Hello and Welcome to Cricketcountry’s coverage of the second day’s play of the first Test match between England and Sri Lanka which is being played at Headingley, Leeds. England were 171-5 at Stumps on Day 1. Their openers Alex Hales and Alastair Cook started the proceedings on a positive note, before young Dasun Shanaka took 3 quick wickets on his debut to send England on the back foot. James Vince and Ben Stokes couldn’t stay at the crease for long too. But it was Hales and Jonny Bairstow who put on a partnership since then to take England forward. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England  vs  Sri Lanka First Test at Headingley, Leeds: Live Cricket Score

Live Cricket Score and Updates | Sri Lanka 1/0 (f/o)| Overs 0.2 | Kushal Silva 0(1), Dimuth Karunaratne 0(1) | Sri Lanka have been asked to follow on. James Anderson is given the first over. Just two balls have been bowled and bad light forces the umpires to call it stumps on the second day. Sri Lanka are trailing by 206 runs.


Live Cricket Score and Updates | Sri Lanka 91| Session 3 | Nuwan Pradeep 0(1) | Finn takes another beautiful catch by diving a little forward. Thirimanne could not keep the ball down and fell for just 22 runs. Anderson then sent Eranga back to the hut and with it completed his five-wicket haul. He broke Kapil Dev’s record early on, and taking five wickets is cherry on the cake. Sri Lanka are bowled out for 91. They trail by 207 runs. OUT! Lahiru Thirimanne c Steven Finn b Stuart Broad 22(67), OUT! Shaminda Eranga c Bairstow b Anderson 1(6)

Live Cricket Score and Updates | Sri Lanka 90/8| Session 3 |Lahiru Thirimanne 22(59), Shaminda Eranga 0(0) | Sri Lanka lose their eighth wicket in the form of Dushmantha Chameera. Stuart Broad bowled a length ball. Chameera attempted a drive but he was not able to keep the ball grounded. Steven Finn stationed at short mid-off takes a brilliant catch. Sri Lanka are in trouble now. OUT! Dushmantha Chameera c Steven Finn b Stuart Broad 2(8)

Live Cricket Score and Updates | Sri Lanka 83/7| Session 3 |Lahiru Thirimanne 17(49), Dushmantha Chameera 0(2) | Anderson now has four wickets from this innings. His last scalp was Rangana Herath, who edged his length ball pitched at around the off stump for an easy catch at the third slip. OUT! Rangana Herath c Stokes b Anderson 1(11)

Live Cricket Score and Updates | Sri Lanka 81/6| Session 3 |Lahiru Thirimanne 16(42) | SL’s hero with the ball Shanaka comes in, with his side needing him to get some runs. OUT! Anderson gets another as Shanka is gone. Jimmy has become unplayable now. Sri Lanka would be praying for rain to come now.

Shanaka c Baistrow b Anderson 0(1)

Live Cricket Score and Updates | Sri Lanka 77/5| Session 3 |Lahiru Thirimanne 12(36) | Brilliant shot down the ground from Thirimanne for a four. Good judgment from the left-hander up to now, leaving deliveries close to the off stump. Stokes leaves the field meanwhile. This partnership will begin to frustrate the English players soon, knowing pitch will become better to bat as the game goes on. OUT! Mathews departs and finally Anderson gets past Kapil Dev with his 435th wicket

Mathews lbw Anderson 34(62)

Live Cricket Score and Updates | Sri Lanka 70/4| Session 3 |Lahiru Thirimanne 8(21),  Angelo Mathews 32(52)Stokes continues and again threatens Mathews, forcing an edge which fell just short of gully. And the very next delivery, Mathews guides the ball towards third man for a four. Extra bounce causes trouble for Thirimanne, who just about deals with it. Two boundaries in three balls from Mathews. He is really playing confidently.

Live Cricket Score and Updates | Sri Lanka 55/4| Session 3 |Lahiru Thirimanne 8(14),  Angelo Mathews 18(40) | Ben Stokes seems injured, it won’t be a great news for England. He is supposed to be their 4th frontline pacer. Brilliant shot from Thirimanne, through the covers for a four. Stokes to continue, seems fine. Mathews is the key to Sri Lanka now. Mathews survives a scare, as his edge is dropped at slip by Vince.


Live Cricket Score and Updates | Sri Lanka 43/4| Session 3 | Angelo Mathews 15(30) | OUT! First ball after Tea and Ben Stokes gets his first wicket. The confident Chandimal is gone, and SL are in deep deep trouble. PLAYERS ARE COMING OFF! Umpires in the middle have decided the light isn’t good enough to play. Both the teams are coming off.

Chandimal c Vince b Stokes 15(38)

Live Cricket Score and Updates | Sri Lanka 43/3| Tea | Dinesh Chandimal 15(37), Angelo Mathews 15(30)And Mathews is growing in confidence, scoring his second boundary of the innings. The final ball before Tea gets him another boundary, but it was risky. England are well on top, lets see what will happen after the 15 minutes break.

Live Cricket Score and Updates | Sri Lanka 33/3| Session 2 | Dinesh Chandimal 14(35), Angelo Mathews 6(26) | Ben Stokes comes in as the first change for England. Maiden to start off. Sensible batting from the two, negating the swing and leaving the outside-off balls. Runs are tough to come by, but for SL, the good thing is neither of the batsmen have struggled or looked vulnerable. A good shot from Chandimal through covers for a boundary.

Live Cricket Score and Updates | Sri Lanka 27/3| Session 2 | Dinesh Chandimal 9(16), Angelo Mathews 6(20)Good shot from Chandimal for a boundary, he looks confident. A rare loose ball from Broad is punished by Mathews, who gets his first boundary. Both the batsmen are playing with caution, knowing the quality of the bowlers and conditions. Intelligent from them.

Live Cricket Score and Updates | Sri Lanka 18/3| Session 2 | Dinesh Chandimal 5(10), Angelo Mathews 1(8)Broad is creating havoc here, almost getting his third. Beauty of a ball to Mathews. Silva scored 11 of SL’s 12 runs, with other coming from a no-ball. And the first runs of the day for Chandimal, gets off the mark with a boundary. First runs for Mathews as well, will give him confidence.

Live Cricket Score and Updates | Sri Lanka 12/3| Session 2 | Dinesh Chandimal 0(0) | OUT! First wicket for the hosts as Broad dismisses Karunaratne for 0. And another wicket for England. Anderson does his magic, removes Silva. And the SL demise continues as Mendis is caught by Bairstow, giving him his 3rd catch for the day.

Mendis c Bairstow b Broad 0(2)

Silva c Bairstow b Anderson 11(17)

Karunaratne c Bairstow b Broad 0(12) 

Live Cricket Score and Updates | Sri Lanka 7/0| Session 2 | Dimuth Karunaratne 0(9), Kaushal Silva 6(10) | Stuart Broad to share the new ball. Just short, good ball from Broad finds the edge of Silva, but it doesn’t reach the second slip. First boundary of the innings from Silva, played towards mid-wicket. Both the batsmen look fairly comfortbale up until this point, which is a good sign for SL.

Live Cricket Score and Updates | Sri Lanka 0/0| Session 2 | Dimuth Karunaratne 0(6), Kaushal Silva 0(0)Welcome back. The inexperienced Sri Lankan side will tackle swing of Anderson in the first over. It’s a maiden over to start off, which also involved a run-out chance for the hosts.

 Live Cricket Score and Updates | England 289 | Session 2 |  James Anderson 0(0) | Anderson is the next to come in. Finn is taking on the bowlers now, with two consecutive boundaries of Chameera. He has played a gem of a innings. OUT! And England’s innings comes to an end, 2 run short of 300.

Finn st Chandimal b Herath 17(46)

Live Cricket Score and Updates | England 289/9 | Session 2 |  Steven Finn 9(41) | Finn is doing more than a fair job and gets appreciated by the crowd, as the pair reach 50-run partnership. It is the second best in this innings, speaks volumes. DROPPED! Finn survives as Kaushal Silva fails to take a tough chance. Brilliant yorker from Chameera, calls of lbw against Finn but the umpire is disinterested. They take another DRS, but fail again. OUT! Bairstow’s brilliant knock comes to end, as he gets caught at mid-on.

Bairstow c Pradeep b Chameera 140(183)

Live Cricket Score and Updates | England 278/8 | Session 2 |  Steven Finn 7(32), Jonny Bairstow 131(171)Two boundaries in a row from Bairstow, he is playing very well now. A brilliant piece of fielding denies Bairstow his third boundary in an over. Pradeep’s over went for 18 runs. Finn defends the ball confidently, not showing any sign of a tailender. A brilliant boundary from Finn, the shot oozed class. Another boundary for Bairstow, the new ball isn’t doing wonders for the Lankans.

Live Cricket Score and Updates | England 248/8 | Session 2 |  Steven Finn 3(24), Jonny Bairstow 108(160)We are back underway, as Sri Lanka take the new ball in the first opportunity. And what a second ball from Eranga, beating Bairstow all ends up. Maiden over from Pradeep, as Finn plays him confidently. Close call! Finn survives lbw call.

Live Cricket Score and Updates | England 243/8 | Lunch |  Steven Finn 3(16), Jonny Bairstow 103(150)Another DRS against Bairstow, and he survives it yet again. Just like yesterday, the ball was found to be missing the leg stump. Just one over to go for the new ball. And now it’s Lunch. Take a break folks!

Live Cricket Score and Updates | England 236/8 | Session 1 |  Steven Finn  0(4), Jonny Bairstow 100(145)Finn is the next to come in, and every defence is cheered by the crowd. Century for Bairstow! Overthrow lets him take a double to reach his second Test hundred. A brilliant knock under pressure.

Live Cricket Score and Updates | England 233/8 | Session 1 |  Jonny Bairstow 97(142)Broad is next to come in, and after getting a double in his first ball, he goes for a wild shot. He needs to bat intelligently, with Bairstow on the other end playing beautifully. OUT! Poor from Broad, who tries to play a cover drive, only to nick the ball onto the wickets.

Broad b Chameera 2(4)

Live Cricket Score and Updates | England 231/7 | Session 1 | Jonny Bairstow 97(142)Moeen Ali is the next to come in. And straight away, Chameera comes into bowl. Sri Lanka can sniff something here. Bairstow is just 5 runs away from a well made century. Just 5 overs to go before new ball will be made available. OUT! Moeen Ali is caught at short leg.

Moeen Ali c Mendis b Chameera 0(8)

Live Cricket Score and Updates | England 224/6 | Session 1 | Jonny Bairstow 91(133)And spin gets introduced as Herath comes into bowl. Bairstow reaches to nervous 90’s with a single. OUT! Hales’ patience reaches to an end, as he takes on Herath, but only succeeds in getting caught at deep cover by Chameera.

Hales c Chameera b Herath 86(206)

Live Cricket Score and Updates | England 219/5 | Session 1 | Alex Hales 84(196) , Jonny Bairstow 88(128) | CLOSE! Hales tries to play a cover drive, and the ball just misses the edge. And it’s the same again the next delivery. Mathews is bowling really well now. Three more runs for Bairstow, who is closing on his century. And Hales also gets a three to reach 10 runs for the day. DROPPED! And now it’s Hales who gets dropped at 2nd slip.

Live Cricket Score and Updates | England 209/5 | Drinks | Alex Hales 78(181) , Jonny Bairstow 84(125) | NO BALL! Sadly, no free hit in Test cricket. Both the batsmen are slowly but steadily heading towards respective centuries, a big thing considering England were 83/5 at on point of time. And it’s drinks break.

Live Cricket Score and Updates | England 204/5 | Session 1| Alex Hales 74(175) , Jonny Bairstow 84(118)Shanaka comes in as the first change for the day, and concedes just a run. Skipper Angelo Mathews brings himself on to try and get a wicket. But even he is unable to break the pairing. What a shot! Bairstow hits a beautiful drive towards mid-on, and gets a boundary. Shanaka’s medium-pace should not be taken lightly by the batsmen, even more now that he was the chief destructor yesterday.

Live Cricket Score and Updates | England 198/5 | Session 1| Alex Hales 74(172) , Jonny Bairstow 78(103) | Dropped! Bairstow hits a wild shot, and it was just left of Pradeep, but an unfortunate slip at the wrong moment means the batsman survives. What a beauty from Eranga, straightened up Bairstow, as the ball just missed the edge. And huge clouds around the stadium, surely rain is around the corner. A brilliant cut from Bairstow gets him a boundary.

Live Cricket Score and Updates | England 188/5 | Session 1| Alex Hales 72(166) , Jonny Bairstow 70(91)  | Eranga continues on, and both batsmen run beautifully to complete two doubles, knowing runs are tough to come by. And Hales survives a half shout for an lbw of Pradeep, although there was a clear inside edge.  Hales finally gets his first runs for the day, nudging the ball towards mid-on. Wild lash from Bairstow, who is not finding it as easy as yesterday.

Live Cricket Score and Updates | England 182/5 | Session 1| Alex Hales 71(161) , Jonny Bairstow 65(78) |The first over the day costs just a run. Still a lot of movement around and English batsmen are kind enough to wait for the opportunities. In the second over, a beautiful shot from Bairstow of Sharminda Eranga gets him a four, despite slow outfield. But the very next over saw both Bairstow and Hales missing the ball from the edge, indicating the amount of assistance still available

The play will be extended for 30 minutes to cover up for the overs lost on Day 1 due to rain. Sri Lankan bowlers will be looking to break the Hales-Bairstow partnership and get into the lower-order of England. The first couple of overs will be very crucial and England batsmen will have to concentrate hard in the middle. All eyes will be in Alex Hales who is looking set to score his maiden Test century. Meanwhile, Dasun Shanaka could well end up with a 5-wicket haul on his debut as well.

The England lower-order can be irritating at times and can surely contribute with some valuable runs for their side. Moeen Ali, Broad, Finn and Anderson can all bat. Although, Alastair Cook couldn’t reach the 10,000 run-mark on Day 1 as he was out for just 16. But his teammate James Anderson could well end up equaling Kapil Dev’s record of 434 wickets in Tests as England come out to bowl. Day 2 promises to enthrall fans of the longer-format with more excitement and thrill.


England: Alastair Cook (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Alex Hales, Nick Compton, Joe Root, James Vince, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Steven Finn.

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Rangana Herath, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dasun Shanaka, Dushmantha Chameera, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep.

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD & BALL-BY-BALL COMMENTARY: England vs Sri Lanka 2016, 1st Test at Leeds, Day 2