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Eranga again. ANOTHER maiden. It’s his 10th of the innings! Mathews again. OH nearly got Prior caught and bowled! But the batsman survives. Another maiden. Eranga continues. OH THAT’S ANOTHER ONE DOWN! Poor shot from Moeen Ali. As has been the norm, he poked at this one outside off stump, and as has been the norm, Chandimal takes the catch. Sixth wicket down now. Mathews continues. It’s a maiden. Eranga again. Two off it. Prasad into the attack with just a couple of overs left in the day. Three off the over. Nuwan Pradeep to bowl the final over of the day. Just the two runs off it. So Sri Lanka dominate the final session, but England are still 63 ahead with four wickets in hand. That’s stumps on Day Two.
OUT! M Ali 2(11) c Chandimal b Eranga
Eranga again. Another maiden. Mathews continues. Short ball to start with, Bell gets four. Five runs off that one. Eranga to continue. Four more to begin with for Bell. AND HE’S GOT HIM NOW! Bell dismissed for a well-compiled 64. On his pads, tries to tickle it down to fine leg and caught behind. Moeen Ali in now. Mathews again. OH HE STRIKES! Root pokes at this one and feathers an edge to Chandimal.Matt Prior is the new man in.
OUT! I Bell 64(90) c Chandimal b Eranga J Root 13(32) c Chandimal b Mathews
Nuwan Pradeep continues after drinks. AND HE’S GOT HIS MAN! A terrific innings from the young Englishman comes to an end. This was well bowled, pitched on off and seamed in to knock the stumps over.Joe Root is the new man in. Eranga again. It’s a maiden. Pradeep again. Four off the first ball, Bell looking really good. And four more off the last ball, beautiful shot. Bell moves to 49. Eranga again. Just a single. And now the skipper himself, Mathews, will bowl. Bell takes one and gets to his fifty. Good start to his 100th Test! Two runs come off that over. Eranga now. Root smashes this for four. Seven off the over.
OUT! S Robson 127(253) b Pradeep
Pradeep and Prasad persist with the old ball for a couple of overs. Just two scored off both overs together. Now the new ball, and Pradeep to bowl. He slides down leg as Robson gets another boundary. They now lead England. Prasad continues. Bell pulls this for four. Another expensive over, eight runs off that one. Pradeep continues. Just one. Shaminda Eranga now comes on to bowl. And Bell greets him with four. Robson gets one as well, but off an edge.
Prasad and Herath give just three runs between them in the next two overs, but Prasad’s next over — the 78th of the innings — sees 10 runs coming off it. Robson hits a couple of back-to-back fours. Robson hits Herath for a six in the next over now. The youngling is looking supremely confident! Prasad continues. Bell gets four this time! And another one off the next ball! So that was the end of the 80th over which means that the new ball is finally available. Will Lanka take it, and if they do will it matter?
Final session coming up now. Sam Robson has batted beautifully to get to 98, but can he kick on now? Herath to start proceedings. Just one run. England have batted really slowly today. Robson plays out five dot balls on 98. Dhammika Prasad will continue. Bell gets four off the first ball, guided through the slip cordon. Robson on strike. AND HE DOES IT! Maiden Test match century for the young opener in only his second game. Lovely knock from him, and England might have stumbled on a very bright prospect here. Herath continues. It’s a maiden over.
England head to tea at 211 for two. Robson has looked quite magnificent, and will be hoping to get to the three-figure mark for the first time in his very young career after Tea. Sri Lanka will be praying for a big break. We’ll be back soon for the final session of the day.
Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews comes on now. His front-line bowlers could use this break. Four runs off that over. Nuwan Pradeep continues. Three runs off that one. Mathews again. AND HE STRIKES! Innocuous delivery around off stump, Ballance pokes at it needlessly and finds the outside edge to ‘keeper Chandimal. In walks Ian “100 Test man” Bell.
OUT! G Ballance 74(157) c Chandimal b Mathews
Ballance has been dropped by Silva at short leg. A sharp chance goes begging. Herath is bowling from around the wicket to Ballance. Maybe trying to get an outside edge or him playing in the air through mid wicket. Sri Lanka perhaps haven’t tested Robson much outside off. He has a habit of playing away from the body. He plays middle and off line rather well.
Nuwan Pradeep to continue. Five runs off it thanks to THREE no-balls! More and more like Ishant. Herath continues. Three runs off it. Pradeep again. And seven off this one. Herath continues. Another single. On comes Dhammika Prasad. Gives away four off that one.
Eranga continues. Nine runs off it, an expensive over. Herath now. Just two off that one. Eranga again. Just two off it. Herath concedes just two off that one. In comes Nuwan Pradeep, whose long mane looks uncomfortably like Ishant Sharma’s. Ballance gets two almost identical boundaries through point. Herath to bowl now. And Robson goes down the track and gets four.
Welcome back for the post-lunch session. And here’s a puzzle to start proceedings: why is it called post-lunch session and not pre-tea session? While we try to mull it over, here’s Shaminda Eranga to start proceedings. Just one run off that over. Rangana Herath it is now. Oooh loud appeal first ball. AND THAT’S OUT! Gary Ballance has been given LBW! Hang on, he’s going for a review. And the decision is overruled! Ballance survives as the ball would have spun past leg stump. What was he doing though, playing down the wrong line entirely. Two runs came off that over. Eranga again. Three more off it. Herath continues. Just three. Eranga continues and bowls a maiden over. Herath bowls the 49th, and gives away two runs.
Prasad continues. Three off the over. Herath again. It’s a maiden. Prasad again. Just one. Herath to bowl the final over of the session. And just a single off it. So England go to lunch at a good score of 106 for one. They lost the key wicket of Alastair Cook, but the young Sam Robson has looked very good for his 55 runs, as has Gary Ballance for his 30.
Pradeep again. It’s a maiden over. Herath continues. Three off that one. Pradeep continues. Robson gets one in the gap for four through point. Oh good shot, four more through covers. Robson moves to 48. Dhammika Prasad comes back on now. And starts with a maiden over. Pradeep again. And Robson gets four through the vacant slip to reach his maiden test fifty.Good knock from the youngster. Prasad continues. Just one off that. Herath continues, so just one over for Prasad. Ballance gets this one over mid-on for four. Four off that over. Just about five overs till lunch now.
Nuwan Pradeep comes on now. Just a single off that over. Eranga continues. Two off the over. Pradeep again. Three off it. On comes Rangana Herath now. Just three off it. Pradeep again. And Ballance gets four through backward point. Lovely shot again. Herath again. And Ballance sweeps this for four more.
Prasad will continue. And Ballance gets one away through point for four right away. Ballance showed his love for the offside in his century in the last game, and he seems like he’s keeping up that trend here today. Just four off that over. Eranga again. Robson plays a delightful drive for four off the fourth delivery. Pasad to continue. Three off that over, all singles. Eranga now. Just the one run off it. Prasad bowls another maiden over now. Eranga to bowl the 26th. And it’s another maiden over.
So here we go for the first over of the day. Shaminda Eranga to bowl, Captain Cook to face. And he starts off with a maiden over. Dhammika Prasad will continue. Robson flays this one, thick outside edge that goes for four. And another boundary off the last ball as Prasad drifts on his pads. Eranga again. Just three off that over. Here’s Prasad. OH HE’S GOT HIS MAN!Alastair Cook goes at this with hard hands, and Kumar Sangakkara accepts the low catch in the slips.Sri Lanka have got their first wicket! Gary Ballance, centurion of the first game, comes in. Wicket maiden for Prasad. Eranga again. Another maiden.
OUT! A Cook 17(59) c Sangakkara b Prasad
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the second day’s play between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley. I’m Shiamak Unwalla, and I will be bringing you the momentary updates of the game. England will aim to put up a strong performance with the bat after bundling out Sri Lanka for a modest 257 in their first innings, on the second day of the second Test match at Headingley in Leeds. England will resume their innings at 36 for no loss with Alastair Cook and Sam Robson at the crease.
Liam Plunkett took his Test-best figures and Stuart Broad his second Test hat-trick as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 257 by England on the first day of the second Test at Headingley on Friday. Fast bowler Plunkett, on his Yorkshire home ground, took five for 64 in only his second Test in seven years after he was recalled for the drawn first match of this two-Test series at Lord’s, AFP reported.
Broad, who previously took a hat-trick against India at Trent Bridge in 2011, became the first England bowler, and only the fourth in all, to perform the feat twice in Tests after Australia’s Hugh Trumble, Jimmy Matthews and Pakistan’s Wasim Akram, when he removed Kumar Sangakkara (79), Dinesh Chandimal (45) and Shaminda Eranga with successive deliveries split across two overs.