Jonny Bairstow, Alastair Cook lead England recovery after shaky start against Sri Lanka at Lord’s

Jonny Bairstow's unbeaten hundred and Alastair Cook's 85 helps England recover from 4/84 to end the day's play at 279/6.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 10, 2016 2:57 pm
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England end the opening day of the third and final Test of the series at 279/6 against Sri Lanka. The hosts struggled in the morning session as their top order was back in the hut without making a substantial contribution. Skipper Alastair Cook (85) steadied the ship with Jonny Bairstow (107*) and helped his side end day with a decent total. For Sri Lanka, Pradeep, Lakmal and Herath picked two wickets each and were very impressive in the morning session.

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As it happened

2245 hrs IST: That’s the end of the day’s play. England manage 279/6. Bairstow remains unbeaten on 107, he has Woakes (23) for company

2237 hrs IST: HUNDRED! Bairstow’s wonderful run continues as he hits his 2nd ton of the series, 1st at Lord’s

2230 hrs IST: We are into the last three overs of the day’s play and Bairstow is just two short of his second hundred in the series

2208 hrs IST: New ball, as we expected, has been taken. Mathews continues with himself and is yet to give the ball to his main bowlers Lakmal and Pradeep

2157 hrs IST: Second new ball available in one over. Sri Lanka would look to use to wrap the England lower order on Day 1 itself. Exciting last hour or so on the cards

2135 hrs IST: WICKET! Herath takes one the other way and Ali edges it to first slip. 227/6

2134 hrs IST: Herath is extracting some turn with the old ball but not much on offer

2125 hrs IST: Bairstow, who scored a 140 in the opening Test, can well hit his second century of the series. He’s 24 shy of the 100-run mark

2115 hrs IST: Ali and Bairstow, with a solid and crucial stand, are scoring some very important runs for the hosts

2102 hrs IST: Lakmal is back into the attack. The seamer was impressive in the morning session. It will be interesting to see how he operates with the old ball

2055 hrs IST: Moeen Ali, too, has been playing a safe hand with Bairstow. The stand is nearing the 50-run mark as England cross 200

2045 hrs IST: Bairstow holds key for England in this innings and he has been doing what the team would have expected from him

2038 hrs IST: FIFTY up for Bairstow, top knock under pressure

2007 hrs IST: TEA! England 165/5 on Day 1 of the third Test at Lord’s. Jonny Bairstow (44) & Moeen Ali (1) two men out in the middle for hosts

2001 hrs IST: Moeen Ali is the new man in and the scoreboard reads 164/5

2000 hrs IST: WICKET! Pradeep traps Cook in front. The skipper thinks but doesn’t go for the review. Out for 85. Cook went too far across and was hit in line of the stumps

1945 hrs IST: 150 up for England. It has been a fine recovery by the hosts after a shaky end to the morning session

1928 hrs IST: It has been another innings of sheer class by the England skipper. He was fluent to start with but dropped anchor when wickets tumbled at the other end. Batting on 69, he has a good chance to reach three-figures today

1915 hrs IST: Cook-Bairstow steady the ship for England. The partnership is already worth FIFTY and both are not doing anything silly in the middle

1845 hrs IST: Bairstow and Cook are building a steady stand for the hosts. The first session, after the promising start, didn’t go their way

1834 hrs IST: Cook brings up the 100 for England with an elegant cover-drive to the ropes

1820 hrs IST: Jonny Bairstow is the new man in and England desperately need a partnership now

1818 hrs IST: WICKET! Pradeep goes through Vince’s defence and the right-hander is out bowled. Eng 84/4

1808 hrs IST: FIFTY for England captain Cook, off 89 balls. The skipper has been solid since the morning session for the hosts

1730 hrs IST: Lunch has been taken at Lord’s. England 74/3, Cook unbeaten on 48. Lakmal pick of the bowlers in the morning session with figures of 2/22

1722 hrs IST: Sri Lanka have hit back after an ordinary start to the morning session. Lakmal and Herath have made it their session with three wickets before Lunch

1718 hrs IST: WICKET! Lakmal with another one as he has Root out LBW. Initial appeal was turned down but Mathews chose to review, and it overturned the onfield umpire’se call. The right-hander attempted a squarish drive off the full Lakmal delivery and couldn’t put bat to ball. England 71/3

1710 hrs IST: Joe Root is the new man in. England, after the solid start, have lost their way slightly. Need a steady stand and need to ensure they don’t lose any before Lunch

1708 hrs IST: WICKET! Compton drives and could only edge it to Chandimal behind the stumps. Lakmal picks the wicket, and the right-hander’s woeful run with the bat continues. England 67/2

1704 hrs IST: This could well be a make or break innings for Compton as the right-hander has struggled for runs in the series

1650 hrs IST: Nick Compton is the new man in. He joins Cook in the middle

1649 hrs IST: WICKET! Flight, turn and Herath gets his man. Hales, going for the big hit, manages an outside edge to first slip. England 56/1

1640 hrs IST: Spin into the attack for the first time as Mathews gives the ball to Herath. The conditions are ideal for batting at the moment. Not enough happening both in the air and off the strip

1618 hrs IST: On the pads, and Cook flicks it to the ropes to bring up the FIFTY-run partnership with Hales. This is the first time that openers, from either side, have together crossed the FIFTY-run mark

1610 hrs IST: The sun’s out, Sri Lanka bowlers bowling in a good channel – at decent lengths – but England openers have come out with a solid approach today. Both Cook and Hales in good touch

1553 hrs IST: Another one from Eranga and this time it’s Hales who played and missed it

1551 hrs IST: That one came in from Eranga. The batsmen need to be careful while leaving the ball is swinging quite nicely

1549 hrs IST: FOUR! Brilliant shot from Alex Hales. The right-hander just drives that one away through the cover boundary

1545 hrs IST: Same ball same shot but this time the fine leg fielder cuts it away as he saves two runs

1544 hrs IST: FOUR! Another boundary for the skipper. This one a bit more elegant though

1540 hrs IST: After four overs England 13 without a loss

1539 hrs IST: Beautiful piece of bowling from Lakmal. A full length delivery swinging late away from the right-hander

1536 hrs IST: FOUR! Down the leg he bowls again and Cook just takes the pace of the ball to get first boundary of England’s first innings

1534 hrs IST: Eranga bowls that down the leg side as Cook guides it for a single towards fine leg

1532 hrs IST: After two overs England are 4/0

1530 hrs IST: Alex Hales gets off the mark at Lord’s

1528 hrs IST: That one just came in from Eranga. Cook flicks it away through on side for a couple

1527 hrs IST: Eranga has the ball in his hand and facing him is the English skipper Alastair Cook

1525 hrs IST: England won the toss and they have opted to bat first. Kusal Perera returned to the Sri Lanka team for the third Test.

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