England vs. Sri Lanka, 1st Test 2014: Scores and Session Recaps from Lord's

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterJune 12, 2014

England vs. Sri Lanka, 1st Test 2014: Scores and Session Recaps from Lord's

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    England begin their new era at Lord's under the leadership of captain Alastair Cook and coach Peter Moores against Sri Lanka in the first of two Tests.

    It's the first Test since January, after a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Australia, which saw changes aplenty to a previously settled England side.

    Here is all the team news, toss details and session-by-session details from the match.

    Click here for an in-play scorecard from ESPN Cricinfo.

Day 5, Stumps

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    England 575-9 dec. (130.3 overs) Joe Root 200*, Matt Prior 86, Ian Bell 56 & 267-8 dec. (69 overs) Gary Ballance 104*

    Sri Lanka 453 (138.4 overs) Kumar Sangakkara 147, Angelo Mathews 102, Kaushal Silva 63 & 201-9 (90 overs) Kumar Sangakkara 61, Kaushal Silva 57

    The first Test at Lord’s finished in a dramatic draw as England were unable to bowl out Sri Lanka on the final day.

    The game look destined to peter out into a tame stalemate with the tourists 159-2, chasing a nominal 390 to win, before Sri Lanka lost three wickets in 25 balls either side of tea.

    After Mahela Jayawardene’s dismissal before the adjournment, Kumar Sangakkara chopped onto his own stumps in the third over after tea.

    The Sri Lankan master batsman became Jimmy Anderson’s second victim, after making 61, and the Lancashire seamer soon had three as four balls later Lahiru Thirimanne edged to Chris Jordan at second slip for two.

    Anderson thought he had another when Prasanna Jayawardene was struck on the pads in front but DRS vindicated Billy Bowden’s not out decision by the narrowest of margins.

    It took 20 overs for England to make the next breakthrough as Chris Jordan trapped Jayawardene lbw for eight after a 62-ball rearguard before Stuart Broad trapped Nuwan Kulasekara for one.

    The hosts needed three wickets in the final 40 balls to grab the victory and Anderson had captain Angelo Mathews caught by opposite number Alastair Cook at slip after seeing out 89 balls for 18.

    WICKET! Captain to captain, Mathews is gone! 3 overs left, two wickets to claim, Sky Sports 2: #EngvSL pic.twitter.com/fdkj1lUx3b

    — Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) June 16, 2014

    Rangana Herath was caught behind off Broad off the first ball of the final over and England thought they had won it when Nuwan Pradeep was given out lbw off the penultimate ball of the match.

    However he immediately reviewed, knowing he had got an inside edge on the ball, and the decision was reversed before he edged just short of Jordan in the slips off the final ball.

    The teams will go to Headingley all square for the second match of the series which begins on Friday.


Day 5, Tea

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    England 575-9 dec. (130.3 overs) Joe Root 200*, Matt Prior 86, Ian Bell 56 & 267-8 dec. (69 overs) Gary Ballance 104*

    Sri Lanka 453 (138.4 overs) Kumar Sangakkara 147, Angelo Mathews 102, Kaushal Silva 63 & 164-3 (56 overs) Kumar Sangakkara 59*, Kaushal Silva 57

    The first Test at Lord’s looks destined to end in a draw as Sri Lanka reached 164-3 at tea on the final day, chasing 390 to win.

    The tourists look few risks in the afternoon session under floodlights in London as they added 65 runs for the loss of opener Kaushal Silva and veteran Mahela Jayawardene.

    Silva reached his second half-century of the match off 93 balls after lunch but then was caught down the leg-side for 57 by keeper Matt Prior off Chris Jordan.

    The opener was initially given not out only for England captain Alastair Cook to launch a successful review.

    Hot spot shows the contact, and as Nasser said, "He would have got away with that in the old days!" #EngvSL pic.twitter.com/Rq0WKNAy1f

    — Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) June 16, 2014

    That DRS call ended a second wicket partnership of 98 with Kumar Sangakkara although the first innings centurion kicked on to reach the 46th half-century of his fabled Test career from 137 balls.

    He shared a 36-run stand with fellow stalwart Jayawardene who edged behind to Prior off Jimmy Anderson on the stroke of tea after making 18.

    Sangakkara stands firm on 59, chasing a fourth successive Test century, and there will be a minimum of 34 overs in the final session for him to achieve that feat.

Day 5, Lunch

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    England 575-9 dec. (130.3 overs) Joe Root 200*, Matt Prior 86, Ian Bell 56 & 267-8 (69 overs) Gary Ballance 104*

    Sri Lanka 453 (138.4 overs) Kumar Sangakkara 147, Angelo Mathews 102, Kaushal Silva 63 & 99-1 (29 overs)

    Sri Lanka made a bright start to the fourth innings after England declared overnight at Lord's, setting a target of 390 runs for victory.

    Under grey skies and with a new ball in hand, there was assistance for England's bowlers, but aside from removing Dimush Karunaratne early on, there as little for Alastair Cook's men to celebrate.

    Kaushal Silva made an unbeaten 44, while Kumar Sangakkara posted 34 to follow on from his century in the first innings.

    While there are still two sessions to play, Sri Lanka will be much the happier with their work.

    The removal of Karunaratne, helping Stuart Broad to short leg with a timid shot, sparked promise for England. With swing and uneven bounce to work with, they looked poised to take advantage of day five.

    But Sangakkara and Silva played at good speed and with confidence.

    Silva was targeted with the short ball, repeating his tendency to leave his bat up in the air like a periscope as ihe ducks—it almost yielded a wicket for the second time.

    He also wore a painful bouncer on the back of his helmet as Liam Plunkett roared in.

    But he survived, and England lost momentum when Chris Jordan sent down three expensive overs, and Moeen Ali was not trusted to bed in from one end as a leading spinner.

    Sri Lanka are unlikely to push for the victory target, but they have scored sufficiently quickly in the morning that they are not out of touch. 

Day 4, Stumps

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    England 575-9 dec. (130.3 overs) Joe Root 200*, Matt Prior 86, Ian Bell 56 & 267-8 (69 overs) Gary Ballance 104*

    Sri Lanka 453 (138.4 overs) Kumar Sangakkara 147, Angelo Mathews 102, Kaushal Silva 63

    A maiden Test century from Gary Ballance put England in a position to win the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s.

    The Zimbabwe born batsman, playing in his second Test, scored an unbeaten 104 as the hosts finished day four on 267-8, a lead of 389.

    England are likely to declare overnight to give themselves a chance to bowl out the tourists on the final day and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

    End of Day Four. #SriLanka have 90 overs (if #Eng declare overnight) to reach the target tomorrow. Nervy day ahead. pic.twitter.com/owWsSPPEt0

    — Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) June 15, 2014

    The hosts were struggling at 121-6 in their second innings with Sri Lanka pondering the prospect of having a chaseable target on the final day.

    However a partnership of 78 with Chris Jordan (35) and 57 with Stuart Broad (24) vanquished the slim hope.

    Rangana Herath took both wickets as the slow left-armer finished with figures of 4-95 but 24-year-old Ballance was the hero of the hour.

    He struck 12 boundaries in his 188-ball innings, his ton coming up in superb fashion with a six into the Grandstand at deep mid-wicket off Hearath.

Day 4, Tea

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    England 575-9 dec. (130.3 overs) Joe Root 200*, Matt Prior 86, Ian Bell 56 & 117-5 (36 overs)

    Sri Lanka 453 (138.4 overs) Kumar Sangakkara 147, Angelo Mathews 102, Kaushal Silva 63

    England stuttered to 117-5 at tea on the fourth day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s.

    That gives the hosts a lead of a 239 and the tourists know that if they can polish off England’s second innings quickly in the final session they could put themselves in a position for a reachable run chase.

    TEA: #SriLanka have given themselves a huge chance following a spectacular session. Harath & Eranga the stars. pic.twitter.com/wmrmj5EyyL

    — Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) June 15, 2014

    Resuming at 27-0, home captain Alastair Cook became the first of Shaminda Eranga’s three victims as he edged a full delivery to keeper Prasanna Jayawardene after making 28.

    Debutant Sam Robson went soon after for 19 as he inside edged Eranga on to his own stumps and Ian Bell fell in the same fashion after contributing nine.

    Slow left-armer Rangana Herath then got in on the act with wickets in consecutive overs.

    First innings double centurion Joe Root only made 15 before being trapped lbw and after Moeen Ali hit the first ball he faced for a boundary, he was clean bowled.

    Gary Ballance (25) and Matt Prior (13) saw England through to the adjournment without further loss.


Day 4, Lunch

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    England 575-9 dec. (130.3 overs) Joe Root 200*, Matt Prior 86, Ian Bell 56 & 27-0 (9 overs)

    Sri Lanka 453 (138.4 overs) Kumar Sangakkara 147, Angelo Mathews 102, Kausal Silva 63

    England established a 122-run lead on first innings after dismissing Sri Lanka for 453 on the fourth morning of the first Test at Lord's.

    The hosts reached 27-0 at lunch after picking up the final three Sri Lankan wickets for 38 runs earlier in the session.

    Skipper Angelo Mathews completed just his third Test century before becoming Liam Plunkett's second victim after making 102.

    Mathews resumed on 79 with his side 415-7 and had moved into the 90s when partner Rangana Herath was clean bowled by Jimmy Anderson for two.

    Mathews clubbed Anderson past extra cover to reach three figures off 171 balls, with 12 boundaries, but was trapped lbw by the recalled Yorkshire seamer in the next over.

    Last man Nuwan Pradeep went for a duck in slightly comical fashion as he failed to negotiate a Chris Jordan bounced and hit his own wicket.

    Nuwan Pradeep smashes own stumps to end innings in England vs. Sri Lanka: http://t.co/AXwvq87uVE https://t.co/tbBH0mZZ7Y

    — Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) June 15, 2014

    Alastair Cook and Sam Robson then took England through to stumps without loss and they will look to take the lead past 250 in the afternoon session.

Day 3, Stumps

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    England 575-9 dec. (130.3 overs) Joe Root 200*

    Sri Lanka 415-7 (124 overs) Kumar Sangakkara 147, Angelo Mathews 79*, Kaushal Silva 63

    England finally got some reward for their patience and perseverance, reducing Sri Lanka to 415-7 by stumps on day three.

    And that is that for day three. Hard to separate the two teams with two days to go. #SkyCricket #EngvSL pic.twitter.com/tD3QV2PFxR

    — Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) June 14, 2014

    Sangakkara's vigil ended on 147, providing Moeen Ali with his first wicket at Test level. Angelo Mathews, by now comfortable in the middle, took over the role of established batsman, but wickets around him fell.

    Prasanna Jayawardene was the victim of a sensational catch from Ian Bell, fielding at leg slip. He middled a glance off the bowling of Liam Plunkett, but Bell reacted instinctively to snaffle it.

    With Chris Jordan collecting Nuwan Kulasekara for nine runs late on, the momentum was finally beginning to turn England's way as they eye a first-innings lead.

    The question, however, is how they approach turning a small advantage into a match-winning one with the bat on day four.



Day 3, Tea

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    England 575-9 dec. (130.3 overs) Joe Root 200*

    Sri Lanka 309-4 (92 overs) Kumar Sangakkara 121*, Kaushal Silva 63

    Kumar Sangakkara made sure his name was on the Test honours board with a century at Lord's. 

    The tourists moved serenely on through the afternoon, losing two wickets but continuing to pile on the runs in response to England's large total. 

    The skies were greyer than at any point in the previous two days, but Sangakkara lit up the afternoon, his century the 36th he has scored in Test cricket, and cementing his place among the greats of the game.

    England did dismiss his fellow veteran Mahela Jayawardene, who'd scored an unobtrusive half-century, when Stuart Broad beat him with the second new ball. Jayawardene's review was instant and confident—but he had missed the ball.

    James Anderson has had the measure of Lahiru Thirimanne so far in their encounters at international level, and the left-hander's timid shot to midwicker with just two runs to his name suggested that Anderson is in his mind.

    But Angelo Mathews provided some assistance to Sangakkara to see Sri Lanka through the remainder of the session, and ensure they avoided the follow-on with plenty to spare.

Day 3, Lunch

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    England 575-9 dec. (130.3 overs) Joe Root 200*

    Sri Lanka 212-2 (67 overs) Kumar Sangakkara 73*, Kaushal Silva 63

    Sri Lanka continued to make inroads into England’s first innings advantage on the third morning of the first Test at Lord’s.

    The tourists moved from their overnight 140-1 to 212-2 at lunch as they reply to England’s 575-9 declared.

    Stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene put on an unbeaten stand of 61 for the third wicket after Kaushal Silva became the only casualty of the morning.

    During this session Jayawardene has become the sixth all-time run scorer in test match history. #SkyCricket #EngvSL pic.twitter.com/e3s9ySb4mq

    — Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) June 14, 2014

    The opener had added just one to his overnight score when he became Jimmy Anderson’s first victim in the ninth over of the day.

    A short delivery extracted the edge as Silva, who had made 63, attempted to duck the bouncer allowing Matt Prior to take the catch behind the stumps.

    However Sangakkara went on to complete his 46th Test half-century off 102 balls and reached 73 not out at the break with Jayawardene on 29.

    Sri Lanka need 164 more runs to avoid the follow-on.

Day 2, Stumps

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    England 575-9 dec. (130.3 overs) Joe Root 200*

    Sri Lanka 140-1 (40 overs) Kausal Silva 62*

    Sri Lanka made a bright start in response to England's first-innings total, reaching stumps for the loss of just one wicket.

    Kaushal Silva compiled an unbeaten 62, while Kumar Sangakkara eased to 32 in partnership with him. 

    The pair had added 86 runs after Chris Jordan struck the only blow for England of the session, removing Dimuth Karunaratne for a breezy, run-a-ball 38.

    It was a special moment for Jordan, whose maiden wicket came from just his third ball in Test cricket, but thereafter it was hard work for England in the afternoon sunshine.

    England did not bowl poorly—Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jordan and the returning Liam Plunkett all bowled manfully.

    Moeen Ali got just three overs as the spinner—though economical, he was withdrawn with the end of the day drawing near.

    But with the pitch playing true and the batsmen settled, it became apparent that England need some inspiration if they are to turn their big score into a match-winning advantage.

Day 2, Tea

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    England 575-9 dec. (130.3 overs) Joe Root 200*

    Sri Lanka 35-0 (7 overs)

    Joe Root scored his maiden Test double century as England set up a declaration against Sri Lanka midway through the afternoon of day two at Lord's.

    Congratulations to Joe Root, who has just scored his first double century for England! #EngvSL pic.twitter.com/VI7G7DCyrX

    — Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) June 13, 2014

    Sri Lanka, with the pitch not presenting too great a challenge, negotiated the swing of James Anderson to reach 35 without loss by the interval.

    But the focus was all on Root, whose performance has been a resounding positive for the home side as they rebuild the team.

    He scored with composure and class, and appears to have secured his spot in the middle order for some time to come.

    Liam Plunkett played well to assist him through much of the afternoon as Sri Lanka's bowling grew progressively more fatigued. 

    But his departure on 39 left Root with work to do to reach his personal landmark. On 181 not out and with only James Anderson for company, he had to work quickly.

    Anderson played a cheeky shot or two, including a reverse sweep for four, but also survived a review as the pressure on Root built. 

    But once Root reached 200 with a flick off the pads, England called time on their innings.

    Outstanding knock Rooty! 200* is a great achievement. Still got you covered pal! Ha ha! #201*

    — Jason Gillespie (@YCCCDizzy) June 13, 2014

    Anderson almost struck early on, but his ball to remove Dimuth Karunaratne, given out on-field, was overturned on review as it was too high.


Day 2, Lunch

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    England 473-8 (113 overs) Joe Root 152*, Prior 86

    England upped the ante on Day 2 of the second Test, scoring 129 runs in just 24 overs to push towards 500 in their first innings. 

    Joe Root remained unbeaten, sweeping past 150 with three runs from the final ball of the session. Around him there were contributions from Matt Prior and the tail order, as England passed 400 in the first innings of a Test for the first time since March last year.

    They rode their luck, but cameos from Chris Jordan (19 runs from 19 balls) and Stuart Broad (47 from 38) kept England scoring at a good pace.

    Prior will be disappointed to miss his century, but the England wicketkeeper did pass a personal batting landmark on his return to action with his country:

    4000 Test runs for Matt Prior...where are the Pro-Buttler people now? #EngvSL

    — 51allout (@51allout) June 13, 2014

    Sri Lanka's seamers started with a barrage of short bowling from around the wicket, and Prior fell trying to fend a ball from Shaminda Eranga away.

    The tourists' bowlers were not as disciplined and assured as they were the previous day, and it let England off the hook.

    But good batting, should they be called upon to start during the afternoon, should be possible on a benign Lord's wicket.

Day 1, Stumps

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    England 344-5 (89 overs) Root 102*, Prior 76*

    England piled on the runs in the final session to end the opening day of the first Test firmly on top.

    The hosts scored 149 runs in 37 overs in an extended evening session with Joe Root completing his third Test century just before the close.

    The Yorkshire batsman brought up the milestone with a three down the ground off Rangana Herath, his ton coming up off 183 balls with eight boundaries.

    And there it is! Joe Root reaches his century after nearly five hours at the crease. The dog will be happy: #EngvSL pic.twitter.com/7c8dqy6FZe

    — Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) June 12, 2014

    A fifth wicket stand of 89 with Mooen Ali came to an end when the debutant was caught at slip by Mahela Jayawardene off Herath.

    Having played confidently in reaching 48, the Worcestershire batsman flailed at a flighted delivery and the outside edge saw him miss out on a half-century.

    Moeen Ali hitting Herath for six earlier in his innings: #EngvSL http://t.co/SSo3d5VvEF pic.twitter.com/7UfZvvImiW

    — Lord's Ground (@HomeOfCricket) June 12, 2014

    The recalled Matt Prior came to the crease and was perilously close to a second ball duck with Sri Lanka reviewing a lbw decision that was adjudged not out. Hawkeye showed that he was struck millimetres outside the line of off-stump so the on-field umpire’s call stood.

    He took advantage of the reprieve and played in expansive fashion, hitting nine boundaries and finishing the day unbeaten on 76 from just 103 balls.

Day 1, Tea

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    England 195-4 (53 overs) Bell 56

    England shaded the second session of the first Test at Lord's, with Sri Lanka only able to pick up the solitary wicket of Ian Bell.

    Moeen Ali, playing his debut innings, and Joe Root navigated England to tea without incident, the life seeming to disappear from the pitch as the afternoon wore on.

    The wicket of Bell was a big scalp for Sri Lanka, however, and the fruit of a sensible review.

    Shaminda Eranga struck Bell plumb in front as he walked forwards to the ball, and the umpire's initial belief that the ball would have gone over the top of the stumps was disproven by Hawk-Eye.

    Until then he had been imperious, starting the session with a glorious six down the ground and passing his half-century at a good pace.

    If Ali had any nerves on his Test bow, however, he did not show it. The six over midwicket as he faced his first ball of spin was a particular highlight. 

    Good session for Eng, 97 runs for 1 wicket. Moeen Ali finished the session with a flourish. Pleasing to the eye #EngvSL

    — AlisonMitchell (@AlisonMitchell) June 12, 2014

    Root, meanwhile, was quietly nursing himself back into form, and both men were on the brink of fifties by the time the interval came.

Day 1, Lunch

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    England 98-3 (25 overs)

    Honours were even after an intriguing first session between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's.

    The home side wobbled under pressure from the new ball, but Ian Bell's composed 41 not out led them away from trouble. 

    Sri Lanka's seam attack, particularly Nuwan Kulasekara, were accurate and probing, exploiting the movement that the Lord's track offered.

    Sam Robson's jittery debut ended for just one run, as he nibbled a wide delivery from Nuwan Pradeep.

    Cook, still in a trough of form, then fell for 17, after chopping Kulasekara on to his own stumps.

    #EngvSL pic.twitter.com/MDIrQ5bUHh

    — Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) June 12, 2014

    Bell, now batting at No. 4 for his country, began to repair the damage with Gary Ballance, but their partnership ended shortly after the 50-run mark when Ballance nicked off to the wicketkeeper.

    Silly how much better Bell is than all these other clowns.

    — Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) June 12, 2014

    With England's batting order untested, and the pitch a little different from previous Tests, the game is evenly poised and a strong session from either side in the day could turn the match to their advantage. 

Toss and Team News

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    Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl first.

    It was a questionable call from skipper Angelo Mathews on a sunny day, which looked ideal for batting. However, the tourists would have been encouraged by the green tinge to the wicket, which suggested the seam bowlers would find some assistance.

    Sri Lanka make the first mistake of the series. Won the toss and chose to bowl. If in doubt think about it and then decide to bat.

    — Fred Boycott (@FredBoycott) June 12, 2014

    England fielded three debutants—opener Sam Robson, batsman Moeen Ali and bowler Chris Jordan. With Gary Ballance playing just his second Test and Liam Plunkett recalled after seven years, it represented a new-look England team.

    Sri Lanka had no debutants, but were without seamer Suranga Lakmal thorugh injury.