Sri Lanka vs England
Strauss, who admits he's concerned about his own form (you don't say), reports that Broad has a tight calf, as well as a sore ankle. England will "have a think" about their side for the second Test, which takes place next week. Please join us then for over-by-over commentary. Thanks for your company through this match, another superb Test to watch even if the result might not be the one England supporters wanted.
England have lost their last six wickets for 31 runs - it seems a lifetime ago now that Trott and Prior were making serene progress towards that monumental target of 340. This collapse, though, is not the real reason for the loss. That is down to them once again failing to put first-innings runs on the board, as well as not taking opportunities in the field.
Over 99: Randiv 0-0-4-0-W-W
264 - WICKETS! - Anderson slog-sweeps a boundary (that's undoubtedly the right way for these last two wickets to play) but then perishes two balls later, pushing forward to get an outside edge off Randiv. Prasanna Jayawardene takes the catch behind the stumps and celebrates wildly - and they only have one ball to wait to finish off proceedings. Monty Panesar lunges forward and nicks to Dilshan at second slip, meaning England are all out for 264 and Sri Lanka have won their first Test on home soil since the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan.
Over 98: Herath 0-0-0-0-W-1
260-8 - Anderson gets off the mark as Herath completes the 98th over that was broken up by tea. Did you know that Rangana is the first left-arm off-spinner to take 10 wickets in a match against England since 1952? No, neither did I until Tony Greig just told me, and I reckon somebody else probably told him that as well.
Well what an amazing finish to the afternoon session. England have scored 82 runs but have crucially lost four wickets, three of them coming in a hurry in the closing stages. Now, with just Anderson and Panesar to come, the tourists know they are hoping for a miracle. They go in at tea needing another 81 runs to win. Sri Lanka need just the two more wickets.
Over 98: Herath 0-0-0-0-W-
259-8 - WICKET! - Swann can't even survive through to the tea break, attempting a sweep against Herath to a ball that pitched on off and was drifting in with the arm. After consultation with Broad he opts to call for a review, more in hope than anything else. Hawk Eye shows it was going on to clip the top of middle and leg, meaning Swann has to go on the stroke of tea.
Over 97: Randiv 0-1-1-0-0-0
259-7 - Questions now being asked via email of England's team selection. Kim doesn't think Patel should have played, while Daniel Oates wonders if Bresnan may have been a better option at seven. The bigger thing going through England's mind right now will be those missed opportunities in the field. Mahela Jayawardene had four, FOUR lives in his first-innings century, while Broad had that wicket off a no ball yesterday that would have wrapped up Sri Lanka's second innings for under 300.
Over 96: Herath 0-0-0-1-0-0
257-7 - Broad gets through for a tight single - it's clear his ankle isn't right and with the second Test starting next Tuesday, you have to wonder if he will be fit to play. The television coverage is now showing Dilshan's catches in this match, the best by a mile that effort to remove the stubborn Trott. It was off the face and yet he reacted in a flash, diving low to his left to cling on one-handed. England need another 83 - so do Broad and Swann stick or twist?
Over 95: Randiv 0-1-1-1-0-W
256-7 - WICKET! - Trott goes, and so too might England's hopes of winning this match. Yesterday Sri Lanka missed Pietersen at leg slip because they had the wrong fielder there. Today, when Trott turns one off his pads, Dilshan is able to take a sharp reaction catch diving low down to his left. Trott departs for an excellent 112, leaving the tail to try and take care of things. England's last four batsmen in their first innings contributed 88 runs. They need to do something similar here for the tourists to have any hope.
Over 94: Herath 0-1-0-1-W-1
253-6 - WICKET! - Patel goes, but only just. An ambitious cover drive is well struck but straight at Dilshan, who knocks the ball up in the air before seizing on the rebound before it hits the turf. There's a look of sheer relief on his face, while Patel trudges off wondering just why he was so aggressive at a decent ball when he should have been playing for Strauss. Sri Lanka firm favourites now, no question. Broad gets off the mark with a single from his first ball, the last of the over.
Over 93: Randiv 0-0-0-1-0-0
250-5 - England's 250 comes up to loud cheers from their supporters - 90 runs now and counting. Still, Jack's not happy in Huntingdon. He's moaning about Trott's "turgid" pace in this innings, while he also thinks Strauss simply isn't good enough to be in this Test team any more. Instead he feels Graeme Swann should be skipper. Yeah, because the man's ego isn't big enough already...
Over 92: Herath 0-0-1-0-0-1
249-5 - Since Ian Bell's dismissal just before lunch England have been allowed to pick up 60 singles, while in contrast they have hit just the five boundaries. Trott has managed 54 ones in his innings of 110 not out, but he'll have to make a fair few more yet if England are to get home here.
Over 91: Randiv 0-1w-0-1-0-1-0
247-5 - Jayawardene has now posted four close fielder for Randiv - there's a leg slip and a short leg, as well as two shortish midwickets. The field is making the bowler have to aim straighter, and in doing so he's offering far less of a threat. He's even called for a wide (with the crowd shouting for it in pantomime fashion) when a delivery pitches outside leg and turns even further away. Change of plan required me thinks.
Over 90: Herath 1-0-1-3-0-0
244-5 - Patel's beaten in the flight but still gets three runs courtesy of a thick edge that seems to gather pace after comfortably going past the slip fielder. "Dare we dream?" Asks David via email. Five wickets in hand and now 96 required? I think it'd be wrong not to believe England can win this game from here. You just know, though, that they won't do it in a straightforward fashion!
Over 89: Randiv 2-0-0-2-0-0
239-5 - Randiv returns to the attack but still Sri Lanka have not closed up some of the gaps on the off side, allowing Trott to firstly push two out towards point before bringing out a reverse sweep that nets another couple of runs, this time behind square. England now need another 101.
Over 88: Herath 0-0-0-0-0-0
235-5 - Patel sees out a maiden from Herath and now the tension has grown, not just out in the middle but also around the ground. That is the first maiden of the afternoon session. That wicket in Herath's last over means he's also taken 10 in the match, meaning he is just the fifth Sri Lankan bowler to achieve the feat. Murali did it just the 22 times.
Over 87: Welegedara 0-1-0-0-1-0
235-5 - Well, that wicket was a real stroke of good fortune for Sri Lanka, while it deflated the England fans so soon after they'd stood to applaud Trott's century. Patel comes out at No.7 with a chance to make himself an instant Test hero. He gets off the mark with a cut to point after driving his first two deliveries straight to the fielder at cover.
Over 86: Herath 0-4-1-0-0-W
233-5 - WICKET! - Trott sweeps...and sweeps hard enough to get four! That's his century! It's the slowest of his seven Test tons but does he care? Not a jot. The Warwickshire batsman had previously made one other three-figure score against Sri Lanka, a double ton in Cardiff. But there's a twist in the over! Prior also sweeps, only to see his shot go straight into the bread basket of short leg Thirimanne, who clings on for dear life to give Sri Lanka a breakthrough they so desperately needed. So who do you fancy now (in the cricket, not in general)?
Over 85: Welegedara 1-1-0-2-4-0
228-4 - Herath is taken off to give Welegedara a go with the new ball. Not sure this Test is going to be won by Sri Lanka's seamer's, though. Prior certainly likes the extra pace on the ball, getting his second boundary in as many overs by flicking away a half volley wide of the man at midwicket. He nearly comes close to giving that fielder a catch off the final ball before the DRINKS break. We're halfway through the afternoon session in Galle and England require a further 112 runs.
Over 84: Lakmal 0-1-4-1-0-1
220-4 - Prior ends the boundary drought in glorious fashion, leaning forward and driving Lakmal away through the covers for four. A good over for England finishes with a bouncer from the seamer that the wicketkeeper-batsman hooks away for a single. Meanwhile, Jonathan Trott is slowly but surely working his way towards another Test century. He needs just four more for his ton.
- 26th - 29th Mar 2012
- Asad Rauf and R J Tucker
england BATTING CARD
|Strauss||c Dilshan b Herath||27|
|Cook||c Jayawardene b Herath||14|
|Trott||c Dilshan b Randiv||112|
|Pietersen||c Jayawardene b Randiv||30|
|Bell||lbw b Herath||13|
|Prior||c Thirimanne b Herath||41|
|Patel||c Dilshan b Herath||9|
|Swann||lbw b Herath||1|
|Anderson||c Jayawardene b Randiv||5|
|Panesar||c Dilshan b Randiv||0|
|Total||All out, 99.0 Overs||264|