England in Sri Lanka Test Series - 2nd Test

Sri Lanka v England

England won by 8 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

50.1

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler

50.2

Patel to Samaraweera, 1 run, whipped through midwicket, good running steals a single

50.3

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up and Jayawardene gets behind it to defend

50.4

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, slightly short, worked off the legs out to deep backward square

50.5

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, flatter, wicket to wicket, Samaraweera comes down the track and plays into the leg side

50.6

Patel to Samaraweera, 1 run, Patel wheels away, this time clipped from outside off through midwicket for another single

"Is frustration setting into Finn, so he is resorting to bouncers in slow subcontinent pitches, that is a good thing for SL though," says Balaji, seemingly ignoring the fact Samaraweera looks about as comfortable as a tree in an axe factory against the bouncer ...

End of over 51 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 143/3
TT Samaraweera    49* (124b 4x4)      SR Patel    12-2-23-0
DPMD Jayawardene    68* (139b 8x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    8-1-20-0

Graeme Swann is on for a twirl ...

51.1

Swann to Samaraweera, FOUR, around the wicket but the ball is short and wide of off stump, Samaraweera cuts hard for four to take him past fifty

51.2

Swann to Samaraweera, no run, tossed up, turning back in, clipped to midwicket

51.3

Swann to Samaraweera, 1 run, on the pads, nudged to square leg

51.4

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, over the wicket, drops short a touch, Jayawardene cuts fine for another boundary

51.5

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, Swann losing his length here, full toss punched down the ground to long-on

51.6

Swann to Samaraweera, no run, back around the wicket, drifting across Samaraweera and gripping, the batsman leans out and leaves

Not a great start from Swann - no first-over wicket, just plenty of gimme fours instead ...

End of over 52 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 153/3
TT Samaraweera    54* (128b 5x4)      GP Swann    9-1-35-0
DPMD Jayawardene    73* (141b 9x4 1x6)      SR Patel    12-2-23-0

Patel is off, with Bresnan switching ends

52.1

Bresnan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, angled in towards the stumps, nudged to midwicket

52.2

Bresnan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended into the leg side from in front of the stumps

52.3

Bresnan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, length outside off, steps out and leaves

52.4

Bresnan to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, wide of off, steered away to third man on the back foot

52.5

Bresnan to Samaraweera, OUT, got him! Swinging in and trapped in front, Samaraweera is done for! There was a hint of a bluff at work here, with England bringing in a short leg, as if to set him up for another bumper but Bresnan went full and straight, the batsman almost falling over as he tried to get his bat down. Those bouncers had done their work previously ...

TT Samaraweera lbw b Bresnan 54 (185m 129b 5x4 0x6) SR: 41.86

In comes Angelo Mathews ...

52.6

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, and he leaves his first ball, which is pitched up outside off and seaming back a touch

Bresnan gets the breakthrough England needed and all of Yorkshire exults

End of over 53 (1 run) Sri Lanka 154/4
AD Mathews    0* (1b)      TT Bresnan    9-1-21-1
DPMD Jayawardene    74* (145b 9x4 1x6)      GP Swann    9-1-35-0

53.1

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted, bit of bounce and the ball comes off the glove to short fine leg

53.2

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full, turning back into the batsman, defended

53.3

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up, angled in, worked round the corner to the fielder

53.4

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on leg stump, worked away again but to the backward square fielder

53.5

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted, on the stumps, front foot defensive shot

53.6

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up, pushed into the on side - maiden from Swann, and a good comeback

End of over 54 (maiden) Sri Lanka 154/4
DPMD Jayawardene    74* (151b 9x4 1x6)      GP Swann    10-2-35-0
AD Mathews    0* (1b)      TT Bresnan    9-1-21-1

54.1

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, length ball, in the corridor and seaming back, Mathews leaves

54.2

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, length, off-stump line, defended towards cover

54.3

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, wide of the crease and angled in, seaming further back, Mathews steps out and shoulders arms

54.4

Bresnan to Mathews, 1 run, bumper, targeting the batsman, who hooks down into the ground towards deep square leg to get off the mark

54.5

Bresnan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, forward defensive to a length ball outside off

Jayawardene is definitely not a crisp - there's just no way you can ruffle him

54.6

Bresnan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, length ball, tight line on off, dropped casually to short midwicket - and the umpire's signal for tea

2.40pm: That was unarguably Sri Lanka's session, though England didn't give too much away. Tight as they kept things, Samaraweera and Jayawardene, in particular, just ground on through with machine-like monotony. A good bit of bowling winkled out the former but England have work to do after tea. Sri Lanka will be sipping pretty ... And with that in mind, here's a zinger from Geoff Rowland: "So in the end TT gets TT, I think I'll take the hint and put the kettle on."

Before you get out the china, however, here's a message from two of our most popular reprobates contributors: "The Two Chucks - Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber - need to find a sound recordist in Kolkata to help them on 13 & 14 April on their documentary on Test cricket. Anyone interested contact deathofagentlemanfilm@gmail.com."

Kanishkaa will be back to lead us through the first part of the final session in about 30 minutes. See you all in a bit.

End of over 55 (1 run) Sri Lanka 155/4
DPMD Jayawardene    74* (153b 9x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    10-1-22-1
AD Mathews    1* (5b)      GP Swann    10-2-35-0

Thanks Alan. Welcome back everyone

55.1

Swann to Mathews, 2 runs, starts off with a short one, goes back at the crease and cuts wide of cover

55.2

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, drives a full delivery down the ground to long-on

55.3

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, shuffles and clips it straight to short fine leg

55.4

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, waits at the crease and knocks it softly to short leg

55.5

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, hits him outside the line of the stumps as he tries to turn it away, stifled appeal

55.6

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, comes forward and drives to the on side

End of over 56 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 159/4
DPMD Jayawardene    75* (157b 9x4 1x6)      GP Swann    11-2-39-0
AD Mathews    4* (7b)      TT Bresnan    10-1-22-1

Anderson returns. One slip in place

56.1

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, goes back and works it to the on side for a single

56.2

Anderson to Mathews, no run, bowls it full and he gets behind the line and defends down the track

56.3

Anderson to Mathews, FOUR, there's no protection at fine leg, Anderson drifts on the pads and Mathews shuffles slightly and gets a light touch to it

56.4

Anderson to Mathews, no run, stays back at the crease and defends

56.5

Anderson to Mathews, no run, keeps him on the back foot and he stays back to defend

There's a short leg and a short midwicket

56.6

Anderson to Mathews, no run, maintains a straight line and he goes back to defend

End of over 57 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 164/4
AD Mathews    8* (12b 1x4)      JM Anderson    12-1-43-3
DPMD Jayawardene    76* (158b 9x4 1x6)      GP Swann    11-2-39-0

57.1

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, full on the pads and he works it down to long-on

57.2

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, that's a full toss, punches it through the line down to long-on

57.3

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, gets across his stumps and defends

57.4

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, gets across the stumps and defends

57.5

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, chipped bust just short of short mid-on! Just checked his shot

57.6

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, plays with soft hands but the ball trickles past the stumps

James: "Brave guys, the Two Chucks. A documentary on Test Cricket? In Kolkata? In the middle of the IPL? Good luck."

End of over 58 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 166/4
DPMD Jayawardene    77* (163b 9x4 1x6)      GP Swann    12-2-41-0
AD Mathews    9* (13b 1x4)      JM Anderson    12-1-43-3

58.1

Anderson to Mathews, no run, hits a good length and he gets across and defends

58.2

Anderson to Mathews, no run, good delivery! Holds its line outside the off stump and just sneaks past the edge

58.3

Anderson to Mathews, no run, this time Mathews ensures he goes across his stumps to defend

58.4

Anderson to Mathews, no run, bowls the same, stump to stump line and he defends again

58.5

Anderson to Mathews, no run, he slips in another one that sneaks past the bat outside off, signs of variable bounce

58.6

Anderson to Mathews, no run, gets slightly across and punches it to the off side

End of over 59 (maiden) Sri Lanka 166/4
AD Mathews    9* (19b 1x4)      JM Anderson    13-2-43-3
DPMD Jayawardene    77* (163b 9x4 1x6)      GP Swann    12-2-41-0

59.1

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, gets across and defends

59.2

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, gets across to a full delivery and pushes it firmly past the diving short mid-on fielder

59.3

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, goes back at the crease and defends

59.4

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, he clips it wide of midwicket

59.5

Swann to Mathews, no run, flatter delivery and he comes forward and defends

59.6

Swann to Mathews, no run, flighted outside off and he comes well forward and defends

End of over 60 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 169/4
AD Mathews    10* (22b 1x4)      GP Swann    13-2-44-0
DPMD Jayawardene    79* (166b 9x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    13-2-43-3

two short midwickets in place

60.1

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, Opportunity missed for England! Jayawardene gets a thick outside edge and that sails through the gap between keeper and slip, Strauss really should have taken that

60.2

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, gets across and defends to the off side

60.3

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, reverse? Lots of swing there for Anderson, swerves in from wide outside off and he jams it out to third man

60.4

Anderson to Mathews, no run, beats Mathews again! This one keeps a touch low and nearly takes the edge

60.5

Anderson to Mathews, no run, back of a length and he punches that to the off side

2 slips in place for Anderson

60.6

Anderson to Mathews, no run, bowls it much fuller and he drives that straight to mid-off

End of over 61 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 174/4
AD Mathews    10* (25b 1x4)      JM Anderson    14-2-48-3
DPMD Jayawardene    84* (169b 10x4 1x6)      GP Swann    13-2-44-0

61.1

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, gets well across and defends

61.2

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, shuffles and turns it to the leg side

61.3

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, quicker and flatter, he knocks it down to midwicket

61.4

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, floated on the pads and he tucks it wide of midwicket to the fielder in the deep

61.5

Swann to Mathews, no run, plonks forward and defends

61.6

Swann to Mathews, no run, lands it outside the off stump and he safely leaves it alone

End of over 62 (1 run) Sri Lanka 175/4
AD Mathews    10* (27b 1x4)      GP Swann    14-2-45-0
DPMD Jayawardene    85* (173b 10x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    14-2-48-3

62.1

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, lands it just back of a length and he goes back and defends

62.2

Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, once again he slips it that yorker length delivery to make the batsman think, Jayawardene safely jams it to the off side

62.3

Anderson to Mathews, no run, keeps it shorter to Mathews, goes back at the crease and defends

62.4

Anderson to Mathews, no run, outside edge and drops in front of second slip! Half hearted drive and the ball keeps very low and hits Swann's shin, that will sting

62.5

Anderson to Mathews, no run, gets across his stumps and defends

62.6

Anderson to Mathews, no run, time and again Anderson produces a delivery outside off to beat Mathews, movement away from the seam, the batsman's at sea

End of over 63 (1 run) Sri Lanka 176/4
AD Mathews    10* (31b 1x4)      JM Anderson    15-2-49-3
DPMD Jayawardene    86* (175b 10x4 1x6)      GP Swann    14-2-45-0

63.1

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, goes back at the crease cuts wide of point

63.2

Swann to Mathews, no run, goes back and defends with soft hands

63.3

Swann to Mathews, no run

63.4

Swann to Mathews, no run, Mathews gets hit on the glove because he was too forward, certainly bounced more than he expected

63.5

Swann to Mathews, no run, turns and hits his pads outside the line, Hawkeye says that would have missed leg stump

63.6

Swann to Mathews, no run, comes well forward and defends to the off side

End of over 64 (1 run) Sri Lanka 177/4
AD Mathews    10* (36b 1x4)      GP Swann    15-2-46-0
DPMD Jayawardene    87* (176b 10x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    15-2-49-3

Still two short midwickets in place

64.1

Bresnan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, swings it in and he clips it gently to short midwicket

64.2

Bresnan to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and gently steers it to third man

64.3

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, keeps it on the stumps and he gets across and drives inside out to the off side

64.4

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, back of a length and not much bounce, he stays back and defends

64.5

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, fullish on middle and leg and he punches it down to mid-on

64.6

Bresnan to Mathews, 1 run, goes back at the crease and punches it to short extra cover

Amar: "When things don't go your way, they just don't. Strauss should have taken that catch. How long can you live on past laurels? You don't score and you don't take the catch of the best batsman of the other team."

End of over 65 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 179/4
AD Mathews    11* (40b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    11-1-24-1
DPMD Jayawardene    88* (178b 10x4 1x6)      GP Swann    15-2-46-0

65.1

Swann to Mathews, FOUR, Swann eases the pressure off Mathews by dropping it short, he rocks back and punches it past extra cover

65.2

Swann to Mathews, no run, stays back and defends to the off side

65.3

Swann to Mathews, no run, back at the crease and clips it to the leg side

65.4

Swann to Mathews, no run

65.5

Swann to Mathews, no run, flatter delivery and he plonks well forward and defends

65.6

Swann to Mathews, no run, flatter delivery and he pushes it to the off side

End of over 66 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 183/4
AD Mathews    15* (46b 2x4)      GP Swann    16-2-50-0
DPMD Jayawardene    88* (178b 10x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    11-1-24-1

66.1

Bresnan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, bowls it on a goo length outside off and he steers it to the off side

66.2

Bresnan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, this one nips back in a bit but he gets behind the line and defends

66.3

Bresnan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, just gets beside the line and steers it to the off side

66.4

Bresnan to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, a bit too straight and he works it to the deep on the leg side

66.5

Bresnan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, bowls a much fuller length and he drives softly down to mid-off

Strauss at first slip is quite close to the keeper

66.6

Bresnan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, gets across his stumps and defends solidly

End of over 67 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 185/4
DPMD Jayawardene    90* (184b 10x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    12-1-26-1
AD Mathews    15* (46b 2x4)      GP Swann    16-2-50-0

67.1

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, stays back, waits for the turn and clips it to the leg side

67.2

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, he comes round the wicket, flatter delivery and he presses forward to defend

67.3

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, sorter length but wide, manages to rocks back and slice it wide of extra cover

67.4

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, clipped wide of short leg, can't call that a chance because the fielder didn't have time to react

67.5

Swann to Mathews, no run, comes forward and defends to the off side

67.6

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, attempts the paddle sweep but the ball's in the air for a long time but safe of the fielders

End of over 68 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 190/4
AD Mathews    17* (49b 2x4)      GP Swann    17-2-55-0
DPMD Jayawardene    93* (187b 10x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    12-1-26-1

68.1

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, a bit too short outside off, half-heartedly punches it to extra cover

68.2

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, fullish on the pads and he softly punches it to mid-on

68.3

Bresnan to Mathews, no run

68.4

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, bends it back in from wide of the crease, he shows the full face and defends

The 'beer snake' is doing the rounds along the ground and it's getting longer. Any empty glasses please hand over to the good gentlemen

68.5

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, pushes it down to cover

68.6

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, slower delivery and he pushes it to the on side

End of over 69 (maiden) Sri Lanka 190/4
AD Mathews    17* (55b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    13-2-26-1
DPMD Jayawardene    93* (187b 10x4 1x6)      GP Swann    17-2-55-0

69.1

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, takes him to 97, drifts towards the pads from round the wicket and a gentle tickle is enough to take it down to fine leg

Leg slip in place

69.2

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, stays back and clips it softly towards short leg

69.3

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, clips a full delivery wide of short midwicket for a single

69.4

Swann to Mathews, FOUR, gets his placement spot on, he seizes on a shorter delivery, rocks back at the crease and punches it past the gap at mid-off and extra cover

69.5

Swann to Mathews, no run, stays back and defends with soft hands

69.6

Swann to Mathews, no run, another soft push down the track

Bizzle: "These attacks on Strauss are a little out of place, yes he may not be on a rich vain of batting form, but who is in the England side at the moment. So you then look at his captaining - and that has been superb, some great tactical decisions and off field leadership."

End of over 70 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 199/4
AD Mathews    21* (58b 3x4)      GP Swann    18-2-64-0
DPMD Jayawardene    98* (190b 11x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    13-2-26-1

70.1

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up outside off and he defends

70.2

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, clips it softly to the on side

70.3

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, loud cheers but Jayawardene decides to stick to the single only, cut wide of point, sweeper picks up and that brings up the 200

70.4

Patel to Mathews, no run, gets well forward and defends this one

70.5

Patel to Mathews, 1 run, punches a full delivery down to long-off

70.6

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, decides to defend this one, the 100 will have to wait

Now handing over to Alan till stumps.

End of over 71 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 201/4
DPMD Jayawardene    99* (194b 11x4 1x6)      SR Patel    13-2-25-0
AD Mathews    22* (60b 3x4)      GP Swann    18-2-64-0

Howdy. Some jaunty pop is being played over the P Sara Oval PA system during the drinks break. Mahela Jayawardene may or may not be doing a little jig in front of the England team, I can't quite see ...

Steve Finn returns to the attack

71.1

Finn to Mathews, no run, super length, Mathews goes back when he should be forward, fences outside off but misses as the ball seams away

71.2

Finn to Mathews, no run, off-stump line, played on the front foot back to the bowler

71.3

Finn to Mathews, no run, angled in to the stumps, on a length, Mathews squares up and defends with a straight bat

71.4

Finn to Mathews, no run, back of a length, defended back down the wicket on the back foot

71.5

Finn to Mathews, no run, seaming in a touch, good length, chopped back to the bowler

71.6

Finn to Mathews, no run, length delivery, in the corridor, Mathews stoically defends into the off side

Ian Bell has just had a little neckerchief fitted by one of England's support staff. That's a much better look, Ian. Now to Jayawardene ...

End of over 72 (maiden) Sri Lanka 201/4
AD Mathews    22* (66b 3x4)      ST Finn    13-3-33-0
DPMD Jayawardene    99* (194b 11x4 1x6)      SR Patel    13-2-25-0

Patel continues to Jayawardene ...

72.1

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, clipped wristily wide of mid-on, beating the dive of midwicket - he's got it, a 31st Test hundred and a magnificent knock so far

72.2

Patel to Mathews, no run, full length, smothered in front of the stumps

72.3

Patel to Mathews, no run, flighted in towards middle, defended on the front foot

72.4

Patel to Mathews, no run, tossed up, outside off, driven back

72.5

Patel to Mathews, no run, gives this one a bit more air, it lands on middle and leg, grips and turns, Mathews jabbing defensively away on the back foot

72.6

Patel to Mathews, no run, drifts on to the legs and nudged away square

End of over 73 (1 run) Sri Lanka 202/4
AD Mathews    22* (71b 3x4)      SR Patel    14-2-26-0
DPMD Jayawardene    100* (195b 11x4 1x6)      ST Finn    13-3-33-0

73.1

Finn to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, length ball outside off, dabbed to point

73.2

Finn to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, angled in, Jayawardene goes back and across and pushes to midwicket

73.3

Finn to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended coming forward outside off stump

73.4

Finn to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, short ball, pulled from outside off to square leg for one

73.5

Finn to Mathews, no run, pitched up a little more, seaming in, punched down the ground, Finn gets a finger on it and mid-off and mid-on converge to field

73.6

Finn to Mathews, no run, length, prodded to extra-cover on the back foot

Here's Aaron: "I heard the England team support staff was huge but are you telling us they have a neckerchief fitter? Is this person Ian Bell's personal neckerchief fitter or do they service the entire onfield team? Thanking you kindly for a response to clear this matter up." They all have stylists these days, Aaron, didn't you know?

End of over 74 (1 run) Sri Lanka 203/4
AD Mathews    22* (73b 3x4)      ST Finn    14-3-34-0
DPMD Jayawardene    101* (199b 11x4 1x6)      SR Patel    14-2-26-0

74.1

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted, on the stumps, blocked

74.2

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on leg, Jayawardene plays back to the bowler

74.3

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, leg-stump line again, fiddled short to square leg

74.4

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full, flighted on off, forward defensive

74.5

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, drifting across this time, pushed to short midwicket

74.6

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tight line, again Jayawardene defends - it's attritional stuff for the bowlers at the moment but that's another maiden for Patel

End of over 75 (maiden) Sri Lanka 203/4
DPMD Jayawardene    101* (205b 11x4 1x6)      SR Patel    15-3-26-0
AD Mathews    22* (73b 3x4)      ST Finn    14-3-34-0

Here comes Swanny to lighten the mood. If Jayawardene tees, I think everyone would be happy right now ...

75.1

Swann to Mathews, no run, length, bit of spin back in, defended

75.2

Swann to Mathews, no run, tossed up, grip and bounce for Swann but Mathews gets his bat behind it

75.3

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, flighted, comes forward and clips down the ground

75.4

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, wider on the crease, drifting in, flicked through square leg by the destroyer of Englishmen Jayawardene

75.5

Swann to Mathews, no run, turn and bounce for Swann as Mathews plays back, the ball brushing a glove before dropping just past the stumps

75.6

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, tossed up on off, Mathews gets out to this one and turns to square leg

"Is this a White neckerchief?" wonders Steve Loader. "Will another member of the support staff shortly bring out a little stick to wave it with?" It was black, the same colour as Andrew Strauss's mood ...

End of over 76 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 206/4
AD Mathews    24* (78b 3x4)      GP Swann    19-2-67-0
DPMD Jayawardene    102* (206b 11x4 1x6)      SR Patel    15-3-26-0

76.1

Patel to Mathews, no run, on the stumps, defended

76.2

Patel to Mathews, no run, flighted, Mathews comes forward and drives back to the bowler

76.3

Patel to Mathews, 1 run, back of a length, cut through the off side to the man on the rope

76.4

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, off-stump line, good length, defended on the front foot

76.5

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, on off, tossed up and punched to long-off

76.6

Patel to Mathews, FOUR, full and drifting towards leg stump, Mathews finally breaks the shackles and heaves and meaty clump over wide long-on

End of over 77 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 212/4
AD Mathews    29* (82b 4x4)      SR Patel    16-3-32-0
DPMD Jayawardene    103* (208b 11x4 1x6)      GP Swann    19-2-67-0

77.1

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, turned around the corner to fine leg

77.2

Swann to Mathews, no run, flighted on off stump, blocked pressing forward

77.3

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, wheels away, trying to get some drift into the right-handers, clipped to long-on

77.4

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, goes around the wicket, flatter on leg stump, dropped short on the on side

77.5

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, driven back to the bowler on the full

77.6

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, length, on the stumps and straightening, worked to short midwicket

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End of over 78 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 214/4
DPMD Jayawardene    104* (212b 11x4 1x6)      GP Swann    20-2-69-0
AD Mathews    30* (84b 4x4)      SR Patel    16-3-32-0

Something from left-field, here, with Kevin Pietersen's tall offspinners called into the attack ...

78.1

Pietersen to Mathews, no run, length outside off, bit of turn and bounce, defended

78.2

Pietersen to Mathews, no run, tossed up outside off, blocked back down the track

78.3

Pietersen to Mathews, no run, pitched up, Mathews leans out and prods to leg

78.4

Pietersen to Mathews, no run, drops shorter, tapped to the leg side on the back foot

78.5

Pietersen to Mathews, 1 run, full, punched down the ground to long-on

78.6

Pietersen to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, worked off the pads to deep backward square

End of over 79 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 216/4
DPMD Jayawardene    105* (213b 11x4 1x6)      KP Pietersen    1-0-2-0
AD Mathews    31* (89b 4x4)      GP Swann    20-2-69-0

79.1

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, around the wicket, defended in front of the stumps

79.2

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, lovely delivery, flighted across and dipping, beats the outside edge as Jayawardene is tempted to drive

79.3

Swann to DPMD Jayawardene, OUT, big lbw appeal ... he's out! But Jayawardene reviews it. It pitched on off stump, straightened, thumping into the knee roll; Jayawardene thought it was maybe too high, maybe doing too much - and it did turn back a long way - but Hawk Eye said it was going on to clip the top of leg. The decision is upheld and DPMD Jayawardene walks off, shaking his head

DPMD Jayawardene lbw b Swann 105 (313m 216b 11x4 1x6) SR: 48.61

Don't worry, SL fans, here's another Jayawardene straight out to replace the captain ...

79.4

Swann to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, around the wicket, flighted on the stumps, squeezed into the leg side

79.5

Swann to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, shorter, nudged to leg on the back foot

79.6

Swann to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, goes back and works a flatter delivery behind square to get off the mark

Swann claims a major scalp, though Jayawardene wasn't happy about it. And the new ball is due too ...

End of over 80 (1 run) Sri Lanka 217/5
HAPW Jayawardene    1* (3b)      GP Swann    21-2-70-1
AD Mathews    31* (89b 4x4)      KP Pietersen    1-0-2-0

Pietersen continues against the new batsman, however ...

80.1

Pietersen to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, around the wicket, flighted across and pushed wide of point

80.2

Pietersen to Mathews, no run, tossed up on off, defended on the front foot

80.3

Pietersen to Mathews, no run, length, on the stumps, fiddled to midwicket

80.4

Pietersen to Mathews, 1 run, drags it short, played off the back foot to third man

80.5

Pietersen to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, back around the wicket, on the legs, misses trying to work through square

80.6

Pietersen to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, pushed through, across the right-hander, defended in front of the stumps on the back foot

End of over 81 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 219/5
HAPW Jayawardene    2* (6b)      KP Pietersen    2-0-4-0
AD Mathews    32* (92b 4x4)      GP Swann    21-2-70-1

Swann's work is done; England have taken the new ball and Jimmy Anderson shimmies those hips for another spell of dip and swing ...

Here's David Whiting: "By Gum! I was just about to send a message about Swann's declaration bowling and he bags a whopper. Never doubted for one minute."

81.1

Anderson to Mathews, 1 run, leg-stump line to begin with from Anderson, who is clipped to deep backward square

81.2

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, length ball, straighter but flicked off the pads for one

81.3

Anderson to Mathews, no run, pitched up and driven from outside off to the man at cover

81.4

Anderson to Mathews, no run, line and length outside off, not much swing so far, played on the back foot to point

81.5

Anderson to Mathews, no run, defended on the front foot, coming forward to a length ball

81.6

Anderson to Mathews, no run, outside off, little movement to speak of, played back down the wicket

"Excuse me, but is that a typing error? KP still?? Really??? And just after they have removed Jayawardene AND when the new ball is due!!!! This is more baffling than some of the BCCI decisions and explanations!" Calm down Bhaskar, you'll break your exclamation mark key. KP has shuffled off to sun himself in the outfield again

End of over 82 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 221/5
AD Mathews    33* (97b 4x4)      JM Anderson    16-2-51-3
HAPW Jayawardene    3* (7b)      KP Pietersen    2-0-4-0

From the other end, it'll be Steve Finn

82.1

Finn to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, length ball on the stumps, defended sensibly with a straight bat

82.2

Finn to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, pitched up well wide of off, Jayawardene leaves. First evidence of swing on the way through to the keeper, there

82.3

Finn to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, back of a length, angled in, Jayawardene tries to play into the leg side on the back foot and wears the delivery on his thigh pad

82.4

Finn to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, length ball, outside off, steps out and leaves

82.5

Finn to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, speared into the batsman, tapped into the leg sde

82.6

Finn to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, lovely shot from Jayawardene, a classical straight drive through mid-off as Finn overpitches

End of over 83 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 225/5
HAPW Jayawardene    7* (13b 1x4)      ST Finn    15-3-38-0
AD Mathews    33* (97b 4x4)      JM Anderson    16-2-51-3

83.1

Anderson to Mathews, 1 run, Pitched up and driven enthusiastically wide of mid-off, who gets across to keep it down to one

83.2

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, on the stumps, ducking in, played into the leg side

83.3

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, touch full, straight, no deviation, punched back to the bowler

83.4

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, length ball outside off, Jayawardene sees it through

83.5

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, drops short, maintains his line, the batsman sits back and lifts his bat above his head

83.6

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, length ball, left alone outside off

End of over 84 (1 run) Sri Lanka 226/5
HAPW Jayawardene    7* (18b 1x4)      JM Anderson    17-2-52-3
AD Mathews    34* (98b 4x4)      ST Finn    15-3-38-0

84.1

Finn to Mathews, 1 run, angled into the batsman, flicked from around off stump to deep backward square leg

84.2

Finn to HAPW Jayawardene, OUT, a peach from Finn and Jayawardene nicks off! England make another breakthrough as the close nears. It was just the delivery from Finn, catching Jayawardene in two minds - he stayed back, pushed at the ball as it straightened just a fraction, and Matt Prior took a smart catch diving to his right

HAPW Jayawardene c †Prior b Finn 7 (22m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.84

In come Suraj Randiv. England can spy Sri Lanka's tail ...

84.3

Finn to Randiv, no run, bouncer, directed at the batsman, who ducks underneath it

84.4

Finn to Randiv, no run, back of a length, jarring into the bat as Randiv plays it down past the close fielders on the leg side

84.5

Finn to Randiv, no run, length, on leg stump and sliding down, hits the batsman on the pad as he tries to glance

84.6

Finn to Randiv, no run, another teaser from Finn, drawing Randiv out for a play and a miss

The worm has turned again in this final session - Mathews is crucial now for Sri Lanka. Here's Nishank: "Regarding that Finn's dismissal: the tallest tree of England produces a peach."

End of over 85 (1 run) Sri Lanka 227/6
S Randiv    0* (4b)      ST Finn    16-3-39-1
AD Mathews    35* (99b 4x4)      JM Anderson    17-2-52-3

Bresnan replaces Anderson, who was looking a little bushed at the end of his last over

85.1

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, pitched up and driven to mid-off

85.2

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, length ball, on the stumps, defended

85.3

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, pitched up and Mathews steps across to defend

85.4

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, played square to point on the back foot

85.5

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, on the stumps, blocks watchfully

85.6

Bresnan to Mathews, 1 run, full, just outside off, driven wide of mid-off and they take a single to keep Mathews on strike

End of over 86 (1 run) Sri Lanka 228/6
AD Mathews    36* (105b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    14-2-27-1
S Randiv    0* (4b)      ST Finn    16-3-39-1

86.1

Finn to Mathews, 1 run, short and wide from Finn, Mathews crashes a drive that Bresnan does brilliantly to stop at extra-cover, preventing a boundary

86.2

Finn to Randiv, no run, angled in towards the stumps on a good length, Randiv defends solidly

86.3

Finn to Randiv, no run, drops short but the ball doesn't get up outside off, beating Randiv's poke before dying at the feet of Prior, who does well to stop it

86.4

Finn to Randiv, 1 run, line and length, driven confidently on the front foot between mid-off and extra-cover

86.5

Finn to Mathews, no run, length ball, played on the back foot to mid-off

86.6

Finn to Mathews, 1 run, bouncer, Mathews seizes on it and hooks hard ... it went down and was well-stopped at midwicket - though there was some talk of it being a chance - then someone went for the run-out and the non-striker's end. After all the kerfuffle, it's as you were

End of over 87 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 231/6
AD Mathews    38* (108b 4x4)      ST Finn    17-3-42-1
S Randiv    1* (7b)      TT Bresnan    14-2-27-1

87.1

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, full and drifting in towards the stumps, played off the toe of the bat towards cover

87.2

Bresnan to Mathews, 1 run, pitched up again and worked wide of midwicket

87.3

Bresnan to Randiv, no run, back of a length to Randiv - who knows which end of the bat to hold, having scored a first-class hundred - defended on the off side

87.4

Bresnan to Randiv, no run, full, blocked in front of his stumps by the batsman

87.5

Bresnan to Randiv, no run, bit of width and Randiv lets this one go through

87.6

Bresnan to Randiv, FOUR, line slides down the leg side and Randiv glances with a roll of the wrists to the fine leg boundary

Ben thinks optimism is a foreign country and is not at all happy with the way things are going: "England in real danger of getting everyone's hopes up again- we're going to lose this one way or another so I would rather Sri Lanka get the massive total now."

End of over 88 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 236/6
S Randiv    5* (11b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    15-2-32-1
AD Mathews    39* (110b 4x4)      ST Finn    17-3-42-1

88.1

Finn to Mathews, no run, Mathews is hit on the body under-edging an attempted hook shot

88.2

Finn to Mathews, no run, slanted towards leg, patted down in front of the fielder

88.3

Finn to Mathews, no run, back of a length, targeting the body again, Mathews edges into his thigh pad, trying to play of his hips, but the ball rebounds into the off side

88.4

Finn to Mathews, no run, fuller, outside off and driven to extra-cover

88.5

Finn to Mathews, 1 run, bouncer from Finn but the batsman is equal to this one, pulling flat to deep square leg

Final ball of the day to Randiv ...

88.6

Finn to Randiv, no run, pitched up outside off and driven cover

Scratch that last comment - we'll have one more over from Swann

End of over 89 (1 run) Sri Lanka 237/6
S Randiv    5* (12b 1x4)      ST Finn    18-3-43-1
AD Mathews    40* (115b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    15-2-32-1

Honours even at this stage, I'd say. Last six, men around the bat ...

89.1

Swann to Mathews, no run, tossed up outside off and pushed square

89.2

Swann to Mathews, no run, flighted, Mathews steps out and defends in front of his stumps

89.3

Swann to Mathews, no run, gives it a rip and there's turn for Swann, the ball spitting off a length before snagging Mathews' edge, the ball ricocheting into the ground through the batsman's legs

89.4

Swann to Mathews, no run, full length, almost wicket to wicket, drilled back to the bowler on the bounce

89.5

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, flatter, spinning from left to right, Mathews walks out and jabs it square for one

So, Randiv is on strike for the last ball of the day. Four close fielders, two on each side ...

89.6

Swann to Randiv, no run, around the wicket, flighted on middle, Randiv gets forward and defends into the ground - and that's a wrap for day one, ladies and gentlemen

5.30pm: We had two masterclasses today, first from Anderson and then Mahela Jayawardene. The former should probably have got the latter when he was on 79; but this time, England only gave the great man one extra life. Angelo Mathews has played well to be unbeaten at the close, if he and Randiv can stick together for a while tomorrow, they'll draw the sting from the new ball and push things back the hosts' way. For now, the contest is neatly poised - you'll be able to read David Hopps' report on the site shortly. Join us again for day two when the picture will, perhaps, become a little clearer. Cheerio!

End of over 90 (1 run) Sri Lanka 238/6
S Randiv    5* (13b 1x4)      GP Swann    22-2-71-1
AD Mathews    41* (120b 4x4)      ST Finn    18-3-43-1

Good morning everyone and welcome to the coverage of the second day. At 238 for 6, Sri Lanka are within a fighting chance of 300, with Angelo Mathews their only recognised batsman around. Michael Atherton says the pitch was a bit two-paced. We saw a few keeping low with the new ball early in the day..

Funny quote from Atherton: "If we have three more pitch reports from Nick Knight poking around at the pitch, then those cracks will widen."

Jayawardene: " I don't often find myself in that position (coming in early with three down)." He was referring to Kumar Sangakkara's slump. That's a worry though as he hasn't been at his best in the last few months. He's had his moments, but that consistency is lacking. Ideally, he should be resting after this series. But he can't. He's off to lead Deccan Chargers in the IPL. Well...

Iain: "Do England lose the No.1 status if they lose this match?"

The answer is, they have to win this game if they are to retain that spot.

90.1

Anderson to Mathews, no run, more a warm-up delivery, not much pace but on target, goes back and defends

90.2

Anderson to Mathews, no run, just a hint of inward movement this time, goes across and defends

90.3

Anderson to Mathews, no run, swings it in and lands it on a fuller length, he gets well forward and defends

90.4

Anderson to Mathews, no run, this one keeps a bit low and he stays back and ends up chopping it down the track

90.5

Anderson to Mathews, no run, full and a outside off, he gets down and drives on the off side

90.6

Anderson to Mathews, no run, this one kicks up a bit and he fends it off high on the bat

End of over 91 (maiden) Sri Lanka 238/6
AD Mathews    41* (126b 4x4)      JM Anderson    18-3-52-3
S Randiv    5* (13b 1x4)      GP Swann    22-2-71-1

Birthday boy Finn to bowl

91.1

Finn to Randiv, no run, fullish and swinging in late and he softly pushes it down to mid-off

91.2

Finn to Randiv, 1 run, comes forward and steers it wide of point, not off the face of the bat

Short leg goes out

91.3

Finn to Mathews, no run, a bit shorter this time and he works it to the on side off the back foot

91.4

Finn to Mathews, no run, shorter length again and the ball doesn't come on to the bat, works it to the on side

91.5

Finn to Mathews, FOUR, punishes the first wide ball of the day, it was short and Mathews read the length early and stayed back and thumped it wide of cover point

91.6

Finn to Mathews, no run, on a good length and Mathews leaves it, no movement this time

End of over 92 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 243/6
AD Mathews    45* (130b 5x4)      ST Finn    19-3-48-1
S Randiv    6* (15b 1x4)      JM Anderson    18-3-52-3

92.1

Anderson to Randiv, 1 run, makes Randiv play by swinging it in towards the off stump, turns the face of the bat and works it to the leg side

92.2

Anderson to Mathews, 1 run, fullish in length outside the off stump and he stays beside the line and steers it wide of point

92.3

Anderson to Randiv, 2 runs, defensive push to the off side and the fielder at cover slides but messes up, should have stopped that

92.4

Anderson to Randiv, no run, bouncer and Randiv should have been weaving away instead of bending forwards

92.5

Anderson to Randiv, no run, that's the sort of line and length that would fetch him a wicket, good length and moving in, on the front foot to drive but beaten

92.6

Anderson to Randiv, no run, steers it towards point and tells his partner to stay back

Aayush: "Happy birthday Finny! Would you like to have an opportunity to play for India as a gift?"

End of over 93 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 247/6
S Randiv    9* (20b 1x4)      JM Anderson    19-3-56-3
AD Mathews    46* (131b 5x4)      ST Finn    19-3-48-1

93.1

Finn to Mathews, no run, keeps a bit low outside the off stump, stuck at the crease and hanging his bat out

93.2

Finn to Mathews, no run, keeps a touch low again, he defends

93.3

Finn to Mathews, no run, lands outside the off stump and he safely leaves it alone

93.4

Finn to Mathews, no run, brings it back in and targets the stumps, stays behind the line and defends

93.5

Finn to Mathews, no run, leaves it outside the off stump, Finn would want to bring it closer to the off stump

93.6

Finn to Mathews, no run, stays back and punches it towards cover

End of over 94 (maiden) Sri Lanka 247/6
AD Mathews    46* (137b 5x4)      ST Finn    20-4-48-1
S Randiv    9* (20b 1x4)      JM Anderson    19-3-56-3

94.1

Anderson to Randiv, no run, bangs it in short and he ducks under that one

94.2

Anderson to Randiv, no run, stays back and stabs it to cover

94.3

Anderson to Randiv, no run, just turns the face of the bat to drive and mistimes it to point

Two slips in place

94.4

Anderson to Randiv, no run, on a good length and moving in, comes forward and pushes it down the track

94.5

Anderson to Randiv, no run, defends to the off side, Oxenford tells Anderson to get off the pitch on the follow through

94.6

Anderson to Randiv, no run, leaves this alone to the keeper

End of over 95 (maiden) Sri Lanka 247/6
S Randiv    9* (26b 1x4)      JM Anderson    20-4-56-3
AD Mathews    46* (137b 5x4)      ST Finn    20-4-48-1

95.1

Finn to Mathews, 1 run, the ball bounces and nips off a good length back into the right-hander, he gets a bit of inside edge on to pad as he plays from the crease and the ball goes on the off side

95.2

Finn to Randiv, no run, a well-directed short ball but Randiv ducks under it

95.3

Finn to Randiv, no run, short ball once again, this time slightly outside off, Randiv bends his knees and lets it go

95.4

Finn to Randiv, no run, fuller length outside off, Randiv moves forward and defends to point

95.5

Finn to Randiv, no run, good length outside off stump

95.6

Finn to Randiv, no run, good length on a tight line outside off, Randiv shoulders arms

End of over 96 (1 run) Sri Lanka 248/6
S Randiv    9* (31b 1x4)      ST Finn    21-4-49-1
AD Mathews    47* (138b 5x4)      JM Anderson    20-4-56-3

96.1

Anderson to Mathews, no run, a full delivery angling in to Mathews, who stays in his crease and plays on the leg side

96.2

Anderson to Mathews, no run, Mathews stays in his crease, gets behind the line of a good length ball, and blocks

96.3

Anderson to Mathews, no run, pushed from the crease towards cover

96.4

Anderson to Mathews, FOUR, short ball and Mathews brings up his fifty with a powerful pull through midwicket, he's adding valuable runs on a tricky pitch

96.5

Anderson to Mathews, 2 runs, driven wide of mid-off for more runs

96.6

Anderson to Mathews, no run, good length outside off, Mathews pokes and is beaten

End of over 97 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 254/6
AD Mathews    53* (144b 6x4)      JM Anderson    21-4-62-3
S Randiv    9* (31b 1x4)      ST Finn    21-4-49-1

97.1

Finn to Randiv, no run, keeps it short and he does well to fend it off with soft hands, there's a short leg waiting

97.2

Finn to Randiv, no run, gets forward and across and defends to the off side

97.3

Finn to Randiv, no run, gets across and defends solidly on the front foot to cover

97.4

Finn to Randiv, no run, bangs it in short and he safely ducks under it

97.5

Finn to Randiv, no run, gets a half stride forward and defends to the off side

97.6

Finn to Randiv, 2 runs, gets beside the line and opens the face and steers it to third man

End of over 98 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 256/6
S Randiv    11* (37b 1x4)      ST Finn    22-4-51-1
AD Mathews    53* (144b 6x4)      JM Anderson    21-4-62-3

98.1

Anderson to Mathews, no run, swings it in and lands it on a fuller length and he gets across and defends down the track

98.2

Anderson to Mathews, no run, persists with the stump to stump line, gets nicely behind the line to defend

98.3

Anderson to Mathews, no run, follows that up with the yorker on middle and leg and he gets well forward and jams it out

98.4

Anderson to Mathews, no run, stays behind the line and steers it to the off side, not bouncing as much

Manoj: "@Ayush : Finn's response would be somewhat like this " Thanks for the gift mate. I need 10 years time to think over it..cheers"

98.5

Anderson to Mathews, no run

98.6

Anderson to Mathews, no run, plonks forward and defends, the variable bounce is causing them to be more watchful

The bowling speeds are unavailable at the moment, not sure why though

End of over 99 (maiden) Sri Lanka 256/6
AD Mathews    53* (150b 6x4)      JM Anderson    22-5-62-3
S Randiv    11* (37b 1x4)      ST Finn    22-4-51-1

Here's Swann. Slip and short leg and silly point in place

99.1

Swann to Randiv, no run, gets well forward and drives to the off side

99.2

Swann to Randiv, no run, goes back at the crease and defends, hint of turn

99.3

Swann to Randiv, no run, driven on the up to mid-on, he manages to check his shot

99.4

Swann to Randiv, no run, fullish in length outside the off stump, drives to point

99.5

Swann to Randiv, no run, bowls it flatter, he gets down to sweep and the ball hits his body, that would have cleared the stumps, they popped the question though

99.6

Swann to Randiv, 1 run, tucks it just wide of forward short leg

End of over 100 (1 run) Sri Lanka 257/6
S Randiv    12* (43b 1x4)      GP Swann    23-2-72-1
AD Mathews    53* (150b 6x4)      JM Anderson    22-5-62-3
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Andrew Strauss and Mahela Jayawardene share the trophy after the series ended 1-1, Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Colombo, P Sara Oval, 5th day, April 7, 2012

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