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As it happened: England vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 4


Cricketnext Staff
Jun 15, 2014 at 11:52pm IST

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Pre-match: Kumar Sangakkara's first century at Lord's led Sri Lanka to 415 for 7 at stumps and within 160 of England's first innings.

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Sangakkara cruised to his 36th Test century, and helped Sri Lanka sail past the follow-on mark after England declared at 575 for 9.

As it happened: England vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 4

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Commentary (Sri Lanka 2nd Innings)

Joe Root is named the Man of the Match for his maiden double hundred. Well, that is all we have from his interesting Test match. Both teams will now head to Headingley, Leeds for the second Test match from the 20th of June. Till that time, it's goodbye from us.

Although England lost early wickets in their second innings. a Gary Ballance maiden ton ensured they took the lead to 389. Sri Lanka were playing for the draw from the start and they were once again led by Kaushal Silva who got his second fifty of the game. Kumar Sangakkara was his usual sublime self and he too, scored a gritty fifty. But just when things looked comfortable, England bounced back with a flurry of wickets and at one stage, it looked like they might just pull off an unlikely win. But the pair of Herath and Pradeep managed to hold off England by the skin of their teeth to salvage a draw.

A cliff-hanger right till the end and after 5 grueling days of Test cricket, the two teams have finished on even terms. It's a drawn game and that leaves everything to play for in the final Test. Mathews inserted England on the first morning and that in hindsight, was not a good decision. England posted a mammoth 575 thanks to a majestic double hundred from young Joe Root. Sri Lanka responded in kind with centuries from Sangakkara and skipper Mathews but still gave away a lead of 122 runs to England.

89.6 S Broad to Pradeep, Almost got him! Full on off, Pradeep offers a block but gets an outside edge that just falls short of second slip to Chris Jordan. That ends the Test match. MATCH DRAWN! 201/9

89.5 S Broad to N Pradeep, Drama! Full on middle, Pradeep comes forward for a block but the ball hits him on the pads and the following appeal gets the raised finger from the umpire. Hang on, Pradeep has gone for a review and the replays show that there was an inside edge. That saves him. England thought they had their man and were celebrating too, but now have to come back to earth. 201/9

89.4 S Broad to Pradeep, Played to the point region by the batsman. 201/9

89.3 S Broad to Pradeep, Lands on a length around off, it goes away late and beats the bat. 201/9

89.2 S Broad to Pradeep, Dug in short, Pradeep does well to duck under it. 201/9

Nuwan Pradeep is the last man in.

89.1 S Broad to Herath, OUT! Brilliant from England and Broad! A nasty rib-tickling short ball, Herath looks to fend it away but the ball comes off his glove and goes through to Prior, Herath walks straightaway. Actually, the replays show that when the ball hit his glove, his hand was off the handle so technically, that wasn't out but Herath walked. 201/9

Stuart Broad to bowl the last over of the day.

88.6 J Anderson to Eranga, Around off, Eranga gets behind the line and keeps it out. Just one over left now. 201/8

88.5 J Anderson to Eranga, Another block as Eranga keeps this middle and leg ball away. 201/8

88.4 J Anderson to Eranga, Short on the body, Eranga does well to keep it down and away from short leg, they do not bother to take any run. 201/8

88.3 J Anderson to Eranga, Eranga has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 201/8

88.2 J Anderson to Eranga, Banged in short on middle, Eranga wisely evades it. 201/8

88.1 J Anderson to Eranga, Played to the point region by the batsman. 201/8

87.6 L Plunkett to Herath, Another wasted bouncer, Herath safely sits under it. 201/8

87.5 L Plunkett to Herath, Outside off, an easy leave for Herath. 201/8

87.4 L Plunkett to Herath, Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it. 201/8

87.3 L Plunkett to Herath, Herath hangs back and gets solidly behind the line of the ball. 201/8

87.2 L Plunkett to Herath, Full and wide, wasted delivery, an easy leave for Herath. 201/8

87.1 L Plunkett to Herath, Ripper of a ball! A good length ball on and around off, jumps up and whizzes past Herath's glove. 201/8

Shaminda Eranga is in at number 10, England make a bowling change as Plunkett comes on to replace Broad.

86.6 J Anderson to A Mathews, OUT! Game changer! A good length ball around off, Mathews pushes forward for a block but the ball moves away just a tad and takes the outside edge, Cook at first slip makes no mistake and what a massive wicket this is for England, they need 2 more wickets, game on! 201/8

86.5 J Anderson to Mathews, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 201/7

86.4 J Anderson to Mathews, Full on off, Mathews has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 201/7

86.3 J Anderson to Mathews, Full around off, Mathews blocks it once again. 201/7

86.2 J Anderson to Mathews, Almost an action replay as Mathews defends off the back foot. 201/7

86.1 J Anderson to Mathews, Good length around off, Mathews gets behind the line and defends it into the ground. 201/7

85.6 S Broad to Herath, On a length on off, Herath stays back and punches it to point. 201/7

85.5 S Broad to Herath, Herath has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 201/7

85.4 S Broad to Mathews, Flicked off his pads for an easy single. 201/7

85.3 S Broad to Mathews, Fuller around off, Mathews gets behind the line and defends. 200/7

85.2 S Broad to Mathews, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 200/7

85.1 S Broad to Herath, Gently nudges it through mid on and crosses over. 200/7

84.6 J Anderson to Mathews, Beats him again with a length ball outside off. 199/7

84.5 J Anderson to Mathews, Lands on a length around off and moves away beating his bat. 199/7

84.4 J Anderson to Mathews, Mathews has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 199/7

84.3 J Anderson to Mathews, Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it. 199/7

84.2 J Anderson to Mathews, Dug in short around off, Mathews looks to dab it but gets a bottom edge. 199/7

84.1 J Anderson to Mathews, Good length outside off, Mathews doesn't fiddle with it. 199/7

83.6 S Broad to Herath, The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it. 199/7

83.5 S Broad to Herath, Angled across off, Herath chooses to leave it alone. 199/7

83.4 S Broad to Herath, Dug in short across off, Herath does well to let it go. 199/7

83.3 S Broad to Herath, Full and swinging back in a touch, Herath stays inside his crease and defends. 199/7

Rangana Herath is the new man.

83.2 S Broad to Kulasekara, OUT! Boom! That was hitting middle! Fired in full on middle, Kulasekara comes forward for a prod but misses it and the ball thuds into his pads, an easy decision for the umpire, that was as plumb as they come. England need just 3 wickets now. 199/7

83.1 S Broad to Kulasekara, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 199/6

82.6 J Anderson to Mathews, Fuller around off, an easy leave for Mathews. 199/6

82.5 J Anderson to Mathews, Mathews has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 199/6

82.4 J Anderson to Mathews, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 199/6

82.3 J Anderson to Kulasekara, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. One run added to the total. 199/6

82.2 J Anderson to Kulasekara, A big inswinger around off, Kula looks to block but the ball cuts back in way too sharply and beats the bat. 198/6

82.1 J Anderson to Kulasekara, Fuller and swinging away outside off, Kula looks to leave but then plays at it, manages an outside edge that falls short of second slip. 198/6

Anderson back on.

81.6 S Broad to Mathews, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 198/6

81.5 S Broad to Mathews, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 198/6

81.4 S Broad to Mathews, Fuller on middle, Mathews stays solid in his forward defense. 198/6

81.3 S Broad to Mathews, The ball is way wide on the leg side but the batsman still goes after it. 198/6

81.2 S Broad to Mathews, Mathews has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 198/6

81.1 S Broad to Mathews, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 198/6

80.6 C Jordan to Kulasekara, The batsman works it down the leg side. 198/6

80.5 C Jordan to Kulasekara, On middle and leg, tucked away on the on side. 198/6

80.4 C Jordan to Kulasekara, Another one dragged down short, Kula ducks under it safely. 198/6

80.3 C Jordan to Kulasekara, Outside off, left alone. 198/6

England have taken the second new ball.

80.2 C Jordan to Kulasekara, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 198/6

80.1 C Jordan to Kulasekara, Dug in short on middle, Kulasekara evades it. 198/6

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