Friday, 3 June 2011

Day One At Lord's

Before play started...: Four days of rain were followed by two hours of madness as England stole it at Cardiff.

Where did it all go wrong for Sri Lanka?: Didn't press home the advantage after an excellent first hour.

Where did it all go right for Sri Lanka?: Got Trott out cheaply, proving it is humanly possible. Further seeds of doubt sewn in KP's mind too.

Where did it all go wrong for England?: If I was nit-picking it would be that nobody made a hundred (carried on to make a daddy). Poor start too wasn't great.

Where did it all go right for England?: A lot of strength down the order - didn't panic when wickets fell. Ended the day in the ascendancy.

Who won each session?: Morning - Sri Lanka. Afternoon - England. Evening - Just about England.

Who's winning the game?: In that England are on 342-6 after being sent in, England.

Shot of the day: Morgan smashing Herath into the pavilion for 6. He was only on about 5 at the time.

Ball of the day: Lakmal bowled an absolute jaffa to Bell when he was new at the crease - big swing and somehow beat the edge.

Man of the day: Alastair Cook - missed out on another hundred but an important innings in the context of the match.

Mug of the day: KP. How much longer can past glories justify his test position?

Short Midwicket Name Drops of the Day: Had drinks with former Middlesex wicketkeeper David Nash. Saw Richie Benaud from across the Coronation Garden. Somebody gave me a package addressed to Jimmy Anderson thinking I was him. Saw Alastair Cook shirtless about to have a shower through an open window. (As soon as Cook saw me, he closed the window).

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