Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and live cricket updates’ post of the Day 4 play, between England and Sri Lanka of 2nd Test at Chester-le-Street. On Day 3, This Test match is heading towards only one side and that is England. Sri Lanka are currently on 309 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. Dinesh Chandimal (54) and Milinda Siriwardana (35) are on the pitch trying to save their team from misery. Chandimal completed his fifty despite injury to inspire everyone. Siriwardana too is contributing well after playing himself in. Sri Lankan batsmen failed to spend time on the pitch in order to get themselves into a better position in the second Test. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Chester-le-street

Mathews came back into form and scored 80 runs before edging the ball to wicket-keeper Bairstow on Anderson’s delivery. Silva was unlucky too as he departed for 60. He was dismissed by Steven Fiinn for a short delivery that bounced more than the usual. It took a leading edge of the bat and towards the wicket-keeper. It is just a matter of time before Sri Lanka loses this match and with it the series. England never lose their grip over the match. England enforced follow on as Sri Lanka were trailing 397 runs at the end of the first innings.

Lahiru Thirimanne failed to make an impact as he got knocked over by spinner Moeen Ali. He struck the Ali for two boundaries in previous over.  Dinesh Chandimal and Milinda Siriwardana are currently batting to save Sri Lanka from misery. There are only two scenario in this match but both go England’s way. First is Sri Lanka gets defeated by an innings and a few runs. The second one is Sri Lanka gives England a nominal score to chase and Alastair Cook manages to complete his 10,000 Test runs.

England win the match by 9 wickets!!!

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 80/1 | 23 overs| Alastair Cook 47(65), Nick Compton 22(38): England win the match by 9 wickets as Compton decides to end the proceedings of the match by hitting two consecutive boundaries off Siriwardana to win the match by 9 wickets.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 63/1 | 20 overs| Alastair Cook 43(58), Nick Compton 9(25): Cook is making sure that England win this match without any fuss. Compton is playing with patience trying to support his skipper in the middle. Despite the fourth day pitch, Herath and Siriwardana are not getting enough turn and bounce off the pitch to trouble English batsmen. Cook is shifting gears now and cruising towards the target and his half century to emerge victorious before Day 4 ends.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 40/1 | 15 overs| Alastair Cook 26(44), Nick Compton 3(9): Hales falls victim to spin once again. Siriwardana, the man with a golden arm knocks him over. Cook is looking determined to take his team home. He is not playing any rash shot and running the ones and twos hard. Nick Compton has arrived the crease and will be looking to go back to pavilion after winning the match. Herath has not been impressive with the ball in this match with just one wicket and is unable to create any pressure on Cook. He was denied a wicket when Sri Lanka took a review which went down the drain.

OUT!!! Alex Hales b Siriwardana 11

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 33/0 | 10 overs| Alastair Cook 23(28), Alex Hales 10(32): Both the openers are looking comfortable and even spin  bowling has not been able to put pressure on these two. Cook has opened up after scoring 10,000 Test runs and looking to end this match as soon as possible and the seal the 3 match Test series at Durham. Milinda Siriwardana has been introduced into the attack. He took 2 wickets in England’s first innings. He is expected to provide a breakthrough here which will be nothing short of a consolation prize as England are heading for a loss.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES England 15/0 | 5 overs| Alastair Cook 12(15), Alex Hales 3(15): Cook reaches his 10,000 Test runs. He is the youngest to do it ahead of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar. It is a big relief for England skipper. He is looking comfortable today hitting boundaries. Hales is taking his time to get settled. Sri Lankan fast bowlers look harmless in these conditions. Rangana comes into bowl and delivers a maiden. England cruising towards victory.

INNINGS BREAK!!!

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 475 all out | 128.2 overs| Nuwan Pradeep 13(11): The tailenders were trying to hit the ball all over the park. They succeeded a couple of times but their stay was short-lived as Woakes picked up the wicket of Lakmal to end Sri Lanka’s innings. This has been a brilliant effort so far keeping in mind their first innings. England need 79 runs to win the second Test. We will be back shortly with 4th innings.

OUT!!! Suranga Lakmal c Broad b Woakes 11

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 461/9 | 127 overs| Suranga Lakmal 7(12), Nuwan Pradeep 7(5): Broad provides with a breakthrough. The classical innings of Dinesh Chandimal ends with a slog as Broad knocks him over. It is all but over for Sri Lanka now. the tailenders are trying to score as many runs as they can to give themselves a fighting chance. A couple of chances here and there as the batsmen are edging the ball playing loose shots. It is just a matter of time before this innings wraps up. But this was a great batting effort from Sri Lanka after a humiliating first innings.

OUT!!! Dinesh Chandimal b Broad 126

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 442/8 | 122 overs| Dinesh Chandimal 122(194), Suranga Lakmal 0(1): Anderson is on fire now. He has completed his 450th wicket in Tests and he doesn’t just stop there but takes another wicket of tailender Eranga. He has taken a five wicket-haul in this match now. Chandimal on the other hand is running out of partners and trying to score as many runs as he can and keep the strike most of the times.

OUT!!! Shaminda Eranga b Anderson 1

OUT!!! Rangana Herath lbw b Anderson 61

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 430/6 | 117 overs| Dinesh Chandimal 111(184), Rangana Herath 61(98): These two batsmen are frustrating England bowling attack now. Don’t just write off Sri Lanka yet, this match could come alive now. They are on their way to put up a total for England to chase down. Chandimal has been batting beautifully and scoring runs after Lunch break. Herath too has completed his fifty after being dropped on Anderson’s delivery. They have shared a partnership of 116 runs now.

LUCNH BREAK!!!

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 403/6 | 112 overs| Dinesh Chandimal 108(179), Rangana Herath 37(63): Chandimal spends some time trying to steal that one run to get to his hundred. England skipper sets a field to make Chandimal play a big shot to score his century. Chandimal guides it to the third man and punches his fist in the air. He is a happy man as he brings Sri Lanka back in the game. He has played a brilliant knock under pressure. Herath congratulates him. He doesn’t stop there, hits a beautiful cover drive on the last delivery before Lunch to go back into the dressing room with high spirits.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 389/6 | 109 overs| Dinesh Chandimal 99(168), Rangana Herath 33(65): Chandimal is just one runs away from scoring a hundred. Herath has been playing well to keep his wicket intact and keep rotating the strike. Moeen Ali has been bowling well today to put pressure on the batsmen. He has succeeded so far as Chandimal needs just one run to reach his 6th hundred and feature in Sri Lanka’s fightback in the second Test!

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 377/6 | 104 overs| Dinesh Chandimal 94(150), Rangana Herath 26(53): Both the batsmen are looking quite comfortable now on the crease as they are timing the ball well. not just Chandimal but Herath has played some exquisite shots for boundary and is working the ball into the gaps. he attempted a reverse sweep off Moeen Ali and almost throwing his wicket away. Sri Lanka now trail by just 20 runs.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 351/6 | 99 overs| Dinesh Chandimal 81(145), Rangana Herath 8(28): Chandimal is playing his shots now and cruising towards his century. He is timing the ball well and leaving a few unattended outside off stump. Herath is been attacked by the bowlers by short stuff. He srvived a few and then hit Finn for a boundary. England bowlers are somehow frustrated as they want to wrap up the innings as soon as possible. Moeen Ali comes into the attack and scores no runs of the over. Looks like England will be chasing a target after all whether it’s small or not. Alastair Cook will have a chance to complete his 10,000 Test runs.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 333/6 | 94 overs| Dinesh Chandimal 76(128), Rangana Herath 1(15): Anderson almost got his 450th wicket when he got an inside edge off Chandimal’s bat but Bairstow dropped it diving towards his left. Chandimal soon responded with beautiful cover drive to rub salt on the wounds of Anderson. Herath is somehow surviving trying not to lose his wicket whereas Chandimal is looking in good touch despite edging one to the wicketkeeper.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 314/6 | 89 overs| Dinesh Chandimal 58(113), Rangana Herath 0(0): Anderson continues. Chandimal plays the first one towards mid off region for no run. Next ball, unlucky their for Anderson as it edges past the bat, just short of the gully fielder. Chandimal flicks the next ball for a single. Anderson comes round the wicket. Next two balls defended by him. OUT! Siriwardana gone, makes the first mistake of the day and has to go back to the pavilion. Anderson takes his 449th wicket.

OUT!!! Milinda Siriwardana c Hales b Anderson 35

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 313/5 | 88 overs| Dinesh Chandimal 57(110), Milinda Siriwardana 35(69): Broad continues. Bowls the first one on the off stump line. Defended by Chandimal. Next ball nudged towards point for a single. Siriwardana sees the next ball going down the leg stump. Does not offer a shot. The next ball swung late, left alone by the batsmen as it goes straight into Bairstow’s gloves. The next one is directed to the middle stump, plays it towards mid-wicket region. Chandimal shouts and says no to the single. The last delivery too directed towards middle stump. Defended by Siriwardana.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 312/5 | 87 overs| Dinesh Chandimal 56(108), Milinda Siriwardana 35(65): Anderson continues. Targets the first ball towards the leg stump. Siriwardana defends it. Next ball, similar to the first one. He is trying to knock over his leg stump as he went across the stumps in previous over. Next ball, a bit short of length towards the off stump, well defended by Siriwardana. Next one left alone. Fifth ball defended by the batsmen. Sweet sound off the bat but fielder picks it up. Another maiden!

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 312/5 | 86 overs| Dinesh Chandimal 56(108), Milinda Siriwardana 35(59): Stuart Broad comes into bowl. First ball onto the off stump and defended by Chandimal. The next ball a little on the shorter side and Chandimal pushes it towards leg. Next ball left alone by the batsman. Thisone hits the pads but a little outside the off stump and high too. He went too much across the stumps. Defends the next one with precision, similar delivery to the previous one. Another defensive block from Chandimal. Maiden over!

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES Sri Lanka 312/5 | 85 overs| Dinesh Chandimal 56(102), Milinda Siriwardana 35(59): Anderson starts with the day 4 proceedings. Bowls the first one outside offstump. The next ball is pushed by Chandimal for a single. Siriwardana comes to the strike. The ball drifted on the pads and he picks up a single. Umpire signals leg byes. Another one onto the pads and he guides it for a single. A dot ball to end the over three runs off it.

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

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