England v Sri Lanka, second Test, day five as it happened

Sri Lanka beat England with one ball remaining in a pulsating Test at Headingley to win the Test series 1-0.

24 June 2014 Last updated at 10:29

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  1. 19:55: 
    Sri Lanka celebrate with the Test series trophy

    An epic Test match - and an epic series (about as epic as a two-Test series can get). I only hope we were able to convey some of the excitement and emotion of it all.

    Focus now turns to India, who are already in the UK for their series - BBC Radio 5 live sports extra will have commentary on their first warm-up game against Leicestershire, which starts on Thursday. TMS will be back for the first Test at Trent Bridge on 9 July. I hope you'll join us then - thanks for all your messages over this Test, and it's good night from us.


    More from Mahela Jayawardene: "I doubt you'll see either me or Kumar Sangakkara playing Test cricket in England again. The next tour is too far away for us."


    More from England coach Peter Moores on TMS: "Alastair has felt out of form but as a man he fronted up and he got everyone going this morning. It has been a really tough seven or eight months, none of us take it lightly and he is going to work extremely hard to put it right. We have seen Moeen play one of the best innings, Sam Robson, Gary Ballance also made centuries. If we can get the captain playing well that is going to start looking like a really strong batting unit."


    England batsman Moeen Ali: "I'm obviously very gutted. A hundred to save the game would have been fantastic but it doesn't mean as much with the guys so disappointed. I had to fight myself a bit. I'd much rather get 99 and save the game. I wasn't keeping an eye on the scoreboard until I got to 96. Jimmy played brilliantly - that was a brilliant ball he got at the end, right on the money. I've got enough confidence in the way I approach the game, I just wanted to bat as long as I could today."

    England's Moeen Ali and James Anderson

    More from England coach Peter Moores on TMS: I think Jimmy summed it up when he was nearly in tears. We take the spirit and the fight but we need to do it for the whole Test match. You can't let the game ever happen at international level. We let them back in the game and that hurts badly."

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    Dai, W Yorks: I agree with Roy (19.33). No one will say "do you remember where you were when Jimmy was out" because most people did not experience the emotion of [watching] it live. You can't put a monetary value on that.

    George Gwyer: Thanks to TMS for allowing all of us Brits on holiday in Mykonos to follow such an amazing match. Full marks to Moeen, but should he or Anderson have taken the last over? Well played Sri Lanka. Test match cricket lives OK!


    Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara on TMS: "When there is one wicket to go you know it only takes one ball, but it gets tight. The wrong thing would be to have those doubts creeping in but Angelo Mathews showed he is a fantastic young man and the way he led us through this tour through the best of times and some controversy showed the strength of his character. We have style and we play with heart and honesty and we deserved to win."

  8. 19:45: 

    Emotional scenes as Sri Lanka celebrate with their supporters - Percy, their most loyal fan who's travelled around the world to watch them for years, is hugged by a couple of players.

    And I can tell you that England are down to fifth place in the ICC Test rankings, below India and Pakistan.


    More from England coach Peter Moores: "The tactics didn't work because we couldn't get Mathews out. Alastair Cook has been magnificent today. Yesterday was a really poor day for England cricket. Today was a great comeback in some ways and that was led by the captain. He knows he's out of form. He's working hard. In the India series he's going to hope to come back with a bang."

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

    "Cook is a really, really nice boy, he's honest, he's straight but his form is suffering. He needs to start scoring runs because it's a results orientated business."


    Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene on TMS: "I said to Kumar in the slips it would probably go to the last over and it did. We had to really fight at Lord's and here we had to dig deep. This is something special for us, our first series win in England. We always believed in our ability, we felt we had something special to give. The boys always try and give everything they have got, the way the quicks bowled was remarkable. They hit those areas which we haven't done in the past. Both teams played some really good cricket and it has been a really good series."

    Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene
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    Tom Griffiths: So, two Tests, two penultimate ball decisions, three hundreds for England bats in their first three Tests. Series should be longer.

    Allen Stroud: So, Robson, Compton, Ballance, Bell (c), Morgan, Buttler, Ali, Broad, Jordan, Plunkett, Kerrigan? Like James Taylor in too.

    So Root to be dropped after a double century? Harsh, Allen. Harsh.


    England coach Peter Moores: "I think you saw by Jimmy's reaction how the dressing room feels. There are some tough lessons to take. We played with spirit and fight today, which is how we want to play all the time - I'm not sure we've played like that all of the Test. We put ourselves in a good position and we let them back in. We didn't bowl as well as we could have done with the new ball. The bowlers knew what they wanted to do and they couldn't do it."

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    Salim, Toronto: I am a SL fan but it was very good to see England fight. First five wickets for 57 runs, next five for 192. Hope that the England effort will silence those who think KP should have been in the team. KP may have scored the most runs for England in Australia in the last series, but he did not show the fight we saw today. Sometimes it is not about losing a match but more about how you lose it when a loss is almost inevitable.

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

    "He has to have some imagination with his captaincy, one plan can't fit into every situation."

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    More from Alastair Cook on TMS: "I am hugely proud of the fact I am England captain and I am desperate to continue. The results over the last six months haven't been good but I said when we took over with Mooresy there will be a few downs before ups perhaps because we have a lot of young players. I know I have to score runs and the results have to change but if I am asked to do it I would love to carry on."


    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: "It means everything to be honest. We kept trying, we didn't lose our belief. I threw the ball to Eranga saying 'You've got to somehow do it' and he didn't let us down. England played some really good cricket and they pushed us all the way. Moeen and Jimmy batted brilliantly. Our bowlers are quite inexperienced but they tried to hit their lines and lengths and they were brilliant."

  18. 19:37: 

    The victors get the trophy, wave a Sri Lankan flag passed to them by the crowd and the champagne is sprayed. They look an exceedingly happy bunch, and have every right to be. You can see how much winning here means to them.


    More from Alastair Cook on TMS: "It's tough to take, we have pretty much had two bad days in the 10 days of the series and that has cost us at the crucial moments in this series. I don't know why that is, but we haven't been able to take advantage. Winning does become a habit. When we have been successful in the past it could have gone either way but someone took the initiative for us. At the moment we are letting those opportunities slip."

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    Colin Evans: Great match... but 'Test match cricket not dying' - how many fans in the ground? Shocking scenes of almost empty terraces at Headingley.

    Reg Breeze: With three young batsmen scoring centuries, plus Joe Root, plus Plunkett's bowling, how on earth does Anderson get man of series?


    More from England captain Alastair Cook: "Moeen played an outstanding innings. We knew we had to fight all day. To get a hundred like that was a great effort and bodes really well for the future. It's gutting to come up short but credit to Sri Lanka. The series was very close and they've won the crucial moments."

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    Ruth: Since my son was born 10 days ago, England haven't won a single international sporting fixture. He did however enjoy avidly hitting refresh during feeds today!

  23. 19:33: 

    Sri Lanka get their medals, and there will be a trophy coming their way. Big gins from Sangakkara, Jayawardene and the others.

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    Roy: This is one of the greatest sports on the planet. The emotional attachment to the individuals and teams is surely unsurpassed. However, shame on the ECB for selling their souls and our game to the highest bidder. Although TMS provides extraordinary coverage it does not grab the attention or the imagination of the majority of young kids that are the future of the game. How do they find their heroes to aspire to be like? How can you explain the courage shown today and the commitment and just what winning or loosing means without the visuals? But bless ya Aggers and co. Awesome words.


    More from England captain Alastair Cook: "I know I have got to score runs, no one has got a divine right to play in the side or captain the side. I know have got to work bloody hard on my game. It's a huge honour to captain England and I believe I am the right man for the job. I am a determined bloke and I am determined to turn this around."

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    Matt Vigg: Brilliant innings by Moeen, a great Test and let's be honest the right result for a number of reasons...

    Steve in Hungary: Can anyone tell me why any professional cricketer, with just an over to play out, plays any balls which are obviously going over the stumps? Take off stump guard and play nothing that isn't going to hit the wicket. It's not rocket science. But then again, that just about sums England up these days.


    England captain Alastair Cook: "Yesterday was one of the tougher days I have had, you have to look yourself and what you could have done differently. We needed people to be brave for six and a half hours today and we did it for six hours 29 minutes."

    England captain Alastair Cook
  28. 19:30: 

    Twice now in the last couple of years, England have played hard-fought two-Test series against Sri Lanka, and I'm sure both times, people will have walked away saying "so why only two Tests"?

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    Steve Pearce: Forget Twenty20, Test cricket is all we need. What a match, even if England did lose! Congrats Sri Lanka.


    England pace bowler James Anderson: "We got quite close and obviously we're gutted. They've been tough pitches for us. We tried our hearts out this series. Man of the series could have gone to a number of people and I feel very fortunate."

    James Anderson after England lose off the penultimate ball
  31. 19:27: 

    England get their losers' medals. There are big cheers for Moeen Ali and Jimmy Anderson in particular.

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

    "I never find it wrong if people are emotional about losing, it means a lot to people. If they are really upset it means they care."

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  33. 19:26: 

    Sri Lanka's player of the series is Angelo Mathews. Will he have room in his house for all these oversized cheques?


    Sri Lanka coaching consultant (and former England batsman) Chris Adams on TMS: "It's been an incredible two Test matches. I had a feeling England would dig in and all credit to them, in particular Moeen Ali, showed what great temperament he has but I have really enjoyed my time with Sri Lanka, they are great lads and I am absolutely delighted for them. It's a huge, huge win."

  35. 19:25: 

    There's a player of the series award for both teams - England's is James Anderson.

    He seems close to tears. Genuinely.

  36. 19:24: 

    It's presentation time - Angelo Mathews is man of the match.

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

    "There is a skill in getting people down and winning - and England haven't got it. Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson are two of the finest bowlers in the world but on two occasions with the new ball they were pretty poor."

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    Jamie Chisholm: For all the awfulness of yesterday, at least England showed good battle today. Mooen Ali, we salute you.

    David Davies, Sri Lanka: Not a sound apart from a dog barking in the distance as I look out from my seventh-floor apartment across the centre of Colombo - everyone has gone to bed, lights are out apart from me and TMS!

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

    "It was a good ball to get Jimmy out, directly at him, very difficult. If it's either side or too high it's all right but if it's in the throat it can go anywhere. Jimmy did well. We should all be home now having our dinner. There were moments in this match where we should have been home in four days."

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  40. 19:20: 

    I'm still struggling to get my breath back after what I've just witnessed. What an astonishing finish to both Tests. And although the knives will be out for England's tactics, team selection, captaincy etc, I don't think we should forget to praise some terrific cricket from Sri Lanka.

    That knock by Angelo Mathews yesterday, for instance, deserved to win any game, while the cricket world will be significantly poorer when Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene - who may have played their last innings in England - finally hang up their bats. Long may they continue.

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

    "The quality of the cricket the players dish up is dependent on the surface and we had a good surface. It was good for batting, the bowlers had a real chance and it spun a bit. I thought Moeen played really well. There was one airy fairy shot but after that I don't think he did anything wrong. We were saying can you tighten up like we were about Robson and he made a wonderful hundred. I accept young players make mistakes but I look for some improvement and what we got from the lad was a hell of a lot better, he played beautifully."

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    Dan Whittaker: Swanny, I've been at work an extra two hours because you told me not to move. Do you pay overtime?

    Albert Freeman: Amazing two Test matches, with the penultimate ball each being decisive. Well played Sri Lanka.

    Roshan Abeysinghe, BBC Test Match Special

    "This will do a lot of good for Sri Lanka. It's a huge feather in Angelo Mathews' cap. You can't ask for anything better than to beat England in England. It's such a tough frontier for sub-continent teams."

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Anderson's 0 off 55 balls is the second longest duck in Test cricket history, after New Zealand's Geoff Allott."

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    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sri Lanka threw everything at that last over - it was almost a Bodyline strategy. It was a perfectly directed bouncer. Jimmy Anderson couldn't do anything else - his natural reactions just took over."

  46. 19:14: 

    The next time you hear some bore in your office, or down the pub, talk about how "Test cricket is boring/over-rated/elitist/dying", you have my permission to strap them down in a chair and not let them escape until they've watched these two Tests on video.

  47. 19:13: 
    Close-of-play scorecard

    Sri Lanka win by 100 runs

    England 249 all out (116.4 overs)

    Batsmen: Moeen 108*, Anderson 0

    Fall of wickets: 39-1 (Cook 16), 39-2 (Ballance 0), 50-3 (Robson 24), 52-4 (Bell 8), 57-5 (Plunkett 0), 124-6 (Root 31), 160-7 (Prior 10), 212-8 (Jordan 21), 228-9 (Broad 0), 249 all out (Anderson 0)

    Bowling figures: Pradeep 13-2-55-1, Eranga 23.5-10-38-1, Herath 42-16-59-3, Mathews 10-3-16-0, Prasad 22-5-50-5, Jayawardene 6-2-13-0

    Totals: Sri Lanka 257 & 457; England 365 & 249


    Roshan Abeysinghe, BBC Test Match Special

    "Eranga wouldn't have been able to go home if it had been a no-ball!"

  49. 19:11: 

    Astonishing scenes at the end. Sri Lanka leapt on each other at the end - I don't know what the Sinhalese for "Bundle!" is, but there was suddenly a huge mass of overjoyed players in a heap.

    In contrast, James Anderson sank to his knees. They came so close.

    No team before today has ever batted the final day of a Test out for a draw, having started the day five down. That record was two balls away from being broken.

    Sri Lanka celebrate the last wicket


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    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm devastated for Jimmy Anderson, devastated for Moeen Ali - what a rearguard effort from him - but you have to take your hat off to Sri Lanka. They've thoroughly deserved the victory."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The Sri Lankans, who thought the game had gone, are climbing on top of each other in jubilation. Anderson looks broken."

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    James Anderson after England lose off the penultimate ball
  53. 19:08: 
    WICKET- Anderson c Herath b Eranga 0 (Eng 249 all out)

    Oh, no! Anderson fends off a short ball and is caught by a man who had just been moved to leg gully.

    His long vigil is ended on the penultimate ball of the match.

    What. A. Game.

    Sri Lanka celebrate the wicket of James Anderson
  54. 19:06: 
    Eng 249-9 (2 balls left)

    Eranga pitches up, Anderson gets a solid bat behind it. Two balls left!

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Sri Lanka have got to aim for the stumps."

  56. 19:05: 
    Eng 249-9 (3 balls left)

    Another short ball fended off. Will Sri Lanka think about aiming for the stumps?

    A match some people didn't even think would go three full days, is going the full distance.

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    Luke Howles: The plan was to write my dissertation with the cricket on in the background, word count in the last couple of hours is 0.

  58. 19:05: 
    Eng 249-9 (4 balls left)

    Prods to gully, that's the way Jimmy, Four to survive.

  59. 19:04: 
    Eng 249-9 (5 balls left)

    Eranga to bowl the last over, round the wicket, to Anderson. First ball is right up under his armpit but he drops it at his feet.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "That might be the last ball that Moeen receives, in which case, what an astonishing innings."

  61. 19:03: 
    Eng 249-9 (1 over left)

    Moeen defends - six balls between England and a historic draw.

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    Joe Bamforth: I need to get up to order Chinese but I don't want to move and upset the balance!

    England's Moeen Ali and James Anderson
  63. 19:02: 
    Eng 249-9 (1.1 overs left)

    Moeen stands tall and makes no attempt to run. Looks like Jimmy may be facing the last over...

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    George Dibble: Surely Anderson is first name on the team sheet for the Obdurate XI?

  65. 19:01: 
    Eng 249-9 (1.2 overs left)

    Moeen plays the ball back to the bowler again. Eight balls left.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Sri Lanka don't know they can get more than two overs in! They're dawdling."

  67. 19:00: 
    Eng 249-9 (1.3 overs left)

    Moeen drives Prasad back to the bowler.

    England fans, I'm pretty sure the thought of another over after 19:04 has expired. It'll be too late now.

  68. 18:59: 
    Eng 249-9 (1.4 overs left)

    Prasad switches to bowling round the wicket - now, are Sri Lanka aware of the chance of getting another over in? Don't seem to be - Moeen leaves. Dot ball.

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    Emma Cann: I am going to be honest and say I did not expect the cricket to outlast the football.

  70. 18:58: 
    Eng 249-9 (1.5 overs left)

    Another bouncer - and it's called as a wide. Extra ball - England aren't happy. But it does use up 30 seconds or so.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think they are going to get more than two overs in."

  72. 18:57: 
    Eng 248-9 (1.5 overs left)

    Prasad to Moeen. Bouncer, Moeen sways out of the way.

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    Alex in Birmingham: On a train with very sporadic 3G. Frantically refreshing and praying that no wickets have fallen during the long signal blackouts!

  74. 18:57: 

    England take a drink between over, as the official cut-off time is 19:04 BST and they don't want Sri Lanka to slip another over in.

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    Phil Harper: Whatever you say about England's performance or tactics, this series has been a cracking advert for Test cricket.

  76. 18:56: 
    Eng 248-9 (2 overs left)

    Anderson fends off to leg. Two overs left, and that's 50 up for Anderson - 50 balls faced for nought not out.

  77. 18:55: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 248-9 (2.1 overs left)

    Anderson prods, appeal for lbw, not out. No reviews left for SL.

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    James B Hammond: Banished mum to the laundry! She's been home for an hour but she's an awful omen for losing wickets.

  79. 18:54: 
    Eng 248-9 (2.2 overs left)

    Chop into the covers, Anderson turns down a single.

    Roshan Abeysinghe, BBC Test Match Special

    "This would be one of the greatest escapes in Test history."

  81. 18:54: 
    Eng 248-9 (2.3 overs left)

    Great forward defensive back to the bowler.

  82. 18:54: 
    Eng 248-9 (2.4 overs left)

    Chandimal takes the bails off, appealing for a stumping, but Anderson's foot hadn't moved.

  83. 18:53: 
    Eng 248-9 (2.5 overs left)

    Herath to bowl. Anderson to face. Nearly all the fielders around the bat. Anderson blocks, French cricket-style.

  84. 18:52: 
    Eng 248-9 (3 overs left)

    Captain Angelo Mathews brings himself on - having survived pace and spin, can Moeen and Jimmy cope with the skipper's wobbly military medium? Moeen is the proverbial immovable object, and Mathews is far from an irresistible force. Maiden over.

    Three overs left. 18 balls. I know you're all hanging on the edge of your seats. So if my keyboard survives the punishment, I'm going ball-by-ball...

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "This would be the first time in Test history that two teams have been involved in consecutive nine-down draws."

  86. 18:48: 
    Eng 248-9 (4 overs left)

    Herath has changed ends, returning to the attack with five overs left. With Moeen into three figures, a possible England victory out of sight and runs almost completely irrelevant, Sri Lanka can concentrate purely on attack. Moeen takes a single off the fifth ball, Anderson leaves the last despite seven close fielders in attendance. Four overs to go - how many of us can honestly say we thought we'd still be here now?

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    Si Lomas: Great ton for Moeen Ali, now that's out of the way time to tee off and go for the win!

  88. 18:45: 
    Eng 247-9 (5 overs left)

    TMS have called Sri Lankan commentator Roshan Abeysinghe back onto commentary duty, after he'd already said his goodbyes for the series - can the tourists win it for him? Mathews is rotating his bowlers nearly every over now as Herath's off and Eranga returns to bowl Anderson some short stuff. But the Lancashire left-hander is equal to anything Eranga can bowl at him. A helmeted silly point is brought in. This stand is now past 14 overs, that's already three overs more than the Monty and Jimmy Show at Cardiff in 2009. Anderson is solid in defence - five overs left, 30 balls, can you take the tension?

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    Colin Alsbury: Church service in 20 mins - Moeen has century - 6 overs left - there's temptation - do I stay or do I go - oops, I'm the vicar!

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Three England players have made their maiden Test century in their second Test in this series - Robson and Ballance as well. And if England do draw this match, it will be the second-longest 10th wicket partnership to save a match in the fourth innings in Test history."

  91. 18:41: 
    Eng 247-9 (6 overs left)

    With the pressure relieved, Moeen adds a couple more through the covers and then opens the face to dab a four to the unguarded third man boundary. (For those of you dreaming of an England victory, they still need another 103). Moeen is firm in defence - six overs left. 36 balls between them and a truly remarkable finish.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a remarkable, resilient performance. What a contribution Moeen has made. It's a calm, measured celebration - he's still got a bigger job to do."

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  93. 18:37: 
    MOEEN 100- Eng 241-9 (6.5 overs left)

    Moeen flicks Pradeep to fine leg for four - that's his hundred! It's the most understated celebration of a maiden Test ton you'll ever see - he doesn't even remove his helmet.


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    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Jimmy Anderson is playing Herath really cleverly - getting his front foot out right to the pitch of the ball, smothering the spin and not letting the ball spit out of the rough."

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    John Warrington: Wicket overturned on review in the last over anyone?

  96. 18:36: 
    Eng 237-9 (7 overs left)

    Sri Lanka's brains trust - captain Mathews and former skippers Sangakkara and Jayawardene - consult before Herath returns for some more spin. Moeen, who's been on 96 for what feels like an absolute age, plays and misses at a grubber which keeps low, but takes a single to deep mid-wicket from the fourth ball of the over. "Come on Jimmy," come the yells from the crowd as six close fielders surround the "Burnley Express". And he does his job. Seven overs to go, this is quite enthralling. Test cricket is dead, long live Test cricket.

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    Harriet Marlow: Only 13 an over needed for a glorious win! I believe in the Beard and Burnley Lara!

  98. 18:32: 
    OUCH!- Eng 236-9 (8 overs left)

    Eranga replaces Herath as Sri Lanka try to dislodge Anderson with pace - but he wastes his one bouncer for the over first up as Anderson ducks. Then it's hearts-in-mouths time as Anderson swishes and misses with an attempted square cut... he had no business playing that shot and several Yorkshire folk in the crowd let the Lancastrian know that in no uncertain terms. Anderson plays and misses at a full delivery, but earns a ripple of applause as he withdraws the bat to the next ball. Another careful defensive shot, more applause. The last ball is a snorter which he wears on the glove but lands safely short of gully. Eight to go.

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    Simon Hamer: Oh the irony if they can't bowl us out when we could not bowl them out.

  100. 18:28: 
    Eng 236-9 (9 overs left)

    Moeen Ali, still on 96, gets up on his tiptoes to defend against Prasad in the evening sunshine. Prasad tempts him with one in Geoffrey's beloved corridor of uncertainty... Moeen is caught in two minds and rather than leaving it or throwing everything at it, can only chop it into the covers. Prasad continues to tempt, Moeen can only guide the last ball straight to long-on and it's another maiden. Nine to go.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen's just got that boundary at the back of his mind. He can visualise the ball skidding towards the boundary."

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  102. 18:24: 
    Eng 236-9 (10 overs left)

    With Anderson on strike, Sri Lanka may be tempted to get a paceman on, but instead it's still Herath bowling left-arm spin, and Anderson shows the doughty resistance which made him such a successful night-watchman for so long. A second leg slip is brought in, taking the number of close fielders to six. Anderson squeezes the ball to third man, almost sets off for a run before remembering the context of the game. 10 overs left - and the light is fine. 60 deliveries to survive. Can they?

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    Chris Harvey: Can all the residents of Headingley turn all the lights on in their respective houses? We might just fool the umpires.

  104. 18:21: 
    Eng 236-9 (min 11 overs left)

    Moeen, on 96, to face the recalled Prasad, who serves up a juicy full toss on leg stump.... which Moeen hits straight to a fielder at mid-on. The next ball is firmly straight-driven... and Prasad fields brilliantly off his own bowling. And he can't get any of the rest of the over away - exposing Anderson next over. 11 to go.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "With every over that passes, belief will get that little bit stronger. The batsmen will start thinking, 'This is possible.'"

  106. 18:16: 
    Eng 236-9 (min 12 overs left)

    The light's still fine but Sri Lanka turn back to the left-arm spin of Herath. Moeen, on 95, resumes blocking before he sweeps the fourth ball for a single to deep square leg. Anderson is steadfast in defence, and there are 12 overs left - or 72 balls if you prefer. And the crowd are daring to dream...

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    James in Rochester: Robert Smith at 17:42 says England have bowled poorly, but what is The Cure, Robert?

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at Headingley

    "All sorts of tension inside Headingley. The drama brought by the threat of bad light and rain has subsided - the weather won't save England now. Not yet, at least. Instead, there is the anticipation of the final wicket, the knowledge that every ball could be the last."

  109. 18:13: 
    Eng 235-9 (min 13 overs left)

    One wicket needed for Sri Lanka to win a Test series in England for the first time. Moeen Ali six short of an emotional maiden Test century. On such narrow margins are careers - and reputations - made. Moeen turns Eranga through mid-wicket but rejects the chance of a single early in the over, eventually taking one off the fourth ball. Two slips, gully, leg slip and short leg in for Anderson, who is watchful. 13 overs left.

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    Andrew Poulton: Seems unlikely but Moeen Ali deserves a ton and to save the match. Monumental effort against rising tide of SL pressure.

    Ross Bailey: Trying to watch the footie in pub but I keep on watching the phone more often for Test match updates.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen's caught between a rock and a hard place here. I think he deserves a hundred, so if he sees a ball that he thinks he can hit for four, he should do it."

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  112. 18:08: 
    Eng 234-9 (min 14 overs left)

    While the England batsmen take drinks and wipe the sweat off with a towel, seamer Dhammika Prasad has a stretch on the outfield - is he going to have a bowl? Yes he is - he already has five wickets in this innings. Anderson defends a bouncer, while Prasad gives him "the eyes" - and with eyes as large and expressive as Prasad's, that's quite a scary sight. Anderson stays in line but lets a couple go by either side of him - surviving a maiden over. 14 to go.

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    Nomad Purple: I can't survive Anderson batting. Damn these balmy summer nights.

    James Bamford: Come on Jimmy, help Moeen to his century and let's have a classic England rearguard action to follow our classic collapse!

  114. 18:03: 

    And even though the tension appears to be getting to everyone, there's still time for... a drinks break.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen's fought hard all day. He's been ably supported at times, but there's not been that one guy who's stayed with him."

    England's Moeen Ali
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    Rachel T: Sri Lanka want to win everything. T20, ODI, Test series and Worst Review Of The Year. Greedy.

  117. 18:02: 
    Eng 234-9 (min 15 overs left)

    As I suspected, that Bowden-Mathews conversation two overs ago seems to have expressed the view that the light has improved enough for Sri Lanka to return to pace, so Jayawardene's off and Shaminda Eranga returns from the Kirkstall Lane End with that green Rubik's Snake of a pavilion behind him. But Moeen, on 94 is unruffled and plays out the over.

    And we're into the last hour - 15 overs left.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a dreadful review. What a complete waste of time. That would barely have clipped off stump on another set."

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  119. 17:58: 
    Eng 234-9 (min 16 overs left)

    Anderson finishes blocking out the over. A sweet 16 to go.

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    H.G Sandercock: You do wonder what the situation would be now if England hadn't thrown away 50 runs before the new ball yesterday.


    More in hope than expectation this - the ball would have struggled to hit another set of stumps outside off stump. Anderson survives and Sri Lanka have no reviews.


    Herath to bowl the 100th over of the innings, still five close fielders - but Moeen takes advantage of the big gaps and whacks a four wide olong-on. A single off the third ball takes him to 94 but exposes Anderson... he pads up to one outside off stump without playing a shot, but the angle is against Herath - but Sri Lanka use their last review...

    England's Moeen Ali
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    Rod: Spirit of Cardiff. If only we had Monty....

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen's got plenty of men round the bat: if he just looks to survive, a half-volley could get him out. He needs to keep looking for the gaps."

  125. 17:54: 
    Eng 229-9 (min 17 overs left)

    Mathews whirls his arms as though he's warming up to bowl, does that mean the light has improved and he's going to bowl? Moeen whips a single off the fourth ball of Jayawardene's over. Anderson comes forward to a quicker ball but jams his bat down well. 17 to go...

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    Iain on cruise ship Azura in the Med: I'm going to have a hard time justifying my mobile data charges to the boss this month! Hey ho, the job was nice while it lasted.

  127. 17:52: 

    Umpire Bowden has a word with Mathews - whether it's about the light or the chirping by the fielders, I'm not sure. Not a lip-reader, I'm afraid.

    Roshan Abeysinghe, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been a good fight by England but the spinners are starting to come into play now. Jimmy Anderson looks pretty good for a number 11 though."

  129. 17:51: 
    Eng 228-9 (min 18 overs left)

    Spirit of Cardiff, Jimmy... Anderson, surrounded by five close fielders, comes forward in defence to Herath and successfully negotiates the over.

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    Chris: Very light rain in north Leeds.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "That's only the third wicket in the match for the Sri Lanka spinners. I've been looking through the records for Sri Lanka wins where spinners have taken less than five wickets, and there have only been three in their history."

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  132. 17:49: 
    Eng 228-9 (min 19 overs left)

    With Anderson the non-striker, how will Moeen approach facing Jayawardene? He pushes the first four deliveries away, the field comes up for the fifth ball which is played to short extra cover, and he comes down the wicket to the last ball but it's straight to a fielder so Jayawardene has a maiden and, more importantly, Anderson will be on strike to Herath.

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

    "If I was Moeen Ali, I'd be thinking 'I've got to get my hundred pretty quickly'."

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    Louis McMahon: Why didn't Broad take a single the ball before?

  135. 17:47: 
    Eng 228-9 (min 20 overs left)

    Herath gets some wicket turn against Anderson's first ball, what kind of a shot was he trying to play there? He does better with the last ball of the over, blocking it out.

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

    "Broad hasn't reviewed one! Get that on camera, that's the champagne moment of the day!"

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  137. 17:44: 
    WICKET- Broad lbw b Herath 0 (Eng 228-9)

    Broad v Herath - the little left-armer is going round the wicket for a change. Five close fielders for Broad - he's hit on the pad in front and umpire Davis raises his finger - and surprisingly Broad decides against a review. England are nine down.

    And although it's "umpire's call" on hitting leg stump, a review would not have saved Broad. 20.2 overs left. Over to you, Jimmy...

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    Robert Smith: England have batted well, the collapse of yesterday aside. If they lose this, it's poor bowling that's to blame.

  139. 17:42: 
    Eng 228-8 (min 21 overs left)

    If you're just joining us, deteriorating light is forcing Sri Lanka to bowl spin from both ends to stay on - which is why Mahela Jayawardene, supreme batsman and peerless slip fielder, is having to turn his arm over. A ropey half-tracker is despatched for four through mid-wicket by Moeen as he moves to 88. And still the overs tick down. Tick tock...

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

    "I really think Mathews has got to loosen up and bowl some form of off-cutters into the rough. Herath needs an over off."

  141. 17:40: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 224-8 (min 22 overs left)

    Herath in for his 34th over (and his 59th of the match), Broad is happy to kick away one that's well wide of off stump. Chandimal yells another appeal for a stumping as Broad lifted his foot for a millisecond - but he survives the over.

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    Jon Evans: And that is why Broad would be a good replacement for Cook as captain.

  143. 17:37: 
    Eng 224-8 (min 23 overs left)

    And indeed, it's Mahela Jayawardene's part-time off-spin into the attack in place of the paceman Prasad. And he gets one to turn off the pitch... any full-time spinner would he happy with that. Moeen survives a maiden over.

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    Howard Horner: Regardless of the result, what a fantastic advert for Test cricket these matches have been - both going right down to the wire!

  145. 17:35: 

    Is the tension getting to Stuart Broad? He's only been out there for a few overs and skips off the field during the drinks break, perhaps he needs a comfort break.

    Meanwhile, umpire Bowden takes a reading on his light meter, while Jayawardene - who may have to bowl if the light's not great - is wondering where the batsman is. Broad returns to the middle with a rather sheepish grin on his face.

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    Phil in Leeds: For the sake of my nerves I'm glad there's nothing riding on the football as well. This is bad enough!

  147. 17:32: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 224-8 (min 24 overs left)

    Broad keeps out the rest of Herath's over, with five close fielders. So with doubtful light and 24 overs left (nine before we enter the last hour for the final 15)... we're going to have a drinks break.

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    Chris Dixon: Could you also add "likelihood of rain" and "light meter reading" to the top?


    A quick look upstairs and he's not out.


    There shouldn't be any problem with Herath bowling, but after a single from Moeen, there's an appeal for a stumping against Broad...

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    John Morris: Fantastic effort from Moeen Ali today regardless of the final result. Certainly shown his more established colleagues.

    England's Moeen Ali
  152. 17:27: 
    Eng 223-8 (min 25 overs left)

    Moeen guides Prasad for four through mid-on and moves to 83 with a single - but perhaps more significantly, the umpires have a chat about the light. Staying on for now.

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    Tony Dickinson: I've got football on TV, cricket on laptop refresh and I'm paying more attention to cricket refreshes than the football.

    Nick Eaglesfield: Sorry most people, but the England v Sri Lanka cricket is so much more interesting than the Costa Rica v England football right now.

  154. 17:23: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 218-8 (min 26 overs left)

    Moeen adds a single, there's an appeal against Broad from Herath as he thrusts his front pad forward, hiding his bat, but it was very wide. When he does it again, Sri Lanka think about it… but decide not to waste their one remaining review. England also have one left now, after Jordan burned one off - but it I were Mathews, I'd be keeping my review up my sleeve for a potential umpiring howler, as we've had a few of those in this Test.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at Headingley

    "All of a sudden, it's got much darker. Threat of rain? Bad light? Not dark enough yet, but imagine the rumpus from Sri Lanka if England get any with this one with the help of the weather."

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    Adam Lewis: Will Mathews get the same stick Cook did if they don't draw, as he didn't declare earlier...?

    Ronan Reeves: This IS the new era of English cricket - you let the other team get away and battle it out for a draw - everyone's happy.

  157. 17:20: 
    Eng 217-8 (min 27 overs left)

    Moeen smacks Eranga through the covers and poor old Pradeep, after all the bowling he's just done, has to hare after it but can't stop it reaching the boundary. A single off the last ball takes the bearded maestro to 77 and ensures he retains the strike.

    And I've taken an executive decision to stop putting "target 350" at the top of each over... as I think an England victory is off in the realms of fantasy, and it's more important to state the overs remaining.

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    Ben in Windsor: From Dead Cert (1974) on Saturday, to The Great Escape (1963) today, to Escape to Victory (1981) this evening? Stranger things have happened.

  159. 17:16: 
    Eng 212-8 (min 28 overs left)

    Stuart Broad takes guard, Herath has four men round the bat, a short mid-wicket and some craters outside the left-hander's off stump to aim at. He survives his first four balls.

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

    "Jordan looks a good cricketer. He has really stepped up to the plate in these two Tests. England have found a cricketer, not just with his bowling but also with his batting and his ability in the slips."

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's one of those that left-arm spinners get these days - it just pitched on and straightened. It doesn't matter how far forward you get these days with DRS."

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  162. 17:12: 
    WICKET- Jordan lbw b Herath 21 (Eng 212-8)

    The fact he took a while to review it doesn't fill me with confidence... three red lights, pitched in line, impact in line, wickets hitting, means goodnight Vienna.

    (And even if he had got an inside edge to negate the lbw, he would have been given out caught at slip).


    Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath

    Sri Lanka turn to Rangana Herath's left-arm spin - and he picks up his first wicket of the day as Jordan is trapped in front... but he belatedly calls for a review.

    England's Chris Jordan is lbw to Rangana Herath
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    Ben Rich: Less than five an over from here on with Broad to come. Cricket's coming home.

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

    "Very rarely do England draw a match without being nine down, so it's just a question of how many balls Jimmy Anderson will face at the end!"

  166. 17:11: 

    England 211-7 (88 overs) - target 350, minimum of 29 overs left

    Batsmen: Moeen 71*, Jordan 21*

    Fall of wickets: 39-1 (Cook 16), 39-2 (Ballance 0), 50-3 (Robson 24) 4-52 (Bell 8) 5-57 (Plunkett 0) 6-124 (Root 31), 7-160 (Prior 10)

    Bowling figures: Pradeep 12-2-45-1, Eranga 19-7-37-0, Herath 30-11-48-1, Mathews 9-2-16-0, Prasad 16-2-39-5, Jayawardene 2-0-8-0

    Totals: Sri Lanka 257 & 457; England 365


  167. 17:10: 
    Eng 211-7 (min 29 overs left)

    I wonder how long before Sri Lanka will change the bowling as Eranga begins the 88th over, the eighth with the new ball. Jordan, like Moeen, is confidently leaving the ball when he doesn't have to play it. That's a maiden over and we have 29 left. Don't move a muscle.

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    Barry Hainsworth: At this stage of the day I always get worried that the umpire will want to get it over with and go home too!

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

    "I think the most impressive thing about Moeen has been the way he's left the ball. His foot movement has been very calm. Judgement of your off stump is half the art of batting. Look at someone like Alistair Cook - he's lost his off stump at the moment."

  170. 17:05: 
    FIFTY STAND- Eng 211-7 (target 350)

    Is that an edge? Jordan plays forward, it flies over the keeper and first slip, but he didn't get anywhere near it - the ball rears up like it's Curtly Ambrose rather than Nuwan Pradeep bowling. Four byes are signalled. Jordan looks shocked, he didn't know where that was going. A single gets him off strike and also brings up the fifty stand.

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    Diccon Thornely: I'm pretty sure everyone now has been criticised, and informed they should quit: Cook, umpires, groundsmen, Anderson, the pigeon?

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

    "Angelo Mathews is just getting to that stage of panic as captain. He'll be looking at the skies too. I don't think there will be 31 overs bowled tonight."

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  173. 17:00: 
    Eng 205-7 (min 31 overs left)

    That was the end of the over, so there are 31 left. That's if the light holds, with no floodlights at Headingley.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at Headingley

    "Muttering in the press box - 'we're still going to be here at seven o'clock' - as Mathews waves his arms to move fielders this way and that. Jordan, once reprieved, now has some chin music to deal with. Is the escape on? The light won't save England yet - it's getting brighter - but every ball faced is one closer to survival."

    Headingley press box

    It looks like it just clipped his trousers rather than his bat - Sri Lanka lose a review and have one left... and breathe. A correct decision by Mr Bowden, who had a bit of a shocker yesterday.


    Jordan, a little becalmed since his no-ball reprieve, guides Eranga for four through mid-wicket, before an easy single to the same region takes him to 20. Last ball, Sri Lanka appeal for a catch down the leg side against Moeen, Billy Bowden shakes his head but Mathews immediately calls for a review...

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen is beautiful off his legs, through the covers. It's just so easy. I'm going to call him the bearded Gower from now on! If he can make a hundred and save the game here, when they pick the next team, his bowling might not even come into it. It would be huge for him."

  178. 16:54: 
    Eng 200-7 (Moeen 71, Jordan 15)

    It's still Pradeep, hair bouncing as he runs in, but he strays down the leg side, Moeen glances it for four and England have reached 200. (Let's face it, how many of us still thought we'd be here now when play began this morning?)

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    Peter in London: With my dyslexia I just read "min 35 overs left" as "35 mins left" and got excited.

    Matilda in Sussex: I'm hoping that following this last session on TMS will be counted as a valid reason when I use all my phone data up - it's too important to miss out on!

  180. 16:51: 
    Eng 196-7 (min 33 overs left)

    Jayawardene, crouching at second slip, is wearing his Sri Lanka sleeveless sweater inside-out as Jordan gets a leading edge to Eranga when he tries to force the ball to leg, but, fortunately for Jordan, it reaches extra cover on the second bounce. Maiden over. Tick tock, 33 to go...

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    Paul Hannaford: Can I nominate myself for the Obdurate XI? In a Somerset League game for Taunton Deane 2nds against our old rivals Taunton St Andrews 2nds I kept their bowling attack at bay for 73 balls for a strokeless 0 not out! These England boys today have scored far too many runs!

    Guy Liddall: The redoubtable David Steele - BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1975 after holding out against a certain Thomson and Lillee before facing the West Indies in the hot dry summer of 1976. 8 Tests, average 42. He knew how to stick around.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen Ali is a natural timer of the ball and quite wristy. When he hits the ball, it makes a crack like a rifle shot."

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  183. 16:47: 
    Eng 196-7 (target 350)

    Three slips and a gully for Pradeep, who beats Moeen's back-foot defensive shot. The right-armer bangs in a bouncer which sails high over Moeen's head and is called wide, while a firm drive to cover is stopped by the diving Dhammika Prasad. I wonder if we'll see him bowling soon.

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    Paul Anderson: OK then, some knock out blows from Ali and a few slam dunks from Jordan and we have this.

    Pietie Loubser: How incredibly skew are these lines in the England v Sri Lanka match. This groundsman needs firing.

  185. 16:41: 
    Eng 195-7 (min 35 overs left)

    And breathe... The reprieved Jordan guides Eranga for three through extra cover, and Moeen nicks the strike with a single. He has 67, Jordan has 15.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "They are the balls that get tailenders out - they can't resist. But Chris Jordan has got a second chance."


    Jordan drives at Shaminda Eranga, gets an edge and gives a regulation edge to second slip, where Jayawardene takes the catch.

    Hang on, they're checking for the no-ball... and this time it's not out!

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Stokes is the sort of cricketer I'd want in the team. He's a tough cookie. He'll roll his sleeves up and gets stuck in to the fight."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I suppose Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes might be vying for one place in the next Test."

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  190. 16:35: 

    Nuwan Pradeep to take the new ball from the Football Stand End, after it's held aloft by umpire Steve Davis. Jordan jabs a single past gully, while a controlled glide past the slips, all along the ground, bring Moeen four to take his score to 66. He's temporarily discomforted by one that bounces higher than he expects, but sees off the over.

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    Sam Donnelly: Could Moeen Ali be the next Monty Panesar after all? Great beards, decent spin and batting long for the draw.

    Finbarr Bevan: I admire Sir Geoffrey but it's not scoreboard pressure that will cause England to lose, it's a case of not taking opportunities.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's the long sleeved jumper that does it for me. Chandimal looks like a club keeper or a village keeper on a Sunday."

  193. 16:30: 
    Eng 181-7 (min 37 overs left)

    Fourth umpire Tim Robinson is standing by with the new ball - gone is the curly dark hair he had when he was opening the innings for England three decades ago, and he now sports a greying beard. Moeen and Jordan take two singles off Jayawardene, and the second new ball is available as Robbo jogs on with it.

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    Tom in Leeds: No lights at Headingley, remember, so bad light and the players will be off.

    How's stat?!

    Mahela Jayawardene has six Test wickets at an average of 49.83 and a best of 2-32 against Pakistan in 2000 when his victims were none other than Younus Khan and Wasim Akram.

  196. 16:27: 
    Eng 179-7 (target 350)

    Herath - wicketless today - spins down the 79th over (and therefore probably his last before the new ball). Four close catchers in place for Jordan, who will need to show a different side of his game to the attacking all-rounder who burst onto the scene in those ODIs in the West Indies. But he's done well so far - maiden over.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Mahela Jayawardene has six Test wickets, including Younus Khan, Wasim Akram and Ross Taylor."

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  198. 16:25: 
    Eng 179-7 (min 39 overs left)

    It's Jayawardene's part-time off-spin from round the wicket to the left-handed Moeen - England work a couple of singles, while Moeen shows the touch of Jayawardene himself with a delicate dab for four through backward point.

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    Ed Goode: The essence of being English is understanding what "stumped second ball for six, having been sent in as a night-watchman" means!

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

    "So many sides in the modern game like to win the toss and put teams in, then they find themselves in trouble in the fourth innings. I'd be very careful - scoreboard pressure is so important."

  201. 16:21: 

    Thanks, Jamie. Sri Lanka jog out, followed by England's Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan - it's eyes down for the final session. And here's a turn-up for the books - with three overs until the second new ball is available, Mahela Jayawardene is going to bowl. He's listed as right-arm medium but this looks like off-spin.

  202. 16:20: 

    Moeen and Jordan stride purposefully down the dressing room steps to begin the final (40-over) session of this remarkable match. Stuart Broad and James Anderson are the batsmen to come, no doubt hoping they will not be required. Sri Lanka are in a relaxed huddle on the outfield. For the optimists among you, 177 runs are needed from those 40 overs, a rate of 4.4 per over. This is a situation that calls for unwavering concentration and the man to provide that is Mr Mark Mitchener.

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    Dan Hills: I now think Moeen should be skipper. I like the idea of wise thoughtful stratagem whilst he strokes that glorious beard.

    England's Moeen Ali
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    Simon: There was a player between the wars called JWHT Douglas (pictured below), whose nickname was "Johnny Won't Hit Today". There is an uncharacteristic photo of him being stumped.

    For the Cavaliers XI - Robin Marlar (BBC, Sunday Times, Sussex & England) who was stumped second ball for six, having been sent in as a night-watchman.

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    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at Headingley

    "England are still fighting, just. There are 40 overs to survive, a task made less fanciful by the impressive calmness of Moeen Ali. Having said that, Rangana Herath is starting to turn it square and Dhammika Prasad is looking a handful once more. If England get out of this, surely it will be an even greater escape than Johannesburg, Cardiff, Cape Town and Auckland."

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    Andrew Thomas: If Moeen manages to bat out a draw and England do decide to call up a "proper" spinner against India, would you not look to retain Moeen as a batsman, and if so who would you drop instead? Cook?

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

    "Can they save the game? I don't think so, not with the new ball due any minute. It's about pride. The Sri Lankans have been fantastic - I take my hat off to them."

  208. 16:03: 
    Scorecard update

    England 173-7 (77 overs) - target 350, minimum of 40 overs left (second new ball due in 3 overs)

    Batsmen: Moeen 56*, Jordan 9*

    Fall of wickets: 39-1 (Cook 16), 39-2 (Ballance 0), 50-3 (Robson 24) 4-52 (Bell 8) 5-57 (Plunkett 0) 6-124 (Root 31), 7-160 (Prior 10)

    Bowling figures: Pradeep 8-2-33-1, Eranga 15-5-27-0, Herath 29-10-48-1, Mathews 9-2-16-0, Prasad 16-2-39-5

    Totals: Sri Lanka 257 & 457; England 365


    Sri Lanka's Dhammika Prasad
  209. 16:00: 
    Tea interval- Eng 173-7 (Moeen 56, Jordan 9)

    Moeen has been outstanding today and he sweeps the final ball of the over from Herath for a single to keep the bowling. There will be 40 overs to survive in the final session. Who would have thought we would get this far when Plunkett was the fifth man out last night? A 20-minute respite for the players, and the rest of us.

  210. 15:58: 
    Eng 169-7 (min 41 overs left)

    Only four overs until the new ball, so there will be a burst after tea for the England batsmen to negotiate. But they have to ensure there is no damage beforehand and Moeen has a rare lapse of concentration when he attempts to pull a short, wide one from Prasad. He makes no contact and wicketkeeper Chandimal collects in front of first slip.

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    Edward: I want England to win, I always will. I also appreciate when others play out of their skin to beat us, ie Mathews' 160. Some English supporters hope England lose. That says a lot about the supporters and the negative impact the media has.

    Oliver Hargreave: Blaming the third umpire for England's shortcomings? If/when we lose this Test match, it's not his fault!

    The Unknown: How on earth was that given out? What's the point of TV replays when you STILL get it wrong?

  212. 15:54: 
    Eng 167-7 (Moeen 53 from 154 balls)

    They are swarming in around the bat for Herath against Jordan: slip, gully, silly point, short leg. The TV is still showing the no-ball that wasn't regarding Prior. He is looking on in bewilderment in the pavilion because there is no evidence of any part of the foot being behind the line. Jordan collects his first boundary with a sweetly timed sweep.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Prasad is just the third Sri Lanka seamer to take a Test five-for against England. Rumesh Ratnayake at Lord's in 1991 and Chaminda Vaas at Colombo in 2001 are the other two."

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  214. 15:49: 
    Eng 163-7 (min 43 overs left)

    Normally we would be off having an Earl Grey at this point but tea is at 16:00 BST because of the rain delay this morning. The spiky Prasad continues from the Kirkstall Lane End. He's timed around 83mph but he has something about him, as they say. Clouds beginning to thicken again but comfortable singles for each batsman.

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    Jack Byrne: Bye bye Matt Prior - we don't need you any more. Time to retire.

    Andrew Morris: Agree with Swanny, that was a no-ball all day long. Disappointing game for the umps, especially for England.

    Jon Evans: I think I'd be requesting a review of the umpiring from this Test. They are all making mistakes.

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  216. 15:45: 
    Eng 161-7 (Moeen 52, Jordan 1)

    The classic left-arm spinner's delivery from Herath to Jordan, drifting in, spinning sharply away but it misses everything, bat, and off stump.

    Roshan Abeysinghe, BBC Test Match Special

    "I wouldn't want to be a third umpire. Having said that, we have had some pretty ordinary decisions made in both Tests."

  218. 15:41: 
    FIVE-WICKET HAUL- Eng 160-7 (min 45 overs left)

    Now then Chris Jordan. I know you like to give it a whack but you saw what people thought of Plunkett when he went in as nightwatchman yesterday. There are 19 minutes until tea. A maiden five-wicket haul for Prasad by the way. He's a character, this fellow. Jordan off the mark first ball with a push into the covers. Strike rate of 100.

    Dhammika Prasad celebrates the wicket of Matt Prior
    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I honestly believe that a no-ball. They stopped the replay a frame too early, when his foot hadn't actually landed."

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  220. 15:38: 
    WICKET- Prior c Silva b Prasad 10 (Eng 160-7)

    They have given it. A fifth wicket for Prasad. Prior bristles back to the pavilion shaking his head. A potentially huge moment.


  221. 15:36: 
    Third umpire

    Drama here. Prior fends a lifting ball from Prasad to short leg but we wait for replays. Is it a no-ball? Is any part of the foot behind the line?

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    Jack Preston: At what stage does the mentality shift? If you only require 100 runs off 20 overs with four wickets still intact (something entirely plausible), do you go for it?

    Marc in Brighton: Maybe I am still hurting from the rugby & football. However, even if we put in a sterling effort and bat out the day - are we all cheering a drawn home series v Sri Lanka? We have had opportunities to win this series and not taken them. I fear for the India series ahead.

  223. 15:29: 

    No contact with the bat or glove. Fairly close for lbw though but not out all round. Moeen remains on 52.

  224. 15:28: 

    Sri Lanka ask for a look at this as Moeen turns one from Herath and leg slip pouches it. Not out the original verdict.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I wouldn't say Chandimal's the best wicketkeeper I've ever seen. There's lots of clutching and grabbing that goes on."

  226. 15:27: 
    Eng 160-6 (min 47 overs left)

    He likes a stare, does Prasad, a combative little fellow. Not afraid to use the short ball either. Unusual field: slip, gully, leg slip. A short leg that is not overly short, 10 yards or so back. Medium leg perhaps. Resolute from Prior, who exchanges some words with the fielders, presumably not of a social nature. Singles to each batsman.

  227. 15:22: 
    Eng 158-6 (Moeen 51, Prior 9)

    Herath tries from over the wicket in a bid to find those rough patches, he has a slip, silly point, short leg and leg slip waiting like expectant dogs at the carving of the roast beef but nothing offered from Moeen. Just the single to Prior pushing back from the over.

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    Danny Miller: Leaving work to watch England but do I go home and watch the football or to Headingley to the cricket? #depressingsportingchoices

    Go to Headingley and follow the football via the BBC Sport website! Unlike Costa Rica-England, this Test is not a dead rubber.

  229. 15:18: 
    Eng 157-6 (target 350)

    The sun comes out fleetingly at Headingley as Yorkshire stalwarts Brian Close and Dickie Bird watch from their exclusive vantage point. These two batsmen might get a "not bad" from them if they secure a draw here. Prasad back in the attack, he of the demonic eyes who wreaked such havoc last night with four wickets. Three byes as Prior ducks a short one - only 193 needed now. OK, it's quite a lot.

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    Paul in Derry: How does the min overs remaining work? Does that mean it's possible for more than the min overs remaining to be bowled? Can Sri Lanka ask for more overs to finish England's tail off or dare I say it, can England ask for more overs to complete the run chase?

    MM: If Sri Lanka can get to the last hour having bowled more than 75 overs in the day (with spinners etc), they can. But that's the minimum. Once we're into the last hour, it's a minimum of 15 overs to be bowled.

  231. 15:13: 
    Eng 153-6 (min 50 overs left)

    He is far more renowned for his attacking strokeplay but Prior can defend with the best of them. Can Jordan and Broad, though? Will they be needed? Overly exaggerated defence from the Sussex gloveman - a resolute drawbridge. Herath has been below the 2,000 on the 'revometer' throughout the match. Moeen was above 2,000. No silly point for Prior and just a slip and short leg. No alarms. At ease.

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    Peter in Wakefield: Any cricketer qualifying for the Obdurates needs a proper nickname like Aussie legend Ken "Slasher" Mackay.

    Tony: Re: Richard Ellis (13:29). It was actually Peter May who batted with Colin Cowdrey against WI in 1957. They put on 411. Willie Watson batted with Trevor Bailey for six hours against Australia in 1953 to save the match.

    Colin Cowdrey and Peter May
  233. 15:10: 
    Eng 153-6 (reviews remaining England 2, Sri Lanka 2)

    The metronomic Eranga can put it on a sixpence from over the wicket across the left-hander. But all the while Moeen leaves it alone, it is not going to get him out. No dramatic reverse swing or anything yet and 14 overs until the new ball.

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

    "Moeen's played well, nice and compact. Much better than the poor shots he played in his last two innings. If you're a selector, that's what you're looking to see."

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    England's Moeen Ali
  235. 15:06: 
    Moeen 50- Eng 153-6 (min 52 overs left)

    A well deserved fifty for Moeen in his second Test. Herath, still left-arm round the wicket. No chatter now on the effects microphones from the fielders. I wonder what it is about that nice young Joe Root. A long conference between Moeen and Prior at the end of the over. 'We can still get these,' do you think was the gist? No, maybe not.

    England's Moeen Ali brings up his fifty
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    Stephen: So, one wicket down and half the day gone. I'd say that's a very good start.

  237. 15:02: 
    Eng 151-6 (Moeen 49, Prior 7)

    Still overcast at Headingley but the clouds are high. Some slate grey stuff in the distance but nothing in the immediate vicinity. Eranga continues to dangle the carrot wide of off stump on a good length but Moeen's abstinence remains impressively high.

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    PtheP: And we thought Moeen had been selected for his bowling...

    Andrew Gallagher: This afternoon, battered in cricket. This evening, Blattered in football. Glum day for English sporting prowess.

    Matt Packett: Another England team in transition, we've seen it in every sport in every country - we're no different.

  239. 14:58: 
    Eng 150-6 (min 54 overs left)

    Herath round the wicket with a slip, a leg slip and short leg hovering around the bat. Moeen breaks the shackles to advance a step down the wicket, lofting over mid-on to the boundary. One short of his maiden Test fifty. Only 200 to win now, chaps.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen has shown great temperament today. He's batted with skill and judgment."

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  241. 14:55: 
    Eng 146-6 (target 350)

    I have to warn you Leonard, if England survive this, Mrs O might have to keep them on until the start of the India series on 9 July. Two slips and a gully for Eranga, a short cover waiting for the mistimed drive. Moeen calmly leaves the majority of the ones pushed across his bows and then takes a single from the final ball.

    England's Moeen Ali
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    Leonard Odicean: Mrs Odicean is wearing her hot-pants today "to bring England some luck". But I have to say they've never brought her any luck.

  243. 14:51: 

    Mike Atherton batted for 643 minutes against South Africa in 1995 and Jack Russell joined him for 274 minutes in an unbroken partnership as England secured a draw by losing only one wicket on the final day. So Moeen, you be Athers and Matt, you can be Jack. Eranga to continue to Moeen on 44.

  244. 14:50: 

    Thanks Mitch. I didn't think I was going to get a go today, and not just because of your Boycottian stints at the keyboard. (It's like trying to get the remote from my sister used to be. Definitely one for the Obdurate XI). There are 56 overs remaining and we have 19 until the new ball. Will we get some new recruits for the Obdurate XI from these remaining England batsmen?

  245. 14:48: 

    And that's drinks - we're halfway through this two-and-a-half-hour session, with tea due at 16:00 BST. Time for a change of live texter - Jamie Lillywhite to turn his arm over for a spell.

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

    "The selectors will keep Cook, but I have my own opinion. I believe captains are not made. You can't give them a few books to read. It's a feel for the game."

  247. 14:47: 
    Eng 145-6 (min 56 overs left)

    Prior guides a two to leg before Pradeep sends down the 23rd and 24th no-balls of the game - the latter of which is forced through the covers for three by the Sussex wicketkeeper. Pradeep goes round the wicket but yep, it's no-ball #25 (including 11 he has personally bowled). Moeen edges a four past gully and dabs a single to mid-on as a profitable nine-ball over concludes.

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    Robert Bownes: Wait, so are Cook and England in crisis or not? It seems to change each day.

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

    "Herath is just bowling a little too full. There's nothing wrong with tossing it up and encouraging the drive, but as a spinner you've got to hit the footholes."

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  250. 14:41: 
    Eng 132-6 (target 350)

    Herath is quickly through his overs as ever, Prior is off the mark with a single, Moeen is surrounded by four close fielders - in fact, the two on the off side are the only two off-side fielders - but he helps himself to a cover-driven four and another two takes him to 39.

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    Richard Ellis: Even Geoffrey would agree that "chin music" from a medium pacer is totally different to chin music from Johnson or Steyn. Hook it and take 20 off the over. Every club cricketer on a Saturday would. Get harder.

    Tim in Oxford: Simple answer to sledging - don't invite them to tour here again. Not exactly crowd pullers are they?

  252. 14:38: 
    Eng 125-6 (min 58 overs left)

    Moeen is watchful against Pradeep, while with a metaphorical rumble of thunder, Geoffrey Boycott takes the mic on TMS. "I'd love a bat on this," he enthuses. Moeen gets an inside edge onto his pad, was that a chance? No, it fell short of the keeper, although Chandimal - keeping bare-headed against the seamers for now - didn't take it cleanly.

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    rob jones: My evening meal signalled the batting collapse last night. Just finished lunch and Root goes!

    Ben Vallely: Oh dear. Still, all is not lost, 60 overs remaining, 226 runs required... Come on Matt Prior, stay sensible!

    Stephen Tilson: Matt Prior - show us you are still worthy of your Test place.

  254. 14:34: 
    Scorecard update

    England 125-6 (58 overs) - target 350, minimum of 59 overs left

    Batsmen: Moeen 33*, Prior 0

    Fall of wickets: 39-1 (Cook 16), 39-2 (Ballance 0), 50-3 (Robson 24) 4-52 (Bell 8) 5-57 (Plunkett 0) 6-124 (Root 31)

    Bowling figures: Pradeep 6-1-20-1, Eranga 12-4-25-0, Herath 20-7-26-1, Mathews 9-2-16-0, Prasad 11-2-31-4

    Totals: Sri Lanka 257 & 457; England 365


    England's Joe Root
  255. 14:33: 
    Eng 125-6 (target 350)

    Moeen confidently sweeps Herath for a single, Prior is solid in defence.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "At Auckland last year when Matt Prior came out with four wickets down on the final day, there were 57 overs left. Today there are 60, so it's a very similar situation."

  257. 14:30: 
    Eng 124-6 (min 60 overs left)

    Matt Prior is the new batsman - can he evoke the "spirit of Auckland" to which I alluded earlier? His first ball is down the leg side.

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

    "It really is a good catch by Thirimanne - that came very sharply to him in the gully. That is the end of Joe Root's defiance."

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    Sri Lanka's Nuwan Pradeep and Lahiru Thirimanne
  259. 14:27: 
    WICKET- Root c Thirimanne b Pradeep 31 (Eng 124-6)

    Sri Lanka are jubilant as Root tries to force the ball to leg again and a leading edge goes to gully, where Lahiru Thirimanne takes a sharp reflex catch. A 108-ball innings is ended, and a sixth-wicket stand spanning 30 overs is finally broken.


    Sri Lanka's Nuwan Pradeep removes England's Joe Root for 31
    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at Headingley

    "Forget about the battle between bat and ball - let's focus on Dinesh Chandimal. After every delivery that does not come through to him, he adjusts his box. Without fail. Batsman hits ball, then right hand to crotch. Once you notice, it's impossible to ignore."

  261. 14:23: 
    Eng 120-5 (Root 27, Moeen 32)

    Root has a visit from the 12th man between overs, wiping his head with a towel and blocking a couple of Herath deliveries before threading a four wide of point. Having lagged behind Moeen in terms of run-scoring, he's catching him up. But he's brought back down to earth as Herath gets one to viciously spin past his forward prod. A single takes him to 27. An extra helmeted close fielder is brought in for Moeen but he jams his bat down well.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport at Headingley

    "In the press conference last night, Mahela Jayawardene said England's batsmen would cop plenty of chirp today and that has certainly been the case. Joe Root seems a particular target, not surprising seen as he is one of the more vocal members of the England team. But would Sri Lanka be better off concentrating on the job in hand? Winning is the best way to stick it to your opponents and Sri Lanka are wicketless today."

    Angelo Mathews and Joe Root
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Pradeep could be the key for Sri Lanka. Ian Bell was saying that he's the one bowler who has caused them more problems than anyone else. He just hits the bat a little bit harder than you expect."

  264. 14:19: 
    Eng 115-5 (min 62 overs left)

    Sri Lanka turn to the pace - and wild dark mullet - of Nuwan Pradeep at the Football Stand End, Moeen helps himself to a single to wide mid-on, while Root nudges one off his legs for four. A leg bye reduces the target to a mere 235 more, and Moeen assuredly sees off the over.

    England are looking composed. Or if you're a pessimist, should that be "worryingly composed"? I'm sure many people thought this morning that this series's death certificate would have been signed and sealed by now.

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    Nick Eaglesfield: Re Sam (13:58) "Vince should be given a shot in the side" - Is that to inoculate against Indian spin?

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

    "Sri Lanka should have a silly point in play. They should have four men round the bat. I think Moeen's the kind of batsman who can't help himself - if the ball is there, he will play the big shot."

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  267. 14:15: 
    Eng 109-5 (target 350)

    After that short, sharp spell from Eranga, Sri Lanka turn back to the left-arm spin of Rangana Herath, who has a miserly 1-20 his first 17 overs this innings. Moeen prods a quick single into the covers as wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal, the nearest fielder to the ball, gives chase. Root, meanwhile, channels his inner Geoff Boycott, happily blocking out everything he can.

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    Michael Maiden: Are we saying Root never chirps, nor Broad nor Anderson? Funny now that England are suffering it's suddenly become unacceptable.

    Amy Jones (not the England women's international batter): Oi Sri Lanka leave Joe Root alone!

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Joe Root's got a very angelic smile, but I suspect there's a lot of steel beneath that. This must be the slowest 18 that he's ever made in his life, but it's a very disciplined, determined innings."

  270. 14:12: 
    FIFTY STAND- Eng 108-5 (min 64 overs left)

    Mathews to Root, again there's the odd word exchanged between deliveries. A leg glance for two brings up the fifty partnership between these two. From 161 balls.

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    Former Sri Lanka batsman Russel Arnold: "Don't like what I see right now!!!! C'mon....back to basics!!! Discipline !!!"

  272. 14:08: 
    Eng 106-5 (target 350)

    It's like there's a different game happening when Root is facing - Eranga continues a short-pitched attack on the young right-hander, while Sri Lankan fielders seemingly take turns to come and sledge him between deliveries. But the best thing Root can do is to stay in... Yet another no-ball keeps the scoreboard ticking, a single takes Root to 16, while Moeen takes advantage of the field being up with a pull to long leg for four.

    Moeen Ali, Joe Root and Angelo Mathews
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The problem with England losing five wickets last night is they cannot have one moment of panic today where they lose two wickets quickly. It would be game over."

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    Jon: Re: John in London (13:38) - Statto made the bet after checking with Kapil Dev (on the boundary) that he'd be OK.

  275. 14:03: 
    Eng 100-5 (min 66 overs left)

    Hundred up for England courtesy of a wide from Mathews over Moeen's head. The Worcestershire left-hander is otherwise untroubled.

    And TV pictures show Root, at the non-striker's end, is backing up quite a way. Come on Joe, we don't want England to lose a Test to a Mankad...

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    Oli Rose: Obviously Matthews and Sri Lanka don't know he's a proper Sheffield lad! Come on Rooty lad dig in.

    Kenwin Liu: If Angelo Mathews dares 'diss' Sheffield United FC, that is just bang out of order! Some lines should never be crossed!

    I should add I have no evidence of Mathews dissing the Blades, I just wondered what could wind Root up the most!

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Jayawardene and Sangakkara should be setting an example. What is the point in two greats of the game sledging Joe Root? You never saw Jacques Kallis sledge anyone. Whatever it is, it's pathetic."

  278. 13:58: 
    OUCH!- Eng 99-5 (Root 15, Moeen 26)

    More chin music for Root, more chirping from Mathews and the fielders - enough that both umpires come over to have a word with Mathews between deliveries. He certainly seems to be the chief chirper (not to be confused with Chief Chirpa, leader of the Ewoks, who bears a passing resemblance to Ian Bell). Root defends a short ball, it flies off the glove down to third man and they run two. Another bouncer deflects off Root's body for four leg byes, and now the bowler is having a go. As Root pushes another two, a feisty over ends - there are 67 more to come. Even Jayawardene and Sangakkara have a go at Root as they walk past him at the end of the over.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sri Lanka are going to lose a lot of respect if they go down this line. They don't need to play these silly games. If a man gets hit on the head, you don't use that as an opportunity to converge on him. Angelo Mathews has let himself down there."

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    Sam in Portsmouth: I think people are forgetting about Briggs of Hampshire as a spin option. Vince should also be given a shot in the side, top class player.

  281. 13:53: 
    Eng 91-5 (min 68 overs left)

    Those of you holding out for a hero to see England to a record victory may be interested to know that the required rate is approaching four an over, but surely England won't entertain any thoughts of that unless they get to the last hour or so with plenty of wickets in hand... Mathews gives nothing away against Moeen, it's another maiden over. Two on the bounce.

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    Gollo: I want SL to win this, the treatment of KP, the behaviour of ECB management and Cook's pathetic outbursts have turned me off.

  283. 13:49: 
    Eng 91-5 (target 350)

    Whatever happened to the ball, play has resumed - and Root gets some "chin music" from Eranga, while umpire Billy Bowden has a word with Mathews between deliveries, possibly along the lines of "eh, eh, calm down" as the Sri Lankans are giving plenty of chirp at the moment. Maiden over.

    Roshan Abeysinghe, BBC Test Match Special

    "The fielders will speak in Sinhalese if there's a strategy they don't want the batsmen to understand, but they'll speak in English if they want Root to hear!"

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I hope that's going to fire Joe Root up to make him even more determined not to get out, because if he does get out now you're going to see people whooping, hollering and really giving him a send-off."

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    England's Joe Root
  286. 13:44: 

    Sri Lanka seem to think something's up with the ball - and while the umpires discuss it, there's plenty of chirping between Angelo Mathews and Joe Root before the umpires intervene. And it's still going on... what can they be talking about? Could Mathews be "dissing" Root's beloved Sheffield United, for instance?

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    Pete: Surely they can't pick Tredwell as he is not even first choice at Kent. It is too soon for Riley, he needs a season or two at least so fast-tracking him would be madness, and I am a Man of Kent...

    Jack Morgan: Drop Cook and bring in Ben Stokes to open the batting. It worked with Shane Watson and Australia! Very similar players too.

  288. 13:43: 
    Eng 91-5 (min 70 overs left)

    Root turns Mathews for a quick single to mid-on, Moeen, who played first-class cricket in Sri Lanka one winter, lets a couple go by outside off stump before a well-timed push through the covers brings him four. Very easy on the eye when a left-hander can play shots like that.

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    John in London: Obdurate XI - I think they have all been named. The young Angus Loughran (aka Statto) worked Tavare out and for a 300 quid bet walked out on to the the Oval pitch with a stool for possibly the dullest Test batsman ever! Illegal but very funny and it made the nine o'clock news.

  290. 13:38: 
    Eng 86-5 (target 350)

    Shaminda Eranga, who bowled four overs before the rain delay, fires it in short at Moeen who tries to fend it off, it strikes him on the body and they jog through for a leg bye. Umpire Billy Bowden signals a no-ball as Eranga pings one short down the leg side which Root ducks - he's not taking the bait to hook, so deep square leg comes up. Root fends off one which rears up at him and it's his first run for 31 balls - he has taken 69 balls to score 10.

    Roshan Abeysinghe, BBC Test Match Special

    "Root seems to be in very determined mood. He's looking to leave balls and occupy the crease. The Sri Lankans might fancy their chances more against Moeen Ali, who doesn't have so much Test experience."

    England's Moeen Ali
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    Kieran: Get Stokes back in this England side for Jordan. James Taylor in for Moeen Ali and prepare green tops for the India series.

  293. 13:32: 
    Eng 83-5 (min 72 overs left)

    Cap'n Mathews to continue from the Football Stand End (aka the Rugby Stand End) with his right-arm medium pace. Root confidently leaves the first ball after lunch, and negotiates a maiden over.

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    Robert Pearce: No tactics are possible for a captain if your bowlers are stupid enough to consistently bowl short at Headingley.

    Jonny Howell: Cook out, Hales in and make Broad El Capitano.

    Beth Jakubowski: Let's be realistic about this: there is no natural replacement in the England team for Cook as captain.

  295. 13:27: 

    There's time for another huddle and a few words from captain Angelo Mathews before Sri Lanka take the field. Matt Prior, next man in, is sitting in the England dressing-room with his feet up - their fans will hope he doesn't have to move for the rest of the day.

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    Richard Ellis: Along with Cowdrey, Willie Watson finished the careers of the great Ramadhin and Valentine. His innings also brought about a change in the lbw law. Only comparable change was two behind leg after Bodyline.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I was just watching the Sri Lankans warming up. Funnily enough, all of their batsmen bowl spin with straight arms!"

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Live Scores - England v Sri Lanka


  • Sri Lanka beat England by 100 runs
  • England: 365 & 249 (116.5 overs)
  • Sri Lanka: 257 & 457 (132.5 overs)
  • Venue: Leeds

England 2nd Innings

All out
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Robson c M Jayawardene b Prasad 24
Cook b Prasad 16
Ballance lbw b Prasad 0
Bell b Prasad 8
Root c Thirimanne b Pradeep 31
Plunkett c Pradeep b Herath 0
Moeen not out 108
Prior c K Silva b Prasad 10
Jordan lbw b Herath 21
Broad lbw b Herath 0
Anderson c Herath b Eranga 0
Extras 9nb 4w 11b 7lb 31
Total all out 249

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