Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

NT Paranavitana
44(86) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 2 4 2 0 0 0 4
MJ Prior
126(131) 19x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 1 4 7 2 4 0 4

Best performances - Bowlers

UWMBCA Welegedara
O28.0
M4
R122
W4
Eco4.35
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
IJL Trott
O4.0
M1
R5
W1
Eco1.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
43 | (maiden) | SL: 127/3

  • HAPW Jayawardene12 (31b)
  • TT Samaraweera17 (58b)
  • GP Swann12-2-19-0
  • KP Pietersen1-0-2-0

Right, this was always on the cards, Strauss has stepped forward to shake hands with the batsman and the second Test at Lord's is drawn. They don't have to take the last hour unless they believe they can win, and this game had become a stalemate. There was the potential for something interesting to happen today, but a good batting wicket didn't really deteriorate over the course of the game and in the end there simply wasn't enough time to force a result. There was some time lost to rain, and questions may be asked about England's batting tactics this morning, but it's all academic now.

"Barring a couple of hours of madness, this series has been fairly even," writes Guruprasad S. "Sri Lanka head to Rose Bowl with their heads held high, and hopes of a drawn series."

"We thought we had a chance if we took early wickets, but we knew that the Lord's wicket on the fifth day is pretty flat so we needed something special to happen," says England captain Andrew Strauss. "But we're pleased to come back from 22 for 3 on the first day and score 486 and then dismiss Sri Lanka for 479 after they had been 370 for 2. A lot of positives to take to the Rose Bowl."

"We didn't start that well with the ball but we got better as the game went on, Steven Finn in particular got better as the game went on." On the fitness of James Anderson, he says: "We'll see, we're hopeful he'll be fit but we're not sure at this stage. KP played really well, it's only a matter of time before he scores runs because he's that kind of player."

On windowgate: "They came to measure it up pretty quickly [for a new pane of glass]. It was one of those unfortunate incidents. It was entirely accidental, Matt Prior didn't mean to break the window and he's apologised."

Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Sri Lankan captain, is the Man of the Match for his magnificent 193. "It was an important innings," he agrees. "I always trust what I've got that's why I played my natural game. I enjoy my batting." On his thumb injury: "There's a small fracture there so we'll see in 10 to 15 days. I feel I'm going to miss the last Test and come back for the one-dayers, but we'll see. Sanga is there to captain if I can't play."

"I was happy with the team, first day we bowled realy well and after that we put a good score on the board. It was good to come back like that after Cardiff."

And that is just about all from the Lord's Test. As ever, Andrew McGlashan's bulletin is a worthy read, while there's also a match gallery, which includes a couple of 'windowgate' pictures too. We move on now to the Rose Bowl for the first ever Test at that venue, starting on June 16. From the entire commentary team here at Cricinfo Towers, goodbye.

42.6
0
Swann to Jayawardene, no run, tapped back to the bowler
42.5
0
Swann to Jayawardene, no run, nudged to mid-on
42.4
0
Swann to Jayawardene, no run, nudged defensively to cover off the back foot
42.3
0
Swann to Jayawardene, no run, play and a miss outside off! That was the arm ball, rushed straight on to beat the edge
42.2
0
Swann to Jayawardene, no run, tapped back to the bowler
42.1
0
Swann to Jayawardene, no run, Swann flights one on off stump, Prasanna defends

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

NT Paranavitana
44(86) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 2 4 2 0 0 0 4
MJ Prior
126(131) 19x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 1 4 7 2 4 0 4

Best performances - Bowlers

UWMBCA Welegedara
O28.0
M4
R122
W4
Eco4.35
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
IJL Trott
O4.0
M1
R5
W1
Eco1.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF