Saturday, 4 June 2011

Day Two at Lord's

Before play started...: Sri Lanka started well after winning the toss and sticking England in, but the hosts fought back as honours were even after Day 1

Where did it all go wrong for Sri Lanka?: Bowled (and fielded) very poorly as England raced along to lunch, probably adding 50-70 more runs then they should have been allowed to.

Where did it all go right for Sri Lanka?: The big partnership keeping them well in this match

Where did it all go wrong for England?: The bowling was erratic and not particularly threatening.

Where did it all go right for England?: The late order runs (at a great pace) in the morning meant realistically England shouldn't lose.

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

Who's winning the game?: Always favour runs on the board, but with Dilshan in and Sri Lanka only 200-odd behind, they could get a handy first innings lead.

Shot of the day: Paranavitana creaming Finn through the covers for an exquisite four. Punishing.

Ball of the day: One of the ones from Broad's first over, or Tremlett's to Dilshan which lifted sharply and hit the thumb. But not a great day for the bowlers otherwise...

Man of the day: Tillakaratne Dilshan - a glorious hundred which was just what his team needed after a collapse at Cardiff and conceding plenty in the first innings. (Props too to Matt Prior for completing the hundred)

Mug(s) of the day: The bowlers. It wasn't a great day to turn your arm over.

Short Midwicket Name Drops of the Day: Monty Panesar. Weirdly, not at the cricket, but outside Lush at Victoria Station. He looked surprised to be recognised on a day out in London with wifey.

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