Player of the Match
Player of the Match
230dThe Bulletin by Will Luke

England lose momentum after strong start

Sri Lanka took 4 for 91 in the final session to give them the advantage on the first day against England in Colombo. The home side's fortunes swung dramatically in their favour in the final half-hour of the day when Lasith Malinga ended Alastair Cook's im

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Best performances - Batsmen

DPMD Jayawardene
DPMD Jayawardene
195(422) 16x4 - 1x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 52 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
25 14 19 34 35 15 14 39
MG Vandort
138(259) 18x4 - 1x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 39 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
6 20 10 15 28 15 5 39

Best performances - Bowlers

M Muralitharan
SL Malinga
SL Malinga

Match Details


England , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Sri Lanka led the 3-match series 1-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

09.30 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 16.30

Match days

9,10,11,12,13 December 2007 (5-day match)

Test debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Presentation Michael Vaughan: "We got through with some good batting and it's turned into a comfortable draw. The bowlers did well to keep running in on that pitch. We are 1-0 down still but have got a lot to fight for to go home with a draw. It's one of the most comfortable draws I've been involved in, normally we have a panic somewhere, but not today." He sounds fairly content and hopes the Galle pitch is a little more balanced.

Vaughan adds that Matthew Hoggard is coming along well in his rehab and they will assess their options when they get to Galle.

Now it's Mahela Jayawardene, who has also been named Man of the Match for his 195. He's asked about missing the double ton. "It was a mistake on my part, but it's the way I play and it put the team in a strong place."

Talking about the match and the declaration: "Even two days on this pitch [to bowl England] might not have been enough. It was very flat and slow."

He adds that they will look at Dilhara Fernando's ankle before the next match, and says the team missed Sanath Jayasuriya's bowling but was impressed with Chamara Silva's effort.

That just about wraps it up from this Test. From your commentators, Andrew McGlashan, Martin Williamson and, briefly today, Jamie Alter, thanks for following the game with us. Do join us again for the third and final Test, which will start at 10am (4.30GMT) on Tuesday and the build-up will begin from around 9.30am (4.00GMT). For now, it's goodbye.

3.40pm Well, after saying it wouldn't be called off until 4pm, the match has now been called off. So it's official, the second Test is drawn. That's a fair result, the pitch never really suggested a win was possible, so the two sides will travel to Galle with the series still alive. Stay with us for the presentations which will follow shortly.

3.35pm "Play won't officially be called off until 4pm (half an hour) but I've just been for a wander on the outfield," says Andrew Miller. "The puddles on the covers are coming up to my socks, and there are some mudslicks on the outfield as well. I think we can safely write this one off now." Walking on the outfield and not being arrested...wouldn't happen in England.

3.30pm The rain appears to have stopped, the umpires have been out to have a look but there is a lot of water on the covers. If we get any news I will pass it on.

3.25pm "Can't you magic some sunshine out of somewhere? Reading your commentary is great displacement activity whilst I'm supposed to be writing a sermon," says the Reverend Graham Peacock. "....and before you say anything about the weather being more my department, with me being a Rev, I'm in sales, not management...." Sorry Rev, not much sun on the horizon

3.15pm Still raining in Colombo, it's looking unlikely that there will be any more action and it may not be long before a call-off given the direction the game is heading.

3.05pm The rain is coming down steadily and the entire ground is now even if it stops it will take a while to clear the playing area

3.00pm Hi Andrew here, still no good news from me - some people would say that's nothing new - but the covers are firmly in place.

2.50pm And the heavens have opened, even they can't face Gnasher's commentary, and the tarpaulins are being heaved into position. We won't be starting on time after tea.

77 | 6 Runs | ENG: 250/3

  • Paul Collingwood23 (67b)
  • Kevin Pietersen45 (79b)
  • Chamara Silva13-1-57-1
  • Dilhara Fernando10-0-30-1

Tea And that's the end of the session and, without being a hostage to fortune, this match is meandering to a draw. For a very brief moment England jiggled when Ian Bell holed out to leave them in effect 7 for 3, but Paul Collingwood and Kevin Pietersen had few worries in the last hour and by the end of the afternoon Sri Lanka's body language suggested they knew that they were not going to win ... not that it matters as they still head to Galle one up. Even Muralitharan, who has been very subdued, was rested as Jayawardene probably wanted to keep him as fresh as possible for Galle. It's growing darker and so the weather might put this match out of its misery. If not, Andrew McGlashan will be back at 3.00pm (0930 GMT) to inflict some misery of his own ...

Silva to Collingwood, no run, and that's that

Clouds really growing quite hostile. Unlike the crowd who have gone to sleep.

Mahela Jayawardene ambled after that rather than anything faster ... you suspect he has almost given up the fight.

Silva to Collingwood, FOUR runs, another full bunger which is clipped through midwicket. Silva's fingers must be tired as he is not used to bowling this much
Silva to Collingwood, 2 runs, worked past slip off the back foot

If Dar was unhappy at the number of fielders behind square then it should have been a no-ball ... all very odd.

Silva to Collingwood, no run, pushed to mid-on
Silva to Collingwood, no run, blocked
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England 3rd innings Partnerships

1st107MP VaughanAN Cook
2nd45IR BellAN Cook
3rd52IR BellKP Pietersen
4th46PD CollingwoodKP Pietersen