England vs. Sri Lanka, 2nd Test 2014: Scores and Session Recaps from Headingley
After narrowly failing to win the first Test at Lord's, England will look to secure a series victory over Sri Lanka in the second and final match at Headingley.
After the 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Australia, which saw changes aplenty to a previously settled England side, the hosts were within one wicket of winning the opener in London on Monday.
Alastair Cook and company get another chance in Leeds, naming an unchanged side for the match. England won the toss and chose to bowl.
The tourists were forced to change their wicketkeeper, with the injured Prasanna Jayawardene replaced by Dinesh Chandimal, while they made a switch in the seam department with Dhammika Prasad preferred to Nuwan Kulasekara.
Here are session-by-session details from the match.
Click here for an in-play scorecard from ESPN Cricinfo.
Day 5, Stumps
Sri Lanka 257 (69.5 Overs) Kumar Sangakkara 79, Liam Plunkett 5-64 and 457 (132.5 overs) Angelo Mathews 160, Mahela Jayawardene 79, Kumar Sangakkara 55 v England 365 (115.5 Overs) Sam Robson 127, Gary Ballance 74, Ian Bell 64 and 249 (116.5 Overs) Moeen Ali 108, Dhammika Prasad 5-50
Sri Lanka claimed their first-ever series win in England after a thrilling finish to the second Test at Headingley.
Shaminda Eranga dismissed Jimmy Anderson with the penultimate ball of the match as the tourists won by 100 runs in Leeds to win the series 1-0.
The England number 11 had faced 55 balls in a heroic rearguard of 20 overs with centurion Moeen Ali.
However he could only fend off a short delivery to Rangana Herath who took the catch at backward square leg to commence jubilant celebrations from the Islanders.
England—who started the day in peril at 57-5 and were 173-7 at tea—saw Chris Jordan last nearly an hour after the adjournment before being trapped lbw by Herath for 21.
Stuart Broad lasted 31 minutes before falling in the same fashion for a duck but Moeen stayed firm and brought up a maiden century in just his second Test.
He finished 108 not out but it was Sri Lanka—who survived by one wicket in the opening match at Lord’s—who had the last laugh.
Day 5, Tea
Sri Lanka 257 (69.5 Overs) Kumar Sangakkara 79, Liam Plunkett 5-64 and 457 (132.5 overs) Angelo Mathews 160, Mahela Jayawardene 79, Kumar Sangakkara 55 v England 365 (115.5 Overs) Sam Robson 127, Gary Ballance 74, Ian Bell 64 and 173-7 (77 Overs) Moeen Ali 56*, Dhammika Prasad 5-39
Sri Lanka moved closer to securing their first ever Test series win in England by picking up two key wickets in the afternoon session on the final day at Headingley.
The hosts were 173-7 at tea and need to bat out 40 overs in an extended final session to rescue a draw and ensure the series finishes even.
Having been frustrated by Joe Root and Moeen Ali in a curtailed morning session, the tourists finally made the breakthrough when the Yorkshire batsman was dismissed by Nuwan Pradeep.
Root had faced 108 balls for his 31 before a thick outside edge was taken low at gully by Lahiru Thirimanne.
Dhammika Prasad, who took four of the five wickets to fall as England capitulated on Monday night, then removed Matt Prior for 10.
A short delivery was snared at short leg by Kaushal Silva although Sri Lanka had an anxious wait as the third umpire took a very close look at a possible front foot no-ball.
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Moeen remains firm, having reached his maiden Test half-century, and he must hope that he gets some support from the tail with the new ball due in three overs.
Day 5, Lunch
Sri Lanka 257 (69.5 Overs) Kumar Sangakkara 79, Liam Plunkett 5-64 and 457 (132.5 overs) Angelo Mathews 160, Mahela Jayawardene 79, Kumar Sangakkara 55 v England 365 (115.5 Overs) Sam Robson 127, Gary Ballance 74, Ian Bell 64 and 83-5 (44.0 Overs)
England frustrated Sri Lanka with a resistant display before an early lunch was taken during Day 5 at Headingley. The visitors failed to take a wicket before rain set in on the opening session, with Joe Root and Moeen Ali standing strong for Alastair Cook's side.
Root has managed only nine runs from 58 balls across two days, scoring just three in 17.4 overs since being joined by Moeen, as recorded by ESPNcricinfo. The Yorkshire youngster has proven happy to play defensively in hope of snatching an unlikely draw for his team, who capitulated at the onset of their second innings.
Still trailing by 267 runs with five wickets remaining, Tuesday is solely about resistance for the hosts, who will welcome more rain if it helps them reach stumps.
Moeen is proving a little more ambitious than Root, but the game plan is to see the day out without major destruction to the middle order. He has hit three boundaries in 65 balls and scored seven in his last 10 overs before the interruption, highlighting a conservative effort from the Three Lions.
Sri Lanka's bowlers appeared slightly frustrated before the break in play. Shaminda Eranga and Angelo Mathews failed to build on the quartet of wickets they took during the first innings, bowling 12 overs between them on Day 5 without success.
The delay certainly leaves England in an improved position. Poor weather is eating into Sri Lanka's time to capture the win, a factor made all the more important after Mathews' side were unable to take a wicket before lunch. On the flipside, the break will also give Sri Lanka time to rethink their strategy.
As noted by Derek Pringle of the Telegraph before play began, a "minor miracle" is needed for England to take victory. A draw will be viewed as a triumph now, and the hosts have two sessions left to survive.
Day 4, Stumps
Sri Lanka 257 (69.5 Overs) Kumar Sangakkara 79, Liam Plunkett 5-64 and 457 (132.5 overs) Angelo Mathews 160, Mahela Jayawardene 79, Kumar Sangakkara 55 v England 365 (115.5 Overs) Sam Robson 127, Gary Ballance 74, Ian Bell 64 and 57-5 (26.2 Overs)
Sri Lanka look set to claim a series win against England after the hosts crumbled in their pursuit of 350 to win the second Test at Headingley.
Dhammika Prasad ran through the top order as England finished the day on 57-5 and are staring defeat in the face on the final day in Leeds.
England’s bid to make history unravelled as the hosts lost five wickets for 18 runs in 11 overs.
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Alastair Cook played on to seamer Prasad (16) who then trapped Gary Ballance palpably lbw next ball.
The hat-trick ball was negotiated but Sam Robson (24) soon nicked Prasad to Mahela Jayawardene at second slip before Ian Bell (eight) was bowled through the gate.
England’s miserable evening was compounded when nightwatchman Liam Plunkett inexplicably chipped to Nuwan Pradeep at cover in Rangana Herath’s final over of the day, having failed to score.
Joe Root is eight not out, having successfully reviewed a caught behind decision, but England’s hopes are teetering on the brink.
The hosts were eventually bowled out for 457 after a career-best 160 from skipper Angelo Mathews.
Sri Lanka added a further 31 runs in the final session before Jimmy Anderson wrapped up the innings by having Mathews caught by Moeen Ali at square leg and clean bowling final man Pradeep for a golden duck.
Day 4, Tea
Sri Lanka 257 (69.5 Overs) Kumar Sangakkara 79, Liam Plunkett 5-64 and 426-8 (126 overs) Angelo Mathews 149*, Mahela Jayawardene 79, Kumar Sangakkara 55 v England 365 (115.5 Overs) Sam Robson 127, Gary Ballance 74, Ian Bell 64
Angelo Mathews’ fourth Test century put Sri Lanka in pole position to win the second Test against England at Headingley.
The visiting captain scored an unbeaten 149 as the tourists extended their lead to 318 on the fourth afternoon in Leeds.
The hosts—who were one wicket away from winning the opening Test of the two-match series at Lord’s last week—finished the session on 426-8.
England will need to record their highest ever victory chase on this ground to win the match.
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Sri Lanka resumed after lunch on 311-7 with Mathews bringing up his ton with a single off Liam Plunkett, the three figures coming up off 152 balls and featuring 14 boundaries and a six.
Plunkett had dropped a relatively straightforward caught and bowled chance when the Sri Lankan number six was on 87, spurning the chance for a 10-wicket haul in the match.
The skipper was ably supported by Rangana Herath, who narrowly escaped an lbw review off Moeen Ali, and going on to make 48.
He was run out by a direct hit from Joe Root at mid-on with the last delivery of the session but the tourists will be delighted with their afternoon’s work.
Day 4, Lunch
Sri Lanka 257 (69.5 Overs) Kumar Sangakkara 79, Liam Plunkett 5-64 and 311-7 (99 overs) Mahela Jayawardene 79, Angelo Mathews 79*, Kumar Sangakkara 55 v England 365 (115.5 Overs) Sam Robson 127, Gary Ballance 74, Ian Bell 64
Sri Lanka took their lead past 200 on the fourth morning to set an up intriguing finale to the second Test against England at Headingley.
Starting the penultimate day in Leeds on 214-4, the tourists reached 311-7 at the adjournment as they look to win the series after the tense draw at Lord's.
Angelo Mathews played a captain's innings to reach 79 not out and is at the crease with Rangana Herath (seven).
50 for Angelo Mathews, he also took 4wkt - since 1982, he is the 1st captain to hit a 50 & took 4wkt-haul in same Test in England. #EngvSL— Cricket Record (@cricinfo_record) June 23, 2014
After nearly an hour of frustration, Jimmy Anderson finally broke the 92-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Mahela Jayawardene and Mathews.
Veteran Jayawardene, who had been dropped by Ian Bell in the gully off Stuart Broad earlier, departed for 79 when he edged behind to Matt Prior.
Liam Plunkett then picked up wickets in successive balls with Dinesh Chandimal going for seven and Dhammika Prasad failing to trouble the scorers.
Chandimal pulled straight to Gary Ballance at deep mid-wicket and Prasad played an uppercut which Joe Root grasped low at third man.
Only three sides have successfully chased more than 200 to win a Test match on this ground.
Day 3, Stumps
Sri Lanka 257 (69.5 Overs) Kumar Sangakkara 79, Liam Plunkett 5-64 and 214-4 (73 overs) Mahela Jayawardene 55*, Kumar Sangakkara 55 v England 365 (115.5 Overs) Sam Robson 127, Gary Ballance 74, Ian Bell 64
Moeen Ali struck twice late in the final session to leave the second Test between England and Sri Lanka on a knife-edge going into the fourth day at Headingley.
The tourists finished the day on 214-4, a lead of 106, with the series on the line after the draw at Lord’s.
Resuming after tea on 99-2, stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene put on a further 73 for the third wicket before Ali struck.
The Worcestershire off-spinner trapped Sangakkara lbw for 55, the veteran completing his fourth successive half-century of what is likely to be his last tour of England.
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Lahiru Thirimanne’s miserable series came to an end as he bagged a pair, bowled second ball by Ali who got the ball to turn viciously away from the left-hander and peg back his middle stump.
However Jayawardene (55) and captain Angelo Mathews (24) saw Sri Lanka through to stumps without further loss as they look to set England a testing target, batting last in Leeds.
Day 3, Tea
Sri Lanka 257 (69.5 Overs) Kumar Sangakkara 79, Liam Plunkett 5-64 and 99-2 (38 overs) v England 365 (115.5 Overs) Sam Robson 127, Gary Ballance 74, Ian Bell 64
England toiled in the afternoon session against Sri Lanka, but Liam Plunkett struck twice to remove the openers and give the home side a boost at tea on day three of the second Test at Headingley.
The tourists trail by just nine, and they have their most experienced pair of Kumar Sangakkara—who reached 26 not out—and Mahela Jayawardene at the crease.
With the wicket still providing assistance, even a low total could prove tricky for the hosts to chase in the fourth innings. But Sri Lanka's tail has crumbled quickly in previous innings in this series, and if England can oust Sangakkara and Jayawardene, they will feel close to bowling the side out.
Plunkett—who took a five-wicket haul in the first innings—was the most effective of an England attack that struggled to find the same movement Sri Lanka's seamers had extracted in the morning.
Marrying a fuller length to his extra pace, he drew a nick from Kaushal Silva early in the session, and then, when reintroduced to the attack, forced Dimuth Karunaratne to fend a short ball away, and Matt Prior took a catch off the glove.
Karunaratne, well set on 45, used a review in case he had taken his hand off the bat handle before he was struck on the glove—but the hand came off moments after impact.
Both sides will feel that the game is now there to be won—the result being that the rest of the Test could be a cracker.
Day 3, Lunch
Sri Lanka 257 (69.5 Overs) Kumar Sangakkara 79, Liam Plunkett 5-64 and 22-0 (12 overs) v England 365 (115.5 Overs) Sam Robson 127, Gary Ballance 74, Ian Bell 64
England were limited to a lead of 108 runs after their first innings was ended on 365 on day three of the second Test against Sri Lanka.
England, who had built a foundation of 311-3 at one point, continued their spectacular collapse, while part-timer Angelo Mathews returned figures of 4-44, with his medium pace nibbling around and causing plenty of trouble for the England tail.
Matt Prior was left stranded on 27 not out—that said, his innings took a long time to burst into life, a huge six down the ground a rare highlight in a knock otherwise lacking fluency.
Before the start of the day, England applied the heavy roller to the wicket, perhaps thinking about batting on some way through the day and hoping the lively track would level out for a while.
It didn't work—there was plenty of assistance for the bowlers, and when Sri Lanka had it rolled between innings, they did the same again.
Once more James Anderson and Stuart Broad found movement, but their bowling was perhaps a touch too short and the opening duo were able to fend off the early overs.
The best chance came when Anderson drew an edge from Dimuth Karunaratne—it looked to go almost straight to Chris Jordan's hands in the slips, but he put it down, continuing England's trend of dropping catches in the field.
The lead had been trimmed to 86 by lunch but if England get their bowling right, wickets could tumble rapidly on a sporting Headingley track.
Day 2, Stumps
Sri Lanka 257 (69.5 Overs) Kumar Sangakkara 79, Liam Plunkett 5-64 v England 320-6 (104 Overs) Sam Robson 127, Gary Ballance 74, Ian Bell 64
Sam Robson completed his maiden Test century as England established a first-innings lead over Sri Lanka on the second day of the second Test at Headingley.
Robson, who was born and bred in Australia but qualifies for England on residency, made 127 before being bowled by Nuwan Pradeep late in the day.
The Sydney-born opener hit 15 fours and a maximum his 253-ball innings, his ton coming in only his second Test.
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He put on 67 after tea with Ian Bell before departing and his more experienced partner was the fourth wicket to fall with the score on 311.
Bell had hit eight boundaries in making 64 before getting a thin edge down the leg-side to keeper Dinesh Chandimal off Shaminda Eranga.
Sri Lanka took another wicket late in the day as Joe Root edged Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews to Chandimal for 13.
England finished the day on 320-6, after Moeen Ali's cheap dismissal, with a first-innings lead of 63.
Day 2, Tea
Sri Lanka 257 (69.5 Overs) Kumar Sangakkara 79, Liam Plunkett 5-64 v England 211-2 (72 Overs) Sam Robson 98*, Gary Ballance 74
A partnership of 142 between Sam Robson and Gary Ballance put England in firm control of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley.
Ballance gave his wicket away to part-timer Angelo Mathews when well set, but Robson was on the brink of a century when tea was called.
Switching to cricket, and this Gary Ballance/Sam Robson partnership might have legs as far as future England Tests go. A confident pair.— Eduardo (@ViewFromGwladys) June 21, 2014
He needs just two more runs after the interval to post three-figures for the first time in his fledgling Test career.
There was little flamboyance to his innings, nor any acceleration, but he has now negotiated 214 balls and shown why the selectors felt his call-up was justified.
England made the most of decent batting conditions, showing determination and discipline to close in on Sri Lanka's first-innings score.
Until Ballance's lapse of judgement, the session looked to be an unqualified failure for Sri Lanka, but when he feathered a catch behind it opened up an end.
Ian Bell, however, playing his 100th Test, made a steady start to reach eight not out.
There are eight overs until the new ball, but if Bell and Robson can see off those first overs England could be on track for a match- and series-winning score.
Day 2, Lunch
Sri Lanka 257 (69.5 Overs) Kumar Sangakkara 79, Liam Plunkett 5-64 v England 106-1 (43 Overs) Sam Robson 55*
England made good progress on day two of the second Test against Sri Lanka, despite the loss of Alastair Cook for 17.
Sam Robson posted his maiden half-century for England, while Gary Ballance settled in to the crease to see the home side through to lunch at 106-1.
With the weather set fair and the track playing better for the batsmen on day two, England were poised to close in on and then move past Sri Lanka's first innings benchmark.
But the fall of Cook, who nicked a ball outside off stump from Dhammika Prasad to slip, remains a concern.
The last of his 25 Test centuries came at Headingley over a year ago, but since then his form has dipped alarmingly.
Alastair Cook's Test decline? 2011: avg 84.3 2012: avg 48.0 2013: avg 33.9 2014: avg 15.2 #ENGvSL— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 21, 2014
Robson, however, showed why he had earned a call-up to the Test team at the start of the summer—after two jittery performances in his debut Test at Lord's, he played some deft strokes and looked a more assured presence in the middle.
Sri Lanka were containing rather than aggressive with the ball, and restricted the run rate to just 2.5 an over through the session.
But they need wickets, or else England will be able to grind their way into a first-innings lead by the end of the day.
Day 1, Stumps
Sri Lanka 257 (69.5 Overs) Kumar Sangakkara 79, Liam Plunkett 5-64 v England 36-0 (15 Overs)
Liam Plunkett picked up his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket and Stuart Broad recorded a hat-trick as England bowled out Sri Lanka for 257 on day one of the second Test at Headingley.
Yorkshire seamer Plunkett took 5-64 on his home ground while Broad became the first Englishman to take two Test hat-tricks, although he was not aware of the feat at first.
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Sri Lanka resumed after tea on 182-5 and Kumar Sangakkara and Dinesh Chandimal scored swiftly in a 67-run partnership, the highest of the innings.
Broad broke the stand with the final ball of the 62nd over with Sangakkara going for 79 after Ian Bell took a superb catch in the gully.
Plunkett had Dhammika Prasad caught behind for a second ball duck in the next over and then Broad had Chandimal (45) edge to Alastair Cook at first slip before Shaminda Eranga edged to Matt Prior.
Four wickets had fallen for one run and in the chaos the milestone was lost on the England players before being announced on the public address system.
Plunkett wrapped up the innings by having Nuwan Pradeep (13) caught behind after a plucky 27-run partnership for the final wicket with Rangana Herath.
Sam Robson and Cook saw England through to 36-0 at stumps in their reply.
Day 1, Tea
Sri Lanka 182-5 (55 Overs) Kumar Sangakkara 67*
Liam Plunkett took two wickets in as many balls as England continued to make inroads into the Sri Lankan batting on the first afternoon of the second Test at Headingley.
The hosts look three wickets in the session as SL moved from 74-2 to 182-5 at tea.
The Yorkshire seamer—who removed Dimuth Karunaratne in the morning—had Mahela Jayawardene caught superbly at second slip by Chris Jordan for 22.
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Lahiru Thirimanne then went for a golden duck as he fenced a short ball to Sam Robson at short leg.
Touring skipper Angelo Mathews kept out the hat-trick ball but departed for a bright and breezy 26 when Jimmy Anderson claimed his second wicket, having the Sri Lankan number six caught at third slip by Gary Ballance.
Kumar Sangakkara continues to hold the innings together and reached the adjournment on 67 not out although he was helped by England wicketkeeper Matt Prior, who shelled one of the simplest catches you’ll ever see when the stalwart batsman was on 27.
Day 1, Lunch
Sri Lanka 74-2 (27 overs)
England removed both Sri Lankan openers after electing to bowl on the first morning of the second Test.
In overcast conditions Jimmy Anderson had Kaushal Silva caught behind by Matt Prior for 13.
On his home ground, Liam Plunkett removed Dimuth Karunaratne's leg-stump with a viciously swinging delivery after the left-hander had made 28.
Alastair Cook's side had to wait almost an hour for the breakthrough before Anderson tempted Silva to nibble outside his off-stump and Prior took a routine catch to break an opening stand of 37.
Another 19 runs were on the board when Plunkett struck with his second delivery, jagging a delivery back between the bat and pad of Karunaratne.
Sri Lankan stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara (16) and Mahela Jayawardene (six) saw their side through to the break without further loss.
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