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Day 5

1397dThe Report by David Hopps

Anderson strikes but rain rules

Kaushal Silva was the first Sri Lanka wicket to fall as a mere 3.4 overs were possible up to tea on a rain-wrecked final day at Lord's

1396dJarrod Kimber at Lord's

Facts conspire against Sri Lanka

Some may believe they were victims of misfortune but the truth is Sri Lanka's defeat was at least partly self-inflicted, not the result of a conspiracy.

Day 4

1397dThe Report by David Hopps

Hundred eludes Hales, wickets elude England

Alex Hales is getting closer to a treasured maiden Test hundred, but he will have to wait a while yet. He was on 94, only six runs short, when he fell only 10 minutes before tea at Lord's

1397dAndrew Fidel Fernando at Lord's

SL flag removed from balcony after no-ball call

The Sri Lanka team were asked to remove the national flag they had displayed on their balcony "to show support" for the side, after suffering an incorrect umpiring decision in the third Test

1397dJarrod Kimber at Lord's

A not-quite-perfect special-sort-of day

Amid the rainfall and the disappointment of seeing Alex Hales miss out on a maiden Test hundred, there was still a bit of the Lord's magic

1397dAndrew Fidel Fernando at Lord's

Pradeep 'unlucky' to miss out on five-for

Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford said Nuwan Pradeep was unlucky to miss out on a Lord's five-wicket haul, given the quality of his bowling in the second innings

1397dGeorge Dobell at Lord's

'Frustrated' Hales content with contribution

Alex Hales might have missed out on a maiden century for the third time in the series but he could console himself with the knowledge that he has established himself in England's top order for the foreseeable future

Day 3

1399dThe Report by David Hopps

England in front as bowlers hold sway

Nearly 10 years have slipped by while Alastair Cook has been a permanent fixture at the top of England's order in home Tests. In his temporary absence at Lord's because of a bruised knee, England had an unnerving vision of the future

Day 2

1399dAndrew Fidel Fernando at Lord's

Silva finds a new lease of life

Kaushal Silva had always been selected to give Sri Lanka some solidity, but it reached a stage where sometimes he solidified completely. On his return to the side he is striking the ideal balance

Day 1

1401dThe Report by David Hopps

Prolific Bairstow rescues England again

Jonny Bairstow, looking more battle-hardened by the month, completed his third Test hundred in eight innings to rouse England from a problematic opening day in the Lord's Test

1400dAndrew Fidel Fernando at Lord's

Déjà vu all over again

Early inroads, a dropped catch (or sometimes more than one) and then the opposition middle order leading a recovery. It's a familiar script for Sri Lanka

1400dMelinda Farrell and Andrew McGlashan

Umpire's call margin likely to be reduced

Mahela Jayawardene has confirmed that a recommendation has been made to reduce the margin of umpire's call on the DRS, which would lead to more batsmen being given lbw


SL batsmen find form


Century stands for Sri Lanka in this series - 116 between Chandimal and Herath in Durham, and 108 between Karunaratne and Silva in this Test

Silva's love for Lord's


Fifty-plus scores for Kaushal Silva in three Test innings at Lord's - 63, 57, 79*. Among Sri Lankans, only Mahela Jayawardene has more 50+ Test scores here (4)

Quick wickets


Wickets lost by Sri Lanka within the first ten overs of the third day. They were 162 for 1 at the end of Day 2.

Chandimal races to 2000


No. of SL batsmen, out of 15, who completed 2000 Test runs in fewer inns than Chandimal (49 inns) - Sangakkara (46), Jayasuriya (47) & Jayawardene (48).

Session of wickets


Sri Lanka's batting efforts in the first session of Day 3; reduced from 162/1 to 218/6. Anyways, they have managed to avoid follow-on for the first time this series.

Recovery yet again


Runs added by SL's 7th wicket in the 2nd inns of the last Test by Chandimal & Herath. K Perera and Herath have added 50+ runs for the same wicket in this Test.

Sri Lanka involved again


Last time both teams had 50+ stands for the 7th wicket in their first innings of a Lord's Test - Eng & SL. The same teams have featured in this Test as well.

Anderson ends drought


No. of balls bowled by Anderson without a wicket at Lord's, before dismissing Perera. In the last Lord's match, he didn't take any wicket conceding 137 runs in 33 overs.

Long time ago


Last time two right-handed batsmen opened the innings for Eng in Tests - Key & Vaughan v Ind, Leeds, 2002. Compton & Hales opened in 2nd inns today.

Hales in form


80+ scores for Hales in 5 innings in this series; in 8 Test innings in South Africa, his highest was 60

A rare six


Test innings between sixes for Cook; his last one before today was in December 2012, v India, when he made 190 in Kolkata

Stranger at No. 7


Instances in Tests that Cook had batted below No. 3 before today. He had opened the batting 218 times, and batted at No. 3 12 times

Unfamiliar for Anderson


The last time before today that Anderson didn't bowl the first over of an innings; he bowled first change v West Indies at Lord's in May 2009

Tough for SL


Instances of teams scoring more than 310 in the 4th innings of a Lord's Test in the last 30 years: by Australia (406 in 2009) and India (397 in 2002)

Draws galore


Consecutive drawn Tests between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's - in 2002, 2006, 2011, 2014 and 2016