Alex Hales and Joe Root made half-centuries to help England to 310-6 at stumps on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Friday. Hales missed out on a first Test century when he fell for 83 to a reaction catch by Angelo Mathews at slip off spinner Milinda Siriwardana. Root was out for 80.
As it happened!
That’s it from day 1. England would look to get some runs when they come back on day 2 where Sri Lanka would be looking to wrap up the English innings early in the morning.
2235 hrs IST: It’s stumps on day 1 at Chester-le-Street. England are 310/6 with Moeen Ali at 28* and Chris Woakes at 4*.
2226 hrs IST: 300 up for England. They are 302/6.
2225 hrs IST: FOUR! Chris Woakes gets off the mark with a scintillating boundary.
2220 hrs IST: Chris Woakes replaces Jonny Bairstow to join Moeen Ali.
2219 hrs IST: Another fighting partnership has been broken. England are surely under pressure right now.
2215 hrs IST: Bairstow has been sent back in the hut by Nuwan Pradeep. He edged one to the wicket-keeper. England 297/6.
2150 hrs IST: Jonny Bairstow is looking good on 48*. England 296/5.
2140 hrs IST: Bairstow and Ali are looking solid in the middle.
2126 hrs IST: Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali are trying to steady things after a quick fall of wickets. England 264/5
2122 hrs IST: Rangana Herath bowls his first maiden over of the match.
2115 hrs IST: England are 255/5 after 73 overs.
2113 hrs IST: England complete 250-run mark after Bairstow scores another boundary off Suranga Lakmal.
2109 hrs IST: FOUR! Bairstow is playing a run a-ball inning and this time dispatches a four off Suranga Lakmal.
2105 hrs IST: Now Moeen Ali joins the party. The left-hand batsman drives an over pitched ball from Siriwardana through off side.
2101 hrs IST: FOUR! Bairstow won’t leave any loose deliveries. He flicks it in the air over square leg
2058 hrs IST: Moeen Ali joins Jonny Bairstow in the middle. England struggling at 227/5.
2056 hrs ISTs: Another one bites the dust for England. Vince departs as the short cover player grabs a sharp chance to give Siriwardana his second wicket of the innings.
2050 hrs IST: England are in a spot of bother. Bairstow and Vince need to stay at the crease and stitch a partnership.
2047 hrs IST: Jonny Bairstow replaces Root in the middle.
2045 hrs IST: WICKET! Nuwan Pradeep strikes. A huge blow for England. Joe Root departs for 80 after giving an easy catch to the cover fielder.
2040 hrs IST: FOUR! It’s Joe Root this who has swept it away. He gets a little bat on it and the ball goes fine past the wicket-keeper.
2039 hrs IST: James Vince and Joe Root have completed a 50-run stand for fourth wicket.
2037 hrs IST: FOUR! Vince gets another boundary. Its an outside edge but a controlled one this time as the ball runs away between second slip and gully.
2035 hrs IST: Nuwan Pradeep comes into the attack.
2032 hrs IST: End of first over after tea. England 201/3.
2030 hrs IST: Joe Root flicks one off Herath through square leg for a single.
2028 hrs IST: The players are back on the field after tea for the third and final session.
2009 hrs IST: TEA! England finish second session at 200/3 with Joe Root at 69* and James Vince 22* at the crease.
2007 hrs IST: England complete 200 runs in the 61st over with Joe Root and James Vince at the crease.
2005 hrs IST: Rangana Herath completes a tight over. England scoreboard reads 199/3 after 60 overs.
2001 hrs IST: FOUR! James Vince top-edged that one from Enranga into space behind square.
1957 hrs IST: FOUR! James Vince scores another boundary and this time he takes on Herath. A well-timed shot by the right-handed batsman.
1951 hrs IST: Shaminda Eranga kept it tight in that one.
1940 hrs IST: A change in the bowling for Sri Lanka as Rangana Herath comes back into the attack. James Vince steals three runs from Herath’s first delivery.
1930 hrs IST: James Vince and Joe Root are trying to regain momentum after Hales’ wicket. England are 178/3.
1922 hrs IST: James Vince ends Milinda Siriwardana’s second over with a boundary.
1917 hrs IST: James Vince joins Root in the middle. England’s scorecard read 161/3
1915 hrs IST: WICKET! Alex Hales departs for 83. Angelo Mathews takes a superb catch as Milinda Siriwardana picks his first wicket.
1907 hrs IST: 150 up for England in the 48th over, and FIFTY for Joe Root. Hales unbeaten on 75
1903 hrs IST: Hales-Root stand is worth 80 now. Both approaching milestones – fifty for Root and 100 for Hales. England six shy of 150
1850 hrs IST: It’s still very grey but not much is happening off the pitch for the Sri Lankan bowlers. Herath has extracted turn on occasions but nothing threatening
1845 hrs IST: Root has looked solid so far. It was a testing morning session for England but they have recovered well since then
1825 hrs IST: 100 up for England. Root and Hales rebuild the innings after a couple of wickets in the morning session
1823 hrs IST: After a stubborn fifty in the first Test, Hales scores another one for England. The right-hander has looked good this morning
1810 hrs IST: England out in the middle for the post lunch session. Herath with the ball for Sri Lanka. Three men in catching position – short cover, slip and short-leg
1730 hrs IST: England head into Lunch with the scoreboard reading 83/2
1716 hrs IST: England are 81/2 in the morning session. Hales and Root are in the middle for the hosts. Hales is nearing FIFTY
1700 hrs IST: WICKET! Compton pulls, doesn’t get good hold of that one and Lakmal takes a blinder near the ropes. Pradeep strikes. England 64/2
1654 hrs IST: Two leg byes bring up the fifty for England. The hosts are 51/1 after 22 overs.
1646 hrs IST: Huge appeal for lbw! Rangana Herath has Nick Compton striding forward and catches the front pad. It did pitch in line and then was going on to hit the stumps. Only catching the leg stump by few centimetres.
1623 hrs IST: WICKET!! Suranga Lakmal bowls it outside off and Cook goes chasing but gets an outside edge and it flies to second slip where it is taken successfully. Cook departs on 15 – still short of the 10,000 mark.
1610 hrs IST: Some number crunching
Cook & Hales in 1st 10 overs of Test innings since Hales’ debut: Cook 121 runs, 4 times out, strike rate 43. Hales: 78 runs, 5 outs, SR 35.
— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) May 27, 2016
This SL bowling attack has, between them, 23 five-wicket hauls in Tests. Herath: 23. Rest: 0.
— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) May 27, 2016
1606 hrs IST: England are slow but steady in their approach in the first half hour of play. England are 23/0 after 10 overs with Alastair Cook 13 and seven away from a record 10,000 runs. Alex Hales giving good company at the other end.
1555 hrs IST: Ben Stokes and his daughter in attendance. And they applaud Cook’s aggressive whip-pull that races off to the boundary for a four.
1547 hrs IST: Loud shout for edge and catch by short leg. Or appeal for lbw. Turned down for both.
1532 hrs IST: The focus early on is on Alastair Cook who needed 20 runs to reach 10,000 runs and become the youngest player to do so. A record previously held by a certain Sachin Tendulkar.
1531 hrs IST: This pitch looks mighty dead for the pace attack.
1530 hrs IST: Alastair Cook and Alex Hales are in the middle.
1507 hrs IST: TEAMS:
SL XI: D Karunaratne, K Silva, K Mendis, D Chandimal, A Mathews, L Thirimanne, M Siriwardana, R Herath, S Eranga, Suranga Lakmal, N Pradeep
— ICC Live Scores (@ICCLive) May 27, 2016
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) May 27, 2016
1501 hrs IST: England win the toss and choose to bat first
1450 hrs IST: A milestone in the second Test: Moeen Ali playing his 25th Test for England
THE BUILD UP:
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Top order batsman Nick Compton admits his England future hangs in the balance after his three-ball duck in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley.