Sri Lanka collapse but hold on for thrilling draw: 1st Test, Day 5 (Lords)

The final session of the 1st Test saw much excitement. James Anderson induced a lazy shot from Sangakkara and had him bowled. Four balls later, Lahiru Thirimanne edged him to slip as Sri Lanka started unravelling. Sri Lanka were on 170 for five.

Rangana Herath edged a ball behind, was not out, but walked anyway because he didn’t know the rules. Nuwan Pradeep was adjudged LBW off the fifth ball of the over, but the drama was to continue. DRS saw something the umpire had not and Pradeep survived to fight — and survive — another ball.

Sri Lanka held England to a draw with just one wicket remaining.

Sri Lanka 453 (Sangakkara 147, Mathews 102 and 210 for 9 (Sangakkara 61, Anderson 4-25) drew with England 575 for 9 dec. (Root 200*, Pradeep 4-123) and 267 for 8 dec. (Ballance 104*, Herath 4-95).

June 2014.


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