Sri Lanka v England: first Test, day four – live!

by Theguardian

Cricket
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5.01am GMT

14th over: Sri Lanka 29-0 (Karunaratne 12, Kaushal 17) Hmmm, Rory Burns given a helmet as he takes a couple of steps closer at third slip. Never seen that before. I’m imagining wearing a helmet on your head in the field is hot and sticky and uncomfortable, however well designed they are. But then the closest I’ve got to wearing a helmet is one of those uncomfortable plastic Alice bands.

4.58am GMT

13th over: Sri Lanka 27-0 (Karunaratne 10, Kaushal 17) Bustle, bustle, here comes Sam Curran. He’s neat and tidy and on the button. Beats the bat twice as the batsmen prod forward tentatively. A boundary! The first of the morning. Karunaratne opens the face of the bat and glides the ball over the outfield at high speed.

4.53am GMT

12th over: Sri Lanka 22-0 (Karunaratne 9, Kaushal 13) Anderson, surely on his last tour of the sub-continent, proving as miserly as ever. Still not much sign of ageing on the old boy - slender as a lolly stick, same lovely action, and Eeyoreish demeanour.

4.48am GMT

11th over: Sri Lanka 19-0 (Karunaratne 8, Kaushal 13) And this is a tight start by England and a careful one by Sri Lanka. The only runs come when Silva pulls a shorter one from Curran behind square and they scamper a couple. JAck Leach wriggling his shoulders in anticipation.

4.44am GMT

10th over: Sri Lanka 19-0 (Karunaratne 8, Kaushal 11) Jimmy’s first appeal of the day, an anguished cry against Karunaratne - but it looks to have pitched outside leg. Joe Root rushes forward like an eager uncle offering lemon bonbons, but Anderson shows no desire to review, so Root potters back again. Three balls later, Karunaratne pushes forward softly and the ball falls just short of Joe Root at slip. Another maiden.

4.40am GMT

9th over: Sri Lanka 19-0 (Karunaratne 8, Kaushal 11) A touch of swing for Sam Curran and some neat glovework from Foakes who takes the ball neatly down the leg-side. And, loads of school-kids sitting in the stands looking happy.

4.35am GMT

8th over: Sri Lanka 15-0 (Karunaratne 6, Kaushal 8) And the first over falls to Jimmy Anderson, with the breeze apparently having switched direction to blowing from the sea to the peninsula. A few looseners wide outside the off stump, and that’s a maiden.

4.29am GMT

And if you bore of this, hop over to Adelaide where Australia are batting in the second ODI against South Africa.

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4.22am GMT

A cup of tea drunk and suddenly even an alarm at 350 doesn’t seem so bad.

England playing football out on the outfield - ten wickets to take today - I’ve got a sort of kind of itch that tomorrow’s morning’s early shift will be tucked up in bed. In the Sky studio Marcus Trescothick, Rob Key and Ian Ward are bright-eyed and assuredly poppied.

It must be fit: the football is out. pic.twitter.com/jT6aok7qhw

4.10am GMT

And despite this photograph...

A ship sails towards Colombo main harbour in Sri Lanka, as rain clouds gather above the sunset. Jo pic.twitter.com/VNwl9Fm2U9

3.43am GMT

Good morning bleary souls and thank you for gathering at this unreasonable hour. The game is England’s to win – with only the alleged placidness of the Galle pitch and the vagaries of the weather standing between them and a first Test victory abroad for two years. Fancy – that really is quite the wait.

Sri Lanka have defeated non-Asian opposition at home with ease over the last few years, but the best you can say about their batting so far is that they survived the seven overs Joe Root imposed on them last night without incident. The stats will not have made for a relaxing bed-time story – highest run-chase at Galle in a Test: 99. Longest any team has batted in a fourth-innings: 114 overs.

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