Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
132 | 4 Runs | ENG: 498/9

  • Moeen Ali155 (207b)
  • James Anderson8 (7b)
  • Suranga Lakmal29-4-115-2
  • Nuwan Pradeep33-5-107-4

So, a tremendous agenda-seizing innings from Moeen Ali. Taking advantage of his promotion to No. 7, in the absence of Ben Stokes, to post his second and highest Test century, and turn a solid start from England into a flying finish. England have taken four-and-a-half sessions to post the best part of 500. That's rapid by any standards. Back in five for Sri Lanka's response.

Kunal: "If someone can afford to be defensive, it's Cook. He's got Anderson and Broad in his side. Not to forget Finn, and the bloko who just got a 9-fer before arriving."

131.6
1
Lakmal to Ali, 1 run, short, and pulled out to midwicket, and there we go, Cook has seen enough. England have declared

Jez: "While England are going along nicely at 5-6 an over, why declare?" Well quite, get them once, bowl them out twice. Simples

131.5
2
Lakmal to Ali, 2 runs, thumped, high and effectively into the deep cover region. Dangled in the air but no-one there to catch it
131.4
0
Lakmal to Ali, no run, a flowing drive out to deep cover. Murmurs of impatience, perhaps in the crowd. I think they want to see Jimmy bowling, not batting
131.3
0
Lakmal to Ali, no run, attempted wipe to leg, deflects off the pad

Jigga: "Will Moeen Ali continue to pretend to be a Test cricketer for a little while longer no me he's been gifted another hundred? One thing is certain he can't bowl for toffee!" You peculiar little attention-seeker. Still, you've got what you came for!

131.2
1
Lakmal to Anderson, 1 run, up onto the toes and sharp running as Anderson prodded out to point
131.1
0
Lakmal to Anderson, no run, outside off, climbing past the edge, Anderson has a dabble but doesn't make contact

END OF OVER:
131 | (maiden) | ENG: 494/9

  • Moeen Ali152 (203b)
  • James Anderson7 (5b)
  • Nuwan Pradeep33-5-107-4
  • Suranga Lakmal28-4-111-2

Sachin : "So Cook proving it right yet again: England is the most defensive cricket team " Steady on, Moeen's just gone from 50 to 150 in 84 balls!

130.6
0
Pradeep to Ali, no run, over the wicket, and down the leg side. Moeen can't keep the strike
130.5
0
Pradeep to Ali, no run, a sweet strike into the covers, but straight to the man
130.4
0
Pradeep to Ali, no run, Moeen hangs his bat out in defence
130.3
0
Pradeep to Ali, no run, tight line from round the wicket

meagain: "Moeen is now just 10 runs or so shy of the highest test score on this ground. (162 by someone called Ian Bell, I think). " That innings even included a century before lunch, if my memory serves me correctly. Little Belly, only in his third Test ...

130.2
0
Pradeep to Ali, no run, pushed out to cover
130.1
0
Pradeep to Ali, no run, poked defence, Moeen biding his time

END OF OVER:
130 | 7 Runs | ENG: 494/9

  • Moeen Ali152 (197b)
  • James Anderson7 (5b)
  • Suranga Lakmal28-4-111-2
  • Nuwan Pradeep32-4-107-4
129.6
1
Lakmal to Ali, 1 run, so, when will the declaration come? Will it come? No rush, I guess - though some dirty weather scheduled for Tuesday ...
129.5
0
Lakmal to Ali, no run, blocked

The fifth time an England No.7 has made 150 in a Test innings. And the second time this year ...

129.4
0
Lakmal to Ali, no run, outside off and can't reach with his waft
129.3
0
Lakmal to Ali, no run, more circumspect follow-up
129.2
6
Lakmal to Ali, SIX runs, that previous waft to leg was clearly a sighter! This one is all of the beasting, a massive wipe over midwicket, legs splayed like a man hedging his bets on a podium, and that's his 150! Shot, sir

Two in two

2002

Last time England won two matches in a Test series against Sri Lanka, before this. They played 6 series in between these two series.

Youngest

0

No. of batsmen who reached 10,000 Test runs at a younger age than Cook who got there at 31 years, 157 days. Tendulkar was the youngest at 31y, 326d.

Half-A-Dozen club

6

No. of bowlers who have taken 450 or more Test wkts, including Anderson who joined with his wicket of Herath. He's the 3rd fast bowler to do so.

Special ton

8

No. of wicketkeepers who have scored a century while following-on in Tests, including Chandimal. Andy Flower is the only keeper to do it twice.

Three in one

311

Runs scored by SL in their first three inns of this series - 91, 119 and 101. They have scored more than those 3 inns combined in the 2nd inns of this Test.

Angelo in follow-ons

3

Number of fifty-plus scores by Angelo Mathews while following on in Tests - the most by a Sri Lanka batsman.

SL's Longest of the series

0

Number of partnerships for Sri Lanka that had faced 100 balls in this series before the one between Silva and Mathews. Silva and Karunaratne's stand had lasted 99 balls.

Kaushal Back on Track?

15.6

Kaushal Silva's batting average from his last ten Test innings. Had got out for four single-digit scores, including two ducks.

Some start

10

Ave 1st-wkt stand for SL in this series, in their previous three inns. They lost their 1st wkt exactly at the score of 10 in each of their innings. Not in this 2nd inns but.

Only the second time

1994

Last and the only time Sri Lanka were asked to follow-on twice in a Test series, before this - by India in 1993-94.

Follow-on twice

2010

Last time England enforced follow-on twice in a Test series, before this, was against Bangladesh in 2010. Last by any team was NZ v WI, 2013-14.

Second-lowest

1

No. of lower innings totals at Chester-le-Street in Tests than Sri Lanka's 101 in this match. Zimbabwe were all out for 94 in 2003.

Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland 2016

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