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STUMPS DAY 1 England take the honours at stumps on Day One. They certainly didn’t have the best of start but Root has given them the momentum. But not to forget the brisk innings by Matt Prior which has helped to reach close to 350.
Take a bow Joe Root. England could have slipped post lunch but he has held the innings together. And this partnership with Matt Prior has certainly put them ahead close to stumps.
Fifty up for Matt Prior. Good innings after surviving the close call on the first ball. The new ball has been taken and the England batsmen are scoring a bit freely now. 100 partnership in 143 balls between thew two.
Prior has quickly moved to 46 and Root is anchoring the innings going at a sedate pace. Lankans are behind the over-rate and play will be extended at least 30 minutes beyond scheduled close of play. If England don’t lose any wickets from now on
Root and Prior are stealing some quick singles and twos. Root tried to be adventurous in the 7oth over but lucky the inside edge didn’t hit the stumps. England looking steady but they need to maintain this partnership. England have squandered most of the good starts.
Prior has made some minor changes in his technique and looks in much better position to play his shots. He has hit two boundaries since the close appeal for leg-before. Root looking solid on 58.
The partnership has finally been broken. Moeen Ali losing his patience and his wicket. Goes for a wild swing and the edge is taken by Mahela Jayawardene. Herath was the bowler. The left-armer would have got one more had Paul Reiffel had opted to. Matt Prior was struck on the backleg. A huge appeal ensued. Mathews opted for a review. The impact was in line and was hitting top of middle-stump but the umpire chose to stay put with his decision.
OUT! M Ali c M Jayawardene b Herath 48(90)
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200 up for England. Angelo Mathews is searching for a breakthrough now. 400 is a par score batting first and if these two bat with the ease they are now, England might just end the day on top despite losing the plot early on. Moeen Ali is all set to complete a fifty on debut while Root has looked patient as well. It’s great to see both these batsmen not going for any rash shots. On the penultimate ball of the 56th over, Ali hooked a short ball for four.
It’s tea on Day 1, This session has gone in England’s favour. Bell got to his 40th fifty but it was the unbeaten partnership between Moeen and Root which has given them solidity. Boundary on the final ball of the second session.
Tea just around the corner and these two youngsters have done well to shepherd England to safety. Moeen in particular has looked comfortable against Rangan Herath.
Moeen Ali showing some of his sharp skills playing against spin. The first ball from Rangana Herath in the 42nd over was lofted over long-on for a six. Didn’t take much stride but had good timing to send that a long way. England looking comfortable now but everytime they have built a partnership, one of the batsmen have squandered the start. Around 22 minutes to go for tea break now. Last time around Ballance lost his wicket.
Eight runs scored in the last four overs with two being maiden. A sedate run for Moeen and Root but England will be happy not to lose any wickets. Angelo Mathews and Shaminda Eranga are bowling in tandem.
Is Moeen Ali really the left-handed Hashim Amla? Seems so. Some neatly timed flicks and edges kept down by playing with soft hands. He is moving at more than run-a-ball. Consecutive fours in the 33rd over by Eranga. England need a good partnership here or they might just risk being bowled out by evening today.
Good Review from Sri Lanka! Just when the partnership was blooming, Shaminda Eranga has struck the crucial blow removing Bell. It was pitched at a good length angling in and Bell missed his flick. Looked high initially but the Lankans decided to review it. Replays showed it was top of the middle-stump. Debutant Moeen Ali has walked in to bat.
40th Test fifty in his 99th Test match. Well played Ian Bell! A typical Bell innings filled with well-timed ground strokes and singles & twos through thirdman. England were in trouble when he walked in but he has been rock solid. The pitch is slowly losing its green tinge and the wicket seems much better to bat now. Got to his half-century with a four through extra-cover.
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First over after lunch and Rangana Herath comes in for the first time in the match. Root picked a single on the first ball. Bell though was in no mood to be watchful and lofted Herath over the head for six.
It’s Lunch on Day 1. Bell holds fort for England as they head to lunch with 98 on board. This can be termed as Lanka’s session as they took a brave call by opting to field and then made early inroads removing the openers.
Gone. Frustrating for England. Ballance and Bell had worked hard in this 50 partnership. Nuwan Pradeep came back and wasn’t looking much threatening. But Ballance went for a drive to pitched up delivery and edged it to the keeper. Lapse in concentration. With half an hour to go, Joe Root walks in to bat.
G Ballance c P Jayawardene b Pradeep 23(40)
Eranga continued from one end post drinks while skipper Angelo Mathews brought himself in to bowl from the other. He was hit for a boundary by bell on the third ball. Hammerd throuigh the covers with sweet timing. But the next boundary was even better. On the first ball of the next Mathews over, Bell played a crisp straight drive for four. Both batsmen look solid now and will aim to stay unbeaten till lunch which is approximately 30 minutes from now. Ballance has played mostly staying inside his crease while Bell has stayed outside to negate the swing.
Kulasekara switches sides and comes in round the wicket and he had Ballance in trouble. The batsman went for the drive and edged it but the ball fell inches ahead of the second slips. The fifth ball of the over was short and wide, Ballance cuts it, the fielder at point did well to get a hand to it but there was still enough pace for the ball to reach the fence. 50 up for England and the Drinks Break has been called.
Shaminda Eranga introduced for the first time after 11 overs. Starts with a full delivery moving away and Bell drives it past covers for four. It was also a no-ball. He continues to pitch it up and Bell picked two from the fourth ball of the over.
Ballance got his first boundary in the eighth over. It was short and wide, Ballance hammers it for four. He gets one more playing past the slips in the next over bowled by Kulasekara. It has been a steady progress since Cook’s dismissal. Bell has been circumspect while Balance had looked to play his shots. Still good movement on offer for the pacers.
Sometimes when your are out of form, your strength turns out to be a weakness as well. The Lankan had kept a fuller length since morning, but this one was slightly short, angling across and Cook went for the cut, got an inside edge and the stumps were disturbed. Perfect start for the Lanka.
OUT! A Cook b Kulasekara 17(26)
Gone! First strike for Sri Lanka, debutant Sam Robson edges this one behind the wickets. Nuwan Pradeep was bowling at a tidy line and even had Cook in trouble in his first over. This time around it was pitched fuller and was moving away, Robson went after it and edged it. Little bit of movement did him in. Good catch from Prasanna Jayawardene behind the wicket.
OUT! S Robson c P Jayawaradene b Pradeep 1(7)
Beautiful weather for a game of cricket. Alastair Cook takes strike to Nuwan Kulasekara bowling over the wicket. Starts off with a good line moving away from Cook. Was beaten on the second ball. But Kulasekara commits a mistake on the fourth ball, gives a bit of width and Cook cuts it for four. Dropped?: Cook went for a tentative push on the last ball was beaten but Prasanna Jayawardene missed it behind the wicket and the batsmen run three byes. Replays showed there was no bat on it, but the umpire thought so.
Toss: Sri Lanka win toss, elect to field
England: Alastair Cook (c), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Matt Prior (wk), Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, Liam Plunkett, James Anderson
Alastair Cook-led England will take on Sri Lanka in the first of the two Test series played at home of cricket, Lord’s. England are on a rebuilding phase after they were crushed 5-0 in Australia. On the other hand, Sri Lankan setup led by Angelo Mathews have struggled a bit in the longer format of the game, especially while playing away from the subcontinent. This is also a series, where Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are by all accounts going to play for the last time in England.
For England, they will go into the Test match without their star batsman Kevin Pietersen and off-spinner Graeme Swann. The revamped setup will be made up of new players like Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Moeen Ali and company. The bowling department has a more settled look to it. However, they are bound to miss the services of Swann.
The problem for Sri Lanka when they are playing away from home has always been their pace bowling stocks. In the shorter forms of the game they can get away with it. But in Tests it is tougher to do it. Nuwan Pradeep, Shaminda Eranga and Chanaka Welegedara are honest triers at best. Sri Lanka need their lead spinner Rangana Herath to make inroads and that won’t be easy, as he will be playing in English conditions.
England: Alastair Cook (c), Sam Robson, Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Matt Prior (wk), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes.