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2nd Test, Galle International Stadium, Galle, 24 Apr, 2023

Ireland

IRE

492/10

(145.3) overs

202/10

(77.3) overs

Sri Lanka

SL

704/3

(151.0) overs

Sri Lanka beat Ireland by an innings and 10 runs

Player Of The Match

Prabath Jayasuriya,
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Summary
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Commentary
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Ireland
Sri Lanka
Ireland

Commentary

That is it from this game! The trophy is handed over to Dimuth Karunaratne as Sri Lanka whitewash the Irish team. That concludes this series. Hope you enjoyed the coverage. It is goodbye for now.

Dimuth Karunaratne says it was a different kind of pitch than the first one but he is happy with how his bowlers bowled. Adds he was hopeful to get more than 500 and a good start was needed while batting and is very happy how they batted. Feels this will help their players to do well in the next series. Mentions he asked his bowlers to give their best and they all bowled really well.

Andy Balbirnie says he is fine. Applauds the performance of Harry Tector. they need to improve game after game in this format. Hopes to put on a good show in their next series. Tells it is a lovely place to play cricket and feels the crowd was entertained enough in the game.

Kusal Mendis wins the Player of the Series award.

Prabath Jayasuriya is the Player of the Match. He says this was a different wicket compared to the first game, was a batter friendly wicket. He adds patience is very important on this kind of pitch and informs his shoulder is good.

Presentation next...

Ireland lost two in the final phase of Day 4 while in the morning, Andy Balbirnie and Harry Tector showed great determination despite taking some lusty blows. However, there was not much support from others and as a result Ireland failed to hold their wickets. Sri Lankan bowlers were just brilliant. There was not much turn but some disciplined bowling from Ramesh Mendis helped im take a five-fer. Asitha Fernando too bowled some fiery spells in-between to keep the pressure on.

There was a time when the rain took out around a session and it looked like the draw is the most probable result but the way home team batted, they wanted more than just a draw. Sri Lanka got a lead of more than 200 and had around 4 sessions to take all Irish wickets.

A match where batters dominated. Ireland won the toss and batted first. Centuries from Paul Stirling and Curtis Campher along with knocks from Andy Balbirnie and Lorcan Tucker helped them get a score around 500. Sri Lanka though came out with intent, the skipper in particular who put up an opening stand of 228. There were double-centuries from Kusal Mendis and Nishan Madushka while centuries from Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews as this time Sri Lanka who put a massive total of 700.

Not the typical win for Sri Lanka as they had to work hard. This was not an easy pitch to get wickets but the Lanka bowlers were up for the task. They had to take 10 wickets to win and took 8 wickets on the final day to clean sweep the series. Harry Tector though was standing like a wall and not giving up but the lone warrior fell the pressure and got out eventually.

77.3W

OUT! TIMBER! Done and dusted! This is full and reverse swings it on leg. White is late to flick it away and gets hit on the pads. It deflects and hits the stumps behind. Sri Lanka win by an innings and 10 runs.

77.2W

OUT! BOWLED! Asitha Fernando is pumped up! Absolutely pumped up! They have finally got rid of Tector! A yorker, this one swings in on middle. Tector is late to get his bat down as he tries to squeeze it away but misses and it goes through and hits the stumps. Ireland still trail by 10 runs.

77.10

A yorker on leg. Tector looks to whip it away but gets hit on the pads.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 77 overs : 202/8

M Humphreys4 (31)

H Tector85 (187)

P Jayasuriya32-9-88-2

76.60

Flat and on middle, blocked.

76.50

On off, kept out.

76.40

Flat and on middle. Humphreys splices his defense to point.

76.30

Too full and on off, Humphreys jams it out to cover.

76.20

Angling on middle. Humphreys prods and blocks.

76.10

Tossed up on off, defended out.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 76 overs : 202/8

H Tector85 (187)

M Humphreys4 (25)

A Fernando11-3-30-1

75.66

SIX! 200 up! Short in length, outside off. Tector pulls it over mid-wicket for a biggie.

75.50

Pitched up, on off. Tector inside edges his drive onto the pads.

75.40

A bumper on middle. Tector looks to ramp it over but misses.

75.32

A full toss, outside off. Tector works it to third man for two.

75.20

Fuller and on middle. Tector whips it to deep mid-wicket for no run.

75.10

Full and on middle. Tector heaves it to deep mid-wicket. No run taken.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 75 overs : 194/8

H Tector77 (181)

M Humphreys4 (25)

P Jayasuriya31-8-88-2

74.61

Outside off, guided to point for a single.

74.50

Short, quicker and outside off, spins away. Tector plays it late and bottom edges it back to the keeper. Tumbles back as he gets back in the pitch.

74.40

Flat and on middle, Tector tucks it to square leg again.

74.30

On middle, nudged to square leg.

74.20

Fuller and around off, driven to deep cover. No run taken again.

Commentary

We are back. James McCollum and Peter Moor to open for Ireland. Vishwa Fernando to bowl first.

...THIRD INNINGS...

What to talk about Ireland! They already are feeling tired but have a big job in their hand. First, an hour to bat and hope not to lose any wickets. They are done and dusted with the ball and were beaten all apart. The scoreboard tells the story. This is still a very good pitch to bat on but will the pressure and tiredness come into play for Ireland? We will find out soon.

Sri Lanka have shown why they dominate so much in their home surface. They have turned the tide and have given themselves a chance to win the game from here. It felt like Sri Lanka were passing the baton to one batter after the other. Everyone came, scored a century or double-century and walked off. First, a big opening standing stand of 228 with the skipper scoring a century. Then Kusal Mendis added 268 along with Nishan Madushka as both scored a double-ton. Dinesh Chandimal was looking good but he got retired out but the baton was in safe hands of Angelo Mathews who ended the innings with a century.

Sri Lanka have declared after scoring a mammoth total of 704! Wow!  A batting masterclass from the home team and they have a lead of 212 on the cards. Angelo Mathews runs back to a standing ovation.  The batters have done the job for the hosts. Around an hour plays left, time for the Lankan bowlers to jump in.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 151 overs : 704/3

A Mathews100 (114)

de Silva12 (17)

A McBrine57-8-191-1

150.62

Century for Mathews! And Sri Lanka have declared with a lead of 212. They were waiting for this moment. Fuller and outside off. Mathews drives it through covers for a couple.

150.52

A full toss, outside off. Mathews pushes it through covers for a couple.

150.51wd

Wide! 700 up! Bowls it way outside off, it is left alone.

150.42

On middle, punched down to long on for a couple.

150.31

On the pads, worked to square leg for one.

150.21

Full and on middle, flicked to square leg for one.

150.10

Fuller and on middle. Mathews blocks.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 150 overs : 695/3

A Mathews93 (109)

de Silva11 (16)

B White34-1-203-0

149.61

On the pads, tucked to square leg for one.

149.50

Ireland have taken a review for caught behind. UltraEdge shows no bat and Ireland burn their review. This is full and down leg, spins in. Mathews looks to pull but misses. Benjamin White convinces to take it upstairs but in just hope.

149.40

On middle, Mathews blocks.

149.30

On middle, nudged to square leg.

149.26

SIX! That is huge! Tossed up on off. Mathews slogs it over cow corner for a biggie.

149.11

A single as this is hit to cover.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 149 overs : 687/3

A Mathews86 (104)

de Silva10 (15)

A McBrine56-8-182-1

148.60

On off, kept out.

148.51

On off, pushed to covers for one.

148.44

FOUR! Full and outside off. Dhananjaya de Silva dabs it late past to third man for a boundary. James McCollum is feeling his cramps and needs some treatment.

148.31

Around off, worked to point for a single.

148.20

Full and on off, pushed to cover.

148.10

On middle, blocked.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 148 overs : 681/3

de Silva5 (13)

A Mathews85 (100)

B White33-1-195-0

147.60

On off, kept out.

147.50

Full and on off, pushed to white.

147.44

FOUR! This is full and way outside off. Dhananjaya de Silva looks to drive but gets an outside edge to the third man fence.

147.31

On middle, drilled to long on for one.

147.22

Too full and on middle. Mathews flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a couple.

147.16

SIX! BANG! Full and on middle. Mathews tonks it over long on for a biggie.

Commentary

Now Sri Lanka will be under pressure! Ireland have got a big score on the board and Sri Lanka will need to replicate what they did with the bat in the first game. Ireland on the other hand, will need to be patient, bowl the right lines and lengths and hope the ball does do its bit. For now it is Tea so join us in a bit for the last session.

Sri Lanka toiled hard, it was not easy for their bowlers on a wicket which is quite flat and not doing a lot. They tried everything but wicket-taking was quite difficult for them. Yet again Prabath Jayasuriya who bowled almost 60 overs was the pick. The pacers also bowled their hearts out though as both got 4 amongst them.

Ireland fall just short of the 500-run mark but they will be very proud of their performance with the bat. The openers did not contribute a lot but the middle and the lower-middle order were brilliant. First it was two of their most experienced players who combined and laid the platform for a good first innings score. It was Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie! The two added over 100 before Paul Stirling went back retiered hurt. Andy Balbirnie was unfortunate to not get to his ton as he fell five short. Lorcan Tucker too played brilliantly but fell 20 short of a ton. However, then came the two tons for Ireland. One from Curtis Campher and another from Paul who resumed his innings. Ireland were eyeing 500 but wickets in the second session did not let them get there.

145.3W

OUT! TKEN! That is the end of the innings for Ireland! Prabath Jayasuriya gets the last wicket and another fifer for him. Brilliant. Tosses this one up outside off, a lot slower. Matthew Humphreys looks to go down the ground but this lands and turns away. It goes off the outer half towards cover. Ramesh Mendis takes a decent catch. IRELAND END WITH 492!

145.20

Matthew Humphreys walks right across and looks to paddle scoop it, this is outside off, he misses to get hit on the pads.

145.10

Tossed up on off, defended.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 145 overs : 492/9

B White0 (11)

M Humphreys7 (20)

R Mendis27-4-108-1

144.60

On the stumps, blocked.

144.52lb

Another one on the pads, Benjamin White looks to flick, it goes off the pads down towards fine leg for two.

144.40

On middle, kept out.

144.31lb

On the pads, Matthew Humphreys looks to flick but misses, it hits the pad and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken.

144.20

On the stumps, defended.

144.10

On the stumps, kept out.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 144 overs : 489/9

B White0 (8)

M Humphreys7 (17)

P Jayasuriya58-13-174-4

143.60

On off, defended.

143.51

This lands safe! Yet again the slog sweep is out, this is off the top edge. It lands away from the fielder at deep mid-wicket for one.

143.40

BEATEN! That is a beauty! Flatter and on off, this lands and spins away. Matthew Humphreys is beaten as he tries to defend.

143.30

On off, defended.

143.24

FOUR! Up and over! That is a lovely shot! This is tossed up outside off, it is dragged from outside off and over mid-wicket for a boundary.

143.10

Tossed up on off, this is pushed to covers.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 143 overs : 484/9

B White0 (7)

M Humphreys2 (12)

V Fernando24-1-92-2

142.60

On off, defended.

142.50

Anothert appeal but not given! A yorker outside off, Benjamin White is beaten as he looks to jam it out. The noice was of the bat hitting the ground.

142.40

Around off, defended.

142.30

On off, blocked.

142.20

Angled into the pads, Benjamin White looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

142.11

A single as this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 142 overs : 483/9

B White0 (2)

M Humphreys1 (11)

P Jayasuriya57-13-169-4

141.60

On off, this is blocked.

141.50

On middle, kept out.

141.4W

A loud appeal for an LBW and the finger is raised! It is reviewed but seems plumb. OUT! Three reds and Prabath Jayasuriya has another one. This is flatter and on middle, this one holds its line. Graham Hume looks to defend but plays down the wrong line. He is beaten to get hit on the pads. Ireland lose their 9th.

141.30

On off, kept out.

141.20

On off, defended.

141.14

FOUR! The reverse sweep comes out and it is nailed through point for a boundary.

Ireland
Sri Lanka
Ireland
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
J McCollum

b R Mendis

10 16 2 0 62.50
P Moor

c A Mathews b P Jayasuriya

19 39 1 2 48.71
A Balbirnie

c A Mathews b R Mendis

46 101 5 0 45.54
H Tector

b A Fernando

85 189 8 3 44.97
P Stirling

c K Mendis b P Jayasuriya

1 5 0 0 20
L Tucker

b A Fernando

13 23 2 0 56.52
C Campher

c K Mendis b R Mendis

12 33 2 0 36.36
A McBrine

c de Silva b R Mendis

10 19 2 0 52.63
G Hume

c S Samarawickrama b R Mendis

0 8 0 0 0
M Humphreys

not out

4 31 1 0 12.90
B White

b A Fernando

0 1 0 0 0
Extras

(b 0,lb 2,w 0,nb 0,Penalty 0)

2
Total 77.3 (RR: 2.61)
202/10

Did not bat:

Fall of wickets:

(J McCollum, 4.2 ov) (P Moor, 13.2 ov) (P Stirling, 25.2 ov) (L Tucker, 34.2 ov) (C Campher, 45.3 ov) (A Balbirnie, 57.3 ov) (A McBrine, 63.5 ov) (G Hume, 65.5 ov) (H Tector, 77.2 ov) (B White, 77.3 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
V Fernando
6 1 15 0 2.50
P Jayasuriya
32 9 88 2 2.75
R Mendis
27 6 64 5 2.37
A Fernando
11.3 3 30 3 2.60
de Silva
1 0 3 0 3.00
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
N Madushka

lbw b A McBrine

205 339 22 1 60.47
D Karunaratne

c M Humphreys b C Campher

115 133 15 0 86.46
K Mendis

c M Humphreys b G Hume

245 291 18 11 84.19
A Mathews

not out

100 114 6 4 87.71
D Chandimal

retired hurt

13 14 2 0 92.85
de Silva

not out

12 17 2 0 70.58
Extras

(b 2,lb 8,w 2,nb 2,Penalty 0)

14
Total 151.0 (RR: 4.66)
704/3

Did not bat: S Samarawickrama, R Mendis, P Jayasuriya, A Fernando, V Fernando

Fall of wickets:

(D Karunaratne, 48.4 ov) (N Madushka, 115 ov) (K Mendis, 139.5 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
G Hume
22 3 87 1 3.95
A McBrine
57 8 191 1 3.35
C Campher
20 1 101 1 5.05
M Humphreys
10 0 67 0 6.70
B White
34 1 203 0 5.97
H Tector
8 0 45 0 5.62
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
J McCollum

c S Samarawickrama b P Jayasuriya

10 28 2 0 35.71
P Moor

lbw b A Fernando

5 7 1 0 71.42
A Balbirnie

c de Silva b R Mendis

95 163 14 0 58.28
H Tector

c D Chandimal b P Jayasuriya

18 44 3 0 40.90
P Stirling

c de Silva b A Fernando

103 181 9 4 56.90
L Tucker

b V Fernando

80 106 10 0 75.47
C Campher

c de Silva b P Jayasuriya

111 229 15 2 48.47
A McBrine

c sub D Hemantha b V Fernando

35 59 3 1 59.32
G Hume

lbw b P Jayasuriya

6 23 1 0 26.08
M Humphreys

c R Mendis b P Jayasuriya

7 23 1 0 30.43
B White

not out

0 11 0 0 0
Extras

(b 9,lb 11,w 1,nb 1,Penalty 0)

22
Total 145.3 (RR: 3.38)
492/10

Did not bat:

Fall of wickets:

(P Moor, 3.4 ov) (J McCollum, 9.3 ov) (H Tector, 23.1 ov) (A Balbirnie, 67.3 ov) (L Tucker, 90.4 ov) (P Stirling, 108.2 ov) (A McBrine, 134.4 ov) (C Campher, 137.3 ov) (G Hume, 141.4 ov) (M Humphreys, 145.3 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
V Fernando
24 1 92 2 3.83
A Fernando
22 4 78 2 3.54
P Jayasuriya
58.3 13 174 5 2.97
R Mendis
27 4 108 1 4.00
de Silva
14 5 20 0 1.42
Ireland
Sri Lanka
Ireland

Commentary

That is it from this game! The trophy is handed over to Dimuth Karunaratne as Sri Lanka whitewash the Irish team. That concludes this series. Hope you enjoyed the coverage. It is goodbye for now.

Dimuth Karunaratne says it was a different kind of pitch than the first one but he is happy with how his bowlers bowled. Adds he was hopeful to get more than 500 and a good start was needed while batting and is very happy how they batted. Feels this will help their players to do well in the next series. Mentions he asked his bowlers to give their best and they all bowled really well.

Andy Balbirnie says he is fine. Applauds the performance of Harry Tector. they need to improve game after game in this format. Hopes to put on a good show in their next series. Tells it is a lovely place to play cricket and feels the crowd was entertained enough in the game.

Kusal Mendis wins the Player of the Series award.

Prabath Jayasuriya is the Player of the Match. He says this was a different wicket compared to the first game, was a batter friendly wicket. He adds patience is very important on this kind of pitch and informs his shoulder is good.

Presentation next...

Ireland lost two in the final phase of Day 4 while in the morning, Andy Balbirnie and Harry Tector showed great determination despite taking some lusty blows. However, there was not much support from others and as a result Ireland failed to hold their wickets. Sri Lankan bowlers were just brilliant. There was not much turn but some disciplined bowling from Ramesh Mendis helped im take a five-fer. Asitha Fernando too bowled some fiery spells in-between to keep the pressure on.

There was a time when the rain took out around a session and it looked like the draw is the most probable result but the way home team batted, they wanted more than just a draw. Sri Lanka got a lead of more than 200 and had around 4 sessions to take all Irish wickets.

A match where batters dominated. Ireland won the toss and batted first. Centuries from Paul Stirling and Curtis Campher along with knocks from Andy Balbirnie and Lorcan Tucker helped them get a score around 500. Sri Lanka though came out with intent, the skipper in particular who put up an opening stand of 228. There were double-centuries from Kusal Mendis and Nishan Madushka while centuries from Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews as this time Sri Lanka who put a massive total of 700.

Not the typical win for Sri Lanka as they had to work hard. This was not an easy pitch to get wickets but the Lanka bowlers were up for the task. They had to take 10 wickets to win and took 8 wickets on the final day to clean sweep the series. Harry Tector though was standing like a wall and not giving up but the lone warrior fell the pressure and got out eventually.

77.3W

OUT! TIMBER! Done and dusted! This is full and reverse swings it on leg. White is late to flick it away and gets hit on the pads. It deflects and hits the stumps behind. Sri Lanka win by an innings and 10 runs.

77.2W

OUT! BOWLED! Asitha Fernando is pumped up! Absolutely pumped up! They have finally got rid of Tector! A yorker, this one swings in on middle. Tector is late to get his bat down as he tries to squeeze it away but misses and it goes through and hits the stumps. Ireland still trail by 10 runs.

77.10

A yorker on leg. Tector looks to whip it away but gets hit on the pads.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 77 overs : 202/8

M Humphreys4 (31)

H Tector85 (187)

P Jayasuriya32-9-88-2

76.60

Flat and on middle, blocked.

76.50

On off, kept out.

76.40

Flat and on middle. Humphreys splices his defense to point.

76.30

Too full and on off, Humphreys jams it out to cover.

76.20

Angling on middle. Humphreys prods and blocks.

76.10

Tossed up on off, defended out.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 76 overs : 202/8

H Tector85 (187)

M Humphreys4 (25)

A Fernando11-3-30-1

75.66

SIX! 200 up! Short in length, outside off. Tector pulls it over mid-wicket for a biggie.

75.50

Pitched up, on off. Tector inside edges his drive onto the pads.

75.40

A bumper on middle. Tector looks to ramp it over but misses.

75.32

A full toss, outside off. Tector works it to third man for two.

75.20

Fuller and on middle. Tector whips it to deep mid-wicket for no run.

75.10

Full and on middle. Tector heaves it to deep mid-wicket. No run taken.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 75 overs : 194/8

H Tector77 (181)

M Humphreys4 (25)

P Jayasuriya31-8-88-2

74.61

Outside off, guided to point for a single.

74.50

Short, quicker and outside off, spins away. Tector plays it late and bottom edges it back to the keeper. Tumbles back as he gets back in the pitch.

74.40

Flat and on middle, Tector tucks it to square leg again.

74.30

On middle, nudged to square leg.

74.20

Fuller and around off, driven to deep cover. No run taken again.

74.10

Full and on the pads. Tector pads it away.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 74 overs : 193/8

M Humphreys4 (25)

H Tector76 (175)

A Fernando10-3-22-1

73.60

Superb over from Asitha! A yorker, swinging on off. Humphreys defends it out very late.

73.50

A bouncer, going down. Humphreys sits down.

73.40

A bit of reverse swing on off. Humphreys blocks.

73.30

Length and on middle, tucked to square leg.

73.20

What a delivery! A yorker, tailing outside off, Humphreys looks to squeeze it out but misses.

73.10

Full and on middle. Humphreys looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The edge saves him.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 73 overs : 193/8

H Tector76 (175)

M Humphreys4 (19)

P Jayasuriya30-8-87-2

72.60

Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.

72.56

SIX! Sublime shot! Too full and outside off. Tector drives on the up all the way over long off for a six.

72.40

Too full and on off, defended out.

72.30

Fuller and outside off. Tector drives it to deep cover and denies a single.

72.20

Outside off, left alone.

72.10

Too full and on off, Tector prods and blocks.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 72 overs : 187/8

M Humphreys4 (19)

H Tector70 (169)

R Mendis27-6-64-5

71.60

On off, defended out.

71.50

Flat and on middle. Humphreys goes back and blocks.

71.41

Outside off, pushed to point for a single.

71.34

FOUR! Hammered! Too full and on off. Tector sweeps it hard through mid-wicket for a boundary.

71.26

SIX! This is why he does not want to run! Tossed up on middle. Tector slogs it high over long on for a biggie.

71.10

Short and on middle. Tector pulls it to deep square leg but does not take any run.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 71 overs : 176/8

H Tector59 (165)

M Humphreys4 (17)

P Jayasuriya29-8-81-2

70.61

Around off, pushed through covers for a single.

70.54

FOUR! Not a good start from Jayasuriya! Shorter and outside off. Tector cuts it through point for four.

70.40

On off, blocked again.

70.34

FOUR! Shot! Too full and outside off. Tector drives it through covers for a boundary.

70.20

On off, defended.

70.10

Flighted, outside off. Tector looks to drive but misses.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 70 overs : 167/8

M Humphreys4 (17)

H Tector50 (159)

R Mendis26-6-53-5

69.60

Full and on middle. Humphreys defends it out.

69.50

Too full on middle, Humphreys blocks.

69.40

On middle, kept out.

69.30

Flighted, outside off and spins in. Humphreys tries to sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads. Again it looked like the impact is outside off but Sri Lanka are getting a bit desperate. They take the review and it is outside the line.

69.20

Full and on off, Humphreys blocks.

69.11

Fifty for Tector! While the other batters failed, he has stepped up! Excellent innings from him! On middle, this is worked down to long on for one.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 69 overs : 166/8

M Humphreys4 (12)

H Tector49 (158)

V Fernando6-1-15-0

68.60

SLanting on the pads. Humphreys keeps it out.

68.50

On middle, blocked.

68.40

Length and on the pads. Humphreys looks to flick but gets a leading edge to point.

68.30

A yorker, right on the middle. Humphreys gets his bat down quickly.

68.24

FOUR! Cleverly played! Shorter and outside off. Humphreys plays it over the slip cordon for a boundary.

68.10

Too full, angling on the pads. Humphreys misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. An appeal for LBW but the finger stays down. Sri Lanka still take the review. However, it shows the impact was outside the leg line.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 68 overs : 162/8

H Tector49 (158)

M Humphreys0 (6)

R Mendis25-6-52-5

67.60

On the pads again, Tector works it to square leg.

67.50

Slanting on middle, Tector bunts it to short leg. A bit of miscommunication but no harm is done.

67.40

Flat and on middle. Tector uses his feet as he nudges it to short leg.

67.30

Angling on middle, kept out.

67.20

Full and on middle, tucked to square leg but no run is taken.

67.10

Tossed up on middle, blocked again.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 67 overs : 162/8

M Humphreys0 (6)

H Tector49 (152)

V Fernando5-1-11-0

66.60

On middle, defended.

66.50

Length and on off, Humphreys again blocks.

66.40

Length and on the pads. Humphreys keeps it out.

66.30

Full and on middle. Humphreys blocks.

66.20

On off, blocked.

66.11

Length and on middle, nudged to square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 66 overs : 161/8

M Humphreys0 (1)

H Tector48 (151)

R Mendis24-5-52-5

65.60

On middle, kept out.

65.5W

OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Mendis has a five-fer! Excellent bowling from Mendis! Tossed up, outside off and it skids on. Hume gets on the front foot to defend but gets an outside edge to the keeper who makes  no mistake. A very faint edge. Sri Lanka are two wickets away.

65.40

On middle, defended out.

65.30

Tossed up on off. Hume blocks.

65.20

Full and outside off, pushed to cover.

65.11

Full and on middle, Tector tucks it to square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 65 overs : 160/7

G Hume0 (4)

H Tector47 (150)

V Fernando4-1-10-0

64.60

Around off, kept out.

64.50

Well bowled! This one tails back in from around off, Graham Hume looks to defend but gets an inside edge which rolls on the leg side.

64.40

Outside off, left alone.

64.31

Around off, Harry Tector guides it through point for one.

64.20

On middle, defended well.

64.10

Fuller and on off, this is pushed to mid off.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 64 overs : 159/7

G Hume0 (1)

H Tector46 (147)

R Mendis23-5-51-4

63.60

On off, defended.

63.5W

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! That is a good catch! Flatter and on off, this lands and turns away. Andy McBrine looks to defend, he pushes out at it, the ball turns just enough to take the edge and Dhananjaya de Silva takes it at first slip.

63.40

Outside edge but safe! Flatter again and on off, Andy McBrine looks to defend, it goes off the outside edge but lands short of the second slip fielder.

63.30

OHHH! Pushes this one through and on middle, Andy McBrine gets his bat down just in time.

63.20

Floats it up on off, defended well.

63.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 63 overs : 159/6

H Tector46 (147)

A McBrine10 (14)

V Fernando3-1-9-0

62.60

Outside off again, left alone again.

62.50

Outside off, left alone.

62.40

Off the bottom edge! Length and outside off, Harry Tector looks to leave it alone, a little late, it goes off the toe-end and on the bounce to the keeper.

62.30

Length and on off, kept out.

62.20

Good length and on off, kept out.

62.10

Outside off, left alone.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 62 overs : 159/6

H Tector46 (141)

A McBrine10 (14)

R Mendis22-4-51-3

61.61

A single to end as this is pushed down to long off.

61.50

Steps out again, makes it into a low full toss and strokes it back to the bowler.

61.41

A single as this is slapped through covers.

61.31

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

61.22

Steps out, takes it on the full and hits it through covers for two.

61.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 61 overs : 154/6

A McBrine9 (13)

H Tector42 (136)

P Jayasuriya28-8-72-2

60.64

FOUR! Swept away! That is another gift from Prabath Jayasuriya who seems a little tired! On the body, a full toss, this is swept down to the fine leg fence.

60.50

On middle, kept out.

60.41

On middle, Harry Tector works it through mid-wicket and takes one.

60.30

On the stumps, blocked.

60.20

On the stumps, defended.

60.10

On middle, blocked.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 60 overs : 149/6

A McBrine5 (11)

H Tector41 (132)

R Mendis21-4-46-3

59.64

FOUR! Cut away! Shorter and outside off, asking to be hit. Andy McBrine puts it away as he cuts it through point.

59.50

On middle, Andy McBrine hangs back and keeps it out.

59.40

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

59.30

Shorter and outside off, Andy McBrine guides it to point.

59.20

On middle, kept out.

59.10

Gives it air and lands it on off, kept out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 59 overs : 145/6

H Tector41 (132)

A McBrine1 (5)

P Jayasuriya27-8-67-2

58.60

Flighted ball on off, Harry Tector leans forward and keeps it out.

58.50

On middle, Harry Tector pushes it to mid off.

58.41

On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

58.30

Floats it up on off, kept out.

58.21

Flatter and on middle, this is worked towards mid-wicket for one.

58.10

Floats it up on off, defended.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 58 overs : 143/6

A McBrine0 (3)

H Tector40 (128)

R Mendis20-4-42-3

57.60

On the stumps, defended.

57.50

Flatter and on middle, blocked.

57.40

Tossed up on middle, kept out.

57.3W

OUT! TAKEN THIS TIME! Andy Balbirnie walks back and Sri Lanka well and truly on top now. Just as the partnership was going along well, it has been broken. This is tossed up outside off, it lands in the rough and turns back in. Andy Balbirnie looks to drive it through the off side, against the turn, it hits the splice, then the bottom and goes towards mid off. Angelo Mathews takes it. He ended up hitting that twice. Into the bowlers now are the hosts.

57.20

Half a chance? No, that was out of reach! On middle, this lands and turns back in. It hits the inside edge, then the pads, lobs up in the air but falls ahead of the short leg fielder.

57.10

Flatter and on off, blocked.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 57 overs : 143/5

A Balbirnie46 (98)

H Tector40 (128)

P Jayasuriya26-8-65-2

56.61

A single now as this is pushed through covers.

56.54

FOUR! Yet another gift and it is put away! This is a full toss around off, Andy Balbirnie strokes it through covers. No chance for the fielder in the deep.

56.40

On middle, blocked.

56.30

On the stumps, kept out.

56.20

On middle, defended.

56.14

FOUR! Lovely! Caressed! Tossed up outside off, Andy Balbirnie leans into it and strokes it through covers, this races away to the fence.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 56 overs : 134/5

H Tector40 (128)

A Balbirnie37 (92)

R Mendis19-3-42-2

55.60

Tector misses out! This is short and on middle, it is pulled hard but straight to square leg.

55.51

Safe in the end! On the pads, this is worked towards short fine leg. They go for one, a slight confusion but make it in the end.

55.40

On middle, blocked.

55.31

A single as this is guided through covers.

55.20

On off, kept out.

55.10

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 55 overs : 132/5

A Balbirnie36 (90)

H Tector39 (124)

P Jayasuriya25-8-56-2

54.60

Tosses it up on off, blocked.

54.50

Slower through the air and outside off, left alone.

54.44

FOUR! That is nicely driven! Finds the gap really well. This is tossed up outside off, this is driven through covers and the ball races away to the fence.

54.32

Edgy runs! Soft hands! This is tossed up around off, Andy Balbirnie lunges and looks to defend, it goes off the outside edge towards third man for two.

54.21

On middle, this is swept through square leg for one.

54.10

Sharp turn! This is from outside off, it turns away. Left alone.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 54 overs : 125/5

H Tector38 (122)

A Balbirnie30 (86)

R Mendis18-3-40-2

53.61

A single now as this is worked through square leg.

53.50

On middle, blocked.

53.41

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket.

53.31

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

53.20

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

53.10

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 53 overs : 122/5

A Balbirnie29 (85)

H Tector36 (117)

P Jayasuriya24-8-49-2

52.60

Outside off, not played at.

52.50

Outside off, left alone.

52.41

On middle, this is worked through square leg for one.

52.30

On middle, kept out.

52.20

On off, tossed up, blocked.

52.10

Outside off, fuller, this is driven to covers.

Time for the afternoon session to begin! The players make their way out to the middle. Harry Tector and Andy Balbirnie make their way out to the middle. Prabath Jayasuriya to begin.

... DAY 5, SESSION 2 ...

Sri Lanka's session! They have got three wickets and now are just the five wickets away from sealing the series. It was Paul Stirling who fell first. After walking out to bat due to Andy Balbirnie walking back in retiered hurt, Stirling did not last long as he fell to Prabath Jayasuriya! Then Asitha Fernando got rid of Lorcan Tucker. The former bowled a fiery spell and really caused a lot of troubles for the Irish batters. Curtis Campher also did not last for long in the middle. Sri Lanka will know they are just a wicket away from entering the lower-order. They need to continue to hit the right lines and lengths. The wicket is not doing a lot but they need to be patient. Ireland on the other hand, need the current pair to bat long. They trail by over 90 and the visitors will hope, the two can not only bat time but also knock off the trail. An important session coming up.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 52 overs : 121/5

A Balbirnie29 (83)

H Tector35 (113)

R Mendis17-3-37-2

51.60

Shorter and on middle, kept out. THAT WILL BE LUNCH!

51.50

On middle, blocked.

51.40

On the stumps, kept out.

51.31

On off, this is pushed down to long off for one.

51.21

This is worked through square leg for one.

51.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 51 overs : 119/5

H Tector34 (112)

A Balbirnie28 (78)

A Fernando9-2-22-1

50.60

Short and down the leg side. Left alone.

50.50

That is a good bumper, Harry Tector does well to get out of the way.

50.40

This is way too short now, easily evaded.

50.34

FOUR! That is very well played in the end! Asitha Fernando goes around the wicket. Harry Tector just moves away as he comes to bowl. It is short and on leg. This is guided through point for a boundary.

50.22

Shorter and on middle, this is nudged through square leg for two. Ireland trail by 97 now.

50.10

Length and around off, this is guided to gully.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 50 overs : 113/5

A Balbirnie28 (78)

H Tector28 (106)

R Mendis16-3-35-2

49.60

On the stumps, this is worked to mid-wicket.

49.50

Tossed up on off, kept out.

49.41

On middle, this is worked down to long on for one.

49.30

On middle, kept out.

49.20

Around off, blocked.

49.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 49 overs : 112/5

A Balbirnie28 (76)

H Tector27 (102)

A Fernando8-2-16-1

48.62

Two! On the fuller side, Andy Balbirnie strokes it down the ground, past silly mid on for two.

48.50

Goes back to bowling short and on middle, this is not played at.

48.40

Goes full and this one tails back in, Andy Balbirnie works it to mid-wicket.

48.30

Third short ball in a row now, Andy Balbirnie ducks under it.

48.20

Yet another short one, Andy Balbirnie evades it.

48.10

A short one, Andy Balbirnie ducks under it.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 110/5

H Tector27 (102)

A Balbirnie26 (70)

R Mendis15-3-34-2

47.60

On the stumps, blocked.

47.50

On middle, kept out.

47.44

FOUR! Good shot! Uses his feet well, gets to the pitch of it and hits it towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary.

47.31

This lands outside off and spins back in. Andy Balbirnie looks to defend, it goes off the inner half through square leg for one.

47.20

On middle, kept out.

47.11

A single as this is pushed towards long off.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 104/5

A Balbirnie25 (68)

H Tector22 (98)

P Jayasuriya23-8-48-2

46.60

On off, defended.

46.50

Gives it air and lands it on off, Andy Balbirnie pushes it to covers.

46.40

On middle, defended.

46.30

On middle, this is pushed back to the bowler.

46.20

Around off, defended nicely.

46.10

On off, floated up. Defended.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 46 overs : 104/5

H Tector22 (98)

A Balbirnie25 (62)

R Mendis14-3-28-2

45.60

Steps out but does not get to the pitch of the ball. He keeps it out.

45.50

Tossed up outside off, Harry Tector looks to drive but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

45.41

Andy Balbirnie walks out to bat again! He clips his first ball through mid-wicket for one.

45.3W

OUT! TAKEN! Half the side back in the hut for Ireland in the first session itself. They are in deep trouble now with just below 75 overs to go! This is on middle, Curtis Campher goes down one on knee to sweep, it goes off the glove and quickly towards leg slip where Kusal Mendis takes a sharp catch.

45.20

On middle, kept out.

45.11

Steps down the track and then works it towards long on for one.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 45 overs : 102/4

C Campher12 (31)

H Tector21 (95)

P Jayasuriya22-7-48-2

44.60

Flatter and on middle, Curtis Campher stays back and defends it.

44.50

Loopy ball on off, blocked.

44.40

Around off, this is guided to point.

44.30

Gives it air and lands it on off, kept out well.

44.20

Around off, kept out.

44.10

On off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 44 overs : 102/4

H Tector21 (95)

C Campher12 (25)

R Mendis13-3-26-1

43.60

On the pads, this is worked to square leg.

43.50

On middle, this is nudged to square leg.

43.40

Down the leg side, it is padded away.

43.31

On middle, Curtis Campher works it towards mid-wicket and takes one.

43.24

FOUR! Swept and done so nicely! On the pads, this is played past the short fine leg fielder and into the fence. 100 up.

43.10

On off, blocked.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 43 overs : 97/4

H Tector21 (92)

C Campher7 (22)

P Jayasuriya21-6-48-2

42.60

On off, tossed up, kept out.

42.50

On off, defended.

42.40

On off, defended.

42.30

On middle, kept out.

42.20

On middle, kept out.

42.14

FOUR! Cut away! Slightly shorter and outside off, this is guided past point and the ball races away to the fence.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 42 overs : 93/4

H Tector17 (86)

C Campher7 (22)

de Silva1-0-3-0

41.61

On middle, this is flicked through mid-wicket for one.

41.50

On off, defended.

41.40

On off, blocked.

41.31

Another single as this is nudged on the leg side.

41.21

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

41.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 41 overs : 90/4

C Campher6 (21)

H Tector15 (81)

R Mendis12-3-21-1

40.60

On the stumps, kept out.

40.50

On middle, this is pushed to mid on.

40.40

Gives it air and lands it on off, defended.

40.30

On middle, this is worked to short leg.

40.20

On off, defended.

40.11

On off, this is pushed towards mid off for one.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 40 overs : 89/4

C Campher6 (16)

H Tector14 (80)

P Jayasuriya20-6-44-2

39.60

On middle, blocked.

39.50

On off, this is pushed to cover.

39.40

On the stumps, it is kept out nicely.

39.30

Floats it up on middle, blocked.

39.20

On the stumps, kept out.

39.10

On middle, defended.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 39 overs : 89/4

H Tector14 (80)

C Campher6 (10)

R Mendis11-3-20-1

38.60

On middle, Tector works it to mid-wicket.

38.50

On middle, kept out.

38.40

A loud appeal but turned down! On middle, this one turns back in. Harry Tector looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

38.30

On off, kept out.

38.21

Shorter and on middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

38.10

Campher misses out! Short and on the body, this is pulled but to short fine leg.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 38 overs : 88/4

H Tector14 (76)

C Campher5 (8)

P Jayasuriya19-5-44-2

37.60

Flighted ball on off, blocked.

37.50

Fuller and on off, Harry pushes it to mid off.

37.40

Tossed up on middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

37.30

On middle, defended.

37.20

Around off, blocked.

37.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 37 overs : 88/4

C Campher5 (8)

H Tector14 (70)

R Mendis10-3-19-1

36.60

On middle, kept out.

36.50

Flatter and on off, defended.

36.40

On middle, this is worked to square leg.

36.31

Shorter and on middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.

36.20

On off, kept out.

36.11

On middle, this is nudged around the corner for one.

Asitha Fernando is done with his spell, an excellent spell, on comes Ramesh Mendis!

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 36 overs : 86/4

H Tector13 (68)

C Campher4 (4)

P Jayasuriya18-4-44-2

35.60

On the stumps, defended well.

35.50

On middle, kept out.

35.40

Shorter and around off, this is guided to point.

35.30

On off, kept out.

35.20

Floats it up and lands it on off, kept out.

35.14

FOUR! Nicely played! The sweep shot comes out, this is tossed up around off, it is dragged through mid-wicket and this one races away to the fence.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 35 overs : 82/4

C Campher4 (4)

H Tector9 (62)

A Fernando7-2-14-1

34.60

A short one to end, left alone.

34.50

Outside off, left alone.

34.44

FOUR! Cut away! Short and outside off, Curtis Campher plays it through point and ths one races away to the fence. Curtis Campher is off the mark in style.

34.30

Cops a blow! Takes it on the body! On middle. Curtis Campher fails to move out of the way.

DRINKS! Sri Lanka could not have asked for a better start this morning. They have got two wickets and Andy Balbirnie has gone back in retiered hurt. Still almost an hour to go in this session and Sri Lanka will hope for another wicket or two. Ireland on the other hand, will hope there are no more wickets to fall in this session.

34.2W

OUT! Onto the stumps! Asitha Fernando strikes! A well-deserved wicket for him. He has bowled brilliantly and gets the reward. The short-ball ploy works! This is on the body, Lorcan Tucker looks to nudge it on the leg side but it hits the inside edge, then the body and then rolls onto the stumps. Sri Lanka now just the 6 wickets away.

34.10

On off, defended.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 34 overs : 78/3

H Tector9 (62)

L Tucker13 (21)

P Jayasuriya17-4-40-2

33.60

Tossed up on off, this is pushed towards mid off.

33.50

Flatter and on off, defended.

33.40

On off, kept out.

33.31

On middle, this is worked on the leg side for one.

33.24

FOUR! That is a poor ball and it is put away! A full toss on middle, this is hit through mid-wicket and the ball races away to the fence.

33.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 73/3

H Tector9 (59)

L Tucker8 (18)

A Fernando6-2-10-0

32.62lb

What an effort that is! Wow! Just two in the end! Asitha Fernando yet again goes full and on the pads. Harry Tector misses the flick, it goes towards fine leg. The fielder runs to his right, dives and saves two for his side. Leg byes signaled.

32.50

Another bumper, left alone.

32.40

Cops another blow! Shorter and on the body, Harry Tector looks to flick but misses to get hit on the body.

32.30

Soft hands! Shorter and on the body, Harry Tector looks to flick but does so towards short fine leg.

The physio is out to have a look again. The good thing is Harry Tector has a smile on his face.

32.20

Right off the badge! This is brilliant from Asitha Fernando! Goes short again. Harry Tector looks to make room. He is followed. Harry Tector looks to fend at it but it hits his helmet.

32.10

Goes short again, Harry Tector somehow fends it away on the leg side. Harry Tector is not comfortable against the short one.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 71/3

L Tucker8 (18)

H Tector9 (53)

P Jayasuriya16-4-35-2

31.64

FOUJR! Timed nicely! Fuller and on off, Lorcan Tucker shows the full face of the bat and hits it past the bowler and down to the long off fence. Scoring runs is also impirtant. Sri Lanka lead by 141 as for now.

31.50

Shorter and on middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

31.40

That was close, that was very close, not sure how that is not given! This is fuller and on middle, Lorcan Tucker looks to sweep initially but then realises the length is way too full, he then tries to work it on the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads. Maybe going down leg. There was an inside edge. That is what saved him.

31.30

Around off, blocked.

31.20

On middle, kept out.

31.10

The sweep comes out but it is to square leg.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 67/3

H Tector9 (53)

L Tucker4 (12)

A Fernando5-1-10-0

30.60

Very close! That is brilliant, it was all short but this time he goes well. Harry Tector is slightly late in getting his bat down, it takes the inside edge, then hits the pad and rolls just past the off pole.

30.50

Continues to bang it in short, ducked under.

30.41

Shorter and on middle, this is worked towards mid-wicket for one.

30.30

On middle, kept out.

30.20

Back of a length and on middle, defended.

30.11

A short one, Harry Tector evades it well.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 65/3

H Tector8 (50)

L Tucker3 (9)

P Jayasuriya15-4-31-2

29.61

On middle, this is worked through square leg for one.

29.50

This time pushes it through and on off, it is guided to point.

29.40

Flatter and on middle, defended.

29.30

Floats it up on off, this is pushed to cover.

29.21

On middle, this is swept towards deep square leg for one.

29.10

Tossed up on off, this is played back to the bowler.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 63/3

H Tector7 (46)

L Tucker2 (7)

A Fernando4-1-8-0

28.60

Easily ducks under that one! On the body, Harry Tector lets it go over him.

28.50

Takes one for the side! Another short one on the body, Harry Tector lets it go, it hits him on the body.

28.40

That was close! Very close! Would have been a catch to remember had Nishan Madushka taken it! A short one on the body, Harry Tector looks to fend it away. It goes to low and to the left of Nishan Madushka. He looks to take it but it seems to have fallen just short.

28.30

In the air... it lands short! Shorter and on the body, Harry Tector flicks it uppishly but this lands short of mid-wicket.

28.21

On the body, this time he nudges it around the corner for one.

28.10

Was that a chance? NO! Shorter and on the body, Lorcan Tucker looks to pull but it goes off something to the keeper who fails to take it. Ultra Edge shows it was off the body. Tucker is not shying away from playing his shots.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 28 overs : 62/3

H Tector7 (42)

L Tucker1 (5)

P Jayasuriya14-4-29-2

27.60

On middle, Harry Tector comes forward and defends.

27.50

Loopy ball on off, this is pushed to covers.

27.40

On off, defended.

27.30

Flighted ball on off, defended.

27.20

Gives it air and lands it on off, defended.

27.11

Walks right across and looks to sweep, it goes off the inner half towards fine leg for one.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 27 overs : 61/3

H Tector7 (37)

L Tucker0 (4)

A Fernando3-1-7-0

26.60

Bangs it short yet again! Harry Tector nudges it towards square leg.

26.50

Another short one, this time from around the wicket. Harry Tector watches it till the end and lets it go.

26.40

Another short one. Evaded.

26.30

Another bumper but down the leg side. Left alone.

26.20

Good stuff! He is bowling with some steam here! Shorter and on middle, Harry Tector drops his hands and lets it go to the keeper.

26.10

That is a quick bumper! Really good! Shorter and on middle, Tector does well to evade it.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 26 overs : 61/3

L Tucker0 (4)

H Tector7 (31)

P Jayasuriya13-4-28-2

25.60

A short one, defended well. A really good over from Prabath Jayasuriya!

25.50

Relentless stuff! On middle, kept out.

25.40

Really good from Prabath Jayasuriya! Gives it air and lands it on off, blocked.

25.30

Flatter and on middle, defended.

25.2W

OUT! TAKEN! Prabath Jayasuriya strikes! That is wonderfully bowled and it is a superb catch! This is tossed up nicely outside off, offers the width and Paul Stirling could not resist. He goes after it. Slashes at one wide outside off, it goes uppishly towards cover. Kusal Mendis dives forward and takes it inches above the ground. Sri Lanka are 7 wickets away now. 50th Test wicket for Prabath Jayasuriya. Fastest Sri Lanka to do so and second fastest in the World. Outstanding.

25.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 61/2

H Tector7 (31)

P Stirling1 (3)

A Fernando2-0-7-0

24.60

A good bumper to end the over. Harry Tector ducks under it at the very end.

24.51

Paul Stirling is off the mark! Full and on the pads, this is clipped through square leg for one. Good change in length but Paul Stirling was up for it.

24.40

On middle, Paul Stirling gets right behind the line of the ball and blocks.

24.30

A short one, Paul Stirling stands tall and defends.

The physio is out to have a look. Andy Balbirnie is walking off. Paul Stirling walks out to the middle to bat now. That is not what Ireland would have wanted. They will hope he is fine and could come out later to bat.

Ouch! Andy Balbirnie is looking in some discomfort and is unable to continue. A blow to the batting team as Andy Balbirnie is retired hurt.

24.20

Right on the grille. That must have hurt. Short and on the body. Andy looks to fend it away but this gets big o him and hits him on the helmet. He's in pain.

24.10

One more short one, ducked under.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 60/2

H Tector7 (30)

A Balbirnie24 (59)

P Jayasuriya12-3-28-1

23.60

A maiden to begin with by Prabath Jayasuriya. On off, blocked.

23.50

On off, this is blocked.

23.40

Flatter and on off, blocked.

23.30

Around middle, kept out.

23.20

On off, this is pushed to mid off.

23.10

Flatter and on middle, no turn, kept out.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 60/2

A Balbirnie24 (59)

H Tector7 (24)

A Fernando1-0-6-0

22.60

A bumper to end. Evaded.

22.54

FOUR! Cut away! First boundary of the day. Short and wide, asking to be hit. It is cracked through point and it races away.

22.42

Two more. Outside off, Andy pushes it through covers and takes two.

22.30

Length again and on off, this is pushed to covers.

22.20

On the stumps, defended.

22.10

On off, kept out.

All the days so far in this game has been dominated by the batters. If we are to have a result, Day 5 will need to belong to the bowlers. Sri Lanka need 8 wickets to win the series 2-0. Ireland on the other hand, will need to bat throughout the day to save the game. Just the two results seem impossible, either a win for the hosts or a draw. Which one will it be? The first session may give us a fair idea. Welcome to the coverage.

... Day 5, Session 1 ...

From what seemed like the draw is the best result, the home team has given a superb chance to win this game. The spin-twin will be action on Day 5. Prabath Jayasuriya and Ramesh Mendis have to do a lot of talk if Sri Lanka want to win the game. Even a draw is possible if Ireland keep their wickets locked, they will look upon their skipper to play a magical knock. The action kicks off at 0935 IST (0405 GMT). Do join us then for Day 5. Till then, goodbye and take care!

A small phase to bat and Irlenad have lost two wickets in the process. A huge Day 5 coming up for them. They still trail by 158 runs but most importantly have 8 wickets in hand. The day started with Sri Lanka trailing on the score but as the game flourished, in no time they took a lead of more than 200, all thanks to the double-ton from Nishan Madushka, Kusal Mendis and century from Angelo Mathews. Sri Lanka scored at a rate more than 5 which just helped them to get the lead.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 22 overs : 54/2

H Tector7 (24)

A Balbirnie18 (53)

P Jayasuriya11-2-28-1

21.60

Full and on off, Tector makes a solid block. STUMPS.

21.50

Floated, outside off and spins away. Tector looks to defend but misses.

21.40

Angling on middle, tucked to square leg.

21.30

Tossed up on middle. Tector blocks.

21.20

On middle, nudged to square leg.

21.10

Full and on off, blocked to cover.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 21 overs : 54/2

A Balbirnie18 (53)

H Tector7 (18)

R Mendis9-3-17-1

20.60

Fuller and outside off. Balbirnie prods and blocks.

20.50

Flighted, outside off, Balbirnie blocks.

20.40

Full and on off, defended out.

20.30

Full and on off, Balbirnie blocks it solidly.

20.20

Down leg again, left alone.

20.10

This is short and down leg. Balbirnie misses his flick and gets hit on the pads.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 54/2

A Balbirnie18 (47)

H Tector7 (18)

P Jayasuriya10-1-28-1

19.61

Outside off, guided through point for a single.

19.50

Flighted, outside off, driven to point.

19.42

Shorter and outside off. Balbirnie dabs it to third man for easy couple.

19.30

Flat and outside off, Balbirnie punches it to cover.

19.20

Too full on off, blocked.

19.10

Flat and on middle, Balbirnie blocks.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 51/2

H Tector7 (18)

A Balbirnie15 (41)

R Mendis8-2-17-1

18.60

Shorter and on leg. Tector goes back and shoulders arms but gets hit high on the pads.

18.50

On middle, blocked.

18.40

On middle, eased to mid on.

18.31

Full and outside off, pushed to point for a single.

18.20

On off, kept out.

18.10

On middle, tucked to square leg.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 50/2

H Tector7 (15)

A Balbirnie14 (38)

P Jayasuriya9-1-25-1

17.64

FOUR! Tad short and on middle. Tector is quick to rock back and pull it through square leg. 50 up!

17.50

Too full on off, Tector dead bats it.

17.40

On middle, kept out.

17.31

Very full on off, flicked to mid-wicket for a quick single.

17.20

FLighted on off. Balbirnie blocks it out.

17.10

Full and on off, kept out.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 45/2

H Tector3 (12)

A Balbirnie13 (35)

R Mendis7-2-16-1

16.60

Tossed up on off, defended out.

16.50

Flat and on middle, Tector blocks.

16.40

Full and on middle, defended again.

16.30

On middle, blocked.

16.20

On off, kept out.

16.10

Flat and on middle, blocked.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 45/2

A Balbirnie13 (35)

H Tector3 (6)

P Jayasuriya8-1-20-1

15.64

FOUR! Sliding on the pads. Balbirnie whips it through square leg and it races into the fence.

15.50

On off, tapped to point.

15.40

On middle. Balbirnie makes a solid defense.

15.30

Full and on off. Balbirnie defends it out.

15.21

Loopy ball on middle, bunted to mid-wicket for a single.

15.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 40/2

A Balbirnie9 (31)

H Tector2 (4)

R Mendis6-1-16-1

14.60

Too full and on off, Balbirnie defends with soft hands to backward point.

14.50

Flighted, outside off, driven to cover.

14.40

Flat and on off, Balbirnie keeps it out.

14.30

Full and on off, nudged to short leg.

14.20

On middle, defended.

14.10

Full and on of, blocked.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 40/2

H Tector2 (4)

A Balbirnie9 (25)

P Jayasuriya7-1-15-1

13.60

Very full on middle, Tector lunges forward to block.

13.50

Tossed up on off, defended.

13.42

Full and on  off, flicked to mid-wicket for a couple.

13.30

On middle, blocked.

13.2W

OUT! GONE! Prabath Jayasuriya gives a bit of flight, outside off and temps Moor to go for a drive who hits but in the air and to covers where Angelo Mathews dives forward and takes it. It is taken up to check and it is a clean catch by the centurion.

13.10

Tossed up on off, Moor tucks it to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 38/1

A Balbirnie9 (25)

P Moor19 (37)

R Mendis5-0-16-1

12.60

Full again on middle. Balbirnie blocks it out.

12.50

Too full on off, defended.

12.41

Full and outside off, pushed to cover for one.

12.30

Outside off, kept out.

12.20

Full and on off, blocked.

12.10

On off, defended out.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 37/1

A Balbirnie9 (23)

P Moor18 (33)

P Jayasuriya6-1-13-0

11.60

Outside off, Balbirnie blocks it out.

11.50

Flighted, outside off, spins away. Balbirnie looks to drive but misses.

11.41

On the pads, nudged to square leg for one.

11.30

Too full and on middle, pushed to mid off.

11.20

Full and on middle, Blocked.

11.16

SIX! Full and on off. Moor goes downtown as he hits it over long off for a six.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 30/1

A Balbirnie9 (21)

P Moor11 (29)

R Mendis4-0-15-1

10.60

Tad short on off. Balbirnie rocks back and blocks.

10.51

On middle, nudged behind square leg for one.

10.40

Fuller and on off. Moor defends it out.

10.30

On middle, blocked.

10.21

Spinning around off, punched to covers for one.

10.10

On middle, blocked.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 28/1

P Moor10 (26)

A Balbirnie8 (18)

P Jayasuriya5-1-6-0

9.60

On off, kept out.

9.50

Flighted on middle, blocked.

9.40

Outside off, pushed to point.

9.30

Loopy ball, sliding on middle. Moor fails to defend and gets hit on the pads. Again looked like going down.

9.20

Full and on middle, defended.

9.13

Fuller ball, outside off. Balbirnie hits it through covers for three runs.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 25/1

P Moor10 (21)

A Balbirnie5 (17)

R Mendis3-0-13-1

8.66

SIX! Mendis gives a bit of flight on off. Moor slogs it down to long on for a six.

8.50

Slower one on middle, blocked.

8.40

On middle, kept out.

8.34

FOUR! Too full and too wide, Moor drives it through covers to get off the mark with a boundary.

8.20

On top of off, punched to cover.

8.11

On middle, whipped to deep square leg for one.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 14/1

A Balbirnie4 (16)

P Moor0 (16)

P Jayasuriya4-1-3-0

7.61

Sliding on leg, flicked wide of mid on for one.

7.50

Flighted on off, kept out.

7.40

Quicker on middle. Balbirnie goes back to block.

7.30

On middle, Balbirnie blocks.

7.20

Flat and outside off. Balbirnie looks to defend but gets beaten on the outside edge. An appeal for caught behind but there was no bat.

7.10

On off, defended out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 13/1

A Balbirnie3 (10)

P Moor0 (16)

R Mendis2-0-2-1

6.61

Fuller and on middle, flicked to square leg for a single.

6.50

On middle, blocked out.

6.40

Full and on off. Balbirnie defends on the front foot.

6.30

Angling on the pads, nudged to short leg.

6.20

Around off, pushed to cover.

6.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 12/1

P Moor0 (16)

A Balbirnie2 (4)

P Jayasuriya3-1-2-0

5.60

On midde. Another solid block from Moor.

5.50

Full and on off, blocked.

5.40

Short and on leg. Moor looks to whip but misses.

5.30

Full and on off, pushed to mid off.

5.21

On middle, tucked to mid-wicket for a quick single.

5.10

On off, defended.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 11/1

P Moor0 (12)

A Balbirnie1 (2)

R Mendis1-0-1-1

4.60

Full and on off, pushed to mid off.

4.50

On middle, kept out.

4.41

On the pads, nudged to mid-wicket for a single.

4.30

Full and outside off, defended out.

4.2W

OUT! BOWLED! Ramesh Mendis gets the first one! Tossed up, outside off and spins in. McCollum gets on the front foot to defend but gets hit on the gloves before it rolls back to hit the stumps. A bit unfortunate.

4.10

Full and on middle, played back to the bowler.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 10/0

P Moor0 (10)

J McCollum10 (14)

P Jayasuriya2-1-1-0

3.60

Flat and outside  off. Moor pushes and misses.

3.50

On middle. Moor flicks it back onto the pads. It lobs to the left of short leg who dives and collects on a bounce.

3.40

Tossed up, outside off, driven to cover.

3.30

This is full and on leg. Moor prods to defend but gets hit on the pads. An appeal but that was just going down.

3.20

Full and outside off, pushed to cover.

3.10

Tossed up on middle. Moor prods and defends.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 10/0

J McCollum10 (14)

P Moor0 (4)

V Fernando2-0-9-0

2.60

Outside off again. McCollum is happy to leave.

2.50

Full and outside off, left alone.

2.40

Outside off, left alone.

2.30

Length ball, outside off. McCollum looks to defend but is beaten.

2.20

On off, kept out.

2.14

FOUR! A length ball, outside off. McCollum looks to flick but gets an outside edge which races past the man at second slip for a boundary.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 6/0

J McCollum6 (8)

P Moor0 (4)

P Jayasuriya1-0-1-0

1.61

On middle, nudged to mid-wicket.

1.50

Full and on middle, McCollum keeps it out.

1.40

Flat and outside off. McCollum looks to defend but is beaten.

1.30

On off, punched to cover.

1.20

An arm ball on middle. McCollum fails to defend again but it was going down.

1.10

Tossed up on off. McCollum looks to defend but outside edges it to short third man.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 5/0

P Moor0 (4)

J McCollum5 (2)

V Fernando1-0-5-0

0.60

On a length and on middle. Moor misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. An appeal but nothing from the umpire.

0.50

On middle, defended out.

0.40

On the pads, kept out.

0.30

Down the leg side. Moor leaves.

0.21

On the pads, nudged behind square leg for one.

0.14

FOUR! Ireland are underway! Length and on off, stays low. McCollum whips it through mid-wicket for a boundary.

Commentary

We are back. James McCollum and Peter Moor to open for Ireland. Vishwa Fernando to bowl first.

...THIRD INNINGS...

What to talk about Ireland! They already are feeling tired but have a big job in their hand. First, an hour to bat and hope not to lose any wickets. They are done and dusted with the ball and were beaten all apart. The scoreboard tells the story. This is still a very good pitch to bat on but will the pressure and tiredness come into play for Ireland? We will find out soon.

Sri Lanka have shown why they dominate so much in their home surface. They have turned the tide and have given themselves a chance to win the game from here. It felt like Sri Lanka were passing the baton to one batter after the other. Everyone came, scored a century or double-century and walked off. First, a big opening standing stand of 228 with the skipper scoring a century. Then Kusal Mendis added 268 along with Nishan Madushka as both scored a double-ton. Dinesh Chandimal was looking good but he got retired out but the baton was in safe hands of Angelo Mathews who ended the innings with a century.

Sri Lanka have declared after scoring a mammoth total of 704! Wow!  A batting masterclass from the home team and they have a lead of 212 on the cards. Angelo Mathews runs back to a standing ovation.  The batters have done the job for the hosts. Around an hour plays left, time for the Lankan bowlers to jump in.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 151 overs : 704/3

A Mathews100 (114)

de Silva12 (17)

A McBrine57-8-191-1

150.62

Century for Mathews! And Sri Lanka have declared with a lead of 212. They were waiting for this moment. Fuller and outside off. Mathews drives it through covers for a couple.

150.52

A full toss, outside off. Mathews pushes it through covers for a couple.

150.51wd

Wide! 700 up! Bowls it way outside off, it is left alone.

150.42

On middle, punched down to long on for a couple.

150.31

On the pads, worked to square leg for one.

150.21

Full and on middle, flicked to square leg for one.

150.10

Fuller and on middle. Mathews blocks.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 150 overs : 695/3

A Mathews93 (109)

de Silva11 (16)

B White34-1-203-0

149.61

On the pads, tucked to square leg for one.

149.50

Ireland have taken a review for caught behind. UltraEdge shows no bat and Ireland burn their review. This is full and down leg, spins in. Mathews looks to pull but misses. Benjamin White convinces to take it upstairs but in just hope.

149.40

On middle, Mathews blocks.

149.30

On middle, nudged to square leg.

149.26

SIX! That is huge! Tossed up on off. Mathews slogs it over cow corner for a biggie.

149.11

A single as this is hit to cover.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 149 overs : 687/3

A Mathews86 (104)

de Silva10 (15)

A McBrine56-8-182-1

148.60

On off, kept out.

148.51

On off, pushed to covers for one.

148.44

FOUR! Full and outside off. Dhananjaya de Silva dabs it late past to third man for a boundary. James McCollum is feeling his cramps and needs some treatment.

148.31

Around off, worked to point for a single.

148.20

Full and on off, pushed to cover.

148.10

On middle, blocked.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 148 overs : 681/3

de Silva5 (13)

A Mathews85 (100)

B White33-1-195-0

147.60

On off, kept out.

147.50

Full and on off, pushed to white.

147.44

FOUR! This is full and way outside off. Dhananjaya de Silva looks to drive but gets an outside edge to the third man fence.

147.31

On middle, drilled to long on for one.

147.22

Too full and on middle. Mathews flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a couple.

147.16

SIX! BANG! Full and on middle. Mathews tonks it over long on for a biggie.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 147 overs : 668/3

de Silva1 (10)

A Mathews76 (97)

A McBrine55-8-176-1

146.60

On off, kept out.

146.50

On middle, defended.

146.40

On middle, blocked.

146.30

Tossed up, outside off. Dhananjaya de Silva looks to paddle across but misses.

146.21

Short and on middle. Mathews pulls it to mid-wicket for one.

146.10

Flat and on the pads, Mathews keeps it out.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 146 overs : 667/3

A Mathews75 (95)

de Silva1 (6)

B White32-1-182-0

145.61

On middle, worked to deep square leg for a single.

145.50

Angled it outside off. Mathews swings and misses.

145.44

FOUR! Shorter and on middle. Angelo Mathews pulls it past square leg for four.

145.32

Outside off, cut to deep point for a couple.

145.20

Short and outside off. Angelo Mathews swings and misses.

145.16

SIX! This is short and outside off. Angelo Mathews gets on his knee and pulls it to long on. The fielder is interested for a while but it goes over him, just for a six.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 145 overs : 654/3

de Silva1 (6)

A Mathews62 (89)

A McBrine54-8-175-1

144.60

Tossed up, outside off. Dhananjaya prods and blocks.

144.51

Full again and this is worked to deep mid-wicket for a single.

144.40

Full and on middle, flicked to mid-wicket.

144.31

Short and on off, Dhananjaya works it to long on for one.

144.20

On middle, kept out.

144.11

On middle, punched to long on for one.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 144 overs : 651/3

de Silva0 (3)

A Mathews60 (86)

B White31-1-169-0

143.60

Flat and on off, blocked out.

143.50

On off, kept out.

143.40

Flat and on off, Dhananjaya blocks.

Dinesh Chandimal looks in serious pain. It is his right-shoulder. He is limping off the field.

Ouch! Dinesh Chandimal is looking in some discomfort and is unable to continue. A blow to the batting team as Dinesh Chandimal is retired hurt.

143.30

On middle. Chandimal flicks it to mid-wicket. He is halfway mark down before he rushes back to his crease and has to dive as Benjamin White throws it to the batter's end. Chandimal is in some pain. He has damaged his shoulder while Benjamin White is also rubbing his right knee.

143.20

Flat and on off, pushed to cover.

143.11

Full and on middle, flicked to deep mid-wicket for a single.

We are back. Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal walk out to the middle. Benjamin White to bowl.

...Day 4, Session 3...

Sri Lanka were trailing by three runs at the end of first session and now they lead by 158 runs. That just tells you the story. A complete domination by them. It was time for Kusal Mendis to gather some momentum as after Nishan Madushka, Mendis notched a double-century before getting out. However, Angelo Mathews joined and scored a quick fifty. There is nothing to write about Ireland who continue to toil hard and just hope the home declares now as the wickets are hard to come by. We feel, Sri Lanka will bat for an hour in the final session before going all-in with the ball. That hour could be an entertaining one. Join us for the final session in some time.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 143 overs : 650/3

D Chandimal13 (12)

A Mathews59 (85)

H Tector8-0-45-0

142.64

FOUR! Clever! Full and outside off. Chandimal reverse hits it through point for a boundary. 650 up! That will be TEA.

142.50

Full and angled outside off. Dinesh Chandimal prods to defend but misses.

142.40

On off, kept out.

142.31

On middle, Mathews pulls it to square leg where the fielder slips and lets it through for one.

142.21

Shorter and outside off, punched to sweeper cover for a single.

142.11

On middle, worked to square leg for one.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 142 overs : 643/3

A Mathews57 (83)

D Chandimal8 (8)

B White30-1-168-0

141.61

Around off, pushed to covers for one.

141.50

Flighted, outside off and spins away. Mathews swings across but misses.

141.41

On off, worked to mid on for one.

141.34

FOUR! Floated, outside off. Dinesh Chandimal heaves it through mid-wicket for another boundary.

141.22

Flighted, outside off, driven to deep cover for two more.

141.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 141 overs : 635/3

D Chandimal1 (4)

A Mathews56 (81)

H Tector7-0-38-0

140.61

Outside off, punched to covers for a single.

140.50

Shorter and outside off. Dinesh Chandimal looks to cut but misses.

140.40

Tossed up on middle. Dinesh Chandimal chips it to mid on.

140.31

Full and on off, pushed to cover for one.

140.20

On middle, blocked out.

140.14

FOUR! This is full and on off, Mathews reverse sweeps it through point for a boundary.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 140 overs : 629/3

D Chandimal0 (1)

A Mathews51 (78)

G Hume22-3-87-1

139.60

Full and on off, blocked.

139.5W

OUT! TAKEN! MENDIS GOES! End of a marathon innings from him! What a display of batting from Mendis. Full and outside off. Mendis tries to loft it over long off and he almost does but Matthew Humphreys there leaps and takes with both hands. He was tracking back and does well to lob it near the ropes and take it back. The third umpire checks it and feels it is fine. Out it is!

139.42

On middle, whipped behind square leg for a couple.

139.34

FOUR! Edged away! Length and outside off. Mendis looks to cut but gets an outside edge past the keeper to third man.

139.21

Fuller and outside off. Mathews smashes it to long off for a single.

139.11

Full and on off, worked to long off for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 139 overs : 621/2

A Mathews50 (77)

K Mendis238 (287)

H Tector6-0-32-0

138.62

Flat and on middle, Mathews whips it through square leg for a brace. Fifty for Mathews. Sri Lanka are on a roll here. They lead by 129 runs now.

138.50

On middle, Mathews keeps it out.

138.40

On middle, blocked.

138.31

Full and on the pads, tucked to square leg for a single.

138.21

A single as this is played to long on.

138.10

Short and down leg. Mathews looks to pull but misses.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 138 overs : 617/2

A Mathews47 (72)

K Mendis237 (286)

G Hume21-3-79-0

137.61

Full and on middle. Mathews works it to long off for one.

137.50

On middle, Mathews pushes it to mid off.

137.40

Full and on off, pushed to cover.

137.31

Full and on off, pushed to cover.

137.24

FOUR! Full and on off, Mendis heaves it to deep mid-wicket for boundary.

137.12

Full and outside off, pushed through point for couple.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 137 overs : 609/2

A Mathews46 (69)

K Mendis230 (283)

H Tector5-0-28-0

136.60

Tossed up on off, Mathews blocks.

136.50

On middle, kept out.

136.41

Shorter on off, pulled to deep square leg for one.

136.30

On middle, blocked out.

136.21

On middle, flicked to square leg for one.

136.11

On off, pushed to long off for one,

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 136 overs : 606/2

A Mathews45 (66)

K Mendis228 (280)

G Hume20-3-71-0

135.60

Outside off, pushed to cover.

135.50

Length and outside off, left alone.

135.41

Shorter and on off, Mendis pulls it to deep mid-wicket for one.

135.34

Four! Fuller and outside off, Mendis lofts it over mid off for a bouncer.

135.21

On middle, tucked to mid-wicket for one.

135.11

Outside off, guided to deep point for one. 600 up.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 135 overs : 599/2

A Mathews44 (63)

K Mendis222 (277)

A McBrine53-8-172-1

134.60

On off, kept out.

134.51

On the pads, tucked to mid-wicket for a single.

134.41

On middle, flicked to deep mid-wicket for one.

134.32

Full and on middle, flicked to deep square leg for two.

134.21

On middle, tucked to mid-wicket for one.

134.10

Full and on leg. Mendis sweeps it straight to leg slip.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 134 overs : 594/2

K Mendis220 (274)

A Mathews41 (60)

B White29-1-160-0

133.61

Outside off, cut to point for a single.

133.51

On off, pushed to covers for a single.

133.41

Shorter and on off, pulled to mid-wicket for one.

133.30

On off, pushed to cover.

133.20

On middle, kept out.

133.16

Six! A full toss, outside off. Mendis skips down and hits it down the ground for a biggie.

Runs Scored 16 Runs

Score after 133 overs : 585/2

K Mendis212 (269)

A Mathews40 (59)

A McBrine52-8-167-1

132.61

On middle, whipped to deep square leg for a single.

132.54

FOUR! Fuller and on off. Mendis slog-sweeps it to deep square leg. The fielder there dives to his left but fails to hold on. Four.

132.46

SIX! Hammered! Full and on middle. Mendis skips down and whacks it over long on for a six.

132.30

On middle. Mendis defends on the front foot.

132.21

On middle, worked to long on for one.

132.14

FOUR! Full and on off, a googly. Mathews reverse sweeps it through point for a boundary.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 132 overs : 569/2

A Mathews35 (57)

K Mendis201 (265)

B White28-1-151-0

131.61

On middle, nudged to square leg for a single.

131.56

SIX! Flatter and on middle. Mathews comes down the track and slams it over long on for a biggie.

131.40

Too full and on off, kept out.

131.31

Full and on off, pushed to long off for one.

131.20

Outside off, left alone.

131.11

Shorter and on middle, bunted to square leg for one.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 131 overs : 560/2

A Mathews27 (53)

K Mendis200 (263)

A McBrine51-8-151-1

130.61

A single as this is hit to long on.

130.50

Tossed up on middle. Mathews blocks.

130.42

Full and on middle. Mathews works it to square leg for a couple.

130.30

Full and outside off, Mathews defends.

130.20

Full and on off, Mathews blocks.

130.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 130 overs : 557/2

A Mathews24 (47)

K Mendis200 (263)

B White27-1-142-0

129.61

Full and outside off, pushed to cover for a single.

129.50

On middle, blocked.

129.41

Double-century for Mendis! A huge applause for him from the home crowd. What an innings. This is full and on off, tucked to mid-wicket for a single. A truly remarkable innings from Mendis.

129.31

Outside off, driven to mid off for a single.

129.21

Full and outside off. Mendis drops it to point for one.

129.10

On off, blocked.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 129 overs : 553/2

A Mathews22 (44)

K Mendis198 (260)

A McBrine50-8-148-1

128.60

On middle, nudged again to mid-wicket.

128.50

Tossed up on off, Mathews flicks it to mid-wicket.

128.40

Too full and on off. Mathews blocks.

128.30

This is full and outside off, Mathews looks to reverse sweeps but misses.

128.20

Fuller and on middle. Mathews blocks.

128.10

Full and on off, defended out.

Runs Scored 22 Runs

Score after 128 overs : 553/2

K Mendis198 (260)

A Mathews22 (38)

C Campher20-1-101-1

127.64

FOUR! Mendis races to 198! Full and on the pads, angling in. Mendis helps it to fine leg for four.

127.64

FOUR! Well played! Shorter and on off. Mendis dabs it to third man for a boundary.

127.42

Short and outside off, cut to deep point for a couple.

127.30

Full and on off, pushed to mid off.

127.26

SIX! Big one now! Full and on off. Mendis smacks it over long on for a six.

127.14

FOUR! Smashed! This is full and on off. Mendis lofts it straight down the ground for a boundary.

127.12nb

Outside off, cut to point for a single. A no ball as Curtis Campher overstepped.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 127 overs : 531/2

K Mendis178 (254)

A Mathews21 (37)

A McBrine49-7-148-1

126.60

On middle, tucked to mid-wicket.

126.51

Flat and on off, punched to long on for a single.

126.44

FOUR! Flighted on leg. Mathews sweeps it through square leg for a boundary.

126.30

Tossed up on middle, blocked.

126.21

On middle, eased down to long on for one.

126.10

Full and on middle, Mendis flicks it to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 126 overs : 525/2

A Mathews16 (34)

K Mendis177 (251)

C Campher19-1-79-1

125.60

On middle, defended out.

125.50

On off, kept out.

125.44

FOUR! Shot!Full and on off. Mathews heaves it over mid on for a boundary.

125.30

Outside off, guided to cover.

125.20

Length ball, outside off, Mathews punches it to cover.

125.10

On middle, blocked.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 125 overs : 521/2

A Mathews12 (28)

K Mendis177 (251)

A McBrine48-7-142-1

124.61

A single as this is pushed down to long off.

124.51

On middle, this is nudged on the leg side.

124.41

Fuller and on middle, this is pushed to mid on.

124.30

On off, Angelo Mathews pushes it to covers.

124.20

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

124.10

On off, this is pushed towards cover.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 124 overs : 518/2

K Mendis176 (250)

A Mathews10 (23)

C Campher18-1-75-1

123.60

On off, defended.

123.51

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled but to mid-wicket for one.

123.40

On off, defended.

123.30

On the stumps, kept out.

123.24

FOUR! Glorious! Fuller and on off,this is timed through covers for a boundary.

123.10

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 123 overs : 513/2

K Mendis176 (249)

A Mathews5 (18)

A McBrine47-7-139-1

122.60

On the stumps, kept out.

122.50

On middle, kept out.

122.40

Around off, defended.

122.30

On the stumps, kept out.

122.20

Around off, kept out.

122.10

On off, blocked.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 122 overs : 513/2

A Mathews5 (18)

K Mendis176 (243)

G Hume19-3-64-0

121.60

On off, defended.

121.51

A single as this is pushed through covers.

121.40

Around off, kept out.

121.30

On off, this is pushed to cover.

121.20

On off, defended.

121.11

A single as this is pushed through covers.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 121 overs : 511/2

K Mendis175 (239)

A Mathews4 (16)

A McBrine46-6-139-1

120.62

On off, this is lofted over mid off for two.

120.51

A single as this is eased down to long on.

120.41

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

120.30

On off, defended.

120.20

On middle, kept out.

120.11

A single as this is pushed towards cover.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 120 overs : 506/2

A Mathews2 (14)

K Mendis172 (235)

G Hume18-3-62-0

119.61

A single as this is worked through mid-wicket.

119.50

On off, this is pushed to cover.

119.40

On middle, blocked.

119.30

On middle, kept out.

119.21

A single as this is pushed through covers for one.

119.10

On the stumps, kept out.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 119 overs : 504/2

A Mathews1 (10)

K Mendis171 (233)

A McBrine45-6-134-1

118.60

On off, kept out.

118.50

On off, this is pushed through covers for no runs.

118.40

On off, defended.

118.30

On off, this is pushed towards cover.

118.20

On the stumps, defended.

118.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 118 overs : 504/2

K Mendis171 (233)

A Mathews1 (4)

G Hume17-3-60-0

117.60

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

117.54

FOUR! That is glorious! Fuller and on middle, this is timed down the ground and to the long on fence.

117.40

On middle, kept out.

117.32

Two! Shorter and outside off, this is pushed through covers for two. 500 up for Lanka.

117.20

On off, this is pushed to mid off.

117.10

Around off, kept out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 117 overs : 498/2

K Mendis165 (227)

A Mathews1 (4)

A McBrine44-5-134-1

116.61

Fuller and on off, this is pushed to mid off for one.

116.50

On off, kept out.

116.41

This time he works it through mid-wicket for one.

116.30

On the pads, this is flicked through mid-wicket for no runs.

116.20

On middle, this is worked to short leg.

116.10

Tossed up on off, kept out.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 116 overs : 496/2

K Mendis164 (225)

A Mathews0 (0)

G Hume16-3-54-0

115.60

Outside off, easy leave.

115.50

On the stumps, defended.

115.40

On middle, kept out.

115.30

Angled into the pads from wide of the crease, this is worked to mid-wicket.

115.20

On off, blocked.

115.10

On middle, this is defended nicely.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 115 overs : 496/2

N Madushka205 (339)

K Mendis164 (219)

A McBrine43-5-132-1

114.6W

A loud appeal but turned down! Ireland review. Looks close. OUT! THREE REDS! Stop the press, Ireland have managed to break the mammoth stand. Nishan Madushka walks back shortly after getting to his double ton. Finally, a wicket for Andy McBrine who has toiled hard! This lands on middle and turns back in. Nishan Madushka goes back and looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The review is used to good use. End of a magical knock from Nishan Madushka!

114.50

On middle, blocked.

114.41

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

114.30

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

114.21

On middle, this is swept through square leg for one.

114.11

On middle, this is worked through square leg for one. SRI LANKA LEAD BY 2!

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 114 overs : 493/1

N Madushka204 (336)

K Mendis162 (216)

G Hume15-2-54-0

113.60

On off, this is blocked.

113.50

On off, defended well.

113.40

On middle, kept out.

113.30

On middle, this is pushed back to the bowler.

113.20

Around off, this is pushed to mid off.

113.10

Length and on off, defended.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 113 overs : 493/1

N Madushka204 (330)

K Mendis162 (216)

A McBrine42-5-129-0

112.61

Another single as this is worked through mid-wicket.

112.51

A single as this is pushed down to long on.

112.40

On middle, kept out.

112.30

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

112.21

Flatter and on off, this is guided through point for one.

112.11

A run straightaway! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled hard towards deep mid-wicket for one.

We are back for the afternoon session! The Lankan batters, Kusal Mendis and Nishan Madushka will resume their innings. Andy McBrine to begin.

... DAY 4, SESSION 2 ...

Another session dominated by the bat as Sri Lanka have not lost a wicket and yet again scored freely. They trail by just the three now. Both Kusal Mendis and Nishan Madushka continued to enjoy the conditions. Mendis got his ton up whereas Madushka got his double century up. We might just see them up the ante now after the break. Ireland on the other hand, were better than they were with the ball today. However, they did not enjoy any success in the first session but the lines and lengths were a lot better. They need to continue to be patient and be disciplined. Join us for the second session after the break.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 112 overs : 489/1

N Madushka202 (328)

K Mendis160 (212)

C Campher17-1-70-1

111.60

Around off, this is pushed to cover. THAT WILL BE LUNCH!

111.50

On off, kept out.

111.40

On off, this is pushed towards cover.

111.30

On middle, blocked.

111.20

On middle, kept out.

111.11

On middle, this is nudged around the corner for one.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 111 overs : 488/1

N Madushka202 (323)

K Mendis159 (211)

M Humphreys10-0-67-0

110.64

FOUR! Brings up his 200 in style! A brilliant knock from the young man and it has been an entertaining one. Gets there by cutting this through point for a boundary.

110.50

On middle, blocked.

110.40

BEATEN! Shorter and outside off, Nishan Madushka looks to cut but is beaten.

110.31

A full toss, this is swept through mid-wicket for one.

110.21

On middle, this is played towards deep mid-wicket for one.

110.10

On the stumps, blocked.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 110 overs : 482/1

K Mendis158 (210)

N Madushka197 (318)

C Campher16-1-69-1

109.60

Around off, kept out.

109.50

On middle, defended.

109.40

On off, kept out.

109.30

On middle, kept out.

109.21

A single as this is worked through square leg.

109.10

On middle, this is nudged towards mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 109 overs : 481/1

N Madushka196 (316)

K Mendis158 (206)

M Humphreys9-0-61-0

108.61

Outside off, this is pushed through covers for one more.

108.51

A single as this is eased down to long on.

108.41

Around off, this is pushed through covers for one more.

108.31

On off, this is pushed through covers for one more.

108.21

A single as this is worked through mid-wicket.

108.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 108 overs : 476/1

N Madushka193 (312)

K Mendis156 (204)

B White26-1-138-0

107.61

A single as this is pushed through covers.

107.54

FOUR! Pulled away! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled hard through mid-wicket for a boundary.

107.40

Around off, defended.

107.30

On middle, defended.

107.20

On middle, kept out.

107.11

a single as this is worked down to long on.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 107 overs : 470/1

K Mendis155 (203)

N Madushka188 (307)

A McBrine41-5-125-0

106.61

On the stumps, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

106.51

Around off, this is pushed through covers for one.

106.41

A single as this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

106.30

On middle, defended.

106.20

Shorter and on off, this is punched towards cover.

106.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 106 overs : 467/1

K Mendis153 (198)

N Madushka187 (306)

B White25-1-132-0

105.61

Shorter and on off, this is played through covers.

105.50

On off, this is pushed to covers.

105.40

On off, blocked.

105.32

Two more as this is pushed through covers.

105.20

Shorter and outside off, Mendis looks to cut but misses.

105.16

SIX! Yet another one which clears the ropes! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled over the mid-wicket fence.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 105 overs : 458/1

N Madushka187 (306)

K Mendis144 (192)

A McBrine40-5-122-0

104.60

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

104.50

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

104.40

On the stumps, kept out.

104.30

On off, this is pushed to mid off.

104.20

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

104.10

On middle, blocked.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 104 overs : 458/1

N Madushka187 (300)

K Mendis144 (192)

B White24-1-123-0

103.61

On off, this is swept through mid-wicket for one.

103.50

Around off, this is pushed towards cover.

103.41

On off, defended.

103.31

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

103.20

Shorter and outside off, Nishan Madushka looks to cut but misses.

103.11

On middle, this is swept through square leg for one.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 103 overs : 454/1

K Mendis142 (190)

N Madushka185 (296)

A McBrine39-4-122-0

102.61

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

102.54

FOUR! Hammered away! Shorter and around off, this is slammed past the cover fielder and it races away to the fence.

102.41

On middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.

102.30

ON middle, blocked.

102.21

Another one as this is pushed towards cover.

102.11

On off, this is pushed wide of mid off for one.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 102 overs : 446/1

K Mendis136 (187)

N Madushka183 (293)

B White23-1-119-0

101.66

SIX! Over the fence! Shorter and on middle, asking to be hit. Kusal Mendis rocks back and slams it over the mid-wicket fence.

101.50

On middle, kept out.

101.42

Two more! Shorter and outside off, this is cut through point for two.

101.31

On off, this is pushed through covers for one more.

101.20

On middle, kept out.

101.10

On off, blocked.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 101 overs : 437/1

K Mendis128 (184)

N Madushka182 (290)

A McBrine38-4-114-0

100.60

Shorter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

100.50

On off, defended.

100.40

On middle, blocked.

100.30

On middle, kept out.

100.20

On the stumps, blocked.

100.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 100 overs : 437/1

K Mendis128 (178)

N Madushka182 (290)

B White22-1-110-0

99.61

Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.

99.51

Another single as this is pushed towards cover.

99.40

On middle, kept out.

99.31

Shorter and outside off, this is punched towards cover.

99.20

On middle, blocked.

99.11

Around off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 99 overs : 433/1

K Mendis126 (175)

N Madushka180 (287)

A McBrine37-3-114-0

98.60

On middle, defended again.

98.50

On middle, kept out.

98.40

On off, kept out.

98.30

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled but to mid-wicket.

98.20

Shorter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

98.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 98 overs : 433/1

K Mendis126 (169)

N Madushka180 (287)

B White21-1-106-0

97.61

A single as this is pushed through covers for one.

97.50

On off, defended.

97.40

on off, blocked.

97.30

Shorter and outside off, Mendis looks to cut but is beaten.

97.20

On middle, defended.

97.11

Another single as this is pushed through covers.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 97 overs : 431/1

N Madushka179 (286)

K Mendis125 (164)

A McBrine36-2-114-0

96.61

Another single as this is pushed through covers.

96.50

On the stumps, kept out.

96.40

On off, blocked.

96.30

On middle, kept out.

96.20

Around off, this is pushed towards cover.

96.10

On middle, this is pushed to mid on.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 96 overs : 430/1

K Mendis125 (164)

N Madushka178 (280)

B White20-1-104-0

95.60

On middle, kept out.

95.50

Shorter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

95.40

On off, defended.

95.30

Outside off, left alone.

95.20

On the stumps, kept out.

95.10

On off, blocked.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 95 overs : 430/1

N Madushka178 (280)

K Mendis125 (158)

A McBrine35-2-113-0

94.60

On middle, this is pushed to mid on.

94.51

On middle, out comes the slog sweep, it goes towards deep square leg for one.

94.40

On middle, kept out.

94.32

On middle, this is swept through square leg for two.

94.20

On off, this is pushed to cover.

94.11

On middle, this is worked down to long on for one.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 94 overs : 426/1

K Mendis122 (154)

N Madushka177 (278)

B White19-0-104-0

93.60

On off, blocked.

93.51

A run as this is pushed through covers for one.

93.43

Three more. Outside off, this is hit through covers for three.

93.30

On middle, kept out.

93.26

SIX! Bang! Too short and hammered. Mendis rocks back and hammers this over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

93.11

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 93 overs : 415/1

N Madushka175 (276)

K Mendis113 (150)

A McBrine34-2-109-0

92.61

On off, this is pushed through covers for one more.

92.51

Fuller and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.

92.44

FOUR! Swept and swept hard! On middle, this is hit through square leg and it races away to the fence.

92.34

FOUR! Short ball and put away. Outside off, this is guided past point for a boundary.

92.21

Around off, this is pushed through covers for one.

92.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 92 overs : 404/1

N Madushka173 (273)

K Mendis104 (147)

B White18-0-93-0

91.61

On middle, this is guided through point for one.

91.50

BEATEN! This lands outside off and goes on with the arm. Nishan is beaten as he tries to defend.

91.41

A single as this is clippped towards mid-wicket.

91.30

On the stumps, defended.

91.20

On middle, kept out.

91.10

On off, blocked.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 91 overs : 402/1

N Madushka172 (271)

K Mendis103 (143)

A McBrine33-2-98-0

90.60

Om the stumps, defended.

90.50

On off, blocked.

90.41

A single as this is worked through mid-wicket.

90.30

Floats it up on off, this is pushed to cover.

90.20

On off, defended.

90.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 90 overs : 401/1

N Madushka172 (269)

K Mendis102 (139)

G Hume14-1-54-0

89.60

On off, kept out.

89.50

On middle. This is worked to mid-wicket.

89.40

On middle, blocked.

89.30

No run.

89.21

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

89.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 89 overs : 400/1

K Mendis101 (137)

N Madushka172 (265)

A McBrine32-2-97-0

88.61

A single as this is pushed through covers for one.

88.50

On middle, defended.

88.40

On off, kept out.

88.30

On middle, defended.

88.20

On off, blocked.

88.10

Around off, kept out.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 88 overs : 399/1

N Madushka172 (265)

K Mendis100 (131)

G Hume13-1-53-0

87.60

On off, defended.

87.50

On middle, this is played to mid on.

87.41

100 for Mendis! Top, top knock. He was dropped earlier on but has made Ireland pay for giving him a life. Superb. He gets there by tapping this towards point for one.

87.31

On off, this is pushed down to long off for one.

87.21

He moves onto 99! On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

87.11

Mendis is back on strike! On the pads, this is worked down towards fine leg for one.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 87 overs : 395/1

K Mendis98 (129)

N Madushka170 (261)

A McBrine31-2-96-0

86.60

Mendis stays on 98! On off, kept out.

86.50

On off, kept out.

86.40

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

86.31

One more run as this is punched through covers.

86.21

Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for one more.

86.11

A single as this is pushed through covers.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 86 overs : 392/1

K Mendis97 (125)

N Madushka168 (259)

G Hume12-1-49-0

85.60

On the stumps, kept out.

85.50

On off, defended.

85.40

On off, blocked.

85.30

On the stumps, defended.

85.20

On middle, kept out.

85.12

On off, this is guided through point for two.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 85 overs : 390/1

K Mendis95 (119)

N Madushka168 (259)

A McBrine30-2-93-0

84.61

A single now as this is pushed through covers.

84.50

On off, defended.

84.40

On middle, defended.

84.32b

That spins in sharply! On middle, this lands and spins back in. Mendis misses the flick, the keeper fails to take it and it goes towards fine leg for two. Byes.

84.20

On the stumps, blocked.

84.10

On the stumps, kept out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 84 overs : 387/1

N Madushka168 (259)

K Mendis94 (113)

G Hume11-1-47-0

83.60

On off, defended.

83.51

Another run as this is worked through mid-wicket.

83.40

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

83.30

On the stumps, defended.

83.20

On middle, Mendis nudges it to mid-wicket.

83.11

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 83 overs : 385/1

N Madushka167 (257)

K Mendis93 (109)

A McBrine29-2-92-0

82.61

A single as this is pushed through covers for one.

82.50

On the stumps, blocked.

82.40

On the stumps, defended.

82.30

On middle, kept out.

82.20

On the stumps, blocked.

82.10

On off, kept out nicely.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 82 overs : 384/1

N Madushka166 (251)

K Mendis93 (109)

C Campher15-1-68-1

81.61

Now takes one as this is worked towards mid-wicket.

81.54

FOUR! Cut away! Shorter and outside off, this is cut through point for a boundary. This time to the left of the fielder in the deep and he had no chance.

81.42

Caressed! Fuller and outside off, Madushka creams it to the left of the deep point fielder and takes two.

81.31

Outside off, Mendis guides it through point for one.

81.22

Length and on off, this lands and holds its line. Mendis looks to defend, it goes off the outer half through point for two more.

81.12

Two! Shorter and outside off, Mendis pushes it through covers for a couple.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 81 overs : 372/1

N Madushka159 (248)

K Mendis88 (106)

A McBrine28-2-91-0

80.60

Flatter and on middle, kept out.

80.51

Shorter and outside off, this is guided through point for one.

80.41

On the shorter side, this is pushed through covers for one.

80.30

On off, blocked.

80.21

Another single as this is pushed through covers.

80.12

Two! On middle, this is flicked through mid-wicket for two.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 80 overs : 367/1

N Madushka158 (245)

K Mendis84 (103)

C Campher14-1-56-1

79.60

On off, defended.

79.50

Outside off, left alone.

79.41

Another single as this is pushed through covers.

79.30

On off, defended.

79.21

A single as this is pushed through covers.

79.10

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 79 overs : 365/1

K Mendis83 (101)

N Madushka157 (241)

A McBrine27-2-86-0

78.60

On off, blocked.

78.50

On the shorter side, this is pushed to cover.

78.40

On middle, kept out.

78.30

Outside off, Kusal Mendis pushes it towards cover.

78.21

A single as this is pushed towards cover.

78.10

On middle, defended.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 78 overs : 364/1

K Mendis83 (97)

N Madushka156 (239)

C Campher13-1-54-1

77.60

On off, defended.

77.51

On the pads, this is worked towards mid-wicket for one.

77.44

FOUR! Deft! Runs continue to flow! Shorter and outside off, Nishan Madushka waits and then guides it down to the third man fence.

77.32

Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for two. 150 up for Nishan Madushka! Top knock.

77.20

Good length and on off, defended.

77.10

Starts off with one down the leg side, left alone.

Time for the action to begin! The Irish players walk out to the middle and so do Mendis and Madushka who will resume their innings. Curtis Campher to begin.

It was bat which yet again dominated on Day 3 as the hosts scored freely. They looked well on course to take a lead on Day 3 itself had rain not intervened. FOr now a draw seems the most likelier result but if the rain stays away and Lanka manage to bat as they are doing, we might just get enough time to squeeze in a result. Ireland's chances of winning this game is quite difficult. They will need to get the 9 wickets as quickly as possible if they need to have a chance. Till now, it has been a struggle for their bowlers. Can bowl dominate Day 4? Irish will hope so. Stay tuned for the action in a bit.

... DAY 4, SESSION 1 ...

The inevitable has happened, THE DAY HAS BEEN CALLED OFF! The officials feel the conditions are not going to improve and that will be Stumps. The Lankans have fought back brilliantly in the game and can consider themselves slightly ahead. Ireland on the other hand, will know a couple of quick wickets can turn the tide in their favor. For now though the game seems to be heading towards a draw but if we get two full days of cricket, we might just be in for a surprise. Day 4 starts 15 minutes early which means the action kicks off at 0945 IST (0415 GMT). Till then, goodbye and take care!

Well, it seems like the wait is going to be a lengthy one as the covers are now on and it is raining. All we can do now is hope the rain goes away quickly and we get some action.

Early Tea has been taken and that is another top session for Sri Lanka! They are bossing the game at the moment. The rate at which they are scoring is almost 5 and they have just lost the one wicket. If things continue the way it is going and light does improve, we might just see them go into the lead on Day 3 itself. Ireland have been poor with the ball, they have bowled far too many boundary balls. If we do resume, they need to be a lot more disciplined and build some pressure. Can they do so? We will find out after the break if the conditions improve.

Now then, the light has been offered and the players are going off. Early Tea might be taken. No official word as of now but we will confirm as soon as we get some news.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 77 overs : 357/1

K Mendis83 (96)

N Madushka149 (234)

H Tector4-0-25-0

76.60

On middle, kept out.

76.51

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

76.41

A single as this is pushed through covers.

76.30

On the stumps, blocked.

76.20

Flatter and on middle, kept out.

76.10

Flatter and on off, defended.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 76 overs : 355/1

N Madushka148 (233)

K Mendis82 (91)

C Campher12-1-47-1

75.60

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

75.50

Shorter and outside off, Nishan Madushka slashes but misses.

75.41

On middle, this is flicked to mid-wicket.

75.30

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

75.20

On off, this is kept out.

75.11

A single now as this is clipped through square leg.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 75 overs : 353/1

N Madushka147 (230)

K Mendis81 (88)

H Tector3-0-23-0

74.61

Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.

74.51

On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

74.41

On middle, this is swept through square leg for one.

74.30

On off, defended.

74.21

A single as this is pushed through covers for one.

74.13

Three! Short and this is pulled through mid-wicket for three.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 74 overs : 346/1

K Mendis79 (86)

N Madushka142 (226)

C Campher11-1-45-1

73.60

On middle, blocked.

73.50

On the stumps, defended nicely.

73.40

On off, kept out.

73.30

On middle, kept out.

73.20

That one stays low! It is shortish and on the pads, Mendis looks to pull, it goes off the toe-end back towards the bowler.

73.10

A little bit of outswing, it is outside off, left alone.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 73 overs : 346/1

N Madushka142 (226)

K Mendis79 (80)

H Tector2-0-16-0

72.60

Gives it air and lands it on off, defended.

72.50

On middle, defended.

72.40

Flatter and on middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

72.30

On off, defended.

72.24

FOUR! Yet another freebie! This one is down the leg side. It is short too. A man batting close to 150 won't miss out. He pulls it fine on the leg side for another boundary.

72.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 18 Runs

Score after 72 overs : 342/1

K Mendis79 (80)

N Madushka138 (220)

M Humphreys8-0-56-0

71.60

Down the leg side. Left alone.

71.56

SIX! This is carnage! Three in a row! This is short again, not very short though, Kusal Mendis rocks back and pulls it over the mid-wicket fence for another biggie.

71.46

SIX! Over the fence again! This time it is a short ball, Mendis rocks back and pulls it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

71.36

SIX! Another gift and Mendis puts it away! A full toss, this is pulled over the mid-wicket fence for a massive biggie. 100-run stand up. Another one.

71.20

On off, blocked again.

71.10

On off, defended.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 71 overs : 324/1

N Madushka138 (220)

K Mendis61 (74)

A McBrine26-2-85-0

70.60

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

70.50

On off, kept out.

70.40

On middle, this is pushed to mid on.

70.32

Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for two.

70.20

Flatter and on middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

70.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 70 overs : 322/1

K Mendis61 (74)

N Madushka136 (214)

M Humphreys7-0-38-0

69.60

On the stumps, kept out.

69.50

On middle, defended.

69.46

SIX! All the way! That is a gift and put away, a full toss on middle, this is heaved over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

69.30

On middle, blocked.

69.20

On off, this is pushed to covers.

69.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 69 overs : 316/1

K Mendis55 (68)

N Madushka136 (214)

A McBrine25-2-83-0

68.61

Another single as this is pushed through covers.

68.51

A single as this is guided through point.

68.40

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

68.30

Flatter and on off, defended.

68.20

On middle, kept out.

68.10

On off, defended again.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 68 overs : 314/1

K Mendis54 (67)

N Madushka135 (209)

B White17-0-91-0

67.60

On middle, kept out.

67.50

On the stumps, kept out.

67.44

FOUR! Another poor ball and put away! This is short and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket for a boundary.

67.30

On the stumps, kept out.

67.20

On off, defended.

67.11

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 67 overs : 309/1

K Mendis50 (62)

N Madushka134 (208)

A McBrine24-2-81-0

66.60

Flatter and on off, blocked.

66.50

On middle, kept out.

66.40

Flatter this time and on off, blocked.

66.34

FOUR! Nicely played! Shorter and outside off, Mendis goes back and guides it past point, this one races away to the fence.

66.20

On off, this is pushed towards cover.

66.12

On middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket for two.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 66 overs : 303/1

K Mendis44 (56)

N Madushka134 (208)

B White16-0-86-0

65.61

A single as this is worked through mid-wicket.

65.56

SIX! BANG! That is a poor ball and the three is up in style! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

65.41

A full tos, this is pushed through covers for one.

65.30

Flatter and on off, this is guided to point.

65.20

On middle, kept out.

65.11

Fuller and on middle, this is driven brilliantly back towards the other end. It hits the stumps and deflects towards mid-wicket. A run taken.

65.12nb

Very short and on the pads, this is pulled towards deep square leg for one. No ball as White has overstepped.

Drinks! Mendis and Madushka have now added more than 60 and Sri Lanka trail by just 200 runs. Ireland are not getting many chances and are leaking runs in this session as well. They will hope to break this stand as quickly as possible.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 65 overs : 292/1

N Madushka132 (204)

K Mendis36 (53)

A McBrine23-2-75-0

64.61

Shorter and on middle, nudged to square leg for one.

64.50

A big chance! Shorter and outside off, shoots off the deck and spins in. Madushka goes back and tries to dab it away but gets an outside edge to first slip where Andy Balbirnie drops a sitter. That should have been taken.

64.43

Flat and on off, punched  through covers and Mendis gets three runs. The fielder in the deep slides and flicks but fails in his first attempt but does well later to keep it away.

64.30

Flat and on middle. Mendis goes back and blocks.

64.20

Full and outside off. Mendis works it to point.

64.11

On middle, played to mid on for a single.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 64 overs : 287/1

K Mendis33 (50)

N Madushka130 (201)

B White15-0-75-0

63.60

Full and on off, kept out.

63.50

Tossed up on middle. Mendis prods and blocks.

63.41

Full and outside off, driven through point for a single.

63.30

Flighted on off. Madushka blocks.

63.20

On middle, kept out.

63.11

On middle, nudged to square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 63 overs : 285/1

N Madushka129 (198)

K Mendis32 (47)

A McBrine22-2-70-0

62.60

A dot to end the over. Full and on off. Madushka skips down and flicks it straight to mid-wicket who dives forward but fails to hold on. Went on a bounce.

62.50

Tossed up on off, defended out.

62.41

Flat and on middle. Mendis turns it to mid-wicket for one.

62.31

Full and outside off, pushed to covers for a single.

62.21

Full and on middle, drilled to mid on for a single.

62.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 62 overs : 282/1

N Madushka128 (195)

K Mendis30 (44)

B White14-0-73-0

61.60

This is short and outside off. Madushka makes a solid block.

61.50

On middle, blocked out.

61.41

Flatter and outside off. Mendis works it through covers for one.

61.31

Another single as this is dragged behind square on the leg side.

61.21

On off, nudged to square leg for a single.

61.11

Mendis is in! On middle. Madushka works it to mid on and calls for a single. Mendis was a bit late to react. The fielder hits the stumps at the batter's end but the replay shows Mendis is just in.

A run out appeal is taken upstairs.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 61 overs : 278/1

K Mendis28 (42)

N Madushka126 (191)

A McBrine21-2-67-0

60.64

FOUR! Another one! Too full and on middle. Mendis eases it down past mid on for a boundary.

60.50

Flat and on middle, blocked.

60.44

FOUR! Hammered! Full and outside off. Mendis comes down the track and smashes it over mid off for four.

60.30

Flat and on middle, nudged straight to short leg.

60.20

Full and on off, blocked.

60.11

On middle, punched to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 60 overs : 269/1

K Mendis20 (37)

N Madushka125 (190)

B White13-0-69-0

59.60

FLat and on off, kept out.

59.50

Fuller and outside off, pushed to cover.

59.41

Tossed up, outside off. Madushka taps it to point for one.

59.31

On middle, this is hit to square leg for one.

59.20

Full and outside off. Mendis pushes it to cover.

59.10

Full and outside off, driven to cover.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 59 overs : 267/1

N Madushka124 (189)

K Mendis19 (32)

A McBrine20-2-58-0

58.60

On off, Madushka blocks.

58.50

Too full and on middle. Madushka flicks it to mid-wicket who dives and makes a good stop.

58.40

Full and on middle, eased to mid on.

58.30

Flat and on middle. Blocked out.

58.20

Full and on off, Madushka goes back and blocks.

58.10

Flat and on off, Madushka defends.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 58 overs : 267/1

K Mendis19 (32)

N Madushka124 (183)

B White12-0-67-0

57.60

Too full on off, kept out.

57.50

Short and way outside off. Mendis lets it go.

57.41

Around off, punched to covers for a single.

57.33

This is short and on middle. Mendis pulls it to deep square leg where the fielder dives and makes a solid stop. A single saved.

57.20

Full and on off, pushed to cover.

57.11

On middle, bunted to mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 57 overs : 262/1

K Mendis16 (28)

N Madushka122 (181)

G Hume10-1-45-0

56.60

Full and on middle. Blocked.

56.50

Length ball, slanting on off, Mendis pushes it to cover.

56.40

Full again on off, pushed to mid off.

56.30

Full and on off, pushed back to the bowler.

56.20

Length and outside off, Mendis leaves.

56.10

Outside off, left alone.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 56 overs : 262/1

N Madushka122 (181)

K Mendis16 (22)

B White11-0-62-0

55.60

On off, kept out.

55.50

Short and outside off. Madushka looks to punch but misses.

55.41

Outside off, worked through covers for one.

55.30

Very full and on off, pushed to mid off.

55.21

Flat and on off, nudged to mid-wicket for a single.

55.10

Tossed up on off, blocked.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 55 overs : 260/1

K Mendis15 (20)

N Madushka121 (177)

G Hume9-0-45-0

54.64

FOUR! SHOT! Length and outside off. Mendis hits it through covers for four more.

54.50

Length and outside off. Mendis lets it go.

54.40

Length and on off, blocked out.

54.30

Full and outside off. Mendis shoulders arms.

54.20

Outside off. Mendis shoulders arms.

54.10

Length and on off, nips in. This is blocked.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 54 overs : 256/1

N Madushka121 (177)

K Mendis11 (14)

B White10-0-60-0

53.60

Outside off, kept out.

53.53

A googly, outside off, Mendis drives it through covers for three more.

53.41

Drops it short and it is pulled to deep square leg for one.

53.30

This one lands outside off and spins away. Madushka leaves.

53.20

On off, pushed to cover.

53.10

Flat and on off, blocked.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 53 overs : 252/1

K Mendis8 (13)

N Madushka120 (172)

G Hume8-0-41-0

52.64

FOUR! Pitched up, outside off. Mendis firmly drives it through covers for four.

52.50

Outside off, left alone.

52.40

This is full and outside off, left alone.

52.30

On middle, blocked out.

52.21

Outside off, tapped to cover for one.

52.10

Length and on off. Madushka blocks it out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 52 overs : 247/1

K Mendis4 (9)

N Madushka119 (170)

B White9-0-56-0

51.60

Fuller and outside off, Mendis works it to mid off.

51.50

On off, pushed to point.

51.41

Flat and on middle, flicked to deep mid-wicket for a single. Madushka wants another run but is sent back and in process collides with Benjamin White but no harm done.

51.30

Full and outside off. Madushka prods and blocks.

51.20

Floated, outside off. Madushka swings his bat but gets an outside edge which lands just before the man at short third man.

51.10

On middle, blocked out.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 51 overs : 246/1

K Mendis4 (7)

N Madushka118 (166)

G Hume7-0-36-0

50.60

Full and outside off, pushed to cover.

50.50

On off, kept out.

50.41

Shorter and on middle. Madushka pulls it to deep square leg for one.

50.30

Full and on middle, defended out.

50.20

Full and on off, blocked.

50.14

FOUR! Ireland have not started well! Full and down leg. Madushka tickles it to fine leg for four.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 50 overs : 241/1

K Mendis4 (5)

N Madushka113 (162)

B White8-0-55-0

49.60

Fuller and outside off, left alone.

49.54

FOUR! Three boundaries already in this over. Shorter and down leg. Mendis pulls it through square leg for a boundary.

49.40

Flat and on off, blocked.

49.31

full and outside off, skids on. Madushka looks to defend but gets an outside edge past first slip for one.

49.24

FOUR! Two in a row! Floated on middle, quicker and Madushka pulls it to fine leg again for four.

49.14

FOUR! Flat and on middle. Madushka gets low and pulls it down to fine leg for four.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 49 overs : 228/1

K Mendis0 (2)

N Madushka104 (159)

C Campher10-0-45-1

48.60

On a length and on off. Mendis defends it out.

48.50

Length and on middle. Mendis blocks.

We are back. It has gone very dark at the moment. However, we should start the post-Lunch session on time. Kusal Mendis will join Nishan Madushka in the middle. Curtis Campher to end his over.

...Day 3, Session 2...

Just at the stroke of Lunch, Ireland have found the breakthrough. How badly they needed it! They were itching for someone to strike and Curtis Campher has come up with the breakthrough. They were leaking runs and leaking at a very quick rate but this wicket will just give them hope that the floodgates open from hereon. Ireland still have the first innings lead of 264 runs and will hope for a better second session with the ball. It was all going well for Sri Lanka before their skipper fell but still are in a good position. The openers have laid the foundation. Nishan Madushka is batting well and the other batters will look to bat in the same way. Stay tuned for the second session.

48.4W

OUT! TAKEN! Finally, finally, Ireland have found the breakthrough. The humongous opening stand is broken! Karunaratne goes! Shorter and on leg. Karunaratne looks to pull but gets a top edge to fine leg where Matthew Humphreys takes a sharp catch. It will be Lunch time as well.

48.30

Length ball, outside off. Karunaratne looks to push but misses.

48.20

This is short and on middle. Karunaratne stands tall to pull but misses and gets hit on the helmet. A concussion protocol will follow. Karunaratne looks fine though.

48.14

FOUR! Shorter and on middle. Karunaratne helps it to fine leg for a boundary.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 224/0

N Madushka104 (159)

D Karunaratne111 (129)

H Tector1-0-12-0

47.66

SIX! Century up in style for Madushka! His maiden century! What a knock. What a partnership this is for Sri Lanka. Full toss on middle. Nishan Madushka heaves it over mid-wicket for a biggie.

47.51

Full and on off. Karunaratne works it to mid off for one.

47.40

On middle, kept out.

47.31

Fuller and outside off, pushed through covers for a single.

47.24

FOUR! Slapped! Shorter and on leg. Nishan Madushka pulls it to deep square  leg for a boundary.

47.10

On the pads, kept out.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 212/0

N Madushka93 (155)

D Karunaratne110 (127)

C Campher9-0-41-0

46.61

On middlle. Nishan Madushka fends it to square leg for a single.

46.61wd

Wide! Short and down leg. Nishan Madushka leaves it alone.

46.51

Around off, pushed to covers for a single.

46.40

Shorter and on off. Karunaratne looks to pull but misses.

46.31

On middle, tucked to deep mid-wicket for a single.

46.20

On top of off, this is defended out.

46.10

Length and on middle, blocked out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 46 overs : 208/0

D Karunaratne109 (125)

N Madushka91 (151)

M Humphreys6-0-32-0

45.60

On middle, defended out.

45.50

Tossed up on off. Karunaratne looks to slog-sweep but hits it straight to the man at short leg.

45.40

Full and on off, pushed back to the bowler.

45.31

Down the leg side again. Nishan Madushka sweeps it to fine leg for one.

45.20

This is full and down leg. Nishan Madushka sweeps it to short fine leg.

45.11

Shorter and outside off, cut to deep point for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 45 overs : 206/0

N Madushka90 (149)

D Karunaratne108 (121)

A McBrine19-1-58-0

44.60

Full and on off, blocked out.

44.50

Full and on the pads, tucked straight to short leg.

44.40

On off, defended out.

44.34

FOUR! Shorter and on the hips. Nishan Madushka whips it through square leg for a boundary.

44.20

On the pads, flicked to square leg.

44.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 15 Runs

Score after 44 overs : 202/0

D Karunaratne108 (121)

N Madushka86 (143)

M Humphreys5-0-30-0

43.64

FOUR! huge over! 15 runs off the over. 200 up as well! Outside off, Karunaratne slaps it through covers for a boundary.

43.53

Short and on off. Nishan Madushka punches it past covers for three more runs.

43.43

Too full and on middle. Karunaratne paddles it to fine leg for three more runs.

43.31lb

Leg bye! Flighted on the pads. Nishan Madushka misses his flick and it lobs just wide of the man at first slip for a leg bye.

43.20

Too full and on the pads. Nishan Madushka looks to sweep again but misses.

43.14

FOUR! This is full and on middle. Nishan Madushka sweeps it ard through mid-wicket for a boundary.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 43 overs : 187/0

D Karunaratne101 (119)

N Madushka79 (139)

A McBrine18-1-54-0

42.60

On off, pushed to cover.

42.51

On the pads, flicked to mid-wicket for a single.

42.40

A loopy ball on off. Nishan Madushka prods and blocks.

42.30

On middle, blocked out.

42.21

Full and on off, Karunaratne works it to mid off. The fielder at silly mid off gets hit on his hand as he tries to stop.

42.10

On middle, defended out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 42 overs : 185/0

N Madushka78 (136)

D Karunaratne100 (116)

M Humphreys4-0-16-0

41.60

Pushes it full on middle, blocked again.

41.50

This is full and on the pads. Nishan Madushka pads it away.

41.40

On middle, defended out.

41.30

Full and on middle, blocked out.

41.20

On off, kept out.

41.11

Century for Karunaratne! A sublime knock from the captain. He wants to continue and is eyeing 200 now. Gettable in such a good batting pitch. Short and outside off, punched to covers for a single.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 41 overs : 184/0

D Karunaratne99 (115)

N Madushka78 (131)

A McBrine17-1-52-0

40.61

On off, dragged to mid-wicket for a single.

40.51

Full and on middle, drilled to long on for one.

40.40

Slower one on the pads. Nishan Madushka blocks.

40.31

FUll and on off, tucked to square leg for a single.

40.20

On off, defended out.

40.10

On middle, blocked.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 40 overs : 181/0

D Karunaratne97 (111)

N Madushka77 (129)

B White7-0-42-0

39.61

A single as this is flicked to mid-wicket.

39.51

On middle, played to cover for one.

39.41

On middle. Karunaratne tucks it to silly mid on who makes a half-stop. One.

39.31

On middle, worked to mid-wicket for a single.

39.24

FOUR! Good shot! Too full and on off. Nishan Madushka drives it down past White to long off for four.

39.11

Full and on middle, flicked to mid-wicket for a single.

The ball fails to pass the ring test and it has been replaced.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 39 overs : 172/0

N Madushka71 (126)

D Karunaratne94 (108)

A McBrine16-1-49-0

38.60

On off, defended out.

38.51

Fuller and outside off, pushed to mid off for a single.

38.40

On middle, blocked out.

38.30

Full and on off, pushed to cover.

38.20

An arm ball on off, Karunaratne blocks.

38.10

Flat and outside off, pushed to point.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 38 overs : 171/0

N Madushka71 (125)

D Karunaratne93 (103)

B White6-0-33-0

37.60

Full and on off, pushed to cover.

37.50

Shorter and on middle. Blocked out.

37.40

Tossed up on off, blocked out.

37.34

FOUR! In the gap! Flighted, outside off. Nishan Madushka uses his feet and drives on the up through covers for four.

37.20

On off, kept out.

37.11

Full and on middle, Karunaratne turns it to square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 37 overs : 166/0

N Madushka67 (120)

D Karunaratne92 (102)

A McBrine15-1-48-0

36.60

Tossed up on off, Nishan Madushka defends.

36.50

Flat and on middle, defended out.

36.40

Full and outside off, pushed to cover.

36.30

On off, blocked.

36.21

Short ball, outside off, cut past point for a single.

36.10

Flat and outside off, Karunaratne punches it to point.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 36 overs : 165/0

N Madushka67 (116)

D Karunaratne91 (100)

B White5-0-28-0

35.60

Full and on off, Nishan Madushka prods and blocks.

35.50

Flat and on off, quicker. Nishan Madushka blocks.

35.40

Fuller and on off, pushed to point.

35.30

Tossed up, outside off. Nishan Madushka prods and blocks.

35.21

On middle, eased to mid on for a quick single.

35.14

FOUR! Overpitched, outside off. Karunaratne drives it through covers and it races into the fence.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 35 overs : 160/0

N Madushka67 (112)

D Karunaratne86 (98)

A McBrine14-1-47-0

34.60

Angling on middle. Nishan Madushka blocks on the deck.

34.51

Tails it on the pads. Karunaratne tucks it to square leg for a single.

34.40

Tossed up on middle, Karunaratne blocks it out.

34.31

On middle, eased to mid on for a single.

34.20

On middle, blocked.

34.11

Full and on off, played to mid-wicket for one.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 34 overs : 157/0

N Madushka66 (109)

D Karunaratne84 (95)

B White4-0-23-0

33.64

FOUR! Well played! Short and outside off. Nishan Madushka cuts it late past point for four.

33.50

Tossed up on off, Nishan Madushka drives it to cover.

33.41

Loopy ball on middle, flicked to square leg for a single.

33.31

Flat and outside off, played to point for a single.

33.20

Tossed up on off, pushed to cover.

33.11

On off, tucked to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 150/0

N Madushka61 (105)

D Karunaratne82 (93)

A McBrine13-1-44-0

32.60

Floated on middle. Nishan Madushka prods and blocks.

32.50

On middle, kept out.

32.40

Full and on off, played back to the bowler.

32.30

Slower one on middle. Nishan Madushka defends.

32.20

Tossed up on middle, kept out.

32.10

Flat and on middle, nudged to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 150/0

N Madushka61 (99)

D Karunaratne82 (93)

B White3-0-16-0

31.61

Darted on the pads. Nishan Madushka works it to square leg for one. 150 up!

31.51

Spinning on the middle, nudged to square leg for a single.

31.40

This is full and on middle. Karunaratne chips it to mid-wicket who collects on a bounce.

31.30

On middle, blocked.

31.20

Full and on middle, kept out.

31.14

FOUR! A full toss on middle. Karunaratne flicks it through mid-wicket for four.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 144/0

N Madushka60 (98)

D Karunaratne77 (88)

A McBrine12-0-44-0

30.60

Flat and on off, Nishan Madushka blocks on the deck.

30.50

Flat and on middle. Nishan Madushka bunts it past short leg.

30.41

A single as this is hit to cover.

30.30

Full and on off, pushed to cover.

30.20

On middle, defended.

30.14lb

FOUR LEG BYES! Angling on the pads. Karunaratne misses his flick and it goes past the leg slip fielder and into the fence.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 139/0

N Madushka60 (96)

D Karunaratne76 (84)

B White2-0-10-0

29.62

Fuller and outside off, driven to point for a couple.

29.51

Outside off, pushed to backward point for one.

29.40

This one stays low, outside off. Karunaratne slaps it to point.

29.30

Flighted, around off. Karunaratne lunges forward to defend.

29.20

On off, kept out.

29.14

FOUR! Shot! Loopy ball on off. Karunaratne slog-sweeps it over mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 132/0

N Madushka58 (95)

D Karunaratne71 (79)

A McBrine11-0-43-0

28.60

Full and on off, Nishan Madushka defends on the front foot.

28.50

On middle, blocked.

28.44

FOUR! Heaved away! Tossed up on middle. Nishan Madushka skips down and heaves it over mid-wicket for a boundary.

28.32

On the pads, Nishan Madushka flicks it behind square leg for a couple.

28.20

Slower one on the pads. Nishan Madushka keeps it out.

28.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 28 overs : 126/0

D Karunaratne71 (79)

N Madushka52 (89)

B White1-0-3-0

27.60

Floated, outside off. Karunaratne blocks.

27.51

Tossed up on off. Nishan Madushka prods and taps it to point for a single.

27.40

On off, pushed to mid off now.

27.31

Full and on off, pushed to covers for a single.

27.21

Full and on off, bunted to mid-wicket for a single.

27.10

On off, blocked.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 27 overs : 123/0

N Madushka50 (85)

D Karunaratne70 (77)

A McBrine10-0-37-0

26.61

Fifty for Madushka! His maiden fifty! Full and outside off, this is pushed to the left of mid off for one. Sri Lanka motoring nicely at the moment.

26.50

On off, kept out.

26.41

A single as this is hit to mid on.

26.31

Short and outside off, played to cover for a single.

26.21

Tossed up on middle, Karunaratne turns it to square leg for a single.

26.11

Outside off, dropped to point for one.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 26 overs : 118/0

D Karunaratne68 (75)

N Madushka47 (81)

C Campher8-0-37-0

25.64

FOUR! Superb shot! Fuller and outside off, Karunaratne drives it through covers for a boundary.

25.50

Full and on middle, kept out.

25.40

Full and outside off, left alone.

25.30

Length and outside off, punched to cover.

25.24

FOUR! Too easy for Karunaratne! Pitched up on middle, it is driven down to long on.

25.10

Full and on off, pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 110/0

N Madushka47 (81)

D Karunaratne60 (69)

A McBrine9-0-32-0

24.64

FOUR! Crunched! Shorter and on off. Nishan Madushka punches it through the gap to covers for four.

24.50

On off, defended.

24.40

Flighted, outside off and spins away.. Nishan Madushka looks to drive but misses.

24.30

Short and outside off, punched to cover.

24.21

On the pads, tucked to deep square leg for a single.

24.10

Angling on middle, flicked to square leg.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 105/0

N Madushka43 (77)

D Karunaratne59 (67)

C Campher7-0-29-0

23.60

Fuller and outside off. Nishan Madushka drops it to cover.

23.50

Full and on middle. defended out.

23.40

On a length and on off, blocked.

23.31

Length ball, outside off, Karunaratne drops it to point for a single.

23.20

Fuller and outside off, played back to the bowler.

23.12

Full and on off, Karunaratne bunts it through mid-wicket for two.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 102/0

N Madushka43 (74)

D Karunaratne56 (64)

G Hume6-0-31-0

22.60

On off, blocked out.

22.50

Outside off, left alone.

22.41

On off, pushed to covers for one.

22.34

FOUR! Loosener! On the pads. Karunaratne helps it down to fine leg for four.

22.20

Outside off, Karunaratne taps it to point.

22.12

Fifty for Karunaratne! The captain leading from the front! Length and on off, it is nudged through mid-wicket for two.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 22 overs : 95/0

D Karunaratne49 (60)

N Madushka43 (72)

C Campher6-0-26-0

21.61

Outside off, guided to backward point for one.

21.50

On off, kept out.

21.40

Good length ball, outside off. Karunaratne looks to cut but bottom edges it back to the keeper.

21.31

On a length and outside off. Nishan Madushka stays back and dabs it to point for one.

21.20

On middle, blocked out.

21.10

Length ball, outside off, defended.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 21 overs : 93/0

N Madushka42 (69)

D Karunaratne48 (57)

G Hume5-0-24-0

20.61

Length and outside off, Nishan Madushka plays it to point for one more.

20.51

Outside off and slanting away. Karunaratne guides it through point for onne.

20.40

Length and on middle, blocked.

20.30

Outside off, left alone.

20.22

Length and on off, Karunaratne bunts it through mid-wicket for two.

20.10

Length ball, outside off.  Karunaratne shoulders arms.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 89/0

N Madushka41 (68)

D Karunaratne45 (52)

C Campher5-0-24-0

19.60

Full ball, slanting on middle. Nishan Madushka misses his flick and gets hit on the pads.

19.50

Too full and on off, Nishan Madushka pushes it to cover.

19.40

Full and on off, kept out.

19.30

Length ball on middle, blocked out.

19.21

Outside off, dabbed to point for a single.

19.14

FOUR! intent! Short and way outside off. Karunaratne upper-cuts it over point for a boundary.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 84/0

D Karunaratne40 (50)

N Madushka41 (64)

A McBrine8-0-27-0

18.61

This is full and on middle. Karunaratne works it to square leg for a single.

18.50

On middle, tucked to mid-wicket.

18.42lb

Two leg byes! On the pads. Karunaratne misses his flick and it goes off the pads to fine leg.

18.30

Full and on off, pushed to cover.

18.20

Tossed up, spinning on leg, Karunaratne leaves it alone.

We are all set. The players are out in the middle. Dimuth Karunaratne and Nishan Madushka to resume their batting. Andy McBrine to complete his over.

Hello and welcome to Day 3 between Ireland and Sri Lanka. This match has been full of runs till not with the visitors having the upper hand slightly scoring nearly 500 runs. However, in reply Sri Lanka scored some quick runs to end Day 2 without losing any wickets. A lot of batting still to be done for them but Ireland will hope the pitch starts to assist the bowlers so they could get some early wickets. Will they break the opening stand in the first session? We will find out soon. Stay tuned.

...Day 3, Session 1...

Talking about the day, it has been dominated by the batters. We saw tons from Paul Stirling and Curtis Campher which saw Ireland end with something close to 500 but Sri Lanka in their reply have started well. The hosts will hope the openers can continue the good work on Day 3. Ireland on the other hand, will hope the wicket detoriates and their spinners do get some purhcase, An interesting day awaits. Do join us for the action which begins at 0945 IST (0415 GMT). Till then, goodbye and take care!

Well, that will be Stumps! Sri Lanka have begun well with the bat! They had one session to play out and they have done so without losing a wicket. Nishan Madushka rode his luck, played in an aggressive manner and Dimuth Karunaratne has gone along his merry way. The two have got Sri Lanka off to a good start but there is still a long way to go.

Well, the groundsmen have got the covers on in a flash! It is not raining as of now but it is quite dark and the players are making their way off.

18.11

Shorter and on off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 80/0

D Karunaratne39 (45)

N Madushka40 (63)

M Humphreys3-0-15-0

17.60

On off, kept out.

17.50

On the stumps, kept out.

17.40

On middle, defended.

17.34

FOUR! Cut away1 Shorter and outside off, this is cut through point for a boundary.

17.24

FOUR! Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for a boundary.

17.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 72/0

N Madushka40 (63)

D Karunaratne31 (39)

A McBrine7-0-25-0

16.64

FOUR! Up and over! Nishan Madushka steps out and lofts it over the mid off fielder for a boundary.

16.50

On off, kept out.

16.40

On middle, kept out.

16.30

Shorter and outside off, Nishan Madushka looks to cut but misses.

16.21

A single as this is pushed down to long off for one.

16.10

Shorter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 67/0

D Karunaratne30 (37)

N Madushka36 (59)

M Humphreys2-0-7-0

15.61

On off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

15.51

On middle, this is swept through square leg for one.

15.40

Shorter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

15.30

On off, kept out.

15.20

On off, defended.

15.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 65/0

D Karunaratne29 (36)

N Madushka35 (54)

C Campher4-0-19-0

14.60

On off, this is pushed to mid off.

14.54

FOUR! Nicely timed! Fuller and on off, this is driven down the ground and to the long off fence.

14.41

Around off, this is guided through point for one.

14.30

On the stumps, kept out.

14.20

On off, blocked.

14.10

On off, defended.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 60/0

N Madushka34 (50)

D Karunaratne25 (34)

M Humphreys1-0-5-0

13.61

Shorter in length and on off, this is punched through covers for one.

13.51

Another single as this is worked down to fine leg for one.

13.41

Around off, this is pushed towards mid off for one.

13.30

On middle, defended.

13.21

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

13.11

A single as this is worked through square leg for one.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 55/0

D Karunaratne23 (32)

N Madushka31 (46)

C Campher3-0-14-0

12.62

Two! Fuller and on off, this is pushed down to long off for two.

12.50

On off, this is pushed to covers.

12.41

A single as this is guided through point.

12.30

On off, kept out.

12.20

Shorter and outside off, Nishan Madushka looks to cut but is beaten.

12.10

On the stumps, defended.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 52/0

D Karunaratne21 (30)

N Madushka30 (42)

A McBrine6-0-20-0

11.60

On middle, blocked.

11.50

Around off, this is pushed to covers.

11.40

On the stump, defended.

11.30

On off, kept out.

11.22

Two more! On off, this is pushed through covers for two.

11.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 50/0

N Madushka30 (42)

D Karunaratne19 (24)

C Campher2-0-11-0

10.64

FOUR! Cut away! Fifty up in no time for Lanka! Shorter and outside off, this is cut through point for a boundary.

10.50

Outside off, left alone.

10.40

On middle, blocked.

10.30

Outside off, left alone.

10.20

On middle, defended.

10.14

FOUR! Cut away! Shorter and outside off, this is cut through point and this one races away to the fence.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 42/0

D Karunaratne19 (24)

N Madushka22 (36)

A McBrine5-0-18-0

9.60

On off, this is pushed towards cover.

9.54

FOUR! On middle, this is whipped through mid-wicket and it races away to the fence.

9.40

On off, blocked.

9.30

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

9.21

A single as this is worked through square leg for one.

9.10

Around off, blocked.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 37/0

D Karunaratne15 (20)

N Madushka21 (34)

C Campher1-0-3-0

8.60

On off, defended.

8.51

A single as this is pushed towards cover.

8.40

Shorter and outside off, Nishan looks to cut but misses.

8.30

Good length and on off, defended.

8.21

Another run as this is worked towards square leg.

8.11

A single as this is blocked on the off side.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 34/0

D Karunaratne14 (18)

N Madushka19 (30)

A McBrine4-0-13-0

7.60

On middle, kept out.

7.50

Shortish and on off, Dimuth Karunaratne pushes it to covers.

7.40

On off, kept out.

7.34

FOUR! Pulled away nicely! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled hard through mid-wicket and this one races away to the fence.

7.20

Shorter and on off, this is pushed to covers.

7.10

On off, blocked.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 30/0

N Madushka19 (30)

D Karunaratne10 (12)

G Hume4-0-20-0

6.60

Outside off, left alone.

6.50

On off, defended.

6.40

On middle, kept out.

6.30

On middle, kept out.

6.24

FOUR! Pulled away! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wiket for a boundary.

6.10

On the stumps, kept out.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 26/0

D Karunaratne10 (12)

N Madushka15 (24)

A McBrine3-0-9-0

5.60

On middle, defended.

5.52

Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for two.

5.41

A single as this is nudged towards mid-wicket.

5.30

On off, kept out.

5.20

Shorter and on off, Nishan Madushka pushes it to covers.

5.10

On off, defended.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 23/0

N Madushka14 (20)

D Karunaratne8 (10)

G Hume3-0-16-0

4.61

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

4.50

On the stumps, kept out.

4.40

Shorter and on off, this is pushed to covers.

4.30

On off, defended well.

4.23

Three more! On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for three.

4.11lb

A leg bye! On the pads, Nishan Madushka looks to flick but misses. It hits the pad and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 18/0

D Karunaratne5 (9)

N Madushka13 (15)

A McBrine2-0-6-0

3.60

On middle, kept out.

3.51

A single as this is worked through mid-wicket.

3.40

On off, blocked.

3.30

On middle, defended.

3.20

Around off, defended.

3.10

On off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 17/0

D Karunaratne5 (8)

N Madushka12 (10)

G Hume2-0-12-0

2.60

On off, defended.

2.50

Good length and on off, defended.

2.44

FOUR! Easy for Dimuth Karunaratne! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket and this one races away to the fence.

2.30

Outside off, another leave.

2.20

Outside off again, not played at.

2.10

Outside off, left alone.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 13/0

N Madushka12 (10)

D Karunaratne1 (2)

A McBrine1-0-5-0

1.60

On the stumps, defended.

1.50

On middle, kept out.

1.42

Two more! Shorter and outside off, this is pushed through covers for two.

1.32

Off the outside edge! Nishan Madushka riding his luck! Outside off, he goes after it, it goes off the outside edge down towards third man for two.

1.21

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

1.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 8/0

N Madushka8 (6)

D Karunaratne0 (0)

G Hume1-0-8-0

0.60

Another one outside off, not played at. 8 from the first over but not a bad one from Hume.

0.50

On middle, defended.

0.40

Outside off, left alone.

0.34

FOUR! Off the outside edge but a boundary! Length again and on off, this lands and moves away a touch. Nishan Madushka looks to defend, it goes off the outside edge, it does not carry to second slip who lets it through and it goes to the fence.

0.20

On off, defended.

0.14

FOUR! Sri Lanka and Nishan Madushka are underway in style! Length and on off, Nishan Madushka guides it down towards third man and fetches a boundary.

Commentary

Now Sri Lanka will be under pressure! Ireland have got a big score on the board and Sri Lanka will need to replicate what they did with the bat in the first game. Ireland on the other hand, will need to be patient, bowl the right lines and lengths and hope the ball does do its bit. For now it is Tea so join us in a bit for the last session.

Sri Lanka toiled hard, it was not easy for their bowlers on a wicket which is quite flat and not doing a lot. They tried everything but wicket-taking was quite difficult for them. Yet again Prabath Jayasuriya who bowled almost 60 overs was the pick. The pacers also bowled their hearts out though as both got 4 amongst them.

Ireland fall just short of the 500-run mark but they will be very proud of their performance with the bat. The openers did not contribute a lot but the middle and the lower-middle order were brilliant. First it was two of their most experienced players who combined and laid the platform for a good first innings score. It was Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie! The two added over 100 before Paul Stirling went back retiered hurt. Andy Balbirnie was unfortunate to not get to his ton as he fell five short. Lorcan Tucker too played brilliantly but fell 20 short of a ton. However, then came the two tons for Ireland. One from Curtis Campher and another from Paul who resumed his innings. Ireland were eyeing 500 but wickets in the second session did not let them get there.

145.3W

OUT! TKEN! That is the end of the innings for Ireland! Prabath Jayasuriya gets the last wicket and another fifer for him. Brilliant. Tosses this one up outside off, a lot slower. Matthew Humphreys looks to go down the ground but this lands and turns away. It goes off the outer half towards cover. Ramesh Mendis takes a decent catch. IRELAND END WITH 492!

145.20

Matthew Humphreys walks right across and looks to paddle scoop it, this is outside off, he misses to get hit on the pads.

145.10

Tossed up on off, defended.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 145 overs : 492/9

B White0 (11)

M Humphreys7 (20)

R Mendis27-4-108-1

144.60

On the stumps, blocked.

144.52lb

Another one on the pads, Benjamin White looks to flick, it goes off the pads down towards fine leg for two.

144.40

On middle, kept out.

144.31lb

On the pads, Matthew Humphreys looks to flick but misses, it hits the pad and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken.

144.20

On the stumps, defended.

144.10

On the stumps, kept out.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 144 overs : 489/9

B White0 (8)

M Humphreys7 (17)

P Jayasuriya58-13-174-4

143.60

On off, defended.

143.51

This lands safe! Yet again the slog sweep is out, this is off the top edge. It lands away from the fielder at deep mid-wicket for one.

143.40

BEATEN! That is a beauty! Flatter and on off, this lands and spins away. Matthew Humphreys is beaten as he tries to defend.

143.30

On off, defended.

143.24

FOUR! Up and over! That is a lovely shot! This is tossed up outside off, it is dragged from outside off and over mid-wicket for a boundary.

143.10

Tossed up on off, this is pushed to covers.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 143 overs : 484/9

B White0 (7)

M Humphreys2 (12)

V Fernando24-1-92-2

142.60

On off, defended.

142.50

Anothert appeal but not given! A yorker outside off, Benjamin White is beaten as he looks to jam it out. The noice was of the bat hitting the ground.

142.40

Around off, defended.

142.30

On off, blocked.

142.20

Angled into the pads, Benjamin White looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

142.11

A single as this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 142 overs : 483/9

B White0 (2)

M Humphreys1 (11)

P Jayasuriya57-13-169-4

141.60

On off, this is blocked.

141.50

On middle, kept out.

141.4W

A loud appeal for an LBW and the finger is raised! It is reviewed but seems plumb. OUT! Three reds and Prabath Jayasuriya has another one. This is flatter and on middle, this one holds its line. Graham Hume looks to defend but plays down the wrong line. He is beaten to get hit on the pads. Ireland lose their 9th.

141.30

On off, kept out.

141.20

On off, defended.

141.14

FOUR! The reverse sweep comes out and it is nailed through point for a boundary.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 141 overs : 479/8

G Hume2 (19)

M Humphreys1 (11)

V Fernando23-1-91-2

140.61

A single as this is worked through square leg.

140.50

Fuller and on off, this is pushed to cover.

140.40

A good short one, a real effort delivery. Graham Hume hops and looks to defend but cops a blow on his arm.

140.30

On off, kept out.

140.20

On offf, kept out.

140.10

A bumper, it is ducked under.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 140 overs : 478/8

M Humphreys1 (11)

G Hume1 (13)

P Jayasuriya56-13-165-3

139.60

Floats it up on off, this is pushed to covers.

139.50

Tossed up on off again, kept out nicely.

139.40

On the stumps, this is blocked.

139.30

Outside off, left alone.

139.20

On the stumps, blocked.

139.10

On off, defended.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 139 overs : 478/8

G Hume1 (13)

M Humphreys1 (5)

V Fernando22-1-90-2

138.60

On off, defended.

138.50

On middle, kept out.

138.41

A single and Matthew Humphreys is underway! On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

138.30

Outside off, left alone.

138.21

This is pushed through covers for one.

138.10

On off, defended.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 138 overs : 476/8

M Humphreys0 (3)

G Hume0 (9)

P Jayasuriya55-12-165-3

137.60

Flatter and on middle, defended.

137.50

On off, kept out.

137.40

Shorter and on off, this is guided to point.

137.3W

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! That is a really good catch! Something special was needed to dismiss Curtis Campher and Dhananjaya de Silva has provided it. A top, top knock comes to an end. This though was a lovely delivery. It is tossed up on middle, Curtis Campher looks to drive, this one turns away, it takes the outside edge and goes quickly to the right of the first slip fielder. He dives and takes it.

137.20

Nicely bowled! Curtis Campher looks to play the reverse sweep, this is slower and outside off. He misses as he swings his bat.

137.10

Floats it up on off, kept out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 137 overs : 476/7

G Hume0 (9)

C Campher111 (226)

V Fernando21-1-88-2

136.60

A dot to end! On off, defended.

136.50

On off, kept out.

136.40

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

136.30

On off, this is pushed to cover.

136.21

Shorter and outside off, this is cut through point. There is a fielder in the deep so only one.

136.10

Outside off, left alone.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 136 overs : 475/7

G Hume0 (5)

C Campher110 (224)

P Jayasuriya54-11-165-2

135.60

A confident appeal but not given! On middle, Hume looks to defend, it goes off something to the short leg fielder. Not given. Replays show it is off the pad.

135.50

On middle, defended.

135.40

Flighted ball on off, blocked.

135.31

Outside off, this is guided through point for one.

135.20

Floats it up on off, this is pushed to cover.

135.10

Tossed up on off, defended.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 135 overs : 474/7

G Hume0 (2)

C Campher109 (221)

V Fernando20-1-87-2

134.60

Edged but short! Length and outside off, Hume pokes at it, this goes off the outside edge but lands short.

134.50

Outside off, left alone.

134.4W

OUT! TAKEN! The ploy to bowl outside off works! Andy McBrine walks back and Vishwa Fernando gets his second. This is wide outside off, Andy McBrine slashes at it, it goes uppishly and straight to the point fielder. Hemantha, the sub, takes it.

134.31

Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.

134.21

Shorter and outside off, this is guided through point for one.

134.10

Good length and on off, defended.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 134 overs : 472/6

C Campher108 (220)

A McBrine34 (56)

P Jayasuriya53-11-164-2

133.60

Full and on middle. Curtis Campher prods and blocks.

133.50

Full and outside off, blocked out.

133.44

FOUR! Wonderful shot! Full and outside off. Curtis Campher sweeps it through mid-wicket for yet another boundary.

133.30

Full and on middle, nudged to mid-wicket.

133.20

On the pads, kept out.

133.10

Full and angling on the pads. Curtis Campher misses his flick and gets hit on the pads.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 133 overs : 468/6

C Campher104 (214)

A McBrine34 (56)

A Fernando22-4-78-2

132.61

Full toss on the pads, flicked to deep square leg for one.

132.50

On middle, tucked to square leg.

132.51wd

Wide! Short again and Curtis Campher leaves it alone for a wide.

132.40

Short and on off, Curtis Campher works it to square leg.

132.30

On off, kept out.

132.20

A  bouncer on leg, left alone.

132.14

FOUR! A huge roar from Curtis Campher as he reaches the landmark! What an innings this has been! Absolutely wonderful! played some delicious strokes and is in no mood to stop. This is short and on middle, it is pulled through square leg.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 132 overs : 462/6

C Campher99 (208)

A McBrine34 (56)

P Jayasuriya52-11-160-2

131.61

Full and on off. Curtis Campher dabs it to short third man for a quick single.

131.50

Fuller and on off, flicked to mid-wicket.

131.40

Too full on middle, blocked.

131.34

FOUR! Curtis Campher moves to 98! On middle, this is swept to deep mid-wicket for a boundary.

131.20

Full and on off. Curtis Campher prods and blocks.

131.11

On off, eased to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 131 overs : 456/6

C Campher94 (203)

A McBrine33 (55)

A Fernando21-4-72-2

130.60

On middle. Defended out.

130.50

On top of middle. Curtis Campher blocks.

130.40

This is on the hips. Curtis Campher looks to flick but gets a leading edge to point.

130.30

A bumper on off, left alone.

130.24

FOUR! Curtis Campher looks fine and resumes with his job! Short and on middle, this is pulled to square leg for four.

130.10

On middle, this is hit to square leg. Curtis Campher plays off the gloves and gets hit on the right-hand. He needs some treatment.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 130 overs : 452/6

A McBrine33 (55)

C Campher90 (197)

P Jayasuriya51-11-154-2

129.60

Full and on off. McBrine makes a solid block.

129.51

Full and on middle, Curtis Campher goes back and flicks it to square leg for one.

129.40

Tossed up on off, defended on the front foot.

129.30

On off, kept out.

129.20

On middle, defended out.

129.10

Fuller and on middle. Blocked.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 129 overs : 451/6

A McBrine33 (54)

C Campher89 (192)

A Fernando20-4-68-2

128.60

A bumper on off. McBrine ducks under it.

128.51

Length and on middle, this is hit to square leg for one.

128.40

This is down the leg side. Curtis Campher leaves.

128.30

Full and outside off, driven to point.

128.21

Short and on middle. McBrine pulls it to fine leg for one. 450 up!

128.10

Short and on middle. McBrine sits.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 128 overs : 449/6

C Campher88 (189)

A McBrine32 (51)

P Jayasuriya50-11-153-2

127.60

Slanting on middle. Defended out.

127.50

Full and on off, kept out.

127.40

Arm ball on middle. Curtis Campher blocks.

127.31

On middle, bunted to square leg for a single.

127.26

SIX! That is clean! Full and on middle. McBrine comes down the track and lofts it over long on.

127.11

Full and on off, pushed to mid off for one.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 127 overs : 441/6

A McBrine25 (49)

C Campher87 (185)

de Silva14-5-20-0

126.60

Floated  on off. McBrine punches on the up to cover.

126.51

Full and on middle. Curtis Campher nudges it to mid-wicket for a quick single.

126.40

Flighted on middle. Curtis Campher defends it solidy..

126.30

Full and on middle. Curtis Campher blocks again.

126.20

On off, kept out.

126.12

Flat and outside off. Curtis Campher works it through covers for two.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 126 overs : 438/6

A McBrine25 (48)

C Campher84 (180)

P Jayasuriya49-11-145-2

125.60

On middle, defended  out.

125.51

Angling on middle. Curtis Campher works it to square leg for a single.

125.40

On off, kept out.

125.30

Fuller and on off, Curtis Campher defends it out.

125.20

Full and on off, played back to the bowler.

125.10

Short and outside off, punched to cover.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 125 overs : 437/6

A McBrine25 (47)

C Campher83 (175)

de Silva13-5-17-0

124.60

On middle, McBrine keeps it out.

124.50

Full and on off, McBrine blocks it out.

124.41

A single as this is hit to long on.

124.30

Tossed up on off, Curtis Campher defends.

124.20

On middle, blocked out.

124.11

On off, pushed to long off for a single.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 124 overs : 435/6

C Campher82 (172)

A McBrine24 (44)

P Jayasuriya48-11-144-2

123.64

FOUR! This is full and outside off. Curtis Campher drives it through covers for yet another boundary.

123.50

On middle, defended out.

123.44

FOUR! Shot! Tossed up, outside off. Curtis Campher slogs it over mid-wicket for a boundary.

123.30

On middle, blocked.

123.20

On off, kept out.

123.10

On off, punched to cover.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 123 overs : 427/6

A McBrine24 (44)

C Campher74 (166)

R Mendis26-3-108-1

122.62

Outside off, this is played to covers for a couple.

122.50

On off, kept out.

122.44

FOUR! This is short and on middle. McBrine pulls it behind square leg. The fielder runs to his left, gets a hand but gets in a tangle and gives away four runs.

122.30

Fuller and outside off, pushed to cover.

122.21

On middle, this is hit to square leg for a single.

122.10

Lands on leg and spins away. Curtis Campher shoulders arms.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 122 overs : 420/6

A McBrine18 (40)

C Campher73 (164)

P Jayasuriya47-11-136-2

121.60

On middle, McBrine makes a solid block.

121.51

Around off, pushed to covers for a single.

121.40

On middle, defended out.

121.30

Superb delivery! An arm ball on off, lands and spins away. Curtis Campher defends inside the line and gets beaten.

121.24

FOUR! Short and on middle. Curtis Campher goes back and punches it through covers.

121.10

Very full on middle, blocked.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 121 overs : 415/6

A McBrine18 (39)

C Campher68 (159)

R Mendis25-3-101-1

120.60

Tossed up on off. McBrine defends on the front foot.

120.50

Fuller and on off, blocked.

120.42

On off, worked to point. The fielder lets it through his hands and gives away couple of runs. Prabath Jayasuriya it was.

120.34

FOUR! Threads through! Shorter and outside off. McBrine slaps it through point for four.

120.20

Outside off, cut to point.

120.10

Quicker one on middle. McBrine blocks as he goes back.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 120 overs : 409/6

C Campher68 (159)

A McBrine12 (33)

P Jayasuriya46-11-131-2

119.60

Outside off, left alone.

119.50

Full and on middle, lands and spins away. Curtis Campher looks to defend but misses.

119.40

Down the leg side. Curtis Campher pads it away.

119.34

FOUR! Crunched! Flat and outside off. Curtis Campher punches it through covers and it rolls away to the fence.

119.20

Too full and on middle, defended out.

119.11

On middle, nudged to square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 119 overs : 404/6

C Campher64 (154)

A McBrine11 (32)

R Mendis24-3-95-1

118.60

Flat and on middle. Curtis Campher goes back and blocks.

118.50

Full and on off, defended out.

118.40

Too full and on middle. Curtis Campher leans and blocks.

118.30

Fuller and on middle. Curtis Campher pushes it to cover.

118.20

On middle, blocked out.

118.11lb

Leg bye! Quicker on leg, McBrine looks to pull but misses. He gets hit on the pads and it rolls to fine leg for one.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 118 overs : 403/6

C Campher64 (149)

A McBrine11 (31)

P Jayasuriya45-11-126-2

117.60

On middle, blocked.

117.54

FOUR! In the gap! Full and on off. Curtis Campher sweeps it through square leg for a boundary. 400 up for Ireland.

117.40

This one lands on leg and spins on off, with some extra bounce. Curtis Campher defends inside the line.

117.30

Tossed up on middle. Curtis Campher prods and blocks.

117.20

Fuller and on middle, defended out.

117.10

Tossed up on leg and spins in. Curtis Campher leaves it alone and gets hit on the pads.

We are back. Curtis Campher and Andy McBrine to resume their batting. Prabath Jayasuriya to start after the break.

...Day 2, Session 2...

This is a commendable job by Ireland. The way they batted in the first match and compare it to this match, there is a whole lot of difference in their character. Ireland lost Tucker right at the start of Day 2 but Paul Stirling came back fresh to build a big stand with Campher. Both hit the loose balls away regularly. Stirling got to his maiden Test century before giving away his wicket however, Campher is still batting brilliantly along with Andy McBrine and they will love to go past 450 in the next session. The last few overs saw the ball turning and bouncing and that will give some hope for Sri Lanka to take the remaining wickets quickly. Before that, they had to toil hard to earn their rewards. Not too many positives but they will eye the next session to finish things off. Stay tuned to find out what happens in the second session.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 117 overs : 399/6

A McBrine11 (31)

C Campher60 (143)

R Mendis23-2-95-1

116.60

Full and on off. McBrine blocks on the front foot. Time for Lunch.

116.50

Outside off, punched to cover.

116.40

Tossed up, around off and spins away. McBrine leans to defend but seems to miss. Sri Lanka put up an appeal but the finger stays down.

116.31

Shorter and on middle, pulled to square leg for a single. Nishan Madushka at short leg bends and gets hit on the body. A bit painful for him.

116.20

This is darted on the pads. Curtis Campher goes back and takes it on the pads.

116.10

Too full and on middle. Curtis Campher blocks.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 116 overs : 398/6

A McBrine11 (28)

C Campher59 (140)

de Silva12-5-15-0

115.60

A loopy ball, outside off. McBrine hits it to point.

115.50

On top of off. McBrine taps it to point.

115.40

Tossed up on off, McBrine defends.

115.30

Flat and on off. McBrine dead bats it.

115.20

Fuller and on middle. McBrine blocks.

115.10

On off, blocked out.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 115 overs : 398/6

C Campher59 (140)

A McBrine11 (22)

R Mendis22-2-94-1

114.60

On middle, kept out.

114.53

Shorter and way outside off. McBrine cuts it through covers and gets three runs with ease.

114.40

Full and outside off, punched to cover.

114.30

Darted on the pads, tucked to mid-wicket.

114.20

Flat and outside off, dabbed to point.

114.10

Full and outside off, pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 114 overs : 395/6

C Campher59 (139)

A McBrine8 (17)

P Jayasuriya44-11-122-2

113.60

This is full and on the pads. Curtis Campher keeps it out.

113.50

Shorter and on off. Curtis Campher makes another solid block.

113.40

Full and on off, defended again.

113.30

On middle, blocked out.

113.20

Full and on off, Curtis Campher tries to sweep but finds square leg.

113.10

This is short and outside off. Curtis Campher looks to push but misses.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 113 overs : 395/6

A McBrine8 (17)

C Campher59 (133)

R Mendis21-2-91-1

112.60

Tossed up on off. McBrine blocks.

112.50

Fuller and outside off. McBrine blocks it out.

112.40

Shorter and on off, McBrine defends on the deck.

112.30

Flat and outside off, punched to cover.

112.24

FOUR! Swept away! This is full and on middle. McBrine hits it through square leg for four.

112.10

There is turn and bounce now! Tossed up on off. McBrine defends.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 112 overs : 391/6

C Campher59 (133)

A McBrine4 (11)

P Jayasuriya43-10-122-2

111.60

Fuller and on off, Curtis Campher blocks.

111.50

This one lands on middle and spins away. Curtis Campher looks to defend but misses.

111.40

Flat and on middle, kept out.

111.30

On the leg again. Curtis Campher pads it away.

111.20

Full and on the pads. Curtis Campher pads it away.

111.10

This is outside off, left alone.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 111 overs : 391/6

A McBrine4 (11)

C Campher59 (127)

R Mendis20-2-87-1

110.60

This is full and outside off, McBrine drives it to cover.

110.50

Full and on middle. McBrine blocks.

110.41

Fuller and on off, pushed through covers for a single.

110.30

On off, defended out.

110.21

Another single as McBrine works it to mid-wicket.

110.11

Tossed up on middle. Curtis Campher tucks it to square leg for one.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 110 overs : 388/6

A McBrine3 (8)

C Campher57 (124)

P Jayasuriya42-9-122-2

109.60

On middle, nudged to square leg.

109.52

This is full and on middle, McBrine sweeps it to square leg for a couple.

109.40

Outside off, McBrine keeps it out.

109.30

Tossed up on off, McBrine defends on the front foot.

109.20

On middle, blocked out.

109.10

Full and outside off, McBrine drives it to mid off.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 109 overs : 386/6

C Campher57 (124)

A McBrine1 (2)

A Fernando19-4-66-2

108.60

On off, kept out.

108.50

On middle, blocked out.

108.41

Short again. McBrine nudges it to square leg for a single.

108.30

Short and on off. McBrine leaves it alone.

108.2W

OUT! TAKEN! The plan has finally worked for the home team. They have got Stirling and there is a sight of relief as the stand is broken! Short and on leg. Stirling was trying hard for a long time and this time connects but only to get a top edge to fine leg where Dhananjaya de Silva takes it. A brilliant innings comes to an end by Stirling.

108.10

Drops it short and on leg. Stirling looks to pull but misses.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 108 overs : 385/5

C Campher57 (122)

P Stirling103 (179)

P Jayasuriya41-9-120-2

107.60

Flat and on leg. Curtis Campher pads it away again.

107.50

This is full and on leg, spins away. Curtis Campher looks to reverse sweep but misses. An appeal for caught behind but nothing doing.

107.40

On the pads. Curtis Campher keeps it out.

107.30

Fuller and on leg, Curtis Campher pads it down.

107.20

Tossed up on middle. Curtis Campher prods to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It lobs but well wide of the man at short leg.

107.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 107 overs : 385/5

P Stirling103 (179)

C Campher57 (116)

A Fernando18-4-65-1

106.60

Short again on leg, left alone.

106.50

On middle, worked to mid on.

106.40

Short and on leg. Stirling keeps it out.

106.30

Short in length and on middle. Stirling steps across to clip but misses.

106.20

Short and on middle. Stirling sits under it.

106.16

SIX! CENTURY FOR STIRLING! His maiden in Test cricket! Bringing his class now in the longest format! What a player! This is short and outside off. Stirling upper-cuts it over point for a biggie. He was retired hurt on Day 1 but came back on Day 2 with some incredible energy.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 106 overs : 379/5

C Campher57 (116)

P Stirling97 (173)

P Jayasuriya40-8-120-2

105.60

Flatter and on leg. Curtis Campher plays it to point.

105.50

On the pads. Curtis Campher keeps it out.

105.44

FOUR! Smashed! This is full and on middle. Curtis Campher slams it down to long on for four.

105.30

Full and on off, defended again.

105.20

On off, blocked out.

105.16

SIX! Fifty for Campher! Excellent batting from him! He will eye 100 now. Tossed up on off. Curtis Campher slog-sweeps it over long on for a six.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 105 overs : 369/5

P Stirling97 (173)

C Campher47 (110)

A Fernando17-4-59-1

104.60

Asitha Fernando keeps it short and on middle. Stirling evades it well.

104.50

Short and down leg. Stirling leaves.

104.40

Outside  off, dropped to point.

104.30

Short again on off. Paul Stirling looks to defend now on the up but gets hit on the gloves. It lobs again but falls in front of the widish first slip fielder.

104.20

Chance! Short again on  middle. Stirling looks to fend it away awkwardly but might have got hit on the shoulder as it lobs in front of the keeper who dives but fails to hold on.

104.10

Short of a length and on middle. Stirling makes room to slap but misses.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 104 overs : 369/5

C Campher47 (110)

P Stirling97 (167)

P Jayasuriya39-8-110-2

103.60

This one spins in, on off. Curtis Campher defends.

103.50

Quicker this time, outside off. Curtis Campher leaves again.

103.40

This is short and outside off. Curtis Campher lets it go.

103.30

Flighted on off. Curtis Campher prods and blocks.

103.20

Full and on off, defended out.

103.11

On middle, swept to square leg for a single.

Drinks! An excellent session so far for Ireland. They lost Lorcan Tucker early on but since have batted sensibly and both, Curtis Campher and Stirling are on their way to completing their milestones. Sri Lanka on the other hand, need to get better with the ball. They are not able to find a way to get through this pair but have to stick to their plans.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 103 overs : 368/5

C Campher47 (105)

P Stirling96 (166)

A Fernando16-3-59-1

102.60

Well bowled! This is short and on off, Curtis Campher is cramped as he looks to dab it away.

102.50

On a length and on off, defended.

102.40

Outside off, left alone.

102.30

On top of off. Curtis Campher keeps it out.

102.20

Length ball on middle. Curtis Campher makes a solid block.

102.10

On a length and on middle, defended out.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 102 overs : 368/5

P Stirling96 (166)

C Campher47 (99)

P Jayasuriya38-8-109-2

101.60

Too full and on leg. Stirling blocks.

101.50

Full and on the pads, blocked.

101.40

Full and on leg. Stirling sweeps but finds short fine leg.

101.30

Down the leg side. Stirling misses his clip. Prabath Jayasuriya alone puts up an appeal for this.

101.20

On middle, kept out.

101.14

FOUR! Stirling moves to 96! Fuller and on middle, this is swept behind square leg for a boundary.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 101 overs : 364/5

C Campher47 (99)

P Stirling92 (160)

A Fernando15-2-59-1

100.64

FOUR! Crunched! Short in length and outside off. Curtis Campher punches it through covers for another boundary.

100.51

On the pads, nudged to deep square leg for a single.

100.41

Way outside off, Curtis Campher plays it to point for a single.

100.30

Short in length and on off, tapped to point.

100.21

Length and outside off, Stirling dabs it to deep point for a single.

100.10

Length ball, outside off. Left alone.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 100 overs : 357/5

C Campher42 (96)

P Stirling90 (157)

P Jayasuriya37-8-105-2

99.62

Flat and outside off. Curtis Campher chops it past first slip for two runs.

99.50

Angling on off, blocked out.

99.40

Pushes it way outside off. Curtis Campher leaves.

99.30

This is full and on middle, defended out.

99.20

Fuller and on off. Curtis Campher prods and blocks.

99.10

On off, kept out.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 99 overs : 355/5

C Campher40 (90)

P Stirling90 (157)

A Fernando14-2-52-1

98.61

On middle, nudged to mid-wicket for a single.

98.54

FOUR! Asitha Fernando goes too full and outside off, this is driven through covers for a boundary.

98.40

On off, kept out.

98.30

Shorter and outside off, Curtis Campher shoulders arms.

98.21

Length and on middle, nudged to mid-wicket for a single. 350 up for Ireland.

98.10

A length ball, outside off. Stirling looks to push but misses.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 98 overs : 349/5

C Campher35 (86)

P Stirling89 (155)

P Jayasuriya36-8-103-2

97.60

Slower ball, outside off, kept out.

97.50

This one comes with the arm on off. Defended.

97.40

Flighted on middle, Curtis Campher blocks.

97.30

On middle, tucked to mid-wicket.

97.24

FOUR! Well played! Flat and outside off. Curtis Campher slaps it through covers for a boundary.

97.10

Tossed up on off, Curtis Campher prods and defends.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 97 overs : 345/5

P Stirling89 (155)

C Campher31 (80)

V Fernando19-1-85-1

96.62

This is full and outside off. Stirling works it through covers for easy couple.

96.50

On off, kept out.

96.41

On middle, this is hit to mid-wicket for one run.

96.30

A bumper on middle. Curtis Campher leaves it alone.

96.21b

Bye! This is down the leg side again. The keeper gets a hand on it and keeps it down to one. This is Ireland's higest Test score.

96.14b

FOUR BYES! This is full and on middle and swings away down the leg side. Stirling misses his flick and the keeper can't do much. It races away to fine leg.

The ball cannot pass the ring test and needs to be changed.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 96 overs : 337/5

C Campher30 (78)

P Stirling87 (151)

P Jayasuriya35-8-99-2

95.60

On middle, kept out.

95.51

On middle, eased to long off for a single.

95.41

Fuller and outside off. Curtis Campher drives it wide of point for one more.

95.31

A single as this is hit to long on.

95.20

Loopy ball on middle. Stirling dead bats it.

95.10

Full and on off, Stirling defends.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 95 overs : 334/5

P Stirling85 (147)

C Campher29 (76)

V Fernando18-1-82-1

94.61

On the hips, nudged to square leg for a single.

94.50

On middle, blocked out.

94.40

This is short and on middle. Stirling looks to ramp it over the keeper but misses.

94.30

Full and outside off, worked to cover.

94.24

FOUR! Wonderful shot! This is full and outside off. Stirling punched it through covers and it races into the fence.

94.11

Outside off, guided to point for a single.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 94 overs : 328/5

P Stirling80 (142)

C Campher28 (75)

P Jayasuriya34-8-96-2

93.60

Angling on the pads. Stirling flicks on the up but just wide of the man at short leg.

93.51

An arm ball on middle. Curtis Campher tucks it to square leg for one.

93.40

Tossed up on off, Curtis Campher lunges and blocks.

93.30

Full and on off, Curtis Campher prods and blocks.

93.20

On middle, kept out.

93.10

On off, defended.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 93 overs : 327/5

P Stirling80 (141)

C Campher27 (70)

V Fernando17-1-76-1

92.62

Full and outside off, Stirling drops it through covers for a brace.

92.50

Drops it short, outside off. Stirling leaves.

92.40

Full and outside off, pushed to cover.

92.30

Angles it on off, Stirling defends.

92.24

FOUR! Good shot! Length ball, outside off. Stirling punches off the back foot through covers for four.

92.10

Length and on middle, Blocked.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 92 overs : 321/5

C Campher27 (70)

P Stirling74 (135)

P Jayasuriya33-8-95-2

91.60

Full and outside off, lands and spins away. Curtis Campher looks to defend but misses.

91.50

Tossed up on middle, defended out.

91.40

This one lands outside off and spins away. Curtis Campher makes a leave.

91.30

On middle, blocked out.

91.20

Full and on off, pushed to cover.

91.10

Full and on middle, Curtis Campher blocks.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 91 overs : 321/5

P Stirling74 (135)

C Campher27 (64)

V Fernando16-1-70-1

90.60

Outside off, left alone.

90.50

Length ball, outside off. Paul Stirling looks to defend but misses.

Paul Stirling is good to go as he was retired out on Day 1.

90.4W

OUT! BOWLED! Perfect start for Sri Lanka and they are off to a great start. Length ball, outside off and swings in. Tucker prods to defend with his bat and pad together but leaves a bit of gap for the ball to travel through. The ball deflects the flap of the pads before hitting the top of off. Just what Sri Lanka needed.

90.30

This one nips back in on middle, slightly short and Tucker misses his flick.

90.20

Length and on off, swings in. Blocked out.

90.12

On a length and on off, Lorcan Tucker tucks it through mid-wicket and takes a couple of runs. Ireland are underway on Day 2.

We are all set for action. Curtis Campher and Lorcan Tucker to resume their batting. Vishwa Fernando to start first.

Hello and welcome to Day 2 between Ireland and Sri Lanka. The visitors finally produced with the bat as they dominated Day 1 thanks to the knock from their skipper and Stirling. Despite losing them, Ireland are in good position thanks to the stand between Tucker and Campher. Sri Lanka felt the pressure for the first time as they were not able to scalp wickets. Sri Lanka will hope to start Day 2 brightly and take remaining wickets quickly. Stay tuned.

...Day 2, Session 1...

Sri Lanka on the other hand, tried everything, They were made to work hard for the wickets they got. Their bowlers were not very consistent also with their lines and lengths. They bowled well in patches but there is not a lot on offer from the wicket. They will hope they can trigger a collapse on Day 2 and bowl Ireland out as quickly as possible. Day 2 begins at 1000 IST (0430 GMT). Till then, goodbye and take care!

It was Andy Balbirnie who led from the front. The openers were dismissed early, Tector got off to a staret but then fell, however, it was the partnership between Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie which laid the platform for a big first innings score. Both got to fifties and the partnership was over 100. Stirling then went back retired hurt but Andy Balbirnie continued along with Lorcan Tucker! The two put up another useful stand before Andy Balbirnie fell five short of a ton. Curtis Campher has come out and shown character. Ireland will hope they can bat for as long as possible as the wicket for now, seems really good.

An excellent, excellent day for the visitros and they will be extremely pleased with where they stand in the game at the moment. Two out of the three sessions have gone thier way. Andy Balbirnie's decision to bat first is justified for now.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 90 overs : 319/4

C Campher27 (64)

L Tucker78 (102)

P Jayasuriya32-7-95-2

89.60

On off, blocked. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 1!

89.50

On the stumps, kept out.

89.40

On off, this is pushed to covers.

89.30

Floats it up on off, blocked.

89.20

On the stumps, kept out.

89.10

On middle, this is blocked.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 89 overs : 319/4

C Campher27 (58)

L Tucker78 (102)

R Mendis19-2-84-1

88.61

On off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

88.50

On off kept out.

88.40

On the stumps, blocked.

88.31

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

88.21

Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.

88.22nb

Another single as this is pushed through covers. No ball signaled.

88.11

A single as this is pushed through covers for one.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 88 overs : 313/4

L Tucker76 (100)

C Campher24 (53)

P Jayasuriya31-6-95-2

87.60

On the stumps, defended.

87.50

On middle, blocked.

87.40

On middle, blocked.

87.30

On middle, kept out.

87.21

A single as this is worked with the angle on the leg side.

87.10

BEATEN! This is tossed up outside off, it lands and turns away. Curtis looks to drive but is beaten. There is an appeal for a stumping but the batter is well in.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 87 overs : 312/4

L Tucker76 (96)

C Campher23 (51)

R Mendis18-2-78-1

86.62

Misfield and two! On off, this is pushed towards mid off. The fielder misfields and two is taken.

86.50

On middle, kept out.

86.40

On the pads, Tucker looks to flick but misses.

86.30

Outside off, left alone.

86.22

Two! On off, this is pushed through covers for two.

86.14

FOUR! Two in a row for Ireland! Outside off, Tucker looks to drive, this goes more off the outer half past the first slip fielder and down to the third man fence.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 86 overs : 304/4

C Campher23 (51)

L Tucker68 (90)

V Fernando15-1-68-0

85.64

FOUR! That is a carcking shot! Shorter and outside off, this is punched through covers for a boundary.

85.50

Around off, kept out.

85.40

On middle, kept out.

85.33

Three! On off, this is pushed through covers for three.

85.20

On the stumps, kept out.

85.10

On off, defended.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 85 overs : 297/4

C Campher19 (48)

L Tucker65 (87)

P Jayasuriya30-6-94-2

84.60

On middle, kept out.

84.53

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for three.

84.40

On middle, defended.

84.31

A single as this is pushed to mid off.

84.20

On middle, kept out.

84.10

On the pads, Campher looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 84 overs : 293/4

C Campher18 (44)

L Tucker62 (85)

V Fernando14-1-61-0

83.61

On off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

83.50

On off, kept out.

83.41

On off, this is pushed to mid off for one.

83.34

FOUR! Just away from the fielder! A brave shot from Lorcan Tucker at this time of the day. Steps out and looks to go over covers. This goes off the outer half and flies towards deep point. The fielder tracks back and dives but fails to reach it. A boundary.

83.21

Yet again a little too straight, this is worked down to fine leg for one.

83.11

Another easy run as this is worked through square leg.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 83 overs : 285/4

L Tucker56 (82)

C Campher16 (41)

P Jayasuriya29-6-90-2

82.61

A single as this is worked through mid-wicket.

82.50

On the stumps, blocked.

82.40

On off, defended.

82.30

On middle, kept out.

82.20

Steps out but ends up yorking himself. It is jammed back to the bowler.

82.10

Flatter and on middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 82 overs : 284/4

L Tucker55 (76)

C Campher16 (41)

V Fernando13-1-53-0

81.61

A single as this is worked towards mid-wicket.

81.50

On the pads, Lorcan Tucker looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

81.40

BEATS THE OUTSIDE EDGE! Length and around off, this angles away. Lorcan Tucker is beaten as he tries to defend.

81.34

EDGY FOUR! Just past the diving gully fielder! On middle, Lorcan Tucker looks to flick but it is against the angle, it flies off the leading edge past the gully fielder and down to the third man fence.

81.20

On off, defended.

81.14

FOUR! Clipped away! On the pads, this is clipped through square leg and the ball races away to the fence.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 81 overs : 275/4

C Campher16 (41)

L Tucker46 (70)

P Jayasuriya28-6-89-2

80.66

SIX! That goes a long way! Curtis Campher steps out and gets to the pitch of it, it is lofted over the long on fence for a biggie.

80.51

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

80.40

On the stumps, kept out.

80.30

Shorter and outside off, this is cut to point.

80.20

On middle, kept out.

80.14

FOUR! Swept and swept hard! Another boundary! On middle, this is nailed through square leg and it races away to the fence.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 80 overs : 264/4

C Campher10 (40)

L Tucker41 (65)

de Silva11-4-15-0

79.60

On the stumps, this is nudged on the leg side.

79.50

On middle, thisis worked to mid-wicket.

79.40

On the stumps, blocked.

79.30

On off, blocked.

79.20

On off, this is pushed to mid off.

79.11

A single as this is worked through mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 79 overs : 263/4

C Campher10 (35)

L Tucker40 (64)

P Jayasuriya27-6-78-2

78.60

On the stumps, defended.

78.50

On middle, kept out.

78.41

A single as this is worked through square leg for one.

78.30

On off, blocked.

78.22

On middle, this is swept towards fine leg for two.

78.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 78 overs : 260/4

C Campher10 (33)

L Tucker37 (60)

de Silva10-4-14-0

77.60

On middle, defended.

77.51

A single as this is pushed towards cover.

77.40

On off, this is pushed to cover.

77.30

On the stumps, kept out.

77.20

On middle, kept out.

77.11

A single as this is worked through mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 77 overs : 258/4

L Tucker36 (56)

C Campher9 (31)

P Jayasuriya26-6-75-2

76.60

On middle, kept out.

76.50

Was there an inside edge? Well there seemed like but the umpire feels different. On middle, Lorcan Tucker steps out and looks to defend, it hits the pad for sure and lobs up to silly point. It is taken, an appeal but turned down.

76.41

A single as this is worked on the leg side.

76.30

On the stumps, kept out.

76.20

On off, defended.

76.10

Tossed up on off, defended.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 76 overs : 257/4

L Tucker36 (54)

C Campher8 (27)

de Silva9-4-12-0

75.60

On the stumps, blocked.

75.50

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

75.40

On middle, kept out.

75.30

Down the leg side. Left alone.

75.20

On off, defended nicely.

75.10

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 75 overs : 257/4

C Campher8 (27)

L Tucker36 (48)

P Jayasuriya25-6-74-2

74.60

Around off, defended.

74.50

On middle, kept out.

74.40

On off, this is pushed to covers.

74.31

A single as this is worked through mid-wicket.

74.20

On middle, kept out.

74.14

FOUR! Cut away! Short and wide outside off, this is cut through point for a boundary.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 74 overs : 252/4

C Campher8 (24)

L Tucker31 (45)

de Silva8-3-12-0

73.60

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

73.50

On the stumps, blocked.

73.40

On off, kept out.

73.30

On the stumps, defended.

73.20

On off, kept out.

73.11

On middle, this is nudged around the corner for one.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 73 overs : 251/4

C Campher8 (19)

L Tucker30 (44)

P Jayasuriya24-6-69-2

72.60

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

72.50

On the stumps, defended.

72.40

On off, kept out.

72.30

On the stumps, blocked.

72.20

On middle, kept out.

72.10

On off, this is pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 72 overs : 251/4

L Tucker30 (44)

C Campher8 (13)

R Mendis17-2-70-1

71.60

On off, defended.

71.54

FOUR! Pulled away! This is short and on middle, this is pulled through square leg for a boundary.

71.40

Down the leg side, left alone.

71.30

On middle, kept out.

71.20

Short and down the leg side, Lorcan Tucker looks to pull but misses.

71.11

Shorter and on the body, this is pulled down to fine leg for one.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 71 overs : 246/4

C Campher7 (12)

L Tucker26 (39)

V Fernando12-1-44-0

70.61

On off, this is guided through point for one.

70.50

Around off, blocked.

70.41lb

Another loud appeal but not given! It is reviewed. It seems to be going down leg. NOT OUT! It is going down leg! Sri Lanka lose another review! On the pads, Tucker looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. That never looked out. A poor review.

70.30

On middle, kept out.

70.21

A single as this is nudged around the corner.

70.10

Outside off, left alone.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 70 overs : 243/4

L Tucker26 (37)

C Campher5 (8)

R Mendis16-2-65-1

69.60

On off, kept out.

69.51

On middle, this is nudged on the leg side for one.

69.40

On off, blocked.

69.30

On the stumps, kept out.

69.21

On off, defended.

69.14

FOUR! On the pads, Lorcan looks to flick but misses, this hits the pad and goes fine on the leg side for a boundary.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 69 overs : 237/4

C Campher4 (5)

L Tucker21 (34)

V Fernando11-1-42-0

68.60

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

68.50

A bumper on middle, ducked under.

68.41

A single as this is worked through square leg for one.

68.30

On off, kept out.

68.20

On middle, kept out.

68.10

Fuller and on middle, this is pushed to mid on.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 68 overs : 236/4

C Campher4 (3)

L Tucker20 (30)

R Mendis15-2-59-1

67.60

On the stumps, blocked.

67.50

On middle, kept out.

67.44

FOUR! Nice way to get off the mark! Tosses it up on off, this is driven past the diving fielder at cover and down to the fence.

67.3W

OUT! TAKEN! Heartbreak for Andy Balbirnie! He falls five short of what would have been his maiden ton! He played so well but he has to walk back now. The shot which was played to great use today has got about his wicket. This is on middle. Andy Balbirnie looks to play the sweep but this hilts the glove and goes towards first slip where Dhananjaya de Silva takes a good catch. Nevertheless, a top knock from Andy Balbirnie!

67.21

A single as this is worked down towards fine leg.

67.12

Two! On off, this is pushed through covers for two.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 67 overs : 229/3

A Balbirnie95 (162)

L Tucker17 (28)

A Fernando13-2-46-1

66.60

On off, kept out.

66.51

Shorter and on the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

66.42

Looks to bowl the inswinging yorker but ends up bowling a full toss, this is worked through mid-wicket for two.

66.30

Fuller and tailing back in, this is worked to mid-wicket.

66.20

On off, defended.

66.10

On the stumps, kept out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 66 overs : 226/3

L Tucker14 (23)

A Balbirnie95 (161)

R Mendis14-2-52-0

65.61

On middle, this is pushed to mid on.

65.50

On the stumps, kept out.

65.40

On off, this is guided to point.

65.30

Around off, defended.

65.20

Shorter and on middle, this is defended.

65.10

On off, defended.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 65 overs : 225/3

L Tucker13 (17)

A Balbirnie95 (161)

A Fernando12-2-43-1

64.61

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

64.50

A loud appeal but turned down again! Lanka reviews but it seems to be going down leg! NOT OUT! It is clipping the leg pole. Umpire's call it is! Full and tailing back in from middle. Tucker looks to flick but misses. It hits the pad. Lanka keep their review though.

64.40

On middle, kept out.

64.30

On middle, this is kept out.

64.24lb

FOUR LEG BYES! He walked right across there. However, that was going down leg. On middle, Lorcan Tucker looks to flick but misses, it hits the pad and goes down to the fine leg fence.

64.10

On off, defended.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 64 overs : 220/3

A Balbirnie95 (161)

L Tucker12 (11)

P Jayasuriya23-5-69-2

63.60

On the stumps, kept out.

63.50

On off, blocked.

63.44

FOUR! On middle, this is swept through square leg for a boundary.

63.30

On the stumps, this is pushed to cover.

63.20

On off, kept out.

63.11

A single as this is nudged around the corner.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 63 overs : 215/3

A Balbirnie91 (156)

L Tucker11 (10)

A Fernando11-2-42-1

62.60

On off, kept out.

62.50

A bumper, ducked under.

62.40

On middle, kept out.

62.30

A loud appeal but more in hope! Shorter and down the leg side. Andy looks to pull but misses.

62.20

On the stumps, defended.

62.10

On middle, this is pushed to mid on.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 62 overs : 215/3

L Tucker11 (10)

A Balbirnie91 (150)

P Jayasuriya22-5-64-2

61.60

On middle, kept out.

61.54

FOUR! Nicely played! On middle, this is swept wonderfully and through square leg for a boundary.

61.40

On middle, this is nudged on the leg side for one.

61.30

On the stumps, defended.

61.20

On off, kept out.

61.14

FOUR! Pulled away! Short and on middle, this is hammered through mid-wicket and this one races away to the fence.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 61 overs : 207/3

L Tucker3 (4)

A Balbirnie91 (150)

A Fernando10-1-42-1

60.61

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

60.50

On off, kept out.

60.42

On middle, this is worked through square leg for two.

60.30

A bumper, ducked under.

Stirling is struggling! The physio is out to have a look, he seems to be in a lot of pain. He probably can't continue as he is struggling to get back on his feet. He is helped off and out comes Lorcan Tucker!

Ouch! Paul Stirling is looking in some discomfort and is unable to continue. A blow to the batting team as Paul Stirling is retired hurt.

60.24b

FOUR BYES! That cuts him into half! Shorter and on middle, this one comes back in. Paul is beaten on the inside and this goes down to the fine leg fence.

60.10

Shorter and on middle, Stirling looks to upper cut it but misses.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 60 overs : 200/3

A Balbirnie91 (150)

P Stirling74 (131)

P Jayasuriya21-5-56-2

59.60

On the stumps, blocked.

59.50

On off, kept out.

59.40

On middle, defended.

59.30

A loud appeal for LBW but turned down! It is reviewed. Seems like it is going down leg. NOT OUT! That has pitched outside leg! Sri Lanka lose a review! On the pads. Andy Balbirnie looks to sweep but misses to get hit on the pads.

59.20

On middle, kept out.

59.10

Tossed up on off, this is pushed to mid off.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 59 overs : 200/3

P Stirling74 (131)

A Balbirnie91 (144)

A Fernando9-1-39-1

58.60

That might have hurt! Shorter and on the body, Paul Stirling looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.

58.50

On off, kept out.

58.41

Outside off, this is guided through point for one. 200 up for the Irish.

58.30

On off, kept out.

58.20

Good length and on off, defended.

58.10

A short one to begin. It is left alone.

We are back for the final session! Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie walk out to the middle to resume their innings. Asitha Fernando to begin.

... DAY 1, SESSION 3 ...

A superb session for the Irish and it is all thanks to Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie! The two have batted brilliantly, added over 100 and have laid the platform for a good first innings score. Paul Stirling has gone along at his aggressive manner and Andy Balbirnie has batted as he usually does. The two are eyeing their tons and Ireland will hope they can continue the good work. Sri Lanka need to be patient with the ball, the wicket is quite flat and not offering a lot. They though will want to stop the run-flow a little and that might just build the pressure. Can Lanka make a come back in the last session?

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 58 overs : 199/3

P Stirling74 (129)

A Balbirnie90 (140)

V Fernando10-1-41-0

57.60

On off, kept out well. THAT WILL BE TEA!

57.50

On the stumps, defended.

57.40

On the stumps, kept out.

57.30

On off, blocked.

57.21

A single as this is worked on the leg side.

57.11

A single as this is pushed through covers.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 57 overs : 197/3

A Balbirnie89 (139)

P Stirling73 (124)

R Mendis13-2-51-0

56.60

On the stumps, defended.

56.50

On off, this is pushed to cover.

56.40

On off, kept out.

56.31

On middle, .this is worked on the leg side for one.

56.21

A single as this is worked through square leg for one.

56.10

Tossed up on off, kept out nicely.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 56 overs : 195/3

P Stirling72 (123)

A Balbirnie88 (134)

V Fernando9-1-39-0

55.60

On off, defended nicely.

55.50

On the stumps, this is pushed to cover.

55.40

That is a really good stop! Fuller and on off, Paul drives but finds cover.

55.30

On the stumps, defeded.

55.20

On off, kept out.

55.11

Shorter and on off, this is pulled through square leg for one.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 55 overs : 194/3

P Stirling72 (118)

A Balbirnie87 (133)

R Mendis12-2-49-0

54.60

On the stumps, blocked nicely.

54.50

On off, kept out.

54.40

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

54.30

On off, this is pushed to cover.

54.20

On off, blocked.

54.10

On middle, kept out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 54 overs : 194/3

P Stirling72 (112)

A Balbirnie87 (133)

V Fernando8-1-38-0

53.61

Shorter and on off, Paul pushes it through covers for one.

53.51

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

53.40

On the stumps, defended well.

53.30

On off, defended.

53.20

On off, this is pushed to covers.

53.10

On off, defended.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 53 overs : 192/3

P Stirling71 (111)

A Balbirnie86 (128)

R Mendis11-1-49-0

52.60

On middle, kept out.

52.50

Shorter and on off, this is pushed to the fielder at cover.

52.41

On middle, this is swept through square leg for one.

52.30

On the stumps, this is pushed to cover.

52.20

Around off, this is defended.

52.10

On the stumps, blocked.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 52 overs : 191/3

A Balbirnie85 (124)

P Stirling71 (109)

V Fernando7-1-36-0

51.61

Another run as this is pushed through covers.

51.51

A single as this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

51.41

Shortish and on off, this is punched towards cover for a single. 100-run stand between the two. Brilliant partnership in difficult conditions.

51.31

On middle, this is worked on the leg side for one.

51.21

On off, this is pushed through covers for one more.

51.11

Shorter and on off, this is pushed to covers.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 51 overs : 185/3

A Balbirnie82 (121)

P Stirling68 (106)

de Silva7-3-11-0

50.60

Angled into the pads, this is nudged through square leg for one.

50.50

On middle, kept out.

50.44

FOUR! Nice and fine! On middle, this is paddle swept fine on the leg side for a boundary.

50.30

On middle, defended solidly.

50.20

On off, blocked out.

50.11

Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 50 overs : 180/3

A Balbirnie78 (116)

P Stirling67 (105)

P Jayasuriya20-4-56-2

49.60

On off, kept out.

49.51

On off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

49.44

FOUR! That is thumped! Fuller and outside off, this is thumped through covers for a boundary.

49.30

Flatter and on off, Paul stays back and blocks it out.

49.20

Pushes this one through on the stumps, it is defended.

49.10

On the stumps, blocked.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 49 overs : 175/3

P Stirling62 (100)

A Balbirnie78 (115)

de Silva6-3-6-0

48.61

A single as this is driven down to long on.

48.50

On the stumps, kept out.

48.40

On off, blocked.

48.30

On middle, blocked.

48.21

On off, this is eased down to long off for one more.

48.11

A single as this is pushed towards cover.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 172/3

A Balbirnie77 (114)

P Stirling60 (95)

P Jayasuriya19-4-51-2

47.60

Tossed up on off, defended.

47.50

On the stumps, defended.

47.40

Fired outside off, left alone.

47.31

On middle, this is swept through square leg for one.

47.22

Two more! Shorter and outside off, this is cut through point for two.

47.11

Outside off, this is pushed through covers for one.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 168/3

P Stirling57 (93)

A Balbirnie76 (110)

de Silva5-3-3-0

46.60

On the stumps, this is pushed to cover.

46.50

On off, defended.

46.40

On middle, this is worked with the turn to mid-wicket.

46.30

Stirling looks to end the series of dots! He steps out and drives but finds cover.

46.20

On off, kept out.

46.10

Fires it on off, this is pushed to covers.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 46 overs : 168/3

A Balbirnie76 (110)

P Stirling57 (87)

P Jayasuriya18-4-47-2

45.60

On off, blocked.

45.50

On middle, kept out.

45.40

On the stumps, kept out.

45.30

On middle, defended.

45.20

Flatter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

45.11

On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 45 overs : 167/3

A Balbirnie76 (105)

P Stirling56 (86)

de Silva4-2-3-0

44.60

Flat and on middle. Balbirnie again bloks it out.

44.50

Full and on off, pushed to mid off.

44.40

On middle, Balbirnie dead bats it.

44.30

Angling on off. Balbirnie blocks again.

44.20

Full and on off. Balbirnie prods and blocks.

44.10

On middle, blocked.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 44 overs : 167/3

P Stirling56 (86)

A Balbirnie76 (99)

P Jayasuriya17-4-46-2

43.60

Too full and around off. Paul Stirling looks to paddle but misses. An appeal but looked like there was some bat on it.

43.51

On the pads. Balbirnie bunts it to square leg for a single.

43.41

On middle, drilled to long on for one more.

43.30

Fuller and outside off. Paul Stirling dances down the track and keeps it out.

43.21

Angling on off, Balbirnie works it to square leg for a single.

43.10

Tossed up on off, pushed to mid off.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 43 overs : 164/3

P Stirling55 (83)

A Balbirnie74 (96)

de Silva3-1-3-0

42.60

Flat and around off. Paul Stirling rocks back and blocks.

42.50

Fuller and on off, pushed to mid off.

42.40

Tossed up on middle. Paul Stirling nudges it to mid-wicket.

42.30

Fuller and on middle, eased to mid-wicket now.

42.20

Flat and on off, spins in. Paul Stirling looks to defend but gets hit high on the pads.

42.10

Full and on middle, blocked.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 42 overs : 164/3

A Balbirnie74 (96)

P Stirling55 (77)

P Jayasuriya16-4-43-2

41.60

Full and outside off. Balbirnie pushes it straight to silly point.

41.51

Full and on middle, flicked to square leg for a single.

41.40

On off, kept out.

41.31

This is full and on middle. Balbirnie sweeps it to square leg for a single.

41.20

Full and on leg, tucked to mid-wicket.

41.10

Tossed up, angling on middle. Blocked.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 41 overs : 162/3

P Stirling54 (75)

A Balbirnie73 (92)

de Silva2-0-3-0

40.60

Tossed up on off, defended out.

40.50

Flat and outside off, pushed to point.

40.40

On middle, blocked.

40.30

Flighted, outside off. Paul Stirling tries to drive it away very late but misses. An appeal but the finger stays down.

40.20

Fuller and on off. Paul Stirling prods and defends.

40.11

Flat and outside off, Balbirnie works it to point for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 40 overs : 161/3

P Stirling54 (70)

A Balbirnie72 (91)

P Jayasuriya15-4-41-2

39.60

On middle, defended out.

39.54

FOUR! Too full and on off. Paul Stirling smashes it down to long off for a boundary.

39.40

Outside off, cut to point.

39.30

Flatter and outside off. Paul Stirling defends it out.

39.20

Flat and on middle. Paul Stirling blocks on the front foot.

39.10

Fuller and on off, defended out.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 39 overs : 157/3

A Balbirnie72 (91)

P Stirling50 (64)

de Silva1-0-2-0

38.60

On off, blocked out.

38.51

A full toss on off. Paul Stirling sweeps it to deep square leg for one. Fifty for Paul Stirling and he has made a solid return to the team. Playing his natural game.

38.40

On middle. Paul Stirling blocks it out.

38.30

Flat and outside off. Paul Stirling looks to defend but gets hit on the pads,

38.20

On off, kept out.

38.11

On middle, worked to long on for one.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 38 overs : 155/3

P Stirling49 (60)

A Balbirnie71 (89)

R Mendis10-1-48-0

37.60

Full and on off, blocked.

37.54

FOUR! This is full and outside off. Paul Stirling finds the gap as he slog-sweeps it wide of deep mid-wicket for four.

37.40

Fuller and on off, blocked.

37.32

Shorter and outside off, cut to deep point for a couple more. 150 up!

37.20

On middle, this is pushed to cover.

37.16

SIX! Paul Stirling is not letting Mendis settle! Flighted on off. Paul Stirling heaves it over mid-wicket for a biggie.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 37 overs : 143/3

A Balbirnie71 (89)

P Stirling37 (54)

P Jayasuriya14-4-37-2

36.60

Loopy ball on middle. Balbirnie works it to square leg.

36.50

Fuller and on middle, played back to the bowler.

36.40

Flat and on off, Balbirnie blocks.

36.31

Flat and on middle, tucked to square leg for one.

36.20

On off, kept out.

36.10

Full and on off, pushed to cover.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 36 overs : 142/3

A Balbirnie71 (86)

P Stirling36 (51)

A Fernando8-1-38-1

35.60

On off, pushed to mid off.

35.51

On middle, flicked to square leg for a single.

35.41

On the pads, helped to fine leg for one.

35.30

Length and outside off, pushed to cover.

35.24

FOUR! SHort in length and outside off. Balbirnie looks to defend but edges it in the gap past slip cordon for a boundary.

35.11

Superb in the deep! Short and on middle. Paul Stirling looks to pull but top edges it behind square on the leg side. Vishwa Fernando stands at the edge of the ropes, leaps and brilliantly flicks it back to save 5 runs.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 35 overs : 135/3

A Balbirnie66 (82)

P Stirling34 (49)

P Jayasuriya13-4-36-2

34.62

Outside off, guuided to deep point for a couple.

34.51

Full and outside off, dragged to long on for one more.

34.40

An arm ball on off. Paul Stirling goes back and blocks.

34.30

On middle, blocked out.

34.21

Flat and outside off. Balbirnie drops it to covers and calls for a quick single. Excellent running.

34.10

Full and outside off, defended.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 34 overs : 131/3

P Stirling33 (46)

A Balbirnie63 (79)

A Fernando7-1-31-1

33.60

On off, kept out.

33.50

Short again on middle. Paul Stirling looks to pull but misses and gets hit on the body.

33.46

SIX! This time he connects well. Short and on off. This is pulled over square leg for a six.

33.30

Short and outside off. Paul Stirling mistimes his pull to mid-wicket.

33.20

On middle, kept out.

33.10

A bumper on off. Paul Stirling evades it.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 125/3

P Stirling27 (40)

A Balbirnie63 (79)

P Jayasuriya12-4-32-2

32.61

Chance! Full and on middle. Paul Stirling looks to sweep but gloves it over the keeper. Meanwhile, the man at first slip tries to run across anticipating a catch but the ball goes away from him. He could have taken had he glued himself to his position.

32.50

Full and on off, defended out.

32.40

Fuller and outside off. Paul Stirling drives it but finds the man at cover.

32.30

Flat and outside off, blocked out.

32.20

Fuller and on middle. Paul makes a solid block.

32.11

Flighted on middle, eased to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 123/3

P Stirling26 (35)

A Balbirnie62 (78)

A Fernando6-1-25-1

31.60

This is down the leg side again. Paul Stirling lets it go.

31.50

Sliding down the leg side. Paul Stirling misses his flick.

31.40

Length and on off, nudged to mid-wicket.

31.31

Outside off, guided through covers for a single.

31.20

Short and on middle, left alone.

31.14

FOUR! Classic shot! Length and outside off. Balbirnie punches it past point. The fielder gives a chase and slides but his knee touches the ropes.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 118/3

P Stirling26 (32)

A Balbirnie57 (75)

P Jayasuriya11-4-30-2

30.60

Full and on middle, kept out.

30.50

On off, defended.

30.40

On middle, blocked.

30.34

FOUR! Shot! Flat and outside off. Paul Stirling cuts it and beats the man at point for a boundary.

30.20

Floated on off. Paul Stirling defends on the front foot.

30.10

Fuller and on off, Paul Stirling defends.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 114/3

A Balbirnie57 (75)

P Stirling22 (26)

A Fernando5-1-20-1

29.60

Short and outside off. Balbirnie is happy to let it go.

29.50

Length and on off, Balbirnie defends it out.

29.40

A bouncer on off. Balbirnie evades it.

29.30

On middle, blocked out.

29.21

Short and on the hips, bunted to deep square leg for a single.

29.14

FOUR! A length ball, outside off. Paul Stirling slaps it through point for a boundary.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 109/3

P Stirling17 (24)

A Balbirnie57 (71)

R Mendis9-1-36-0

28.61

Full and on middle. Paul Stirling hits it to square leg for a single.

28.50

On middle, flicked to mid-wicket.

28.42

Tossed up on middle. Paul Stirling laps it down to fine leg for a couple.

28.30

Flighted, outside off. Paul Stirling drives it through covers but no run.