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Sri Lanka 214-4 (Jayawardene 55 Mathews 24)
That’s the end of the day’s play. Mathews will be dangerous tomorrow and with a lead of 105, England will need to stop this Sri Lankan batsmen from getting too many more because they were certainly getting more out of the pitch than the English seamers.
18:14pm Sri Lanka 195-4 (Jayawardene 51 Mathews 12)
Mathews has settled in well and Jayawardene has moved past 50 as they day draws to a close. The lead is up to 88 and Sri Lanka still have six wickets remaining.
A full, in-swinging ball from Plunkett hits Jayawardene straight on the pads but Billy Bowden says not out. England review and it’s clipping leg stump, so not out on umpires call. That is so close.
17:38pm WICKET Thirimanne b Ali 0
Thirimanne survives a king pair but is clean bowled second ball! It’s a beauty too. It drifted and spun past the outside edge of the bat and the game has changed once again. It is turning though and Rangana Herath will be licking his lips.
17:31pm WICKET Sangakkara LBW b Ali 55
103 balls, 6 × 4
The game was drifting along but Moeen Ali has the crucial breakthrough. Sangakkara pushed forward as Moeen’s delivery got a bit of drift and straightened slightly. The great batsman reviewed it but to no avail. What a series for the Sri Lankan though, he’s averaged over 80 and that’s a huge blow.
Sri Lanka 172-3
17:17pm Sri Lanka 160-2 (Sangakkara 53 Jayawardene 29)
Broad has found a good bit of rhythm here and it looks like the ball is starting to reverse swing. Jayawardene lobs one up in the air but it evades all the fielders. It’s a good spell from Broad but he’ll need to remove these two batsmen or the wicket might be too tricky for England to chase down any sort of target tomorrow. Sri Lanka are ahead by 52…
17:03pm 50 for Sangakkara
91 ball, 6 × 4
That’s a significant half-century for Kumar Sangakkara because that means he’s passed 50 for the seventh time in a row, which is a joint world record. Sangakkara now holds that record with Everton Weekes, Andy Flower and Shiv Chanderpaul. He’s batted beautifully so far. 152-2
16:45pm Sri Lanka 130-2 (Sangakkara 40 Jayawardene 13)
Sri Lanka have increased the lead to 22. Broad has come on to replace Plunkett and Jordan is at the other end but the two batsmen are looking fairly comfortable out there. England look like they might need a bit of inspiration here.
16:30pm Sri Lanka 121-2 (Sangakkara 37 Jayawardene 12)
In other news…a toy zebra is being passed around the ground….
16:15 Sri Lanka 110-2 (Sangakkara 33 Jayawardena 5)
A beautiful cover drive for four from Sagakkara means that Sri Lanka are now in the lead. They are two runs ahead with eight wickets remaining.
TEA Sri Lanka 98-2 (Sangakkara 26 Jayawardena 3)
That’s the end of that session. The Plunkett wicket came at a crucial time for England but it’s definitely been Sri Lanka’s session once again. They are just eight runs behind the England total and you would think that anything around 220+ would be a tough target batting fourth on this wicket. However if England can get a couple of quick wickets, we have seen this Sri Lankan tail is quite long and the game would be turned on it’s head one again.
WICKET Karunaratne ct Prior b Plunkett 45
Sri Lanka 93-2
Plunkett gets the breakthrough with a short ball that Karunaratne tried to get out of the way of, but it catches his glove on the way through to Prior. The opener reviews it but his hand was still on the bat at the time and he’s on his way
15:08pm Sri Lanka 84-1 (Karunaratne 43 Sangakkara 17)
A partnership of 44 so far for the 2nd wicket and England don’t look like taking a wicket. The game is going through quite a quiet period with Sri Lanka just ticking the score over. England will be disappointed with how they’ve bowled here, there was definitely something in the wicket for the Sri Lankan bowlers earlier on.
DRINKS Sri Lanka 61-1 (Karunaratne 31 Sangakkara 11)
Sangakkara looks in great touch, a couple of textbook cover drives go to the boundary and he moves on to 11 as the players take drinks. Broad is on at one end and you’d assume Plunkett is just swapping ends, we will see.
Liam628</a> does the business and gets Silva for 13. Sri Lanka 40-1. <a href="http://t.co/A2iLS0ZVII">http://t.co/A2iLS0ZVII</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23EngvSL&src=hash">#EngvSL</a> <a href="http://t.co/ZEQFRVfBpJ">pic.twitter.com/ZEQFRVfBpJ</a></p>— Sky Sports Cricket (SkyCricket) June 22, 2014
14:20pm WICKET Silva ct Prior b Plunkett 13
Sri Lanka 40-1
Plunkett gets the breakthrough with a good ball that just leaves Silva and he edges behind. I can’t believe it’s taken them 18 overs to get him into the attack.
14:10pm Sri Lanka 36-0 (Karunaratne 23 Silva 12)
Plunkett is into the attack and has immediately made an impact. A vicious bouncer somehow misses Silva, who actually does well to get out of the way and four balls later a full toss catches him on the pad. Billy Bowden says not out but Cook reviews it….
The ball was going well down the legside, that’s a bit of a wasted review from England, it’s nowhere near really but a good start from the Yorkshire paceman.
13:55pm Sri Lanka 34-0 (Karunaratne 22 Silva 12)
Steady start for Sri Lanka in the four overs since lunch. Anderson has had one stifled appeal for a catch down the legside but it was more in hope than anything. Jordan doesn’t look too threatening at the moment, I wonder how long it will be before we see the hero of the first innings Liam Plunkett with the ball in his hand.
Sri Lanka 22-0 (Karunaratne 16 Silva 6)
England lead by 86
Sri Lanka have done well to avoid losing any wickets there. England haven’t been as good as they might have been and I’m surprised we didn’t see a bit of Plunkett before the break. Jordan came on for the final over but nothing much was happening.
12:30pm Sri Lanka (Karunaratne 6 Silva 1)
England have started well here and Anderson seems to have the beating of the bat at will. Karunaratne isn’t looking totally comfortable out there, particularly outside the off stump where he ‘s just leaving his bat hanging a bit.
DROPPED! Jordan puts down a simple catch after Karunaratne edged a ball from
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12:22pm DROPPED CATCH
Anderson goes around the wicket, and a beauty catches the outside edge of Karunaratne’s bat, it travels comfortably to Jordan at second slip who puts down a pretty straightforward chance.Should really have been taken.
12:18pm Sri Lanka 0-0 (Karunaratne 0 Silva 0)
The crowds have gathered over Headingley just as England walk out to field. It’s a bit gloomy but England will fancy their chances of nipping one or two out before the lunch break.
12:02pm ALL OUT
Anderson ct & b Eranga 0
England are all out for 365, losing 4-45 in 12 overs this morning. Prior smashed Eranga over long on for six and moved on to 27 before Jimmy got tangled under a short ball which he could only lob straight back to Eranga who finishes with 4-93, his skipper Mathews took 4-43 (his Test best).
Very interesting state of play, Michael Vaughan on TMS reckons it will be all over today…
England will win today IMO….— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 22, 2014
11:55am England 356-9 (Prior 18 Anderson 0)
Prior now has a bit of a license to cut loose but he has to protect Anderson at the other end. The Sri Lankans know what is going on and the field is spread, but Prior advances down the wicket and creams one past long on for four. Great shot from the England keeper but Jimmy is making hearts flutter – not for the first time you might expect – but a few airy drives are greeted with gasps from the crowd.
11:45am WICKET Plunkett b Mathews 2
Wow I was just about to write about this collapse from 311-3 and Plunkett has been bowled. The ball has seamed from well outside off-stump the hit middle halfway up. I wouldn’t fancy batting on this later today.
WICKET Broad ct Thirimanna b Mathews 4
Broad comes in and hits a boundary through backward point but in the very next over he slices Angelo Mathews to gully and is out for 4. Lead of just 87 as Plunkett walks to the crease. Mathew has 3-38 all of a sudden with his medium pace.
WICKET Jordan ct Jayawardena b Eranga 17
Jordan gets another edge, a bit thicker this time and is caught superbly by Mahela Jayawardena, diving in front of second slip. A good wicket for Sri Lanka, but it brings the dangerous Broad to the crease.
A good start from Shaminda Eranga so far, and he’s found the outside edge of Jordan’s bat but the ball flies straight between first slip and the wicketkeeper for four, a big let off for England.
11:08am England 327-6 (Prior 3 Jordan 11)
I like the way Chris Jordan bats with his collar up. Proper player. Reminds me of Michael Lumb who also stands there, collar up and chest pumped out. He’s off to a good start anyway, the first ball of the morning is cut away for four, followed up by a clip off his legs for a couple and England are away.
The players are out in the middle in glorious sunshine. The crowd is pretty quiet so far but it promises to be an exciting morning of cricket with Prior, Jordan, Stuart Broad and Plunkett all due to come in who all like to give it a bit of a whack.
Jordan to face the first ball from Angelo Mathews
Nice to see the ECB Twitter page paying homage to the famous pigeons of Headingley, they’ve been out in force over the first two days!
England have been going through some extended warm-ups which would suggest they’re expecting to be in the field rather soon. Not a surprise, considering there are only four wickets remaining but they will be hoping Prior and the rest of the tail will have their heads firmly screwed on to make the most of their opportunity this morning.
It’s a beautiful day again in Leeds and the game is nicely poised. Sri Lanka fought back superbly in the final hour of yesterday’s play to reduce England to 320-6 but we all know how dangerous the tail can be. Will Prior, Jordan et al be able to push the advantage over 100? It will be entertaining if they do…just under an hour until play.
Welcome to Headingley for another cracking day of Test cricket. Let’s hope England can find some form with the bat and bat long into the day and increase their lead. it should be an intriguing day.
For the third successive day, the weather forecast is outstanding. Another day with variable cloud and sunny spells throughout. Winds light throughout, Maximum temperature 21c. Don’t forget to bring a hat and sunscreen.
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