England v Sri Lanka, first Test, day three as it happened

Sri Lanka close the third day of the first Test at Lord's on 415-7, trailing England by 160.

14 June 2014 Last updated at 10:39

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As it happened

  1. 18:50: 

    So that is where we shall leave it, with England given renewed hope of forcing a result in this first Test match.

    Speaking of hope, I hear the eyes of the nation will be on a small part of the Amazon jungle later this evening? Can you count on England's footballers? Not sure, but count on us to be back tomorrow.


  2. 18:47: 

    Are you being a little pessimistic there, Geoffrey? If England take three wickets in the first half an hour tomorrow morning, they could be 400 ahead after tea. The problem will come when they try to bowl Sri Lanka for a second time on this featherbed.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm looking to see the England debutants have a bit of something and Moeen does look to have a bit of something. Swann might have trouble getting wickets on this pitch at his best. I don't think any groundsman tries to prepare a pitch for a draw. I think England could have most of the last day at them, if we play really well tomorrow we could have a full day. It's not out of the realms of possibility, but not probability."

  4. 18:44: 

    Skipper Mathews looks to be Sri Lanka's last hope of getting anywhere near the England score, he'll return tomorrow on 79. The tourists' plan will be to bat as long as possible, both to score runs and take time out of the game. England will be aiming to wrap up the innings as quickly as possible, then get batting. Swift progress would leave Sri Lanka with an uncomfortable final day.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "If they get a quick pitch anywhere some of these Sri Lankan batsmen will be in real difficulty."

  6. 18:41: 

    Kumar Sangakkara: "A hundred at Lord's is something I always wanted. Coming on this tour, probably my last in England, I just wanted to enjoy it. If it happened, it happened.

    "Lord's is a very special place to play. Sri Lankans have done well here in the past. It feels very special to get on the honours board.

    "It was very good to have Mahela there. He knows how special it is."

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'd like to say it was an enterprising days cricket but it wasn't, the pitch is like pudding, the more you bang it in, it comes off slower. It is hard for bowlers of any variety. I thought England did pretty good, they started a bit too defensive for me with the man on the boundary but they made sure Sri Lanka were not going to get off to a flier.

    "Sangakkara hung in there, didn't play any daft shots, he was up to the challenge. He's a wonderful player, a craftsman, plays the ball in the gaps, on the length. You bowl a good ball he blocks it, you bowl it a bit wide he creams it."

  8. 18:39: 

    Once Sanga departed, England were further rewarded, with the new additions to the pace attack doing the trick. Ian Bell caught a blinder at leg slip off Liam Plunkett to do for Prasanna Jayawardene, while a Chris Jordan nibbler sent Nuwan Kulasekara packing. James Anderson and Stuart Broad, the old ever-presents, they had their fun by sharing three wickets in the first two, bat-dominated sessions.

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    Ralph Brooker: Matt Prior has had a blinder; bat and gloves. Class act.

    Matthew Bennett: Well that definitely could have ended worse. Great stick-to-it-ness displayed by England and they are rewarded.

  10. 18:36: 
    SL 415-7

    On a deck as placid as still water, England have had to be patient in the face of a majestic Kumar Sangakkara century, with the old magician well supported by captains past and present, Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews. The seamers huffed and puffed, sticking to the creative plans of captain Cook but, in the end, it was a distinctly average delivery from Moeen Ali that gave the spinner his first Test wicket, removed Sangakkara and got the door ajar.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The game is is not quite so moribund in terms of a positive result as it was an hour ago because England have taken two or three wickets. A draw is still favourite but we remember what happened in Cardiff (in 2011). There is scope for England to get into a position where Sri Lanka have got to bat for maybe a day and a bit."

  12. 18:31: 
    CLOSE OF PLAY- SL 415-7

    And that's yer lot. Mathews give Herath one ball to survive, which he does by leaving Jordan alone. A day that for so long frustrated England ends with them very well-placed. Sri Lanka close on 415-7, still 160 behind. Angelo Mathews, on 79, is their last line of defence. Three wickets in the final session has left England hoping to set up a victory push.

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    Rob in West Yorkshire: Well-known wine warehouse cricket. Deconstructed claret boxes with pallet tape for bats. Posh wine wrappers with pallet tape for balls (with a string seam from the top of individual port bottles). Wickets - burgundy cases. Caught out figuratively and literally by regional managers' surprise visit to Alsace section (long on).

  14. 18:28: 
    SL 414-7 (trail by 161)

    Chris Jordan, two wickets on debut, to bowl what might be the final set - Angelo Mathews will certainly do all he can to make sure it is. The man to my left tells me Sri Lanka have lost three wickets for 28 runs since Sangakkara fell. On this deck, that is positively calamitous.

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    Edward Dent: Used to play floodlit cricket on astroturf from BBQ display at night in petrol station I worked at in Birmingham in the 80s. CCTV was an early review system, results were announced over Tannoy.

  16. 18:26: 
    SL 414-7 (trail by 161)

    Kulasekara was expecting something short, hanging back in his crease, so his feet were nowhere near where they needed to be in order to deal with Jordan's away nibble. Rangana Herath is maybe three places too high at number nine, so Mathews is looking to protect him, avoiding taking singles. For so long it looked like this game might drift, but both mass of runs England scored and the rate they got them at has left them with plenty of opportunity to force a result. Maybe only one over left.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Kulasekara was clearly expecting something short and he was nowhere to a good length ball, at good pace. Herath has come in; I don't think he is of the same class as England's number nine."

  18. 18:20: 
    WICKET- Kulasekara c Prior b Jordan 5 (SL 413-7)

    And another goes! This long day for England is ending in the best possible fashion, with big inroads being made into the Sri Lanka lower order. It's Chris Jordan doing the damage this time, just getting one to hold its line down the slope for the tentative Nuwan Kulasekara to edge through to the grateful Matt Prior. With only three wickets in hand, Sri Lanka are still 162 behind. The game is very much on.


    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Anderson has usually got terrific hands. He got there quicker than he thought perhaps, but by his standards he'd expect to catch that. It's clear Kulasekara is unnerved - he doesn't like the short stuff."

  20. 18:13: 

    Oh Jimmy, this would have been an absolutely worldie and a total bonus for England on a day that is getting better in the cool of the evening. Kulasekara, who has decided he won't die wondering, aims another almighty heave at a Plunkett thunderbolt delivered from around the wicket. It goes miles in the air, so high it comes down with snow on it. It's dropping behind square on the leg side, with Anderson desperately trying to get round. He slides, throws out the right hand, but is hit on the wrist and sees the ball plonk on the turf. Nearly awesome.

    England's James Anderson
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    Dixie Dean in Newmarket: We used to play cricket on a grass pitch with a wooden bat and a leather ball.

  22. 18:12: 
    SL 406-6 (trail by 169)

    Broad maintaining a disciplined off-stump-or-just-outside line, but Sri Lanka skipper Mathews has to play at only three balls in that over.

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    David Scott in Windsor: Made a mini bat, ball and stumps out of blu tac in what must have been a very dull physics lesson once. Ball worked well, but the bat needed shaping again after every shot.

  24. 18:06: 
    SL 406-6 (Plunkett 1-110 from 28)

    It's as if two different games are going on out there. When Mathews is on strike, the field spreads with intention of giving the Sri Lanka skipper a single. Then, when Kulasekara gets on the dancefloor, he's got more company than a man handing out free £5 notes. Plunkett around the wicket, field set for the bumper, Kulasekara using the bat as a shield. After some tentative fending, he decides enough is enough and belts a pull for four.

    Seri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "If England get Sri Lanka eight down tonight they could get them in trouble. Getting these last four wickets will not be easy but get them out for 450 and a 100-odd lead, that might take til mid-morning. Then bat tomorrow and at least target an 80-over burst on Monday, making sure you put them under a huge amount of pressure on the last day."

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  26. 18:02: 
    SL 401-6 (trail by 174)

    There's a smidge under half an hour left in the day, so probably time for six or seven overs. England are buzzing, filled with the energy of being rewarded for a day's hard graft. Broad has Mathews ducking in diving in the gloom, as fans who have stuck it out to the bitter end roar with approval. Test cricket, eh?

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    Tom Mooney in Porthcawl: We have been known to play cricket in the back of our butcher shop with a faggot for a ball and a leg of lamb for a bat.

  28. 17:57: 
    SL 400-6 (trail by 175)

    Maybe I was doing Ian Bell an injustice, because he actually watched the ball all the way into his hands. The remarkable bit of the catch was how fast the ball was travelling. Credit must also go to skipper Cook for even posting the leg slip. It's like he came home from Australia and bought one of those tea towels that tells you where all the fielding positions are. He's showing more imagination than at any time during his tenure. Nuwan Kulasekara the new man, a very handy number eight.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's incredible, it really is. It's a genuine leg slip in place and it is a genuine leg glance. The pace of Plunkett and the full face of the bat and a remarkable catch by Ian Bell, it just sticks. It's one of those positions where it always seems to fly by - it very rarely comes off; it has to be an incredible catch."

  30. 17:53: 
    WICKET- P Jayawardene c Bell b Plunkett 6 (SL 400-6)

    That England sniff is growing into a full on smell thanks to a blinding catch by Ian Bell. Standing at leg slip, he's basically trying to get out of the way of Prasanna Jayawardene's flick off Liam Plunkett, but leaves his rand out to grasp the ball between his index and middle fingers. Quite brilliant. England are being rewarded for sticking to their task, while Plunkett has a first Test wicket in seven years.


     Liam Plunkett removes Prasanna Jayawardene
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "When you get to Headingley on Friday you'll find that the Western Terrace has got sections - one for families and one for fancy dress."

  32. 17:52: 
    SL 400-5 (trail by 175)

    Prasanna Jayawardene, not the tallest, has decided that he's going attack the England bumper barrage, hooking Broad to fine leg. The leggy pacer, casting a shadow to his left as he runs in under the evening sun, strains to remove Mathews, getting movement down for slope before being hooked for a couple. Warm applause greet the Sri Lanka 400. How quickly must England bowl Sri Lanka out if they are to have to force a result?

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    Mark Donovan: On a diving holiday in the Philippines a decade ago, the Brits and Aussies on the boat decided to get a bat and ball game set up on the beach one lunchtime using air tanks for wickets, diving fins as bats and coconut husks as a ball. The Americans loved the game until we explained after 30 mins they were essentially playing cricket.

  34. 17:47: 
    SL 396-5 (trail by 179)

    Liam Plunkett is in on the act, giving Prasanna Jayawardene the hurry up. Rushed hook, taking the glove and flying tantalisingly over the slips. Chris Jordan senses it too, eagerly stretching in the slips as he stands next to captain Cook. The skipper points to Plunkett's end. It must be advantageous to be a bowler that can field by the skipper. You can do plenty of work talking yourself up.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's the time of day, not too much longer left, that if England can somehow get three more for another 30 you just never know. Bat with real aggression tomorrow and give Sri Lanka a really tough last day."

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  36. 17:43: 
    SL 392-5 (Broad 1-55 off 21)

    Stuart Broad demands the ball and begins an evening charge at the Sri Lanka lower middle order. Lord's is with him, the grand old ground alive as he comes tearing in. At the end of what has been quite a sedate day, we have a contest, one that this crowd is investing in. Roars at Broad gallops, followed by the song that tells us the Notts all-rounder is better than his dad Chris. Mathews is rattled, air-hooking a bumper, then playing and missing on off stump. Don't rule out a late twist.

    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews
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    Rob Henley: We regularly played down the narrow kitchen of one of the England's most famous country houses. Then the gaffer-tape ball got launched into a vat of soup and we were banned from playing again...

    Guy Carnegie in Montpellier, France: Yard cricket against the garage door, serving a tennis ball from 15 yards. Speeds well over 100mph.

  38. 17:38: 
    SL 392-5 (trail by 183)

    Liam Plunkett is still getting it down at 88mph, definitely getting that hint of reverse tail. The radar isn't quite there, though, with Mathews allowed to flick fine for four. Even though Sanga is gone, England still have to work out how to remove the Bradman-esque Sri Lanka skipper. The sun has returned, by the way. It's been doing the hokey cokey with those dark clouds.

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    Garry Smith: Used to play armchair cricket at Uni in the front room of 5 live's very own John Murray. Resulted in a damaged cheese plant!

  40. 17:32: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- SL 387-5

    All of a sudden, Moeen Ali is making it do all sorts. Fresh from his first Test wicket, he's spinning the ball into Jayawardene, screaming for leg before. Not out. Conflab. No review. Quite right too, would have missed leg. Is that the first sighting of the doosra, too? Moeen's got his gander up.

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    Matt in Tunbridge Wells: Chemistry cricket in sixth form. Rubber bung for a ball, clamp-stand for a bat and stool for stumps. Highly unpredictable. Had to stop when an lbw appeal caught the teacher's attention.

    Ravishankar Raobaikady: Played cricket with dried coconut branches and balls made of bicycle tubes. Good recycling.

  42. 17:31: 
    SL 387-5 (trail by 188)

    Replays show what a good catch that was by Prior. Standing up is tough, especially when you've been doing it all day. That ball was very wide and Prior also had to gets his gloves high to take it. Now, from not having a sniff of a wicket, the England fox in prowling around the hen house. Even a lead of 100 could be useful. Bat tomorrow then try to bowl Sri Lanka out on day five? Prasanna Jayawardene the new man, more than capable at number seven.

    England's Matt Prior catches Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara for 147
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen Ali will be able to tell everybody it turned square and I got him to nick it to Matt Prior, but he's got him out and that's all that matters."

  44. 17:26: 
    WICKET- Sangakkara c Prior c Moeen 147 (SL 384-5)

    Wake up! England have the breakthrough, Moeen Ali has his first Test wicket and Kumar Sangakkara is finally on his way to the showers. Frankly, it's a pretty awful ball, short and wide, but there's just a little turn. Sangakkara cuts, but after more than day in the middle, it's just a little lazy. There's a big edge through to Matt Prior, sparking disbelieving celebrations. Lord's jolts from its slumber, acclaiming both Moeen and Sangakkara. The batsman, despite having 147 to his name, is so annoyed he belts his chewing gum miles.


    England spinner Moeen Ali celebrates his first Test wicket
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "With Lord's as gloomy as it has been at any point today, and England's prospects not much brighter, spectators are starting to flood towards the exits. No doubt many are planning to sober up on the journey home, have a power nap before chowing down on the late-night footballing feast."

  46. 17:23: 
    SL 379-4 (trail by 196)

    It's getting dark again, perhaps as dark as it's been all day. The wind is also rippling the shirt of skipper Cook. Rain on the way? Liam Plunkett, upright action, is unusually bowling in the right half and finding just a hint of reverse swing. If the skipper takes note, I fancy James Anderson will be pressed into action before long. Two off.

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    Jonny Charles: Cricket was often played in the stock room of the Christmas decorations department of Harrods. Baubles were used for balls and the bat was anything which came to hand. Play stopped for lunch, the odd customer and whenever Al Fayed was spotted patrolling the boundary.

    N McCavana in Belfast: Playing in a French holiday house with a ball of kitchen foil and a baguette for a bat. This led to the unusual entry on the scorecard - McCormack, J. 14 out (ate bat).

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    Matthew Jones: When was the last time, if at all, there were two double centurions, one from each team, at Lord's?

  49. 17:16: 
    DRINKS BREAK- SL 377-4

    Even Alastair Cook's gum-chewing has lost some gusto. He crouches at short cover for Moeen Ali, who gets a "yes, Mo" from Matt Prior when he persuades Sanga to leave one. Drinks are coming on to the field. Got any vodka?


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    Rom196612: Michael Vaughan compared Sri Lanka bowling attack to a county one. What does he feel about the England attack?

    England's Stuart Broad
  51. 17:14: 
    SL 374-4 (107 overs)

    Is this the sort of cricket that we are politely obliged to refer to as 'absorbing'? Is that just another way of saying dull? We've been treated to some wonderful batting and there's really been nothing wrong with the bowling, but, I'm with Geoffrey Boycott. When the odds are so heavily stacked in favour of the batsmen, the spectacle suffers. That filthy cloud robs Lord's of natural light, but Sangakkara could bat in the dark. With shades. Plunkett, who has looked short of ideas bar banging it in, is gloriously drive for four.

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    Rob in Glastonbury: I played beach cricket in Barbados during the 2007 World Cup and, with a smearing uppish cover drive, cleared the table of a beachside restaurant in Holetown of all glassware and crockery. To this day I feel the shame of completely spoiling that romantic meal for two.

    Steve in Flitwick: Many years ago, when on night shift, we used to play cricket in the computer room. Rubber band ball and kiddies bat with a quarter of a million pounds of computer as the wicket. Had fun explaining the dents in the computer to the MD.

  53. 17:09: 
    SL 369-4 (trail by 206)

    Will England employ Moeen and Joe Root in tandem before the end of the day? Maybe if they want to get the overs bowled quickly. We're due another 24 by 18:30. Moeen around the wicket to Sangakkara as a dark cloud covers the blue sky, just one from the over.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I feel for the public, I feel for the players. This is soul destroying - there is no contest."

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  55. 17:06: 
    50 for Angelo Mathews- SL 368-4

    England, inspired by the Sangakkara tangle of the last Jordan over, post a short leg and two men on the hook. No subtlety about this plan, and Sanga is on the short ball in a flash, hooking to dissect the two boundary riders. Can you imagine how it must feel to be that good at batting? Wonderful. When Angelo Mathews gets down to the business end, he flicks fine for four to move to a 15th Test half century. Get this for a stat. In all-time Test captains, only Don Bradman averages more than Mathews. Don Bradman!


    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Mathews has just calmed down a bit. He came in and looked very aggressive but England have pegged him back a bit."

  57. 17:01: 
    SL 356-4

    Moeen Ali is recalled to the attack, asked to spin his off-breaks up the slope. Mathews, like a big brother playing in the garden, looks like he wants to belt it out of the post code, but manages to restrain himself. On the Sri Lanka balcony, coach Marvan Atapattu and Mahela Jayawardene chat like two men who are sure they won't lose this match. Some turn nearly gets Mathews in bother, an inside edge almost hitting the sticks. Rangana Herath will be interested.

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    Small Man Peaky: Good aggression by Jordan. Plunkett way down on pace, not the strike bowler he was brought in to be.

    England bowler Chris Jordan
  59. 16:58: 
    SL 354-4 (Jordan 1-80 off 24)

    Those fears of bad light have been allayed for now. Glorious sunshine makes it a perfect summer evening in London. After Sangakkara forces Jordan through the off side for the umpteenth time, the old stager needs some repairs on his bat. Umpire Paul Reiffel pulls out some scissors to trim the unravelling tape. He's had that bat for 18 years, Sangakkara. It's had 13 new handles and eight new blades. Bat repaired, he gets in a tangle to a Jordan bumper, the ball looping in to empty ground on the leg side. The closest he's come to giving a chance.

    Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Mathews is free-flowing. He's not going to stand there - he wants to put bat on ball."

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    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews
  61. 16:51: 
    SL 351-4 (Sangakkara 133, Mathews 44)

    A chap under a replica England sunhat has fallen into a slumber, watched on by a lady I am guessing is his wife. "These tickets were your Christmas present and you can't even be bothered to stay awake." Plunkett, all stubble, quiff and rippling torso, continues to explore the middle of the pitch. Mathews is now adept at the short-arm pull.


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    Harriet Halfhead: Corridor cricket on dance floor hitching up my ball gown at aunt's 60th, bowling brothers & cousins, good distracting skills.

  63. 16:48: 
    SL 348-4 (trail by 227)

    Sangakkara is so poised, so focused at the crease that you feel like giving him a poke just to make sure he's awake. So complete is his game that 69 runs have come on the off side and 64 on the leg. Once more he's ignoring Jordan's wide line in front of a crowd that has almost regressed to silence.

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    Robert Dalboth: My room as a kid had a sink in. Cue amazing improvised games with my brother with sink as wicket. Amazing game of skill with amazing spin, one-handed catches. All ended when I smashed the sink with the bat when he won yet another game.

    James: I once played a cricket match through one of my chemistry A-level exams - not my best piece of timing.. Think I got 50, though, so it's not all bad news.

  65. 16:43: 
    SL 345-4

    A hold-up as Angelo Mathews is distracted by a speck of dust on the sightscreen. Honestly, there's no one within 20 yards of the white board. When it comes to sightscreens, batsmen are as sensitive as goalkeepers that are challenged by strikers. It's like there's a no-fly zone around them. Kumar Sangakkara, meanwhile, wouldn't be distracted if the cast of the Moulin Rouge did the can-can in front of the screens. Liam Plunkett wide, Sanga square driving for four. Proper cricket.

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    Dave Foot: I'm glad Sangakkara got his name on the Lord's honours board, but can he please go away now?

    Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara
  67. 16:36: 
    SL 340-4 (trail by 235)

    Remember the power failures of early in the day? Two floodlight towers at the Nursery End were out. At the moment, they are back on, with the two at the Pavilion End unable to flick into life. Could we have trouble with bad light? Kumar Sangakkara seems to be saying as much to umpire Paul Reiffel. To give you an idea of how dark it is, a chandelier in the pavilion illuminates the darkness inside. The umps come together, have a natter, then we carry on.


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    Patrick Herring in Isle of Man: On holiday in LA many years ago and cricket was played in the hotel room - the ball was 3 or 4 socks stuffed into each other and a rolled-up newspaper served as a solid bat. Play was stopped after every other delivery to repair the ball and after two or three overs the bat started to disintegrate. No damage was done to the room or the players, but the newspaper was rendered unreadable.

  69. 16:30: 
    SL 336-4 (Sangakkara 126, Mathews 36)

    Joe, you're opening up a whole new debate of the best place you've followed the cricket when you really shouldn't be. My word, what's just happened here? Kumar Sangakkara has played and missed. Repeat. Kumar Sangakkara has played and missed. Anderson around the wicket, huge drive, nothing but fresh air. Can someone pass me some salt for those places where hell has frozen over. Airy drive or no airy drive, he remains at the crease.

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    Joe Law: I am currently discretely following the game from inside the auditorium of a West End theatre while the play trundles on in the background. We're partial to a game of foyer cricket using an elastic band ball and the stalls ticket stub box. Most matches being decided by Duckworth-Lewis after being frequently interrupted by wandering directors or pesky customers enquiring at the box office.

  71. 16:26: 
    SL 334-4 (partnership 44)

    Mathews doesn't have a technique that's much to look at, shuffle across his stumps and heave. However, whenever he's offered something loose, he gives it the beans. Short and wide from Jordan, cracked through point by Mathews before anyone moves. Jordan is riled, sending down a red leather missile that is seeking Mathews' nipples. The skip doesn't know much about it, ducking, lucky to survive. This pair have history from the ODIs.

    Sri Lanka captain Angleo Mathews
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He's looking very comfortable, the Sri Lanka captain, just biding his time. If a run-scoring opportunity comes along he scores his runs. People talk about scoreboard pressure but the Sri Lankans are not intimidated, they think there is no reason why they can't score that amount of runs."

  73. 16:21: 
    SL 329-4 (trail by 246)

    Angelo Mathews has a career batting average of more than 46. As captain, that mark jumps to a remarkable 83. This fella is more than an all-rounder. Imposing at the crease, all sleeveless sweater, white baselayer and armguard, he pulls Anderson for four then clips through midwicket to run three.


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    Simon Keppel: Autograph bat and squash ball in the living room/garden. One bounce one hand, catches only count if spectacular.

    Alex Hodgkins: Dorm cricket at school, ended up with a bunch of stitches and a confiscated bat. Dangerous stuff.

  75. 16:16: 
    SL 322-4 (Sangakkara 125, Mathews 23)

    Loving this chat of naughty cricket. Has me thinking of late-night games outside my club. A bin as stumps, a stump as a bat. One hand, one bounce rules, hit the windows and you're out. I've heard of games of two bounces and head it, which sounds both brilliant and dangerous. Matt Prior drapes a gloved hand on the shoulder of skipper Alastair Cook, waiting for Jordan to bustle in to Sangakkara. The leftie, as he's been doing for eternity, leaves alone outside off stump then sumptuously drives off the back foot for four. He's scored 125 chanceless runs.

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    Mark: Whilst playing a late-night game of corridor cricket in uni halls, my mate went for a bit of extra flight on the ball, only to take out the smoke detector and set the fire alarm off, leaving 200 people out in the rain. Play was hastily abandoned!

  77. 16:12: 
    SL 318-4 (Sangakkara 121, Mathews 23)

    James Anderson from the Nursery End after tea, looking to move the ball down the slope, away from right-hander Mathews and towards the two slips. The clouds roll in once more, descending a grey over the green carpet that is the Lord's outfield. Ooohhh that's good from Jimmy, nipping one down the slope to have Mathews dangling the fishing rod. The skipper is lucky not to get a tickle.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "There hasn't been much swing. Some days at Lord's we have seen it turn corners but not in this match."

  79. 16:07: 
    SL 318-4 (trail by 257)

    What's Angelo Mathews had for tea? First ball, bosh, driven past mid off for four. He probably shouldn't expect too many in his own half as England are set up for leg theory - short leg and men on the hook. Am I sold on this tactic? Not sure. England have tried it a lot but have earned only one wicket. Is it a bit monkey see, monkey do? Mitchell Johnson ruffed us up, so we'll choose some fast bowlers and bowl short. Spinner? Nah.

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    Insp Lee Lyons: Large open plan police station back office, foam bat. Night shifts during the Ashes. You get the idea.

  81. 16:02: 
    SL 309-4

    The umpires are strolling back out, full of tea and cake. Behind them, England bound down the pavilion stairs, followed by the strolling Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews. Just the 121 next to Sangakkara's name, while Mathews has 14. Chris Jordan has the ball for the first of 38 overs remaining in the day.

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    Allen: Used to play down the length of the sports shop I used to work in. The inevitable ball flying out of the front door into the busy city centre street was a regular. One day though someone attempted a pull shot and stuck a brand new £350 bat straight onto a clothes rail. Bat unsellable, obviously not been knocked in properly.

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    Alex Mosedale: Corridor cricket at uni ending up in damaged radiator, wall and door frame. Hours of fun though.

    Sdyer: Late night cricket with mini bat and hard ball on biology field trip in an ancient house that was falling down. Risky game.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "The sun has finally broken through the clouds as a stiff breeze ruffles the flags of England, Sri Lanka and the MCC. With Kumar Sangakkara looking about as moveable as the Great Wall of China, it could be a long final session for England and their bowlers, who have plugged away admirably on a lifeless deck. As Cook's men embark on a final bid to bowl out Sri Lanka before the follow-on mark, surely it's time for Moeen Ali to unveil his much-hyped doosra."

  85. 15:50: 

    Thanks, Justin. Wonderful work as the partnership-breaker. Ponder this, though. Thought Sri Lanka have batted well, they are still 266 behind, going at just over three an over. Even if they bat until lunch tomorrow, they could still be 150 behind. England would still have time to force a result. Having said that, only 13 wickets have fallen in eight sessions and there's little to suggest that is going to change.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "A mixed session. England will be happy with their two wickets; Sri Lanka will be happy with the position Sangakkara has got them in. Moeen didn't particularly threaten, but they are good players of spin."

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  87. 15:44: 
    TEA (SL 309-4)

    I've still got a sandwich to eat, so I'll hand you back to Stephan Shemilt to talk you through the rest of the day.

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    Rob, York: (Re 1445) We smashed both wet floor signs in our floor of halls due to well directed yorkers. Had to buy replacements for the uni.

    Joe, Exeter: I used to enjoy a sneaky game with colleagues while working my old summer job. Bottle of Windolene and a bouncy ball.

  89. 15:39: 
    TEA INTERVAL- SL 309-4 (trail by 266)

    And Plunkett gets what I suspect will be the last over before tea. The tactics? You guessed them - short and straight. To no effect. That will be tea. Sangakkara leaves the field to a standing ovation from the MCC members with 121 of the most glorious runs to his name. Mathews has 14. Sri Lanka are 309-4 - 266 behind England.

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    Jack: (Re 1408) Classroom cricket - disastrous conclusion: bat pad man broken teeth diving in for an edge, onto a desk.

    Legalbeaver: Pre going out hallway/lounge cricket in our room on boys holiday in Magaluf involved many breakages...bat then seized by armed Spanish police at airport on way home...happy days...

  91. 15:38: 
    SL 300-4 (trail by 275)

    Jordan chugs in, the marine blue heels of his shoes catching the eye as he does. He has not found the movement Anderson did, though. Mathews drives sweetly through a vacant mid-on for four before a back-foot forcing shot back down the pitch brings him three and leaves Jordan with a bloody fingertip.

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    Chris Noble: (Re 1408) Don't think I'm alone in suggesting that the hazardous Corridor Cricket is a student halls pastime enjoyed up & down the country.

    Daniel Gorman: Played at Leeds festival and then at V festival mate hit a young lady in the face with a slog over cow corner, she was not impressed.

  93. 15:32: 
    SL 291-4 (Broad 1-55 off 20)

    Mathews off the mark with a single into the off side. Just the one off the over. Tidy from Broad.

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    Matthew Pearson: That pitch in Manaus still has a bit of grass on it. If Gerrard wins the toss, he should definitely have a bowl.

  95. 15:26: 
    SL 290-4 (Sangakkara 116, Mathews 0)

    So Anderson gets a wicket and he's taken out of the attack. Thanks, skip. Chris Jordan replaces him - perhaps we can expect a repeat of the short-pitched tactics to Mathews that we saw in the ODI series? As it happens, Sangakkara faces the entire over. I say face - he only had to play at two of the six balls.

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    Ian Francis: Playing cricket in a University Chemistry Research Lab. Polystyrene ball from one of the atomic models, metre rule as the bat (tricky!), the special 'Oven gloves' for the 'keeper. Can't believe how dangerous it was with experiments going on with flammable liquids! We broke a fluorescent light above a laser!

  97. 15:21: 
    SL 290-4 (trail by 285)

    Two wickets have gone down in 32 balls, during which time Sri Lanka scored only 12 runs. Good pressure from England and they got their reward. Broad keeps Sri Lanka captain and new batsman Angelo Mathews honest with a well-directed over to follow up Anderson's breakthrough.

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    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's funny, you can have all the plans - over the wicket, around the wicket - then you bowl a full ball on leg stump and the batsman clips it straight to mid-wicket."

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It doesn't have to be the one that pitches leg and hits off, wickets come in all ways. He didn't get over it, it was a lazy shot. Angelo Mathews might get a greeting, there's a little murmur from the crowd. He won't take a backward step."

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  100. 15:16: 
    WICKET- Thirimanne c Robson b Anderson (SL 289-4)

    England have another! Anderson angles one into Thirimanne's pads, and the batsman clips obligingly to midwicket, where Sam Robson stretches above his head to take a straightforward catch. Easy as you like.


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  101. 15:15: 
    SL 289-3

    Anderson has a giant red mark on his right thigh where he's been giving the ball a right royal polish. That will take some shifting in the wash? I wonder if the players have to do their own washing? Surely there's a kit man to look after such trivial matters these days?

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Cook is going to have to get Plunkett on for three overs to see if he can shake up the new guy."

  103. 15:12: 
    SL 289-3 (86 overs)

    Broad has a spring in his step but Sangakkara still has an asterix next his name. He has 115, Thirimanne two and Sri Lanka are 289-3 - trailing by 286.

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    Tim, Herne Hill: (Re 1408) indoor cricket on the trading floor of a Swedish Investment Bank when renovations when going on. Head of HR walked round the corner to reprimand us only to find 3 MD's in the slips, Head of Trading in the covers and Head of Sales Trading bowling leg breaks with a ball made of elastic bands. Play was abandoned when an air conditioning unit was broken.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statisticianHow's stat?!

    "Kumar Sangakkara is the first player to score hundreds in three consecutive innings on three separate occasions in Tests."

  106. 15:08: 
    SL 289-3 (Anderson 1-64 off 20)

    It's worth remembering that Thirimanne opened the batting in Sri Lanka's one-day series win against England that preceded this Test - and made 156 in the tour match against Northamptonshire. On a brighter note, Anderson dismissed him in four of those five ODIs. Who will win this contest? One off the over.

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    Cameron, Glasgow: Games of lounge cricket in suburban Glasgow were punctuated by the smashing of pictures of grandmothers and dogs alike - not to mention the destruction of some tasteful IKEA lamps. The close of play was usually brought on due to a stern outburst from an exasperated parent.

  108. 15:04: 
    SL 288-3 (follow-on target 376)

    There's definitely movement now. Broad shapes one back in to find the gap between Sangakkara's bat and pad as he plays back. The appeal - neither for leg before nor caught behind - was never likely to be given. Sanga replies with a four through extra cover. Trademark.

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    Mike Bell, Ashford: Early 1980s. Isle of Man. Late night hotel corridor cricket with the late Roy Castle, who was in summer season at the theatre next door. He gave it a genuine tweak too.

    Richard Matthews: I can now confess 10 years ago in my student days, working at a supermarket a fine roll of foil as a bat, and an Apple as the ball, straight through the window for six. Blamed someone outside for doing it, and got away with it to this day.....

  110. 14:58: 
    SL 284-3 (Sangakkara 111, Thirimanne 2)

    Anderson, over the wicket to both lefties, with three slips and a gully. Thirimanne manages to get his bat down just in time to keep out a late-inswinging yorker, and is happy to survive the rest of the over.

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    Alex Hardy: A much-needed breakthrough... but what a terrible use of a review!

    Chris Mitchell: What an utterly ridiculous review. Would only have been more ambitious if his middle stump had been knocked out of the ground...

  112. 14:54: 
    SL 281-3 (trail by 294)

    The third-wicket partnership was worth 126, but England have finally separated Sri Lanka's stalwarts. Lahiru Thirimanne is the new man - and gets off the mark with a quirted single behind square on the leg side. All of a sudden it's a different game.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "If you get a new batsman in with good bowlers and a new ball there is just a chance you can nip them out before they get in."

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  114. 14:51: 
    WICKET- Jayawardene lbw Broad 55 (SL 277-3)

    That is a shocker of a review. It looked out in real time - and it looked even more out on the slow motion replay. Broad strikes with the new ball, England have hope, and Sri Lanka have lost a review.


    Mahela Jaywardene and Stuart Broad

    Broad is full - very full - and Jayawardene is late on it and stuck on the crease somewhat. Umpire Billy Bowden agrees with the lbw shout, but Jayawardene reviews.

  116. 14:47: 

    And it's Broad to have a trundle (don't tell him I said that) from the Nursery End...

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    Nick, Lincoln: (Re 1408) My brother & friend got sacked for playing in the aisles at Sainsbury at night in early 80s instead of stacking shelves!

    Dom, London: Corridor cricket in student halls last year inevitably ended with a smashed door window pane when I was well beaten outside off-stump.

  118. 14:45: 
    SL 276-2 (trail by 299)

    Great scenes at Lord's as they wheel out an old-fashioned scoreboard from somewhere, with the power cut ruling the electronic version out of commission. You know the sort - black box with white numbers, pull the string to change the score, rusty hinges...

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    Adam, Leeds: (Re 1408) Playing cricket on train from Doncaster to London was all good, few nice straight drives down the carriage until the ball was thrown out by any over officious conductor at Peterborough!

  120. 14:41: 
    DRINKS BREAK- SL 276-2 (Anderson 1-60 off 18)

    So England have managed two wickets in 80 overs. What will the next 80 bring? Encouraging signs for James Anderson, who beats Jayawardene's prod outside off stump before finding a thickish edge down to third man. Five off the over.

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    Kenny Jarvis: For me, Sangakarra is the best ever post-Bradman Test batsman. Aesthetically also the most enjoyable I have watched.

    Benedict Sharrock: Sangakkara would definitely be my keeper and no. 3 for my 21st Century XI.

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    Sangakkra now sits joint fourth on the all-time list of leading Test centurions, which makes impressive reading:

    51: Sachin Tendulkar (India); 45: Jacques Kallis (South Africa); 41: Ricky Ponting (Australia); 36: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka); 36: Rahul Dravid (India).

  123. 14:35: 
    NEW BALL- SL 271-2 (trail by 304)

    That over from Root - a maiden - fairly flew by. Importantly, the new ball is now due, and Cook wastes no time taking it.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "The power is back in the Lord's press box, but the problems seem to have shifted to the Pavilion End of the ground, where the scoreboard has frozen with Kumar Sangakkara still tantalisingly poised on 99."

  125. 14:33: 
    How's stat?!

    Sangakkara's century - his 36th in Tests - came off 182 balls and contained 10 fours, while Jayawardene's fifty spanned 88 balls and featured seven fours.

  126. 14:32: 
    50 for Jayawardene- SL 271-2 (trail by 304)

    Sangakkara goes to 100, now Jayawardene goes to 50 during that over from the returning Chris Jordan. These are ominous times for England. The importance of the new ball, only one over away, cannot be overstated.

    Mahela Jayawardene
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    Pavan Gill: 36 hundreds for Sangakarra. Easily in the top five best batsman ever regardless of his wicketkeeping ability.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was an inevitable hundred once he got in but it was an amazing celebration, Jayawardene leapt on him footballer-style."

  129. 14:25: 
    100 for Kumar Sangakkara- SL 268-2

    He's done it! Sangakkara finally brings up his first Test century at Lord's - 12 years after making his first appearance at the ground. He flays Root through extra cover to go to three figures and gets a leaping Jayawardene on his back as his reward. A lovely moment as these two great friends and team-mates share a hug. Helmets askew, smiles aplenty.

    Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene
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    Dom in London: Corridor cricket in student halls last year inevitably ended with a smashed door window pane when I was well beaten outside off stump.

  131. 14:23: 
    SL 263-2 (Sangakkara 99, Jayawardene 48)

    Plunkett is in danger of putting his back out if he carries on with this barrage of bumpers, he has spent so much time looking at his feet as he delivers the ball. Sangakkara greets a rare full one with a driven four down the ground. Two through the leg side take him to 99. He's almost there...

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I have a view that with the sun out and power cuts around they should turn those floodlights off."

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  133. 14:18: 
    SL 256-2 (trail by 319)

    Part-time offie Joe Root replaces Moeen from the Nursery End, but is no more threatening. Which of those two is closest to a full-time spinner? We've seen previous little spin from this road of a Lord's pitch, and both batsman collect singles.

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    Iain Warburton: Does Plunkett think the long hop outside leg-stump is going to account for one of these two?

  135. 14:15: 
    SL 254-2 (five overs until the new ball)

    Jayawardene taking Plunkett's short stuff on now - a bottom-edged pull scoots through to Matt Prior. Then he's struck on the elbow and the ball narrowly misses leg stump when he tries to get out of the way of another well-directed bumper from round the wicket. This is like going back into time to 1932-33.


    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I have heard Moeen bowls 80 doosras a day in practice, so why not have a go at it now?"

  137. 14:11: 
    SL 253-2 (trail by 322)

    Hundred partnership for Sangakkara and Jayawardene as they continue to milk Moeen. A handshake of sorts - the one the cool kids do. You know what I mean.

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    Vinny Person: If Vaughan reckons the Sri Lankan bowling attack is a 'glorified county cricket' one, what of England's sombre mediocrity?

  139. 14:08: 
    SL 245-2 (Sangakkara 87, Jayawardene 44)

    Plunkett's hair is getting higher and higher as he picks up speed. He poses fewer problems in that over as Sri Lanka move to 245-2 - trailing by 330. The office cricket bat has just appeared. Anyone fancy a game? Any stories of people getting into trouble playing cricket where/when they shouldn't have been?

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "Dramatic scenes in the Media Centre as a power cut strikes, knocking off all electricity in the press rooms and the two floodlights at the Nursery End. There's been lots of frantic running around among the MCC and ECB officials, and urgent grunting into walkie-talkies. TV broadcasters are currently running off generators, while the TMS boys have been forced to decamp into the box-like engineer's room."

  141. 14:03: 
    SL 240-2 (trail by 335)

    Jayawardene is a different player at the other end, greeting Moeen's first ball with a dexterous reverse-sweep for four. More width outside off stump off the last delivery allows Mahela to practise his square cut. Four more.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The reason for this field is why Liam Plunkett is in the side, he bowls fast, round the wicket and into the ribs. A bit of leg theory!"

  143. 14:00: 
    SL 232-2

    A stiff-limbed Plunkett charges in round the wicket. A half-hearted appeal for caught behind - Jayawardene on the pull - is answered in the negative, and Plunkett suffers the indignity of having to field off his own bowling as the ball goes through a vacant mid-off. Jayawardene is not looking comfortable, though, fending off one steepler off under his armpit before shovelling one behind square on the leg side to get off strike. Good from England.

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    Keith Flett: I've been in Lord's media centre lift. It's not a good place to be stuck. Pray for those who are that Geoffrey Boycott isn't in it.

  145. 13:55: 
    SL 226-2 (trail by 349)

    Mahela responds with three through the off side before Sangakkara, dancing down the track, goes back over Moeen's head and it needs another sliding stop - from Alastair Cook - to prevent a boundary.

    Mahela Jayawardene
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    Harrison: Let's see that's stumping on the screens.... Oh wait there's no power at Lords! Not out then!

  147. 13:53: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- SL 221-2

    A moral victory for Moeen, who beats Jayawardene on the outside edge and wicketkeeper Matt Prior collects from wide of the crease and whips the bails off. Jayawardene's back leg strayed out of the crease as he played forward, but he had ample time to push it back over the line.

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    Andy in Turkey: Rugby, cricket, football, Father's Day and on holiday. Great time darling isn't it .....darling?

  149. 13:49: 
    SL 220-2 (Plunkett 0-53 from 14)

    Plunkett from the Pavilion End, armed with a ball that is 68 overs old and with a short leg and leg gully crouching. He persists with the short stuff, but the soft-handed Sangakkara plays him with the ease of a man who seems destined for a Lord's century.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a tough welcome to Test cricket for Moeen Ali with two of the greats of Sri Lanka making batting look very easy. England will just have to keep messing around with the field placings, looking for an inside edge into the pad or something. He wouldn't have come across this too many times in his bowling career."

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  151. 13:43: 
    SL 216-2 (Sangakkara 74, Jayawardene 31)

    It's Moeen Ali with the first over after the interval, and he starts it with a full toss. Thanks very much, says Jayawardene. The longer this innings goes on, the more England will feel the absence of a premier spinner.

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  153. 13:42: 
    SL 212-2 (trail by 363)

    Only two of the four floodlights are working at Lord's. It seems there's been a power cut. Air-con busted, wi-fi gone kaputt, broadcasting lines not working. Pandemonium. Sort of.

  154. 13:39: 
    SL 212-2

    Stephan has decided a change of commentator might bring a change of fortunes for England, so I'm afraid you're stuck with me, Justin Goulding, for the foreseeable. And the players are trotting out for the afternoon session.

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    Will, Oxford: How about covering pitches only when play is threatened, rather than during the period before the match, so that we don't get delays but pitches have more juice?

  156. 13:29: 
    Lunch- SL 212-2

    Just joining us? Only one wicket to report from the morning session as Sri Lanka moved from an overnight 140-1 to 212-2 - trailing England by 363. James Anderson removed Kaushal Silva for 63, but that merely brought Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene together. They have 73 and 29 respectively, and their third-wicket partnership is worth 71.

    Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara
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    Alex: Big shout out to Martin (11:49) for reminding me about Father's Day, cheers fella.

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    Ralph Brooker: Are we going to see Moeen's doosra?

  159. 13:07:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    On Test Match Special, Jonathan Agnew will be talking to Radio 1 DJ and cricket lover Nihal. Tune in. I'm off on safari to hunt for that endangered species - a wicket.

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    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I thought England have done alright. They tried to bowl in that corridor outside off-stump to deny runs and make things difficult, hoping they make a mistake. Then they tried Plunkett but it's so slow, it sucks all the life out of it. They haven't been plundered for runs, though. Yes, if these two get in they will score quicker, but unless you have got Waqar Younis and some of the all-time greats it will be difficult. It would be difficult for him too."

  161. 13:03: 
    Lunch- SL 212-2

    England's bowlers can't be blamed. To a man they have bowled with patience, sticking to the often creative plans set by Alastair Cook. When we return this afternoon, there will be 13 overs until the new ball. That is when a new game will begin.


  162. 13:02: 
    Lunch- SL 212-2

    Plunkett looks to give Jayawardene an uncomfortable passage to the lunch break, coming around the wicket with two men waiting on the leg side. Short stuff well negotiated, with the final ball turned for a single. Sri Lanka take lunch on 212-2, trailing by 363. This morning, 72 runs have been scored for the loss of one wicket. I'll be honest, it's not been riveting.

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    Adam Kwiatkowski: How about making batsmen play with a stick of rhubarb?

  164. 12:57: 
    SL 211-2

    Liam Plunkett to bowl the next set, so we'll actually only get the one.

  165. 12:56: 
    SL 211-2 (Sangakkara 73, Jayawardene 28)

    The decreasing Lord's din tells me that plenty of patron have headed off for an early lunch. "Do you have the specialist spinner on the menu? No? I'll have a bowl of wickets then please." Jordan, economical run-up, is hanging the ball outside Sangakkara's off stump, hoping for an error. He gets one, of sorts, with a thick edge flying wide of the two slips and running for four. Possibly two overs before lunch, maybe only one.

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    KD, London: Boycott wasn't complaining about the pitch when England were filling their boots over the last couple of days...now he wants uncovered pitches!

  167. 12:52: 
    SL 207-2 (Sangakkara 69, Jayawardene 28)

    Not long before the break, maybe three or four overs. Moeen wheels around the wicket at Sangakkara, who has his dancing shoes on. Some drift, but not much hint of turn. Got any good jokes?

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    James Alexander Morrison: If batsmen are too dominant in Test cricket nowadays due to covered pitches, why not think of another solution (e.g. increasing the width and/or height of the stumps) rather than having uncovered pitches?

  169. 12:49: 
    SL 206-2 (trail by 369)

    Alastair Cook has often been accused of being an unimaginative captain, but he's certainly gone through his options today. Bowlers shuffled, fields altered, lengths changed. At the minute, though, England's best efforts are being halted by two of the top eight most prolific Test batsmen of all time on a pitch less likely to misbehave than a child on Christmas Eve. Jordan to Jayawardene, wonderful straight drive for four. When did Mahela move to 28?

    England captain Alastair Cook
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Jayawardene plays the ball late so he is in control. Your eyes are over the point where you are making connection with the ball so mathematicians will tell you there is more chance of hitting it!"

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  171. 12:45: 
    SL 202-2 (Sangakkara 67, Jayawardene 25)

    Jayawardene plays the percentages, sweeping Moeen with the spin and slope to the vacant leg-side boundary. A single brings up the 50 partnership and polite applause from a crowd that I was concerned may have been slipping in to a coma. There have been 11 wickets in nearly seven sessions of this Test match. If that trend continues, my maths tells me this would have to be a nine-day match in order to take all 40. Is that right?


    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is the sort of pitch they get in Sri Lanka, no pace, no bounce. This was the beauty of uncovered pitches, if it rained on it the bowlers had a chance."

  173. 12:41: 
    SL 195-2 (62 overs)

    The short-bowling plan to Sangakkara is abandoned after one over, with Chris Jordan replacing Liam Plunkett, posting two slips and no catchers on the leg side. It seems, though, that whatever England try to Sanga is doomed to fail. A long hop is pulled for four, taking the left-hander to 66. He's never scored a Test ton at Lord's, you know. This could well be his last chance. I bet he knows that too.

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    Lindsay, Ayr: Sofa weekend, Martin (11:49)? When will you find the time to reach the sofa? It's been so hectic I'm still pinned in bed...and all those jobs my wife has lined up for me...

  175. 12:36: 
    SL 191-2 (partnership 40)

    England will want these clouds to hang around until the new ball is due in 19 overs, which will probably be midway through the afternoon. Lord's usefully full of excited chatter on a Saturday morning, but HQ is subdued as Moeen wheels down an uneventful set. If you like stats like this, the overall match score for this pitch is 766-11.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a poor pitch for competitive for Test cricket. It's ok for batting, though. I'd just like more for the bowlers - you want a competition. It's somewhat unfair."

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  177. 12:34: 
    SL 190-2

    A change of plan to Sangakkara, he can expect some short stuff. Short leg, leg slip, two men on the hook. With the slope, Plunkett's angle will follow the left-hander, trying to cramp him for room. Problem is, Plunkett is barely getting the ball above waist high (though that might because of the pitch more than any fault of the bowler) and is too often drifting down the leg side.


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    Andrew Richmond: As a lecturer in sports turf and ground care mechanics, this Lord's track is what we would call a 'gate money pitch'.

  179. 12:29: 
    SL 187-2 (Sangakkara 58, Jayawardene 19)

    Spin for the first time today, in the shape of Moeen Ali's off-breaks. Around the wicket to Sangakkara, with a "yes, Mo" from behind the stumps before Sanga twice works into the leg side. Slip, short leg and short mid wicket for right-hander Jayawardene, who will have the ball turning in to him down the slope. Ooofff, big shot, without the class you would expect from Mahela, a slog over mid on for four. Moeen looks puzzled, but he should be encouraged. The rain, by the way, has relented, but the clouds remain.

    Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene
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    Jack Beecroft: Kumar and Mahela at the crease, on a flat pitch, must be a daunting prospect for any bowler.

    Louis McMahon: I get the feeling if I didn't check the score again until 6:30 tonight Sangakkara & Jayawardene will still be batting!

  181. 12:24: 
    SL 180-2 (trail by 395)

    Remember that flick over the slips that brought Jayawardene four? England have decided that might something worth exploring, posting a third man a few yards in from the boundary. Good thinking, or following the ball? A cut off a Plunkett short ball isn't stopped by Gary Ballance and goes for four, with Jayawardene then going on the pull when the Yorkshire seamer goes around the wicket. Jayawardene has looked more uncertain on the front foot outside off stump, while this short stuff doesn't seem to bother him.

    Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Jayawardene is still feeling his way - he's not fluent yet. Like any batsman who has played and missed, he wanted us all to know that was an absolutely magnificent delivery and not batsman error. England will want to stay out there because in these sort of conditions it just feels something is more likely to happen. Jayawardene is in his late 30s now so England will want to see if he can still pick up the ball at 90mph."

  183. 12:20: 
    SL 174-2

    It really is getting dark, the floodlights accentuated to such a degree that they reflect of the stickers on bats and shades that sit on the back of caps. Ooohhh, Jayawardene beaten by Jordan, then taking an unconvincing single. Here comes the rain, prompting a rush for umbrellas to be raised. The umpires glance at each other, but we're staying on.

    England's Chris Jordan
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The majority of the crowd are a bit torn because I guess most of them will want England to do well but they also quite like the notion of watching Sangakkara and Jayawardene because it could be their last time to grace Lord's."

  185. 12:14: 
    SL 173-2 (Sangakkara 54, Jayawardene 9)

    When Jordan returns to second slip, he reveals that he is wearing black socks. What's that all about? Has he run out of whites? Is there not a standard issue Test-match sock? England have struck this morning, but it's looked straightforward for Sri Lanka since the wicket. Plunkett isn't getting it down at more than mid-80s, with the veteran pair picking up singles. With his one, Jayawardene leaps back ahead of West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul to sixth in the all-time list. Just the 11,328 runs.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "England's sub fielder at the moment is none other than their new fielding coach Chris Taylor. As the man charged with making sure Alastair Cook and his men hold on to their chances, imagine how the former Gloucestershire batsman would feel if he dropped a clanger?"

    England fielding coach Chris Taylor
  187. 12:10: 
    SL 171-2 (trail by 404)

    You know what Neil, it's starting to look dark again as Chris Jordan is called upon for the first time today. Jordan, on Test debut, is the newest member of England's slip cordon, so when he is bowling Ian Bell is asked to fill in. Bell is one of three grabbers waiting for a Jayawardene edge, but the old man is warming to his task, gradually looking more comfortable on the front dog.

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    Neil Court: Absolutely hosing down with rain in Harrow!

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It has certainly looked like batting is more difficult than at any time in the match, except possibly in the first hour on the first day. I am sure the cloud cover has something to do with that, though the ball hasn't swung that much."

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  190. 12:03: 
    DRINKS BREAK- SL 170-2

    Plunkett, who could have a had a role as an extra in Full Metal Jacket, has a short leg in place to Jayawardene and looks to have the right-hander hopping around to some short stuff. Defend, defend, then attack the wide one. A wayward delivery is very deliberately flicked over the slips, aerially to third man for four. That touch of ingenuity takes us to drinks.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Session by session for Sri Lanka, the old adage. If they are batting at the end of play they will be beyond the follow-on target."

  192. 11:59: 
    SL 165-2 (Sangakkara 51, Jayawardene 4)

    Cover drives have been a feature of Kumar Sangakkara's innings - 24 of his 51 runs have come in the arc from in front of point around to straight mid off. With one great Sri Lanka pair in the middle, another - Sanath Jayasuriya and Aravinda de Silva - watch from the stands. As the lights continue to illuminate the grey, Anderson sets up camp on Jayawardene's off stump.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statisticianHow's stat?!

    Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have now scored 6,000 Test runs in partnership. The only double-acts who have managed more are India's Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid (6,905), West Indies' Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes (6,482), and Australia's Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer (6,081).

  194. 11:54: 
    50 for Kumar Sangakkara- SL 164-2

    Stuart Broad has bowled well but without success this morning and is withdrawn in favour of Liam Plunkett, the man chosen to bring some fire and brimstone to this England attack. The hulking, stubbled Yorkshire seamer is immediately around the wicket to Sangakkara, whose lose drive flies through gully for four. A much better drive, through mid off, takes the prolific left-hander to a 46th Test half century. 46! He's got 35 hundreds too. His last Test? A triple ton and a hundred. Silly good.

    Kumar Sangakkara
  195. 11:53: 
    How's stat?!

    'Bowled Anderson, caught Prior' has occurred 61 times in Tests - and is now the most prolific combination in England Test history, surpassing Ian Botham and Bob Taylor's previous record.

    England's Matt Prior and James Anderson
  196. 11:49: 
    SL 157-2 (trail by 418)

    Jayawardene, sleeveless sweater and blue bandana poking from beneath his helmet, is so keen to get across his stumps that leg stick is poking out from behind his pads. Even with his mountain of runs, there is a suggestion he can be vulnerable on and around off stump early on. Gary Ballance, third slip, creeps well forward as Jayawardene almost plays on to an Anderson inswinger, but the old master is then off the mark with a guide to third man.

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    Martin: Rugby, cricket, football and Father's Day. Can this be the best sofa weekend ever?

  198. 11:45: 
    SL 151-2 (Sangakkara 44, Jayawardene 0)

    A nice moment between Sangakkara and Jayawardene as the latter made his way to the crease, a little glove pump between two men who might not play another Test match at Lord's. Quite simply, these two men are Sri Lankan cricket and, just before this tour, gave a wonderful in-depth interview about their friendship. Sangakkara almost gets himself in to trouble with a hook off Broad. It's uppish, but brings him a couple.

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    Kenny Jarvis: Watching the best partnership in the history of cricket will see me right for the foreseeable future.

  200. 11:41: 
    SL 151-2

    Looking again, Silva was bending his knees but left the bat high and at an angle, poking towards third man. The ball actually took the leading edge, with the wrong-footed Prior doing very well. Silva's exit brings Mahela Jayawardene to the crease. The maestro has made two previous tons at Lord's and, with Sangakkara, there is now more than 22,000 Test runs at the crease.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is sharp from Anderson, Silva is trying to sway out of the way but he leaves his bat up there and it is a good catch from Prior. Silva played extremely well, he has good patience and technique."

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  202. 11:35: 
    WICKET- Silva c Prior b Anderson 63 (SL 151-2)

    The breakthrough! James Anderson strikes, using the short ball to remove Kaushal Silva. Just as Sri Lanka used the bumper to make something happen yesterday, Anderson conjures something out of nothing for England. It was quick, nipping down the slope so Silva could not get out of the way. He got into a terrible tangle, left his bat pointing upwards like a periscope, with the ball hitting the back and flying through to Matt Prior, who changed direction to take a very sharp catch.


    England's James Anderson removes Sri Lanka opener Kaushal Silva
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    Martyn Beeson: Can I suggest to Phil Tufnell that he rings the bell backing away to leg? It's how we all remember him.

    Phil Tufnell
  204. 11:34: 
    SL 150-1 (48 overs)

    Kumar Sangakkara is looking ominously comfortable for England. Stuart Broad gallops in, kicking his heels in a strain for a full length. Each time, Sangakkara just about stirs himself to plonk on to the front foot, with all the laziness of a man staggering out of bed. Ease the bat down, drive at half-power, testing the cover fielders. It's like he's having a net against the bowling machine.

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    Tony: You can most definitely mess up ringing a bell. A bell is a musical instrument and as such requires study and perfection.

  206. 11:31: 
    SL 149-1 (trail by 426)

    Having endured a long day on Thursday, Sri Lanka came hard at England yesterday and had some success with the short ball. Anderson employs a similar tactic to Silva, causing the opener to thrust backwards in order to get out of the way. As Anderson returns to a full length, the clouds return, giving us the strange half-light mix of sunshine and gloom.

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    Simon Hodgson: When was the last time the England cricket, rugby and football teams were all playing on the same day?

    New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu and England's Billy Twelvetrees
  208. 11:26: 
    SL 149-1 (Silva 63, Sangakkara 40)

    For all the talk of England being pleased to see the earlier dark clouds, the grey blanket barely affected the behaviour of the ball. After that, the resulting rain actually hasn't helped the home side in their bid to find some reverse swing. For that to happen, the ball needs to be very dry, not rolling across a wet outfield. England have been disciplined, but Sri Lanka equally as patient. Broad to Sangakkara, off stump, stalemate.

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    Jon Waterman: Why do the lights affect seam movement?

  210. 11:22: 
    Close!- SL 149-1

    The TMS crew reveal that Phil Tufnell will be ringing the bell at the start of play tomorrow. Surely there's nothing that can go wrong there? Is it possible to make a mess of ringing a bell? It's positively bright at Lord's now, sunny enough for England coach Peter Moores to don the shades. Anderson to Silva...big drive...edge...short of first slip. The first sniff of a chance this morning.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think the rain has passed. It feels much brighter but it is dark away to the east."

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  212. 11:17: 
    SL 148-1 (Silva 63, Sangakkara 39)

    A young lad in whites and a fluorescent bib, one of the 12th men, runs out with a drink that no one wants. A message to Stuart Broad? "Stuart, coach says it's raining." Are there any other situations when it's socially acceptable for two men to share a single umbrella? It's happening at Lord's. Good from Broad, just nipping away from Silva as the rain begins to subside. What's that in the sky? The sun!

  213. 11:16: 
    England Women's captain Charlotte Edwards

    News from the Queen's Birthday Honours and England women's captain Charlotte Edwards, who led the team to back-to-back Ashes wins, has been made a CBE, superseding the MBE she was awarded five years ago. Vice-captain Jenny Gunn, who has made more than 200 international appearances since her debut in 2004, becomes an MBE.

  214. 11:13: 
    SL 148-1 (43 overs)

    The crowd rustle for umbrellas, hats and bin liners to keep them dry as rain starts to trickle down. Umpires Paul Reiffel and Billy Bowden have a chat - "let's see how it goes". Anderson has a good look around Sangakkara's off stump as the rain comes down heavier. I wouldn't be surprised if we head off here.

  215. 11:10: 
    SL 148-1

    You there, in the red. Yes you. Move away from the sightscreen. That member of staff is shifted, allowing Stuart Broad to begin his work. Three slips for right-hander Silva, only two for Sangakkara. Singles well run, not much hint of movement. Silva, so impressive yesterday, is already in to the forward-defence position in which he could be cast in bronze. Very dark overhead.

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    Nick Hall: I think there will be 3 knocked over in the first hour.

    Andrew Meek: England need an early wicket otherwise it could be a very long day in the field.

  217. 11:03: 
    SL 146-1 (Silva 62, Sangakkara 38)

    Anderson is immediately around the wicket to leftie Sangakkara, with two slips waiting to be fed. Cloud cover? Floodlights? Nibbling ball? Doesn't matter to Sangakkara, who leans in to the most glorious cover drive. One over in and we may as well all go home. There won't be anything better than that today.


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    Small Man Peaky: Overcast. Anderson must be licking his lips.

  219. 11:01: 

    The floodlights are on, reflecting off the dull blue plastic of Kumar Sangakkara's helmet. He'll be on strike to James Anderson, who probably jumps for joy when he opens his curtains to see dark clouds. The sweater-wearing Kaushal Silva is at the non-striker's end.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Plunkett is not express pace but he is as quick as most people around the English game. Today, unless it does swing, Cook will look to Plunkett to bowl fast. He might go for five an over but if he picks up two wickets Cook will take that."

  221. 10:58: 

    The dingle-ing of the bell summons the umpires and players from the dressing rooms. An already-sizeable crowd applauds as the protagonists in white emerge. Alastair Cook leads his troops down steps flanked by members in silly jackets, like being given a guard of honour the cast of Punch and Judy.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I liked the way Moeen Ali bowled yesterday, he only bowled three overs but he was in control. Unless this cloud cover is significant, which I doubt, he is going to be a busy man today. He is obviously a better batsman than bowler but there are big possibilities for him. He has looked very comfortable in everything he has done. We are all quite excited by him."

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    Michael Lee: Much better day for bowling in North London. Muggy.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "BBC Radio 5 live's Alison Mitchell caught up with England bowling coach David Saker this morning and his message was clear: England must bowl straighter than they did yesterday if they are to pull apart this Sri Lanka batting line-up."

    England bowler Liam Plunkett
    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I can't imagine a Sri Lankan team without Sangakkara and Jayawardene, they will need to blood new players but it is a tough balancing act."

  226. 10:50:  
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  227. 10:48: 

    Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu: "The wicket turned out to be a good batting wicket and we need to put enough runs on the board to make a game. Probably we regret putting them in but we achieved in doing what we wanted in putting pressure on the English top order. We believe we have the batting power to go past even the total England have made."

  228. 10:47: 
    Get involved

    For England, the hunt for wickets is the name of the game. For Sri Lanka, reaching the follow-on mark of 376 is the target, followed by the attempt to get as close to England's total as possible.

    How do you see it panning out? Can England make inroads, or will the pitch be the winner? Will they regret eschewing a specialist spinner? Text 81111, tweet using the hashtag #bbccricket, or email tms@bbc.co.uk.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "Lord's is shrouded in light-grey cloud on a markedly cooler third morning at the Test. England will be hoping the overcast conditions help their bowlers generate some swing as they look to make inroads in the Sri Lanka batting order. Before play, early arrivals at cricket HQ watched the thrilling climax to England's rugby union Test in New Zealand on the big screen at the Nursery End, while journalists in the media centre gathered around the televisions to see the tourists lose by one point."

    Big screen at Lord's
  230. 10:45: 

    It is from there that we shall begin, with Kaushal Silva 62 not out and Kumar Sangakkara unbeaten on 32.

    England's pace attack had little joy on Friday, but a glance skywards might give them some heart today. It's dark, gloomy, heavy overhead. Perhaps a bowling morning.

  231. 10:44: 

    Alright, so England's achievements of posting their highest total in three years may register lower on the sporting Richter scale than shock results in Brazil, but, after a winter of batting misery, it seemed like runs would never flow again.

    Underpinned by Joe Root's wonderful unbeaten 200, that 575-9 put England well on top of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's.

    Problem is, the wicket is flatter than week-old lager, and the tourists will be just as hard to dislodge. On a sunny second evening, they progressed to 140-1.

  232. 10:42: 

    Check the phone. Frantically scramble for information.

    It did! It really did! Unbelievable.

    England made 575-9!

    Joe Root
  233. 10:41: 

    Blink in the light for that split waking second of not knowing what day it is, whether you have to get up or not.

    Vague recollection of something extraordinary happening last night. Did that really happen? Can't have done.

  234. 10:40: 

    Saturday morning. Wake a little groggy. Perhaps a little too much coffee and cheese last night.

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Live Scores - England v Sri Lanka


  • England drew with Sri Lanka
  • England: 575-9 & 267-8 (69.0 overs)
  • Sri Lanka: 453 & 201-9 (90.0 overs)
  • Venue: Lord's

Sri Lanka 2nd Innings

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Karunaratne c Robson b Broad 16
K Silva c Prior b Jordan 57
Sangakkara b Anderson 61
M Jayawardene c Prior b Anderson 18
Thirimanne c Jordan b Anderson 2
Mathews c Cook b Anderson 18
P Jayawardene lbw b Jordan 8
Kulasekara lbw b Broad 1
Herath c Prior b Broad 1
Eranga not out 0
Pradeep not out 0
Extras 1nb 11b 7lb 19
Total for 9 201

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