Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and live cricket updates’ post of the first day’s play, between England and Sri Lanka of 2nd Test at Chester-le-Street. As witnessed in the 1st Test, England have already taken the first step winning by an innings and 82 runs against visitors. This could be the finale for them if they win this over. If Sri Lanka manages to take them over, then the series will get leveled up. England and Sri Lanka will be playing three Tests, and there are a few limited-overs matches scheduled as well. England will be eyeing nothing less than revenge against Sri Lanka, who had stunned them with a series defeat in their last encounter in 2014. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Chester-le-street

Both the teams are coming into this game having lost key players. For England, Ben Stokes has been ruled out, and will play no further in the Test matches. Chris Woakes gets a call as his replacement. As for the visitors, Dushmantha Chameera injury has not only ruled him out of this tour, but also for upcoming series’ against Australia as well. He is likely to replaced by Suranga Lakmal. The first Test saw a brilliant all-round performance from the host team. Batting first, England managed to post 298 in bowling friendly conditions. The star of the show was Jonny Bairstow, who scored a magnificent 140 to rescue his side from a precarious situation.

He was duly supported by Alex Hales, who scored 86. In their reply, the young Lankan batting unit were bowled out for a mere 91, thanks to a fifer from James Anderson. The 2nd Test will be determined by the batting display of Sri Lanka. If their batters succeed and get runs on the board, England can be put under pressure. If the batting fails, look out for another game to end before Day 5.

DAY 1, STUMPS!

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 310/6 in 90 overs , Moeen Ali 28(70) Chris Woakes 8(14): England bowlers tried hard to get more wickets in the last session of Day 1 but were able to send only three batsmen back to the pavilion. Pradeep stole the show with his impressive swing bowling taking three wickets. He was backed up by youngster Siriwardana taking two wickets and Lakmal taking one. Ali looks promising timing the ball well. Woakes has just joined him and is looking for another partnership to throw Sri Lanka off their game and try to pull off something similar to the previous game.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 297/6 in 87 overs , Moeen Ali 23(62) Chris Woakes 0(4): Nuwan Pradeep ensures that Jonny Bairstow doesn’t harm Sri Lanka’s chances of coming back into the test series. Bairstow departed for 48 off 57 deliveries. The hosts need a few partnerships from their lower order batsman to dominate Sri Lanka in 2nd Test match. Sri Lankan bowlers seem to be enjoying bowling on this track with the new ball, especially Pradeep having taken three wickets today.

OUT! Jonny Bairstow c Chandimal b Pradeep 48(91)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 279/5 in 82 overs Jonny Bairstow 33(43), Moeen Ali 21(50): England seem to have a upper hand over Sri Lanka moving towards the end of the Day 1. Bairstow and Ali are playing cautiously, trying not to throw their wicket away. Sri Lanka take the new ball after 80 overs and fast bowlers come back into the action. Ali edged one into the slips there was no fielder to take the catch. Sri Lanka are losing their hold over the match as they are letting England batsmen concede runs.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 264/5 in 77 overs Jonny Bairstow 29(35), Moeen Ali 11(28): England looking for another partnership after James Vince’s loose dismissal. Bairstow is looking good playing his natural game trying to hit the ball towards the boundary along with caution. Ali too is middling the ball and playing cover drives. These players will look to take England to a big score. They will be tested against new ball which will be due after 3 overs.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 248/5 in 71 overs Jonny Bairstow 18(18), Moeen Ali 5(8): England await another Jonny Bairstow special to get a stronghold on the second Test. Vince played a loose shot towards covers to throw away his wicket after getting settled. Siriwardana picked up his second wicket today. He is proving to be more effective than veteran Herath who hasn’t been able to take a single wicket today.

OUT!!! James Vince c Thirimanne b Siriwardana 35(59)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 223/4 in 66 overs, James Vince 33(53), Jonny Bairstow 1(3): England batsmen seemed aggressive in the first over after Tea, picking up 10 runs in an over. Joe Root falls prey to Pradeep. He picked up his second. The ball bounced higher than Root expected from good length taking a leaning edge, straight into safe hands of Kushal Silva. The hero of first Test, Jonny Bairstow comes out to bat. TEA REPORT

OUT!!! Joe Root c Silva b Pradeep 80 (119)

TEA BREAK!!!

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 200/3 in 61 overs, Joe Root 69(107), James Vince 22(38): Sri Lankan bowlers are desperate to take another wicket to put pressure back on England. Root looks well set and is cruising towards another century. Vince at first seemed to be surviving, but now looks well settled and timing the ball well. This partnership looks dangerous. Herath is still not able to pick up one wicket.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 181/3 in 55 overs, Joe Root 62(91), James Vince 10(18): Root looks comfortable on the crease playing defensive shot with a pinch of aggression. Vince is taking his time and trying to work the balls into the gaps. Herath is still searching for that one wicket to complete 300 Test wickets.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 161/3 in 50 overs, Joe Root 52(74), James Vince 0(5) : England were looking to accelerate as the batsmen were well set. Joe Root scored his 20th half-century alongside Hales. Hales departed after a splendid innings scoring 83 off 145 deliveries. He missed a century there. Siriwardana strikes in his first over. James Vince comes into bat.

OUT! Alex Hales c Mathews b Siriwardana 83 (145)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 120/2 in 40 overs, Alex Hales 62(112), Joe Root 32(52): These two batsmen are looking well settled now, accelerating. Root is hitting boundaries to put the bowlers under pressure and picking up couples. He looks in good touch today playing spinner Herath with ease. Hales is holding onto his end and looks determined to score a big innings today. A review taken by Angelo Matthews against Root off his bowl, goes in vain and third umpire says NO!

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 99/2 in 35 overs, Alex Hales 53 (105), Joe Root 20 (29): England batsmen look refreshed and timing the ball well after lunch. Alex Hales reaches his third fifty in Tests. They look comfortable against Eranga and Herath playing the ball on it’s merit. Herath still looking for his 300th scalp in Tests.LUNCH REPORT

LUNCH!!! 

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 83/2 in 31 overs, Alex Hales 45(96), Joe Root 12(14):  Nuwan Pradeep got the reward for bowling at the right areas, he bowled a bouncer to surprise Nick Compton. He attempted the pull short only to find Lakmal in the square leg region. He took a stunning catch to send the batsman packing, inches away from the boundary. Joe Root came to the crease and was beaten straight away. Hales is holding onto one end and scoring an odd boundary. Root looks a bit settled now, hitting a couple of boundaries to boost his confidence. He is scoring just less than run a ball.

OUT! Nick Compton c Lakmal b Pradeep 9 (34)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 67/1 in 25 overs, Nick Compton 7(30), Alex Hales 38(78):  Nuwan Pradeep seems to be finding his rhythm, hitting the pads of both Compton and Hales again and again. Herath is also giving the batsmen hard time getting an odd off side edge of the bat. The bowlers are trying too hard to get rid of the batsman but proving a bit unlucky.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 47/1 in 20 overs, Nick Compton 30(59), Alex Hales 30(59): Pressure can be seen on the newcomer Nick Compton standing on the crease with 2 runs off 19 balls. Pradeep took him by surprise a few times, appealing for LBW. Alex Hales is barely getting any strike and is beaten by the bowler a couple of times too. Rangana Herath comes into bowl in 20 overs and finds a nick on the first ball. He is creating problems for England batsmen as he looks for his 300th wicket in Test Cricket. 

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 39/1 in 15 overs, Nick Compton 0(6), Alex Hales 24(48): Sri Lanakan bowlers manage to block the flow of runs that started in last few overs. Lakmal strikes and sends a desperate Alastair Cook back to pavilion for 15. he falls short of 5 runs to reach 10,000 runs in Tests. Nick Compton arrives at the crease and trying to settle in at first and recover from the first wicket. Hales has taken a backseat too as bowlers look to attack the English batsmen with new ball.

OUT! Alastair Cook c Karunaratne b Lakmal 15(42) 

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 34/0 in 11 overs, Alastair Cook 13(33), Alex Hales 20(33): Hales tries to open his arms now. He played Lakmal with caution picking one couple and a single off the 10th over. He tries to cut loose in 11th over of Eranga, hitting him for two boundaries towards covers region followed by and couple and single. He is looking comfortable on the crease now.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 20/0 in 9 overs, Alastair Cook 13(33), Alex Hales 7(21): The bowlers are giving him a hard time now, attacking him with four slips accompanied with sharp fielding. Cook picks up two couples off the over and narrows the gap between him and 10,000 runs mark. Now 7 runs away from glory.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 16/0 in 8 overs, Alastair Cook 9 (27), Alex Hales 7(21): First signs of aggression from Alastair Cook today, hits a four towards the square leg region. The 10,000 runs mark looks possible today. He will be the youngest to reach this feat. Takes a single off the fifth delivery, just 11 runs away from glory now.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 11/0 in 7 overs, Alastair Cook 4(22), Alex Hales 7(20): Sri Lankan bowlers seem to enjoy the conditions here. Another maiden, Eranga asking questions from Hales outside the off stump, luring him into a drive.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 11/0 in 6 overs, Alastair Cook 4(22), Alex Hales 7(14): Lakmal is creating problems for Cook beating him outside off stump. An appeal from Lakmal was denied as the short ball whilst off the bat and hit him on the body. A maiden over.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 11/0 in 5 overs Alastair Cook 4(16), Alex Hales 7(14): Cook is nearing towards 10,000 run mark with every run scored. English batsmen are playing cautiously as the pitch doesn’t have much pace in it. Eranga and Lakmal are able to beat them a few times otherwise they are not toying with balls outside the off stump. Hales hits first boundary off the match on the last delivery of 5th over.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 4/0 in 2 overs Alastair Cook 2(4), Alex Hales 2(8): Cook gets off the strike on the first ball. Hales plays one defensively and then flicks the ball for a couple. Lakmal doesn’t seem to generate much pace off the pitch either. Leaves the next one alone and 3 dot balls to end the over.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 1/0 in 1 over Alastair Cook 1(3), Alex Hales 0(3): Alastair Cook and Alex Hales come out to bat. The pitch seems to have no pace. Eranga comes out to bowl and bowls two dots outside off stump. Cook gets off the mark on the third, he will be eyeing the 10,000 run mark today. Hales plays the rest of the balls defensively.

England: Alastair Cook (c), Alex Hales, Nick Compton, Joe Root, James Vince, Johny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Angelo Mathews (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal

TOSS: England won the toss and elect to bat first!

Squads:

England: Alastair Cook (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jake Ball, Stuart Broad, Nick Compton, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, James Vince

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep, Rangana Herath, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Dasun Shanaka, Kaushal Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Chester-le-street