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

100.1

Bresnan to Randiv, no run, Bresnan lands it outside off and the batsman gets forward and across to defend

100.2

Bresnan to Randiv, no run, keeps it on the stumps and Randiv's up to the task to defend it away

100.3

Bresnan to Randiv, no run, keeps him on the front foot and Randiv defends down the track again

England are doing well to make the batsmen play

100.4

Bresnan to Randiv, no run, comes forward and across and pushes it to the off side

100.5

Bresnan to Randiv, no run, once again he keeps him on the front foot to defend

Silly mid-on

100.6

Bresnan to Randiv, no run, this time he bowls it a bit too short but the batsman withdraws the shot

Geoff: "If Sri Lanka can put on another 80 runs they can safely declare, the game will then be beyond Englands reach."

End of over 101 (maiden) Sri Lanka 257/6
S Randiv    12* (49b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    16-3-32-1
AD Mathews    53* (150b 6x4)      GP Swann    23-2-72-1

101.1

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, comes on very slowly and he goes back and chops it to the off side

Slip, short leg and leg slip in place

101.2

Swann to Randiv, no run, skids through, hits the pads and dribbles on the pitch

101.3

Swann to Randiv, no run, tossed up on the off stump and he lunges forward and defends

101.4

Swann to Randiv, OUT, Randiv falls for the trap! Strauss had kept a fielder at deepish mid-on for the loft and Randiv did exactly that, chipped down the track and found Pietersen in that position, good catch in the end because he had to cup it over his head, fell backwards and hung on

S Randiv c Pietersen b Swann 12 (76m 52b 1x4 0x6) SR: 23.07

That was a give-away. Prasad comes in ahead of Herath

101.5

Swann to Prasad, no run, nicely defended off the front foot

101.6

Swann to Prasad, no run, gets a bit of turn and he stays back and clips it to leg slip

End of over 102 (1 run) Sri Lanka 258/7
KTGD Prasad    0* (2b)      GP Swann    24-2-73-2
AD Mathews    54* (151b 6x4)      TT Bresnan    16-3-32-1

Slow going for SL. That must have caused Randiv to go over the top

102.1

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, stays beside the line and steers it to the off side

102.2

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, swings it in and lands it on a yorker length, the batsman nearly lost his balance as he tried to dig it out

102.3

Bresnan to Mathews, 2 runs, fullish in length on middle and leg and he works it wide of mid-on, needed a bit more to fetch a four

102.4

Bresnan to Mathews, 1 run, bowls it a touch short and h swivels and pulls, there's a deep square leg

102.5

Bresnan to Prasad, no run

Prasad backs away just before Bresnan delivers, he was distracted by a bird...a real one...don't get the wrong idea!

102.6

Bresnan to Prasad, no run, punches it off the back foot to the off side

End of over 103 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 261/7
KTGD Prasad    0* (4b)      TT Bresnan    17-3-35-1
AD Mathews    57* (155b 6x4)      GP Swann    24-2-73-2

103.1

Swann to Mathews, no run, plonks forward and defends

103.2

Swann to Mathews, OUT, it's a double-strike by Swann! Once again Strauss rewarded for his field placement and he himself has taken the catch, tossed up and invites the drive, Mathews tries to chip it over the on side but checks his shot and finds the England captain at short midwicket

AD Mathews c Strauss b Swann 57 (213m 157b 6x4 0x6) SR: 36.30

That ends Mathews' stoic resistance

103.3

Swann to Herath, no run, comes round the wicket, he lunges forward and defends

103.4

Swann to Herath, no run, plunges forward and defends

103.5

Swann to Herath, no run

103.6

Swann to Herath, no run, gets well forward and defends wide of silly point

End of over 104 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 261/8
HMRKB Herath    0* (4b)      GP Swann    25-3-73-3
KTGD Prasad    0* (4b)      TT Bresnan    17-3-35-1

104.1

Bresnan to Prasad, no run, swings it inwards and he lunges forward and defends to cover point

104.2

Bresnan to Prasad, no run, similar line and length and he gets well forward to defend to the off side

104.3

Bresnan to Prasad, no run, holds the length back and he stays back at the crease and defends

104.4

Bresnan to Prasad, no run, goes back at the crease and punches it to the off side

104.5

Bresnan to Prasad, 2 runs, bangs it in short and he rocks back at the crease and pulls wide of short leg for a couple

104.6

Bresnan to Prasad, no run, fullish in length and he swings at it and fails to beat mid-on

Siddharth: "Just read this article abt how Amla has joined the likes of Laxman, Gower and Jayawardene among the most stylish of modern batsmen. I think the adjective "stylish" is often used as euphemism for " really good batsman, but not quite great, or the best of their generation". Isn't Lara, or Tendulkar stylish? Who can deny the Sachin's straight drive (or punch?), or Lara's cover drive isn't stylish?"

End of over 105 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 263/8
KTGD Prasad    2* (10b)      TT Bresnan    18-3-37-1
HMRKB Herath    0* (4b)      GP Swann    25-3-73-3

105.1

Swann to Herath, no run, stays back at the crease and knocks it to the on side

105.2

Swann to Herath, 1 run, very slow off the pitch, he goes back and works it to the on side

105.3

Swann to Prasad, no run, comes well forward and drives to mid-off

105.4

Swann to Prasad, no run

105.5

Swann to Prasad, no run, comes well forward and drives towards mid-off

105.6

Swann to Prasad, no run, bowls it flatter and he stays back to defend

End of over 106 (1 run) Sri Lanka 264/8
KTGD Prasad    2* (14b)      GP Swann    26-3-74-3
HMRKB Herath    1* (6b)      TT Bresnan    18-3-37-1

106.1

Bresnan to Herath, no run, comes round the wicket, he stays back and clips it to the on side

106.2

Bresnan to Herath, 1 run, on middle and leg and he flicks it across to the leg side

106.3

Bresnan to Prasad, no run

106.4

Bresnan to Prasad, FOUR, short and wide and it's a controlled slice by Prasad, there are two slips and he angles it in the air and down to third man

106.5

Bresnan to Prasad, no run

106.6

Bresnan to Prasad, no run, keeps it on the stumps and he defends back to the bowler

End of over 107 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 269/8
KTGD Prasad    6* (18b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    19-3-42-1
HMRKB Herath    2* (8b)      GP Swann    26-3-74-3

107.1

Swann to Herath, no run, commits to the front foot and defends

107.2

Swann to Herath, no run, flatter delivery and he gets well forward and defends

107.3

Swann to Herath, no run, gets good drift, defends close to the pads, keeps the bowler interested

Two slips and a short leg in place

107.4

Swann to Herath, no run, gets well forward and defends down the track

107.5

Swann to Herath, no run

Second slip comes to silly point

107.6

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

Gary: "re stylish. I don't think sylish is a way of describing the second rate. It's a matter ofaesthetics. Some batsmen simply time the ball beautifully and all the movements combine into an aesthetically pleasing whole. Certainly the later Tendulkar could not be described as stylish, though he remains a very good batsman. Not so sure about Lara."

End of over 108 (maiden) Sri Lanka 269/8
HMRKB Herath    2* (14b)      GP Swann    27-4-74-3
KTGD Prasad    6* (18b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    19-3-42-1

108.1

Bresnan to Prasad, 1 run, bowls the one bouncer for the over, he stays back and pulls and finds the fielder in the deep

108.2

Bresnan to Herath, no run, Herath goes right back at the crease to defend

108.3

Bresnan to Herath, no run, drifts down the leg side and he tries to work it away to the leg side

108.4

Bresnan to Herath, no run, comes over the wicket this time, lands it full and across and he defends

108.5

Bresnan to Herath, no run, goes right back at the crease and defends

108.6

Bresnan to Herath, OUT, Sri Lanka gift away their second wicket of the morning, it wasn't short enough to hoick it over the on side, no foot movement to follow the line of the ball, gets a thin edge and Prior takes it

HMRKB Herath c †Prior b Bresnan 2 (24m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 10.52

End of over 109 (1 run) Sri Lanka 270/9
     TT Bresnan    20-3-43-2
KTGD Prasad    7* (19b 1x4)      GP Swann    27-4-74-3

109.1

Swann to Prasad, no run, flatter delivery and he stays back and defends

109.2

Swann to Prasad, no run, stays back at the crease and defends again

109.3

Swann to Prasad, no run

109.4

Swann to Prasad, no run, Appeal for a caught behind and Prior was quite confident, the ball skidded and beat the prod and Swann wasn't so sure, Prior wasn't sure whether the replays would reveal the edge, now the TV commentators claim they heard a sound

109.5

Swann to Prasad, 1 run, pushes it down to mid-off for a single

109.6

Swann to Lakmal, no run

End of over 110 (1 run) Sri Lanka 271/9
RAS Lakmal    0* (1b)      GP Swann    28-4-75-3
KTGD Prasad    8* (24b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    20-3-43-2

110.1

Bresnan to Prasad, no run, keeps a bit low and he stays back at the crease and defends towards mid-on

110.2

Bresnan to Prasad, no run, fullish in length and he lunges forward to defend towards mid-off

110.3

Bresnan to Prasad, no run, pulls a bouncer and he nearly gets an inside edge to the stumps, there's a deep square leg waiting...

110.4

Bresnan to Prasad, FOUR, that's a cracking boundary, Prasad got on top of the bounce, it was wide outside off and he maintained his balance and crashed that past the covers off the front foot

110.5

Bresnan to Prasad, no run, attempts a yorker but it's a low full toss which he pushes down to cover

110.6

Bresnan to Prasad, no run, squeezed out towards mid-off and they decide not to risk a single

End of over 111 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 275/9
KTGD Prasad    12* (30b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    21-3-47-2
RAS Lakmal    0* (1b)      GP Swann    28-4-75-3

111.1

Swann to Lakmal, OUT, It's been Swann's morning! Turn, turn, turn…tossed up outside off and he gives it a lot of spin, lands on the rough, beats the forward prod and goes through the big gap between bat and pad.

RAS Lakmal b Swann 0 (11m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The Sri Lankan spinners won't mind the sight of that too much because of the amount of turn on the second day. But SL won't be terribly pleased with how they batted today. Three of the four wickets today were soft dismissals, thanks also to some good captaincy by Strauss. England did well to keep the pressure by bowling straight and not giving too much away.

Still in the context of the pitch, this score of 275 might still be competitive. The ball's turning, the pitch has variable bounce and there are cracks.

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Series Results
Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (PSS) - Apr 3-7, 2012
England won by 8 wickets
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Sri Lanka won by 75 runs
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Apr 7, 2012

An England fan joins Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook in the middle, Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Colombo, P Sara Oval, 5th day, April 7, 2012

An England fan joins Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook in the middle

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Apr 7, 2012

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

Andrew Strauss and Mahela Jayawardene share the trophy after the series ended 1-1

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