England tour of Sri Lanka, 2007/08 / Commentary

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9.55am Here come the players, it's nearly ready to go...how very exciting. Alastair Cook, after two failures at Kandy, will take first strike from Chaminda Vaas, the man who did him in both innings.

9.40am Stuart Broad is being interviewed and says he has been presented with his cap by Sir Ian Botham and is looking forward to his first chance in Test cricket...he has some waiting to do first, and will hope he doesn't have to strap the pads on today

Meanwhile, Sanath Jayasuriya has barely put his whites away and he has a microphone in hand helping with the pitch report. He'd better be careful not to make a wrong turn and start walking out to the middle rather than the commentary box.

Just a reminder that play starts at 10am for the remaining two Tests, so hopefully bad light won't be a major issue.

9.30am England have the won toss, a rare success with the coin for Michael Vaughan, and they will bat. No surprises on that front, they don't want to be facing Murali bat, but Mahela Jayawardene says he "isn't too unhappy to bowl, the first day is normally the toughest to bat." And he says he even considered bowling first, so everyone is happy. Which is nice.

I'm Andrew McGlashan and will be taking you through the early stages of this Test.

The one change for Sri Lanka, Upul Tharanga replaces the retired Sanath Jayasuriya at the top of the order.

Sri Lanka 1 Michael Vandort, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kumar Sangakkara, 4 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 5 Chamara Silva, 6 Jehan Mubarak, 7 Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), 8 Chaminda Vaas, 9 Dilhara Fernando, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Muttiah Muralitharan

England 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Michael Vaughan (capt), 3 Ian Bell, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Ryan Sidebottom, 10 Steve Harmison, 11 Monty Panesar

9.10am Good morning to you all and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the second Test at Colombo. Some early (and surprising) news for you: James Anderson misses out, which hands Stuart Broad his debut. Steve Harmison returns for his first Test since playing the West Indies in June, and England's attack is suddenly looking rather different. We'll have more news from the ground very shortly - do stay with us.

0.1

Vaas to Cook, no run, outside off, a touch of swing for Vaas and Cook lets it go through to the keeper

0.2

Vaas to Cook, 2 runs, and he's away, but it's with a tentative push outside off stump which drops short of the slips and bobbles away towards third man...Vaas will be licking his lips

0.3

Vaas to Cook, no run, a beauty, pitching on off and moving away from Cook who is beaten as he tries to play forward

0.4

Vaas to Cook, no run, on the stumps this time, Cook plays down to mid-on but there was a hint of him falling across the line

0.5

Vaas to Cook, no run, played late, watching for the swing, down into the gully...Vaas is setting him up here

0.6

Vaas to Cook, no run, defended from the crease out into the covers, the end of a tight first over from Vaas

"There are two stands diagonally opposite each other packed with English supporters only...and the polite claps follow from either end as England get off the mark," says our colleague Kanishkaa who has found himself in Colombo for this match

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0
AN Cook    2* (6b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-2-0
MP Vaughan    0* (0b)     

Lasith Malinga to share the new ball

1.1

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, a gentle loosener, outside off stump and shapes away from Vaughan who lets it go

1.2

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, closer to Vaughan and played down into the gully as he tries to assess the pace of the pitch

1.3

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, fuller delivery, but Vaughan is almost caught on the crease as the ball hints at moving away...plays safely enough to gully

1.4

Malinga to Vaughan, FOUR, now Vaughan is away, but not all that convincingly as he pushes away from his body and gets an edge between third slip and gully, it was along the ground but keeps Malinga interested

1.5

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, defended up to mid-off, Malinga is finding some good early shape with the new ball

1.6

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, outside off and wide enough for Vaughan to watch it go by...some early encouragement for the fast bowlers and the openers are going to have to be watchful for the first hour or so

End of over 2 (4 runs) England 6/0
MP Vaughan    4* (6b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-4-0
AN Cook    2* (6b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-2-0

2.1

Vaas to Cook, no run, on off stump, defended with a straight bat down to mid-on

2.2

Vaas to Cook, no run, comes onto the front foot and meets the ball with the full face, pushed into the covers

2.3

Vaas to Cook, no run, back of a length and punched off the back foot straight to the man at short cover

2.4

Vaas to Cook, no run, again the man at short cover is in action after Cook defends a delivery outside off stump

2.5

Vaas to Cook, no run, slightly faller and brings Cook onto the front foot, bat and pad together and defends back to Vaas

2.6

Vaas to Cook, no run, driven into the covers, but can't find the gap and that completes the first maiden of the match

End of over 3 (maiden) England 6/0
AN Cook    2* (12b)      WPUJC Vaas    2-1-2-0
MP Vaughan    4* (6b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-4-0

Fairly quiet start in the middle and in the stands

3.1

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, swinging away outside off stump and doesn't interest Vaughan

3.2

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, nearly found the edge, full and swinging away from Vaughan who is tempted into a flashing drive...he doesn't make contact and the ball carries through at about ankle height

3.3

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, that's a jaffa, on off stump and moves away from Vaughan who is squared up and this time there's plenty of carry on the ball

3.4

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, bat on ball as Malinga goes slightly straighter, Vaughan being tested here

3.5

Malinga to Vaughan, 1 run, defended out to point, where the ball hits something on the turf and bounces in the opposite direction to where Upul Tharanga was running, making him look a little silly but not much he could have done about it

3.6

Malinga to Cook, no run, very full, on off stump and jabbed back down the pitch by Cook

End of over 4 (1 run) England 7/0
AN Cook    2* (13b)      SL Malinga    2-0-5-0
MP Vaughan    5* (11b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    2-1-2-0

4.1

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, very well bowled, holds its line across the right hander who is left fishing at it. Nearly gets the edge and that's how Vaughan fell in the second innings at Kandy

4.2

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, and another, carbon copy from Vaas who is showing that it isn't all about pace with the new ball

4.3

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, touch wider on this occasion and Vaughan can comfortably let it go

4.4

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, back of a length and Vaughan gets a thick inside edge into the leg side

4.5

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, this is superb bowling from Vaas, on off stump and Vaughan plays it very late down into the gully...he is trying to cover the inswinger without edging the one that doesn't move

4.6

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, onto the front foot and played into the covers, another testing over from Vaas who has set a good early tone for Sri Lanka

End of over 5 (maiden) England 7/0
MP Vaughan    5* (17b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    3-2-2-0
AN Cook    2* (13b)      SL Malinga    2-0-5-0

5.1

Malinga to Cook, no run, outside off, hint of swing back into Cook but it's an easy leave

5.2

Malinga to Cook, no run, drifting down the leg side, Cook can't make contact and again it's taken low by the wicketkeeper

5.3

Malinga to Cook, no run, readjusts again and goes outside off stump, Cook lifts the bat high

5.4

Malinga to Cook, no run, brings a shot from Cook, onto the front foot and defended into the covers...Malinga starting to push the speedo up

5.5

Malinga to Cook, no run, nearly squeezes through with the yorker, Malinga's first real attempt at the toe-crusher, and Cook manages to get down on it and flick into the leg side

5.6

Malinga to Cook, no run, another maiden as Cook miscues a drives into the covers, he hasn't found his timing yet but has at least lasted longer than his efforts at Kandy...both innings put together

End of over 6 (maiden) England 7/0
AN Cook    2* (19b)      SL Malinga    3-1-5-0
MP Vaughan    5* (17b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    3-2-2-0

6.1

Vaas to Vaughan, FOUR, Vaas slips in a half volley, Vaughan eases into an elegant off drive which races across the outfield...shot of the day so far, but there haven't been many contenders

6.2

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, angled down into the gully

6.3

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, clever stuff from Vaas, pushed across Vaughan who is again feeling for it and just avoids getting the edge

6.4

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, wider and Vaughan can let this one go through

A man has been brought into silly mid-off to add some pressure in the batsman's face

6.5

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, and silly mid-off does the fielding as Cook defends on the front foot

6.6

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, outside off, Vaughan pulls his bat inside the line this time

"We're half an hour into the start and the Sri Lankan supporters are probably still snoozing at home on a Sunday morning," says Kanishkaa. "The music band is yet to make its appearance. It's awfully quiet out there."

End of over 7 (4 runs) England 11/0
MP Vaughan    9* (23b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-2-6-0
AN Cook    2* (19b)      SL Malinga    3-1-5-0

7.1

Malinga to Cook, 1 run, on the pads and turned to the left of mid-on, a well-judged single as Fernando does the fielding

7.2

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, confident drive from Vaughan, but straight to Fernando who is at mid-off to the right hander

7.3

Malinga to Vaughan, 1 run, first short ball of the day, balloons off the surface and Vaughan pulls it around the corner without finding the middle and down to fine leg

7.4

Malinga to Cook, no run, very full, outside off stump, squirts off a thick inside edge to mid-on

7.5

Malinga to Cook, no run, a positive drive, but can't beat mid-off as Cook continues to try and find his groove

7.6

Malinga to Cook, no run, too wide outside off stump, Cook happy to let it go

Sri Lanka won't have too long to make the most of any early movement

End of over 8 (2 runs) England 13/0
AN Cook    3* (23b)      SL Malinga    4-1-7-0
MP Vaughan    10* (25b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-2-6-0

8.1

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, on off stump and punched off the back foot to the man at silly mid-off...a position like that is often more about creating pressure than a real belief that it will result in a catch

8.2

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, bounces nicely outside off stump, Vaughan judges this well and lets it go

8.3

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, loose from Vaughan, drawn into playing at one that was wide of off stump...that's what a left-armer can do, get a batsmen guessing when an inswinger will arrive and playing at balls that don't swing

8.4

Vaas to Vaughan, 5 runs, pushed into the covers, Vaughan sets off for a quick single and it's fielded on the bounce by Tharanga who hits the stumps direct...the ball bounces away to the boundary for four overthrows and Vaughan was well in

8.5

Vaas to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot

8.6

Vaas to Cook, no run, pushed up to mid-on, England continue to weather the early exchanges

End of over 9 (5 runs) England 18/0
AN Cook    3* (25b)      WPUJC Vaas    5-2-11-0
MP Vaughan    15* (29b 2x4)      SL Malinga    4-1-7-0

9.1

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, flowing drive against a full half volley, but straight at mid-off who has gone slightly wider

9.2

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, defended on middle with a straight bat

9.3

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, onto the front foot and again driven to mid-off, Vaughan starting to move his feet well

9.4

Malinga to Vaughan, FOUR, drifts onto the pad, flicked through the on side with great wrist work and it races across the outfield through midwicket

9.5

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, lets this one go as Malinga adjusts his line to outside off

9.6

Malinga to Vaughan, 1 run, dug in short, but Vaughan easily rides the bounce and plays it round the corner on the leg side to keep the strike

End of over 10 (5 runs) England 23/0
MP Vaughan    20* (35b 3x4)      SL Malinga    5-1-12-0
AN Cook    3* (25b)      WPUJC Vaas    5-2-11-0

First bowling change of the morning, here comes Dilhara Fernando...now we'll really see how much bounce there is in the pitch

10.1

Fernando to Vaughan, 2 runs, loose start and Vaughan flicks down to fine leg, Malinga races around and slides to save the boundary - hair all over the place - but nearly palms the ball over the ropes, makes a great recovery and scrambles after it to stop the four

10.2

Fernando to Vaughan, FOUR, Vaughan at his elegant best, wide half volley and he leans into a flowing cover drive...memories of 2002-03

10.3

Fernando to Vaughan, no run, very full, driven on the bounce back to Fernando who needs to follow up the good work of Vaas and Malinga

10.4

Fernando to Vaughan, no run, he finds a better line, outside off stump and Vaughan lets it go

10.5

Fernando to Vaughan, 1 run, over-pitched again, Vaughan drives handsomely towards mid-off, it should have been stopped but Murali lets it slip through for a single

10.6

Fernando to Cook, no run, defended into the covers, slightly wayward start from Fernando

End of over 11 (7 runs) England 30/0
AN Cook    3* (26b)      CRD Fernando    1-0-7-0
MP Vaughan    27* (40b 4x4)      SL Malinga    5-1-12-0

Ah, here comes Muttiah Muralitharan for his first bowl, round the wicket to Vaughan

11.1

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, on leg stump and defended to short leg

How much spin will he find?

11.2

Muralitharan to Vaughan, 1 run, turned down to short fine-leg

Slip and a short-leg for Cook, over the wicket

11.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, outside off stump, watchfully driven to point

11.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, leans onto the front foot and defends with soft hands back down the pitch

11.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, touch shorter, Cook rocks back and cuts hard to backward point but can't find the gap

11.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, that might have been the first doosra of the day, defended off the back foot

Tidy start for Murali, he could have a lot of work today

End of over 12 (1 run) England 31/0
AN Cook    3* (30b)      M Muralitharan    1-0-1-0
MP Vaughan    28* (42b 4x4)      CRD Fernando    1-0-7-0

12.1

Fernando to Vaughan, no run, driven powerfully towards mid-off, cleanly fielded on this occasion but Vaughan is starting to look very good

12.2

Fernando to Vaughan, 3 runs, punch-drive from Vaughan, actually goes in the air past the on side of the stumps but very safe and mid-on does the chasing, pulls up short of the fence...was a slower ball from Fernando so he nearly did Vaughan in the air

12.3

Fernando to Cook, no run, defended from the crease into the covers...Fernando is always full of variation, a real wild card for Mahela Jayawardene

12.4

Fernando to Cook, FOUR, that's the Cook all England fans want to see, a wide half volley and he leans into a cover drive, finds the middle and the ball finds the cover fence at a rate of knots. That will boost his confidence

12.5

Fernando to Cook, no run, tighter line from Fernando, Cook covers up on off stump and defends down the pitch

12.6

Fernando to Cook, no run, drags the length back, Cook lets it go, decent carry through to Jayawardene

"The ground is pretty quiet this morning. Most of the Barmy Army are back at the Hilton watching the Hatton-Mayweather bout," our eager-beaver colleague, Andrew Miller, tells us. "One of them apparently met Angus Fraser in the lobby this morning, and asked: 'Which are you off to watch, the cricket or the boxing?'"

End of over 13 (7 runs) England 38/0
AN Cook    7* (34b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    2-0-14-0
MP Vaughan    31* (44b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-1-0

13.1

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, on leg stump, Vaughan tries to turn into the leg side but doesn't make contact

13.2

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, beaten by the doosra, spins away from Vaughan who is beaten on the front foot

13.3

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, full outside off stump, Vaughan pushes up to mid-off

13.4

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan goes back into his crease, turns this on the bounce to short-leg

13.5

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, bat and pad together, very solid from Vaughan, not much early turn for Muralitharan

13.6

Muralitharan to Vaughan, 3 runs, short of a length, cut off the back foot through the cover area but it doesn't quite have the timing to reach the boundary

End of over 14 (3 runs) England 41/0
MP Vaughan    34* (50b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-4-0
AN Cook    7* (34b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    2-0-14-0

14.1

Fernando to Vaughan, no run, sweet drive out to extra cover, brings a cry of "Aww" from Will, not quite sure whether he liked the shot or just sat on something

14.2

Fernando to Vaughan, no run, whipped off the body to midwicket, more and more deliveries are finding the middle of Vaughan's bat

14.3

Fernando to Vaughan, no run, very wide from Fernando and swinging further away, Vaughan goes for the drive and nearly gets an edge...loose from the England captain

14.4

Fernando to Vaughan, 1 no ball, that's more like it, Vaughan shoulders arms to this one...and Fernando has overstepped too

14.4

Fernando to Vaughan, no run, outside off stump, again Vaughan watches it go by

14.5

Fernando to Vaughan, 2 runs, drifts onto the pads and Vaughan flicks it down towards fine-leg, Malinga shows his pace as he sprints round and brings out a smart piece of footwork to prevent the boundary

14.6

Fernando to Vaughan, 2 runs, nips back into Vaughan, who waits for it and works through square leg for another brace...and with that it's time for a drink

"Aha," exclaims Andrew. "It's all over in Vegas. I expect the stands to be packed after lunch." Hatton was knocked flat (an "eight count" Will unreliably informs me) in the tenth round. Well done everyone

End of over 15 (5 runs) England 46/0
MP Vaughan    38* (57b 4x4)      CRD Fernando    3-0-19-0
AN Cook    7* (34b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-4-0

So a solid first hour for England, seeing off the shine and scoring at a decent rate...Murali will continue

15.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, dragged a little short, cut away hard into the covers but straight at the fielder

15.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, defended on leg stump with bat well in front of pad

15.3

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, waits for this and works into the gap at midwicket to rotate the strike, always important against Murali

Over the wicket now to Vaughan

15.4

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, powerful sweep from Vaughan, finds the middle and gives short leg a nasty blow

15.5

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, comes forward and defended back to Murali

15.6

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, hint of turn, but it's slow and Vaughan waits for the spin and turns to midwicket

End of over 16 (1 run) England 47/0
MP Vaughan    38* (60b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-5-0
AN Cook    8* (37b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    3-0-19-0

16.1

Fernando to Cook, no run, full outside off stump, Cook drives but the cover field is well populated and he can't find the gap

A few delays as a man ambles in front of the sightscreen

16.2

Fernando to Cook, 1 run, dropped a thick edge from Cook as he is squared up on off stump, it goes right in the middle of Mahela Jayawardene at second slip and Sangakkara at first...Jayawardene dives across to try and take the catch but can't hold on and palms it away from first.

16.3

Fernando to Vaughan, no run, on off stump, defended to mid-off

16.4

Fernando to Vaughan, no run, outside off stump, through to the wicketkeeper

16.5

Fernando to Vaughan, no run, good bouncer from Fernando, homing in on Vaughan's head but he sways out of the way with time to spare

16.6

Fernando to Vaughan, 1 run, turned off the pads, he keeps the strike with a single to Malinga at fine-leg

End of over 17 (2 runs) England 49/0
MP Vaughan    39* (64b 4x4)      CRD Fernando    4-0-21-0
AN Cook    9* (39b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-5-0

17.1

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, flighted on off stump, Vaughan leans into a drive and finds mid-off

17.2

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, turns down the leg side, Jayawardene can't quite take it cleanly

17.3

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, played from the crease, up to mid-off

17.4

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, interesting, Vaughan goes for a slog-sweep over midwicket as Murali tosses the ball up, doesn't make contact and is taken on the front pad...that's not a usual Vaughan shot

17.5

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, bat and pad together

back round the wicket

17.6

Muralitharan to Vaughan, 3 runs, turned sweetly off the pads through midwicket, more nice timing from Vaughan brings three and raises England's fifty... a solid start after the early loss England suffered in both innings at Kandy

End of over 18 (3 runs) England 52/0
MP Vaughan    42* (70b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    4-0-8-0
AN Cook    9* (39b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    4-0-21-0

18.1

Fernando to Vaughan, no run, half an appeal from Fernando as Vaughan is taken on the pads trying to play through the leg side, but that would have missed another set of stumps

18.2

Fernando to Vaughan, FOUR, short and wide, laced to the point fence with great power and timing, that's Vaughan at his best but not great bowling from Fernando

18.3

Fernando to Vaughan, no run, driven up to mid-off, well timed again but straight at the fielder

18.4

Fernando to Vaughan, no run, banged in and rises past off stump, Vaughan drops his gloves and lets in fly through to the keeper

18.5

Fernando to Vaughan, FOUR, a limp short ball, pulled down to fine leg by Vaughan who reaches a positive half century off 75 balls, nice innings from the England captain

18.6

Fernando to Vaughan, FOUR, empathic from Vaughan, dropped in short again and dismissively pulled over midwicket...he saw that so early, and it wasn't much above medium pace. Fernando has been poor this morning, he's a Jekyll and Hyde cricketer

End of over 19 (12 runs) England 64/0
MP Vaughan    54* (76b 7x4)      CRD Fernando    5-0-33-0
AN Cook    9* (39b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    4-0-8-0

Murali's off, back comes Vaas

19.1

Vaas to Cook, no run, punches out to cover, without much timing, it's like two different games at the moment watching Vaughan and Cook

19.2

Vaas to Cook, no run, more timing on this one, played to mid-off, but not much bounce for Vaas

19.3

Vaas to Cook, no run, nicely flicked from off stump, but straight to the man at short midwicket...it's just a case of Cook battling through the tough stages

Down to one slip for Cook, Mahela Jayawardene clearly doesn't see much pace in the pitch

19.4

Vaas to Cook, no run, defended out to cover point, the early swing has disappeared as well now

19.5

Vaas to Cook, no run, onto the front foot, probing line from Vaas as Cook stays in defence

19.6

Vaas to Cook, no run, punched back to Vaas, tight over

Kanishkaa tells us: "The stands are starting to fill-up a little more. More England supporters have parked themselves on the grass embankment near the giant scoreboard. And there's a lone Sri Lankan flag fluttering amidst, well, eight England flags." As we have just heard, the Hatton fight is over so they will be heading down to the cricket now

End of over 20 (maiden) England 64/0
AN Cook    9* (45b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    6-3-11-0
MP Vaughan    54* (76b 7x4)      CRD Fernando    5-0-33-0

20.1

Fernando to Vaughan, no run, banged in from Fernando, bends his back this time and Vaughan drops the hands and sways out of the line

20.2

Fernando to Vaughan, no run, pitched up outside off stump, Vaughan comes onto the front foot and lets it go

20.3

Fernando to Vaughan, no run, again wide outside off stump and Vaughan isn't tempted into having a dart

20.4

Fernando to Vaughan, 2 runs, angled into the body, Vaughan uses the pace and works through midwicket with sweet timing...his footwork is very swift today

20.5

Fernando to Vaughan, 1 run, touch fuller, this time Vaughan turns his wrists and sends the ball through square leg

20.6

Fernando to Cook, no run, outside off stump, Cook nearly has a poke but just resists

Now for the first time this Test it's a pleasure to welcome Jenny Thompson, fresh from her cricket match which I'm sure she will tell you all about.

End of over 21 (3 runs) England 67/0
AN Cook    9* (46b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    6-0-36-0
MP Vaughan    57* (81b 7x4)      WPUJC Vaas    6-3-11-0

Greetings everyone. Hmm, we lost. Nuff said. Now, I ought to get confirmation on which match Gus Fraser did indeed end up watching. "Well, he's not in the press box," Andrew Miller tells us, "though I suspect that's because he's in the radio booth at the other end of town." Still not confirming which radio booth, mind. He he, he'll be enjoying this start by England

21.1

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, shoudlers arms to that one

21.2

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, played on the back foot

21.3

Vaas to Vaughan, 2 runs, a slightly edgy two off the legs behind square

Hmm, I can hear Nick Knight on commentary. The other night I dreamt I bowled him second ball while he was shouldering arms. Regular readers will know of my bizarrre cricketing dreams and I swear I don't make them up

Anyway

21.4

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, pushed across him with a fair lick of pace, left alone, though

21.5

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, pushed into the covers, Vaughan taking his time here

21.6

Vaas to Vaughan, FOUR, ...but doesn't miss out on that one, one which dropped a touch short and he climbed into a crisp back-foot cut through mid-off's legs. Oh dear Dilhara

End of over 22 (6 runs) England 73/0
MP Vaughan    63* (87b 8x4)      WPUJC Vaas    7-3-17-0
AN Cook    9* (46b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    6-0-36-0

22.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, waits and watches and weaves a push to short cover

22.2

Muralitharan to Cook, FOUR, not that short, but beautifully put away through midwicket to bring Cook into double figures

Cook facing Murali for the first time this series, by the way

22.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, waited well and jumped into a full delivery outside off with a firm cut off the back foot

I love the way Cook played that shot with his tongue out in concentration

22.4

Muralitharan to Cook, FOUR, and another four for Cook, square, that will encourage him

22.5

Muralitharan to Cook, 2 runs, on middle and leg this time, brisked into the midwicket region for an easy two

22.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, round the wicket to the left hander by the way, left alone outside off

Cook will be relieved to have got that over under his belt

End of over 23 (10 runs) England 83/0
AN Cook    19* (52b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    5-0-18-0
MP Vaughan    63* (87b 8x4)      WPUJC Vaas    7-3-17-0

23.1

Vaas to Vaughan, FOUR, that wasn't even a bad ball but up on his toes went Vaughan with a creamy drive through mid-on

Tremendous shot, that

23.2

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, defended into the off-side

Field adjustment, only one slip in now for Vaughan

23.3

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, rises on to his toes, aiming through mid-off, but finding the fielder

23.4

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, good work there by both Vaughan, with his favoured cover-drive, and cover, with the stop

That, my friends, was travelling

23.5

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, straight up there, decent delivery from Vaas, Vaughan defends on the front foot

Jayawardene, poker-faced as ever, is considering his next move

23.6

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, pushes the ball across the right hander from over the wicket

Tidy delivery to end the over

End of over 24 (4 runs) England 87/0
MP Vaughan    67* (93b 9x4)      WPUJC Vaas    8-3-21-0
AN Cook    19* (52b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    5-0-18-0

24.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, up there, dealt with

24.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Murali tempts Cook outside off, floating one wide but on a good length, Cook leaves it alone

24.3

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, tighter this time, just outside off, Cook pushes square of the wicket on the off-side. Or 'to point' to be more concise

24.4

Muralitharan to Vaughan, 1 run, pushes outside off again

24.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Murali persisting with this line, Cook comes forward and defends

24.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, he waits this time, to defend down on the back foot

End of over 25 (2 runs) England 89/0
AN Cook    20* (57b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    6-0-20-0
MP Vaughan    68* (94b 9x4)      WPUJC Vaas    8-3-21-0

25.1

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, pushed to point

25.2

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, outside off, driven patiently to cover

25.3

Vaas to Vaughan, 1 run, swished well off the toes

Sometimes the urgency of the fielders is apparent in their cries - this time Vaas is getting encouragement from a young crowd member, who is clearly keen for a wicket. Vaas is bowling well, though, this morning

25.4

Vaas to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot

25.5

Vaas to Cook, no run, defended once more

25.6

Vaas to Cook, no run, and another defence to complete the set, this time on the back foot, Vaas finding some swing in the air, and planting it on the money again

End of over 26 (1 run) England 90/0
AN Cook    20* (60b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    9-3-22-0
MP Vaughan    69* (97b 9x4)      M Muralitharan    6-0-20-0

26.1

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, good defence

26.2

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, more defence

26.3

Muralitharan to Vaughan, 1 run, outside off, Vaughan chops down an inside edge perilously, but not fatally, close to his stumps

26.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, defended outside off

26.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, gets right over it to kill the bounce with a forward defence

26.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Cook cuts out at a wideish one and just fails to get a sliver of a top edge

End of over 27 (1 run) England 91/0
AN Cook    20* (63b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-21-0
MP Vaughan    70* (100b 9x4)      WPUJC Vaas    9-3-22-0

27.1

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, defended on the front foot with an easy push to cover

27.2

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, pushes across the right hander who stuns the ball into the ground in front of him

27.3

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, pushed across him again with a slightly broader angle, the ball driven to cover once more

27.4

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, nibbly swing bending round and in to Vaughan who defends just in front of his toes

27.5

Vaas to Vaughan, FOUR, on leg, moves back deep into the crease and whips it off in front of square

Great timing, and a great-looking shot

27.6

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, on off and middle, and given it's slightly short, Vaughan looks to work it into leg but in fact it's slightly fuller than he had anticipated, so it trickles there

End of over 28 (4 runs) England 95/0
MP Vaughan    74* (106b 10x4)      WPUJC Vaas    10-3-26-0
AN Cook    20* (63b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-21-0

28.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, outside off, swivelled there, Cook waits patiently

28.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, width outside off, Cook cuts into the ground

28.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, room outside off again, cut just in front of point

28.4

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, guided just behind point for an easy single

Vaughan asks for his guard again, just to check

28.5

Muralitharan to Vaughan, 1 run, drives square, just in front of the man close in breathing down his neck

28.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, outside off, Cook makes a deliberate motion in defending forward, killing the bounce

Welcome back, Andrew here to take you through the first hour of the afternoon session. England have a got a solid foundation to build on after the morning work of Vaughan and Cook, now it's important to consolidate while Sri Lanka are desperate for a breakthrough.

Well then, that's lunch on the opening morning which hasn't just belonged to England, it's been signed and sealed and wrapped up in a big bow. But how they needed it, heading into this second Test one down. It's still very very early days in the match of course but Michael Vaughan has done everything right in winning the toss, batting, and reaching an unbeaten fifty while Alastair Cook has lent sturdy support, with one let-off on 8. Sri Lanka's bowlers haven't bowled badly by any means, and they will naturally be aiming for a breakthrough and then some in the afternoon session. Join us then to see how they go.

Just while we're waiting, a song in Murali's honour is being released to celebrate him and to raise funds for his charity, the Foundation of Goodness, a charity that has been helping thousands of tsunami victims during the past two years. Its title? 'Murali'.

End of over 29 (2 runs) England 97/0
AN Cook    21* (68b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    8-0-23-0
MP Vaughan    75* (107b 10x4)      WPUJC Vaas    10-3-26-0

Chaminda Vaas will start straight after lunch..one slip and a gully

29.1

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, comes forward on off stump, defended to cover

29.2

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, stands tall at the crease, drives from the top of the bounce down to mid-off

29.3

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, on middle and off, Vaughan waits for it and flicks firmly to short midwicket

29.4

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, angling across Vaughan, no hint of movement, and it's comfortably left alone

29.5

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, touch fuller, Vaughan leans into a gentle drive which goes straight to cover

29.6

Vaas to Vaughan, no run, full on the stumps, Vaughan drives past the non-striker and mid-off fields

Vaughan playing himself in again after lunch

End of over 30 (maiden) England 97/0
MP Vaughan    75* (113b 10x4)      WPUJC Vaas    11-4-26-0
AN Cook    21* (68b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    8-0-23-0

Lasith Malinga will take up the attack

30.1

Malinga to Cook, no run, outside off stump and Cook raises his bat out of the way

30.2

Malinga to Cook, 1 no ball, early bouncer from Malinga, rises over Cook's shoulder as he goes for the pull without making contact...also a no-ball

30.2

Malinga to Cook, no run, pitched up outside off stump, Cook tries to drive but the bottom hand takes over and he inside-edges into the leg side

30.3

Malinga to Cook, no run, on off stump, Cook leans into a solid drive and finds his timing this time but Fernando makes a tumbling save at mid-off

30.4

Malinga to Cook, no run, back of a length, Cook stays on the crease and defends down to mid-off

Not much swing in evidence now

30.5

Malinga to Cook, 1 run, another short ball, Cook again goes for the pull and this time connects out to the man at deeps square-leg

30.6

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, goes for the yorker, turns into a low full toss down the leg side which Vaughan misses out on...Prasanna Jayawardene makes a good take down against a difficult bounce

End of over 31 (2 runs) England 99/0
MP Vaughan    75* (114b 10x4)      SL Malinga    6-1-14-0
AN Cook    22* (74b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    11-4-26-0

31.1

Vaas to Cook, no run, outside off stump, Cook comes across and meets it with a full face to play towards mid-on

31.2

Vaas to Cook, no run, same again from Vaas and Cook, this time the defensive push is collected by cover

31.3

Vaas to Cook, no run, tight line from Vaas, no room for Cook to get his arms free as he defends back up the pitch

31.4

Vaas to Cook, no run, flicked to mid-on, Cook needs to be careful he doesn't miss those as he'd be right in line for an lbw shout

Silly mid-on brought in after the last shot

31.5

Vaas to Cook, no run, all defence from Cook as Vaas stays on off stump

31.6

Vaas to Cook, 1 run, attempts to drive, squeezes the ball just to left of mid-on and England reach 100...their first century opening stand for England since Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss against Pakistan at Headingley in 2006

End of over 32 (1 run) England 100/0
AN Cook    23* (80b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    12-4-27-0
MP Vaughan    75* (114b 10x4)      SL Malinga    6-1-14-0

32.1

Malinga to Cook, 2 runs, turned off his heaps, beats mid-on and the man from deeps square-leg runs around the boundary to complete the work at deep midwicket...nice touch play from Cook

32.2

Malinga to Cook, no run, angles across Cook who lets it go...he slowly appears to be settling, although is nowhere near his best

Two slips in for Malinga bowling to Cook

32.3

Malinga to Cook, no run, comes onto the front foot and drives firmly to mid-off

32.4

Malinga to Cook, no run, strays down the leg side, Cook doesn't make contact

It won't be long before Murali is back in the action, not much happening for the quicks

32.5

Malinga to Cook, (no ball) FOUR, short and hammered with a pull by Cook, still not quite timed, but it races through midwicket as Malinga again oversteps...huge gaps on the leg side and Cook found one easily

32.5

Malinga to Cook, no run, goes back outside off stump, Cook isn't interested

32.6

Malinga to Cook, 2 runs, leans into a drive, finds the gap between cover and mid-off with enough power to collect two as Fernando does the chasing...Cook slowly picking up the pace

End of over 33 (9 runs) England 109/0
AN Cook    31* (87b 4x4)      SL Malinga    7-1-23-0
MP Vaughan    75* (114b 10x4)      WPUJC Vaas    12-4-27-0

Here's the main man, Murali is back

33.1

Muralitharan to Vaughan, 1 run, over the wicket and Vaughan whips off his pads out to deep square-leg

33.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, round the wicket to Cook, who comes forward and defends with a big stride

33.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, hint of turn, Cook waits on the back foot and guides to point

33.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, dragged down, Cook latches on put Sangakkara makes a diving save at short cover to help out his bowler

33.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, leans a long away forward with the bat in front of the pad, back to Murali

33.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, outside off stump, but Cook chooses the on side as he works to midwicket

End of over 34 (1 run) England 110/0
AN Cook    31* (92b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    9-0-24-0
MP Vaughan    76* (115b 10x4)      SL Malinga    7-1-23-0

34.1

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, back of a length, forced off the back foot and takes a thick inside half of the bat to midwicket

34.2

Malinga to Vaughan, 2 runs, on middle and off, turned through midwicket and deep square-leg keeps it down to a brace

34.3

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, full outside off stump, Vaughan drives the ball hard into the pitch and it bounces over Malinga for mid-off to do the fielding

34.4

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, goes for the yorker, Vaughan digs it out to midwicket

34.5

Malinga to Vaughan, 4 byes, bouncer, way down the leg side and it evades Jayawardene's dive and adds another four to England's total

34.6

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, banged in very short, climbs miles over Vaughan's head and wasn't a danger to everyone...a bit of a waste, not a great over

End of over 35 (6 runs) England 116/0
MP Vaughan    78* (121b 10x4)      SL Malinga    8-1-25-0
AN Cook    31* (92b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    9-0-24-0

35.1

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, flighted outside off stump, driven through the covers but there is a sweeper out on the fence

35.2

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, a doosra, Vaughan waits on the back foot and defends down the pitch

35.3

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, floated up outside off stump, Vaughan leans forward and the ball bounces a little more and takes the pad then the arm, maybe a little glove too, but falls short of the bat-pad at short leg

35.4

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, defended into the covers, slightly quicker

35.5

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, waits for this to turn a fraction, plays with soft hands into the pitch

35.6

Muralitharan to Vaughan, no run, comes forward, plays under his eyes and flicks to mid-on...interesting over

End of over 36 (1 run) England 117/0
MP Vaughan    78* (126b 10x4)      M Muralitharan    10-0-25-0
AN Cook    32* (93b 4x4)      SL Malinga    8-1-25-0

36.1

Malinga to Cook, no run, drives into the covers, half a stop by Sangakkara and Cook thinks of a single on the misfield but his sent back by Vaughan

36.2

Malinga to Cook, 1 run, flicked off the stumps, using Malinga's extra pace and deep square-leg is brought into the action

36.3

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, slower ball, comes out as a low full toss but Vaughan spots it and turns to short midwicket...will feel he missed out on that one

36.4

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, defended into the leg side, Vaughan hasn't found runs as easy to come by since lunch...but most innings go through lulls

36.5

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, another yorker, well dug out into the leg side

36.6

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, bouncer to end the over, Vaughan ducks down to avoid it

End of over 37 (1 run) England 118/0
MP Vaughan    78* (130b 10x4)      SL Malinga    9-1-26-0
AN Cook    33* (95b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    10-0-25-0

37.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, on off stump, comes forward and defends

37.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, tossed outside off stump, Cook thrusts his pad forward and lets it go

37.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, more flight from Murali, bowling much slower today, and Cook defends on the front foot

37.4

Muralitharan to Cook, FOUR, this time he tempts a drive from Cook, brings a thick outside edge down through third man and he collects a boundary

37.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, lunges forward and covers the spin, played into the covers

37.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, slightly quicker, 84kph, and Cook jabs down on it

End of over 38 (4 runs) England 122/0
AN Cook    37* (101b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    11-0-29-0
MP Vaughan    78* (130b 10x4)      SL Malinga    9-1-26-0

38.1

Malinga to Vaughan, 1 no ball, oversteps again, straining for extra effort, and Vaughan flicks to mid-on

Malinga trying to break through with pace

38.1

Malinga to Vaughan, FOUR, stunning shot, Vaughan drives on the up outside off stump and sends this racing through point for one of the boundaries of the day

38.2

Malinga to Vaughan, 1 no ball, oh dear, that yorker came out very wrong and comes out as a beamer...Vaughan manages to get out of the way and Daryl Harper signals no-ball, that's an unfortunate piece of cricket but everyone is smiling now

38.2

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, punched to mid-on as Vaughan regains his composure

38.3

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, defends with a straight bat from the crease

38.4

Malinga to Vaughan, no run, tries to drive through the covers, but doesn't time it on this occasion

38.5

Malinga to Vaughan, 1 run, turned through square, Malinga continues to search for the full deliveries

38.6

Malinga to Cook, no run, punched up to mid-off by Cook to end an eventful over

The latest on the atmosphere from Kanishkaa: "At last, some signs of life from the stands. English fans in the grandstand at one end are chanting something I can't figure out. Surprisingly, those at the grass embankment are still on mute, despite the partnership. A few Sri Lankans too have gone vocal."

End of over 39 (7 runs) England 129/0
AN Cook    37* (102b 5x4)      SL Malinga    10-1-33-0
MP Vaughan    83* (137b 11x4)      M Muralitharan    11-0-29-0

39.1

Muralitharan to Vaughan, FOUR, short from Murali, Vaughan waits for it and rocks back to cut through point...another fine boundary for the captain

39.2

Muralitharan to Vaughan, OUT, gone! and what a stroke of luck for Sri Lanka, and poor luck for Vaughan as he flicks this neatly off his pads put straight at short-leg, who somehow manages to hold onto it between his legs...that's a remarkable moment, and gains Sri Lanka a wicket out of nowhere

MP Vaughan c Mubarak b Muralitharan 87 (161m 139b 12x4 0x6) SR: 62.58

Fine innings from Vaughan and he could hardly believe what had happened as he trudged off. He had a century in his sights, but Murali has the breakthrough for Sri Lanka. Jehan Mubarak showed good reactions to gather the ball, but most of it was down to luck...here's Ian Bell

Silly point, short leg and leg slip...no conventional slip for Bell

39.3

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, comes forward to his first ball, defends down the pitch

39.4

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, played from the crease, suddenly there is life in the close fielders

39.5

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, bat and pad together, forced past silly point into the covers

39.6

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, quicker ball, 92.5kph, Bell spots it and brings his bat down in time...successful over for Muralitharan

End of over 40 (4 runs) England 133/1
IR Bell    0* (4b)      M Muralitharan    12-0-33-1
AN Cook    37* (102b 5x4)      SL Malinga    10-1-33-0

The Sri Lankans have asked the umpire to take a look at the ball, but it doesn't get changed as Fernando comes back into the attack after an expensive first spell

40.1

Fernando to Cook, no run, wide half volley, flowing drive from Cook but he picks out extra cover...there is a packed off side field now

40.2

Fernando to Cook, no run, better line from Fernando, on off stump and defended up to mid-on...it's now up to Cook to take charge of this innings

Murali is still talking about the ball with the umpire, who doesn't seem that interested

40.3

Fernando to Cook, 1 run, on middle stump and nicely flicked through the leg side for a single

40.4

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, long half volley and Bell latches on with a crunching drive, but short cover makes a good save and it's kept down to a single

40.5

Fernando to Cook, no run, wide again from Fernando, another drive from Cook picks out the fielder at cover

40.6

Fernando to Cook, no run, forces a defensive shot from Cook, fielded by cover

End of over 41 (2 runs) England 135/1
AN Cook    38* (107b 5x4)      CRD Fernando    7-0-38-0
IR Bell    1* (5b)      M Muralitharan    12-0-33-1

41.1

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, muted shout as this bobbles off the pad up to short leg, nothing of interested though

41.2

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, gently played into the covers

41.3

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, touch quicker, 89kph, Bell stays on his crease and defends back to Murali

41.4

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, spins into the pads, Bell doesn't offer a shot and it drops to leg slip

41.5

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, floated up, Bell comes forward this time but again offers the pad

41.6

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, plenty of air, very full and Bell waits for it and flicks to mid-on

End of over 42 (maiden) England 135/1
IR Bell    1* (11b)      M Muralitharan    13-1-33-1
AN Cook    38* (107b 5x4)      CRD Fernando    7-0-38-0

A quick shot of Matthew Hoggard on the balcony, how much will England miss him?

42.1

Fernando to Cook, no run, outside off stump, Cook lets it go through to the keeper

42.2

Fernando to Cook, no run, sweet punch off the back foot by Cook, goes straight to short cover

42.3

Fernando to Cook, FOUR, top shot, threads the gap between cover and point and the ball races away for a boundary...he's had plenty of practice, and eventually found the gap

42.4

Fernando to Cook, no run, outside off, he doesn't go chasing this one

42.5

Fernando to Cook, no run, very full, low full toss which Cook digs out to cover

42.6

Fernando to Cook, no run, angling across the left-hander, Cook happy to let it go and that's drinks in the afternoon session.

And when play resumes it will be Jenny to entertain you through to tea. Greetings again, here's Murali

End of over 43 (4 runs) England 139/1
AN Cook    42* (113b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    8-0-42-0
IR Bell    1* (11b)      M Muralitharan    13-1-33-1

43.1

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, now, just a shade of a pop up from Bell as he plays a forward defensive into the off-side

43.2

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, turned round the corner towards short leg

43.3

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, defended forward

There's fielders everywhere close in - one in on off and three, yes three, short in on leg. Some pressure

43.4

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, pushed forward

43.5

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, defended forward

43.6

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, turn in from outside off, Bell smothers the bounce

End of over 44 (maiden) England 139/1
IR Bell    1* (17b)      M Muralitharan    14-2-33-1
AN Cook    42* (113b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    8-0-42-0

44.1

Fernando to Cook, no run, stopped on an uppish driven towards mid-off

44.2

Fernando to Cook, no run, pushed well wide across the left hander who doesn't hesitate to leave it

44.3

Fernando to Cook, no run, up there, tight, defended forward

44.4

Fernando to Cook, no run, slower ball, a good yorker which almost gets through - the inside edge crashing into the ground and jumping off the pad up and over the sticks

Fernando draws a sharp intake of breath. It was that close

44.5

Fernando to Cook, 1 run, Cook gets it past the off-side fielders but there's a cover sweeper

44.6

Fernando to Bell, FOUR, outside off, drawing Bell into the cover-drive, but he gets a thick outside edge which flies way through the vacant third slip area

There is, in fact, only one slip in

End of over 45 (5 runs) England 144/1
IR Bell    5* (18b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    9-0-47-0
AN Cook    43* (118b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    14-2-33-1

45.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, throws it up, invites the drive, Cook isn't interested and he presses forward a strong defence

45.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, pads up to this one outside off

45.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, on off, Cook right down the line of it, with a tidy defensive

45.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, huge shout there from Murali and the in-fielders, Cook looks up nervously to await his fate, but it was quite far outside off

45.5

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, a bit of a hesitation from the batsmen there, but the lob in from Sangakkara lobs Prasanna Jayawardene, and Bell is well home

Jayawardene is trying to smother his grin there. And now for this: the resident dog's on the pitch!

Dog gone. Play resumes

45.6

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, defended forward

End of over 46 (1 run) England 145/1
IR Bell    5* (19b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    15-2-34-1
AN Cook    44* (123b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    9-0-47-0

46.1

Fernando to Cook, no run, outside off, a drive to cover

46.2

Fernando to Cook, no run, full toss, that one slipped there, but he gets away with it with a drive to cover

46.3

Fernando to Cook, no run, pushes it wide across the left hander, who leaves it be

46.4

Fernando to Cook, no run, cracking delivery, reverses across Cook who drives, then there's a huge appeal from Fernando but Cook remains unmoved, as does the umpire crucially enough

Either way, that was a false shot and a half

46.5

Fernando to Cook, 2 runs, ...but not this one, a truly timed drive through cover

46.6

Fernando to Cook, no run, angles across the left hander from round the wicket, decent delivery, but well left

End of over 47 (2 runs) England 147/1
AN Cook    46* (129b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    10-0-49-0
IR Bell    5* (19b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    15-2-34-1

47.1

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, squirtles it up there, defended back forward

Squirtles should be a word

47.2

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, plenty of turn, too much in fact, Bell letting the ball crash into his legs. That one kept lowish, too, note you

47.3

Muralitharan to Bell, 1 run, worked off the legs, down the track to play the sweep shot

A slip and an inaccurately named short fielder in on off (it's Vandort, and he's no smallster)

47.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, defended forward

47.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Cook again getting forward and over to defend

47.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, driven to mid-off, picked up tidily

End of over 48 (1 run) England 148/1
AN Cook    46* (132b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    16-2-35-1
IR Bell    6* (22b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    10-0-49-0

48.1

Fernando to Bell, no run, outside off, defended confidently on the back foot, the ball bunting forward prompting the call of "No!"

48.2

Fernando to Bell, no run, defended forward

48.3

Fernando to Bell, no run, left this time

48.4

Fernando to Bell, no run, pushed up there, just short of a yorker length, on the toes in front of off

48.5

Fernando to Bell, no run, touch of width outside off, pushed into the off side

48.6

Fernando to Bell, no run, outside off, driven to the covers

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End of over 49 (maiden) England 148/1
IR Bell    6* (28b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    11-1-49-0
AN Cook    46* (132b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    16-2-35-1

49.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, right over that, defended forward

49.2

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, a hard cut out through point, with the ball returned by the sweeper

49.3

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, defended forward

49.4

Muralitharan to Bell, 1 run, looped right up there, but the batsman is patient, waiting for an easy drive to the covers to bring up the 150 in the 50th over

49.5

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, played off his pads to square leg

49.6

Muralitharan to Bell, no run, defended on the back foot

End of over 50 (3 runs) England 151/1
IR Bell    7* (31b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    17-2-38-1
AN Cook    48* (135b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    11-1-49-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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Dec 13, 2007

The clouds linger over the SSC in Colombo, before the rain fell to force a draw, Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Colombo, December 13, 2007

The clouds linger over the SSC in Colombo, before the rain fell to force a draw

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Dec 13, 2007

Kevin Pietersen cracks one through the covers, Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Colombo, December 13, 2007

Kevin Pietersen cracks one through the covers

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