England v Sri Lanka, first Test, day five as it happened

Sri Lanka, with nine wickets down, hang on to draw a thrilling first Test against England at Lord's.

16 June 2014 Last updated at 09:31 GMT

Get involved

To get involved contact us in any of the following ways

As it happened

  1. 19:15: 

    Leonard, you're right, the draw that many of us predicted over the past five days has come to pass, but that is only a tiny part of the story.

    We go to Headingley for the second and final Test, the decider. It starts on Friday and we will be back then. Goodbye.

    England's Gary Ballance
    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Leonard Odicean: With that pitch. I always knew it was a predictable draw.

  3. 19:11: 

    More from Joe Root on TMS: "It fills me with a lot of confidence. To set the game up is what you need to do and we did that. When you've got 500 on the board it gives you a good chance even on a flat wicket like that.

    "The guys were outstanding throughout the day. Our energy levels backed the bowlers up and their skill levels were outstanding. It makes us hungry to go on and win the series now.

    "I thought when we got Kulasekara [the seventh wicket to fall] we had a really good chance but that finish is why Test cricket is still such a good game."

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "I've been compiling a list of Lord's 10 greatest moments to mark the ground's 200th anniversary on Sunday. I think I may have a new entry."

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I've loved it, I bet the sparse crowd loved it and I liked the spirited performance by the four seamers. They really gave it their best shot. They won't be queuing up for nets tomorrow!"

  6. 19:06: 

    Man of the match Joe Root: "Twelve months ago we were told we were playing dour cricket, I don't think anyone can say that now.

    "We spoke long and hard about making big scores, individually and as a team and that's a great start to the summer.

    "It was disappointing to be left out [in Australia] but I wanted to prove a point early in the summer and hopefully I've done that.

    "I hope I stay at 5, I enjoyed it this week and fingers crossed we can sort something out. Gary Ballance played with great skill, batting at three is testament to his character as well."

  7. 19:05: 

    Alastair Cook on TMS: "I would have liked them to have used their reviews up!

    "We scored at four and half runs an over, that set up the chance to win the game. Yesterday afternoon postponed the declaration because we would have loved to have bowled at them last night."

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Alan Compton: Forget the chat about the captaincy, forget the chat about declarations; what an outstanding advert for Test cricket.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "We need a spinner, either Moeen has to improve and get more confidence, or we have to find one. We need one at least. I like Jordan, he's got something, he catches well at slip, and he bats well."

  10. 19:02: 

    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: "It was a close game, I thought England bowled pretty well, especially after tea, hitting the deck pretty hard and asking questions of our batsmen.

    "I thought it was safe but you can't relax, that's a good lesson learned. I'm sure Herath wasn't aware of the rules but it happens and that's also a lesson learned.

    "There are a lot of positives, especially the way the two fast bowlers bowled, we just have to play positive cricket. It was a great team effort trying to survive, the spirit is there we just have to click and win at Headingley."

  11. 19:00: 

    England captain Alastair Cook: "I could hear the noise, but it could have been two pads.

    "I can't praise the lads enough. That was a flat wicket, we just had to wait for reverse swing, which took longer than we thought. We gave ourseleves a chance and to come up short if frustrating.

    "Possibly we missed a spinner, it might have made difference. But, at the moment, with the players we have available, this is the way we have to go.

    "When you're setting up the game, we were trying to play positively and gave wickets away. Those four or five wickets yesterday cost us having half an hour at them last night."

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Robert Allen: Great finish to the match. Nonsense to say we should have declared earlier. The collapse in the 4th afternoon prevented that.

    Buzzer: Typical negative Cook. Should have declared last night with half an hour to go. Aussies would have done that then won it today.

    Pete Wright: I wonder if England regret the time wasted letting Root get 200 or Ballance 100, neither required sentimentality cost the game.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It takes Cook a while to bring in the fielders, he gets round to it but it takes him longer than those of us watching him would want him to do it."

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Alex Haworth: People criticise DRS, but without it, England would have unfairly won that Test. Not that that would have been a bad thing.

  15. 18:55: 

    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews on TMS: "I thought our batting was pretty poor, especially after tea. We gave them the slightest chance and they came pretty close.

    "As batsmen we have to adapt and not to play so freely. We played well before tea but after we were pretty poor."

  16. 18:54: 

    Will England regret those overs lost on the four previous days? What about the time spent allowing Gary Ballance going to a hundred last night? In the end, they might have only needed one more precious over.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Mike Crew: Brilliant Test match and so close to a victory, gripping stuff. People who say they "don't get" cricket haven't lived!

  18. 18:53: 

    Own up, did you previously think was a dull Test match? Did you have any idea that this was coming? Even today it looked like Sri Lanka would bat us to a sedate draw. But, when James Anderson got going after tea, the fox was amongst the rabbits. In the final session, Sri Lanka lost six wickets for 32 runs, but England just ran out of time to take the 10th and most important scalp.

    Nuwan Pradeep and Shaminda Eranga
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I felt Sri Lanka would get out of jail, but a great effort from England. They will feel a bit flat, but they gave nothing to feel embarrassed about, and they have done on the fifth day on a dry surface. Normally they would have a spinner, but with respect to Moeen, they did not have a front line spinner. The four seamers have done a terrific job."

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Howard Horner: 5 days. 5 days of sport. Goes down to the very last moment. Proof that there is no sport quite like Test Cricket.

    Text 81111

    Ando: Paul Reiffel thought he was bowling with that decision.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I've seen it all before but it was still exciting! Three days where it's all in the batsmen's favour, batsmen queuing up to get in and get a knock. But as it often happens, it was fascinating, enjoyable and great for cricket."

  23. 18:48: 

    And what a remarkable final over. When umpire Paul Reiffel raised his finger, Stuart Broad was off, sprinting to cover in celebration. But Nuwan Pradeep, the man last seen demolishing his own stumps, knew he'd hit it and reviewed in a flash. When the decision came, the Sri Lanka dressing room was bouncing and Rangana Herath was a very relieved man.

  24. 18:46: 
    Match drawn

    Did anyone see that finish coming? For five days we have been sailing calm waters to a bore draw, but a remarkable final session almost had England pull off a remarkable win. Hands are shaken, England heads drop, with the home side then applauding a crowd that has lifted them in the final hour.

    England's Stuart Broad
  25. 18:44: 
    Match drawn- SL 201-9

    Last ball...edged...just short of the slips. Sri Lanka survive, England are denied. A wonderful final day ends it a draw. That is why we love Test cricket.

    England's Alastair Cook
  26. 18:43: 
    NOT OUT- SL 201-9

    Can you believe this! Pradeep has smashed the cover off it, absolutely middled it. The finger was up, England had won, but Paul Reiffel has to change the decision. One ball to go.

  27. 18:42: 

    Gone! Lbw! Pradeep reviews immediately. He thinks he's hit it.

  28. 18:42: 
    SL 201-9 (two balls to go)

    Full of length, Pradeep defending like an opener. Two to go. Unreal tension.

  29. 18:41: 
    SL 201-9

    It's dark, there's no way we'd be playing without floodlights. Play and miss. Three to go.

  30. 18:40: 
    SL 201-9

    First ball, bouncer. Pradeep down to duck, no sign of a topple on to the sticks. Four to go.

  31. 18:39: 
    SL 201-9

    England need one wicket from five balls. They only have to remove walking wicket Nuwan Pradeep, the man who fell on his stumps in the first innings. Lord's is alive. What a finish.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I watched him grip it across the seam - that's why it bounced quite high. Some balls have not got that high on this surface."

  33. 18:37: 
    WICKET- Herath c Prior b Broad 1 (SL 201-9)

    Gone! Stuart Broad strikes with his first ball! Shades of Edgbaston 2005, complete with controversy. Rangana Herath gloves down the leg side, with Matt Prior scrambling to take a very good catch. Herath walks, but his hand was not on the bat! If he'd reviewed that, he would have got away with it. Unbelievable.

    Fall of wickets: 25-1, 123-2, 159-3, 169-4, 170-5, 194-6, 199-7, 201-8, 201-9


    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I thought they'd do it, I thought they would just get there, I said all along it would be a tough ask to bowl Sri Lanka out."

  35. 18:37: 
    SL 201-8 (1 over remains)

    Ooohhh, that was close to short leg, two balls in a row, in fact. The crowd roar for Anderson's last ball, but Eranga is a lanky wall. Anderson takes his cap with figures of 4-25, a wonderful effort. Lord's applauds, and Anderson applauds back. Wonderful effort. One over remains. England need two wickets. Stuart Broad is the man asked to perform the magic.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Adrian Love: Still at office as I don't want to miss anything. Come on Jimmy.

  37. 18:34: 
    SL 201-8

    Shaminda Eranga is a complete lower-order blocked, just the man for this situation. He has to deal with James Anderson, the man you feel must strike in this over. Two solid blocks and a leave. Nine balls left.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James Smith: Who says Test cricket is boring?

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Its a funny old game, isn't it? For three days they are plundering runs and then today it all happens. The pitch is as flat as we've seen for a while here. Normally they turn on the fourth and fifth day."

  40. 18:32: 
    SL 201-8 (2 overs remain)

    Vicious bumper ducked, Herath puffing out his cheeks and looking for support. He won't get it from the balcony, most of the Sri Lankans are huddled inside. Fifth ball left. Straighter, Liam. Sixth ball ducked. Total waste. Two overs remain.

  41. 18:30: 
    SL 201-8

    Short ball wafted at, but missed. Second is poor, too wide. Third ball defended.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Grant Payne: The shifty looks I just received tells me that screaming 'Got Him!' Is unacceptable behaviour on a bus home from work...

  43. 18:29: 
    SL 201-8 (3 overs remain)

    Are you still with me? Can you take it? Spare a thought for Shaminda Eranga. The number 10 is out in the middle in a bid to save this Test. He'll watch from the other end as Rangana Herath looks to fend off Liam Plunkett.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a beautiful delivery for line and length, in that corridor of uncertainty outside off stump, but at Lords, because of the slope, you have to play it. It was perfect."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  45. 18:26: 
    WICKET- Mathews c Cook b Anderson 18 (SL 201-8)

    Can you believe this? England have the big wicket, James Anderson has removed Angelo Mathews. England are absolutely delirious as Mathews finally makes a mistake, prodding forward and edging an Anderson in-ducker to Alastair Cook at first slip. What a finish to this match. England need two wickets in three overs.

    Fall of wickets: 25-1, 123-2, 159-3, 169-4, 170-5, 194-6, 199-7, 201-8


    England's Alastair Cook
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Mathews is a smart cookie, and he's gone straight up to Herath to touch gloves. They are getting nearer and nearer to home."

  47. 18:22: 
    SL 201-7 (4 overs remain)

    England have all but one fielder in a catching position for Herath, a mid off posted in a bid to prevent the leftie taking a single. Herath's answer? Tip Broad on the leg side and take one. Mathews has the strike, but he's happy to get the number nine back at the business end with two balls to go. Broad examines the ball, the crowd clap, but the squat Herath is a miniature wall. 24 balls remain. Game still on?

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Phil Lowe: I can handle most emotions when it comes to sport - but as always the hope is what is killing me!

  49. 18:17: 
    SL 199-7 (5 overs remain)

    We're hearing that Lord's has closed the gates to people wanting to see the end of the game. Can the home of cricket confirm this is the case? It would be a shame if it's true - the ground is barely a quarter full. Angelo Mathews has the shutters down at his end, England needing to bowl as many deliveries as possible at nine, 10 and jack. As if to prove the point, Mathews gets through another Anderson examination.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Sam Hollis: Cook is reason England won't win. Lost so much time holding off declarations. Team result BEFORE personal milestones please

  51. 18:14: 
    SL 199-7 (6 overs remain)

    Who's the next man that doesn't want to be out there? Rangana Herath, come on down. Stuart Broad stands at the end of his run, signalling to the crowd to get behind him. They answer his call and roar the Notts man to the crease. It's so dark that the floodlights are casting shadows from the players and reflecting off Herath's helmet. Who would want to bat now? Herath, though, hangs on. Six overs to go.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Looked plumb, it was plumb, definitely not bouncing over. I think Mr Herath might get a few short ones. You can't appeal against the light now either with the lights on."

  53. 18:09: 
    WICKET- Kulasekara lbw Broad 1 (SL 199-7)

    England have another! Stuart Broad goes full to Nuwan Kulasekara, pinning the right-hander in front of all three, plumb as you like. The batsman doesn't even bother reviewing, heading for the pavilion as Broad leaps into the arms of his adoring team-mates. England need three wickets. What a finish.

    Fall of wickets: 25-1, 123-2, 159-3, 169-4, 170-5, 194-6, 199-7


    England's Stuart Broad
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Mathews is mentally strong, a strong character and that makes up for a lot of things. You need people of strong character."

  55. 18:07: 
    SL 199-6 (7 overs remain)

    Sir Geoff gets his wish and James Anderson, the sultan of swing, has the new rock. Immediately he's making it dance - outswing, then inswing, with Kulasekara so late on the shot that Anderson is already back to his mark for the next ball. Mercifully for Kulasekara, a single allows Mathews to see out the rest of the over.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "If Angelo Mathews stays there they will just get out of jail. I don't care how well Jordan has done - you've got a guy there, Anderson, one of the best bowlers in English conditions. You've got to give the new ball to your best guy."

  57. 18:03: 
    SL 198-6 (8 overs remain)

    It's still Stuart Broad, given the sort of field that bowlers dream of. Every man is catching - four slips, a gully, a leg gully, short leg and two other men in front of the bat. Angelo Mathews has had so much company today, he'll be expecting to see England fielders standing behind him when he goes out for dinner tonight. Broad is full, but the Sri Lanka skipper is unruffled, seeing out the over without fuss. 48 balls remain.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I never used to like seeing the old umpire holding up the shiny new ball. It just nips at you and thuds into the pads a bit harder."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  59. 17:56: 
    NEW BALL- SL 198-6

    Now the new rock is taken, two balls late. Why no Anderson? He might instead come from the other end. Three slips, leg slip, short leg, silly mid on, Kulasekara ducking so low at a ball not that short, he's almost beneath the stumps. We tick closer towards the close. England have 54 balls to take four wickets.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Benedict Cole: If I fail my A-Level tomorrow I will blame the cricket for being too exciting.

  61. 17:56: 
    SL 198-6

    Now then, how's this for a decision? James Anderson has not been loosening up and instead shines the old ball while Alastair Cook has a word in his ear. It's Chris Jordan to continue.

    Text 81111

    Thomas in London: Working from home listening to TMS, I've managed to miss every wicket today taking phone calls. Will gladly take four more if it helps the boys!

  63. 17:54: 
    SL 198-6 (10 overs remain)

    Nuwan Kulasekara is summoned from his chair and into the bear pit. Can you imagine what it must be like to walk out to the middle in this situation? It's another thing that makes cricket so unique. You've done nothing all day, then you're required to take part in the most important phase of the game. Stuart Broad returns to the attack, hurling the leather towards Angelo Mathews. Short balls defended, ducked and worn on the forearm, ultimately survived. The new ball is due, but will it be taken?

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's freed an end up now with the new ball coming, I wouldn't fancy being a tailender coming in with Anderson and Broad going to be steaming in."

  65. 17:47: 
    WICKET- P Jayawardene lbw Jordan 8 (SL 194-6)

    The Lord's roar tells you all you need to know. The England huddle erupts as Billy Bowden crosses his arms across his chest to overturn the decision. There was no bat, Prasanna Jayawardene was back on his stumps and Chris Jordan would have demolished middle and leg pegs. Just before the new ball, England have struck. Four wickets needed, 11 overs to get them.

    Fall of wickets: 25-1, 123-2, 159-3, 169-4, 170-5, 194-6


    England's Chris Jordan traps Prasanna Jayawardene lbw
  66. 17:47: 

    Chris Jordan the bowler, very full length. Surely it's not missing leg?

  67. 17:46: 

    Must be reviewed, Prasanna Jayawardene looks absolutely plumb. Billy Bowden says no, does he think there's an edge? If not, this looks dead.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Chris Parker: Can I just mention that the apparently unfit Ben Stokes has bowled more overs today than Broad and Jordan...

    Ray Allger: It's a long summer England have to be careful not to over bowl Jimmy here

  69. 17:41: 
    SL 194-5 (12 overs remain)

    Spin for the first time in a while, but in the shape of Joe Root rather than Moeen Ali. Mathews has more company than a lottery winner as he prods forward, his defence defying the groans of five close catchers. Root swiftly through his set, taking us a step nearer to the new ball.

    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Charlie Drayton: If only we had a certain spinner from Nottinghamshire to finish off the Sri Lankans.

  71. 17:39: 
    Close!- SL 194-5

    Quite frankly, Chris Jordan looks hacked off. He gives Jayawardene a silent death stare when the wicketkeeper just gets his gloves away from a bumper. Another short ball...just over the head of Sam Robson at short leg. It's bodyline stuff, the crowd oohing and aahing, clapping and screaming the Sussex man to the crease. Somehow, more by luck than design, Jayawardene gets through it.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Angry Man HAMP: People who leave before the end of a day's play at Lord's should be banned from all future internationals.

  73. 17:34: 
    SL 194-5 (14 overs remain)

    Short it is, still with captain Cook's funky field, with the gloom just lifting. Jayawardene somehow gets a hook through the blanket leg-side field, Sri Lanka seeing off another over with relative ease. Are we heading towards the inevitable? The new ball in four overs looks to be the only hope.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Looking at the way Anderson has bowled today, with five to get I think he is going to have to get three of them."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  75. 17:30: 
    SL 189-5 (15 overs remain)

    There's a delay as Angelo Mathews ducks off the field, probably to go where no one else can go for him. James Anderson chomps on a sweet. With how he got his wickets, the amount of short bowling England have employed today remains a mystery. Speaking of short bowling, here's Liam Plunkett.

    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Alexander Peake: Went to the cricket yesterday with three of my mates. They all decided it wouldn't be worth staying for the last day and are on a train up to Glasgow. I'm sitting in the Grand Stand watching Anderson and Broad go at Mathews and Jayawardene. Glad I brought a jumper, though.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I've been in Sri Lanka, Galle, where we have had to block out to survive. You didn't look at how many you scored - it was how many balls you faced."

  78. 17:25: 
    DRINKS BREAK- SL 189-5

    Chris Jordan to bowl the final over before the start of the last hour, the final period of the game where 15 more must be bowled. England have seven men in catching positions, but just the once slip. It's like watching cricket from the 1930s. Cook, the tinkerman, moves his pawns around once more. A short leg and two others catching on the square, but Mathews is unmoved. Time for a drink.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Alice: Nice as it was to let Ballance make his 100 last night, Eng should have been more ruthless and declared.

    davidpickering: Negativity may cost Eng the win. Should have declared earlier, with top sides backing themselves to stop Sri Lanka scoring 300+

  80. 17:21: 
    SL 189-5 (16 overs remain)

    Still Plunkett, in to the fourth over of his spell, optimistically asking for lbw against Jayawardene, who then decides the best way of playing a short ball is to wear it in the ribs for his country. He's already got a bust hand, is on the way home, so may as well take a few more bruises. Change needed now.

    Sri Lanka's Prasanna Jayawardene
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's all been right-arm seam for these two. Maybe we should try some off-spin."

  82. 17:17: 
    SL 189-5 (17 overs remain)

    Hmmm, it's all looking a little flat again, with the crowd, many of whom are huddled together to keep warm, less involved in the action than they were. Jordan and Plunkett have worked hard, but without James Anderson's box of tricks, this pair have looked increasingly comfortable. Maybe some spin before the new ball?

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jack Winter: Came down to the ground to try get some tickets and boost the atmosphere, they have stop selling tickets! Ground is half empty.

  84. 17:12: 
    SL 189-5 (Eng need 5 wkts)

    Matt Prior, shades on his cap, stubble around his chops, claps the gauntlets together to urge England on. Liam Plunkett shouldn't just be about banging it into the deck, and he finds some reverse when he goes full. Jayawardene just digs it out. The wicketkeeper, remember, has an injured hand and yanks it off the bat when the ball looks like getting close. Good bravery to survive another over. 18 remain.


    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "In another two or three barren overs you might toss the ball to Moeen to vary it. Plunkett, well he's going to bowl as fast as he can."

  86. 17:08: 
    SL 189-5 (Eng need 5 wkts)

    It's very gloomy, but that threat of rain seems to have subsided. The England balcony is full of tracksuited support staff as Jordan, his untucked shirt riding up his back, lumbers in. There's a little swing, even a touch of movement off the pitch, but it's not happening for England. You sense this match will come down to James Anderson and a piece of new, red leather.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's going right to the wire with the second new ball. These two are playing nicely. I liked that field after tea when everyone was around to Sangakkara. We talk about Waqar Younis but Anderson's spell was like that - incredible bowling."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  88. 17:04: 
    SL 187-5 (20 overs remain)

    The new era of this England team is very much led by Alastair Cook. He's unquestionably the gaffer. He waves his arms around to direct the men as a poor piece of chewing gum is mercilessly savaged. Field set for the short ball, Mathews controlled on the pull. Another ticked off by the Sri Lankans.

    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "England have 21 overs to take the last five Sri Lanka wickets. How long did it take them to take the last five wickets in the first innings? 22.3 overs."

  90. 17:00: 
    SL 186-5 (21 overs remain)

    Chris Jordan gets a little carried away with short stuff, wasting energy as Jayawardene is unruffled. Jordan is better served going full, trying to bring those three leg-side catchers in to play. Sri Lanka are looking a little bit more secure. Is the sting just going out of the game? One wicket would change all that.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Anderson has been the pick of the bowlers - he was in the first innings as well. Jordan has cropped up at crucial moments. He'll have to crop up once more."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  92. 16:56: 
    Close!- SL 186-5

    Liam Plunkett, built like a brick hithouse, comes into the attack with a plan as subtle as a wrecking ball. Mathews knows what's coming, ducking into one that doesn't bounce, taking a blow on the bonce. If ducking means getting your brains scrambled, Mathews goes on the pull insetad, almost inside edging on to his stumps. England coach Peter Moores throws his hands to his head. Yep, it was that close.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Alistair Stanistreet: I love Test cricket!

    James Kenny: Got a job interview on Weds and supposed to be learning commercial media stats. So far all I know is Jimmy's bowling figures.

  94. 16:51: 
    SL 182-5 (Eng need 5 wkts)

    Matt Prior pulls a disgusted face after being given an energy drink by the 12th man, with Chris Jordan coming on to end James Anderson's magic, middle-order-wrecking spell. There will still be time for him to have another dip when the new ball is available. As Liam Plunkett also gets loose, Jordan asks questions of Jayawardene, who survives only because of the inside edge.

    Text 81111

    Michael in Stockport: Re Harry (16.30) I was at old Trafford many years ago when England played Pakistan. We left at tea with England 2 wickets down and the draw seemed certain. However, we didn't reckon with the England batsmen having a meltdown and Dickie Bird making some shocking decisions and we missed England snatching defeat from what should have been a draw.

  96. 16:47: 
    SL 182-5 (24 overs remain)

    I wonder if England are thinking of the 17 overs or so that have disappeared from this match because of the slow rate. What they'd they give to have them still to bowl. Broad stretches his long limbs towards Mathews, who defends with the calmness of a man who doesn't realise the severity of the situation. How long go can England go wicketless if they are to force a win?

    Fall of wickets: 25-1, 123-2, 159-3, 169-4, 170-5


    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Peter Melrose: Re Sam Sheringham at (16:23) The 'Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka' chants were never very half hearted when you are seated in the midst of their fans alongside Pub Landlord Al Murray.

  98. 16:42: 
    SL 180-5 (Eng need 5 wkts)

    Jimmy Anderson is serenaded to the crease by the song that contains only the words of his name. The exaggerated swing movement is clearly visible, the ball mainly hooping in from wide, arrowing in on off stump. Jayawardene, underneath his sleeveless sweater, is challenged to decide whether to play or leave. He's up to the task.

    England's Alastair Cook and James Anderson
    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Mark in Scarborough: Re: Tuffers, 16.24: At that stage, Hawkeye is "predictive". Cricket is an analogue game in a digital world. I'd rather just leave it to the Umpire, actually.

  100. 16:38: 
    SL 180-5 (26 overs remain)

    In reality, taking five wickets in 26 overs should still be a tall order for the bowling side, but momentum can be an irresistible force. Remember the times when this match seemed to be on a slow drift to a draw? How silly were we to doubt the grand old sensei that is Test cricket? There's now one more variable to throw in to the mix - the weather. There's the odd umbrella up in the crowd. What Sri Lanka would give for a shower now.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Anderson has been superb. There has been a little bit of reverse swing but he's bowled with zest through this match, not on a bowler's paradise. There will be potentially 10 overs with the new ball if England need it, which I suspect they will."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  102. 16:34: 
    SL 173-5 (Eng need 5 wkts)

    Through the chaos, Angelo Mathews actually seems to be rather calm. After all, this is the man who sanctioned the Jos Buttler mankading, so he's always likely to be a little unflappable. Anderson continues his metronomic examination, nipping the ball both ways. Mathews, though, soaks up the pressure. Only four runs have been scored in five overs. 27 remain.

    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Harry: Oh no. Half an hour ago I was sat in the Upper Compton Stand at Lord's, with what would have been a great view of rampant Jimmy. Now I'm on a train home to MK, I was so sure a dull draw was secured by Sri Lanka! I don't really know if I want us to get the wickets now!

  104. 16:30: 
    SL 173-5 (28 overs remain)

    England are ticking, Stuart Broad giving Angelo Mathews the sort of verbal volley that would have previously resulted in him having his mouth washed out with soap and water. Each delivery begins with a roar from the crowd, a hand clap, and usually ends with England's fielders having hands on heads. Jayawardene leave, then forward in defence.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "If the ball is hitting the stump. I know this makes the umpire feel wanted but if you want to be precise, the ball is hitting the stumps and it is out!"

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  106. 16:24: 
    NOT OUT- SL 170-5

    Just as we thought, but it's very, very close. It's swinging in, down the slope, with Jayawardene playing all around it. Umpire Billy Bowden has got it right, though, but only just. It's clipping leg stump, but Jayawardene survives on the umpire's call. All happening.

  107. 16:23: 

    England have to review this. Prasanna Jayawardene pinned by an in-ducker. Leggy?

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "The crowd are getting right behind England now. An hour ago, all I could hear were half-hearted chants of 'Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka' from the Mound Stand, but now there is a roar of anticipation and rhythmic clapping before every ball."

    Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara
  109. 16:21: 
    SL 170-5 (Eng need 5 wkts)

    Spin withdrawn, Stuart Broad recalled. You sense that Angelo Mathews is the key now. If England get the skipper, they will be right amongst the rabbits. Broad goes full, clapped in by the crowd, with Mathews defending to defy two short covers and two short midwickets. Alastair Cook's captaincy has taken some grief in this match, but he's playing his part with his field settings now. "It's a long time to block," Matt Prior tells Mathews. From being duller than Eldorado, this match has become Game Of Thrones. Riveting theatre.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Lucy Carter: Annnnddderrrrssssonnn!

    Kate: My plan of following live feed at work has finally been foiled. My screaming out at Sangakkara's wicket didn't help matters.

  111. 16:16: 
    SL 170-5 (Anderson 3-24 from 12)

    Tuffers is right, it is reversing, that ball took the shoulder of Thirimanne's bat. The new man is Prasanna Jayawardene, the wicketkeeper who is heading home after this match with an injured finger. Get him, and England are in to the bowlers. Lord's rises as Anderson finished the over. England are five balls away, five good bits of cricket. 31 overs left, new ball due in 21.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That reverse swing is so potent if you can just get it going. That one just climbed on Thirimanne and very comfortably pouched by Jordan. Now Sri Lanka will be getting a bit juddery."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  113. 16:12: 
    WICKET- Thirimanne c Jordan b Anderson 2 (SL 170-5)

    Now do you believe? England do. James Anderson strikes twice in the over, removing his bunny Lahiru Thirimanne. From around the wicket, the left-hander can't resist at playing a wide one, poking to the bread basket of Chris Jordan at second slip. From nowhere, England are charging towards a Test victory.

    Fall of wickets: 25-1, 123-2, 159-3, 169-4, 170-5


    England's James Anderson
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It did jag back at Sangakkara, Moeen Ali's head high full toss might have shaken him up a bit. If they get Mathews out here there could be a bit of a wobble. There are four or five overs to get a wicket."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  115. 16:07: 
    WICKET- Sangakkara b Anderson 61 (SL 168-4)

    Bowled him! James Anderson has removed the wall, persuading Kumar Sangakkara to chop on to his stumps. Was it the funky field that unsettled the old master? Who knows, but, for some reason, he's played a loose waft outside off stump and played on to leg peg. Anderson is off on the charge, punching the air, mobbed by his team-mates. England are still alive.

    Fall of wickets: 25-1, 123-2, 159-3, 169-4


    Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara
    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Andrew Neill: Re (16:01) You sure he didn't just nod off with a cigarette in his mouth?

  117. 16:07: 
    SL 169-3 (32 overs remain)

    Still Moeen Ali, bowling with a short leg, silly point, a slip and a gully. Sangakkara, though wouldn't be ruffled if England had 30 fielders. What's this, a sneaky beamer? Moeen sends down the moon ball, called no-ball. Was that the doosra? Not sure, but Matt Prior thinks it's hilarious.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm not sure what this field is, I think they are all short something!"

  119. 16:04: 
    SL 164-3

    How's this for a field? There are eight, yes eight men on the off side. Of them, there is a slip, a gully, then four men catching in the covers. I make it a shortish point, short cover, short extra cover and short mid off. Anderson around the wicket, hanging the ball wide, looking for Sanga to feed one of those catchers. Sanga does not oblige. Creative, though.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Peter Shepherd: Few more wickets today would be great for England to get a mental edge ahead of the next Test.

  121. 16:01: 
    SL 164-3

    Burnt his MCC tie? The ashes will be taken to Sri Lanka? Anyway, the players return for the final time for the last act of this five-day drama. James Anderson to bowl after tea, Kumar Sangakkara on strike.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Leonard Odicean: My mate Terry's just burnt his MCC tie in protest at the nature of this Lord's pitch.

  123. 15:55: 

    Thanks, Jamie. As it stands, the match will last for another 34 overs, or until 18:00, whichever comes last. While I've been away, texts, tweets and emails in praise of Ed from Devon (15:21) have been raining in. He may well be the the man of the match.

  124. 15:54: 

    Now that's a bit harsh Si, isn't it? Mick Hunt is something of a legend, isn't he? And not just because of his name. This outfield is an absolute work of art. It's a complex science preparing a wicket and I wouldn't profess to know much about it. No doubt we will hear more on the subject. Who would be top of the hit list between Mick and his pitch and poor old Cook and his captaincy? I hand you back to Stephan for the remainder of the match, however long that will take.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Si Lomas: Lord's groundstaff should be ashamed of this wicket, as placid as they come, not a good way to advertise this new look side.

    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The odds are strongly against England, but they have got past the seemingly impenetrable partnership of Jayawardene and Sangakkara."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene
    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Nick in the library: Masters dissertation work taking a back seat today. Sure, the political economy of Bolivia is fascinating - nobody could deny that - but more interesting than following as Stu and Jimmy skittle the Sri Lankans? Not a chance.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'd like to see fielders in catching positions to all the batsmen now. Runs are irrelevant. The only way you're going to win is to create seven chances."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  129. 15:42: 
    Tea- SL 164-3 (Sangakkara 59, Thirimanne 0)

    Moeen Ali is called for to bowl the last over before tea. Are we going to see the doosra. It's been as elusive as the cuckoo thus far. He skips in with an approach reminiscent of Harbhajan Singh, spreading his arms out before releasing the ball. No alarms for the batsmen and that is the interval. We have seen 27 overs and 2-67 in that session. A possible 34 overs remain in the match. Not over QUITE yet is it?

    Fall of wickets: 25-1, 123-2, 159-3


  130. 15:39: 
    SL 159-3 (Anderson 1-23 from 10)

    The crowd is up. There are not many of them but they are in good voice. Two slips and a gully for left-hander Thirimanne but there are many who are baying for a far more attacking field.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "He played for the slope. Anderson getting a hint of wobble. He's trying to get it to reverse but it doesn't do a great deal - it goes straight on. Good change to get Jimmy Anderson back into the attack."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    England's James Anderson
  132. 15:34: 
    WICKET- Jayawardene c Prior b Anderson 18 (SL 159-3)

    Do not adjust your sets. That IS a wicket. Jayawardene HAS nicked it. It's not a no-ball, he is out. Perhaps the last time the maestro will appear at Lord's. Hung the bat out a bit there really, but criticising him feels wrong. If it is his final innings at Lord's he has scored 448 runs in eight innings at an average of 64.

    Fall of wickets: 25-1, 123-2, 159-3


    England's James Anderson removes Mahela Jayawardene
  133. 15:32: 
    SL 158-2 (Broad 1-25 from 12)

    Cook brings back his other opening bowler Broad. The final gamble? The last pound in the jean pocket? There is the solitary wide slip in place, Jordan, who seems to have made the cordon his home. There is not much doing for him here though. The ball bounces twice again as it thuds into Prior's pads.

  134. 15:27: 
    SL 157-2 (Sangakkara 52, Jayawardene 18)

    Anderson is warmly welcome back by the crowd, who have that afternoon sound about them that surely demonstrates that the refreshment areas have been having a good day. The effort he puts into it is clear but you can almost see the ball dying in mid-pitch and it bounces a second time under Prior and away for four byes.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Paul Lancashire: If England draw this match it is not Cook fault, it's just a flat wicket. Unless one side threw it away it was always a draw.

  136. 15:21: 
    SL 152-2 (partnership 29)

    More from Plunkett but he is tiring now. I know the feeling. I bet he wasn't kept awake in a high-rise apartment block by drum 'n' bass 'music' for the entire night, though. Successive boundaries from Jayawardene into the leg side. Calm as you like.

    Text 81111

    Ed from Devon: For those looking to follow the text updates discreetly, a popular piece of office software (By a company whose name rhymes with SicroMoft) have a function called get external data from a Web page. Then you can look intently at a spreadsheet to get your sporting fix, refreshing occasionally, without any suspicious windows open. I have separate tabs for cricket, golf and football.

  138. 15:17: 
    SL 142-2 (Sangakkara 51, Jayawardene 10)

    So we have had 51 overs. How long will it take England to bowl another 29 and get the second new ball? Jordan is an intrepid campaigner, in his seventh over of this spell now, but he loses his line somewhat with the final delivery, which fizzes way down the leg side and gives Prior little chance. A bye is accrued and certain wicketkeepers would be seething to see that blemish against their name.

    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Howard Bates: The good old days. When I was at school, possession of a transistor radio on school premises was considered a particularly serious offence - nice orderly school must not be polluted by nasty modern music. One day our maths teacher walked into his lesson and asked which of us had radios. Silence. Question repeated. More silence. Eventually he said: "I'm asking because England are beating up India and I want to know what is happening every bit as much as you do." He then declared the classroom too hot to work in so we all went outside and had a 'maths' lesson in the shade of a tree whilst TMS discreetly kept us up to date. And no-one ever knew.

  140. 15:12: 
    SL 141-2 (Plunkett 0-25 from 9)

    Plunkett has clearly been told to run in and send it down as quickly as he can in a defiant last hurrah. He is up at 92mph again but Sangakkara appears to have plenty of time as he paddles a pull shot down to fine-leg for a single. Plunkett persists with the round-the-wicket tactic to Jayawardene, with the leg-slip still there optimistically. No cigar as an assured flick evades Bell and was along the ground in any case.

    Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara
    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Zaheer Haque: England selection for this Test needs seriously questioned not playing genuine spinner and not being aggressive with early declaration.

    Robert Pearce: Pitch is flatter than a pint which has been in the sun for 6 hours. You'd need Mitchell Johnson to bowl a side out on this.

  142. 15:08: 
    SL 139-2 (Jordan 1-32 from 9)

    Cook's captaincy has certainly come in for criticism. He is the only slip as Jordan continues under the lights, shining brightly now against the increasingly dark skies. There is a short leg too but it's all rather comfortable. Some teams might resort to the mind games in these meandering situations. But nobody bothers with sledging against these two, do they?

    Fall of wickets: 25-1, 123-2


    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Peter Coles: Cook was absolutely right not to declare earlier. It would have been stupid to risk losing when his side had battled to recover.

    Josh Cooper: Re: Alec (14:30) OR, we may not have got any wickets and Sri Lanka might have knocked off the runs easily on a dead pitch...

  144. 15:03: 
    SL 139-2 (Sangakkara 50, Jayawardene 9)

    The bearded Plunkett continues round the wicket against Jayawardene. It's 92mph but the diminutive Sri Lankan calmly moves back as if evading an excitable youth in the queue for the bar. Sangakkara attempts a hook and for once his timing is a little awry as the ball thuds into his hip. No damage, though, either to body or innings.

    Text 81111

    Nick in Wimbledon: Re Cook's captaincy, there is only one solution - bring Morgan into the side as a specialist captain, bat him at 6 with no pressure to score runs and guarantee him 2 years in the job. He reads the game better than any other senior England player, and makes some smart decisions on the pitch.

  146. 14:59: 
    50 for Sangakkara- SL 138-2

    I have been looking at the scoreboard of that match at Cardiff in 2011. Sri Lanka began their second innings 50 minutes before tea on the final afternoon and lost two wickets to Chris Tremlett in the first four overs. Tremlett then dismissed Jayawardene in the first over of the final session as the final eight wickets fell for 49 in just 12 overs.

    But here Sangakkara has the carpet slippers on against Jordan from the Pavilion End and completes just the 46th Test fifty with a stylish drive for two. Completed in 137 balls for the record. His fifth in consecutive Test innings. Some fairly hefty dark clouds behind the media centre - maybe they will intervene to bring an end to proceedings.

    Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara
    Henry Blofeld, BBC Test Match Special

    "Sangakkara is like a swan on the water - it looks very smooth but a lot of effort goes on underneath."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  148. 14:55: 
    SL 135-2 (runs required 255)

    Plunkett plugs away, still with that leap in the delivery stride. He tries round the wicket to Jayawardene and is urged on by the small but intrepid crowd. Ian Bell is in place at leg slip for any chance but Jayawardene keeps his leg glance along the pristine turf.

    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Ben in Windsor: Jumped out of my seat with a shout of Yes! When that review came back. Cue puzzled looks from colleagues. Fortunately my boss was out of the office on a coffee break or there could have been a review of my own. Got to get Mahela early now to have any chance of finishing this off.

    Pete in Wakefield: You're all welcome. Just went to make my lunch on the assumption that nothing's doing - returned to see Billy Bowden's finger going up. I'll take one for the team and keep switching off, shall I?

  150. 14:50: 
    SL 132-2 (Sangakkara 47, Jayawardene 5)

    That's very kind but I'm with Bill Withers on this one. And with these two at the crease you would have to think she has gone. She being any chance of a positive outcome in this match. Unless that is a Sri Lankan win of course. Jordan continues and both the greats calmly collect singles. So we have had 45 overs. In theory there are 45 to go and 258 runs are needed. Almost six an over, isn't it?

  151. 14:47: 
    SL 130-2

    The drinks break has summoned the sunshine, and I'm no man for sunshine. Jamie Lillywhite is.

    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Andy in Surrey: Re Alec (14:30) Two wickets last night? Really, Alec? What game are you watching? We've only taken two in half a day! The pitch is going to win this one.

  153. 14:43: 
    DRINKS BREAK- SL 130-2

    The wicket signals a change in the bowling, with Joe Root hauled from the attack in favour of the pace of Liam Plunkett. England are immediately targeting Jayawardene - who has had some back issues - with short stuff. Short leg, leg gully, two men on the hook, with a man also patrolling at third man. Oh, very good bumper, with Jayawardene taking his eye off the ball and lucky not to come a cropper. A good time for Sri Lanka to take drinks.

    Fall of wickets: 25-1, 123-2


    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "The wicket of Silva has awoken this small Lord's crowd from its slumber and given England an opening, but they still can't find a way past Kumar Sangakkara. If the Sri Lanka left-hander can make it to a century, he would be only the second overseas batsman to do it in both innings of a Lord's Test after George Headley of West Indies in 1939. He would also be only the fourth cricketer to score hundreds in four consecutive innings. Windies legend Everton Weekes is the only man to achieve five in a row, in 1948."

  155. 14:37: 
    SL 127-2 (47 overs remain)

    Right then, it's taken us an age to get a wicket on a featherbed, surely it won't take long to get the next one. What? Who's in next? Oh. Yep, the man England don't want to see walking to the crease is Mahela Jayawardene, the classy wall. Jordan continues with the leg theory - leg slip and short leg - with Jayawardene off the mark with a clip fine.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England needed that - the bowler were getting frustrated. It was a bit of a nothing ball, it pitched on off stump, just went down the hill and he helped it round the corner. A great diving catch by Prior. Let's hope that has given England a way in."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Sri Lanka's Kaushal Silva
  157. 14:31: 
    WICKET- Silva c Prior b Jordan 57 (Eng 123-2)

    Gone! Chris Jordan bowled poorly this morning, but he has the knack of making things happen. Here, he's made the breakthrough that never looked like coming. Frankly, it's a poor delivery, but Kaushal Silva's glove tickle flies down the leg side, where the nibble Matt Prior skips across, dives and takes a very good catch in both hands. England are whoop-whooping, Lord's is roaring (sort of). A chance?


    England's Chris Jordan removes Kaushal Silva
  158. 14:30: 

    Now then, this looks a good shout. Jordan to Silva, gloved down the leg side? Billy Bowden says no, but England immediately want a review.

    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Alec in Kettering: Re: Gareth Cook (14:21) If England had have declared earlier, we may have taken a couple or wickets last night. Also, setting SL a lower target may have enticed them to have a go. They are just plodding now, with no real possibility of a win.

  160. 14:29: 
    SL 123-1 (Silva 57, Sangakkara 43)

    Joe Root's blond hair has formed an outrageous vertical quiff, like that scene from There's Something About Mary. Root, quiff and all, has just got Kaushal Silva playing shots he doesn't need to. An aerial clip into the leg side, an uncontrolled sweep. England a little interested, but ultimately disappointed.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jack Byrne: England, led by Cook, do not have the imagination to make anything out of flat games like this. Cook has ruined this game.

    Mike Morris: Can't help but think England last summer would have found a way to win.

  162. 14:26: 
    SL 116-1 (49 overs remain)

    It's not that rock 'n' roll don't ever mix. Mick Jagger is a cricket fan, as is Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme and Razorlight's Johnny Borrell. It's just that you don't ever imagine that imagine American rockers would ever have had much exposure to the great game. Jordan around the wicket to Sangakkara, who seems to have entered some sort of forward-defensive trance. Yet another maiden.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England will want to get a wicket or two before tea or else Sri Lanka might be thinking, 'If we send Angelo Mathews in after tea we might have a dip at it.'"

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  164. 14:21: 
    SL 116-1 (target 390)

    England are going through all the options, with Root coming around the wicket to Silva, bowling a leg-stump line in the hope that leg slip may be in the game. A few texts and tweets tell me that Joe Perry is at Lord's having played the Download festival last night. He really is the most unlikely cricket fan the world has seen.

    Aerosmith's Joe Perry
    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Gareth Cook: I'm no massive fan of Cook (the captain), but those saying that we should have declared earlier....that would mean a lot less runs which the Sri Lankan's would surely be knocking off. Then you would be sticking up for Cap'n Cook would you? I doubt it!

  166. 14:16: 
    50 for Kaushal Silva

    Kaushal Silva, the wicketkeeper-turned-opener, moves to his second half-century in the match by pushing the returning Chris Jordan for one on the off side. It's taken him 93 balls, one of which donged him on the back of the head. Just as he did then, he removes his helmet, revealing a steely goatee. A good knock, one that is pushing England's towards submission.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I want to see Moeen's doosra. What a perfect time to bowl it, with runs up your sleeve. He obviously feels anxious about bowling it. His bowling is difficult to gauge on a real flat one like this but he shows the signs that he is more than an occasional spinner."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  168. 14:13: 
    SL 113-1 (52 overs remain)

    There's a rumour going around that Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is at the ground. Joe Perry. Really? Surely he would go down as one of the world's most unlikely cricket fans? Joe Root on to replace Moeen Ali, but the outcome is the same. Off-spin, off stump, six dots.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "There was a ripple of applause around the ground...but that was just for beating the bat, which shows you what kind of session it has been."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  170. 14:10: 
    SL 113-1

    Broad is getting a hint of reverse, first beating Silva's outside edge, then throwing his head back when the little right-hander plays French cricket around his front pad. Yet another maiden, warmly applauded. I'm trying to make it sound exciting, but even Alfred Hitchcock would do well to turn this into a thriller.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Akhlaq Hanif: If this Test ends a draw, Cook will get massive criticism - and rightly so - for not declaring earlier. Needed to win this Test.

  172. 14:06: 
    SL 113-1 (target 390)

    Moeen, grass stains on his knee, wheeling away around the wicket to Sangakkara, who plods dutifully plods forward like a guard outside Buckingham Palace. You can wave at him, scream in his ear, even tickle him. There's no distracting him from the job at hand.

    Text 81111

    Richard at the ground: Re Jim Sinfield (13.39) - not sure England would have dared declare with a lead around 320, and either way it currently looks like they'd have needed a lot more time than an additional hour last night to bowl SL out.

  174. 14:02: 
    SL 112-1 (Eng need 9 wkts)

    It's hard to describe how lifeless Lord's is at the moment, both in the middle and in the stands. A lone voice, possibly of a young schoolboy, is heard, while Stuart Broad tries to make something happen by asking for a change of ball. The umpires haven't come down on the last shower, so they aren't falling for that one. Another maiden.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    David Harley: Re Dave in Surrey (13:50) Monty's been dropped by Essex for poor time keeping... Don't think he's the man to come in and save us.

  176. 13:58: 
    SL 112-1 (Silva 48, Sangakkara 43)

    The only thing ruffling Kumar Sangakkara at the moment is the wind on his shirt sleeves. He plods forward to Moeen, flicking the off-breaks into the covers like a man picking his teeth after a good steak. Come to think of it, Sanga could probably bat with a toothpick.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Richie Macca: Were the captain a bowler, Ballance would have been given time limit at crease. Should have bowled yesterday. Result gone now. Shame.

    Douglas Law: Let's take a Broad perspective. There's still plenty of time for Stuart to take the wickets.

  178. 13:56: 
    SL 106-1 (target 390)

    Let's keep the faith, though. One wicket can bring two. Number five Lahiru Thirimanne looked in no nick during the first innings, Angelo Mathews got a hundred, so he's a due a failure, then it's the keeper and the tail. That's how it works, right? Problem is, England haven't got a sniff at the moment. Broad to Sangakkara. A maiden.

    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Mick in Tunbridge Wells: I don't feel Cook was at all overcautious about declaring. Smart money is on the Sri Lankans knocking this off just after tea, Twenty20 style.

  180. 13:52: 
    SL 106-1 (Silva 45, Sangakkara 40)

    Moeen around the wicket to both the right and left hander. Like Margaret Thatcher, this ball is not for turning. Lord's in a pre-lunch slumber, from which it can only be awoken by a wicket.

    Sri Lanka's Kaushal Silva
    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Paul Baldwin: Catching up on the day's cricket. So has England's plan been to bang it on short on a dead Lord's wicket?

  182. 13:50: 
    SL 104-1 (59 overs remain)

    It's warming up. The handful of spectators have dispensed with the anoraks, going with shirt sleeves. Stuart Broad shares afternoon duties as a chap on the top balcony of the pavilion almost eats his fingers taking a bit out of a sandwich the size of his head. Broad around the wicket to Sangakkara, the left-handed maestro twice tucking off his pads as if he's having a net.

    Text 81111

    Dave in Surrey: Bring back Monty, issues and all. Would the pitch suit him today, he has the experience which we don't have now. Give the guy a break.

  184. 13:45: 
    SL 100-1 (target 390)

    "Big half hour lads," says Matt Prior behind the stumps, before the England close fielders get overly excited at a Sangakkara inside edge on to his front pad. One taken from the first over, a set that follows the pattern of pre-lunch - little happening.

  185. 13:43: 
    SL 99-1

    The bad news for England is that the clouds are breaking slightly. In amongst the grey we have glimpses of blue and white. Moeen Ali to begin the afternoon, bowling to Kumar Sangakkara.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ben Thapa: Assuming a fit Stokes comes back in, who drops out? Plunkett, Ali or Robson?

  187. 13:39: 

    So, how much office/school/house work have you managed to get done during the lunch break? It's time to knock off now, to resume again at 15:40. The players are heading back out.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James S Thambyrajah: I cannot see this England bowling attack getting nine wickets! There is still time for Sri Lanka to reach this target.

  189. 13:26: 

    Even with a game to win, England managed only 29 overs in the session, one short of the required 15-an-hour mark. That means there are a minimum of 61 remaining in the day. Sixty-one divided by nine? You do the maths.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jim Sinfield: I just have this uneasy feeling that England have sacrificed the match result for Ballance's century.

    Text 81111

    Mario: Re 12.26 and 12.08. RJL isn't MP's boss but it's clear neither of them are working. It has been noted.

    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Michael Challock: Message to Mike Prime (12.08). Hope you found my presentation of use. If you can let me have a costed analysis of my future projection options in about half an hour, we will be able give you our decision on which of you has won the contract.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm a firm believer in home advantage. They should have prepared a fast, bouncy pitch to suit the England attack, but this feels more like a wicket you'd find in Colombo than London. After five Ashes defeats, England would have wanted to start the summer with a win, but that is starting to look very unlikely because of the nature of this pitch."

    Text 81111

    Sebastian in Devon: Test field settings look more and more like one day settings these days. I miss those great arcing slip cordons of yesteryear.

  195. 13:08:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Geoffrey off his long run there. He's replaced on TMS by the journalists' panel, which is always well worth a listen. Lunch time, how productive can you be in the 40 minutes before play starts again?

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been one of those mornings that looked promising. The first few overs at each end it swung, it seamed a bit and we thought it was going to continue all day. Well it didn't. I don't know how you get them out - it's very unlikely England will win. Cook's captaincy still doesn't enlighten me. First thing this morning we had a man on the boundary. I'd like to see more pro-activeness from him but on this pitch I don't think it would have made much difference."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    England's James Anderson
    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Stephen Howarth: This England team reminds me of the frustrating 90s. Average all-rounder, recalling of bowler dumped years ago, flakey captain.

    Dennis Edwards: Why are the commentators talking about Sri Lanka batting to save the game, surely they're in a prime position and favourites to win.

  198. 13:05: 

    England, with the possible exception of Chris Jordan, have stuck to their task well. They are hampered by two things - the lifelessness of the pitch and the absence of a front-line spinner. Nine wickets in two sessions? Possible, but not probable. A Sri Lanka chase of 390? Very, very unlikely.

  199. 13:03: 
    Lunch- SL 99-1

    Stuart Broad, actually looking rather angry, kicks in. Only one slip, but that might be England's way of saying the pitch is slow, rather than a lack of intent. Catchers remain in front of the bat. Kaushal Silva, who has taken everything England have thrown at him in this session, takes us to lunch with a cover drive for four. At 99-1, Sri Lanka are well placed to draw this Test match.


    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think there is much else England can do, other than keep swapping the bowlers around."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  201. 12:59: 
    Close!- SL 95-1

    Ooohhh, the closest Kumar Sangakkara has come to giving a chance. A prod forward to Moeen, an edge, just short of Chris Jordan in the gully. Could Jordan be closer? If he was, he'd be standing on the track. Still only one down, one set to go before lunch.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "When international Test captains give the opposition an advantage by declaring early either they get crucified or we find out afterwards like with Hansie Cronje there was some funny business going on."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  203. 12:56: 
    SL 92-1 (target 390)

    The Liam Plunkett bumper plan is parked, with Stuart Broad recalled to the attack for a pre-lunch burst. He's around the wicket to Sangakkara, hoping the slope will help him feed two (and only two) waiting slips. It's good from Broad, honest toil without necessarily looking threatening. Sangakkara blocks, leaves and pushes back a maiden.

    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Tom Goy: I have been listening to the cricket whilst also writing a blog. I found myself typing Chris Jordan instead of what I am meant to be writing about. Carry on like this and our readers will just get a review of the day.

  205. 12:51: 
    SL 92-1 (64 overs remain)

    Moeen Ali comes around the wicket to right-hander Silva, pushing his off-breaks down the slope in the hope they will turn back up the hill. Silva is forward and back in defence, playing back a maiden. Maybe three overs to go before lunch.

    England's Moeen Ali
    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Andrew Lewin: Hmm, get feeling that Jordan is a 4th seamer, Stokes is a 4th seamer & Plunkett hasn't bowled 90mph rockets we were promised.

  207. 12:49: 
    SL 92-1 (Silva 37, Sangakkara 34)

    Plunkett reverts to over the wicket to Silva, who is relieved to get off strike. What's the thinking here? You need nine wickets, the oppo are 300 runs short of their target, yet you only have three catchers? Just a slip, gully and short leg greet Sangakkara. Yes, Sanga has looked about as relaxed as man sitting at home in his boxers, but surely more aggression wouldn't go amiss?

    Sri Lanka's Kaushal Silva
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Keep buoyed up, trying to win. The likelihood is not a lot but you never know. Sometimes two wickets can come out of the blue and you are in the game again."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  209. 12:45: 
    SL 91-1 (target 390)

    After fending off Plunkett's nipple-seekers, Kaushal Silva must think facing Moeen Ali is the cricketing equivalent of sitting by the pool with a pint. Runs accumulated by both men, before Matt Prior lets out a scream from behind the wicket. Can't be an appeal, Sangakkara's hit it. Be quiet, Matthew.

    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Will Finch: Maximising my BBC sport window every 10 minutes in the office, waiting for a Sri Lankan collapse. Although I'm pretty sure my boss reads this, in which case, it's every hour, definitely every hour.

  211. 12:42: 
    SL 84-1

    Alastair Cook is the major general, Liam Plunkett the heavy artillery. Cook points, waves his arms, inching fielders this way and that so that the leg-theory trap is perfectly placed before Plunkett steams in to Silva. The right-hander ducks and fends, getting the single he craves to let Sangakkara have a go. "What's the problem?" asks Kumar. He's got hours to lean back and defend on the back foot.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'd still like a bat on this pitch, it looks flat to me. It's going to be difficult to get these wickets, really tough. Unless you had three with the new ball. You will need a little bit of good fortune, a mistake or two from the batsmen and catch everything that goes."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  213. 12:37: 
    SL 81-1 (partnership 56)

    The contrast of the action at opposite ends could pass for two different sports. While Plunkett sends thunderbolts to Silva, who has only a bat for protection, Moeen and Sangakkara play human chess. Twirly, flighty, spinny from Moeen, Sanga treating each ball with suspicion. When fully satisfied, the left-hander leans back to cut for four. Wonderful.


    Text 81111

    Chris at work: Love it, teachers not teaching, students not learning, people wanting the sack! Could only be Test cricket.

  215. 12:35: 
    SL 77-1 (target 390)

    How do you follow up rattling a batsman's melon? Short, or full? If you're a batsman, how do you respond to having your head scrambled by 90mph red leather? Plunkett goes short again, but Silva has the stomach for the fight, ducking and weaving.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That ball when it him was only just above bail high. He is going to have another helmet, I think Health and Safety deems only one dent per helmet."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  217. 12:32: 
    OUCH!- SL 77-1

    That last entry says 70 overs remain, but hands could be shaken at 17:00 if the teams agree a result isn't possible. England decide on chin music for Silva, with Plunkett around the wicket and catchers waiting on the leg side. Short, duck. Short, duck. Short...bullseye! Silva ducks again, but this doesn't bounce, clattering into the plastic of the helmet with a shuddering thud that echoes through the effects mic. Even Sam Robson at short leg is cringing, but Silva simply removes his lid and nods to the bowler. Hard as nails.

    Sri Lanka's Kaushal Silva
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Wouldn't it be intriguing if - and it's a big if - Sri Lanka were 210-1 at tea. In the past you would think 180 in a session is just ridiculous but, with the advent of T20, batsmen can get into a different mindset."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  219. 12:28: 
    SL 77-1 (70 overs remain)

    Moeen is around the wicket to leftie Sangakkara, looking for the rough outside off stump. Dark beard down to the collar of his shirt, Moeen spins himself a catch, then twirls down on a decent line. Leaves and defence from Sanga. A maiden.

    Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara
    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    George in an undisclosed office in London: With BBC live text being quite distinct in my office, I have taken to hiding my tablet and using our inter-office live chat to update the lads who watch the cricket. Productivity is down, but patriotism is up.

  221. 12:26: 
    SL 77-1 (Silva 32, Sangakkara 24)

    Is that just a hint of blue sky? Maybe I'm being optimistic. With plenty of empty seats, the crowd has the look of that from a quiet day in the County Championship. Spectators are sitting back, waiting to be entertained, rather than investing in the action. Polite applause when Sangakkara cuts Plunkett for three. The Yorkshire seamer is slightly struggling for line, while Sangakkara has enough time for a brew and biscuit before playing each stroke.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James Chapman: Revising for medical finals following the live coverage. I hope the number of wickets Jimmy gets today is a question...

    Richard J Law: (Re 12:08) I'm Mike Prime's boss. Could you pay attention please!

    Phil Sjostorm: Discretely following live text while in Swedish class arguing over 'bestamd' and 'obestamd' forms.

  223. 12:22: 
    SL 69-1 (target 390)

    The wayward Jordan is replaced, with the off-spin of Moeen Ali called into action for the first time today. It's tough for Moeen, not a full-time spinner, being asked to do the job of a specialist on the final day. Still, he's been tidy for most of the match and claimed Sangakkara as his first Test wicket. It's an interesting start, a big full toss being tucked into by Silva.

    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Ben in Windsor: If we can get two more before lunch then we're bang on track for the win. If those two are Kumar and Mahela then even more so. Get it pitched up lads!

  225. 12:20: 
    Close!- SL 68-1

    James Anderson is withdrawn after a spell of eight overs, 0-21, replaced by the hulking Leviathan that is Liam Plunkett. With a short leg and leg gully, Silva might expect some short stuff, but is bluffed by the full delivery. His tame pat almost goes straight back to the bowler, just dropping short. Decent start by Plunkett.


    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Andrew: Re: memories of Lord's in this anniversary year - so many great memories from one of my very favourite places in the world, but probably the one that stands out is England v West Indies, 2nd Test in summer 2000, when on the Friday we were treated to part of all four innings on the same day - England skittled out but then Gough and Caddick bowling the Windies out for 54. Fantastic stuff, and not a dull ball in the whole day.

  227. 12:14: 
    SL 64-1 (Jordan 0-22 off 3)

    Tracy, I like the idea of alternative definitions for cricketing terms. Third man is Prince George (think about it), short leg and long leg are chaps of various trousers sizes. Quite honestly, Chris Jordan has bowled a bag of nails this morning. Too short, too full, both sides of the wicket. This time, a full toss is driven for four by Silva.

    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Tracy: Last week of school here in Spain. Kids are asking why I keep looking at the computer. I now have the live feed up on the board. And the kids are asking a lot of questions. Best one so far is; what does a spinner do? Spin around to make the other players dizzy? Looks like we'll be having an afternoon of explaining cricket here...

  229. 12:08: 
    SL 54-1 (target 390)

    Over-rates have been a source of frustration during this match - down at 12 an hour. Amazingly, with a match to win, England have managed 14 so far today. Anderson, sweat stain on his back and red streak on his trousers, beats Sangakkara in the first set after drinks, just as a smidge of sunshine is detected. How many wickets would England need by lunch to be on track for victory?

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Mike Prime: Sat in a client meeting, full room, phone hidden under hand, trying to follow while also appearing interested in presentation.

    Technoboy: Not worried about being caught following commentary, two weeks left to work of my notice period, what are they going to do....sack me?!?

    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Richard: Children in my Year 6 class doing maths - I'm trying to keep them quiet enough to hear the radio. We're working out the current run rate and the required run rate.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think the run chase is on at all. You open up gaps to try and lose the batsman's concentration; you have to keep allowing players to play nice shots. The second new ball could be the final nail. They will only have 10 overs with it but if they can have Sri Lanka five down by the second new ball I still think the game is on."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  233. 12:02: 

    Imagine having a teacher who promotes the reading of live text? The closest I came was having a maths teacher tell us that Australia had been bowled out for 118 in the first Test of the 1997 Ashes. Jordan, too short in his first over, is now too full to Silva, who drives past a catcher waiting at short cover for four. Jordan struggling a little, with the next ball pulled to the boundary. Silva has been impressive throughout this match, compact and organised. He's earned a drink.

    England's Chris Jordan
    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Sam: I am a teacher, and I know for a fact that every one of my 12 A Level pupils are following live text instead of completing biology coursework. It's projected onto the screen at the front.

    Stephen: With the BBC Sport live text too recognisable in my office to have up for long periods of time, I've taken too opening it every half an hour, and copying and pasting the live text into a blank email which I can then read with a genuine look of concentration, undetected by my boss.

  235. 11:57: 
    SL 46-1 (Silva 15, Sangakkara 10)

    A sign of the short length that England have bowled is that only four runs have come in the 'V' between mid off and mid on all day. Still Anderson, around the wicket to Sangakkara, who edges short of the three waiting slips. Lord's is quiet enough for the sound of a plane flying overhead to be clearly audible as Sangakkara defends the rest of the over on the back foot.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "You sometimes forget these guys are human and with 10 wickets needed today there is pressure on the bowlers, and in particular Anderson and Broad with the inexperience of Jordan, Plunkett and Moeen Ali. England have been too short and haven't quite got the Sri Lankans on the front foot enough."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  237. 11:53: 
    SL 45-1 (target 390)

    The first bowling change of the day, with Chris Jordan coming into the attack as the light fades that little bit more. Jordan's run-up is so languid that, even at the start of the day, he looks weary. His task will be to pitch the ball up - England have perhaps been too short - but Sangakkara is allowed to hammer through the covers for three. A mixed start.


    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Silva looks a very organised player - he evaded the short balls well - but he's so square of the wicket in terms of the way he plays. England are opening up the field to say 'let's see if you can hit it down the ground'. If you can get the batsmen to play shots that are not in their bubble you're doing a good job."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  239. 11:47: 
    SL 37-1 (Anderson 0-21 off 6)

    Silva has an odd pre-ball routine, moving his left hand from waist to bat rapidly, three or four times, like the tick-tack man at a racecourse. England have a short leg and a square leg in place, so the opener can expect more short stuff. Negotiated, with an Anderson long hop then flashed through point for four.

    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Christian Ward: Listening to TMS in hospital with newborn and partner sleeping next to me at silly mid on and off. Hope we are in for a long day. Wasn't allowed to listen during labour yesterday (midwife caught me out with secret headphone in).

    Ben Roberts in Shrewsbury: Went up to the study centre at college to do 'English homework' as soon as play started. I'm now hiding out of the way in the corner from the teachers keeping track of the match. I'll be gutted if it's a draw - we deserve the win after Joe Root's knock.

  241. 11:43: 
    SL 32-1 (Eng need 9 wkts)

    Sangakkara, blue baselayer under his white playing shirt, number 84 under the badge, twirls his bat as he waits for Broad. Leave outside off stump, push to leg and take one. Members populate the white park benches of the pavilion, but the white plastic of the stands remains mostly empty. Still, the echo of applause at the end of the over is loud enough to fill HQ with noise.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is why the early breakthrough is so important because you get to bowl at Sangakkara with the new ball. Square-leg is in place, I'd just be tempted to put him to short-leg, put a bit of pressure on."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  243. 11:39: 
    SL 30-1 (target 390)

    Anderson to Sangakkara, 300 Test wickets v 11,000 Test runs. Silly numbers. Grabbers waiting in the slips, Anderson producing howitzers down the slope that have even the great Sanga prodding and missing. When Jimmy loses his radar, looking for the magic ball, Sangakkara can get off the mark with a clip fine. Nevertheless, ball is very much on top of bat right now.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Early breakthrough for England. The ball has moved around a bit more than we have seen in the last few days. Anderson is a master at moving it either way but I still feel he can gamble on bowling a yard fuller to try and entice the drive."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  245. 11:34: 
    SL 26-1 (Broad 1-14 off 4)

    Replays show that was actually quite a smart snaffle by Robson. The youngsters always get sent to short leg, even if they've never fielded ay boot hill before. Broad's 50th Test wicket at Lord's brings Kumar Sangakkara, he of the first-innings hundred, to the crease. If England can remove him and his mate Mahela Jayawardene before lunch, the win would be come favourite.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Good delivery by Broad - good pace, he dug it in and it went quite quickly to Robson, who took a good reaction catch. The new ball is doing a bit and if England can just get rid of Sangakkara and Jayawardene they will have an end to bowl at. They are the key wickets, England know that and Sri Lanka know that."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne
  247. 11:29: 
    WICKET- Karunaratne c Robson b Broad 16 (SL 25-1)

    The first strike! Stuart Broad has the breakthrough, the first of 10 wickets England need for a 1-0 lead. It's all rather tame actually, as Dimuth Karunaratne inside-edges a back-of-a-length delivery on to his thigh pad and in to the hands of the helmeted Sam Robson at short leg. One down...

    Fall of wickets: 25-1


    England bowler Stuart Broad
    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Seb Horner: Re Ollie (11:13) - in these days of social media, I wouldn't be surprised if we see a declaration by Tweet or Facebook status soon!

  249. 11:28: 
    SL 25-0

    Anderson, military approved haircut, kicks in. As he peers towards right-hander Silva, the slope runs from the off side, down to the leg. Hoop in and out, the opener tucked up by a final-ball in-ducker. A maiden.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Broad's going hunting, erring on the full side, which is the right way, and a beautiful shot from Karunaratne. The ball is still swinging for Broad, it's happening for England, they just have to stay patient."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  251. 11:24: 
    SL 25-0 (target 390)

    Sri Lanka's task isn't simply to hang around - batting out the day will be easier if they look to score runs. With that in mind, Karunaratne cuts, then drives Broad for successive boundaries. The beginning of the over had seen a gully in place, but two fours immediately has the bowler shaking his head and waving his arms at the captain. Gully removed, placed at midwicket. Odd.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Joshua Linn: Secretly keeping up to date with the Test at Lords, Sri Lankan colleague called in sick today... think we all know where he is!

  253. 11:20: 
    SL 17-0 (Eng need 10 wkts)

    Dimuth Karunaratne might be the name written on the scorecard, but do you know what is real first name is? Frank. Kaushal Silva, short of stature, fidgety, was bounced out in the first innings and Anderson is employing the bumper again. Perhaps hanging on the back foot, Silva almost comes a cropper off the inside edge, then outside edges short of the slips. Plenty happening, but nothing in the wickets column yet.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England will be delighted to see the new ball swing, you always feel you are in the game. If you get those early breakthroughs and get the middle order in early it makes such a difference, it's a completely different game for the middle order."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  255. 11:16: 
    SL 17-0 (Karunaratne 8, Silva 5)

    A Stuart Broad day? He's started well, hooping the new nut into the pads of Karunaratne. The leftie, though, looks decent in defence. When Broad loses his radar, Matt Prior is left scampering like a goalkeeper beaten at the far post. Four byes.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "Will Monday be a Stuart Broad day? Last year, the Nottinghamshire seamer almost single-handedly landed the killer blow in two Test wins. In the first Test of the summer against New Zealand at Lord's he took 7-44 on the fourth day as England demolished the Kiwis for 68 to win by 170 runs. Later in the summer in Durham, an inspired burst of 6-20 in 45 balls guaranteed an Ashes series victory over Australia."

  257. 11:13: 
    SL 13-0 (target 390)

    The MCC is celebrating 200 years of the Lord's ground this year, a double century of thrilling Test finishes. Will today be another? Do let us know your favourite Lord's memories. Also, let me know if you're secretly following the cricket at school or work. Anonymity not guaranteed. Silva ducks into an Anderson bumper, taking a blow to the back, but that's as uncomfortable as it gets.

    Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Ollie: Something I have always wondered, does Alistair Cook actually knock on the Sri Lankan dressing room door, doff his cap and say, 'Good morning, hope you slept well. Would you care for a bat?' Or is it more modern than that these days?

  259. 11:08: 
    SL 10-0 (target 390)

    Tuffers gets his wish, England do have a short leg for Stuart Broad, along with three slips for Karunaratne. When right-hander Silva gets on strike, the short leg moves to gully. Nice from Broad, just arcing away on a full length, causing the diminutive Silva to prod and miss. When the lanky bowler looks to repeat, the impressive Silva sends him through the covers.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think it's rocket science what Alastair Cook has to do today. I'd like to see a short-leg. It seems to be a position that has gone out of favour. Have one if only so the batsman looks to the off side."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  261. 11:03: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- SL 5-0

    Oh, it's a bowling morning and Anderson is already making the new cherry dance. Swing away from leftie Dimuth Karunaratne, an edge between slips and gully for four. Swing back in, lbw appeal rightly turned down. Not much light, dark clouds, red leather reflecting the floodlights as Anderson propels it 22 yards. Not a good time to be opening the batting.

    The England slips appeal for lbw
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a bit chilly this morning but at least there is the opportunity of something happening with the new ball. One of the main things is England have got themselves into a position to win the game. The England hierarchy will be delighted to see the side gel."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  263. 11:00: 

    The players are out into a gloom dark enough to requite the floodlights. England, whites freshly pressed like 11 ice-cream men, huddle, taking final words from captain Cook. James Anderson has the ball, Dimuth Karunaratne is on strike. Kaushal Silva is his mate at the other end.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Matthew Greenlees: Sri Lanka to bat sensibly and seal a draw. Unless Anderson and Stuart Broad can get the ball swinging.

    Chris Jones: Cloudy conditions, day 5 track and 2 new balls. All combines to a Jimmy Anderson day.

  265. 10:55: 

    England all-rounder Chris Jordan on TMS: "Having watched Test cricket in the past, you see how flat the wickets are and it's a challenge I relish, making something happen for the team. Hopefully I can do that today.

    "We are going to have to be patient. We can't chase it - we have to group balls and use the short ball smartly. Overhead conditions may play a part. Hopefully it stays like this all day and we take 10 wickets."

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The new ball has got to do some damage, if they can get two or three wickets before lunch, one of which has to be a Sangakkara or a Jayawardene, then they have a chance."

  267. 10:54: 

    Paul, I can sort of see where you're coming from, but 390 to win on the final day is rarer than a Kumar Sangakkara play and miss. To put it into context, 344 is the highest run chase ever at this ground. England's biggest problem in forcing the win will be Sanga and his mate Mahela Jayawardene. More sticky than superglue, that pair.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Paul Fleming: If there is a team in the world who can chase this score, it's Sri Lanka.

  269. 10:51: 

    There's hardly a sense of expectancy around HQ at the moment, with the crowd currently voting with their feet. Old Trafford in 2005 it is not. If you want to head to Lord's, you won't struggle for a seat.

    Text 81111

    Rachel: Forget the long hours, weekends spent at the desk and always feeling 'on call' - this is when working from home comes into its own!

  271. 10:46: 

    It's actually quite sporting from England - they could have waited until 10 minutes before the start of the day before declaring. Having said that, Sri Lanka must have been expecting as much.

    Lord's is overcast, suggesting that it's a bowling morning. England will hoping that the new ball will zip around in the heavy air.

  272. 10:43: 
    England have declared

    The news we've been waiting for. England captain Alastair Cook has knocked on the Sri Lanka dressing room door and invited the tourists to bat once more.

    England need 10 wickets to win, Sri Lanka 390 runs. If neither of those happen, we'll head to Headingley at 0-0.


    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was how Ballance played yesterday that impressed me. I liked his tempo - not only early in his innings, when they had lost three quick wickets, but at the end of the day, smashing a ball for six in the last over to go to three figures. Let's see how he does against better attacks - India this summer and Australia next year - but he has done everything asked of him. Yet I still question him batting at three - is he more suited to a couple of places lower down?"

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  274. 10:40:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Correct me if I'm wrong. You're going to be surreptitiously following the cricket aren't you? Live text minimised on the work computer, quickly hidden when the boss is near. Maybe a sneaky peek at your mobile phone at the back of the classroom? If you're a little more brazen, Test Match Special is on Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 long wave, online, digital TVs, and via the BBC Sport and BBC Radio apps. Maybe get the boss or the teacher to stick the wireless on?

  275. 10:38: 
    Get involved

    And that is where we begin, waiting for news on England's Monday-morning plans. Surely they won't bat on? I can only imagine the collective groan across the nation if they do. Do you think the hosts can force victory today? Should they have bowled last night? How can they get through this strong Sri Lanka batting line-up? Text 81111, tweet using the hashtag #bbccricket, or email tms@bbc.co.uk.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "It's a grey, cold morning at Lord's but the Test match is warming up nicely as we head into the fifth and final day. I wouldn't say the queues to get in are snaking around the corners, but there is a steady stream of punters of coming in through the North Gate, where tickets are on sale at £20 each. Still no word yet on whether England will declare on their overnight score - inquiries to Alastair Cook from were met with a broad smile - but they are running through their fielding drills on the outfield and the view from the press box is that they must make a statement of positive intent by attacking Sri Lanka with the ball from the outset."

  277. 10:35: 

    Yep, after a wobble on the fourth afternoon, England were taken to a seemingly impregnable position by Gary Ballance's maiden Test hundred.

    Even now, Sri Lanka would need 390 to win. More realistically, the tourists would have to bat out the day to earn a draw.

    Ten wickets in a day? Usually a fair chance. This wicket, though, despite showing a hint of deterioration, is flatter than week-old lager.

    Gary Ballance
  278. 10:33: 

    Which brings us to Lord's and the responsibility to raise spirits placed upon the England cricket team.

    After four days of a Test match which has often meandered, battered bowlers into submission and occasionally thrilled, England are 10 wickets away from a 1-0 lead over Sri Lanka.

    But first, they have to declare...

  279. 10:32: 

    The footballers provided familiar despair and the rugby team were plucky losers once more. Andy Murray couldn't be bothered to show up for the weekend at Queen's and there was no British challenge at the US Open (though we're all European when it comes to golf, right?).

  280. 10:30: 

    Monday. Back to work. A weekend of sporting disappointment over.

Share this story

Live Scores - England v Sri Lanka


  • England drew with Sri Lanka
  • England: 575-9 & 267-8 (69.0 overs)
  • Sri Lanka: 453 & 201-9 (90.0 overs)
  • Venue: Lord's

Sri Lanka 2nd Innings

View full scorecard
Karunaratne c Robson b Broad 16
K Silva c Prior b Jordan 57
Sangakkara b Anderson 61
M Jayawardene c Prior b Anderson 18
Thirimanne c Jordan b Anderson 2
Mathews c Cook b Anderson 18
P Jayawardene lbw b Jordan 8
Kulasekara lbw b Broad 1
Herath c Prior b Broad 1
Eranga not out 0
Pradeep not out 0
Extras 1nb 11b 7lb 19
Total for 9 201

Sri Lanka in England

Sri Lanka celebrate with the Test series trophy

Reports and scorecards from Sri Lanka's tour of England, which includes a Twenty20 international, five ODIs and two Tests.

Get Inspired

How to get into sports and activities near you, plus more about our campaign