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England, Sri Lanka in thrilling 1st Test draw Series at 0-0

LONDON, June 16, (AFP): England and Sri Lanka drew the first Test at Lord’s in dramatic fashion on Monday to leave their two-match series all square at 0-0. Sri Lanka, set 390 to win after England captain Alastair Cook declared before play on Monday’s fifth and final day, were left clinging on at 201 for nine come the close. Last man Nuwan Pradeep survived the final five balls of the match from Stuart Broad, including the penultimate delivery where he was given out lbw by Australian umpire Paul Reiffel only to successfully challenge the decision after replays confirmed an inside edge. James Anderson led England’s attack with a remarkable return of four wickets for 25 runs in 19 overs but it wasn’t quite enough to secure a stunning win. England piled up 575 for nine declared on the back of Joe Root’s unbeaten 200 not out — his maiden Test double century.

Sri Lanka, however, responded with 453 featuring Kumar Sangakkara’s 147 and captain Angelo Mathews’s 102 — both batsmen scoring their first hundred in a Lord’s Test. England slumped to 121 for six in their second innings before Gary Ballance’s 104 not out, the Yorkshire batsman’s maiden Test century, took the side to 267 fot eight declared. The second and final Test starts at Headingley on Friday.

ENGLAND 1st Innings 575-9 dec (J Root 200 no, M Prior 86, I Bell 56; N Pradeep 4-123, S Eranga 3-163)

SRI LANKA 1st Innings 453 (K Sangakkara 147, A Mathews 102, K Silva 63, M Jayawardene 55; J Anderson 3-93, C Jordan 3-102)
ENGLAND 2nd Innings (overnight: 267-8)
S. Robson b Eranga    19
A. Cook c P Jayawardene b Eranga    28
G. Ballance not out    104
I. Bell b Eranga    9
J. Root lbw b Herath    15
M. Ali b Herath    4
M. Prior c Thirimanne b Kulasekara    16
C. Jordan c Sangakkara b Herath    35
S. Broad c and b Herath    24
L. Plunkett not out    2
Extras (b3, lb4, w2, nb2)    11
Total (8 wkts dec, 69 overs, 310 mins)    267
Did not bat: J Anderson
Fall of wickets: 1-46 (Cook), 2-51 (Robson), 3-69 (Bell), 4-98 (Root), 5-102 (Ali), 6-121 (Prior), 7-199 (Jordan), 8-256 (Broad)
Bowling: Kulasekara 15-2-65-1; Pradeep 13-3-37-0 (1nb); Eranga 18-7-63-3 (1nb, 2w); Herath 23-2-95-4

SRI LANKA 2nd Innings (target: 390)
D. Karunaratne c Robson b Broad    16
K. Silva c Prior b Jordan    57
K. Sangakkara b Anderson    61
M. Jayawardene c Prior b Anderson    18
L. Thirimanne c Jordan b Anderson     2
A. Mathews c Cook b Anderson    18
P. Jayawardene lbw b Jordan    8
N. Kulasekara lbw b Broad    1
R. Herath c Prior b Broad    1
S. Eranga not out    0
N. Pradeep not out    0
Extras (b11, lb7,nb1)    19
Total (9 wkts, 90 overs, 466 mins)    201

Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Karunaratne), 2-123 (Silva), 3-159 (M Jayawardene), 4-169 (Sangakkara), 6-194 (P Jayawardene), 7-199 (Kulasekara), 8-201 (Mathews), 9-201 (Herath)
Bowling: Anderson 19-10-25-4; Broad 21-9-43-3; Jordan 18-10-34-2; Plunkett 16-5-39-0; Ali 12-2-35-0 (1nb); Root 4-3-7-0
Result: Match drawn
Series: Two-match series level at 0-0
Toss: Sri Lanka
Umpires: Paul Reiffel (AUS) and Billy Bowden (NZL)
TV umpire: Steve Davis (AUS)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)
Remaining Fixture
Jun 20-24: 2nd Test, Headingley

Trevor Bayliss has been appointed acting coach for Australia’s Twenty20 home internationals against South Africa in November, Cricket Australia said on Monday. New South Wales and Sydney Sixers coach Bayliss has been called in to give head coach Darren Lehmann a week’s break to prepare for the Test series against India and the ICC World Cup, both in Australia. The T20 matches against South Africa in early November fall just days after Lehmann returns from a tour against Pakistan in to the United Arab Emirates. “With Lehmann in the UAE focused on the Test matches, we have appointed Trevor to focus on the Australian T20 team to give them the best chance of winning the T20 international series against South Africa,” CA team performance manager Pat Howard said. “At the same time, on his return Darren will be able to refocus on bringing the one-day team together in a very big year for 50-over cricket.

“Darren will have had the Zimbabwe tri-series and the UAE tour against Pakistan in quick succession immediately before the biggest-ever summer of cricket in Australia, so it’s important he has some time to prepare for each series.” Lehmann said that while he wanted to coach every match the Australian team played, planning and preparation was critical to successfully manage the next 18 months for his team. “We’ve got an absolutely huge period coming up. As soon as the tour to Zimbabwe starts in late August this year, we won’t then finish until after the 2015-16 Australian summer in March 2016. It’s pretty much non-stop,” Lehmann said. Australia and New Zealand will co-host the 50-over World Cup next February-March, after which the Baggy Greens head on tour to the West Indies and then to reprise the Ashes in England.

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