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Live Blog: England v Sri Lanka (Day 1) June 20 2014

— 20 June 2014

Hello and welcome to the 73rd Test Match at Headingley and the first ever Test between England and Sri Lanka to be played at Yorkshire’s home ground.

Keep up-to-date with all the news and live scores as Alastair Cook’s men aim to win the Investec Test series against Sri Lanka.

  • BEHIND THE SCENES AT HEADINGLEY

    CLOSE OF PLAY

    England 36-0 (Cook 14 Robson 21)

    That is that. The two England men looked assured at the crease, barely offering a chance and they reached the safety of stumps without losing any wickets to cap what has been an excellent day for England.

    I’m expecting them to bat for a long time tomorrow, the ball stopped moving once the sun came out and the Sri Lankan attack doesn’t appear to have quite the menace England had earlier on.

    Plunkett was without doubt the outstanding bowler of the day, but Broad became just the third person to take TWO hat-tricks in Test cricket.

    Today evoked memories of my first ever Test at Headingley, when Andy Caddick destroyed the West Indian batting line-up with 5-14.

    See you tomorrow!

    18:10pm England 25-0 (Cook 9 Robson 15)

    Pretty comfortable progress for England so far (fingers crossed I don’t jinx the opening pair!), with Sam Robson looking good on 15.

    He looks well organised and solid so far, long may it continue.

    There’s a bit of an issue with the Western Terrace here, it seems one of the Sri Lankan fielders has had something thrown at him from the crowd…your guess is as good as mine. It’s a bit of cheese apparently, well that’s a first for me I’m not sure about the rest of you.

    CHEESE STOPPED PLAY

    17:43pm CHANCE

    Alastair Cook survives a bit of a scare after edging Shaminda Eranga to first slip. Cook stays put at the crease and the umpires refer the decision upstairs…

    It’s one of those that you think may actually be out but the angle of the camera suggests the ball has bounced up into the hands. Whatever it is, it’s not out, could that be the slice of luck Cook needs?



  • WICKET! Pradeep ct Prior b Plunkett 11

    Sri Lanka 257 all out.

    Liam Plunkett gets his first five wicket hall in Test cricket, finishing with figures of 5-64 as Nuwan Pradeep backs away and gets a feather through to Prior.

    Good effort from the England boys there, although it could have definitely been better had they been a bit more clinical in the field. It will be interesting to see how Cook bats now, we all know he needs a few runs – will he just try and survive or play a few shots?


  • HAT-TRICK FOR BROAD!

    Blimey what’s going on here?! Chandimal is caught at slip, and Eranga by Prior and Stuart Broad has a hat-trick!

    I don’t think he realises you know, it’s been announced over the tannoy and his teammates are looking a bit bemused out there…229-9!

    WICKET Prasad ct Prior b Plunkett 0

    The new man goes to just his second ball, fending a rising Plunkett delivery to Prior. Vicious delivery! These are now Plunkett’s best ever Test figures, with 4-48.

    WICKET Sangakkara ct Bell b Broad 79

    Sri Lanka 228-6

    The streaky innings of Kumar Sangakkara finally comes to an end as a lose drive to Stuart Broad finds Ian Bell at gully who takes a fine catch diving away to his left.

    I was just about to say what a good job those two batsmen were doing, Chandimal in particular has been looking to take the attack to the English attack and has moved on to 44 in no time.

    CHANCE!

    A sharp bouncer from Jordan catches Chandimal on the glove but it creeps agonizingly out of Prior’s reach. It’s just like watching Joe Hart in net, oh the flashbacks have started. I think I need a lie down…or maybe some more sweets.

    16:19 Sri Lanka 196-5 (Sangakkara 72 Chandimal 19)

    A rather sedate start after tea from the players, but not the Western Terrace who are starting to find their voices. Anderson is having a few words with Sangakkara and even his own fielders after they concede a couple of quick singles close-in.

    I wonder how long it will be before we see Plunkett back in the attack.

    TEA

    Sri Lanka 182-5 (Sangakkara 67 Chandimal 10)

    Joe Root comes into the attack to bowl the final over before the tea break and offers up a few freebies to the Sri Lankan batsmen. Not quite sure what the point in that was but there we go. It’s been a good session for England, they’ve gone for a few runs with Sri Lanka scoring at over four an over but at 182-5 they’ll fancy themselves to get through the rest of the Sri Lankan order tonight.

    Jimmy Anderson has been the pick of the bowlers for me, Plunkett was fast but Jimmy has the beating of the bat almost at will.


    15:34pm CHANCE!

    Kumar Sangakkara gets yet another chance! He flashed at a wide ball from Chris Jordan, and Moeen Ali leapt like a salmon at backward point. I think he got both hands on it but it’s gone to ground. It would have been a fantastic catch but might feel that he should have clung on. I make that four times Sangakkara could/should have been out today.


    WICKET Mathews ct Ballance b Anderson 26

    Anderson gets the Sri Lankan to push at one just outside off stump and Ballance takes the catch close in at third slip. Mathews was looking dangerous, a big wicket for England.

    15:10pm 50 for Sangakkara

    Sangakkara reaches his 50 with a push into the offside, his sixth consecutive score of 50+ I hear, and one short of the world record.

    Mathews then brings up the 50 partnership with a six into the rugby ground but he’s just got out!

  • 14:41 pm Sri Lanka 122-4 (Sangakkara 32 Mathews 11)

    You’ve got to think that with just one more wicket, England will fancy themselves to get right into the Sri Lankan tail.

    These two both made centuries at Lords of course, but the Sri Lankan lower order didn’t hang around for long.

  • WICKET! 108-4

    Jayawardena and Lahiru Thirimanne are dismissed in consecutive balls by our own Liam Plunkett. Great bowling!

    Jayawardena is caught excellently by Chris Jordan, low and one-handed at second slip for 27 to make the breakthrough but the very next ball Thirmanne fends one to short leg where Sam Robson takes a simple catch.

    Now for the hat-trick ball….full, fast and straight but kept out by Angelo Matthews. Hostile, nasty bowling from Plunkett who certainly has the crowd on his side.


  • Dropped catch!

    Erm I don’t quite know what to say about that. Plunkett catches the outside edge of Sangakkara’s bat and the ball flies through to Prior for a regulation catch but the Sussex gloveman drops the most straightforward of chances, it’s almost as though he was celebrating before it went in. You won’t see that too often. Huge let off for Sangakkara on 27

  • 14:05pm Sri Lanka 100-2 (Sangakkara 27 Jayawardena 17)

    Comfortable progress since lunch for the Sri Lankan pair who have looked far more at ease than that tasty little period before the break. A couple of classic Sangakkara drives off Plunkett show the class and form of the man.

    Jayawardena brings up the 100 with a push into the off-side for two.

  • 13:40pm Sri Lanka 75-2

    Right then we’re back underway with Moeen Ali bowling the first over after lunch. More importantly, I’ve found the supply of sweets here in the press box and have already devoured a MAOM bar, they’re very underrated I think.

    Stuart Broad bowls from the other end, with an excellent over punctuated only by a great shot through mid-on by Jayawardena. Bit of a sluggish outfield thus far.

  • Lunch

    Sri Lanka 74-2 (Sangakkara 16 Jayawardena 6)

    Another excellent Liam Plunkett over brings the session to a close. The Yorkshire bowler was actually unlucky not to have had Mahela caught at leg slip in that final over, but it would have been some catch from Ian Bell.

    Jordan and Plunkett bowled really well in that little period before the break, the Sri Lankans did exceptionally well to survive it. Now, please excuse me while I go and find myself some lunch….

  • WICKET! 56-2

    Liam Plunkett is into the attack and smashes the leg stump out of the ground with just his second ball! Huge cheers from crowd. Full, fast and straight.

    Karunaratne looked quite good for his 28 and England will be quite happy with their mornings work now.

    Important period of play now, with the two greats Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena at the crease. If England can nip on of these two out before lunch then it will have been a great start.

  • 12:15 Sri Lanka 38-1 (Karunaratne 20 Sangakkara 0)

    Some great bowling by Jimmy here, this is his ninth over already and you can’t tell. He’s getting it to swing both ways to the left-handed Karunaratne who just about keeps him out.

  • Wicket! Silva ct Prior b Anderson 13

    He’s out! Jimmy gets the breakthrough, as Silva pushes forward and the ball catches the outside edge. Prior takes a regulation catch and Sri Lanka are 37-1. The main man Kumar Sangakkara walks to the crease and is off the mark straight away. Great over from the England man.

  • Chance!

    Chris Jordan is introduced into the attack in place of Stuart Broad and his second ball leaps off a length to take the top edge of Karunaratne’s bat. The ball flies over the slips just out of Captain Cook’s reach…there’s a bit of life in this pitch! As if to prove my point the next ball keeps a little low. Jordan certainly does make things happen….37-0.

  • 11:48am Sri Lanka 28-0 (Karunaratne 11* Silva 13*)

    I must say I was impressed with the two Sri Lankan batsmen at Lords and they’ve started well again today. Both compact and well organised. Just as I say that Karunaratne plays and misses at a James Anderson outswinger…


  • Here’s that Broad shout earlier…

  • 11:36 Sri Lanka 20-0 (Karunaratne 6* Sila 10*)

    First real chance of the morning as Stuart Broad hits Silva on the front pad towards the knee roll…it’s given not out but replays show it would have been overturned! Small man that Silva is, I must say it looked high on first sight.

  • 11:18am – Sri Lanka 10-0 (Karunaratne 2* Silva 8*)

    A fairly quiet start here with the Sri Lankan batsmen playing and missing a couple of times against the bowling of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad. Plenty of seats free in the Western Terrace…

  • 10:58am

    Ian Bell leads out his England team mates in his 100th Test as Jerusalem rings out around the ground.

    I remember Bell making his debut, that makes me feel much older than I should! Congratulations to him.

  • 10:43am

    Just a bit of team news for you, England are unchanged which means Yorkshire players Joe Root, Gary Ballance and Liam Plunkett will be playing in front of their home crowds.

    Sri Lanka meanwhile have made two changes, Dinesh Chandimal replaces the injured Prasanna Jayawardene while Dhammika Prasad comes in in place of Nuwan Kulasekara.

  • 10:33am

    Good start for Alastair Cook, who has won the toss and chosen to bowl first here at Headingley. Looks a good day for it! Can the momentum built up on that final day at Lords continue here today?


  • 10:03am.

    Well, one England side might have lost last night but it’s time for the Yorkshire boys and the rest of the England side to make us all feel good again. Just under an hour until the start now and the crowd is beginning to filter in, no doubt nursing a few sore heads from last night.

  • 9.38am

    The players are out in the middle going through their final preparations.

    Just taking a look at the superb matchday programme. Great features with Ian Bell – playing his 100th Test this match.

  • 9.00am

    Gates are now open and the England players have started arriving. Captain Alastair Cook was the first on the scene at Headingley this morning.

  • 7.30am

    For those that want to watch the cricket in style, we will be catering for 2500 corporate hospitality customers over this weekend.

    The VIPs will be hosted by the Club in the Hawke Suite located in the Carnegie Pavilion.

  • 7.10am

    Before the world’s media turn up in their droves, here is a peek behind the press box curtains at Headingley. We are expecting 100 journalists, 120 TV personnel, 35 photographers and 25 radio broadcasters.

  • The Sky Sports in-vision studio

  • The Headingley Press Box

  • 6.56am

    Did you know there are 24 pitches on the Headingley square and the Test Match pitch is number seven. Headingley Groundsman Andy Fogarty, who has been at the ground since 4.30am expects the pitch to be a belter with somethingf in it for both the bowlers and batsmen. His band of ground staff, eight in total, will be working nearly 16 hour days throughout the Test and will be here long after the spectators and other members of staff have moved on to the number of bars and restaurants in the Headingley area.

  • Friday’s weather forecast

    Headingley will see periods of warm sunshine. Dry throughout the day. Maximum temperature 21c.

    If you are heading to the ground, please read our essential matchday information guide. We look forward to seeing you later on today.

    View guide here

  • 6.30am

    Good morning and welcome to sunny, yes I’ll say that again, sunny Headingley. For the first time since 2009 we are expecting a Test Match with no rain interruptions. The forecast suggests it is going to be a scorcher on Day One with wall-to-wall sunshine across the Headingley complex.

    If you are attending the first ever Test between these two nations to be played at LS6 then don’t forget to bring your essentials including some sunscreen.

    Throughout the day in our Live Blog, we’ll bring you all the team news, live updates and a few stats thrown in.

    Here goes for the first stat of the day. England have played at Headingley 71 times in Test cricket. They have won 31 times, drawn 18 and lost 22. That is a 43.66% success rate. Hopefully, win number 32 will be just around the corner.

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