Home > News >

Angelo Mathews takes Sri Lanka to 311/7 at lunch on Day 4 of 2nd Test; lead by 203

Angelo Mathews played a captain's knock once again scoring his 15th Test fifty © Getty Images (File Photo)
Angelo Mathews played a captain’s knock once again scoring his 15th Test fifty © Getty Images (File Photo)

By Abhijit Banare

 

Jun 23, 2014

Angelo Mathews‘ unbeaten 79 has taken Sri Lanka to 311 for seven at lunch with a lead of 203 runs on Day Four of second Test. The match is evenly poised with England needing three more to begin their chase. The session started off in Lanka’s favour before a harakiri post Mahela Jayawardene‘s dismissal saw England claw back.

Lanka started off confidently scoring at close to six an over this morning. There was not much movement on offer for pacers Chris Jordan and Liam Plunkett who opened the bowling on the fourth morning. As the batsmen settled in comfortably, England looked desperate for wickets. It was just about getting a couple of breakthroughs to stage a fightback as the Lankans were accumulating the lead.

With seven overs gone in the day, the new ball was available and the experienced pair of James Anderson-Stuart Broad were bowling in tandem. The Lankans held their fort. Anderson was a touch wide with the new cherry while the Lankans were defensive against Broad. The desperation for a wicket continued to mount when Ian Bell dropped a tough chance at gully. Jayawardene committed the error trying to have a go at a short one from Broad which flew to gully.

The Lankans were cruising along and their skipper once again made the difference. Mathews completed his 15th Test fifty. With a misfiring Lahiru Thirimanne in the middle-order, it was critical for Lanka to have someone to hold the innings after Sanga-Mahela combo. With the lead past 150, things looked ominous for the hosts. They finally managed to take a huge sigh of relief when Anderson struck with Jayawardene’s wicket. Anderson had hardly pitched it up with the new ball for the batsmen to drive and when he did it consistently, the first wicket of the day fell in his kitty.

The Lankans could’ve have easily piled on the pressure as the pitch had not much to offer for the pacers. All the hard work done upfront fell flat in a matter of deliveries as Lanka threw away the advantage conceding two wickets in two balls to Liam Plunkett. DInesh Chandimal looked in some unwanted hurry and holed out in the deep while Dhammika Prasad deemed it sensible to play an upper-cut towards Joe Root at thirdman. Suddenly, England were suddenly bowling with their tails up.

New batsman Herath somehow hung on as Mathews changed gears to go after the pacers. To the surprise of many, he even hit a six with a wild swing over midwicket. Left-handed Herath, who has a king pair in Tests, got off the mark after Stuart Broad misjudged a skier. The Lankans didn’t lose any more wickets till lunch and managed to take the lead past 200.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka  257 (Kumar Sangakkara 79, Dinesh Chandimal 45; Liam Punkett 5 for 64, Stuart Broad 3 for 46) and 214 for 4 (Mahela Jayawardene 79, Angelo Mathews 79; Liam Plunkett 2 for 51, Moeen Ali 2 for 26) lead England 365 (Sam Robson 127, Gary Ballance 74; Shaminda Eranga 4 for 93, Angelo Mathews 4 for 82) by 203 runs.

Full Scorecard

Photo Gallery

Catch all news and updates of the Sri Lanka tour of England 2014 here

(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 29, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

More

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 124 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 25 runs

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014  at Colombo

Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

Photos

Phil Hughes suffers head injury: In photos

Videos

AB de Villiers: Disappointed with defeat in Australia

Sachin Tendulkar express shock on Phillip Hughes’ death

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) must be disqualified, says Supreme Court

Virat Kohli mourns Phil Hughes’ death

Phil Hughes passes away: Twitter reactions

Australia Bangladesh Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 England India India tour of Australia 2014-15 Pakistan Phil Hughes Phil Hughes head injury South Africa Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2014

Phillip Hughes passes away: India-Australia 1st Test in doubt

India tour game against CA XI cancelled: Report

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 3rd Test at Sharjah: Day 2 called off after Phillip Hughes’ death

Phillip Hughes death: Universal sorrow as cricket grounds silent

Phillip Hughes’ death: Indian team expresses condolences

IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy: When Will the Supreme Court make the whole Mudgal report public?

Phillip Hughes 7th-youngest Test cricketer to die

Phillip Hughes: A brief look at the career of one of Australia’s most promising talents

Phillip Hughes: Rest in peace

Moeen Ali becomes third fastest centurion for England in ODIs

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

682 Posts | 6 Fans

Video: Phil Hughes suffers head injury, collapses on field during New South Wales vs South Australia tie

Health benefits of camphor (karpur)

9 signs you have vitamin A deficiency

Sonakshi Sinha: If I and Arjun watch a film together, it doesn’t mean we are together!

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

Phillip Hughes dead: Michael Clarke reads out emotional message by family – Watch Full Video

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Gautam Gulati Birthday Special: Bollywood calling for the Bigg Boss 8 contestant?

Does Sonakshi Sinha have more screen time than Anushka Shetty in Rajinikanth’s Lingaa?

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here