Kumar Sangakkara © Getty Images
Kumar Sangakkara © Getty Images


Jun 14, 2014


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Stumps on Day Three. Sri Lanka will be happy to have fought back well but England still hold the edge with a 160-run lead.



Got him. England were working hard to get Kulasekara’s wicket. Jordan bowls a beauty with one pitching just outside off and held its line. Too good for Kula to defend that. Prior takes a simple catch.
OUT! Kulasekara c Prior b Jordan 9(23)



400 up for Sri Lanka. Plunkett strikes. Prasanna Jayawardene is caught brilliantly by Ian Bell. Has to be Bell’s wicket. They had specifically placed him at leg-slip. Jayawardene fell for it trying to flick it. Bell was virtually blinded but managed to hold on to the catch. The Lankan tail end to face the pacers. England will eye a healthy lead now.
OUT! P Jayawardene c Bell b Plunkett



Sangakkara dismissed. Unfortunate there. It was short and Sangakkara rocked on to the backfoot to cut it, toop a thick edge and Prior caught it. Big wicket there. But what a fine innings from Sanga.
OUT! K Sangakkara c Prior b Moeen 147(258)




Chris Jordan again. Three off the over. Moeen Ali now. Two off that over. Jordan continues, and Sanga gets four off the first ball. Mathews gets four as well, and that is his half century. Great knock from the skipper! Ali continues and goes for just a single off the over. Plunkett on now. And a boundary off the final ball by Sanga!
James Anderson continues now. Two off that over. Here’s Jordan. Four off it. Plunkett brought on now. Sangakkara hits another boundary. Five off the over. That’s also the 100th over of the innings. Here comes Jordan again. Three runs off that over. Plunkett again. Three off that one as well.
Jordan starts proceedings after Tea. And Mathews hits the first delivery for four to start the session. Nine off the first over of the final session of the day. Anderson continues. And it’s a maiden. Jordan again. Five dot balls and then Sanga plays a gorgeous shot for four. Anderson again. And Mathews gets four, he’s looking in good touch today. That’s his fourth four! Seven came off that over. Jordan comes back. And Mathews gets his fifth boundary, he’s on 34 off 35 now! Five off the over.
Chris Jordan back into the attack. He replaces the wicket-taking Anderson. He starts with a maiden. Broad to continue. A run scored now after 13 balls! Jordan continues. And Mathews decides its time to go. First boundary for him. Nine off that over. Here comes Plunkett to bowl the last over before tea. Mathews starts the over off with four! Good shot. Sangakkara decides he wants a boundary before tea as well! Nine off that one. Good session of cricket. Sri Lanka scored a lot of runs in that session but also lost two vital wickets. Sangakkara got to his first Test century at Lord’s, and in the process helped Sri Lanka push past 300.
Jimmy Anderson back on now. England will think they are in with a chance if they can knock over another! Three off that over. Broad back on. Five dot balls but a boundary off the last one. Anderson now. Just one off the over, a wide. Broad back. Maiden over. Productive period of play for England now. Anderson again. AND HE’S GOT HIS MAN! Thirimanne departs, flicked this one to square leg and picked out the fielder. Wicket maiden for Anderson! That brings in Angelo Mathews.
OUT! L Thirimanne 1(1) c Robson b Anderson
Chris Jordan now into the attack. He starts off well, three off the over. Here’s Root now. And it’s a maiden for the first time since Lunch! So now that 80 overs have been bowled, England are eligible for the second New Ball. Will it turn the tide? England have taken the new ball, and it’s James Anderson to start proceedings with it. Five off the over. Stuart Broad comes on now. AND THE NEW BALL DOES THE TRICK! Mahela out LBW to Broad! Very good ball from Broad, Mahela beaten on the defence! Lahiru Thirimanne walks out now.
OUT! Jayawardene 55(105) LBW b Broad
Plunkett will continue. Four more to Sangakkara, pushes him closer to that magical three-digit number. Two more takes him to 99. Dot ball to end with. Root to continue. Jayawardene gets a single early on in the over to put Sanga on strike. That also brings up fifty for Mahela. Dot ball. The pressure mounts as Kumar tries to get to his landmark now. AND THAT’S FOUR! Test match century for Kumar Sangakkara at Lord’s! Five off that over.
Sri Lanka are off to a terrific start after lunch. Whatever Mahela and Kumar ate, it’s doing them wonders. Am I the only one who wonders what players eat while they’re still batting? Anyway, Moeen Ali comes back. He bowls four dot balls in the over. Unfortunately, between those four dots, he gives two boundaries. Plunkett back on now. Five off that one. Now Ali. Four off the first ball! Eight came of that one. Plunkett again. And finally, some sanity to proceedings. Would have been a maiden had it not been for a no ball. Moeen is finally taken off and replaced by Root. Tidy over, just two off it.
So we are back after lunch. Sangakkara and Jayawardene, the usual suspects, have stitched together a tidy partnership. Moeen Ali, the man who wants to bowl a doosra like Saeed Ajmal, is back to bowl the first over after lunch. Just four runs off that one. Here comes comeback man Liam Plunkett. And four more runs off that over. Nice brisk start after lunch. Ali’s next over costs six runs. Plunkett to continue. And even he bleeds runs. Six off that over as well. England galloping after lunch!
Sri Lankan batmsen are oozing confidence and have rattled the English bowlers.
Kumar Sangakkara has got his eye in and is looking in menacing form. His cover drives have been exquisite and with good ol’ friend Mahela Jayawardene, look poised to take Sri Lanka to a big score by the end of the day. The ball continues to take a beating in this Test match.
Anderson and Plunkett have been probing since Silva’s dismissal, but they have been kept at bay by the Sri Lankan giants.
The drinks interval just ended.
Finally a wicket falls, and Anderson strikes! It was a steep bouncer that climbed up Silva, took the bat, and went straight to Prior.
OUT! K Silva c Prior b Anderson 63!



The pitch is very slow, even the edges coming off drives aren’t reaching the close-in slip fielders. Sangakkara is standing well outside the crease facing the quickies. Broad and Anderson bolwing in tandem. Meanwhile, the weather has cleared a bit and there’s some sunshine. Partnership heading towards 100 runs, five short now.


England getting some moisture on the pitch as the umpires have chosen not to call off despite heavy rain. The Lankan batsmen have started off well. Surprising the umpire haven’t stopped the play. The spectators have their umbrellas on.





Hello and warm welcome to the third day’s play of the England versus Sri Lanka match played at Lord’s. This is Abhijit Banare and I will take you through the entire duration of the day. On the second day, it has to be said that England played extremely well and made 575 for the loss of nine wickets declared on the board.


Sri Lanka on the other hand, also played well on the second day and got to 120 for the loss of one wicket. With Kumar Sangakkara batting at the crease, Sri Lanka will hope to get close to England’s total. For England, it was Joe Root who played a superb knock and got to 200 not out. It was the first double ton of his career. The track is expected to be true at Lord’s and England’s bowlers just like Sri Lanka have to toil hard to get wickets. Hopefully, it will turn out to be an interesting day’s play.


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