The second Test Match of the 2016 cricket summer, and of the England vs. Sri Lanka series, will stream live starting on Friday morning. England will try to seize their opportunity to clinch a Test series against Sri Lanka for only the second time in their last six attempts.
UPDATE, 5/29: After England bowled out Sri Lanka for just 101 in the visitors’ first innings, home Captain Alastair Cook enforced the follow-on — only to see Sri Lanka fight back with 309 for just five wickets on Day Three of the Second Test Match at Durham.
Led by 80 from Captain Angelo Mathews, 60 from Kaushal Silva and 54 not out by Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka left England leading by only 88 runs when stumps came up. England will now require a barrage of wicket-taking as Day Four opens to save themselves the trouble of batting again — and even perhaps risking a draw in a match that once appeared to be a second consecutive one-sided domination.
England dispatched Sri Lanka in the First Test by an innings and 88 runs.
After wickets fell in bunches in the first Sri Lanka innings, England’s attack had to fight for their dismissals in the second frame. James Anderson took a pair, while Chris Woakes, Steven Finn and Moeen Ali took one each. Ali had a particularly tough day with the ball, costing 94 runs in his 17 overs.
Watch highlights of the England vs. Sri Lanka Second Test Match, Day Three in the video below.
England has lost to Sri Lanka three times and drawn two Test series of their last six, while winning only once in that span. But after a dominant three-day victory, by an innings and 88 runs, in the First Test of the three-match series last week, England can wrap up the victory by taking the Second Test in Durham, with Day One opening on May 27.
England, however, will be without their top all-rounder, Ben Stokes, who struggled through the First Test with a hamstring injury, and has now been ruled out of the second match.
England Captain Alastair Cook announced on Thursday that Chris Woakes would be called into the England side to take the place of Stokes.
“I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet in an England shirt. But he’s in fine form for Warwickshire — a nine-for and a hundred in the last two weeks,” Cook said in praise of his new call-up. “It’s disappointing for Ben. He’s got that ability to win or change games of cricket very quickly. But injuries are part and parcel of a side and we need to learn how to play without him.”
England’s “King of Swing,” 33-year-old fast-bowling veteran James Anderson, dazzled an inexperienced Sri Lanka team in the First Test, claiming a five-wicket haul in the first innings — then taking another five in the second innings after Cook chose to enforce the follow-on against the struggling visitors, who managed just 91 in their first innings in pursuit of 298 by England.
Watch highlights of the First Investec England vs. Sri Lanka Test Match in the video below.
To find out how to watch a free and legal live stream of the England vs. Sri Lanka Second Test cricket match, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. First ball on Day One is scheduled for 11 a.m. British Summer Time at Emirates Riverside Cricket Stadium — better known as Chester-le-Street — in Durham, England, on Friday, May 27.
Fans in the United States can log in to the live stream at 6 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 3 a.m. Pacific.
Jonny Bairstow rescued England in their first and only innings, after the home side went down five wickets for only 83 runs. But coming in at seventh, Bairstow proceeded to post a triumphant 140, which along with 86 from Alex Hales made up for a stuttering England batting attack that saw Joe Root and Nick Compton out for ducks, while Cook himself managed only 16.
The disappointing innings from Cook left him 20 runs shy of becoming the 12th all-time member of the 10,000 Test runs club — and the first from England to reach the incredible milestone.
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There are two ways to watch the England Vs. Sri Lanka Second Test Match live online, free and legally. The first option is ESPN3, the online-only service of ESPN, which will stream the entire Test Match, including Day One, at this link. ESPN3 is free to subscribers of almost any major internet service provider and dozens of smaller ISPs. For a complete list, check this link, or try the instructions at this link if you do not have an account with an ISP that carries ESPN3.
The entire England Vs. Sri Lanka Test cricket series will also be streamed live online by international sports network One World Sports. The Sling TV international sports package includes One World Sports and costs a fee of $10 per month. But the first month is free, and the subscription can be cancelled at any time. To access the Sling TV offer, visit this link.
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