Sri Lanka Vs England Live Score (TEST)

Date: Friday, 09 November, 2018 16:31 IST Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle Match Status: Match Ended

England beat Sri Lanka by 211 runs

342/10
Overs
97.0
R/R
3.53
Fours
36
Sixes
5
Extras
2
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
James Anderson not out 0 4 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Suranga Lakmal 18 5 73 3
Dilruwan Perera 31 6 75 5
203/10
Overs
68.0
R/R
2.99
Fours
20
Sixes
0
Extras
2
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Rangana Herath not out 14 16 2 0
Bowling 0 M R W
James Anderson 10 0 26 1
Sam Curran 6 1 16 1
322/6
Overs
93.0
R/R
3.46
Fours
17
Sixes
7
Extras
13
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Keaton Jennings not out 146 280 9 0
Sam Curran not out 0 0 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Dilruwan Perera 30 3 94 2
Suranga Lakmal 9 2 30 0
250/10
Overs
85.1
R/R
2.94
Fours
18
Sixes
4
Extras
1
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Suranga Lakmal not out 14 25 1 1
Bowling 0 M R W
Sam Curran 5 1 15 0
James Anderson 12 2 27 0
  • Sri Lanka now will need their batsmen to step up. England have a decent first innings total on the board and the hosts will have to bat really well if they are to get close or surpass this total. The wicket is a good one to bat and one expects it to remain that way today. Can the Lankan batting take advantage of that or will the English bowlers strengthen their hold on this game? Stay with us to find out.
  • The Lankan bowling was outstanding to begin with but ran out of gas as the first day progressed. Dilruwan was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with a fifer. Lakmal was also excellent, he claimed three to his name but their other spinners, Herath and Akila were not at their best. Especially the latter, who got just one wicket and was taken for quite a few runs.
  • Ben Foakes came out to bat after the top order failed to make an impact. They were down and out at 103 for 5 but he along with Buttler first and then Curran stitched two very handy stands. The debutant continued after the two departed and managed to take the visitors close to the 350-run mark.
  • So Sri Lanka have managed to take the remaining wickets today morning quite quickly. However, it will be England who will be the happier of the two sides at the moment and credit has to be given only to one man, Ben Foakes. A masterclass from him, he looked fluent throughout and he has not only taken England to safer shores but has now made them the favorites in this game.
  • 96.6 OUT! In the air... and taken! That is it from the English innings. Ben Foakes is the last man to go. He looks for another boundary, this time though over mid off. He only manages to slice it high in the air towards point. There are two fielders going for the catch, one from covers and the other from point. Dhananjaya from the latter position calls for it and takes it by falling down on the ground. A good catch to end a brilliant innings. He walks off to another standing ovation and ENGLAND HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 342!
  • 96.5 FOUR! As expected! Length on middle, Foakes takes the aerial route and goes over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 96.4 FOUR! There it is, 100 for Ben Foakes on Test debut. Second English wicket-keeper batsman to do so. He gets there in style. What a knock by the debutant, his team was on the mat and he rose to the occasion under so much pressure. A fabulous moment for him and he is getting a standing ovation from the crowd. He gets there by punching the ball past mid on. He watches it the whole way and just as it crosses the rope, Ben takes the helmet off and raises his bat. Now, the milestone has been achieved, so the attacking mode will be turned on.
  • 96.3 Good length on off, it is stroked towards mid off.
  • 96.2 FOUR! Onto 99! Nice shot! This was slightly short and on the hips. Foakes pulls it through backward square leg and the ball races away to the fence. He has 4 balls in this over to get his ton. Fielders coming up now.
  • 96.1 We can see a change of intent there. Foakes steps down the track but does not get the desired length, he guides it through point and does not take a run.
  • 95.6 And he negotiates it well! This is outside off, Anderson shoulders arms. Huge cheer from the crowd! 330/9
  • 95.5 EDGED AND SHORT! Heart in the mouth moment for Foakes and all the English fans. This is slower through the air on off, it pitches and turns away. The ball takes the outside edge and lands just short of first slip. One ball to go.
  • 95.4 Two more. This is one is flighted on off, Anderson tries to defend but gets an outside edge towards backward point.
  • 95.3 The straighter one on the pads, Anderson tries to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads. 3 more to go.
  • James Anderson is the new man in. He has 4 balls to face in this over and Foakes who is 5 short of a ton on debut, will hope he plays them out.
  • 95.2 OUT! 7th Test Fifer for Perera and Sri Lanka have got one out of the two they needed and that too early in the day. Flatter and it is pitched on off, Leach goes back and tries to defend but the ball turns away with some extra bounce. Leach does not account for the turn and the ball takes the outside edge before going to first slip where Dhananjaya de Silva takes it. They go upstairs to check the front foot but replays show Perera is fine by just.
  • 95.1 Fires it on off, Leach is solid in defense.
  • 94.6 Just behind a length around off, Foakes stands tall and punches it back to the bowler. 330/8
  • 94.5 Clips it with the angle towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 94.4 Slightly short but the line is outside off, Leach lets it be.
  • 94.3 Plays a similar shot to the last ball but this time it is closer to deep point. A run only.
  • 94.2 Good running! He guides this through cover-point. The fielder in the deep is a little too square and the batsmen collect a brace. A biggie away now.
  • 94.1 Back of a length around off, Foakes guides it towards gully.
  • 93.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. Consecutive maidens. 326/8
  • 93.5 Angles this into the pads, Leach works it to square leg.
  • 93.4 BEATEN! Slows this up around off, it pitches and then turns away. Leach hangs his bat out and gets beaten.
  • 93.3 The straighter one on the stumps, Leach is solid in defense. He has really tackled the offie well.
  • 93.2 Just short! Leach uses his feet but Dilruwan shortens his length. JL tries to block it out but plays it with hard hands. It goes uppishly but short of the short cover fielder.
  • 93.1 Fires it on the off stump, the batsman blocks it out.
  • 92.6 Slants this one into the batsman who works it with the angle to mid on. A maiden for Lakmal to begin with. 326/8
  • 92.5 Another away-swinger from outside off, it has been left alone.
  • 92.4 This one is angled into the pads of the batsman. Foakes tries to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads. A muted appeal but nothing from the umpire.
  • 92.3 Fullish and outside off, Foakes shoulders arms to it. A hint of away movement there for Lakmal.
  • 92.2 Good length around off, the batsman guides it to gully.
  • 92.1 Back of a length around off, Foakes pushes it to mid on.
  • Suranga Lakmal to bowl from the other end.
  • 91.6 A huge appeal but not given! This is tossed up around middle, it goes on with the arm. Leach tries to defend but misses to get hit on the pads. A huge appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. Sri Lanka do not have a review left but it would not have mattered as Hawk Eye shows it to be sliding down. 326/8
  • 91.5 Flatter and on middle, the batsman goes back and keeps it out.
  • 91.4 Tosses it up around off, Leach prods forward to defend but he gets an outside edge and the ball goes on the bounce to the second slip fielder.
  • 91.3 This is floated up on off, Leach lunges and defends it.
  • 91.2 Now works this through square leg and takes a run. 8 runs shy of a ton on debut is Foakes.
  • 91.1 FOUR! Foakes starting from where he left off yesterday. Moves into the 90s with a crisp drive. Perera bowls it a little too full outside off, Foakes reaches out to it and then strokes it through covers for a boundary.
  • We are all set for the game to begin. Ben Foakes and Jack Leach will resume their innings. The former will be on strike and he will face Dilruwan Perera. A slip, a short leg and a leg slip in place. Here we go...
  • Pitch report - David Lloyd says that there's 60 percent chance of rain. Adds that there is a gentle breeze blowing across the field and in his opinion it won't rain. Brad Hogg joins him and he starts by saying that the pitch will be good for batting today as well and reckons that it will start to break from tomorrow which will bring spinners into play. Reminds about yesterday by saying when the ball gets older, it becomes easier for batting. Better day for batting is the verdict from the middle!
  • Rangana Herath who is giving an interview, starts by crediting Foakes and Sam Curran for the way they played. He feels this is a better wicket to bat on but he hopes it breaks up as the game progresses. Mentions he is approaching the last Test as the same as the Tests he has played before. Further adds he does not mind the attention he is getting. States it is a privilege to play for your country and he is really happy to have played for Sri Lanka.
  • Sri Lanka on the other hand, will try and take the two wickets as quick as possible and then look to bat well. The wicket did ease out as the Day 1 progressed. Let us see how it plays today. Stay tuned.
  • Hello and welcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the first Test between Sri Lanka and England. The visitors are in a good position at the moment and they will be hopeful of building on it today. They sill have two wickets in hand and will try and add around 40-50 runs more. Foakes will hold the key for them.
  • ... Day 2, Session 1 ...
  • So, as things stand, England are in the driver's seat. The Lankans would want to wrap them up early on Day 2 and then get to work with the bat. Though, they will remember, that the surface is going to get slower and will take some turn as the game progresses. It's all set up for a super contest, provided the rain doesn't spoil things. Join in at 1000 local (0430 GMT) for all the action. See you folks then!
  • Sri Lanka will be disappointed with themselves. They had England on the ropes but failed to capitalize on it and really take the game by the scruff of its neck. Perera eventually got his 4-fer and got the desired wickets, just not when it was really needed. The wicket was good to bat on, but maybe some more innovation and some more pressure would have done them more good. The hosts let the Englishmen score too freely and they've let them get to an unwanted total.
  • A good day for England. Not something you'd have thought after how things were during the Lunch break. The visitors, despite a solid stand of 62 between Jennings and Root, were reduced to 113/5 courtesy some fantastic bowling from Lakmal and Perera. From that point on it seemed like there would be a procession of sorts in the afternoon session, but debutant Ben Foakes really came to the party. He put on three substantial partnerships - first with Buttler, then with his Surrey teammate Curran and eventually with Rashid to ensure England cross the 300-mark. The debutant ended the day on 87, and looks good to get his maiden Test ton.
  • 90.6 FOUR! Short and wide, Leach cuts it again. It flies towards the slip cordon. Dhananjaya stretches his hand out but cannot get the ball to it. The ball races to the third man fence. That's STUMPS on Day 1. England are 321/8. 321/8
  • 90.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 90.4 FOUR! Comedy from Lakmal! Poor ball from Akila, bowls it short outside off, Leach cuts it through point. Suranga hares to the ball, stops it but then collects the ball while he was inside the boundary line. Lack of awareness.
  • 90.3 Darts this full and on leg, Leach plays it with a straight bat.
  • 90.2 On off, kept out.
  • 90.1 Leach plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. They manage to come back for the second.
  • 89.6 Edge again, this time through the cordon. Dimuth dives to his right but cannot get his hand to it. The ball rolls to third man where they take three runs. 311/8
  • 89.5 Short of the slip cordon. Leach gets an outside edge which falls short.
  • 89.4 Three in a row. Jack leans ahead but the ball spins away from him. Good bowling.
  • 89.3 Beaten again! Leach is come forward but cannot get to the pitch of the ball.
  • 89.2 Beaten! Arm ball around off, Leach cannot get bat to ball.
  • 89.1 Fuller in line, Leach steps out and keeps it out.
  • 88.6 Loopy ball on off, played with a straight bat. 308/8
  • 88.5 Outside off, kept off.
  • 88.4 Full on middle, hit towards mid on for a single.
  • 88.3 Defended off the front foot by Leach presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 88.2 An appeal which dies down. Floated ball on off, Leach is forward and gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 88.1 Driven through mid on by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 87.6 Tossed up again on middle, it is blocked out. 306/8
  • 87.5 Tosses it up on middle, the batter keeps it out.
  • Jack Leach walks in next to bat.
  • 87.4 OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Rashid goes after playing a handy innings. Another frustrating partnership for Sri Lanka now comes to an end. It is bowled quicker and fuller outside off, Rashid goes for the booming drive through covers. The ball takes the outside edge and goes into the hands of de Silva at first slip. Perera gets his fourth and Sri Lanka are now only two wickets away from bowling England out.
  • Around 15 or so minutes to go. Will England be bowled out? Or will they hold on?
  • 87.3 On off, the batsman defends it out.
  • 87.2 Comes down the track and strokes it to long on for a run.
  • 87.1 Floated around off, the batsman blocks it out.
  • 86.6 Loopy ball around off, it spins away from Rashid who is drawn forward and gets beaten. 305/7
  • 86.5 Outside off, driven to covers.
  • 86.4 Driven towards the mid off region.
  • 86.3 FOUR! Another great hit from Rashid. Giving no respect to the veteran. Sees this ball floated on off, Rashid opens his body and lofts it over covers for a boundary. The fifty partnership is up with that.
  • 86.2 Loopy ball around off, driven to long off for a single.
  • 86.1 Flighted ball on off, cut to point.
  • 85.6 Played to the point region by AR. 300/7
  • 85.5 300 up for England. Foakes works this through mid on and gets to the other end.
  • 85.4 Rashid works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 85.3 Drives this towards mid on for an easy single.
  • 85.2 Sharp turn and bounce from around the wicket. Landed on off, it turns and comes into Rashid. The ball goes off his arm guard towards the on side. They cross.
  • 85.1 Off spinner down leg, Rashid lets it be.
  • 84.6 Driven through the covers by Rashid. The batsmen have run through for a single. 14 runs off the over. 296/7
  • 84.5 SIX! HUGE! Rashid on the charge. What a hit. Gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it over the bowler's head for a huge maximum.
  • 84.4 It's been driven superbly through the covers.
  • 84.3 FOUR! Loopy ball on middle, Adil steps out and slogs this over square leg. The ball takes a couple of bounces before reaching the fence.
  • 84.2 Quicker one, comes in, Adil does well to get bat to ball.
  • 84.1 Foakes plays the pull shot through square leg. Good running between the wickets to pick up three runs.
  • Rangana Herath gets a change of ends.
  • 83.6 Foakes charges down the wicket and milks it through mid-wicket. One run added to the total. 282/7
  • 83.5 Tossed up ball on off, bunted down.
  • 83.4 FOUR! Short and down leg, Foakes goes back, gets low and pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 83.3 Outside off, kept out.
  • 83.2 Off spinner on middle and leg, helped on its way by Rashid for one.
  • 83.1 Flatter ball in line of the stumps, Adil blocks it out with a straight bat.
  • Dilruwan Perera replaces Rangana Herath.
  • 82.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 276/7
  • 82.5 SIX! Top edge and it goes all the way! Good change in length there by Lakmal. He bangs it short and on middle. Rashid is surprised by it but he still goes for the pull. It takes the top edge and flies towards fine leg. Akila there is interested in catching it but does so by falling over the line.
  • 82.4 Attacks the off pole, Adil blocks it out.
  • 82.3 Back of a length on off, Foakes guides it down to third man for a run.
  • 82.2 Fuller in length on off, it is driven to mid off.
  • 82.1 Good length on off, the batsman defends it back to the bowler.
  • 81.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 268/7
  • 81.5 Tosses it up on off, Rashid blocks it onto the ground.
  • 81.4 Punched down to long off for a run.
  • 81.3 Another loopy delivery on off, the batsman drives it to covers.
  • 81.2 Floats it up on off, it was driven towards covers.
  • 81.1 Flatter and on off, pushed to covers.
  • Rangana Herath is back on.
  • 80.6 FOUR! A half volley and it has been put away. Timed through covers and you need not run for those. 267/7
  • 80.5 Another outswinger on off, Rashid defends it by getting right behind the line.
  • 80.4 The awayswinger around off, Rashid makes a good leave.
  • 80.3 Good length on off, the batsman defends it out.
  • 80.2 On a length around off, the batsman blocks it out.
  • 80.1 Good length around off, the batsman pushes it through point.
  • The second new ball is available and it has been taken immediately.
  • 79.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 262/7
  • 79.5 Works it with the turn through square leg for a run.
  • 79.4 Flatter around off, the batsman keeps it out.
  • 79.3 Nice timing! This is tossed up on off, Foakes strokes it through covers and takes three.
  • 79.2 Now eases this down to long off and gets to the other end.
  • 79.1 FOUR! How wristy was that? Adil Rashid came down the track and then whips it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 78.6 This is played down to long on for a run. 254/7
  • 78.5 On off, kept out.
  • 78.4 Driven through mid on by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 78.3 Just shot! It is flicked uppishly but just short of short leg.
  • 78.2 Another flatter ball on the pads, it is turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 78.1 With the turn, Foakes works it to mid-wicket.
  • 77.6 Some extra bounce as the ball turns into Rashid. Goes off the glove but fortunately for him, falls safely. 252/7
  • 77.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 77.4 Off spinner close to off, worked defensively down on the leg side.
  • 77.3 Loopy and full around off, Rashid presses forward and blocks it out.
  • Adil Rashid is the new batsman in.
  • 77.2 OUT! Curran is out of here. He departs just 2 short of a fifty. The southpaw will be disappointed to have missed out. Landed just behind a driving length, spins away and it's a bit slow through the air. Sam goes for the slog across the line but gets beaten in the flight. The ball takes the edge and goes to Chandimal at first slip who takes it moving to his right. He seems to have pulled his groin again as he's seen limping.
  • 77.1 Tossed up on middle and off, Foakes plants his front foot forward and flicks it in front of square leg for a single.
  • Drinks break.
  • 76.6 Some drift into the batsman, on middle, Curran plays away from his body and gets an inside edge back onto his pads. 251/6
  • 76.5 Drifting in on middle and leg, driven towards mid on.
  • 76.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 76.3 Comes on the front foot and blocks it out safely.
  • 76.2 A low full toss on middle and leg, Curran works it towards wide long on. A couple of runs result.
  • 76.1 Spinning away from around off, played to point with an open face.
  • 75.6 The wrong 'un. The batsman picks it and works it to mid-wicket. 249/6
  • 75.5 Uses his feet and strokes it down to long off. A run taken. He moves on to 46.
  • 75.4 Flatter on off, the batsman keeps it out.
  • 75.3 On the shorter side, the batsman punches it to bowler.
  • 75.2 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 75.1 Very full, too easy for Curran as he hits it down to long on. Takes a run.
  • Akila Dananjaya is back on.
  • 74.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 246/6
  • 74.5 Gives it air outside off, Foakes goes back and works it to mid-wicket.
  • 74.4 Strokes this past the bowler and down to long on for a run.
  • 74.3 Flatter and on middle, it pitches and then turns away. The batsman goes back and blocks it out.
  • 74.2 Dances down the track and eases it down to long on for a run.
  • 74.1 A little too full on the pads, it is flicked down to long on and a run is taken.
  • 73.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 243/6
  • 73.5 Hit towards mid on for an easy run.
  • 73.4 SIX! HUGE! Short ball outside off, poor ball, Curran has plenty of time to go back and pull it over square leg for a biggie.
  • 73.3 FOUR! Shot! Overpitched ball on off, Curran picks it up and lofts it over mid off for a boundary.
  • 73.2 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 73.1 Short ball outside off, Foakes comes forward and drives it to mid off.
  • 72.6 Slower ball around off, Curran pushes it to covers. 231/6
  • 72.5 Given air on off, Curran is solid in his defense.
  • 72.4 Tossed up ball on middle, Curran plays it in front of him.
  • 72.3 Full in line of the stumps, flicked to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 72.2 Tossed up ball on off, turned away with the spin for nothing.
  • 72.1 Full and around off, played with a straight bat.
  • 71.6 The batsman has driven it through mid on. The batsmen have run through for a single. 230/6
  • 71.5 Given air on middle, driven to mid off. They cross.
  • 71.4 Quicker and on leg, Curran gets bat to ball quickly.
  • 71.3 Flatter ball outside off, Foakes works it around the corner for one.
  • 71.2 Another floated ball on leg, Foakes works it to the on side.
  • 71.1 Loopy ball on off, hit uppishly towards mid off for a run.
  • 70.6 Foakes has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 226/6
  • 70.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 70.4 DROPPED! Off spinner on off, Foakes looks to work it away but hits it towards short leg. Kusal Mendis there gets his hands to it but cannot hold onto it. England get away with one.
  • 70.3 Full and outside off, Foakes comes down and turns it to mid-wicket.
  • 70.2 Full and on off, turned with the spin to the on side.
  • 70.1 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 69.6 Foakes works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 226/6
  • 69.5 Darts this on leg, Curran flicks this through mid-wicket for one.
  • 69.4 Quicker ball on leg, hit to the on side.
  • 69.3 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 69.2 Short ball around off, Curran for a moment looks to play it to the on side but then nearly ends by chipping it back to the bowler.
  • 69.1 Arm ball on middle and leg, tapped in front of him.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva is introduced into the bowling attack.
  • 68.6 Skidding off the surface, on the pads, Foakes works it away on the leg side. 224/6
  • 68.5 Another one turned away to the on side. Another dot.
  • 68.4 Flicks it away into the leg side. No run taken.
  • 68.3 Short, turning away from outside off, carved away behind point for an easy run.
  • 68.2 Stays right behind the line of the delivery and guards it out.
  • 68.1 Tossed up around off, defended solidly from the front foot.
  • 67.6 Flights it right up there, the batsman shifts his weight onto the front foot and places it to the mid off fielder. 223/6
  • 67.5 Quick, flat and just outside off, Foakes is on the back foot to block it out.
  • 67.4 Spinning in on middle and leg, Curran flicks it fine down the leg side and changes ends.
  • 67.3 Just behind a driving length, Sam reaches forward to it and manages to block it out.
  • 67.2 Quite full on middle stump, wristed towards mid on.
  • 67.1 Looped up delivery, spinning away from outside off, driven through the gap in the covers for a single.
  • 66.6 Drives it towards the mid off fielder to end the over. 221/6
  • 66.5 Flat, short and around off, guarded out watchfully from the back foot.
  • 66.4 Driven towards mid on for no run.
  • 66.3 Slower through the air, close to off, Curran defends watchfully.
  • 66.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 66.1 Drifting in from around off, Curran blocks with the full face.
  • 65.6 Driven through the covers by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 221/6
  • 65.5 Similar ball, similar defensive shot. Same result. Dot ball.
  • 65.4 Goes deep inside the crease, waits for the ball to come and blocks.
  • 65.3 Short, flat and outside off, Sam from the back foot punches it through the covers for a couple.
  • 65.2 SIX! That's a clean hit. Lovely stuff from Sam Curran. Sees the ball tossed up in his arc and so he launches it over the cow corner for a maximum.
  • 65.1 Short and wide outside off, placed to the man at cover.
  • 64.6 Turned away on the leg side for no run. That will be the end of the over. 212/6
  • 64.5 FOUR! Short and down leg, poor ball and it's begging to be hit. Foakes does just that as he rocks back, swivels and pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 64.4 Quicker one outside off, shorter in length, Ben moves across the stumps and defends it down on the off side.
  • 64.3 Plays with the spin, turns it past short leg but won't get any run for it.
  • 64.2 Good footwork from Foakes. Uses the depth of the crease to go back, whips it but can't get it past short mid-wicket.
  • 64.1 Quick, flat and straighter on middle, whipped by the right-hander straight to short leg.
  • 63.6 Floated on middle and leg, turned with the spin towards the man at short mid-wicket. 208/6
  • 63.5 Turns it with the spin in front of short leg. Dot ball.
  • 63.4 Some decent flight on this, spinning away from outside off, pushed towards cover-point by the right-hander for a single.
  • 63.3 Quicker, fuller and around off, another defensive shot on offer.
  • 63.2 Tossed up on off stump, Foakes comes on the front foot and buries it into the track.
  • 63.1 Short, flat and outside off, no turn on this occasion, Ben plays it to covers from the back foot.
  • 62.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 207/6
  • 62.5 Short on middle and leg, helped away towards mid-wicket.
  • 62.4 Some decent air on this as it's tossed up on the stumps, Curran gets his front leg out of the way and drives it to covers.
  • 62.3 Fuller around off, defended.
  • 62.2 Fraction straight in line, Ben is on the back foot as he whips this through the mid-wicket area for a single.
  • 62.1 Short and wide, turning away from outside off, Curran places the cut behind point and rotates strike.
  • 61.6 Once again stays behind the line, watches the ball closely and defends. 205/6
  • 61.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 61.4 Stays back to this shorter ball and blocks it out.
  • 61.3 Sam goes down the ground too, but on the other side. Places it to long on and jogs across to the other end.
  • 61.2 Leans into the full ball and drives it through mid off for a single.
  • 61.1 Touch short and coming in on middle and leg, Foakes works it off his pads and works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 60.6 Curran is lucky there. The ball falls just short of first slip. Landed on off, the ball spins away and goes past the outside edge. Takes the gloves and pops up behind. Mathews there tries to get to the ball with a dive forward but it still falls short. 203/6
  • 60.5 Flighted around off, worked in front of square on the leg side for a run.
  • 60.4 Foakes has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 60.3 Full and outside off, quicker in pace, driven through covers for one.
  • 60.2 Maiden Test fifty for Ben Foakes! He's had a good debut so far. Been chanceless since he's come on. Gets to the milestone by working it away in front of square leg and crossing over. He raises his bat, gets a cheer from his dressing room. Becomes the 7th English keeper to score a fifty in his first innings.
  • 60.1 Down the leg side, goes off Curran's pads fine and the batsmen take a leg bye. Brings Foakes back on strike, he is on 49.
  • Spin from both ends. Dilruwan Perera to bowl from the other end. A slip and a short leg in place.
  • 59.6 Positions himself right behind the line and keeps it out. 199/6
  • 59.5 Fires it right up there, outside off, driven towards mid off.
  • 59.4 Fraction straight in line, nudged softly on the leg side for nothing.
  • 59.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 59.2 Coming in on middle and leg, worked away on the leg side.
  • 59.1 Drifting in from around off, Foakes blocks it off the front foot.
  • We are back for the final session of the day. Sam Curran and Ben Foakes to continue, with the latter on strike. Rangana Herath to take the ball first.
  • ... Day 1, Session 3 ...
  • The Sri Lanka bowlers did try their best but the wicket seems to have eased out. Akila Dananjaya though has been the least impressive of the lot. He has been guilty of bowling a little too short. That will have to change and they need to get the remaining wickets as quick as possible. Who will dominate the third session? Join us to find out.
  • England's session hands down. They have lost just the one wicket and have added 86 runs. It was Butter and Foakes who first added 61-runs. The two really played well, rotated the strike nicely but just before the drinks break Buttler perished. Curran then joined forces with Foakes and then two are amidst another decent stand. The right-hander is one short of a fifty on debut and is looking reasonably comfortable out there. England will hope he can make it big and with support from the rest, they can take England to a good first innings score.
  • 58.6 On the shorter side, Curran goes onto the back foot quickly and pulls it through mid-wicket for a couple. THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 1! 199/6
  • 58.5 Works this with the angle towards mid on.
  • 58.4 On a length around off, Curran lunges and keeps it out.
  • 58.3 Another ball guided through point for a run.
  • 58.2 Back of a length on off, the batsman defends it onto the ground.
  • 58.1 FOUR! Two runs short of 50 now. Clever shot this. Saw the width on offer and then just ran it down to the vacant third man region.
  • 57.6 On the shorter side, it is pushed back to the bowler. 192/6
  • 57.5 The off break outside off, Curran pads it away.
  • 57.4 Another loopy ball on middle, the batsman gets right behind the line and blocks it.
  • 57.3 Slower through the air on middle, it is kept out.
  • 57.2 Another loopy ball on off, the batter is solid in defense.
  • 57.1 Tosses it up on off, the batsman gets behind the line and keeps it out.
  • 56.6 Fullish and on off, the batsman times it to mid off. 192/6
  • 56.5 On a length again around off, the batsman blocks it out.
  • 56.4 On off, this one stays a touch low. Foakes keeps it out.
  • 56.3 On a length around off, the batsman strokes it towards covers.
  • 56.2 Fuller on off, it is driven through covers.
  • 56.1 Well short! Short and on middle, Foakes goes for the pull but it is not a full-blooded pull shot. It goes uppishly but well short of the mid-wicket fielder. Beats him and the batsmen take two.
  • 55.6 The batsman has played it to the point region. 190/6
  • 55.5 SIX! That has gone a long way! It is the googly and it is tossed up around off, Curran goes for the big shot. Connects well and it sails over the long off fence.
  • 55.4 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • 55.3 Another off spinner, Foakes once again flicks it towards mid-wicket with the turn.
  • 55.2 Another tossed up ball around off, the batsman plants his front foot forward and then flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 55.1 The off break on off, it turns back in. The batsman works it to mid-wicket.
  • 54.6 The batsman plays the square cut. 183/6
  • 54.5 Back of a length on off, Curran punches it to find covers.
  • 54.4 Again on the shorter side, Curran tries to push it but the ball goes off the inner half towards the bowler.
  • 54.3 Shortish and around off, the batsman punches it to covers.
  • 54.2 On a length around off, the batsman keeps it out.
  • 54.1 Back of a length on off, the batsman goes back and keeps it out.
  • Suranga Lakmal is back on.
  • 53.6 On the pads, the batsman works it through square leg for a run. 183/6
  • 53.5 This is quicker and on off, the batsman pushes it to covers.
  • 53.4 Uses his feet and gets to the pitch of it, Foakes eases it down to long on and now is 9 short of a fifty on debut.
  • 53.3 This is worked towards mid-wicket with the turn.
  • 53.2 Very full again, Curran strokes it down to long on for a run.
  • 53.1 Flatter on off, it is pushed towards covers, a single taken.
  • 52.6 The leg spinner this time from outside off, it comes back in sharply. The batter pushes it to covers. 179/6
  • 52.5 A little too full and it is pushed towards mid off.
  • 52.4 Another tossed up ball and it is pushed to covers.
  • 52.3 This is eased down to long on for another run. The partnership between the two is 15.
  • 52.2 Flatter on off, Foakes defends it onto the ground.
  • 52.1 Flatter on middle, the batsman works it through square leg for a run.
  • 51.6 Tosses it up on middle, Curran hits it back towards the bowler. 178/6
  • 51.5 Fires it on middle, Curran goes back and blocks it onto the ground.
  • 51.4 Not a lot of turn on this one as it is bowled on off, Curran keeps it out with ease.
  • 51.3 Curran is solid in defense. The pitch seems to have eased out a little.
  • 51.2 Clips it nicely through square leg for a single.
  • 51.1 Flatter around off, the batsman goes back and keeps it out.
  • 50.6 Flatter on the pads, Curran works it to short leg. 177/6
  • 50.5 Takes a single by easing this down to long on.
  • 50.4 Another tossed up delivery, it is driven back to the bowler.
  • 50.3 Slower through the air around off, Foakes defends it out.
  • 50.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 50.1 Tosses it up on off, the batsman works it to mid-wicket.
  • Akila Dananjaya is back on.
  • 49.6 BEATEN! Another beauty! Tosses it up around off, enticing the batsman to go for the drive. Curran is lured into the shot but is beaten by the away spin. 176/6
  • 49.5 From around the wicket, the bowler fires it on middle, it is kept out.
  • 49.4 Uses his feet again and flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 49.3 A low full toss on the pads, Curran flicks it fine down the leg side and takes a run.
  • 49.2 Full again, Sam brings his bat ahead of his front pad and blocks.
  • 49.1 Drifting in from around the wicket, Curran prods forward and defends.
  • 48.6 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. 174/6
  • 48.5 Herath extracting some good turn from this deck now. Lands it on middle and leg and it turns away sharply. Foakes is squared up a bit he still manages to defend it somehow.
  • 48.4 Takes a step ahead, leans into the drive and places it to long on for one run.
  • 48.3 Stays back and keeps it out without much trouble.
  • 48.2 Fuller, spinning in from around off, kept out off the front foot.
  • 48.1 Sam skips down the track, gets close to the pitch and blocks it back in the bowler's direction.
  • 47.6 NOT OUT! And that is why as he is well in due to his dive. Foakes steps out and flicks it through mid-wicket. He runs one and wants the second. The batsmen go for it. The fielder in the deep covers good ground to his left, picks the ball up and throws it towards the bowler who deflects it onto the stumps. The players appeal and the umpire takes it upstairs. Replays roll in and it shows Curran is safe. 173/6
  • A run out appeal against Curran at the non-striker's end is taken upstairs. He seems relaxed.
  • 47.5 It is once again bowled flatter on off, Foakes goes back and defends it out.
  • 47.4 Flatter outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it.
  • 47.3 This is eased down to long on, a single taken.
  • 47.2 On middle, the batsman defends it.
  • 47.1 Uses his feet but does not get to the pitch of the ball. It is worked towards mid-wicket.
  • 46.6 This is pushed towards covers. 170/6
  • 46.5 Slower through the air again on off, Foakes waits for it and then guides it to point.
  • 46.4 Just short! Herath gives it a nice loop on middle, it pitches and turns back in. Takes the inner half of Curran's bat and goes uppishly but just short of short leg. The fielder there dives to his right, makes a half-stop but can't stop a run.
  • 46.3 Flatter and on middle, the batsman goes and whips it through mid-wicket. Chandimal starts to run after it but he suddenly starts limping. He somehow gets to the ball. The batsmen run three and now the skipper is seen walking off the field. Not good signs. They would hope it is not something serious. Lakmal will now take over as captain.
  • 46.2 Slower through the air on off, Foakes waits for it and then guides it towards point.
  • 46.1 Tosses it up around off, Foakes pushes it to covers.
  • 45.6 Fires it on the leg stump, the batsman easily keeps it out. A maiden. 166/6
  • 45.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 45.4 On the pads, it is worked towards square leg.
  • 45.3 The straighter one now and Curran keeps it out.
  • 45.2 BEATEN! Lovely bowling! Slower through the air around off, it pitches and turns away. Curran lunges and tries to keep it out but is beaten by the away turn.
  • 45.1 Flatter on off, Curran keeps it out.
  • 44.6 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. 166/6
  • 44.5 Stays behind the line and keeps it out.
  • 44.4 That was close. Rangi darts it full around off, Foakes looks to dig it out but misses. Luckily for him, the ball missed the off pole.
  • 44.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 44.2 Short and flat outside off, punched off the back foot through the covers for a couple of runs.
  • 44.1 Loopy and full, outside off, blocked off the front foot.
  • Drinks break. The first half of this afternoon session was going well for England as Buttler and Foakes were dealing with the spin threat well. Rotated the strike well and got the odd boundary too. Seemed like they would carry on, but Dilruwan once again struck and dismissed Buttler. Odds back in Sri Lanka's favour right now. They will look to make further inroads. Meanwhile, Sam Curran walks out to bat.
  • 43.6 OUT! GOT 'EM! Dilruwan strikes again. That's a sharp catch from Dickwella behind the stumps too. Perera lands it outside off, Buttler thinks it's going to turn but it doesn't and that becomes his undoing. He plays at it, gets a feather behind and the keeper does well to keep a hold of it. Partnership of 61 comes to an end, and it's come at the right time too for Sri Lanka. Right at the hour mark of the session. 164/6
  • 43.5 Lbw appeal! Not given by umpire Erasmus. Height the issue? Seems like it. It spins in sharply from outside off and catches Buttler high on the thigh pad as he was looking to flick.
  • 43.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 43.3 Minimal turn on this, Buttler waits for the ball to come to him before blocking it out.
  • 43.2 Rotating the strike well here. Foakes knocks this down the ground towards long on and changes ends.
  • 43.1 Short, flat and outside off, punched off the back foot past the cover fielder for a run.
  • 42.6 Flicked away to mid-wicket but no run taken by the batsmen. 162/5
  • 42.5 Goes deep inside the crease and works this spinning ball straight to short leg.
  • 42.4 Comes ahead to this full ball and pushes it to long off for another run.
  • 42.3 Quicker delivery on off, Jos is forced to go back and defend.
  • 42.2 Full again, wider outside off this time, eased through the gap in the covers for a single.
  • 42.1 Flighted delivery outside off, driven through mid off for one.
  • 41.6 Leans ahead and across to this tossed up ball and flicks it straight to short mid-wicket. 159/5
  • 41.5 Flighted delivery on middle and off, defended.
  • 41.4 FOUR! Tossed up on middle, Foakes gets low and sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary. Ben is looking quite alright out there, doing a fine job with the bat.
  • 41.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 41.2 Ben skips down the track, gets close to the pitch and defends the turning ball.
  • 41.1 Darts this one quicker and flatter outside off, Jos Buttler goes inside the crease, across the sticks and works it away on the leg side for a single.
  • Dilruwan Perera is back to roll his arm over.
  • 40.6 Drifting in on middle and leg, wristed towards the man at mid on. 154/5
  • 40.5 Loopy and full, outside off, Buttler reaches out for it as he drives it down the ground to long off. One run taken.
  • 40.4 Works it away with a closed face to mid-wicket.
  • 40.3 Flat, short and on middle and leg, the batsman goes on the back foot to work it down on the leg side.
  • 40.2 Throws this outside the line of off stump, full in length, pushed away for no run.
  • 40.1 Quite slow through the air, full on middle, Jos with a tight front foot defense.
  • 39.6 Short, flat and turning in, worked through to deep backward square leg. Single collected. The 50-run stand comes up with that. This has been a good partnership between these two. 153/5
  • 39.5 Loopy and full, in line of the stumps, wristed away through mid-wicket for one more.
  • 39.4 Switches the angle and comes from around the wicket, tosses it right up there. Buttler comes forward and whips it to wide long on for a single.
  • 39.3 FOUR! Spills this down the leg side, all too easy for Buttler who swivles and helps it across the fine leg fence. Maybe trying too much here, Akila. Should keep it simple and settle into a rhythm first.
  • 39.2 Too straight in line, worked straight to short fine leg.
  • 39.1 Sliding in on the pads, Jos nudges this fine down the leg side. Gets two easy runs for it.
  • 38.6 The arm ball, around off, Foakes looks to force it on the off side but gets an inside edge which falls besides him. 144/5
  • 38.5 Buttler goes back to this short ball and punches it to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 38.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 38.3 Outside off, quicker in pace, punched square to point with an open face.
  • 38.2 Quicker and flatter outside off, kept out off the back foot.
  • 38.1 Tossed up on off, blocked solidly from the front foot.
  • Rangana Herath comes back on to bowl.
  • 37.6 Akila once again bowls it slightly shorter on off, Buttler goes back and then works it around the corner for a single. 143/5
  • 37.5 Goes back to the flatter ball and then flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. He is playing really well here.
  • 37.4 FOUR! A little too full and the bowler pays the price. The spin is out of contention so Foakes strokes it against the spin and through covers for a boundary.
  • 37.3 Gives it air around off, Buttler tries to drive it through the off side but gets an inside edge towards mid on for a run.
  • 37.2 The offie a little too wide outside off, Buttler pads it away.
  • 37.1 Floats it up outside off, Foakes reaches out to the delivery and just pushes it nicely through covers. The timing is really good and the batsmen get three.
  • 36.6 Takes the pace off this one, it's full outside off, Buttler crouches a bit and defends. 133/5
  • 36.5 Stays on the back foot on this occasion and punches it through the covers for a double.
  • 36.4 FOUR! That's hit straight as an arrow. Full and on middle, Buttler thumps this back aerially past the bowler. Lakmal sticks his right hand out to try and catch it, but there was too much power behind it. A boundary results.
  • 36.3 Good length delivery on off, it's defended out from inside the crease.
  • 36.2 Full again, fraction straighter in line, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 36.1 Fuller length delivery on off stump, blocked off the front foot.
  • 35.6 Full and attacking the stumps, Foakes looks to sweep, connects well too but straight to the fielder on the leg side. 127/5
  • 35.5 Stifled shout, shut down. Going down leg. Full on leg, Foakes looks to defend but is struck on the front pad.
  • 35.4 Leans ahead and drives it towards mid on for a single.
  • 35.3 Once again Jos is on the back foot to defend this out.
  • 35.2 Stays behind to this shorter and flatter ball and defends.
  • 35.1 Straighter one outside off, Jos has nothing to do with it.
  • 34.6 FOUR! He's put that away handsomely. Shorter in length, Foakes picks the length up early. Rocks back, latches on to it with a heave and sends it across the mid-wicket fence for a boundary. 126/5
  • 34.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 34.4 Outside off on a good length, no shot offered.
  • 34.3 Good shot. Won't find the boundary but it's enough to fetch him a couple. Foakes takes a step out and drives this full delivery through the covers.
  • 34.2 Just behind a length, close to off, blocked from inside the crease.
  • 34.1 Angling in at first but then shaping away from a good length, Foakes is squared up a bit as he defends this out.
  • Change of ends for Suranga Lakmal. Two slips and a gully in place.
  • 33.6 Full and straight, in line of the stumps, stonewalled by coming forward. 120/5
  • 33.5 Plays with the spin and turns it away into the leg side. A single is taken.
  • 33.4 Sharp turn for Akila. Lands it outside off and it comes back in, catches Foakes on the pads who looks to block.
  • 33.3 Goes deep inside the crease, uses the spin to turn it to backward square leg.
  • 33.2 Middles this one. Places it through the gap in the covers for one.
  • 33.1 Floats this off break around off, it spins in, Buttler looks to drive but it goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
  • Akila Dananjaya is into the attack again.
  • 32.6 Stays back and defends it out to end the over. 118/5
  • 32.5 Drives this full delivery through the line but finds mid off.
  • 32.4 Herath keeps tossing it up there, defended out.
  • 32.3 Full once more, Foakes has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 32.2 Fuller in length, attacking the stumps, a straight bat is presented in response.
  • 32.1 Drifting in from around off, Ben with a front foot defense to keep it out.
  • 31.6 Good length delivery on the fourth stump line, pushed away in front of covers to end the over. 118/5
  • 31.5 Hangs back inside the crease, watches the ball closely and defends.
  • 31.4 Length ball in the channel outside off, left alone for the keeper to collect.
  • 31.3 FOUR! That's gone to the rope, but a good effort from Dananjaya. Buttler stands tall and punches this back of a length delivery through the covers. Akila chases after it, tries to stop it with a slide but his foot touches the rope in trying to do so.
  • 31.2 On the shorter side of things, around off, Buttler is up again as he defends it down on the off side.
  • 31.1 Back of a length close to the off stick, Buttler rises on his toes and presents a tight defense.
  • 30.6 Quicker one around off, Foakes looks to cut but gets an inside edge which bounces over the stumps and goes behind. 114/5
  • 30.5 Flat, short and quick around off, punched away off the back foot.
  • 30.4 Full and straight, driven back down the track.
  • 30.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 30.2 Drifting in on middle and off, Foakes presses forward and dead-bats it.
  • 30.1 Tossed up outside off, pushed defensively in front of cover.
  • Rangana Herath will bowl from the other end.
  • 29.6 Shortish delivery outside off, Buttler rises on his toes and taps it down on the off side. 114/5
  • 29.5 Short of a good length on middle and leg, nudged to square leg for a run.
  • 29.4 Late movement away for Lakmal as he pitches it on a length outside off, it's played off the outer half to gully.
  • 29.3 Marginally ahead of a length, around off, Ben Foakes blocks it out solidly.
  • 29.2 Back of a length on the hips, worked in front of square on the leg side.
  • 29.1 Coming in at first but then shaping away late, on a length. Foakes stays inside the crease and blocks it down on the off side.
  • We are back for the afternoon session. The Lankan players make their way out, looking to take the remaining wickets quickly. The pair of Buttler and Foakes on the other hand, will look to build a partnership and take England to safer shores. Suranga Lakmal will start the proceedings for Sri Lanka. Here we go...
  • ... Day 1, Session 2 ...
  • Barring Dananjaya, everybody else contributed to the wickets column. Lakmal began things, then Herath dismissed Root to break the 62-run stand and then Perera bagged two quick ones in his second spell. You could say England sort of threw their wickets away, the batsmen could have been more cautious in their approach. The second session will begin at 1240 local, tune in for that. Will be interesting to see how that pans out.
  • A good session for both, but a better one for Sri Lanka. The runs have flowed for England, all 113 of them, but they've lost half their side as well. It was a session where the tide turned back and forth. Was with Sri Lanka first when Lakmal took two quick wickets, then with England when Root and Jennings made a fifty stand, but then the wickets kept falling at regular intervals and Sri Lanka slightly have the upper hand at the end of the session.
  • 28.6 Floated on leg, Buttler sweeps it fine down the leg side and gets two more runs. LUNCH ON DAY 1! 113/5
  • 28.5 Jos Buttler shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 28.4 Tossed up off spinner on middle, blocked off the inner half on the leg side.
  • 28.3 Short and outside off, sits up for Buttler who goes back and punches it through the covers for a brace.
  • 28.2 Plays it with the spin and works it away on the leg side for a run.
  • 28.1 Beaten! Foakes goes back instead of coming forward, plays for the turn as the ball is pitched outside off. There is none and he gets beaten past the outside edge.
  • Akila Dananjaya comes back on.
  • 27.6 Bowls this a bit slower through the air, on off, it's blocked on the track in front of him. 108/5
  • 27.5 Dances down the track, gets close to the pitch and knocks it to long on for a single.
  • 27.4 An lbw shout, rightly turned down by the umpire. Impact well outside off. Spins in, Foakes goes across to defend but is caught on the pads.
  • 27.3 Quicker one around off, driven towards mid on for one run.
  • 27.2 Buttler is rock solid in defense. Goes deep inside the crease and defends it on the off side.
  • 27.1 Minimal turn around off, Jos goes back and keeps it out.
  • 26.6 Plays with the turn and eases it square towards point. 106/5
  • 26.5 Quite slow through the air and landed on a driving length, spins away. Ben looks to defend but gets it off the outer half on the off side.
  • 26.4 Keeps tossing it up there, close to off, Foakes comes forward and defends.
  • 26.3 Outside off, full in length, pushed away to short cover.
  • 26.2 Positions himself right behind the line and keeps it out.
  • 26.1 Pitched on leg, Foakes nudges it fine down the leg side and gets two runs for it.
  • 25.6 Drags his length back ever so slightly, it spins in and takes the inside edge of Buttler's defensive bat towards short fine leg. 104/5
  • 25.5 Fullish in length and served outside off, the batsman is well forward in defense.
  • 25.4 Over the wicket now, it's darted down leg, Jos misses his attempted flick shot.
  • 25.3 Quite full again, outside off, drilled straight to Herath at mid off.
  • 25.2 Extremely full from around the wicket, Buttler wrists it square on the leg side.
  • 25.1 Tossed up in line of the stumps, swept away towards short fine leg.
  • 24.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 104/5
  • 24.5 A lot of loop on this one, pushed away from the body towards covers.
  • 24.4 Eases this full ball away towards mid off. Another dot.
  • 24.3 Comes forward and meets it with a straight blade in response.
  • 24.2 The arm ball on middle and leg, flicked in front of mid-wicket.
  • 24.1 Edged but short. Spinning away from a full length, around off, it takes the edge of Foakes' hanging bat and falls short of first slip.
  • 23.6 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. Another successful over from the offie. 104/5
  • 23.5 Foakes is off the mark in Test match cricket. Flicks it through mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
  • 23.4 Stays on the back foot and keeps it out.
  • The debutant Ben Foakes to bat next. Not the ideal situation for him to walk in in his very first Test match, but he'll have to dig deep and stick it out with Buttler.
  • 23.3 OUT! Stokes is out of here! Dilruwan Perera has shaken things up for England after coming back on to bowl. Rather poor from Stokes. Dilruwan continues from around the wicket and drifts it in, the all-rounder goes across too much and too early to play the paddle sweep and pays the price as a result. Misses the ball completely and the ball goes off his thigh pad and crashes into the stumps. 5th wicket down for England.
  • 23.2 Big shout for a leg before, turned down. Going down leg. Full and sliding in on leg, Stokes looks to defend but is struck on the pads. Good call by the umpire. No reviews left for Sri Lanka either.
  • 23.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 22.6 FOUR! The 100 comes up for England with this boundary. Looped up outside off, Buttler drives it through the covers and finds the fence without any trouble. 103/4
  • 22.5 Touch straight in line, closes the face and works it to mid-wicket.
  • 22.4 A little too full outside the line of off stump, driven to covers but straight to the fielder.
  • 22.3 Floated outside off, pushed square to point for no run.
  • 22.2 Darted down leg, the batsman attempts to flick it away but can't get any bat on it.
  • 22.1 Loopy and full, spinning away from around off, Buttler tamely pushes it to covers.
  • 21.6 Stokes goes on the back foot and defends to end the over. 99/4
  • 21.5 Darted across the batsman, Buttler dabs it towards short third man and crosses over. He's off the mark.
  • 21.4 Dilruwan comes from around the wicket now, fires it on the pads, Jos works it towards short fine leg.
  • 21.3 Quick again, full on off and not much turn on offer, Buttler defends once more.
  • 21.2 Quick, flat and outside off, Buttler meets it with the full face of the bat.
  • Jos Buttler walks into the middle next.
  • 21.1 OUT! The bowling change works immediately. Dilruwan strikes first ball on his return to the attack. Keaton Jennings, who was looking so good, departs just missing out on a fifty. Sliding in from around the wicket, on middle and leg, Jennings backs away to cut but it comes at him too fast. Goes right through and disturbs the furniture behind. Big breakthrough for the Lankans, the set batsman is out of here.
  • Dilruwan Perera is back on.
  • 20.6 Shifts his weight on to the front foot and meets it with a straight blade. 98/3
  • 20.5 Goes with the spin and clips it away through square leg for a single.
  • 20.4 Tossed up delivery around off, Jennings comes forward and gets rapped on the front pad.
  • 20.3 Makes good use of the feet. Flicks it toward wide long on by getting close to the pitch. Stokes wants the second but then decides against it.
  • 20.2 Stays on the back foot and keeps it out safely.
  • 20.1 Spinning in, fuller around off, Keaton gets forward and across before paddling it fine down the leg side. One run to the total.
  • 19.6 Pushes away on the off side from the crease for one. 95/3
  • 19.5 FOUR! Sri Lanka need to do something to plug the runs. Coming far too easily for the visitors. Akila drifts it on the pads, Jennings sweeps it away across the fine leg fence for a boundary.
  • 19.4 Comes on the front foot again and keeps it out.
  • 19.3 Flights it up on off, blocked.
  • 19.2 FOUR! The runs keeps coming for England. Short and wide from Akila, Jennings from the back foot cuts this square through point for a boundary.
  • 19.1 Outside off on a bit of a shorter length, blocked with the full face of the bat.
  • 18.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 86/3
  • 18.5 FOUR! Wrong line from Herath and he pays the price. Tossed up on the pads, Stokes gets low quickly and sweeps it in front of square leg. Finds the fence without any trouble.
  • 18.4 Switches the angle and comes from around the wicket, pushes it quicker and across Ben Stokes. The all-rounder camps back to force it through the off side and finds the man at point.
  • 18.3 Turning in from outside off, touch short, Keaton is on the back foot as he works it behind square leg for one.
  • 18.2 FOUR! That's well placed. Very well played. Looped up outside off, spinning in, Jennings gets forward and across and then sweeps it through backward square leg. Through the gap and it beats the two men in the deep.
  • 18.1 Bit quicker through the air, on off stump, pushes away through covers for a couple.
  • 17.6 Full ball on off stump, Big Ben presses forward and dead-bats it. 75/3
  • 17.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. Nicely done.
  • 17.4 Uses the depth of the crease to go back and block again.
  • 17.3 Fraction straight in line, fuller in length, Stokes takes a big stride forward and blocks it out.
  • 17.2 Bit quicker on the stumps, blocked by getting behind the line.
  • 17.1 From around the wicket, it lands on off and then turns away, Stokes goes back and defends it under his nose.
  • 16.6 The batsman has driven it through mid on. One run added to the total. 75/3
  • 16.5 This one is flicked through square leg for a run.
  • 16.4 A huge appeal but the impact is outside off. Tossed up around off, it pitches and comes back in. Jennings gets his front foot outside the line and tries to flick. He misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 16.3 Uses his feet and hits it down to long on for a run.
  • 16.2 Flatter on off, Stokes keeps it out.
  • Ben Stokes is the new man in.
  • 16.1 OUT! BOWLED 'EM! 100th wicket for Rangana Herath in Galle and it is the big one of Root. They could have had both but they will surely be relieved to see the back of the England skipper. Root was looking really fluent out there but he walks back after getting off to a start. Dances down the track but yorks himself. Fails to bring his bat down in time and it hits the stumps behind. Rangana is pumped up as this partnership was starting to look dangerous.
  • 15.6 On off, kept out. 72/2
  • 15.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 15.4 Flatter on off, pushed towards covers.
  • 15.3 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 15.2 Flighted ball on middle, Root keeps it out.
  • 15.1 DROPPED! This one was a sitter! That should have been taken. It is tossed up around off, the ball pitches and then turns away. Jennings tries to play it across the line which is never a good idea. The ball takes the outside edge and goes towards Angelo at first slip. It is at a comfortable height, he gets two hands to it but drops it. The ball rolls towards the off side, a run is taken. How costly will this prove? Sri Lanka needed to break this stand. Akila provides an opportunity but the fielder does not take it.
  • 14.6 Gives it air on middle, Root defends it out. 70/2
  • 14.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 14.4 Brings the sweep shot out, hits it through square leg, a run taken.
  • 14.3 Daces down the track and hits it towards mid off for a run.
  • 14.2 Gives it air on off, it is driven through covers for a brace.
  • 14.1 Slower through the air on off, it is worked towards mid-wicket.
  • 13.6 Swept again through square leg for a couple. 65/2
  • 13.5 The batsman has swept that one through the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 13.4 FOUR! 50 partnership up between the two. A vital stand and it has come at the good pace. The two went the attacking way after England were in a spot of bother early on.
  • 13.3 Works it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 13.2 Floats it up on off, kept out.
  • 13.1 Dropped? Not sure! This is tossed up around off, it comes back in sharply. Root lunges and tries to defend but the ball seems to have gone off the pads towards Dickwella who fails to collect it. There was excitement amongst the Lanka fielders. Not sure though if that had taken the inside edge.
  • Drinks!
  • 12.6 Some turn on the last ball for the veteran. Tossed up around off, it pitches and comes back in. Jennings tries to defend but gets it off the inner half towards mid-wicket. 57/2
  • 12.5 Loopy ball on off, kept out.
  • 12.4 Slower through the air on middle, Jennings works it to mid-wicket.
  • 12.3 He is now off strike as this is pushed towards covers for a run.
  • 12.2 Brings the reverse sweep out and plays it fine down the leg side, a run taken. The right hander is now on strike, just what Rangana would have wanted.
  • 12.1 Gives it air on off, the batsman blocks it out.
  • Rangana Herath is into the attack. His first spell of his last Test.
  • 11.6 Brings out the reverse sweep but is beaten by the extravagant turn down the leg side. 55/2
  • 11.5 Once again it is played on the leg side with the angle.
  • 11.4 Works it with the angle through square leg for a run.
  • 11.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total.
  • 11.2 Flatter around off, Jennings guides it towards point for a single.
  • 11.1 NOT OUT! And Sri Lanka have lost both their reviews in the space of two overs. Chandimal is disappointed and rightly so as it is very early in the game. Akila tosses it up around off, it pitches and then turns away. Jennings misses the sweep and Dickwella takes it and puts in another confident appeal. The umpire doesn't raise his finger. Dickwella wants it to be reviewed and Chandimal does so. Snicko, however, shows a flat line. Poor from the keeper, should be knowing better than anyone else on the field.
  • Another review by Sri Lanka. This time for a caught behind. Dickwella is very confident. Jennings is the man in question.
  • 10.6 Yes, it is! Consecutive maidens for him. Angles this into the batter, it is worked to mid-wicket. 52/2
  • 10.5 Back of a length on off, Root defends it onto the ground. Another maiden for Lakmal?
  • 10.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 10.3 Around off, the batsman once again blocks it out.
  • 10.2 On off, kept out again.
  • 10.1 Good length around off, Root keeps it out.
  • 9.6 FOUR! DROPPED! Technically a drop, you can say. That was a very, very tough chance. Would have been a blinder. Jennings tries to punch the ball through covers but it takes the outside edge. Goes between keeper and first slip. Mathews dives to his right with his one hand stretched out. The ball brushes the fingertips and goes to the third man fence. 50 up for England and it has come up at a good pace. This is a good counter-attacking partnership. 52/2
  • 9.5 BEATEN! Turn but once again it is slow turn. Outside off, pitches and goes away. Jennings has to play due to the original trajectory but seeing the ball turning away, he adjusts and pulls his bat out.
  • 9.4 Uses his feet and once again tries to go over the top. The ball goes off the inner half towards mid on for a run.
  • 9.3 NOT OUT! Impact is the issue as it is outside off. Sri Lanka lose a review quite early. This is tossed up outside off, Root goes down on one knee and tries to sweep. He misses as the ball turns in. Hits him on the thigh. A huge appeal follows but not given. Chandimal signals the 'T' and replays show that the on-field call is right.
  • Review time! A huge appeal for LBW against Root has not been given out. The Sri Lankans review. Impact could be an issue.
  • 9.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 9.1 Overthrows! But that would have surely been close. Excellent work by the short leg fielder. It is flicked towards him. He collects the ball and then fires a throw towards the non-striker's end. Jennings puts in a lazy effort to get back. The ball misses the stumps and goes down towards mid off for a couple. Replays later on show that even if the ball had hit, Jennings would have been in.
  • 8.6 On the the off pole and the ball is guided to point. A maiden by Lakmal. 45/2
  • 8.5 Slightly shortish and outside off, kept out.
  • 8.4 Third leave of the over! Outside off, the batsman points his bat skywards.
  • 8.3 Back of a length around off, Jennings goes back and punches it to covers.
  • 8.2 Good length again but it is just outside the off pole. The batsman shoulders arms to it.
  • 8.1 Just a little outside off, the batsman need not play at those.
  • 7.6 FOUR! Excellent use of the feet now by Root. He dances down the track and flicks it over mid-wicket for a boundary. Once again two boundaries in the over. 45/2
  • 7.5 FOUR! Swept and swept really fine. That went to the fence in no time. Outside off, Root goes down on one knee and swipes it through square leg.
  • 7.4 A little short and on middle, Root goes back and pulls it towards square leg.
  • 7.3 Sharp turn there but the ball was on the leg stump, spins away further. Root lets it be.
  • 7.2 The off break this time, Root flicks it with the turn towards square leg.
  • 7.1 Once again brings out the sweep shot does Jennings. It is hit well but it hits the man at short leg. Rolls towards square leg, a run taken.
  • Akila Dananjaya is into the attack.
  • 6.6 EDGY FOUR! England won't care though. On a length and around off, once again it shapes away a little. Root lunges and tries to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and goes down to the third man fence. Second boundary of the over. 36/2
  • 6.5 Slightly straighter this time, it shapes away just a touch. Enough to take Root's leading edge and the ball goes towards mid off.
  • 6.4 FOUR! 6th boundary so far! Full and around off, easy pickings for Root. He times it through covers and the ball races away.
  • 6.3 On middle, the batsman goes back and keeps it out.
  • 6.2 This one comes back in a little, Root keeps it out.
  • 6.1 Slightly shorter than a good length area. Root defends it towards gully.
  • 5.6 Edge but short again! Once again it is played with soft hands. Slower through the air on off, it pitches and turns away. Jennings lunges and tries to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and falls just short of second slip. 28/2
  • 5.5 The skidder on middle, Jennings goes back and with the angle works it to square leg.
  • 5.4 FOUR! Drives square and gets the desired result. So England are dealing in boundaries. Tossed up around off, Jennings opens the face of the bat and then drives it through cover-point.
  • 5.3 Flatter and on middle, it is kept out.
  • 5.2 Slightly fuller on off, Jennings strokes it to covers.
  • 5.1 FOUR! Out comes the reverse sweep, Jennings connects well and it races to the third man fence.
  • 4.6 Slightly straighter this time, Root flicks it through square leg. Some good running sees them take two. 20/2
  • 4.5 FOUR! TOP SHOT! First boundary for Root. Just ahead of a length around off, Root times it through mid off and the ball races away to the fence.
  • 4.4 Full again but the swing seems to have disappeared. Root strokes it back to the bowler.
  • 4.3 Almost! Goes fuller this time and the ball shapes away a touch. Root goes for a drive but he gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 4.2 Back of a length around off, the batsman defends it off the back foot.
  • 4.1 Very good bowling! On a length and in the corridor of uncertainty, Root keeps it out.
  • 3.6 This is pitched on middle, it is bowled at a quicker pace. The batsman goes back and defends it out. 14/2
  • 3.5 Clever shot! He plays the paddle sweep through short fine leg. Two taken.
  • 3.4 On off, the batsman defends it out.
  • 3.3 This one comes back in a touch. Root goes back and guides it through cover-point for a run.
  • 3.2 Flatter around off, Root goes back and guides it to point.
  • 3.1 Edgy! Floats it up on off, it turns away a little. Jennings goes for a drive but the ball takes an outside edge, goes towards backward point for a run.
  • 2.6 A dot to end a double-wicket maiden. Outside off and Root lets it be. 10/2
  • 2.5 No hat-trick but a very good delivery. On a length and around off, Root gets behind the line and keeps it out.
  • Joe Root is the new man in. He will be facing the hat-trick ball.
  • 2.4 OUT! TIMBER! Two in two for Lakmal. Moeen Ali bags a first-ball duck. Brilliant change of angle from the pacer. He comes around the wicket and lands this around off, it comes back in after pitching. Moeen Ali tries to defend by leaving a gap between bat and pad. The ball sneaks through and uproots the off pole. The Lankans are ecstatic and England are in some early trouble. Lakmal is on a hat-trick.
  • Moeen Ali walks in at no.3.
  • 2.3 OUT! Lakmal draws first blood! It is the debutant Rory Burns whose first Test innings is a short one. A soft, very soft dismissal, one can say. Burns will be kicking himself for getting out in this manner. It is down the leg side, the ball had boundary written all over it. Burns though flicks it too close to the keeper who takes it and appeals. The umpire raises his finger and the batsman starts walking back. Early breakthrough for Sri Lanka, they are up and running.
  • 2.2 Edged but short! Good length and angling away. Burns plays inside the line but does not play it with hard hands. The ball takes the outside edge and falls short of the second slip fielder. He makes a good stop.
  • 2.1 Good length around off, Burns blocks it out.
  • 1.6 A little bit of turn there but slow turn from off. Jennings goes back and with the spin, pushes it to point. 10/0
  • 1.5 Flatter again, no turn on offer, kept out.
  • 1.4 Now takes a run by tapping the ball towards point.
  • 1.3 FOUR! Sloppy effort in the field by Herath. Burns uses his feet and then times it towards mid on. Rangana Herath there runs to his left, dives but fails to stop the ball. A boundary.
  • 1.2 Slower through the air on middle, once again it goes straight on with the arm. It is kept out.
  • 1.1 Flatter and it comes back in with the arm. Burns plays it late and onto the ground.
  • Dilruwan Perera will bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Tight line, on middle, Keaton pushes it to mid on. 5/0
  • 0.5 A scrambled seam delivery way outside off, it pitches and then moves away further. Dickwella fails to collect as the batsman shoulders arms. A bye is taken.
  • 0.4 Around off, the batsman blocks it out.
  • 0.3 FOUR! Burns is off the mark in style in Test cricket. A huge round of applause for him. Once again the seam is facing down towards fine leg so it shapes in. The line is a little too straight and Burns flicks it through mid-wicket and the ball races away.
  • 0.2 Angles this one across the batter and lands it on a length around off. Burns gets behind the line and keeps it out.
  • 0.1 A little swing first up for Lakmal. Full and shaping back in. Burns with an angled bat, plays it towards mid-wicket. The seam position was excellent there, facing towards fine leg and hence, the movement inside.
  • Done and dusted with the national anthems. Rangana Herath walks out to a guard of honour with the Galle crowd, who have come out in big numbers, cheering and applauding their favourite son. The Lankans are now in a huddle and then, take their place across the field. They are followed by the English openers, Keaton Jennings and the debutant Rory Burns. Suranga Lakmal has the new ball in hand and he will bowl the first over. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • Team news - Two debutants for England - Ben Foakes and Rory Burns. They have left out Stuart Broad for this game. Sri Lanka have gone in with three spinners and one pacer.
  • TOSS - England win the toss and opt to bat.
  • England themselves will be eager to come out victorious here. It will be interesting to see what team do they go with. They have hinted of leaving Stuart Broad out. If they would do so, it will surely come as a surprise to many. The pace bowlers have been their strength but the conditions here might just influence their tactics. Their battle against spin also holds the key. That will probably be their biggest test in this series. Both the teams will be eager to start off well. The all-important toss is coming up in a while. Stay tuned.
  • Hello and welcome to the coverage of the first Test between Sri Lanka and England. It is also Rangana Herath's last Test. One of the greatest spinners to have played the game. Also, he has a chance to break several records in this last game of his. He is currently on 430 Test wickets and has an opportunity to go past Richard Hadlee, Stuart Broad and Kapil Dev in the list of highest wicket-takers in Tests. The forecast is not that great and let us hope the rain does not influence the great man's last game. Now, keeping the records aside, a winning end is exactly what the veteran would love. This being his last Test, it would surely add as extra motivation for the Lankans to give him a fitting ending.

Sri Lanka Vs England Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • It was yet another dismal batting performance by Sri Lanka. They never recovered from the early blows and apart from the 75-run stand between Chandimal and Mathews, there wasn't any partnership of substance. Angelo managed to get his half century but failed to make it count. The lower order lacked the quality of England's lower half and that might just be the difference which will decide this Test match. Currently, the visitors have gained a 139-run lead and on this pitch, it is more than handy. Let's see how they approach their batting second time around. Stay with us, around 12 overs are left in the day's play.
  • Strong bowling performance by England, especially by their spinners. After posting an excellent first innings total this morning, the English pacers managed to get rid of the Sri Lankan openers very cheaply. Post that, their spin trio (Leach, Moeen, Rashid) joined forces and hunted down 8 wickets among themselves, in which, Moeen bagged a 4-wicket haul.
  • 67.6 OUT! Caught! Rashid gets his 50th Test wicket. He ends the Lankan innings. Lakmal tries to go over mid-wicket which is against the turn. The ball takes the top edge and lobs towards short third man. James Anderson there runs to his left and takes an easy catch. Rashid with his second and SRI LANKA HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 203!
  • 67.5 A loud shot but not given! This is bowled full and on middle, Lakmal plays for the away turn. The ball takes the inside edge and hits his pads. The players appeal thinking it is pad first. The umpire shakes his head. Root thinks about a review but then opts against it.
  • 67.4 Top edge and safe! Goes for another reverse sweep but gets a top edge over first slip and a single is taken. Herath is riding his luck out there.
  • 67.3 On the shorter side, Lakmal goes back and pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 67.2 Sweeps it to the man at deep square leg, a run taken.
  • 67.1 Another googly, nicely tossed up on off, it pitches and then turns away. Herath tries to defend but is beaten.
  • 66.6 Floated on off stump, Lakmal defends off the front foot. 200/9
  • 66.5 Tosses it up on leg stump, Herath pushes it towards leg side. The batsmen take a single. 200 up for Sri Lanka.
  • 66.4 Flighted delivery on middle stump, Suranga plays it off his back foot. The batsmen take a single.
  • 66.3 FOUR! Beautiful shot. Shorter on middle stump, Lakmal pulls it towards mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 66.2 Tossed up on middle stump, Herath sweeps it towards square leg. The batsmen cross ends.
  • 66.1 Tossed up outside off stump, Lakmal drives it towards covers. The batsmen get a single.
  • 65.6 Another very full ball, out comes the reverse but it goes off the bottom edge towards the slip fielder. 192/9
  • 65.5 FOUR! Handy runs these for Lanka. Herath goes down on one knee and sweeps it hard through square leg. Boundary results.
  • 65.4 Brilliant googly! Pitches around off and then bounces and also turns away. Herath tries to defend but is beaten.
  • 65.3 NOT OUT! Sri Lanka have not been bowled out. Successful review by Hearth and he lives to fight another day. Rashid bowls it very full on middle, RH goes for the reverse but he seems to have missed it. It hits the pads, players appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Herath has no option but to review. Replays roll in and they show there is some glove involved.
  • Have Sri Lanka been bowled out? Herath has been given out LBW but he reviews.
  • Good news! Burns is back on the field so the injury is nothing serious.
  • 65.2 Tosses it up on middle, the batsman works it through mid-wicket and a run is taken.
  • 65.1 Starts off with a ball down the leg side, Lakmal lets it be.
  • Adil Rashid is back on.
  • Drinks!
  • 64.6 Tossed up ball landing on off, Herath goes on the back foot in defense. 187/9
  • 64.5 Shortish and on off, staying low, punched off the back foot to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 64.4 A conventional sweep this time, through backward square leg for one.
  • 64.3 Skidding down leg, Herath fails to work it around.
  • 64.2 FOUR! Nicely played! Flighted and full outside off, Herath brings out the reverse sweep and nails it behind backward point for a boundary.
  • 64.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 63.6 Tossed up ball on off, defended off the front foot. 181/9
  • 63.5 FOUR! Powerfully hit! Full and flighted on off, Suranga takes his front leg away from the line and drills it down to long off for a boundary.
  • 63.4 Goes down on one knee and sweeps it behind square leg for one.
  • 63.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 63.2 Full and on the pads, flicked through square leg for one.
  • 63.1 Flighted and outside leg, Lakmal fails to work it around.
  • Rangana Herath is the last batsman. The English players line up near the pitch to give a guard of honour to the Sri Lankan great.
  • 62.6 OUT! Gone! Perera tries to loft a full ball over covers but fails to get the desired elevation. It goes straight into the hands of Buttler at covers and Leach is ecstatic after getting a wicket. Sri Lanka in danger of giving away a big lead! 175/9
  • 62.5 Leans forward to a full ball and blocks it safely.
  • 62.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 62.3 Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 62.2 Goes on the back foot and punches it to mid off.
  • 62.1 Gets forward to drive it through mid off for a run.
  • 61.6 INSIDE EDGE! Lakmal survives. A beautifully bowled off spinner, landing full around off and turning back in, Lakmal presses forward to defend with his bat and pad together. England think it has hit the pad first and appeal but the umpire disagrees. Joe Root goes for the DRS and the replays detect some wood. 173/8
  • Shout for an lbw! Not given and England have taken a review.
  • 61.5 Stays back inside the crease and punches it on the leg side, straight to the fielder.
  • 61.4 Strides forward to a full ball and blocks it safely.
  • 61.3 OUT! Moeen hunts down yet another Sri Lankan wicket! And what a beautiful catch by Foakes. A traditional off spinner, landing full outside off, Akila is forward in defense but it spins away to take the outside edge. It goes behind and Ben does well to pouch it with soft hands. A 4-wicket haul for Moeen and his love for the Asian batsmen continues.
  • 61.2 Turning away from the batsman, Akila tries to defend but is beaten by the spin.
  • 61.1 Dananjaya has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 60.6 Flighted delivery on off stump, Dilruwan plays it towards point region. 173/7
  • 60.5 Floated on middle stump, Perera cuts it from the back foot.
  • 60.4 Flighted delivery on off stump, Perera defends off the front foot.
  • 60.3 Tossed up outside off stump, Dilruwan gets a thick edge towards first slip and it runs towards third man. The batsmen get two runs.
  • 60.2 Floated on middle stump, Perera pushes it towards the leg side.
  • 60.1 Tossed up on off stump, Dilruwan comes forward and defends it.
  • Akila Dananjaya is the new man in.
  • 59.6 OUT! Soft dismissal and Moeen Ali gets another. A stand which started to look promising has been cut short. This is tossed up around off, it is not a driving length. Dickwella goes at it with hard hands and ends up hitting it in the air towards covers. Buttler there dives to his right and takes it superbly. England will now look to bundle Sri Lanka out below 200. 171/7
  • 59.5 Brings out the paddle and plays it fine down the leg side for a couple.
  • 59.4 Another loopy ball on off, it straightens after pitching and takes the outside edge towards backward point.
  • 59.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 59.2 The straighter one on off, Dickwella is forward in defense.
  • 59.1 Uses his feet and tries to go big again, it hits the inner half though and goes through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 58.6 Loopy delivery on off stump, Dickwella comes forward and defends off the front foot. 168/6
  • 58.5 FOUR! Beautiful shot. Niroshan dances down the track and hits it towards mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 58.4 Tossed up on middle stump, Dickwella defends off the back foot.
  • 58.3 Flighted delivery outside off stump, Niroshan tries to play a reverse sweep but could not get the middle of the bat.
  • 58.2 Tossed up on leg stump, Dickwella hits it towards mid-wicket.
  • 58.1 Tossed up on middle stump, Niroshan plays it towards mid-wicket.
  • 57.6 Loopy delivery on leg stump, Perera flicks it towards the leg side. 164/6
  • 57.5 Flighted delivery on off stump, Dilruwan defends off the back foot.
  • 57.4 Floated again on middle stump, Perera defends from the back foot.
  • 57.3 Floated on middle stump, Perera gets an inside edge towards short leg.
  • 57.2 Tossed up around middle stump, Dilruwan defends off the front foot.
  • 57.1 Tossed up on middle stump, Dickwella sweeps it towards square leg. The batsmen get a single.
  • 56.6 Continues with the stump-to-stump line and the batsman blocks it out. 163/6
  • 56.5 Flatter this time and on the stumps, it is kept out.
  • 56.4 This is flatter on middle, DP works it through mid-wicket and runs two.
  • 56.3 Slower through the air again on middle, Perera strokes it to mid on.
  • 56.2 Tossed up on middle, the batsman defends it.
  • 56.1 A little too straight on middle, the batsman flicks but the ball hits short leg.
  • Jack Leach is back on.
  • 55.6 Floated on middle stump, Dilruwan pushes it towards leg side. The batsmen get a single. 161/6
  • 55.5 Tossed up on off stump, Perera plays it off the front foot.
  • 55.4 FOUR! Dilruwan dances down the track and hits it over mid off for a boundary.
  • 55.3 Floated on off stump, Perera defends from the front foot.
  • 55.2 Flighted delivery on middle stump, Niroshan drives it towards the mid off region. The batsmen take a single.
  • 55.1 Tossed up on middle stump, Dickwella dances down the track and hits it straight past the bowler towards long on. The batsmen get a single.
  • 54.6 Angles it into the body of the batsman, Perera works it towards square leg for a run. 154/6
  • Injury update - ICC has tweeted that Rory Burns, who was hit between the shoulder blades near the base of the neck while fielding at short leg on the last ball before Tea, is receiving treatment and will sit out the first part of the evening session.
  • 54.5 Back of a length outside off, it is guided down to third man for a run.
  • 54.4 FOUR! Up and over! Slightly short and on middle, Dickwella stands tall and upper cuts it over the keeper's head. Boundary.
  • 54.3 A single! That is now 1000 Test runs for Perera. He is the fastest Sri Lankan to get the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets. Excellent achievement. He drops this towards cover-point for a run.
  • 54.2 BEATEN! Full and outside off again, Perera goes for the drive through covers but misses.
  • 54.1 Just short! Not sure why Dickwella would play that at this situation and with a slip in place. It is short and outside off, Dickwella tries to guide it down to third man. The ball takes an outside edge and falls just short of Root. He does not stop it cleanly and a run is taken.
  • 53.6 Floated on off stump, Perera plays it off his front foot. 146/6
  • 53.5 Flighted delivery on middle stump, Dilruwan plays it back to the bowler.
  • 53.4 Loopy ball on middle stump, Niroshan sweeps it towards square leg. The batsmen get a single.
  • 53.3 Flighted delivery on off stump, Dickwella cuts it towards point.
  • 53.2 Floated on leg stump, Dickwella pushes it down the leg side.
  • 53.1 Tossed up on middle stump, Niroshan plays it straight towards the bowler.
  • 52.6 Angles this into the batter, Perera works it towards mid-wicket. 145/6
  • 52.5 Another bumper on middle, the batsman ducks under it.
  • 52.4 Nicely timed! Full and outside off, it is stroked through covers and the batsmen take an easy brace.
  • 52.3 On a length and around off, the batsman keeps it out.
  • 52.2 On a length outside off, the batsman guides it through point for a single. This was slightly more closer to the off pole and hence, the batsman was able to put bat on it.
  • 52.1 Slower ball outside off, Dickwella tries to guide it down to third man but misses.
  • 51.6 Flighted delivery on middle stump, Dilruwan plays it off his back foot. 142/6
  • 51.5 Drifting into off stump, Perera flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 51.4 Floated on middle stump, Perera defends off the back foot.
  • 51.3 Tossed up on off stump, Dilruwan plays it towards mid off.
  • 51.2 Tossed up on off stump, Perera cuts it towards covers.
  • 51.1 Floated on off stump, Perera defends off the front foot.
  • 50.6 Length delivery on leg stump, Dilruwan flicks it off his pads to deep square leg for a run. 142/6
  • 50.5 Angling into middle stump, Dilruwan defends off the front foot again.
  • 50.4 On a good length on off stump, Perera defends off the front foot.
  • 50.3 Lands it down the leg side, Perera lets it go.
  • 50.2 Bowls a bouncer, Dilruwan easily ducks under it.
  • 50.1 Short and wide outside off stump, Niroshan cuts it towards point for a single.
  • Ben Stokes to bowl from the other end.
  • 49.6 Floats it up on off, Perera keeps it out. 140/6
  • 49.5 FOUR! Perera seems to have come out with intent. He dances down the track and goes over mid on for a boundary.
  • 49.4 Tosses it up outside off, the ball is driven to covers.
  • Dilruwan Perera is the new man in.
  • 49.3 OUT! Caught bat-pad, Keaton Jennings is straightaway into the action. Body blow for Sri Lanka and now their hopes of not conceding a big lead has been dented big time. A wicket off the first ball after the break, the English side could not have asked for a bigger wicket and abetter start. This is tossed up around off, it pitches and turns back in sharply. Mathews tries to defend but the ball takes the inside edge, hits the pads and lobs towards short leg. Jennings takes a good catch. Mathews departs shortly after getting to his half ton and there is pin-drop silence here in Galle. Sri Lanka trail by 206.
  • We're back for the last session. Moeen Ali to complete his over. Rory Burns has not taken the field. Keaton Jennings is under the lid at short leg. Here we go...
  • ... DAY 2, FINAL SESSION ...
  • England, on the other hand, need another wicket before they enter into Sri Lanka's lower order. The wicket though has eased out a touch and if the batsmen are ready to dig in, there are surely runs on offer. What is in store for us after the break? Do join us in a short while to find out.
  • The duo played through the first hour and just when the two got set, Adil Rashid who looked 'inconsistently' dangerous, got the breakthrough as he sent the Lankan skipper back. Dickwella then stepped in and now another stand between him and Mathews is building. The latter has got to his half century and Sri Lanka will hope both, him and the partnership continue long.
  • Sri Lanka's session but they are still well behind in the game. The session started with the English bowlers looking to get into the lower order as soon as possible. It was not to be though as Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal show great will and determination to battle it out there. The two batted at relative ease and stitched a very nice 75-run stand.
  • The treatment was taking a little too long and the umpires have called for TEA ON DAY 2!
  • 49.2 OUCH! That's nasty! Ali drops it on a fuller length in line of the stumps, Dickwella plays a firm sweep shot after going down on one knee and it goes on to hit Rory Burns at short leg. He is hit on the back of the body and is down in pain. Physio has been called. Not looking good. Hoping he recovers quickly and it's not a major injury.
  • 49.1 Tossed up on off stump, Dickwella defends off the front foot.
  • 48.6 FOUR! Uppish but in the gap! Gets to his fifty with a boundary. Shows that he still has a lot left in him. His 30th Test fifty and it has come at a crucial time for Lanka. He drives this ball on the up and through covers. It races away to the fence. He raises the bat to acknowledge the applause. He though knows the job is only half done. 135/5
  • 48.5 Straighter in line, played down to mid-wicket.
  • 48.4 On the fuller side on middle, Stokes defends it onto the ground.
  • 48.3 FOUR! Moves to 48, Angelo. Short and on the body. He helps it on its way through fine leg for a boundary.
  • 48.2 Back of a length around off, the batsman guides it to point.
  • 48.1 Down the leg side, Dickwella tries to flick but misses.
  • Ben Stokes is back on.
  • 47.6 Tossed up again on off stump, Angelo defends it off his front foot. 126/5
  • 47.5 Tossed up on off stump, Mathews flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 47.4 Floated on leg stump, Angelo pushes it towards the leg side.
  • 47.3 Turning down from the middle stump line, Mathews get hit on the pads.
  • 47.2 Floated on off stump, Angelo plays it off his front foot.
  • 47.1 Tossed up on off stump, Mathews plays it straight towards the bowler.
  • 46.6 Length delivery around off stump, Dickwella defends from the back foot. 126/5
  • 46.5 Length delivery outside off stump, Mathews plays it towards point. The batsmen take a single.
  • 46.4 Good length delivery on off stump, Angelo plays it off his front foot.
  • 46.3 On a good length, Angelo defends off the back foot.
  • 46.2 Length delivery on off stump, Mathews plays it towards mid off.
  • 46.1 Good length delivery on off stump, Angelo defends from the front foot.
  • 45.6 FOUR! Swept and swept fine! This is tossed up on middle, Dickwella goes down on one knee and sweeps it through square leg. The ball races away. 125/5
  • 45.5 On middle, it is once again defended out.
  • 45.4 Tosses it up on middle, the batsman defends it.
  • 45.3 A yorker on off, Dickwella jams it out.
  • 45.2 An appeal but not given! On the pads, Dickwella tries to play the sweep but is hit on the glove.
  • 45.1 Tosses it up on off, it is eased down to long off for a run.
  • Moeen Ali is back on.
  • 44.6 Good length delivery on off stump, Mathews defends off the front foot to covers. 121/5
  • 44.5 Length delivery on off stump, Angelo defends off the back foot.
  • 44.4 Again on a good length, Mathews plays it off his back foot.
  • 44.3 Good length on off stump, Mathews defends off the front foot.
  • 44.2 Full again on off stump, Niroshan plays it towards point. The batsmen take a single.
  • 44.1 Full on off stump, Dickwella drives it towards covers. The batsmen get a couple.
  • 43.6 Gives it a nice loop on off, Dickwella strokes it to covers. 118/5
  • 43.5 Short again and on off, Mathews pushes it through covers and a run is taken.
  • 43.4 Brings out the sweep shot and hits it towards deep square leg for a run.
  • 43.3 Floats it up on off, Dickwella keeps it out.
  • 43.2 OUT! Like that! The previous one was a short ball and this one is an excellent delivery. The length was good and he also got it to turn. Chandimal was beaten in the flight there. It is tossed up around middle, it also dips on the batsman. Chandimal dances down the track but is unable to get to the pitch of it. Also, the ball was given a lot of revolution. As a result, it pitches and turns away, beating the outside edge of Chandimal's bat as he tries to defend. Foakes collects the ball and whips the bails off in no time. Chandimal is short and he has to walk back. England get the breakthrough they needed. The 75-run stand comes to an end and the Sri Lankan skipper walks back in disappointment. By the way, what a dream debut Foakes is having - Runs, Catches, Stumping - This lad can do all!
  • Niroshan Dickwella strides out.
  • 43.1 The ball is on the shorter side, Mathews punches it through covers for a run. Rashid has not got it spot on. He has been quite short and in between bowls this one beauty. Needs to be more consistent.
  • 42.6 Another length ball on off, it is pushed towards mid off. 114/4
  • 42.5 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 42.4 Good length on off, the batsman pushes it to covers.
  • 42.3 On the fuller side around off, Mathews times it to mid off.
  • 42.2 BEATEN! But not sure if Mathews needed to play at those. A lapse in concentration there but it luckily did not cost the ex-skipper his wicket. The slower ball and just outside off, Mathews has been leaving such deliveries till now but this time he has a poke at it and gets beaten.
  • 42.1 Nicely timed! It is full and around off, Chandimal lunges and times it through cover-point for a single.
  • 41.6 Floated on middle stump, the batsman plays it off his back foot. 112/4
  • 41.5 Tossed up again on off stump, Mathews plays it off the front foot and plays it straight towards the bowler.
  • 41.4 Flighted delivery on off stump, Angelo defends off the front foot.
  • 41.3 Loopy delivery on middle stump, Mathews plays it off his back foot.
  • 41.2 Flighted delivery on leg stump, Angelo defends off the front foot.
  • 41.1 Tossed up on leg stump, Mathews get it off his pads.
  • 40.6 On off again, this is pushed towards mid off. 112/4
  • 40.5 On a length and around off, the batsman gets right behind the line and defends it.
  • 40.4 On the shorter side outside off, Mathews guides it through point to deduct a run off the trail. 230 is the deficit.
  • 40.3 Continues to bowl a tight length and the line is also good. Just outside off and on a length. The batsman lets it be.
  • 40.2 On a length again around off, Mathews gets behind the line and blocks it out. No signs of any reverse swing for Anderson till now.
  • 40.1 Back of a length on off, Mathews is solid in defense.
  • 39.6 Loopy delivery on off stump, Dinesh comes forward and plays it off the front foot. 111/4
  • 39.5 Flighted delivery again on off stump, Chandimal plays it straight past the bowler.
  • 39.4 Flighted delivery on leg stump, Angelo gets hit on the pad and the ball runs towards fine leg. The batsmen take a run and it is given as a leg bye.
  • 39.3 Tossed up on middle stump, Mathews plays it towards mid-wicket.
  • 39.2 Loopy delivery on leg stump, Chandimal flicks it off his pads. The batsmen get a single.
  • 39.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 38.6 Fuller in length on middle, it is driven back to the bowler. He thinks of having a shy at the batsman's end but does not pick the ball up. 109/4
  • 38.5 Good length on off, the batsman pushes it to covers.
  • 38.4 The batsman drives this through the covers. The umpire also has given an official warning to Anderson for running on the danger area.
  • 38.3 Full and outside off, Mathews strokes it through cover-point and the batsmen take a couple.
  • 38.2 Around off again, Mathews pushes it to covers.
  • 38.1 On a length around off, it is kept out.
  • James Anderson is back on.
  • 37.6 Loopy ball on middle stump, Dinesh gets an inside edge off his pads. 107/4
  • 37.5 FOUR! Tossed up on middle stump, Chandimal pulls it towards the mid-wicket region and the ball goes for a boundary.
  • 37.4 Flighted delivery on off stump, Chandimal plays it towards point region.
  • 37.3 Tossed up on off stump, Dinesh defends off the back foot.
  • 37.2 Whoa! Replica of the Ball of the Century! The only difference is that it didn't clip the top of off stump. But believe me, it missed that mark by a whisker. Rashid gives this one extra air and rip, lands it outside leg and then gets it to curl away towards off. Chandimal tries his best to get forward with a straight bat to defend. But it turns away viciously to beat the outside edge of his bat. That was unplayable. Not a lot you can do as a batsman. Rashid is unlucky not to have the Lankan skipper.
  • 37.1 Floated on leg stump, Mathews flicks it off his pads towards fine leg. They take a single.
  • Drinks! Sri Lanka's hour. They haven't lost a wicket and Chandimal and Mathews have really played well. They now though would want to continue. The wicket seems to have eased out a little. England, on the other hand, will want to break this partnership as soon as possible.
  • 36.6 Loopy ball on middle stump, Chandimal drives it towards mid off. The batsmen run for two. 102/4
  • 36.5 Floated on leg stump, Angelo flicks it towards the square leg region. The batsmen get a single.
  • 36.4 Flighted delivery on off stump, Mathews defends from the back foot.
  • 36.3 Tossed up on leg stump, Dinesh flicks it off his pads. The batsmen get a single.
  • 36.2 Loopy delivery on middle stump, Chandimal plays it from the back foot. The batsmen run for two.
  • 36.1 Floated on middle stump, Mathews flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 35.6 In the air... but safe! The googly on off, Chandimal dances down the track and tries to drive it against the turn. It takes the inside edge and lobs beside the pitch. Both short leg and the bowler go for it but do not get to it. 95/4
  • 35.5 On the pads, it is worked through square leg for a run.
  • 35.4 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 35.3 FOUR! Excellent use of the feet. He flicks it by getting to the pitch of the ball through mid-wicket and it races away. The 50-run stand also comes up. The recovery though has to continue as Sri Lanka are still not out of trouble.
  • 35.2 Loopy ball on middle, it is kept out.
  • 35.1 NOT OUT! That has clearly bounced and there is conclusive evidence to overturn the soft signal. Not sure how Stokes did not know that bounced. But Chandimal knew and hence he stood his ground. This was tossed up around middle and leg. It pitches and turns away. Takes the outside edge of Chandimal's bat and goes towards first slip. Stokes claims to have taken the catch but the umpires are unsure. They go upstairs to check and replays show that the ball fell just short.
  • Big moment in the game! England feel they have got Chandimal but the umpire has gone upstairs to check if the catch is clean. The soft signal is OUT!
  • 34.6 Tossed up on off stump, Mathews defends off the front foot. 89/4
  • 34.5 Floated on off stump, Chandimal plays it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen take a single.
  • 34.4 Loopy ball on leg stump, Angelo flicks it towards square leg. The batsmen take a single.
  • 34.3 Flighted delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and hits it towards mid on for a run.
  • 34.2 Tossed up on off stump, Chandimal plays a paddle sweep towards the fine leg. The batsmen run two.
  • 34.1 Tossed up on off stump, Mathews plays it towards long on for a single.
  • 33.6 Ends the over with another short ball, AM goes back and pushes it through covers for a run. The batting pair has looked quite comfortable after the break. 83/4
  • 33.5 On the shorter side, it skids through the surface. Mathews goes for the cut but gets a bottom edge towards point.
  • 33.4 This is floated outside off, it turns away after pitching. Mathews leaves it alone.
  • 33.3 Flighted ball on off, Chandimal drives it down to long off for a run.
  • 33.2 A low full toss on middle, it is driven back to the bowler.
  • 33.1 Shortish and outside off, Mathews slaps it through covers for a run.
  • 32.6 Tosses it up again on middle stump, the batsman plays it on the back foot towards the long on region. The batsman get a single. 80/4
  • 32.5 Flighted delivery on off stump, Mathews defends from the back foot.
  • 32.4 Loopy ball on middle stump, Angelo defends on the back foot.
  • 32.3 Tosses up on off stump, the batsman plays it off the back foot to sweeper cover. The batsmen get two runs.
  • 32.2 Flighted delivery on middle stump, Mathews again dances down the track and plays it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen get a couple.
  • 32.1 Tossed up outside off stump, Mathews dances down the track and plays it straight to the bowler.
  • 31.6 On the flatter side, Chandimal guides it towards point. So not a lot of purchase for the leggie in his first over. 75/4
  • 31.5 Gives it air around middle, Chandimal prods forward and blocks it out.
  • 31.4 The slider on off, Chandimal tries to keep it out but gets it off the inner half towards mid on.
  • 31.3 Another leg spinner on off, this is slightly short. Mathews punches it through covers and a run is taken.
  • 31.2 Pitches it on leg pole and it turns towards the off, slow turn and Chandimal goes back and works it around the corner for a run.
  • 31.1 Gives it a lot of loop on middle, the batter strokes it down to long on and gets to the other end.
  • Adil Rashid is into the attack.
  • 30.6 Flighted delivery on off stump, Mathews comes forward and gets a single towards long on. 72/4
  • 30.5 Tossed up on off stump, Chandimal gets it off the thigh pad. Umpire gives it as leg byes after the batsmen cross.
  • 30.4 Loopy ball on middle stump, the batsman flicks it towards deep square leg. The batsmen take a single.
  • 30.3 Flighted delivery outside off stump, Angelo pads it away.
  • 30.2 Tossed up again on middle stump, the batsman defends off the front foot.
  • 30.1 Tossed up on off stump, Mathews defends from the front foot.
  • 29.6 Once again it is on the shorter side, it comes off slowly after pitching. Mathews has all the time in the world to go back and slap it past covers for a run. 69/4
  • 29.5 Gives it a nice loop on off, Mathews strokes it to mid off.
  • 29.4 Shortish outside off, Chandimal slaps it through covers for a run.
  • 29.3 Dances down the track once again and drives it to covers.
  • 29.2 Well bowled and well played! This is flighted around off, Mathews guides it through point and a run is taken.
  • 29.1 Gives it air on middle, Mathews drives it back to the bowler.
  • 28.6 Tossed up on middle stump again, Angelo drives it towards the mid on region. The batsmen take a single. 66/4
  • 28.5 Tossed up on middle stump, Mathews plays it off the back foot.
  • 28.4 Loopy delivery on off stump, the batsman defends off the front foot.
  • 28.3 Flighted delivery on middle stump, Mathews defends on the front foot.
  • 28.2 Tossed up outside off stump, the batsman comes early into the position and plays a paddle sweep. The batsmen pick up a single.
  • 28.1 Tossed up on off stump, Chandimal gets hit on the pads. A bit of an inside edge there.
  • 27.6 Strokes it down to long off and takes a single to end the over. 64/4
  • 27.5 On middle, it is kept out.
  • 27.4 Down the leg side, Chandimal tries to sweep but misses.
  • 27.3 On the pads, Chandimal works it to short leg.
  • 27.2 Uses his feet again and strokes it through covers for a couple.
  • 27.1 Dances down the track and hits it to mid on.
  • 26.6 FOUR! Mathews plays the reverse sweep towards the third man region for a boundary. 61/4
  • 26.5 Tossed up on off stump, Mathews defends on the front foot.
  • 26.4 Loopy ball on leg stump, the batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 26.3 Flighted delivery on off stump, Angelo defends on the back foot.
  • 26.2 Loopy ball on off stump, Mathews guides it to third man. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 26.1 Tossed up on off stump, the batsman dances down the track but decides to defend it.
  • 25.6 Slightly shorter in length, Mathews pushes it through covers for a run. 55/4
  • 25.5 Uses his feet and drives it towards the bowler. Leach dives full stretch to his right and makes a very good stop.
  • 25.4 This goes straight on with the arm and it has been kept out.
  • 25.3 BEAUTY! This is pitched on off, it turns away and beats the outside edge of Mathews. You can only hope that misses the outside edge.
  • 25.2 It is tossed up on off again, Mathews is solid in defense.
  • 25.1 Gives it air on middle, Mathews comes forward and defends it.
  • 24.6 Tossed up on middle stump, the batsman gets an inside edge off his pads. 54/4
  • 24.5 FOUR! Flighted delivery on middle stump, Chandimal sweeps it towards square leg and it races away to the boundary.
  • 24.4 Loopy ball on middle stump, Chandimal has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 24.3 Tossed up on leg stump, the batsman flicks the ball off his pads. The batsman run through for a single.
  • 24.2 Loopy ball on middle stump, Mathews defends on the back foot.
  • 24.1 Tossed up on middle stump, the batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
  • 23.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 49/4
  • 23.5 On the stumps, it is kept out.
  • 23.4 Flatter and outside off, Chandimal guides it to point.
  • 23.3 A huge shout but an inside edge have saved Chandimal there. This is floated around off, Chandimal comes forward to defend. It takes the inside edge of the bat and hits the pads of Dinesh. There is an appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Root walks up to the bowler but after a chat does not take the review.
  • 23.2 Tossed up on off stump, Chandimal drives it towards the mid on region.
  • 23.1 Flighted delivery on off stump, the batsman has driven it through mid off. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 22.6 Tossed up on off stump, the batsman has driven it through mid on. One run added to the total. 48/4
  • 22.5 Tossed up again on middle stump, that ball has struck the batsman on the thigh pad.
  • 22.4 Flighted delivery on middle stump, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 22.3 Tossed up on off stump, the batsman comes forward and hits it towards mid on.
  • 22.2 Gives it air on middle stump, the batsman defends on the front foot.
  • 22.1 Floats it up on off stump, Mathews defends on the front foot.
  • 21.6 Once again lands it on the stumps, Chandimal comes forward and defends it out. 47/4
  • 21.5 A little on the shorter side, Chandimal pushes it back towards the bowler.
  • 21.4 Flatter and on middle, the batsman blocks it out.
  • 21.3 Gives it a nice loop and it is kept out.
  • 21.2 Another floated ball on middle, eased down to long off for a run.
  • 21.1 Tosses it up on middle, the batsman keeps it out.
  • 20.6 Tosses it up on off, Mathews eases it down to long on for a run. 46/4
  • 20.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 20.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 20.3 Works it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 20.2 BEATEN! And then a muted appeal! The straighter one outside off, Chandimal plays inside the line and gets beaten. An appeal from Stokes but he is the only one doing so.
  • 20.1 A low full toss on off, Mathews drives it down to long on for a run.
  • Moeen Ali to continue after the break.
  • 19.6 On the off pole, kept out. So a tight over to begin with by Jack. 43/4
  • 19.5 Slower through the air on middle, it is driven to mid on.
  • 19.4 Flatter and on off, the batsman keeps it out.
  • 19.3 Plays it with the turn through covers for a single.
  • 19.2 Another tossed up ball on off, it is defended onto the ground.
  • 19.1 Gives it air on off, Mathews drives it to covers.
  • We are back for the afternoon session. Chandimal and Mathews will resume their innings. Jack Leach will continue his spell. Here we go...
  • ... Day 2, Session 2 ...
  • Sri Lanka still trail by 300 runs and they need another 101 to avoid the follow-on. They have already lost four wickets but their most experienced batsmen are out there in the middle at the moment. A lot of hopes will be pinned on the two. England, on the other hand, will want more of the same after the break. Do we have a fightback in store from the hosts or will the visitors continue to dominate? Join us in a while to find out.
  • England's session by a long way. They headed into Day 2 in a strong position and now have a firm grip on this game. The day started off with Foakes getting to his ton but England failed to cross the 350-run mark. However, they came out all guns blazing with the ball. Anderson and Curran got rid of the openers early. Leach and Moeen Ali continued the good work and got one wicket apiece.
  • 18.6 Another defensive stroke to a ball on off and that will be LUNCH ON DAY 2! 42/4
  • 18.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 18.4 Flighted ball on off, kept out.
  • 18.3 This is worked with the turn towards mid-wicket.
  • 18.2 Gives it air on off, DC blocks it out.
  • 18.1 Tosses it up on off, Chandimal works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 17.6 On the shorter side outside off, the batsman guides it through point and a run is taken. 42/4
  • 17.5 This one is given air on off, Chandimal comes forward and defends it out.
  • 17.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 17.3 It is driven square on the off side for a run.
  • 17.2 Around off, this is guided through point for no runs.
  • 17.1 On the middle pole, Angelo defends it onto the ground.
  • 16.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 40/4
  • 16.5 Turn and bounce there! This is flatter and around off, it pitches and turns back in. Chandimal tries to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
  • 16.4 Very full no middle, Chandimal works it to mid-wicket.
  • Dinesh Chandimal is the new man in. Needs to lead from the front here. England though are looking to put him under pressure. There is a leg slip, short leg and a slip in place.
  • 16.3 OUT! TIMBER! The bowling change has worked wonders. A similar way to how Ben Stokes fell yesterday. This is floated up outside off. Dhananjaya again tries to paddle but he gets too far across the stumps. He misses the ball completely to see the furniture behind get shattered. Sri Lanka in disarray. Number four goes down and they continue with their downfall. Moeen has tasted blood and we all know how dangerous he becomes after that!
  • 16.2 Tosses it up around off, Dhananjaya with the turn works it to mid-wicket.
  • 16.1 Brings the paddle out to the off spinner. It goes down fine on the leg side and a brace is collected.
  • Moeen Ali is into the attack.
  • 15.6 Tossed up on middle, the batsman shoulders arms to it. 38/3
  • 15.5 Again fires onto the pads, Mathews works it towards mid on.
  • 15.4 This is flicked through mid-wicket. A run taken.
  • 15.3 Gives it air on the middle stump, it is driven down the ground to long off for one.
  • 15.2 Fires it on the pads, it is defended.
  • 15.1 Floats it up around middle, it is driven back to the bowler.
  • 14.6 Nicely driven but does not find the gap. The man at mid off moves to his left and fields it. 37/3
  • 14.5 On the fuller side on off, it is driven towards mid off.
  • 14.4 The batsman has driven it through mid off.
  • 14.3 Back of a length again on off, the batsman rocks back and punches it to covers.
  • 14.2 On a length and outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it.
  • 14.1 A bumper and the batsman ducks under it.
  • 13.6 Slightly short and outside off, this is guided through point for a run. End of a successful over. 37/3
  • 13.5 The straighter one now, Mathews tries to play at it with a straight blade but the ball goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
  • 13.4 Slower through the air again on off, Dhananjaya drives it uppishly and down to long off for a run.
  • 13.3 Mathews eases this down to long off to get off the mark.
  • Angelo Mathews walks out to bat.
  • 13.2 OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! All three bowlers to have bowled so far have a wicket each. A big one this as Kusal Mendis walks back cheaply. This is tossed up on middle, it pitches and turns away. Mendis plays for the original trajectory but the ball spins away to take the outside edge. It goes low to Ben Stokes who takes it inches above the ground at first slip. Leach is ecstatic and Sri Lanka slip further, they still trail by another 308 runs.
  • 13.1 Flatter around middle, it straightens a little. Mendis defends it.
  • 12.6 On the pads, Dhananjaya tries to flick but misses to get hit high on the thigh pad. 34/2
  • 12.5 Around off, Mendis gets right behind the line and defends it towards point. He sees an opportunity for a run and takes it.
  • 12.4 Fuller in length and around middle, this is flicked towards mid on. Rashid there makes a good stop diving to his right. Saves a few runs for his team.
  • 12.3 Full and wide outside off, tempting the batsman to go for it. Mendis makes a leave.
  • 12.2 Top stuff! Pitches it on off and then slants it away. Mendis plays inside the line and the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 12.1 On a length and outside off, Mendis shoulders arms to it.
  • 11.6 Probably an arm ball, landing on middle, Dhananjaya draws forward in defense but it skids through to take the inside half of his bat. Rolls in front of short leg. 33/2
  • 11.5 Dances down the track, nearly yorks himself but eventually does well to dig it out back to the bowler.
  • 11.4 Extra air and loop on this one as Leach bowls it with a round-arm action. It lands full on middle and leg, Dhananjaya keeps it out safely.
  • 11.3 Leach lands it full on off, Dhananjaya strides forward in defense.
  • 11.2 Drags his length back a bit and lands it on off, de Silva goes back and cuts it to covers.
  • 11.1 Flighted delivery, full and around off, Dhananjaya lunges and defends it near his front pad.
  • 10.6 Good length ball on off, Kusal sticks on the back foot in defense. 33/2
  • 10.5 Curran digs in a short delivery on middle, Dhananjaya pulls it in front of square leg and there is a protection in the deep. The fielder gets to the ball and the batsmen switch ends.
  • 10.4 Another delivery straighter in line, Dhananjaya gets across the stumps a bit and flicks it on the leg side. Once again finds the same mid-wicket fielder.
  • 10.3 Stays back on the back foot and turns it off his pads to mid-wicket.
  • 10.2 A touch short in length again, around off, de Silva pats it down from the crease to point. He played it with gentle hands so that he can pinch a run but ended up hitting it too well.
  • 10.1 Back of a length delivery on off, de Silva goes on his back foot in defense.
  • Change of ends for Sam Curran.
  • 9.6 On middle, the batsman works it to short leg. 32/2
  • 9.5 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.
  • 9.4 On the shorter side, Mendis guides it towards point.
  • 9.3 Floated on the stumps, Mendis drives it to covers. So after the first ball we haven't seen any ball turn after that.
  • 9.2 On the stumps, kept out with ease.
  • 9.1 This is on middle, Mendis lunges and keeps it out.
  • 8.6 Fuller on off, Dhananjaya drives it to mid on. 32/2
  • 8.5 Good length outside off, the batsman once again shoulders arms.
  • 8.4 Back of a length on off, Dhananjaya tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 8.3 The ball comes back in late this time, Mendis somehow gets his bat down in time and works it towards square leg for a run.
  • 8.2 Around off and it comes back in a little late. Not enough to make the batsman play though.
  • 8.1 On a length outside off, Mendis leaves it alone.
  • 7.6 The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. 31/2
  • 7.5 On the shorter side, Dhananjaya pushes it to covers.
  • 7.4 Flatter and on off, Silva keeps it out.
  • 7.3 Gives it air on off, Mendis eases this down to long off for a run.
  • 7.2 This is angled into the batter, it is the straighter one. Mendis plays it very late and onto the ground.
  • 7.1 BEAUTY to begin with. Turn and a good amount of it. Tosses it up around off, Mendis lunges and tries to keep it out. The ball spins away and beats the outside edge.
  • Jack Leach is into the attack.
  • 6.6 On a length and around off, the batsman defends it onto the ground. 30/2
  • 6.5 On the shorter side this one outside off, Dhananjaya pushes it to covers.
  • 6.4 Crisply driven back towards the bowler who stops it with his foot. Saves another certain boundary.
  • 6.3 Angles this into the off stump, the batsman keeps it out.
  • 6.2 Runs but not in convincing manner. On a length and around off, Dhananjaya goes for the drive on the up but the ball goes off the outside edge through backward point for a couple.
  • 6.1 Very full and this one comes back in a touch. The batter drives it to mid on.
  • 5.6 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! This time through mid off. Curran pays the price for over-pitching as he is driven straight down the ground. Good over for the Lankans, 9 from it. 28/2
  • 5.5 FOUR! Save your legs, you do not need to run for those. Full and on the pads, Mendis hits it right off the middle through mid-wicket and the ball races away.
  • 5.4 Another length ball and just outside off, Mendis shuffles across and keeps it out.
  • 5.3 On the shorter side this time and gets it to bounce at a good height. Mendis gets right behind the line and defends it onto the ground.
  • 5.2 Goes fuller again but it is outside off, left alone.
  • 5.1 No swing into the batsman this time as it is angled across. Dhananjaya pushes it towards wide mid off for a run.
  • 4.6 EDGED AND THROUGH! FOUR! Back of a length on off, Mendis goes after it away from his body. The ball takes an outside edge and goes through the slip cordon for a boundary. Another brilliant over from Anderson. 19/2
  • 4.5 BEAUTY! Angles this one into the batsman first which means he has to play at it. Gets it it straighten late. Mendis is beaten.
  • 4.4 On middle this time, trying to hit the pads of Mendis. The batter though gets his bat in between and keeps it out.
  • 4.3 Good length on the off pole, Mendis gets behind the line and is solid in defense.
  • 4.2 Back of a length on middle, it is tucked towards mid-wicket for a quick run.
  • 4.1 On the fuller side on off, Dhananjaya goes for a drive but he gets it off the inner half towards mid on.
  • 3.6 FOUR! But lucky, very lucky. Another full ball outside off, Mendis is first drawn into a stroke but he tries pulling out of it. He though is too late to do so. The ball hits his bat's lower portion but luckily for Mendis it is away from the fielder at gully. Races down to the third man fence. 14/2
  • 3.5 Good leave this! On a length and around off, Mendis covers his off pole and shoulders arms.
  • 3.4 Top, top stuff! He angles this one across from the off pole. Mendis makes a leave. Get ready for the in-dipper now.
  • Kusal Mendis is the next man in.
  • 3.3 OUT! Plumb in front and Sri Lanka are in some early trouble here. Trademark Sam Curran that one. Full and tailing back in late. Silva tries to drive it with not a lot of foot movement. He does not account for the movement into him and gets hit on the pads. The players start appealing and the umpire raises his finger straightaway. Not a good return into the Test team for Kaushal as he walks back with his head down. Good thing is that he didn't go for the review.
  • 3.2 Good bowling! In the corridor of uncertainty. Silva does not play at it.
  • 3.1 On the fuller side outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it.
  • 2.6 On off again and it is defended. 10/1
  • 2.5 On a length and on off, kept out.
  • 2.4 Goes fuller this time around off, Silva pushes it to covers.
  • 2.3 Almost played it on there! It was the inswinger this time and maybe the effort ball also as it bounces a lot more than usual. Dhananjaya tries to keep it out but he gets an inside edge. It bounces just beside the stumps and goes behind. Dhananjaya though was aware to push it away but that was not needed.
  • 2.2 Good rotation of the strike again! Silva this time plays it with soft hands towards point and scampers across for a run.
  • 2.1 Good running! Dhananjaya taps this towards cover-point and gets to the other end quickly.
  • 1.6 Like that! This one did not swing but the line and length is perfect. Just ahead of a length around off, Silva finds the cover fielder with a drive. 8/1
  • 1.5 Slightly short again on the body, Dhananjaya works it around the corner for a run. Curran needs to bowl a touch fuller here, he needs to give the ball a little more chance to do its bit.
  • 1.4 Good length again and pitches it on middle, comes back in a touch. DdS works it to mid-wicket.
  • 1.3 Good length around off, the batter guides it to point.
  • 1.2 Gets this one to shape back in but the line is down the leg side. Foakes collects it with a dive to his left.
  • 1.1 Starts off right on the money! On a length and around off, Dhananjaya keeps it out.
  • Sam Curran to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Outside off, Dhananjaya leaves it alone. A successful first over for England and Anderson. 7/1
  • 0.5 Nearly drags it on! Anderson gets this one to skid straight on after landing around off. Dhananjaya tries defending from the crease but gets an inside edge past the stumps. It travels to fine leg and they cross.
  • 0.4 In the channel outside off, holding its line, Dhananjaya shoulders arms.
  • 0.3 Anderson hurls across a full ball outside off, de Silva drives it through covers and collects a brace.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva is the number 3 batsman.
  • 0.2 OUT! There is a spike! Sri Lanka lose a wicket and a review as well. Poor from the opener. He has a tame push inside the line of a delivery which is quite wide outside off. No footwork whatsoever, a needless poke, probably early jitters and as soon as the ball goes past his bat and Foakes collects it, they let out a big appeal. The umpire raises his finger and the English players start to celebrate. Dimuth though takes the DRS immediately, so we thought may be he has not edged it but after looking at the replays, it turned out to be a bizarre decision to review it.
  • Dimuth Karunaratne is given out! He though has referred it straightway. Seems confident. But England think they have got their first wicket and are celebrating. Let's see...
  • 0.1 FOUR! A bit edgy! Anderson delivers it on a length around off and gets it to seam away a little. Karunaratne pushes inside the line with an angled bat and it takes the outside half of his blade before running past gully for a boundary. Sri Lanka are away!

Sri Lanka Vs England Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • Right then. 7 overs left in the day. How many can England snare? Can Sri Lanka see off the dying moments of the day? The 4th innings is about to begin. Interesting choice - Sam Curran to start off proceedings. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva are the openers. Here we go!!!
  • A game to forget for the Lankan bowlers. Dilruwan Perera and Herath got 2 each while Akila got a parting complimentary gift in the form of Foakes' wicket. All the bowlers struggled in the heat and also the pressure of a big lead conceded and a massive target looming took the fight out of them.
  • Coming to the game, it has been toying or bullying by England. They have done to Sri Lanka what the hosts do to other teams - win toss, bat first, get big lead, rub salt on the wound by batting long in the second and pile up a mountain of a target in the final innings. Keaton Jennings was the chief instructor and the rest played around him. He finished unbeaten on 146 and got good support from Ben Stokes, the 107-run stand with him changing the course of the game after Sri Lanka threatened to come back briefly. After that, it was just going through the motions.
  • Rangana Herath leads the Sri Lankan team. Applause all around and the old man manages a smile. The result may not go Sri Lanka's way but for now, it is Herath's moment. He has toiled and toiled hard and the only active cricketer from the 90s has bowled his final ball in competitive cricket. Not a great game for him personally, a wicket in the first innings and 2 in the second but he ends his career with 433 Test wickets, finishing in joint 8th place with Stuart Broad.
  • Well, that was bizarre. A ball later after Root signalled Jennings to wait, he has called his men back. Keaton Jennings stays unbeaten, on 146 and Sri Lanka have a mammoth target of 462 with a minimum of 187 overs to be bowled. 7 of those are scheduled today.
  • 92.6 Drags it short on middle, Jennings reverse sweeps it through third man and batsman get three run for it and here comes the declaration for England.
  • We continue playing. Keaton Jennings is ready to walk off the ground but Joe Root signals to him to wait over there. Sam Curran jogs out.
  • 92.5 OUT! Foakes holes out. Finally a wicket for Akila. It was nicely tossed up on middle, Foakes tried to whack it over deep mid-wicket but did not get it off the meat of the bat. It falls straight into the hands of Kushal Mendis over there, who takes it easily. There was deep mid-wicket running to his right as well and for a second we thought they would collide but they do well.
  • 92.4 Floats it up on off, Ben goes uppishly over deep extra cover, and batsman run two.
  • 92.3 Tossed up delivery on middle, Foakes tried to give a whack, hits the lower half of the bat and the ball goes towards deep sqaure leg for a couple of runs.
  • 92.2 Bowls it bit quicker, Jennings comes down the track and jams it towards point for a run.
  • 92.1 Short and wide outside off, Foakes punches it through the point region for a single.
  • 91.6 Comes down the track and bunts it back to the bowler. 313/5
  • 91.5 Driven through mid off by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 91.4 Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 91.3 Nearly drags it on. Full and outside off, Foakes looks to drive but gets a thick inside edge past the stumps towards fine leg for one.
  • 91.2 Comes down the track and chips it towards long on for a single.
  • 91.1 Full and around middle, Jennings smashes it onto the ground, back to the bowler. Dickwella does not even leave that out of appealing. Screams out a shout to the square leg umpire and Herath is smiling.
  • 90.6 Full on middle, Jennings strokes it to long on for a single. 309/5
  • 90.5 Nicely bowled by Akila, Keaton dances down the track, Akila drags it short, the batsman tucks it to the leg side region for a couple of runs.
  • 90.4 Short and wide outside off, Foakes cuts it through point again for another run.
  • 90.3 Drags his length short, Jennings punches it through the point region for a run.
  • 90.2 Outside off, Foakes cuts it through the point region for a single.
  • And Dhananjaya de Silva is going off. Seems like we spoke so soon. That right hand of his is heavily strapped. Akila Dananjaya to complete the over.
  • 90.1 Quicker on the middle, Jennings reverse sweeps it to the third man area for a single.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva is back on. Remember, he was hit on his right palm by a Keaton Jennings shot. Sri Lanka will be happy to have him back. They cannot afford to have any more injuries. Already Chandimal is doubtful.
  • 89.6 On middle and leg, worked wide of long on for a couple. 302/5
  • 89.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 89.4 Outside off, quick turn, watchfully defended.
  • 89.3 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total. 300 UP FOR ENGLAND. Amazing effort.
  • 89.2 FOUR! THWACK! Full on middle, Jennings comes down the track and swings it over mid-wicket! Initially it seems like the ball has cleared the ropes but then replays show that the ball landed just inside.
  • 89.1 Full on middle, Jennings comes down the track and whips it through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 88.6 On his pads, the batsman tucks it to the leg side for a single. 293/5
  • 88.5 Keaton reverse sweeps it through third man for a couple of runs.
  • 88.4 Quicker on middle, Ben works it to the leg side for a run.
  • 88.3 SIX! Two in two for Foakes. Nicely tossed up by the bowler, Ben comes down the track and smashes it over long on for another huge six. Foakes on the charge here.
  • 88.2 SIX! WHACKED! Akila drags his length short and pulls it over deep mid-wicket for a huge six.
  • 88.1 Drifts on to his pads, Jennings goes down and sweeps it through fine leg for a single.
  • DRINKS BREAK. Foakes has a long look at the dressing room. No sign of the declaration yet. So England continue batting. Only 14 overs left in the day's play, so hard to see the game stretching beyond 5 pm local time. Will they be looking to unleash the seamers this evening? Or continue to bat for as long as possible? Meanwhile, Akila Dananjaya is back on. 16-2-55-0 so far.
  • 87.6 Foakes looks to defend but hits the pad. 276/5
  • 87.5 Flighted on off, Keaton pushes it to point for a run.
  • 87.4 Jennings tries to play the reverse sweep, but the ball hits the pad goes straight to the slip fielder.
  • 87.3 Tossed up on middle, Ben leans forward and drives it towards point for a single.
  • 87.2 Drags his length short, Foakes cuts it through point but straight to the fielder.
  • 87.1 Full and around middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 86.6 The batsman has driven it through mid off. 274/5
  • 86.5 Pushes this through mid on for a run.
  • 86.4 Comes down the track, is beaten in flight and nearly chips a catch to short mid-wicket.
  • 86.3 SIX! SMASHED! Tossed up on middle, Foakes comes down the track and whacks it over deep mid-wicket for a six. Looks like a declaration is on the cards.
  • 86.2 FOUR! Short and outside off, Foakes goes back and cuts it behind point for a boundary!
  • 86.1 Outside off, played through point for a single.
  • 85.6 Outside off, pushed towards mid off. 262/5
  • 85.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 85.4 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 85.3 Outside off, tossed up slightly, watchfully defended.
  • 85.2 Full and outside leg, swept through square leg for a single.
  • 85.1 Full and outside off, Jennings is way down the ground to defend but is foxed in flight. Almost gets a leading edge back to the bowler.
  • 84.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 261/5
  • 84.5 LEAD TOUCHES 400! Flighted on off, Keaton comes down the track and pushes it to covers for a single. How long for the declaration?
  • 84.4 Flighted on middle, Ben Foakes strokes it to long on for a run.
  • 84.3 Outside off, Foakes defends it on the front foot.
  • 84.2 Little bit quicker from the bowler, the batsman pushes it to point for a single.
  • 84.1 Tosses it up on middle, Jennings defends it on the front foot and into the ground.
  • 83.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 258/5
  • 83.5 Full and outside off, Foakes drives it towards mid off, sets off for a single but an interception from cover sends him back.
  • 83.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 83.3 Outside off, turning away, pushed towards point again.
  • 83.2 Landed outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • Ben Foakes, the hero of the first innings, arrives.
  • 83.1 OUT! That is a superb catch! Hearth has his second but there is no declaration yet. Full and outside off, Buttler lunges to defend but the ball goes off the face of the bat, like a rocket. However, Kaushal Silva at silly point reacts like a pocket rocket. Bends low and takes it with his right hand. Brilliant. England are effectively 397/5.
  • 82.6 Jennings defends it presenting the full face of the bat. 258/4
  • 82.5 Dilruwan tosses it up on middle, Buttler eases it to long on for a single.
  • 82.4 Keaton cuts it through point for a single.
  • 82.3 Drags his length short, the left-hander punches it to the point fielder.
  • 82.2 FOUR! Full length delivery on his pads, Keaton sweeps it and the ball goes past the leg slip and to the boundary.
  • 82.1 LUCKY ESCAPE! Quicker delivery on middle, Jennings tried to drive but the ball spins in, goes off the inside half of the bat and rolls past the stumps! Nothing going Sri Lanka's way.
  • 81.6 On middle, flicked through square leg for a single. 252/4
  • 81.5 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 81.4 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 81.3 Full again, outside off, swept towards deep square leg for a run.
  • 81.2 On middle, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 81.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • Rangana Herath is back on. 17-0-40-1 so far.
  • 80.6 Floats it up on middle, Buttler defends it on the front foot and into the ground. 249/4
  • 80.5 Quicker delivery on his pads, Jennings tucks it to the leg side for a single.
  • 80.4 NEARLY PLAYS IT ON! Full and around off, Jennings looks to defend but the ball goes off the inside edge, hits the pads, then rolls back, narrowly missing the stumps!
  • 80.3 Drags his length short, the batsman punches it straight to the bowler.
  • 80.2 FOUR! Tossed up by the bowler, Buttler goes down and sweeps it fine for a boundary.
  • 80.1 Bowls a bit fuller on middle, Jos hangs back and defends it on the back foot.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva is getting a fair bit of treatment from the physio. Looks to be in way too much pain. But Lakmal and Karunaratne are smiling. And he is going off. Meanwhile, the SECOND NEW BALL HAS BEEN TAKEN. Dilruwan Perera to make the first use of it.
  • 79.6 DROPPED, FOUR! Ouch. That stung. Full and outside off, Jennings drives it really hard back to the bowler. Dhananjaya tries sticking out his right hand but the ball bursts through his palm, down to the long off fence. The lead is now 382. Jennings moves to 111. The stand moves to 62. 243/4
  • 79.5 Full and outside off, Keaton pushes it on the bounce towards cover.
  • 79.4 Bunts it towards long on for a run.
  • 79.3 Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 79.2 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 79.1 Around middle, worked through square leg for a single.
  • 78.6 Buttler strokes it to long on for a single. 236/4
  • 78.5 LEADING EDGE, SAFE! Nicely floated delivery on middle, Jos tried to flick it but got the leading edge. Luckily for him it falls short of the cover fielder.
  • 78.4 Drags his length short, Buttler puches it through point.
  • 78.3 Bowls a bit fuller on leg, Keaton jams it through fine leg for a run.
  • 78.2 Akila pushes it on his pads, Jennings defends it on front foot.
  • 78.1 Gives a bit of air on middle, Buttler tucks it to the leg side for a single.
  • 77.6 Outside off, played through point for a couple more. 233/4
  • 77.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 77.4 On middle and leg, flicked away for one more.
  • 77.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 77.2 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 77.1 Full and outside off, pushed towards long off for a single.
  • 76.6 Akila floats it up on middle, Butler flicks it towards deep fine leg for a single. 228/4
  • 76.5 Pushed to the off side for a single.
  • 76.4 Drags his length short, Jennings hangs back and pushes it through point.
  • 76.3 Akila tosses it up on middle, Butler tucks it to short fine leg for a single.
  • 76.2 Full on middle, Jennings sweeps it through fine leg for a single.
  • 76.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 75.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. 224/4
  • 75.5 Around middle and off, pushed towards mid-wicket.
  • 75.4 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 75.3 Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 75.2 CENTURY FOR JENNINGS! His second and it has come after 2 years! A wait worth its weight in gold. Well played, young man. This innings has been of pure character and grit. Gets to the milestone with a tuck through square leg for a single. Takes his helmet off and takes in the applause.
  • 75.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended past the bowler towards long off for a single.
  • 74.6 Flighted delivery on middle,the batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 222/4
  • 74.5 Tossed up on middle, Keaton pushes it towards point.
  • 74.4 Keaton prods forward and defends it on the front foot.
  • 74.3 Jennings reverse sweeps it but straight to the short third man fielder.
  • 74.2 The batsman has punched that ball through the off side.
  • 74.1 FOUR! Is that his hundred? Nooooooo! Byes signalled! Jennings has a wry smile. Joe Root in the dressing room looks very nervous. Full down leg, Jennings looks to sweep but it misses everything and the ball races away to the fine leg boundary.
  • Akila Dananjaya to bowl from the other end. Jennings on 99...
  • 73.6 Full again, watchfully defended. 218/4
  • 73.5 FOUR! FABULOUS! Tossed up outside off, Buttler leans and drives it wide of mid off for a boundary!
  • 73.4 Moves to 99. Pushes this towards wide mid off for a single.
  • 73.3 Very full, on middle, pushed towards mid-wicket.
  • 73.2 On middle, punched down to long on for a single.
  • 73.1 Short and outside off, punched straight to cover.
  • We are back for the final session. Dhananjaya de Silva to start off proceedings after Tea. Buttler to face.
  • ... DAY 3, FINAL SESSION ...
  • Cannot say Sri Lanka have bowled too badly. They were looking deflated but only after Stokes started to attack. They have tried everything, even negative line bowling but when a team gets a first-innings lead close to 150 on a turning Asian track, no matter what the other unit does, the former always seems to be on top. Join us back at 1500 local (0930 GMT) for the final session.
  • The hosts had some sort of a chance when the post-Lunch session began and started well too - with the bowlers keeping it tight and not giving away runs. But then, Ben Stokes started to counter-punch and that changed the situation. Jennings meanwhile has moved on to 98 and it is only a matter of time that England declare. May be an hour after Tea would be the choice.
  • Just imagine - you are at the bottom of the ocean and want to come ashore. But you don't know how to swim. That is the state of Sri Lanka at the moment. Down and out, done and dusted, is what the feeling arises for an on-looker.
  • 72.6 Full and outside leg, Jennings plays the reverse sweep uppishly but it lands short of cover. TEA ON DAY 3, ENGLAND LEAD BY 351! 212/4
  • 72.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 72.4 Full and outside off, swept straight to square leg.
  • 72.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 72.2 On middle and leg, pushed towards mid on.
  • 72.1 Fuller on middle, pushed through mid on for a single.
  • Should be the last over before Tea. Akila Dananjaya to bowl it.
  • 71.6 This time he pushes it through the covers for a single. 211/4
  • 71.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 71.4 Down the leg side, swept through square leg for a run.
  • 71.3 Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 71.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 71.1 Full and outside off, Jennings looks to play the reverse sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads. Dickwella immediately screams out an LBW appeal but Herath laughs at him.
  • 70.6 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a run. 209/4
  • 70.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 70.4 On middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 70.3 Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
  • 70.2 Around middle, helped to the leg side.
  • 70.1 Full and outside off, pushed wide of mid off for a single.
  • 69.6 The arm ball, outside off, Buttler looks to push but misses. 206/4
  • 69.5 Reverse sweep played by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 69.4 On middle and leg, played through square leg.
  • 69.3 The batsman failed to make contact and was hit low on the pads.
  • 69.2 Full and outside off, Keaton looks to play the reverse sweep but gets a bottom edge which dies down instantly.
  • 69.1 Full and around middle, watchfully defended.
  • 68.6 DROPPED! Oh dear... de Silva tosses this up, Jos comes down the track, looks to flick but is beaten in flight. The ball takes the inside edge, hits him on his pads, then lobs behind but Dickwella is late in getting up. The ball hits his pads and deflects away. Missed a catch and a stumping on the same ball. 205/4
  • 68.5 SIX! Brilliant hit! Full on middle, Buttler comes down the track and sends it all the way over long on!
  • 68.4 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 68.3 Full and around off, well defended.
  • 68.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.
  • 68.1 Landed around off, watchfully defended.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva is back on. 6-2-10-0 so far.
  • 67.6 Tossed up around middle, well defended. 198/4
  • 67.5 Full and outside off, watchfully pushed away.
  • 67.4 Around middle, now Buttler brings out the reverse sweep, towards backward point.
  • 67.3 Full and around off, watchfully pushed to the off side.
  • 67.2 A tad short, flicked through square leg for a single.
  • 67.1 Full on middle, pushed towards short mid-wicket.
  • 66.6 Full and around off, Jennings looks to defend but gets a thick outside edge past slip towards third man. Three runs takes him into the 90s. 197/4
  • 66.5 Outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 66.4 Pitched outside leg, padded away.
  • 66.3 Pushes this through mid on and crosses over for a run.
  • 66.2 On leg stump, pushed towards long off for a single.
  • 66.1 Landed outside leg, Jennings looks to flick but gets hit on the pads.
  • 65.6 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run. 192/4
  • 65.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 65.4 Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 65.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 65.2 On middle and leg, flicked uppishly towards short mid-wicket. Does not carry.
  • 65.1 On middle, watchfully defended.
  • 64.6 Goes back and bunts it back to the bowler. 191/4
  • 64.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 64.4 On middle and leg, flicked towards square leg.
  • 64.3 Driven through mid off by the batsman.
  • 64.2 JUST SHORT! Landed outside leg, spinning down, Buttler looks to clip but nearly finds leg gully. The ball lands just short.
  • 64.1 Full and outside off, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 63.6 Around middle and leg, pushed towards leg gully. 191/4
  • 63.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 63.4 Floated wide outside off, driven wide of long off for a run.
  • 63.3 Landed around off, watchfully pushed out.
  • 63.2 Around off, defended watchfully.
  • 63.1 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 62.6 Oops! Goes for the reverse sweep again and nearly drags it on! The ball goes off the bottom edge onto the pads. 190/4
  • 62.5 FOUR! Third time lucky in this over. Gets out the reverse sweep and hits it through point for a boundary!
  • 62.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 62.3 Well outside leg, padded away.
  • 62.2 Goes for the reverse sweep but gets a bottom edge onto his boot, over the keeper, towards short fine leg.
  • 62.1 Full and outside leg, reverse swept towards short third man.
  • 61.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 186/4
  • 61.5 On middle and leg, clipped through mid-wicket for one.
  • 61.4 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 61.3 Pushes this through the covers for a run.
  • 61.2 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 61.1 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. They pick up a single.
  • 60.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total. 182/4
  • Jos Buttler comes in next.
  • 60.5 OUT! BOWLED! Superb bowling from Dilruwan. Nothing Stokes could have done about that. This is floated outside leg, Ben comes forward to defend but the ball spins away, past the outside edge and hits the off stump. End of a wonderful partnership and an innings. Might be the match-winning stand already. England are effectively 320/4.
  • 60.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 60.3 The batsman got into position early and reverse swept that one. They pick up a single.
  • 60.2 Landed outside off, Stokes looks to cut but gets a bottom edge which scurries away.
  • 60.1 Full and around middle, watchfully defended.
  • 59.6 A slower short ball, outside leg, pulled towards fine leg for a single. 179/3
  • 59.5 The batsman goes for the sweep but fails to connect it.
  • 59.4 SIX! THUNDEROUS! Flighted on middle and leg, Stokes dances out and sends it sailing over long on! He stands and admires while the others just follow suit. The 100-run stand is up.
  • 59.3 Full on middle and leg, flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • 59.2 On middle and leg, helped through square leg for a single. Moves to 80.
  • 59.1 Pitched outside leg, padded away.
  • DRINKS BREAK. England, England all the way. Nothing happening for the Lankans. The players are looking jaded and the afternoon heat is tiring them. Might see the visitors gallop away now.
  • 58.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 171/3
  • 58.5 Pitched well outside leg, Keaton pads it away.
  • 58.4 Another reverse sweep, this time through point for a single.
  • 58.3 Full and around middle, played towards short mid-wicket.
  • 58.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 58.1 Full and outside off, reverse sweep played through point for a single.
  • 57.6 FOUR! Half century for Stokes! He is pounding it in. Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a boundary! Raises his bat to the crowd. Boy - this England batting looks even better when this bloke is in form... 14 from that over! 168/3
  • 57.5 Full and around leg, BS paddles it through fine leg for a couple. Dickwella is busy appealing for LBW and is the only one doing so.
  • 57.4 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 57.3 SIX! THUMP! Stokes is getting his attacking gear on. THE LEAD CROSSES 300. Are England looking to make a move on? Full and outside off, Ben gets down and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket!
  • 57.2 Landed outside off, turning away sharply, a poke and a miss.
  • 57.1 Full and around leg, paddled fine for a couple.
  • 56.6 Pitched outside leg, padded away. 154/3
  • 56.5 Pushes this through mid on for a run.
  • 56.4 Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 56.3 Punches this off the back foot for a single.
  • 56.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 56.1 SIX! High and handsome! First of the innings. Tossed up outside off, Stokes dances down the track and sends it sailing over the sightscreen! The ball gets lost and poor Jonny Bairstow helps the ground staff by going underneath the covers and retrieving the ball. It is a touch wet and Dilruwan hands it to umpire Gaffaney who cleans it and hands it back.
  • A bit of a halt in the game. It is extremely hot and the batsmen are taking an unscheduled drinks break. Jonny Bairstow, the substitute comes out and towells Ben Stokes.
  • 55.6 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They manage to come back for the second. 145/3
  • 55.5 Outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 55.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 55.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 55.2 FOUR! Finally gets a boundary of that shot. Landed outside off, Jennings reverse smashes it into the ground and gets it over gully to the third man fence.
  • 55.1 Full and outside off, pushed through mid off for a single.
  • 54.6 That turned away sharply. Landed slightly shorter than fuller outside off, Keaton looks to defend from his crease but the ball rips past the outside edge. 138/3
  • 54.5 Slowly floated outside off, Jennings comes forward and shoulders arms.
  • 54.4 Tossed up around middle and leg, driven towards short extra cover.
  • 54.3 Outside off, blocked towards cover.
  • 54.2 Very full, around middle, driven towards silly mid off.
  • 54.1 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 53.6 Landed outside off, pushed towards cover. 138/3
  • 53.5 Down the leg side, patted towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 53.4 Floated, around middle and leg, driven through the covers for a run. Stokes moves to 30.
  • 53.3 Tossed up, outside leg, blocked in front of short mid-wicket.
  • 53.2 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 53.1 Full and outside off, reverse swept straight to short third man.
  • 52.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 135/3
  • 52.5 FOUR! THRASH! Full and right in the slot, Stokes gets down and mows it over mid-wicket for a boundary! The stand moves to 61.
  • We missed it. In case you missed it as well, here is the stat - When Jennings went past 66, he registered his highest score in a Test match (both innings combined) going past the 112 he made in Mumbai in 2016.
  • 52.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 52.3 Short and outside off, cut through point for a couple.
  • 52.2 Down the leg side, Jennings looks to sweep but the ball goes off his pads through fine leg. A leg bye taken.
  • 52.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 51.6 Floated on middle, pushed towards mid off. 128/3
  • 51.5 Floated, around middle, Ben stretches to defend.
  • 51.4 Comes forward and blocks.
  • 51.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 51.2 Short and outside off, punched towards cover.
  • 51.1 Full and around leg, paddled around the corner for a single.
  • 50.6 FOUR! 50-RUN STAND IS UP! England continue on the ascendancy. Good riposte from Jennings and Stokes after those 3 quick wickets. Short and outside off, Ben goes back and punches it through the covers for a boundary. Moves to 23 with his second four. 127/3
  • 50.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 50.4 Goes back and defends it from his crease.
  • 50.3 Tossed up slightly, outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
  • 50.2 Full and outside leg, Jennings looks to sweep but misses. Another LBW shout, given not out.
  • 50.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • Change of bowling. Dilruwan Perera comes into the attack. 17-1-32-1 so far.
  • 49.6 Takes this on the full, does Ben and reverse sweeps it to backward point. An eventful maiden from Akila. 122/3
  • 49.5 Another ripper. Akila has found some consistency in the last few balls. No runs given, no wickets taken but he is causing problems. Landed around off, hits a puff of dust and then zips past Stokes' back foot poke.
  • 49.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 49.3 Beautiful bowling. Drags the length a touch short, around middle, Ben stays back to defend but the ball spins past the outside edge.
  • 49.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 49.1 Full and outside off, Stokes gets down to play the slog sweep but misses.
  • 48.6 And the response from Stokes is a gentle push-and-run to that fielder at short extra cover for one. 122/3
  • Field change. Leg slip comes into the drive, at short extra cover.
  • 48.5 Punched to sweeper cover for a run. The lead is now 260.
  • 48.4 Quicker and shorter, helped towards square leg.
  • 48.3 Landed around off, Jennings gets a long way forward to defend.
  • 48.2 Outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 48.1 A touch short on middle, punched down to long on for a single.
  • 47.6 Fuller and around off, watchfully defended. 119/3
  • 47.5 Another one beats the outside edge. Full and outside off, Keaton comes forward to defend but the ball spins past the outside edge.
  • 47.4 Another reverse sweep attempted, contact made this time. Played straight to backward point.
  • 47.3 Full and around middle, Jennings looks to play the reverse sweep but misses and is hit on the arm.
  • 47.2 Shorter in length, punched through the covers for a run.
  • 47.1 Landed outside off, guided behind point for a single.
  • 46.6 Tossed up slightly, well defended. 117/3
  • 46.5 Short and outside off, punched straight to cover.
  • 46.4 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.
  • 46.3 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 46.2 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 46.1 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
  • The news has just been released that James Anderson has received a demerit point for arguing with the umpire and showing dissent on the field yesterday afternoon. Umpire Chris Gaffaney had warned him for running on the pitch and that made Jimmy grumpy. His behaviour was not taken too lightly by the umpires and they immediately raised a complaint. He was also seen banging the ball on the pitch before the over was completed. Angry man.
  • 45.6 Landed outside off, guided towards third man for one more. 116/3
  • 45.5 Stays back in his crease and blocks.
  • 45.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 45.3 Pushes this towards mid off for a run.
  • 45.2 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They pick up a single.
  • 45.1 Short and outside off, cut through the covers for a single.
  • 44.6 Another forward defense. 112/3
  • 44.5 A bit of a loop, pushed towards mid off.
  • 44.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 44.3 Tossed up slightly, pushed to the off side.
  • 44.2 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 44.1 Full and outside off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 43.6 BEATEN AGAIN! This time he drags his length back and Stokes too, goes back in his crease to defend. But the ball pitches and spins away again. 112/3
  • 43.5 BEAUTY! Akila tosses this up, around off, gets Stokes forward to defend but then makes the ball spin past the outside edge.
  • 43.4 On middle and leg, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 43.3 Landed outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 43.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 43.1 Full and outside off, Jennings drives this uppishly through the covers. The fielder makes a half stop over there and parries it towards mid off. A single taken.
  • Akila Dananjaya to bowl from the other end.
  • 42.6 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 111/3
  • 42.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 42.4 Short and outside off, cut through the covers where a good stop prevents runs.
  • 42.3 Full and outside off, driven towards cover.
  • 42.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 42.1 Full and around middle, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
  • Welcome back for the second session. The day continues to be bright. There are clouds in the sky but none of them being rainy. The Lankans get into a huddle. Out come the batsmen and it will be Dhananjaya de Silva to start off proceedings to Ben Stokes.
  • ... DAY 3, SESSION 2 ...
  • England are effectively 250/3 now. The highest 4th innings total at this venue is 300 by Pakistan, that too, in a lost cause, in 2012. The highest score to save a Test match is 210/9 by England, way back in 2003. No team has chased even 100 at this venue in the 4th innings but if the Lankans manage to bowl England out in the second session, they will give themselves some sort of a chance. Please do come back at 1240 local (0710 GMT).
  • The plan to choke seemed to work. For the first hour, England were pretty good, losing only Burns but then suddenly lost two more in quick succession. That is what happens when the scoreboard does not move. However, with Keaton Jennings still unbeaten, the visitors have managed to ensure that there was no collapse as such.
  • Well done, Keaton Jennings. Well bowled, Sri Lanka. A gripping, fighting passage of play have we witnessed in the morning session. Starting the day 177 runs behind, Sri Lanka had their backs to the wall but they came in with a set plan - do not concede boundaries and curtail the run flow.
  • 41.6 Full and around off, Jennings gets a long way forward and keeps it out. LUNCH ON DAY 3, ENGLAND LEAD BY 250! 111/3
  • 41.5 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 41.4 Another defensive shot from the crease.
  • 41.3 Comes forward and defends it well again.
  • 41.2 Outside off, played towards point.
  • 41.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Dilruwan switches ends now, coming in from where Herath was bowling.
  • 40.6 Pushes this down to long off for one more. 110/3
  • 40.5 Full and outside off, KJ lunges to defend and the ball goes off the outside edge past first slip. A single taken.
  • 40.4 Goes back and works it through the leg side for a run.
  • 40.3 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
  • 40.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 40.1 HUGE, HUGE SHOUT FOR LBW! Not out. No review taken. Lakmal is almost laughing at Dickwella who laughs in return. Was that bat first? Full and around off, Jennings got a good stride forward as he looked to defend and the ball seemed to hit the bat and pad at the same time. A closer look in the replays reveal that the ball hit the pad first and Hawk Eye shows it to be plumb!
  • 39.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 106/3
  • 39.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 39.4 Short now, cut through cover for a couple. Stokes moves to 11 from 20 balls.
  • 39.3 Darted this around middle and leg, Stokes is hurried into his defense on his back foot.
  • 39.2 Full and around middle, watchfully defended.
  • 39.1 Stop the press. Jennings finally connects properly with his reverse sweep. Full and outside off, Keaton gets it towards third man for a single.
  • 38.6 He is definitely looking to be aggressive. Sees the length short and looks to cut, hits it uppishly but the ball lands just short of point. Might as well hold on to his horses. Just 10 minutes to go to Lunch. 103/3
  • 38.5 Gets a long way across but then defends.
  • 38.4 The paddle now, through fine leg for a run.
  • 38.3 Floated around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 38.2 Gets the punch right this time, past the bowler towards long off for a single.
  • 38.1 Oops... a touch shorter than full, Stokes goes back to punch but the ball barely bounces. An inside edge results, onto the pads.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva replaces Akila Dananjaya.
  • 37.6 Down the leg side, swept fine for a run. 101/3
  • 37.5 MISFIELD FROM THE ACTING CAPTAIN. He is flat on his face. On middle, Keaton punches it down the ground. Suranga Lakmal dives from short mid-wicket but after the ball passes him. Takes a long time to get up. A single taken.
  • 37.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 37.3 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover. Ben Stokes is a long way down for the single but is sent back in time.
  • 37.2 Oops... how did that happen? Full and outside off, Jennings looked to play the reverse sweep but as has been happening all morning, he was nowhere near the pitch of the ball. It took the bottom edge, bounced and went off the back of the bat over leg slip! Two runs taken.
  • 37.1 Too straight, around middle and leg, clipped towards backward square leg.
  • 36.6 Much better. Fuller and straighter, blocked out. 97/3
  • 36.5 FOUR! TAKE THAT! Probably the worst delivery of the morning. Dragged down way too short, Stokes rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary! The stand is now worth 23 from 32 balls.
  • 36.4 On middle and leg, watchfully defended.
  • 36.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total.
  • 36.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 36.1 Shorter in length, blocked to the off side.
  • 35.6 FOUR LEG BYES! Pitched well outside leg, Stokes misses his sweep but the ball goes off his pads, past the keeper who is busy appealing for LBW, down to the fine leg fence. The lead is now 231. 92/3
  • 35.5 Tossed up, around leg, pressed through mid-wicket for one.
  • 35.4 Fuller and flatter, blocked on the back foot.
  • 35.3 Short in length, pulled down to long on for a run.
  • 35.2 Around middle, defended from the crease.
  • 35.1 Full on middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 34.6 Very full, around off, jabbed towards point. 85/3
  • 34.5 Full and around middle, watchfully defended.
  • 34.4 FIFTY FOR JENNINGS! His second in Test cricket. Very, very important innings for him. Now, to kick on and get that hundred. Gets there with a gentle tickle through fine leg for a single.
  • 34.3 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 34.2 Again the line is outside leg, again the paddle is attempted, again the shot is missed and again the 'AIYOOO!' is heard.
  • 34.1 Full and outside leg, Jennings gets across and looks to paddle but misses. He has been out bowled recently around his legs, playing that shot.
  • Dilruwan gets a rest. Akila Dananjaya is on. Lacked a little bit of patience in the first innings.
  • 33.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 84/3
  • 33.5 Outside off, KJ plays it very late, behind point for a single.
  • 33.4 Another LBW shout, not out again. Coming from around the wicket, this is pitched around leg and maybe going on too straight, as Keaton misses his defense, to be hit on the pads.
  • 33.3 Massive shout! But not out! No review taken. Landed outside off, Jennings looks to defend but the ball spins in, goes between bat and pad and Dickwella behind makes a good collection. As expected, he is up and shouting but not sure for what. Neither is Herath sure. He thinks about the review but then lets it be. Replays show that the ball missed the inside edge and probably clipped the front pad but the impact was outside off.
  • 33.2 On middle, helped through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 33.1 Full and outside off, played behind point for a single.
  • 32.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 81/3
  • 32.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 32.4 MISFIELD, FOUR! First boundary of the morning and it has come due to a sloppy effort. Full and outside off, Jennings drives this through the covers where Kaushal Silva is a tad lazy in getting down to his left. He misses and his opening partner, Dimuth Karunaratne, has too much of work to do from mid off. He races across the turf, gets to the ball with a dive but cannot prevent the boundary.
  • 32.3 Beaten! Another ripper. Slower through the air and that generates purchase for Dilruwan. He lands this on a good length outside off, gets Jennings lunging and then rips it past the outside edge.
  • 32.2 This is straighter, around middle, watchfully defended in front of short leg.
  • 32.1 Full and outside off, left alone.
  • 31.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 76/3
  • 31.5 Goes back and across to tuck it through square leg for a run.
  • 31.4 On middle and leg, flicked through the leg side for a single to get off the mark.
  • Ben Stokes comes in at number 5, replacing his captain.
  • 31.3 OUT! Caught behind! Herath gets the skipper again! Who needs an end change or a field change when the bowler can bowl like that? Beautiful bowling from the 40-year old. Tosses this around off, gets Root to come forward and then makes the ball to turn away slightly to take the outside edge. Then, you need good support from your keeper as well and Dickwella takes that perfectly. Immediately leaps up in celebration and honest Root does not even wait for the umpire's finger to go up. A bad Test for Root, flopping in both innings. All of a sudden, England have slipped from 60/0 to 74/3.
  • 31.2 Gets across and works it behind square leg for a single.
  • 31.1 Likes that reverse sweep. Brings it out again but is not to the pitch of the ball. Gets it off the bottom edge, on the bounce, to first slip.
  • 30.6 The arm ball, around off, Keaton gets too close to the ball and just about brings his bat down in time to cut, getting the ball through point for a single. Moves to 40. 73/2
  • 30.5 Excellent bowling. Landed outside off, Jennings comes forward to defend but the ball spins away after landing on the rough to beat the outside edge.
  • 30.4 Fuller on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 30.3 Around off, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 30.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 30.1 Full and outside leg, Root looks to sweep but misses.
  • 29.6 UPPISH BUT SAFE! Full and outside off, Root plays this a touch loosely, pushes it in the air, through the covers but wide of the man over there. A single taken. 71/2
  • 29.5 Fuller and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 29.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 29.3 Full and around middle, Root lunges to defend but gets it off the inner half of the bat towards short leg.
  • 29.2 That ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pads.
  • 29.1 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • Russel Arnold on air reckons that Rangana Herath should switch ends. Feels that there is more turn at the end from where Dilruwan is bowling.
  • 28.6 Stays back and defends. 70/2
  • 28.5 Outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 28.4 Full and around middle, pushed towards mid off.
  • 28.3 Goes back and with effective wristwork, flicks it through mid-wicket for a run. The skipper is off the mark.
  • 28.2 Floated outside off, spinning in, Root goes back and defends.
  • 28.1 A touch short outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
  • 27.6 Full and around off, watchfully pushed out. 68/2
  • 27.5 Thrown up with a bit more loop, around off, spinning away, Root opens the face of the bat and pushes it towards point.
  • 27.4 Very full and tight, well blocked.
  • 27.3 Full and around off, solidly defended back to the bowler.
  • 27.2 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 27.1 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 26.6 Full and outside off, Root looks to sweep but misses. There is a big LBW shout but it is turned down. Impact was outside off. 67/2
  • 26.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 26.4 Around off, Root goes back and defends.
  • Skipper Joe Root walks in at number 4, replacing Moeen.
  • 26.3 OUT! Oh dear. What a waste of a wicket. We did feel that Moeen should counter-attack but that is just a poor shot. Full on middle, Moeen lazily attempts to swing across the line. Is nowhere near the pitch of the ball and he gets it off the inner half towards mid on. It is so poorly timed that it barely carries. Rangana Herath over there has to struggle to get to the ball and nearly cradles it, with the ball, luckily for him, getting stuck in his palms around his box. Please don't imagine how. He is all smiles though, taking a bit of a while to get up.
  • 26.2 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. One run added to the total.
  • 26.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • DRINKS BREAK. Superb opening hour for England. They have lost just the wicket of Burns, that too, because of a superb piece of fielding. The pitch has already started to turn and it might be a good idea for Moeen to counter-attack.
  • 25.6 This is slightly quicker, Moeen calmly blocks it out. 66/1
  • 25.5 Slowly tossed up outside off, pushed back towards Herath again.
  • 25.4 Very full outside off, almost a yorker, dug out back to the bowler.
  • 25.3 Short and outside off, played behind point for a run.
  • 25.2 Was there an inside edge? Dickwella almost gets excited for everything. Here come the replays. Full and around leg, Jennings gets back and looks to flick but the ball hits his pads and lobs in the air, towards the vacant short leg region.
  • 25.1 On middle, pushed down to long on for a single. Way too easy for a new batsman.
  • It was a matter of time before he was brought on. Here comes Rangana Herath.
  • 24.6 On middle, blocked in front of short leg. 64/1
  • 24.5 Full and outside off, driven back to Dilruwan.
  • 24.4 BEATEN! How did that miss the off stump? Full and around off, Jennings looks to defend but the ball spins just away, past the outside edge and shaves the off stump!
  • 24.3 This is on middle, well pushed towards the bowler.
  • 24.2 Around off, solidly defended to the off side.
  • 24.1 On middle and leg, helped to the leg side for a single.
  • 23.6 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a couple. 63/1
  • 23.5 A short ball, down the leg side, pulled towards fine leg for a single.
  • 23.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 23.3 Full again, pushed towards cover once more.
  • 23.2 Fuller in length, solidly pushed towards cover.
  • 23.1 Avoids the king pair. Lakmal had cleaned him up in the first innings and this time too, Moeen faces him first up. Sees the ball coming in from outside off on a length and blocks.
  • In comes Moeen Ali at number 3. He is on a king pair.
  • 22.6 OUT! Superb piece of fielding from Dimuth Karunaratne and Burns has to go! What a way to get a breakthrough. Fuller on middle, Rory comes down the track and flicks it towards mid on. He calls for the single, there is no miscommunication and the running is pretty decent too. However, Karunaratne comes way too quickly from mid on for Burns' liking, has one stump to aim at and throws at the bowler's end. Bulls' eye! It looks out to the naked eye but the umpire wants to be sure. Refers it upstairs and replays confirm that the highest opening stand for England in the second innings, in 10 innings, has finally been broken. The last time the openers stitched a 50-run stand in the second innings was 53, by Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman in the Ashes, at the Adelaide Oval, in December 2017. 60/1
  • Direct hit! Is Burns in trouble? He does not seem to be happy. Referred upstairs...
  • 22.5 Goes back and works it through square leg for a run. The stand is now worth 60.
  • 22.4 Full and just outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 22.3 Down the leg side, Rory looks to flick but misses. The ball goes off his thigh pads through fine leg. A leg bye taken.
  • 22.2 This time hs leans and drives it towards cover.
  • 22.1 Once again Burns is down the track, is nowhere to the pitch of the ball, looks to defend awkwardly and gets it off the outer half towards point.
  • 21.6 Good length delivery outside off, coming in, dead-batted to the off side. 58/0
  • 21.5 On middle and leg, helped through mid-wicket to get across to the other end.
  • 21.5 ANOTHER NO BALL. Second from Lakmal this morning. This is for overstepping. Full and just outside off, Burns gets across, comes forward, then goes back and defends.
  • 21.4 Back of a length this time, watchfully defended.
  • 21.3 On a length around off, coming in, watchfully defended.
  • 21.2 On middle and leg again, this time Rory tucks it to the left of the man at deep mid-wicket. Two more.
  • 21.1 On middle and leg, worked through mid-wicket for a couple. Burns moves to 20.
  • 20.6 Full and straight, blocked towards mid on. 52/0
  • 20.5 Loose delivery, outside leg, flicked wide of mid-wicket for a quick single. Good understanding between the two openers. The running and calling has been error-free.
  • 20.4 Short and wide, cut straight to cover.
  • 20.3 Risky, very risky. Burns is leading a risky life at the moment. Full and in line of the stumps, Rory gets across to paddle and luckily for him, the ball hits his gloves and rolls down. That was heading for the wickets and the left-hander had got way too across.
  • 20.2 The response is to come down the track immediately. Is nowhere near the pitch of the ball and somehow, gets bat on that, managing an under edge.
  • 20.1 BEATEN! That spun. Guess we are going to see that regularly. Landed around the good length area, around the off stump, Burns comes forward to defend but the ball lands, generates a puff of dust and then spins past the outside edge.
  • 19.6 In line of the stumps, coming in slightly, blocked towards point. 51/0
  • 19.5 Outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 19.4 Fuller in length, just around middle, watchfully defended towards cover.
  • 19.3 Landed around off, going away, Jennings shoulders arms.
  • 19.2 Similar ball, pushed towards cover.
  • 19.1 On a length around middle, defended to the off side.
  • 18.6 Now Burns tries the reverse sweep but gets an under edge onto the pads. A happening over. 51/0
  • 18.5 OOPS! Full on middle, KJ looks to flick now but the slow away turn induces a leading edge, wide of cover! A single is taken.
  • 18.4 Another LBW shout, but the impact is well outside off. Keaton brings out the reverse sweep but he signals his intentions way too early. Hence, Dilruwan slows down the delivery and hits the batsman on the pads.
  • 18.3 Full and around off, nicely pushed in front of cover for a quick single. The lead is now 190.
  • 18.2 Similar line, this time Jennings lunges and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 18.1 The arm ball, around leg stump, played in front of short leg.
  • 17.6 Flicks it through the leg side to bring up the 50-RUN OPENING STAND. This has been a good, solid start by the visitors. 50/0
  • 17.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 17.5 TOP EDGE, SAFE! It has been given a no ball anyways. Did Lakmal overstep? A short ball outside off, Burns looked to pull but the bounce got big on him. Went off the top edge and straight up in the air. However, there are more crows than men around the mid-wicket region close to the batsman. By the time the man from the deep comes running in, a single is taken.
  • An issue with the ball. The seam seems to be coming away. Marais Erasmus has a look, cuts a thread and then hands it back to Lakmal.
  • 17.4 On a length outside off, played towards point for a run.
  • 17.3 A well-taken single. Burns pushes this fuller length delivery towards mid off, sees that Angelo Mathews is resting on his heels, not quite attacking the ball and pounces on the opportunity. Angelo realizes late that he has been caught napping and tries to hurry, picks it up and has a shy at the bowler's end but Rory is in by that time. The stumps are missed any which ways.
  • 17.2 Tighter line, watchfully defended.
  • 17.1 On a length outside off, placed towards cover.
  • 16.6 Floated around middle, RB comes down the track and drives it towards long on for one. 45/0
  • 16.5 Outside off, punched through the covers for a run.
  • 16.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 16.3 Good use of the feet, comes down the track and flicks it wide of mid on for a single.
  • 16.2 NOT OUT! Saved by a hair's breadth! Marginal call, as Hawk Eye shows the impact to be umpire's call. A very good delivery from Dilruwan. After bowling the one that spun on the previous ball, he darts this one around off. Burns does not pick it and thrusts his pad forward, ahead of his bat and is pinged on the equipment. Perera appeals long and hard but umpire Gaffaney is unmoved. Dilruwan convinces Lakmal to go for the review which he does, but Hawk Eye saves the batsman. Good thing for Sri Lanka - at least they do not lose a review.
  • LBW review! The Lankans reckon that they have Burns plumb in front. Looks close.
  • 16.1 Short and outside off, spinning away, Burns goes back to cut but there is slow turn, hence a bottom edge is induced.
  • 15.6 Landed outside off, left alone. 42/0
  • 15.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 15.4 This is just outside off, Burns initially comes forward, but then goes back and blocks.
  • 15.3 Around off, coming in slightly, watchfully defended.
  • 15.2 Around off, played with an open bat-face behind point for a single. The lead is now 180.
  • 15.1 Landed outside off, coming in, left alone.
  • 14.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 40/0
  • 14.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 14.4 Landed around off, watchfully defended.
  • 14.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 14.2 Comes down the track, is not to the pitch of the ball, looks to flick but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 14.1 Landed outside off, Burns looks to defend but the ball spins away and beats the outside off.
  • 13.6 One more leave outside off. 40/0
  • 13.5 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 13.4 Wider outside off, not played at again.
  • 13.3 Closer to the off stump, coming in as well, but Keaton knows where his sticks are and lets it go.
  • 13.2 Landed outside off, a touch wide, Jennings shoulders arms.
  • 13.1 A length ball outside off, coming in, pushed towards mid on.
  • Suranga Lakmal to bowl from the other end. Dinesh Chandimal is off the field, so Lakmal is leading the pack.
  • 12.6 On middle and leg, kept in front of short leg. 40/0
  • 12.5 Landed outside off, short in length, slow spin away, Keaton looks to cut but the ball comes so slowly that it goes off the bottom part of the bat towards cover. A run taken.
  • 12.4 This time he comes forward properly and defends correctly.
  • 12.3 Similar ball, Jennings gets a good stride forward and blocks it, slightly off the inner half, towards short leg.
  • 12.2 On middle and leg, watchfully defended.
  • 12.1 Full and down the leg side, flicked through square leg for an easy single.
  • Alright then. The players are onto the field. The Lankans get into a huddle. They need to get 10 wickets ASAP. Can they bowl out England under 150? The lead is a healthy 177 as of now, but 3 or 4 wickets quickly will raise the Lankan hopes. Dilruwan Perera will start off proceedings to Rory Burns. Here we go!
  • PITCH REPORT - Brad Hogg observes that the pitch has started to crumble around the good length area. There are some pebbles coming out and what that might do is - just ask the bowlers to hit that area consistently. Reckons that there will be plenty of wickets to fall this afternoon and THIS GAME SHOULD END TOMORROW.
  • Moeen Ali has a chat with Ian Ward. The all-rounder says that the pitch is turning but one needs to be very patient. Feels that his team's seamers were fantastic early on and the spinners did their bit. Reckons that England are way ahead in the game and need to build on the advantage today. On the bowling, Moeen says that the plan was to bowl a disciplined line and length and then save the boundaries. Feels that partnerships with the bat are the key on Day 3. On his own bowling, he says that he is changing his pace as much as he can. Adds that the wicket is spinning but is very slow. So, he tried to keep it in line of the stumps and was patient, hoping that something would happen sometime. Informs that before the series, the entire bowling group sat down and laid out a plan to bowl and they have been executed petty well. On spin coach Saqlain Mushtaq, Ali is full of praise for the Pakistan legend, saying that he has got plenty of knowledge, more than any other.
  • WEATHER - There were some nervous moments regarding this topic. Last evening, after Stumps, there was a heavy shower and it was pretty overcast this morning. But now, the clouds have disappeared and we have bright and sunny conditions.
  • 20 wickets in 2 days. Nothing surprising. What is surprising is - England leading by a BIG margin in Galle. Galle, yes, Galle - the one stadium which is considered to be a fortress for Sri Lanka. Patient batting and disciplined bowling, working to plans has given the visitors a big ascendancy in this game. Will the Lankans be able to fight back? Hello and a warm welcome to third day of the opening Test between Sri Lanka and England at Galle.
  • ... DAY 3, OPENING SESSION ...
  • England now have a lot of time on their hands and also all their 10 wickets. They will try and bat the Lankans out of the game. Anything around 350 is going to be an uphill task for the home side. Is there a fightback in store or will England continue their domination? Join us on Day 3, at the same time to find out. Cheers!
  • Earlier in the day, courtesy Foakes' ton, the visitors got close to the 350-run mark. Perera was the star with the ball for Sri Lanka as he took a fifer. Sri Lanka in their first innings were poor with the bat. They had no answers to the spin trio of Moeen, Rashid and Leach. The offie was the tormentor-in-chief as he finished with a 4-fer. Angelo Mathews was the only Sri Lankan batsman who showed some fight. He scored a half ton but the hosts needed more from him.
  • England's session, England's day and one can probably say, it is England's match to lose now. They took the remaining wickets quickly post Tea and took a big lead of 139 and they have already added 38 to it. Their batsmen needed to battle out 12 overs today and their openers have done so without breaking a sweat.
  • 11.6 The last ball has also been dealt with. Flighted ball on off, the batsman blocks it out. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 2! 38/0
  • 11.5 Penultimate ball negotiated, now one ball to go. Jennings defends it onto the ground.
  • 11.4 On the stumps and it turns back in. The batsman gets right behind the line and blocks it out.
  • 11.3 Slightly shorter and outside off, KJ guides it through point and the batsmen take two.
  • 11.2 Loopy ball on off, the batsman prods forward and blocks it out.
  • 11.1 On off, it is flatter, Jennings guides it towards point.
  • 10.6 Slower through the air on the stumps, Burns keeps it out. So only an over left in the day. 36/0
  • 10.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
  • 10.4 On off, the batsman blocks it out.
  • 10.3 BEATEN! Dananjaya has started off well here. He floats this on off, it pitches and then turns away. Jennings tries to keep it out but is beaten.
  • 10.2 Tries to play the sweep shot but the ball hits the gloves and then the helmet. An appeal from the bowler but he is the only one doing so.
  • 10.1 Tossed up on off, the batsman blocks it out.
  • Akila Dananjaya is back on. He was poor in the first innings and Sri Lanka would love a better show here.
  • 9.6 Turning into off stump, Keaton gets completely beaten on this one. 35/0
  • 9.5 Flighted delivery on off stump, Jennings cuts it towards third man. They pick up a single.
  • 9.4 Floated on middle stump, Burns flicks it towards the leg side. The batsmen take a single.
  • 9.3 FOUR! GREAT SHOT! Tossed up again on off stump, Rory dances down the track and hits it towards mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 9.2 Floated on middle stump, Rory defends off the front foot.
  • 9.1 Tossed up on middle stump, Burns plays it off the back foot.
  • 8.6 Flatter and quicker on the pads, the batsman works it towards square leg for a single. 29/0
  • 8.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 8.4 Tossed up ball outside off, Burns makes a leave.
  • 8.3 On the shorter side, KJ with the turn pushes it through covers for a run.
  • 8.2 FOUR! Short and wide and put away! It was asking to be hit and Jennings puts it away through point for a boundary. The lead now is 166.
  • 8.1 Flatter on off, the batsman blocks it out.
  • 7.6 Flighted delivery on leg stump, Rory flicks it off his pads towards mid-wicket. 23/0
  • 7.5 Tossed up again on middle stump, Burns defends from the back foot.
  • 7.4 Floated on middle stump, Jennings sweeps it towards fine leg. The batsmen take a single.
  • 7.3 Flighted delivery on leg stump, Jennings plays it towards the leg side.
  • 7.2 Tossed up again on middle stump, Burns dances down the track and plays it towards mid-wicket. They take a single.
  • 7.1 Tossed up on off stump, Burns defends off the front foot.
  • Rangana Herath is into the attack.
  • 6.6 Tossed up on off, the batsman blocks it safely. 21/0
  • 6.5 On the stumps this time, Keaton keeps it out.
  • 6.4 Fires it on the pads, Jennings tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball lobs away from short leg.
  • 6.3 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 6.2 On the shorter side outside off, Jennings pushes it to the man at covers.
  • 6.1 This is flatter and on middle, the batsman blocks it out.
  • 5.6 Back of a length delivery on middle stump, Keaton plays it off the back foot towards covers. They come back for two. 20/0
  • 5.5 Length delivery outside off stump, Jennings lets it go.
  • 5.4 Back of a length on middle stump, Burns plays it off the back foot. The batsmen take a single.
  • 5.3 Length delivery on off stump, Rory pushes it to the off side.
  • 5.2 On a good length on off stump, Burns plays it off the front foot. There is no movement for Lakmal.
  • 5.1 Bowls on a good length, Burns defends off the front foot.
  • 4.6 Flicked with the angle through mid-wicket for a couple. 17/0
  • 4.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 4.4 This is slightly fuller, Jennings still goes on the back foot to keep it out but gets his bat down in time.
  • 4.3 Once again it is on the pads, Jennings fails to put it away and gets hit on it.
  • 4.2 Shorter but quicker, kept out.
  • 4.1 Fires it on the pads, it is worked towards deep square leg for a run.
  • 3.6 FOUR! Beautiful shot. Short and wide outside off stump, Keaton places it towards third man for a boundary. 14/0
  • 3.5 Length delivery on middle stump, Jennings defends off the back foot.
  • 3.4 Length delivery on off stump, Keaton hits it towards covers. The batsmen get a couple.
  • 3.3 Good length delivery outside off stump, Jennings leaves.
  • 3.2 Length delivery outside off stump, Keaton lets it go.
  • 3.1 On a good length, Jennings defends off the back foot.
  • 2.6 Fires it on the pad, Burns misses the flick and is hit on the pads. A muted appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. 8/0
  • 2.5 The first ball that really turned! Floats it up outside off, Burns tries to force it through the off side but is beaten.
  • 2.4 Shortish and outside off, the batter pushes it to covers.
  • 2.3 Uses his feet but Perera shortens his length. Burns tries to flick but is hit on the pads.
  • 2.2 Tosses it up on middle, no turn for the bowler. Burns keeps it out.
  • 2.1 Sweeps and does it well, towards fine leg for a single.
  • 1.6 Plays the cut shot this time but since there is a man in the deep, only a run results. 7/0
  • 1.5 Wide again outside off, left alone.
  • 1.4 Could have been the fourth but Jennings decides to leave this one.
  • 1.3 Third cut shot in a row! None were off the middle though. On the shorter side outside off, Jennings chops it down towards point.
  • 1.2 FOUR! If you slash you should slash hard. KJ does exactly that. Short and outside off, Jennings goes for the cut but the ball takes the top edge and goes down to the third man fence.
  • 1.1 Starts off with a short ball outside off, the batsman tries to cut but gets a bottom edge towards point.
  • Suranga Lakmal to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Down the leg side, Jennings tries to flick but misses. The ball brushes the pads and goes fine down the leg side. A couple taken. 2/0
  • 0.5 Gives it nice air and lands it on off, Jennings lunges and blocks it out.
  • 0.4 Uses his feet and strokes it towards mid on for a run. England are underway in this innings.
  • 0.3 Flatter and outside off, it stays a touch low. Burns tries to punch it through the off side but gets a bottom edge to covers.
  • 0.2 Another loopy ball on off, it is kept out nicely.
  • 0.1 Tosses it up around middle, it goes on with the arm. Burns keeps it out.

Sri Lanka Vs England Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • So, that's it from us on this rather emotional day. Lots of memories from this Galle Test. Some sweet, some bittersweet, each to their own depending on which side they've been on. We move now to Pallekele where the second game will take place. It will begin at 1000 local (0430 GMT). Do join in for that. Cheers, folks!
  • Rangana Herath is beings carried around his home ground on the shoulders of his teammates. A sterling career comes to an end. One of the best in the business, a stalwart of Sri Lankan cricket. The last one from the previous century, the golden generation. Rangana Herath's career will be celebrated, more so because he's living proof that you can be a analog watch in the digital age, that you can stand out. Proof that sometimes, it's the simple things that can make all the difference. He bows out of the game as highest wicket-taking left-arm spinner, 8th overall in the list of highest wicket-takers in Test cricket with 433 scalps. A true gentleman leaves the beautiful game on the international stage. He surely leaves a big hole in Sri Lankan cricket, and he will be missed.
  • Now, here is the man of the hour. Rangana Herath walks up for the presentation one final time. He says that it is an emotional moment for him, but he will focus on the second part of his life now. Adds that he might continue to play First-Class cricket. On his family, he says he has got a lot of support from them, especially his wife and his kids, and that none of this (his career) would be possible without them. Expresses gratitude, to his teachers, his old coaches, his Sri Lankan teammates and sponsors and just feels thankful for all they have done for him.
  • England skipper, Joe Root, says he's very proud of his team for the way it played in these four days. Reckons that from the Lunch break on Day 1, they were always in control of the game. Informs that they wanted to come out and score runs and not just sit back and defend against the Lankan spinners. Is happy with how his batsmen performed as everyone played crucial knocks. Adds that they did their homework so it is quite pleasing to see the plans being executed properly. Feels that they did the best that they could in this game and wants to back this up in the coming matches as well. On Rangana Herath, he chuckles and says he's glad he won't be there in the next game. Continues to say what a spectacular career the veteran has had and and that he's given a lot to Sri Lankan cricket.
  • Sri Lanka skipper, Dinesh Chandimal, says it was a really good wicket but their batting was below par. Adds that if you bat the way they did, there's no real chance left in the game. Praises England for playing well. Rues the fact that they couldn't capitalize in the 3rd innings when England were on the back foot, and applauds Keaton Jennings and Ben Stokes for batting the way they did. Stresses that the batting is the area that they need to work on and it's something they will look to improve fast. Explains that it's an emotional day for them for obvious reasons, and that they feel a bit disappointed that they couldn't give Rangana Herath the farewell he deserved. On his injury, he says the medical team will have to assess him and then take a call. Has a lot of good things to say about Herath, and besides his exceptional cricketing skills, he mentions that above all, he's a wonderful human being and one of the best he's ever known.
  • Man of the Match, Ben Foakes, says it's been a terrific few days for him. Informs that when he walked in to bat, he was a bit nervous but grew in confidence as the minutes passed by. On giving the selectors something to think about, he reckons that Jonny Bairstow will be fit again so he will come back in the team. Mentions that this has been a dream come true for him, so is happy he could do well.
  • Plenty to work on for Sri Lanka, especially in the batting department. Only two fifties were scored in the entire game and both came from Angelo Mathews. The spinners got their share of the wickets, but since they weren't backed by the batting department, not much could have been done. Lots to be done for the second Test. It is something they shall surely work on in the nets.
  • A good win for England. They were put on the mat in the first innings but Ben Foakes came to the rescue on his debut and scored a fine ton, and then the English bowlers wrapped the hosts early to take a massive 139-run first innings lead. Then, Keaton Jennings finally came to the party and contributed with a massive ton of his own, setting a big target of 462 for Sri Lanka. After that, the visitors' spinners weaved their web around the Lankan batsmen once more and got the job done before the end of Day 4.
  • A standing ovation from the crowd as Rangana Herath makes his way back to the dressing room. The English team walks up to him to shake the great man's hand one last time. This Test might have been won by England, but all eyes will turn towards just one man. He's most definitely earned it.
  • 85.1 OUT! It's all over! A bit of a sad end to Rangana Herath's international career. Tossed up outside off, Herath gets low to play the reverse sweep. It goes off the under edge past the keeper and the batsmen decide to come back for the second. Rangana is struggling on the second one, puts in a desperate dive as Stokes throws it back to the keeper who takes the bails off. It's taken upstairs and replays show that Herath is just short. So with that, ENGLAND WIN BY 211 RUNS! Their first-ever Test victory in Galle.
  • A run out appeal is taken upstairs. Rangana Herath is the man in question. Looks close. Could go either way. Let's see what happens here...
  • 84.6 Full ball attacking the stumps, driven to mid off to end the over. 249/9
  • 84.5 Flicked away on the leg side. Dot ball.
  • 84.4 Lakmal comes down the track, seeing this Moeen shortens his length. It raps the batsman on the thigh pad. Good bowling.pads.
  • 84.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 84.2 Fraction straight in line, swept down to fine leg for a single.
  • 84.1 Looped up delivery around off, it spins away, Herath hangs his bat inside the line and gets beaten.
  • 83.6 Fuller and on leg, catches the batsman low on the pads as he fails to connect. 248/9
  • 83.5 FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Lakmal is on his back foot in a jiffy and cracks the punch through covers for a boundary.
  • 83.4 Flights it up close to off, a front foot defense in response is presented.
  • 83.3 Waits for the ball to come to him and then dead-bats it.
  • 83.2 Short and flat outside off, punched away on the off side.
  • 83.1 Short, on middle and leg and turning away, Lakmal goes back and wrists it towards mid-wicket.
  • Final Drinks break of the game. Most likely, anyway.
  • 82.6 Plays this off the front foot and into the ground. End of the over. 244/9
  • 82.5 Spinning away from around off, sharp turn, Herath looks to play at it and gets beaten past the outside edge.
  • 82.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 82.3 Tossed up from around the wicket, on off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 82.2 Goes deep inside the crease, plays with the spin and turns it in front of square leg for a single.
  • 82.1 A little too full in length, Herath goes against the spin and works it to backward square leg for a run.
  • 81.6 Flicks it straight to the same fielder again. End of the over. 242/9
  • 81.5 Uses the depth of the crease and wrists it to the man at short mid-wicket.
  • 81.4 Stays on the back foot and keeps it out.
  • 81.3 Short ball, turning in on middle, Herath goes on the back foot and pulls it through square leg. One run to the total.
  • 81.2 The googly, spinning down, worked fine down to fine leg for one.
  • 81.1 A lot of flight on this one, it lands short and turns away outside off. Lakmal looks to hit it away but misses.
  • 80.6 Outside off this time, Herath fails to put bat on ball. 240/9
  • 80.5 Comes on the front foot and dead-bats it.
  • 80.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 80.3 Another one full in length, safely guarded out.
  • 80.2 Comes forward to this fuller length ball and keeps it out.
  • 80.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 79.6 He's off the mark! Short ball and Herath pulls it down to fine leg for a single. 240/9
  • 79.5 Full and outside off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 79.4 Safe. Rangi avoids a duck in his last ever outing. For now at least. Loopy leg break on middle and leg, it spins in as Herath gets low to sweep. Foakes moves to his right, takes the catch and appeals. The finger goes up too. The Lankan veteran reviews it and replays show there's no bat or glove involved. Good call from him.
  • The DRS has been taken. Herath has been given out caught behind and he's immediately reviewed it.
  • Rangana Herath, for the last time in his international career, walks out to the middle. He is greeted with a standing ovation from the crowd and an applause from the English team too.