Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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 www.cricinfo.com All feedback about the game and our coverage is welcomed http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html

198.6
0
Hoggard to Vaas, no run, full-length delivery outside the off stump, Vaas covers the line and lets it go to Jones.
198.5
4
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.
196.6
5nb
Hoggard to Vaas, (no ball) FOUR runs, short and this one raises head high but Vaas is ready this time, pulls it past Cook, at square-leg, and it screamed to the fence!

Kulasekara departs after a valiant know, Murali is the last man in.

192.3
W
Hoggard to Kulasekara, OUT, third time lucky! Hoggard once again bangs it in short and this time Kulasekara falls right into the trap, a nothing pull and the resultant top-edge flies down to deep midwicket and much to the delight of the England fans, Pietersen judges it to perfection, that's a crucial wicket!

KMDN Kulasekara c Pietersen b Hoggard 64 (189m 133b 7x4 2x6) SR: 48.12

180.3
4
Mahmood to Kulasekara, FOUR runs, streaky edge for four! On a length, around the off stump and holding its line if anything and Kulasekara has a push at it, and the ballruns down to the unmanned third man fence
179.1
6
Panesar to Kulasekara, SIX runs, Another slog-sweep for a six! and whats more that's fifty for Kulasekara. a priceless gritty knock from the tailender. Vaas gets across and embraces him even as the entire Sri Lankan team stand up and applaud at the dressing room.
177.1
6
Panesar to Kulasekara, SIX runs, OMG! slog-sweep for a audacious six! tossed on the middle stump, Kulasekara goes down on one knee and hoicks it over midwicket fence.
173.3
4
Mahmood to Kulasekara, FOUR runs, super shot that! Half-volley on the off stump and Kulasekara creams it through the covers.
168.4
4
Hoggard to Vaas, FOUR runs, streaky four! full and slanting outside the off stump, Vaas has a slash at it, without moving his feet, and it flew at a catchable height between slips and gully
167.3
4
Flintoff to Vaas, FOUR runs, a help yourself delivery and Vaas treated himself with a flicked four off a delivery sliding down the leg
166.6
4
Hoggard to Kulasekara, FOUR runs, shot! full and sliding down the leg, Kulasekara plays a pick-up shot to the long leg fence. Well-executed shot.
165.3
4
Flintoff to Kulasekara, FOUR runs, edged and four! good length delivery outside the off stump, shaping away, Kulasekara pushes forward to defend, ball clips the outside edge, goes straight into the ground and rockets away past the diving fielder at gully
159.5
4
Mahmood to Kulasekara, FOUR runs, drifting down the leg side, clipped down to fine leg and the lead continues to mount
153.6
4
Flintoff to Kulasekara, FOUR runs, drifting down the leg side, horrible delivery to say the least, Kulasekara has a go a it, ball clips the edge and races away past the diving keeper
152.5
4
Plunkett to Vaas, FOUR runs, not this time! again width offered outside the off stump, Vaas gets well forward and square-drives it through cover point for a fantastic boundary, nicely opened the face of the bat at the point of impact and placed it to perfection
150.4
4
Plunkett to Kulasekara, FOUR runs, pitched up outside the off stump, right in the slot and Kulasekara hammers it straight back down the ground to the long-off fence, fielder at mid-off had no chance of cutting it off, solid shot!
147.4
4
Mahmood to Vaas, FOUR runs, shot! this time a deliberate pull. Vaas on the attack here. Short again but Vaas was ready for it, and pulled it, in the air, to the front of square leg
147.3
4
Mahmood to Vaas, FOUR runs, four off a pull but uncontrolled, could have gone anywhere, It went to long leg boundary in the end. A well-directed bouncer at the body and Vaas takes his eyes off the ball and pulls it in the air, a almost involuntary shot, and the top edge fetches him a four
146.6
W
Plunkett to Dilshan, OUT, Gone! got his man! on a length, around the off stump and shaping away off the seam. Dilshan had to play at it and he did but was beaten by the seam movement and the ball kisses the outside edge and goes straight into the waiting palms of Trescothick at first slip. Er... England take a catch!

TM Dilshan c Trescothick b Plunkett 69 (190m 145b 11x4 0x6) SR: 47.58

145.1
4
Mahmood to Dilshan, FOUR runs, Short and rising outside the off stump, Dilshan pivots on his front foot and pulls it along the ground through the midwicket for a superb four. Dilshan, as always, has been in attacking mood.
143.1
4
Flintoff to Dilshan, FOUR runs, shot! fast bouncer, head high and Dilshan, who was on the front foot, pushes back to pull it away in front of square leg. Fab shot.

Vaas is the next man in.

139.1
W
Flintoff to Kapugedera, OUT, Flintoff bangs it in short, pitched on middle and off stump line and angling in, Kapugedera has a lazy swing at it, ball clips the glove and spoons up behind the stumps, Jones nicely settles under it - Flintoff with the breakthrough, Sri Lanka seven down!

CK Kapugedera c †Jones b Flintoff 10 (59m 44b 0x4 0x6) SR: 22.72

136.6
4
Hoggard to Dilshan, FOUR runs, slightly pitched up and angling in, Dilshan chips forward to the line of the delivery and drives it straight back down the ground to the long-on fence, Panesar at mid-on quickly gave the chase and the ball rocketed away to the fence - excellent timing and placement
133.5
4
Flintoff to Dilshan, FOUR runs, fifty! drifting down leg, wrong line to Dilshan who gets well inside the line and glances it away to the fine leg fence, diving effort in the deep by Panesar ends in vain, third umpire confirms
133.4
4
Flintoff to Dilshan, FOUR runs, spot-on! short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Dilshan quickly goes back and punches it away through the gap between the cover fielders, typical Dilshan shot
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