England vs Sri Lanka
Stick a fork in it, this Test is done. Perhaps fittingly the rain has had the last word at the Rose Bowl, meaning a drawn outcome and a 1-0 series win for England. Thanks for your company today and please join us again for the limited overs action, starting with the one-off Twenty20 International at Bristol.
4.35pm: Still raining...and heavily. Time is running out on the final day - everyone in the crowd seems to have gone home. I'm now hoping the umpires call this off quickly so I can do the same.
4.15pm: It looks like the world is about to end at the Rose Bowl - the covers are on and so too are the floodlights, leaving me to suggest that we may have seen the last action in this Test. I will, however, continue to keep you posted on the conditions and any possible resumption in play.
Oh dear, if that wicket of Sangakkara had given England a glimmer of hope again then it appears the rain is now quickly wiping it away. It's not nice at all now at the Rose Bowl, with the whole square covered and the conditions getting more miserable by the minute. I will keep you updated, but remember you can also instead get over-by-over coverage of the first Test between West Indies and India at Sabina Park.
So we've reached tea on day five. England have taken a wicket-a-session so far today, not nearly enough if they hope to win this match and take the series 2-0. More concerning for their hopes could be the weather, with the covers coming on as the players head off the field.
Over 104: Anderson 1-0-0-0-4-2
334-5 - Just two slips and a wide gully means an edge from Jayawardene goes through the gap and away for four runs. The bowler has his head in his hands too, as that would have just about carried to a third slip. The same batsman pushes more confidently into the covers for a couple to make sure Anderson's over is the last of the afternoon session.
Over 103: Trott 0-0-0-0-1-0
327-5 - Trott - the man who Chris suggests would be the perfect cricketer if you had a broken toilet at your home - gets a second spell. An over giving up just a single repairs his figures a little as the rain starts to fall at the Rose Bowl. The umpires did have a discussion at one stage but, perhaps wary of another tea fiasco, opt to keep going.
Over 102: Anderson 2-0-1-1-1-W
326-5 - WICKET! - Just as you think the draw is a certainty here, Sangakkara goes and spoons a catch to point to depart for 119. It's 12thman Rouse who takes the easy chance, ending a fine century by Sri Lanka's stand-in skipper. Tom has correctly pointed out that the best cricketer to deal with a burst pipe would of course be Dominic Cork. If you're oven has broken down before a dinner party then Alastair Cook would be the only man for the job.
Over 101: Swann 0-0-0-0-0-0
321-4 - A maiden from Swann as we approach tea. My colleague Mark Kendall has just raised an interesting question - who would be the best England cricketer for a domestic crisis (say a flooded bathroom, or burst central heating)? Send in your names to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over 100: Anderson 0-0-0-0-2-0
321-4 - Anderson comes back on, perhaps suggesting England are going to have one last go and knocking over Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, the one-day e-mails are streaming in - and it appears Craig Kieswetter would be a popular choice behind the stumps, as well as new captain Alastair Cook's opening partner. James also wants to see Chris Woakes involved, while Ben Stokes would have been a strong candidate before his injury.
Over 99: Swann 0-4-0-0-2-1
319-4 - Samaraweera has another go at coming down the wicket to Swann and this time getting it right, lifting the offie comfortably over mid-on for four more. He sweeps a couple more down to fine leg and then pinches the strike with a single to square leg off the last. It's not quite safe for Sri Lanka yet due to their long tail, but England seem to be losing the will to fight for this victory. In fact, I'm not sure they've been fighting that hard throughout the day.
Over 98: Pietersen 0-1-0-4-4-0
312-4 - Pietersen's never afraid to give it some flight (I've seen microlights that have spent less time in the air) but he also serves up some stuff to hit. Sangakkara capitalises on a long half volley with a superb cover drive to pick up four, then sweeps the next ball to the fence too. Sri Lanka's lead is now standing at 119.
Over 97: Swann 0-0-0-0-1-0
302-4 - Samaraweera looks to give Swann the charge again but nearly gets himself in a right old tangle, eventually pushing the ball back to Swann. It's hardly going at any pace but still the bowler ends up shaking his hand in pain after it kicks out of a foothole and cracks him on the top of his thumb. England's bowlers have been in the wars today and, as I type, Broad is heading off the field again. Kevin Pietersen is going to take over from him, suggesting further that England's interest in winning this match has just about disappeared.
Over 96: Broad 0-0-0-0-1-0
301-4 - Well as Sri Lanka's lead stands at 108 it seems thoughts are beginning to drift to what happens after this match (and I don't mean a bender in Southampton this evening). The limited-overs action is around the corner and England name their squad tomorrow morning - any names you'd like to see in it?
We have another break in play as Samaraweera needs some help to try and get rid of cramp in his right leg, though at first the physio seemed to be working on his back. England's fielders are just standing around and waiting in the field and, as the delay goes on and on, the crowd begin a slow handclap (which must mean they've finished those ice creams quickly).
Over 95: Swann 0-0-0-2-0-0
300-4 - A decent-looking cover drive by Samaraweera for a couple takes Sri Lanka through to 300. The landmark gets a polite round of applause from the sparse crowd, the majority of which seem to be enjoying ice creams despite the mild weather. A Toffee Crumble was always my favourite ice lolly, closely followed by a Mint Crisp (neither of which you can get any more in their proper, old-school style). Couldn't go wrong with a Zap either, though like most things these days, they're not as good as they used to be.
Over 94: Broad 4-0-0-2-0-0
298-4 - Sangakkara times a flick off his hips superbly, sending the ball backward of Bell at square leg and away for his 14th boundary of the innings - he has looked in superb touch right from the off today. A further two runs come along with a comfortable drive out to deep extra cover all along the carpet, taking Sri Lanka's lead through to 105. Still no sign of that rain yet - I'm hoping it turns up after tea so we get an early finish. I'd like to be at home in time to watch my soaps tonight.
Over 93: Swann 0-1-1-4-2-0
292-4 - Swann is called into action after the DRINKS break but it's not quite coming out right for the off-spinner, who has been tight enough in this match without looking at his very best. Samaraweera takes a leaf out of Ian Bell's book with a delicate late cut that picks up four runs and with two coming from the next through point, Sri Lanka now have a lead of 99 runs.
Over 92: Broad 0-1-1-1-0-0
284-4 - Sangakkara scampers through for a single to bring up his 25th Test hundred but his first against England abroad - you just can't keep a good man down, and there's no doubting just how good this man is with a bat in his hand. This might well be his last Test in England, too, so it's a case of better late than never. He is seriously one of my favourite players in world cricket. I've always liked him since his very early days when he was such a wind-up merchant behind the stumps.
Over 91: Anderson 1-4b-0-0-1-0
281-4 - BYE, BYE, BYE, BYE. A dreadful attempt at an inswinger starts outside leg and keeps on going, giving Matt Prior no chance of stopping it. Sangakkara times the last ball superbly but it's straight to Morgan at point, meaning he remains one short of his first Test ton on English soil. Sri Lanka's lead is now up to 88, though they do have a long tail to come.
- 16th - 20th Jun 2011
- Rose Bowl, Southampton
- Aleem Dar and R J Tucker
sri lanka BATTING CARD
|Paranavitana||c Swann b Anderson||10|
|Thirimanne||c Strauss b Tremlett||38|
|Sangakkara||c Sub b Anderson||119|
|Jayawardene||c Prior b Broad||6|
|Herath||lbw b Swann||36|
|Extras||6nb, 1w, 16b, 9lb||32|
|Total||Close, 104.0 Overs||334 - 5|