Prior hundred and Broad fifty batter sloppy Sri Lanka
Lunch: Second Test, day two, Lord’s
Match score: England 486 all out (Cook 96, Bell 52, Morgan 79, Prior 126, Broad 54; Welegedara 4-122) Full scorecard
Session score: England 144-4 England win
“I hope he’s backed something in the Derby,” said David Lloyd on Sky as Matt Prior edged another one through the confused and calamitous Sri Lankan slip cordon.
Marvan Atapattu, Sri Lanka’s batting coach, said last night they had hoped to bowl England out for 300 but they would settled for under 400. How about 500?
There was no sense of England settling in again against a new ball that was only eight overs old.
Stuart Broad drove the fifth ball of the day from Chanaka Welegedara on the up through extra cover for four and that set the tone.
Prior went at everything and even with the field set back he was scoring at a run a ball. He edged Suranga Lakmal just out of reach of the keeper Prasanna Jayawardene with first slip standing too wide. Next ball he cut the ball between second slip and the first of two gullies.
In the next over Prior, on 94, slashed at Welegedara and was dropped by Mahela Jayawardene at second slip. He went to 99 with another edged cut between keeper and outlying slip. Next ball he moved to his fifth Test century and his second at Lord’s.
He was ninth out for 126, trying to sweep the spinner Rangana Herath, and with his departure seemingly went England’s impressive momentum.
The last-wicket pair of Chris Tremlett and Steve Finn prodded rather than slogged their way towards lunch until Finn suddenly found his range against Dilhara Fernando, hitting him for three fours in an over.
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