England tour of Sri Lanka, 2nd Test: Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (PSS), Apr 3-7, 2012
England won by 8 wickets
3,4,5,6,7 April 2012 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
  • Overs 151-200

Welcome back. Lakmal to bowl

0.1

Lakmal to Strauss, no run, fullish delivery on the pads and he works it softly to the on side

2 slips and 2 catchers at short midwicket

0.2

Lakmal to Strauss, no run, lands on a good length outside off and he safely leaves it alone

0.3

Lakmal to Strauss, FOUR, keeps it a shade outside off and he gets forward and angles it past the gap between second and third slips, kept it down and controlled it

0.4

Lakmal to Strauss, no run, keeps it outside the off stump and he safely leaves it alone

0.5

Lakmal to Strauss, no run, gets across and behind the line and defends

0.6

Lakmal to Strauss, no run, keeps it a touch wide outside the off stump and he watchfully leaves it alone

End of over 1 (4 runs) England 4/0

    • AJ Strauss 4 (6b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 0 (0b)
    • RAS Lakmal 1-0-4-0

It's Prasad now

1.1

Prasad to Cook, no run, makes him play straightaway, he gets across and defends

1.2

Prasad to Cook, no run, surprsies Cook with a yorker and he just manages to get his bat down to jam it out

1.3

Prasad to Cook, 3 runs, edged but well short of second slip! Cook half-hearted tried to drive and got a thick edge but he kept it down, the fielder got a hand to it

1.4

Prasad to Strauss, no run, back of a length and he stays back and defends down the track

1.5

Prasad to Strauss, no run, goes across him and he goes back at the crease and defends to the off side

1.6

Prasad to Strauss, no run, gets a good angle across him and the ball keeps a touch low to the keeper

End of over 2 (3 runs) England 7/0

    • AJ Strauss 4 (9b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 3 (3b)
    • KTGD Prasad 1-0-3-0
    • RAS Lakmal 1-0-4-0
2.1

Lakmal to Cook, no run, hits a good length outside off and he gets some good bounce and carry through to the keeper

2.2

Lakmal to Cook, no run, bowls it a touch too wide outside off but Cook's not interested in chasing that

2.3

Lakmal to Cook, no run, bowls it fuller from round the wicket and he comes well forward and defends to the off side

2.4

Lakmal to Cook, no run, angles it towards middle and forces the batsman to squeeze it out down the pitch

2.5

Lakmal to Cook, no run, bowls a good length on the middle stump and he defends down the track

2.6

Lakmal to Cook, FOUR, drifts on the pads and it's a full delivery and he turns the face of the bat and works it wide of square leg, good timing

End of over 3 (4 runs) England 11/0

    • AN Cook 7 (9b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 4 (9b 1x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 2-0-8-0
    • KTGD Prasad 1-0-3-0

Final over before lunch

3.1

Prasad to Strauss, no run, gets a lot of movement off the seam and Strauss safely leaves it alone

3.2

Prasad to Strauss, no run, comes over the wicket and lands it a shade outside off, he comes across and leaves it alone

3.3

Prasad to Strauss, no run, inside edge! Strauss tries to cut but it was too close to play the shot, ball trickles past the stumps

3.4

Prasad to Strauss, no run, that's a good delivery, pace and a good angle across the left-hander and good carry, well left

3.5

Prasad to Strauss, no run, a touch wider and Strauss plays it safe again before lunch, leaves it alone

3.6

Prasad to Strauss, no run, bangs it in short and Strauss ducks under that and that's lunch

12pm: Ends a very satisfying morning for England. They bowled SL out for 275, but their tougher task has already begun. No damage done in the short perid before lunch. Join us at 12.40.

Anand: "Can't help but notice that the bowling averages of the opening bowlers for SL are higher than the batting averages of the opening batsmen of ENG! That should be a rare occurence one might think?"

End of over 4 (maiden) England 11/0

    • AJ Strauss 4 (15b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 7 (9b 1x4)
    • KTGD Prasad 2-1-3-0
    • RAS Lakmal 2-0-8-0

Welcome back. Will we see the spinners operating very soon?

4.1

Lakmal to Cook, no run, good start for Lakmal, on the off stump and he gets forward and defends solidly

4.2

Lakmal to Cook, 2 runs, this one keeps a touch low and he reaches and times it well enough to beat cover point

4.3

Lakmal to Cook, FOUR, drifts on the pads and Cook times that flick really well and that's a big chase for Herath, he does well to charge, slide and pull it back, the third umpire has a look but Herath made contact with the rope

4.4

Lakmal to Cook, no run, punches it down to point and he slides and cuts it off

4.5

Lakmal to Cook, no run, Cook went across and it appeared as if he wanted to play it but at the last minute withdrew the shot

4.6

Lakmal to Cook, no run, goes back at the crease and defends down the track

End of over 5 (6 runs) England 17/0

    • AN Cook 13 (15b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 4 (15b 1x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 3-0-14-0
    • KTGD Prasad 2-1-3-0

2 slips and a gully

5.1

Prasad to Strauss, FOUR, nice straight drive, too full and he leans forward and doesn't push at it too hard, beats the bowler's reach and Jayawardene makes a good attempt at pulling it back but not good enough

5.2

Prasad to Strauss, no run, leaves it alone outside the off stump and the bounce isn't great

5.3

Prasad to Strauss, no run, rushes him with one that kicks up, he tries to work it away but the ball clips the inside edge and then onto his pads

5.4

Prasad to Strauss, no run, gets across and softly pats it to the off side

5.5

Prasad to Strauss, no run, good length outside the off stump and he's happy to leave it alone

5.6

Prasad to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump again, good line

Nikhil wonders why lunch wasn't called after the SL innings was over. It's the ICC's rules, despite there being just 15 minutes left for the break.

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 21/0

    • AJ Strauss 8 (21b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 13 (15b 2x4)
    • KTGD Prasad 3-1-7-0
    • RAS Lakmal 3-0-14-0
6.1

Lakmal to Cook, no run, lands it outside the off stump and he leaves it alone

6.2

Lakmal to Cook, no run

6.3

Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, tucks it down to mid-on for a single

6.4

Lakmal to Strauss, no run, stays back and he punches it down to mid-on

There have been many occasions when a team has batted just one over before an interval

6.5

Lakmal to Strauss, no run, swerves it in from wide of the crease but he safely leaves it alone

6.6

Lakmal to Strauss, 2 runs, gets beside the line and angles it down to third man

End of over 7 (3 runs) England 24/0

    • AJ Strauss 10 (24b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 14 (18b 2x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 4-0-17-0
    • KTGD Prasad 3-1-7-0
7.1

Prasad to Cook, no run, attempts another yorker and it lands on a full length, he clips it wide of mid-on

7.2

Prasad to Cook, no run, that's a much tighter line, closer to the off stump, teasing Cook a bit but he wisely leaves it alone

7.3

Prasad to Cook, no run, angles it wider across the left-hander and he safely leaves it alone

7.4

Prasad to Cook, no run, full and swinging away and he pushes it down to mid-off

7.5

Prasad to Cook, no run, punches a full delivery firmly off the front foot and Prasad tries to deflect it onto the stumps, Strauss ensures he gets back

7.6

Prasad to Cook, no run, gets across and leaves it alone to the keeper

End of over 8 (maiden) England 24/0

    • AN Cook 14 (24b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 10 (24b 2x4)
    • KTGD Prasad 4-2-7-0
    • RAS Lakmal 4-0-17-0
8.1

Herath to Strauss, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg and he works it down to square leg

8.2

Herath to Cook, no run, comes well forward and blocks it out

8.3

Herath to Cook, no run, comes forward and across and blocks it out

8.4

Herath to Cook, no run, gets well across and defends to the off side

8.5

Herath to Cook, no run, tossed up on the off stump and he pushes it down to cover

8.6

Herath to Cook, 1 run, clips it down to deep midwicket

End of over 9 (2 runs) England 26/0

    • AN Cook 15 (29b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 11 (25b 2x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 1-0-2-0
    • KTGD Prasad 4-2-7-0
9.1

Prasad to Cook, no run, good length on the off stump and he defends back to the bowler

9.2

Prasad to Cook, no run, keeps a touch low and he stays right back at the crease and defends

9.3

Prasad to Cook, no run, good line again, Cook gets across and then at the last minute leaves it alone, the skiddy deliveries from Prasad are asking a few questions

9.4

Prasad to Cook, no run, stays beside the line and knocks it down to gully

9.5

Prasad to Cook, no run, aims for the yorker length and he squeezes it out towards mid-off

9.6

Prasad to Cook, no run, fullish outside the off stump and he pushes it down to cover

Hemant: "@ Nikhil, there were actually about 25 minutes remaining, so even after 10 mins inning break there was 15 minutes of playtime available before lunch."

End of over 10 (maiden) England 26/0

    • AN Cook 15 (35b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 11 (25b 2x4)
    • KTGD Prasad 5-3-7-0
    • HMRKB Herath 1-0-2-0
10.1

Herath to Strauss, no run, tossed up outside off and he gets across and defends

10.2

Herath to Strauss, no run, defended solidly on the front foot again with soft hands

10.3

Herath to Strauss, no run, flatter delivery and he stays behind the line to defend

10.4

Herath to Strauss, no run, gets across and defends to the off side

10.5

Herath to Strauss, no run, comes across and shapes to defend but the ball hits his pad, the slip fielders are interested

10.6

Herath to Strauss, 1 run, shuffles and clips it to the leg side

End of over 11 (1 run) England 27/0

    • AJ Strauss 12 (31b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 15 (35b 2x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 2-0-3-0
    • KTGD Prasad 5-3-7-0
11.1

Prasad to Strauss, 1 run, continues over the wicket, he stays back and clips it to midwicket, good tight line

11.2

Prasad to Cook, 2 runs, short of a length and Cook's quick on his feet, swivels and plays a short-arm pull to deep square leg

11.3

Prasad to Cook, 2 runs, short of a length outside off and Cook chops it past the short extra cover fielder, enough power on that though he didn't time it as well as he would have liked

11.4

Prasad to Cook, no run, goes across and pats it down to short extra cover

11.5

Prasad to Cook, 1 run, too straight and full, whipped off the pads down to fine leg

11.6

Prasad to Strauss, no run, not a bad length, full and in the length to drive but it really skidded off the pitch, Strauss wisely didn't opt for a shot

Nick: "One thing that suprises me is that Sri Lanka hasn't used Samaraweera as a bowler for ages... When you look at his figures, he happens to be their best option : he got 357 firstclass wickets @ ave: 23.42 / econ: 2.79... He actually bowled for his club on March 16th and got 4/54. So... anyone knows why?"

End of over 12 (6 runs) England 33/0

    • AJ Strauss 13 (33b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 20 (39b 2x4)
    • KTGD Prasad 6-3-13-0
    • HMRKB Herath 2-0-3-0
12.1

Herath to Cook, no run, tough chance! Clipped very low to forward short leg, maybe it didn't carry, Thirimanne couldn't get his hand under it

12.2

Herath to Cook, no run

12.3

Herath to Cook, no run

12.4

Herath to Cook, no run, gets forward and flicks it to short midwicket

12.5

Herath to Cook, no run, comes forward and drives to short mid-on

12.6

Herath to Cook, 1 run, gets well forward and clips it down to square leg

End of over 13 (1 run) England 34/0

    • AN Cook 21 (45b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 13 (33b 2x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 3-0-4-0
    • KTGD Prasad 6-3-13-0

Slip, short cover in place

13.1

Dilshan to Cook, no run, plonks forward and defends down the track

13.2

Dilshan to Cook, no run, takes the risk of staying back to a delivery which keeps low, defends

13.3

Dilshan to Cook, no run, goes back again and punches it back to the bowler

13.4

Dilshan to Cook, no run, gets half forward and defends

13.5

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run, floated on the pads and he works it away to the deep on the on side

13.6

Dilshan to Strauss, 1 run, a bit short and a touch low but he manages to punch it away hard to sweeper cover

End of over 14 (2 runs) England 36/0

    • AJ Strauss 14 (34b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 22 (50b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-2-0
    • HMRKB Herath 3-0-4-0
14.1

Herath to Strauss, FOUR, edged but safe, tossed up and straightens, he shapes to punch it through the off side but gets a thick outside edge that sails well wide of first slip

14.2

Herath to Strauss, no run, hits his pads outside the line of off stump, the keeper was quite excited

14.3

Herath to Strauss, 1 run, commits to the front foot and clips it to the on side for a single

14.4

Herath to Cook, no run, gives it a lot of air and he gets forward and smothers the turn

14.5

Herath to Cook, no run, gets well across his stumps and defends down the track

14.6

Herath to Cook, no run, flatter and quicker, comes well forward and it hits his pads and wasn't too far from the bat, Thirimanne is alert at short leg

End of over 15 (5 runs) England 41/0

    • AN Cook 22 (53b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 19 (37b 3x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 4-0-9-0
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-2-0
15.1

Dilshan to Strauss, no run

15.2

Dilshan to Strauss, no run, plonks forward and defends

15.3

Dilshan to Strauss, no run, tossed up a bit more and Strauss is happy to defend

15.4

Dilshan to Strauss, no run, clips it just wide of short leg

He should slip in the quicker, flatter one on the stumps

15.5

Dilshan to Strauss, no run, gets well forward and defends to the off side

15.6

Dilshan to Strauss, no run, keeps him forward again, he smothers the spin

End of over 16 (maiden) England 41/0

    • AJ Strauss 19 (43b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 22 (53b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 2-1-2-0
    • HMRKB Herath 4-0-9-0
16.1

Herath to Cook, 1 run, comes round the wicket, gets well forward and clips it to square leg

16.2

Herath to Strauss, 2 runs, gives that a lot of air, too full though as he drives wide of cover

16.3

Herath to Strauss, no run, gts well forward and defends

16.4

Herath to Strauss, 1 run, angles it down to short third man

16.5

Herath to Cook, no run, he lunges forward to defend again

16.6

Herath to Cook, no run, not much flight, Cook's happy to defend

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 45/0

    • AN Cook 23 (56b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 22 (46b 3x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 5-0-13-0
    • TM Dilshan 2-1-2-0
17.1

Dilshan to Strauss, 1 run, drives down to sweeper cover for a single

17.2

Dilshan to Cook, no run, skids and keeps a bit low again but he's alert to defend it

17.3

Dilshan to Cook, no run, gets well forward and pushes it to the off side

17.4

Dilshan to Cook, no run, comes forward and works it to the on side

17.5

Dilshan to Cook, no run, gets well across and defends to the off side

17.6

Dilshan to Cook, no run, comes forward and defends very close to the pads

Liaqat: "@Nick. Interesting point. I never knew of his bowling skills. He could be quite handy in these conditions. May be way better than Dilshan."

End of over 18 (1 run) England 46/0

    • AN Cook 23 (61b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 23 (47b 3x4)
    • TM Dilshan 3-1-3-0
    • HMRKB Herath 5-0-13-0
18.1

Herath to Strauss, no run, edged and just short! Floated from over the wicket and there's an outside edge to Jayawardene at first slip, just bounces short

18.2

Herath to Strauss, 1 run, comes forward and clips it past short leg

18.3

Herath to Cook, no run, tossed up on the off stump and he defends down the track

18.4

Herath to Cook, no run, keeps low and he pushes it down the track

18.5

Herath to Cook, no run, gets well forward and defends to midwicket

18.6

Herath to Cook, 1 run, flatter delivery and he punches it to cover

End of over 19 (2 runs) England 48/0

    • AN Cook 24 (65b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 24 (49b 3x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 6-0-15-0
    • TM Dilshan 3-1-3-0

Randiv to bowl, finally

19.1

Randiv to Cook, no run, tossed up on middle and he gets well forward and defends

19.2

Randiv to Cook, no run, gets well forward and defends with soft hands

19.3

Randiv to Cook, no run, full and driven and Dilshan does well to stop it at short cover

19.4

Randiv to Cook, no run, gets well forward and defends down the track

19.5

Randiv to Cook, no run, comes forward and defends to short leg

19.6

Randiv to Cook, 1 run, driven down to the vacant spaces past cover and it will be drinks

Handing over to Alan Gardner now. Hope the next hour is livelier than this one!

End of over 20 (1 run) England 49/0

    • AN Cook 25 (71b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 24 (49b 3x4)
    • S Randiv 1-0-1-0
    • HMRKB Herath 6-0-15-0

Good day. Have you seen the snow? There's definitely none in Colombo. In fact, has it ever snowed in Colombo?

Herath continues ...

20.1

Herath to Cook, no run, tossed up outside off stump, defended back to the bowler

20.2

Herath to Cook, no run, dragged down, on to the legs, clipped to the square fielder

20.3

Herath to Cook, no run, flighted on the stumps, Cook smothers it

20.4

Herath to Cook, 2 runs, shorter length, nurdled off his hips playing back - and that's the fifty up, a rare sight for England's opening partnership this winter

20.5

Herath to Cook, no run, tossed up outside off, punched back to the bowler, half in the air off the bottom of the bat

20.6

Herath to Cook, no run, defended outside off stump on the front foot

End of over 21 (2 runs) England 51/0

    • AN Cook 27 (77b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 24 (49b 3x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 7-0-17-0
    • S Randiv 1-0-1-0
21.1

Randiv to Strauss, no run, full, flighted right up towards the blockhole, not much turn and the ball jams between bat and pad - there's an appeal from Randiv but nothing doing

21.2

Randiv to Strauss, 1 run, tossed up, driven from outside off stump wide of mid-off

21.3

Randiv to Cook, no run, sharp turn for Randiv, who beats Cook's outside edge as he pushed forward defensively on off stump. That was a little ripper

21.4

Randiv to Cook, no run, straighter delivery, Cook gets behind to defend

21.5

Randiv to Cook, no run, flighted, on the stumps, blocked

21.6

Randiv to Cook, 1 run, dropped short, clipped off the hips into the leg side

End of over 22 (2 runs) England 53/0

    • AN Cook 28 (81b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 25 (51b 3x4)
    • S Randiv 2-0-3-0
    • HMRKB Herath 7-0-17-0
22.1

Herath to Cook, no run, over the wicket, tossed up outside off, nudged into the leg side

22.2

Herath to Cook, 1 run, given some air, dragging Cook outside off, a thin inside edge squirts fine on the leg side

22.3

Herath to Strauss, 2 runs, pitched up, too full outside off and Strauss drives through extra-cover for two

22.4

Herath to Strauss, no run, flatter, on the stumps, pushed into the leg side

22.5

Herath to Strauss, 1 run, short, picked up from outside off and tickled down the ground

22.6

Herath to Cook, no run, floated in towards the left-hander, who defends in front of his timbers

End of over 23 (4 runs) England 57/0

    • AN Cook 29 (84b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 28 (54b 3x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 8-0-21-0
    • S Randiv 2-0-3-0
23.1

Randiv to Strauss, no run, around the wicker, length ball on the stumps, not much turn, defended on the back foot

23.2

Randiv to Strauss, no run, flighted outside off, pushed towards cover-point

23.3

Randiv to Strauss, no run, full, flighted delivery on the stumps, bit of dip and Strauss defends on the front foot

23.4

Randiv to Strauss, no run, on the stumps, played into the off side

23.5

Randiv to Strauss, no run, pushed through a bit quicker outside off, squeezed away square

23.6

Randiv to Strauss, no run, room outside off and Strauss chops behind point off the back foot

"Hi Alan. Welcome to the commentator's position." Thanks, Nikhil Kuchi, welcome to the ball-by-ball. "One - What snow are you refering to? Two - Google says that Colombo has never experienced snow. Methinks that this is because of the really hot temps." That would be the traditional snow in England that precedes the start of the county season, Nikhil ...

End of over 24 (maiden) England 57/0

    • AJ Strauss 28 (60b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 29 (84b 2x4)
    • S Randiv 3-1-3-0
    • HMRKB Herath 8-0-21-0
24.1

Herath to Cook, FOUR, drops short and pulled forcefully through square leg for four

24.2

Herath to Cook, no run, tossed up, defended on the front foot

24.3

Herath to Cook, no run, clipped to short midwicket

24.4

Herath to Cook, no run, tossed up outside off and left alone

24.5

Herath to Cook, 1 run, flicked off the legs for one

24.6

Herath to Strauss, no run, around the wicket, drifting in towards the stumps, defended

End of over 25 (5 runs) England 62/0

    • AJ Strauss 28 (61b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 34 (89b 3x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 9-0-26-0
    • S Randiv 3-1-3-0
25.1

Randiv to Cook, no run, tight line, defended back to the bowler

25.2

Randiv to Cook, no run, flighted on the stumps, defended pressing forward

25.3

Randiv to Cook, no run, smothered in front of off stump again

25.4

Randiv to Cook, no run, drifting towards leg, Cook gets his bat in front of his pad and pushes into the on side

25.5

Randiv to Cook, no run, big stride out to defend on the full

25.6

Randiv to Cook, no run, flatter, Cook goes back to block in front of his wicket

End of over 26 (maiden) England 62/0

    • AN Cook 34 (95b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 28 (61b 3x4)
    • S Randiv 4-2-3-0
    • HMRKB Herath 9-0-26-0
26.1

Herath to Strauss, no run, around the wicket, defended in front of the stumps

26.2

Herath to Strauss, no run, flighted across the batsman, hit on the pad trying to defend on the front foot - Asad Rauf isn't interested in Prasanna Jayawardene's appeal

26.3

Herath to Strauss, 1 run, tossed up outside off, squeezed behind point for a single

26.4

Herath to Cook, no run, back over the wicket, Cook gets an inside edge on to his pad as he tries to play across his front leg, but it drops safe

26.5

Herath to Cook, no run, length ball, plays back and into the leg side

26.6

Herath to Cook, no run, tossed up and defended in front of the stumps

End of over 27 (1 run) England 63/0

    • AN Cook 34 (98b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 29 (64b 3x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 10-0-27-0
    • S Randiv 4-2-3-0

Change in the bowling, with Suranga Lakmal back into the attack ...

27.1

Lakmal to Strauss, 2 runs, full, on the pads and guided comfortably through midwicket for a couple

27.2

Lakmal to Strauss, no run, better line from Lakmal, pitched up and seaming away from the batsman, who leaves

27.3

Lakmal to Strauss, 1 run, length, on the legs again, clipped through square

Lakmal now gets a talking to from Jaywardene for not bowling to his field ...

27.4

Lakmal to Cook, no run, length, angled across, Cook drives off the back foot but Randiv makes an excellent diving stop at extra-cover

27.5

Lakmal to Cook, no run, length, on the stumps and sliding across, pushed into the off side

27.6

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

End of over 28 (3 runs) England 66/0

    • AN Cook 34 (101b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 32 (67b 3x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 5-0-20-0
    • HMRKB Herath 10-0-27-0
28.1

Herath to Strauss, no run, around the wicket to Strauss, tossed up and clipped to midwicket

28.2

Herath to Strauss, 1 run, flighted, on the legs and worked away square for a single

28.3

Herath to Cook, no run, over the wicket, defended pressing forward

28.4

Herath to Cook, no run, full length, on off stump, turned to leg

28.5

Herath to Cook, no run, goes back and across to block one turning into him

28.6

Herath to Cook, 1 run, flighted, Cook leans around his pad and pushed behind square leg for one

This is strange. The spinners have been on for a while and yet I haven't seen one England batsman wandering back to the pavilion shaking his head like a Vietnam vet who's seen too many terrible things ...

End of over 29 (2 runs) England 68/0

    • AN Cook 35 (105b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 33 (69b 3x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 11-0-29-0
    • RAS Lakmal 5-0-20-0
29.1

Lakmal to Cook, no run, full length, swinging across, left alone by Cook

29.2

Lakmal to Cook, no run, similar delivery, sliding across, left again

29.3

Lakmal to Cook, no run, beats the outside edge this time, a genuine play and miss as Cook was drawn into the stroke

29.4

Lakmal to Cook, no run, length, on the stumps and defended back to the bowler

29.5

Lakmal to Cook, no run, Cook declines to play at another one outside off - feels like deja vu all over again, or something

29.6

Lakmal to Cook, no run, on a length, tighter line, pushed square of the wicket

End of over 30 (maiden) England 68/0

    • AN Cook 35 (111b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 33 (69b 3x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 6-1-20-0
    • HMRKB Herath 11-0-29-0
30.1

Herath to Strauss, 2 runs, Herath drags this one down the leg side, flicked fine for a couple

30.2

Herath to Strauss, no run, full, flighted across, not much turn off the wicket, Strauss blocks to extra-cover

30.3

Herath to Strauss, no run, length, on the stumps, Strauss clips off his legs and the ball squeezes through the fingers of short leg. Tough to call it a drop but they do sometimes stick

30.4

Herath to Strauss, no run, Strauss now slashes and misses at one that slides across him outside off - tricky moments, these

30.5

Herath to Strauss, 2 runs, short of a length and punched through cover off the back foot

30.6

Herath to Strauss, no run, defended in front of the stumps

Strauss survives, then. He could do without another innings of 30-and-out in this Test

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 72/0

    • AJ Strauss 37 (75b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 35 (111b 3x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 12-0-33-0
    • RAS Lakmal 6-1-20-0
31.1

Lakmal to Cook, no run, length ball, forward defensive

31.2

Lakmal to Cook, no run, angled across, blocked solidly into the off side

31.3

Lakmal to Cook, no run, full, swinging away a touch, Cook leaves it alone

31.4

Lakmal to Cook, no run, pitched up outside off, driven gently to cover

31.5

Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, length on the stumps, inside-edged into the leg side

31.6

Lakmal to Strauss, no run, defended on off stump

End of over 32 (1 run) England 73/0

    • AJ Strauss 37 (76b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 36 (116b 3x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 7-1-21-0
    • HMRKB Herath 12-0-33-0

England are toddling along; Sri Lanka could do with a wicket before tea. More insight where that came from later.

Here's Randiv again ...

32.1

Randiv to Cook, no run, tossed up, defended on the front foot

32.2

Randiv to Cook, no run, full, on the stumps, Cook presses forward and squeezes it into the off side

32.3

Randiv to Cook, no run, defended with the full face of the bat outside off

32.4

Randiv to Cook, no run, flighted in the corridor, pushed square towards point

32.5

Randiv to Cook, 1 run, plays back to a shorter delivery and chops to square leg for one

32.6

Randiv to Strauss, no run, given some air, firm forward defensive from Strauss

End of over 33 (1 run) England 74/0

    • AJ Strauss 37 (77b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 37 (121b 3x4)
    • S Randiv 5-2-4-0
    • RAS Lakmal 7-1-21-0
33.1

Lakmal to Cook, no run, slightly back of a length, jabbed into the off side

33.2

Lakmal to Cook, 1 no ball, around the wicket, chopped into the off side - Lakmal had overstepped, though, thereby breaking the egg in Sri Lanka's extras column

33.2

Lakmal to Cook, no run, full length, outside off, Cook leans into a drive but Randiv tumbles to his left to make the stop and prevent a run

33.3

Lakmal to Cook, no run, length delivery, defended in front of off

33.4

Lakmal to Cook, no run, full, striving for the yorker, blocked in front of the stumps

33.5

Lakmal to Cook, 2 runs, angled in and whipped square off the pads, good timing from the batsman

33.6

Lakmal to Cook, no run, length ball, defended just outside off

End of over 34 (3 runs) England 77/0

    • AN Cook 39 (128b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 37 (77b 3x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 8-1-24-0
    • S Randiv 5-2-4-0

This could be the final over before tea. Can England keep their bib clean?

34.1

Randiv to Strauss, 1 run, goes back and punches a length ball out to the cover sweeper

34.2

Randiv to Cook, 1 run, flighted on to leg stump, pushed to midwicket

34.3

Randiv to Strauss, no run, defended back to the bowler

34.4

Randiv to Strauss, 1 run, goes back and pushes into the leg side

34.5

Randiv to Cook, no run, pushed towards cover on the front foot

34.6

Randiv to Cook, no run, slower arm, tossed up on the stumps, blocked into the on side

End of over 35 (3 runs) England 80/0

    • AN Cook 40 (131b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 39 (80b 3x4)
    • S Randiv 6-2-7-0
    • RAS Lakmal 8-1-24-0

Bruce Oxenford decides there'll be one more over before tea and biccies

35.1

Lakmal to Strauss, no run, around the wicket, left as the ball passes through outside off

35.2

Lakmal to Strauss, no run, defended into the off side

Lakmal decides to go back over the wicket. There's a slow, sleepy air about proceedings in the ground ...

35.3

Lakmal to Strauss, no run, length ball, allowed through to the keeper

35.4

Lakmal to Strauss, no run, sliding across, again Strauss doesn't play a stroke

35.5

Lakmal to Strauss, 3 runs, drifts on to the pads and punched through midwicket

Final ball of the session to Cook

35.6

Lakmal to Cook, no run, he's not biting, stepping out to shoulder arms as the ball wafts through outside off - time for tea

2.40pm: That was the first wicketless session of the (admittedly short) series and it's given England a very solid platform. It was soporific stuff - but England's batsmen are at their best when boring the opposition to tears. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, need a bit of creativity from one of their bowlers. They haven't been able to block up an end or put pressure on the two openers. Anyway, join us in half an hour for more nerve-sapping attrition. You can't wait, can you?

End of over 36 (3 runs) England 83/0

    • AN Cook 40 (132b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 42 (85b 3x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 9-1-27-0
    • S Randiv 6-2-7-0

Welcome back. Sri Lanka were made to look quite flat last session. Credit to Strauss and Cook for that. The players get together for a huddle. The players are already two minutes late. Lazy tea break probably

36.1

Randiv to Strauss, no run, lands it on a good length, no turn, softly patted back

36.2

Randiv to Strauss, 1 run, slower through the air and more width, slapped towards point

36.3

Randiv to Cook, 1 run, drops it towards point and picks up a quick single, good running

36.4

Randiv to Strauss, no run, tossed up outside off and he plonks forward and defends

36.5

Randiv to Strauss, no run, commits forward and defends again

36.6

Randiv to Strauss, no run, action replay, pushed back softly to the bowler

Steve Wood: 'Why all the criticism of the slow run-rate? England are only marginally slower than SL were. Test cricket is about attrition, not fireworks, and this is gripping stuff. Don't worry, though. If all you want to see is someone hitting a ball as far as he can as often as he can, the Masters Golf starts soon."

End of over 37 (2 runs) England 85/0

    • AJ Strauss 43 (90b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 41 (133b 3x4)
    • S Randiv 7-2-9-0
    • RAS Lakmal 9-1-27-0
37.1

Lakmal to Cook, no run, stays beside the line and steers it to the off side

37.2

Lakmal to Cook, no run, stays beside the line and steers it to the off side

37.3

Lakmal to Cook, no run, gets it to angle away from the left-hander, movement off the seam before reaching the keeper

37.4

Lakmal to Cook, no run, gives him width and he tries to slap that in front of square but can't beat cover point

37.5

Lakmal to Cook, no run, gets forward and softly pushes it towards mid-off

37.6

Lakmal to Cook, no run, gives him width outside off and he slaps it to point

Jayant: "@Steve: Was masters golf a pun on IPL?"

End of over 38 (maiden) England 85/0

    • AN Cook 41 (139b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 43 (90b 3x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 10-2-27-0
    • S Randiv 7-2-9-0
38.1

Randiv to Strauss, no run, flighted on middle and he pushes it back to the bowler

38.2

Randiv to Strauss, no run, flatter delivery and he defends back to the bowler

38.3

Randiv to Strauss, no run, quicker and driven firmly back to the bowler

38.4

Randiv to Strauss, no run, gives him a bit of width and he cuts to point

38.5

Randiv to Strauss, 1 run, the sweep, they finally employ one, straight to deep square leg

38.6

Randiv to Cook, no run, gets well forward and defends down the track

End of over 39 (1 run) England 86/0

    • AN Cook 41 (140b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 44 (95b 3x4)
    • S Randiv 8-2-10-0
    • RAS Lakmal 10-2-27-0
39.1

Lakmal to Strauss, no run, good length outside the off stump and he punches it to cover

39.2

Lakmal to Strauss, no run, stays beside the line and steers it down to point

39.3

Lakmal to Strauss, no run, switches to a fuller length and he decides to leave it alone to the keeper

39.4

Lakmal to Strauss, 3 runs, bowls it short of a length on the off stump and he decides to rock back and pull in front of square

39.5

Lakmal to Cook, no run, late away swing and he follows the movement and defends

39.6

Lakmal to Cook, no run, movement away from him again and he comes forward to defend

End of over 40 (3 runs) England 89/0

    • AN Cook 41 (142b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 47 (99b 3x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 11-2-30-0
    • S Randiv 8-2-10-0
40.1

Randiv to Strauss, no run

40.2

Randiv to Strauss, 1 run, tossed up outside the off stump and he drives past point

40.3

Randiv to Cook, no run, gets well forward and defends down the track

40.4

Randiv to Cook, no run, flatter delivery from over the wicket, he defends

40.5

Randiv to Cook, no run, gets good drift but he defends again

40.6

Randiv to Cook, 1 run, getting a bit more adventurous, played a premeditated paddle down to fine leg

End of over 41 (2 runs) England 91/0

    • AN Cook 42 (146b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 48 (101b 3x4)
    • S Randiv 9-2-12-0
    • RAS Lakmal 11-2-30-0

Prasad returns

41.1

Prasad to Cook, no run, stops on him a little bit as he rocks back and flicks to the on side

41.2

Prasad to Cook, no run, gives him width outside off and he chops it down to cover

41.3

Prasad to Cook, no run, gets across and punches a length delivery down to mid-off

Monty's having a net, with Mushtaq Ahmed. I wonder if they speak in Punjabi

41.4

Prasad to Cook, no run

41.5

Prasad to Cook, no run, sprays it down the leg side and he tries to flick it away but misses

41.6

Prasad to Cook, no run, on the off stump and punched back to the bowler

Harit: "Can anyone watching Live pls confirm if the SL bowlers are wearing masks of Indian bowlers??"

End of over 42 (maiden) England 91/0

    • AN Cook 42 (152b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 48 (101b 3x4)
    • KTGD Prasad 7-4-13-0
    • S Randiv 9-2-12-0
42.1

Randiv to Strauss, no run, slow through the air and defends to the on side

42.2

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

42.3

Randiv to Strauss, 1 run, gets across and paddles a low full toss behind square on the on side

42.4

Randiv to Cook, 1 run, sprays it too wide outside the off stump and he drives him down to sweeper cover

42.5

Randiv to Strauss, 1 run, loud cheers for Strauss as he tucks it around the corner for a single to pick up his fifty, must be a relief for the England captain

42.6

Randiv to Cook, 1 run, stays back and taps it to mid-on

End of over 43 (4 runs) England 95/0

    • AN Cook 44 (154b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 50 (105b 3x4)
    • S Randiv 10-2-16-0
    • KTGD Prasad 7-4-13-0
43.1

Prasad to Cook, no run, punched through the off side and Randiv does well to slide to his right at short extra cover

43.2

Prasad to Cook, no run, bit of late inswing on the pads from the leg stump, tucked down to mid-on

43.3

Prasad to Cook, 1 run, he gets with and slaps that hard and Dilshan does well at backward point to save a few runs, probably four

43.4

Prasad to Strauss, no run, good length outside the off stump and gets a bit of away movement, taps it to the off side

43.5

Prasad to Strauss, no run, fullish in length outside off and he taps it down to cover

43.6

Prasad to Strauss, no run, keeps low but yet he stays back and punches it hard to cover

Mishra: "I am watching it live but they don't have masks of Indian bowlers but body's of indian players... They look like a team who has been playing continuously for a long time .. No encouragement absolutely boring cricket."

End of over 44 (1 run) England 96/0

    • AJ Strauss 50 (108b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 45 (157b 3x4)
    • KTGD Prasad 8-4-14-0
    • S Randiv 10-2-16-0

Leg slip, short leg and short midwicket in place

44.1

Herath to Cook, no run, tossed up on the pads and clipped to the on side

44.2

Herath to Cook, no run

44.3

Herath to Cook, FOUR, the reverse sweep! No I'm not kidding, Cook brings up a shot out of character, but he executed it well, found the big gap at third man, brings up the 100 stand

44.4

Herath to Cook, no run, gets well forward and defends

44.5

Herath to Cook, no run, flicks it down to short midwicket

44.6

Herath to Cook, no run, tossed up on the off stump and defended

End of over 45 (4 runs) England 100/0

    • AN Cook 49 (163b 4x4)
    • AJ Strauss 50 (108b 3x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 13-0-37-0
    • KTGD Prasad 8-4-14-0
45.1

Prasad to Strauss, 1 run, jams out a fast, full delivery down to the covers and Dilshan tumbles and stops it

45.2

Prasad to Cook, FOUR, Cook brings up his fifty! Good length outside the off stump, skidded through and he had the width to slice that behind square on the off side and down to third man

45.3

Prasad to Cook, no run, gets across his stumps and punches it back to the bowler

45.4

Prasad to Cook, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he works it to the leg side

45.5

Prasad to Strauss, no run, Prasad keeps slipping the odd delivery on the blockhole, Strauss easily jams it back to the bowler

45.6

Prasad to Strauss, FOUR, low full toss and Prasad is punished for that, outside off and he easily steers him past backward point and down to third man

End of over 46 (10 runs) England 110/0

    • AJ Strauss 55 (111b 4x4)
    • AN Cook 54 (166b 5x4)
    • KTGD Prasad 9-4-24-0
    • HMRKB Herath 13-0-37-0
46.1

Herath to Cook, no run, flatter delivery and he lunges forward and defends

46.2

Herath to Cook, 1 run, down the leg side and he shuffles and clips him to deep square leg

Still four men lurking behind the batsman

46.3

Herath to Strauss, no run, tossed up and clipped straight to midwicket

46.4

Herath to Strauss, 1 run, shuffles and clips it behind square

46.5

Herath to Cook, no run, plonks forward and defends

46.6

Herath to Cook, no run, comes forward and blocks it out easily

This attacking field on the leg side hasn't made a difference to SL

End of over 47 (2 runs) England 112/0

    • AN Cook 55 (170b 5x4)
    • AJ Strauss 56 (113b 4x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 14-0-39-0
    • KTGD Prasad 9-4-24-0
47.1

Dilshan to Strauss, 2 runs, goes back at the crease and tucks it to the leg side

47.2

Dilshan to Strauss, no run, gets well forward and defends

47.3

Dilshan to Strauss, no run, risky leave! Kept low and was no that far from the off stump

47.4

Dilshan to Strauss, no run

47.5

Dilshan to Strauss, 1 run, tossed up outside off and he drives him down to mid-off

47.6

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run, gets well forward and clips it to midwicket

Paul: "Don't understand the comments. England get bagged for playing rash shots and getting out cheaply, now they get bagged for playing with caution and putting a partnership together. As said earlier not much slower than SL. Lots of Eng knockers out there."

End of over 48 (4 runs) England 116/0

    • AN Cook 56 (171b 5x4)
    • AJ Strauss 59 (118b 4x4)
    • TM Dilshan 4-1-7-0
    • HMRKB Herath 14-0-39-0
48.1

Herath to Cook, 1 run, flatter delivery on the pads and clipped away

48.2

Herath to Strauss, no run, bowls it flat and gets a bit of turn, whips it to short leg

slip, leg slip and silly point in place

48.3

Herath to Strauss, no run, gets well back and defends

48.4

Herath to Strauss, no run, tucked down to Thirimanne and Strauss was in trouble because he was out of his crease, had the fielder gathered properly he would have flicked it back

48.5

Herath to Strauss, 1 run, works him down to backward square leg

48.6

Herath to Cook, 1 run, knocked to the on side

End of over 49 (3 runs) England 119/0

    • AN Cook 58 (173b 5x4)
    • AJ Strauss 60 (122b 4x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 15-0-42-0
    • TM Dilshan 4-1-7-0
49.1

Dilshan to Cook, no run

49.2

Dilshan to Cook, no run

49.3

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run, gives him width and he rocks back and slaps him to sweeper cover

49.4

Dilshan to Strauss, 1 run, drives towards mid-off and he takes off for a quick single, the throw was wide

49.5

Dilshan to Cook, no run, comes well forward and defends to the off side

49.6

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run, chops it down to sweeper cover

It will be drinks for the players and me. Over to Alan Gardner.

End of over 50 (3 runs) England 122/0

    • AN Cook 60 (178b 5x4)
    • AJ Strauss 61 (123b 4x4)
    • TM Dilshan 5-1-10-0
    • HMRKB Herath 15-0-42-0
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