Player of the Match
Player of the Match

199 | 4 Runs | SL: 537/9

  • Chaminda Vaas50 (188b)
  • Muttiah Muralitharan1 (16b)
  • Matthew Hoggard46-11-110-2
  • Sajid Mahmood35-5-118-2

That's it, the game has been called off. The Sri Lankan players are celebrating at the pavilion. And so the elements have had the final say in what has been an enthralling game. After having folded up tamely, without a fight, in the first essay, Sri Lanka stood up in the second, led by a captain’s innings from Mahela Jayawardene and nearly every batsman put up a gritty fight. Tension mounted under fading light as the fascinating Test match hurtled towards a thrilling finale. Flintoff, England’s captain, threw everything at Sri Lanka- pace, swing, seam, spin and even the gentle seam-up stuff from Collingwood but they withstood it all. Time and again, victory floated towards England but their butter-fingered fieldsmen let it slip by. As the dark clouds hovered over the Lord’s, Chaminda Vaas, with a brave vigil that lasted over four hours, waged a mighty battle, and along with a belligerent Kulasekara, steered Sri Lanka to safety. The Sri Lankans now head to Hove for a game against Sussex, starting on May 18 before they face England in the second Test, starting on May 25, at Birmingham. If the first Test is any indication, we could have another cracker of a contest. This is Sriram Veera, along with Sajan Nair, signing off. Good bye and Good luck!

And the bad light has been offered! and off they go. Quite a picture this: Two happy Sri Lankans and 11 dejected Englishmen troop off. It has been a gripping game so far and it's not over yet. No official announcement has been made yet but one gets the feeling that Sri Lanka have done enough to draw this game. It's dark and murky at Lord's and if it stays like this, it could well be curtains on what has been an enthralling game. Stay tuned for further updates For the latest bulletin on today's play, features and other stories please visit All feedback about the game and our coverage is welcomed

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, full-length delivery outside the off stump, Vaas covers the line and lets it go to Jones.
Hoggard to Vaas, FOUR runs, Fifty up for Vaas as he flicks a ball down the leg to the fine-leg fence. A most priceless knock from Vaas. four hours and 12 minutes for this fifty, a long brave and a valuable vigil in the middle.
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