lakmal10.052202.2000
    HMRKB Herath38.099762.5500
    TM Dilshan12.012502.0800
    S Randiv26.027442.8410

Close of Play

  • Mon, 26 Mar - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 289/8 (DPMD Jayawardene 168*, UWMBCA Welegedara 10*, 90 ov)
  • Tue, 27 Mar - day 2 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 84/5 (LD Chandimal 17*, S Randiv 2*, 34 ov)
  • Wed, 28 Mar - day 3 - England 2nd innings 111/2 (IJL Trott 40*, KP Pietersen 29*, 40 ov)
  • Thu, 29 Mar - day 4 - England 2nd innings 264 (99 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

  • Graceful steel

    A maiden Test hundred, a century at Lord's, a triple against South Africa, and a 180 when his team-mates floundered are among Mahela Jayawardene's virtuoso performances