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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 May 2006, 13:15 GMT 14:15 UK
Edgbaston day four as it happened
England 295 & 81-4 bt Sri Lanka 141 & 231 by six wickets

England captured the second Test with a six-wicket success against Sri Lanka on the fourth afternoon at Edgbaston.

Muttiah Muralitharan trapped Marcus Trescothick for a duck and took 4-25, but Alastair Cook struck an unbeaten 34 to guide them to their target of 78.

England needed 55 minutes to break through when Sri Lanka resumed 40 ahead at 194-5 but then wrapped up the innings for 231 within half an hour.

Opener Michael Vandort was last man out after a battling second Test century.


1507: Flintoff hits Murali straight down the ground for four to seal a six-wicket victory for England. Cook finishes unbeaten on 34 and Murali finishes with figures of 4-29 for his 15th 10-wicket haul in Tests.

1503: Scores are level after Vaas lets the ball through his legs at mid-off and Cook runs two. Malinga almost gives up the winning runs with a wide.

Murali gets another one, Collingwood feathering a catch to Sangakkara behind the timbers. His dismissal brings skipper Flintoff to the crease and he gets a rapturous reception from the Edgbaston faithful, who are eager to see him hit the winning runs.

1454: Collingwood gets off the mark with a push through mid-off for three. Four from the over and six still to get for England.

1451: Cook lunges forward and short leg appeals for a catch, but even Murali isn't that interested. Cook rocks back and cuts Murali away through the covers. England need 10 more runs to win.

1447: Collingwood gets a spearing delivery on his legs from Malinga and is unable to put it away. Malinga sticks one in short and Collingwood sways inside it with some ease. A maiden over and Collingwood is yet to score.

1444: Murali, still fiercely competitive despite the situation his team finds itself in, beats a groping Cook outside the off-stump. A maiden.

1438: Cook drops a Malinga delivery down in front of him and scampers through for a single. Just 13 runs needed, but the players take drinks. Silly really.

Murali almost takes Pietersen's off-stump with one that shoots on. Pietersen then tries another one of his reverse sweeps and gets himself in a right tangle. Murali gives him a wry smile, while wicket-keeper Sangakkara has a little chuckle behind the stumps. Murali then gets his man in familiar fashion, the ball going straight on and trapping Pietersen plumb in front.

1429: Malinga's over goes for five runs.

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1424: The wiry Vandort fields at mid-wicket, loses his footing and goes down like a giraffe on roller skates. Murali tosses up a rare leg-break which Pietersen just manages to cover. Nineteen to win.

1416: Malinga is back on and his first ball is a shocker, a long-hop no-ball which is shovelled by Pietersen down to the third man boundary. Pietersen latches on to another shortish one, but gets only one for it. More buffet stuff from Malinga as he slings down another leg-side no-ball which Pietersen glances down to the fine leg boundary.

1413: Cook reaches for one and is beaten by Murali's spin. Cook cuts uppishly at the next ball and it falls just short of Vandort at point. A ropey old shot by the Essex opener.

1409: Vaas drops short, Pietersen swings at it and Jayawardene pulls off a stunning catch at short mid-wicket - but it was a no-ball. A choker for Sri Lanka.

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Andy Johnson in the TMS inbox

Murali gets another one, Strauss attempting a sweep and the ball looping to Jayawardene at slip. Pietersen, the first-innings hero, gets off the mark with a single off his first ball.

1402: Four from Vaas' over.

1355: Cook plays a sweet cover drive for four off Murali and Sri Lanka's already faint hopes grown even fainter. Six from the over.

1352: Cook gets one from Vaas that spits off the pitch like fat from a frying pan and strikes him on the glove. The Essex man moves on to 13 with a tuck round the corner.

1347: It's strangely subdued at Edgbaston with England on the cusp of victory, but this is probably due to Murali, who looks like he could take a couple of wickets every over.

1343: Strauss clips Vaas away for a single off his legs. Vaas almost goes up for an lbw, but Cook just manages to get his bat down in time.

1340: Out come Strauss and Cook after a spot of lunch. Murali takes the first over and Cook is still not really picking him. Murali strangles an appeal for lbw - he'll fancy removing Cook at least.

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TMS commentator Jonathan Agnew

1258: Dilshan, an off-spinner, comes on and his first ball, a rank long-hop, is carved away for four by Cook. His second ball is much the same, and Cook gives it identical treatment. Jayawardene's decision to bring Dilshan on is looking pretty peculiar. Dilshan, however, hits back and appeals for lbw against Strauss, but the ball struck him outside the off-stump. Bails are pulled and the players go off for lunch.

1255: Cook gets off the mark with a nice cut shot off Murali which is mis-fielded by Malinga at gully. Strauss then gets a brute from Murali - this won't be all plain-sailing for England. Strauss gets two with a clip through mid-wicket, but almost gets castled next ball by Murali's 'doosra'. Strauss did well to jam down on it.

1252: Strauss cuts Vaas away, but the ball is stopped in the covers. Vaas displays a rare bit of spite, but Strauss sways away from his bouncer with ease.

Murali is wheeled into the attack after just three overs. He traps Trescothick in front with a straight one and the Somerset man is out for a duck. Cook, who didn't look to be picking Murali in the first innings, is next man in and negotiates the rest of Murali's over.

1244: Vaas drops short and Strauss carts him away to the point boundary. Vaas, once again, is looking pretty inocuous.

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1238: On comes 'Malinga the Slinga' to take the second over. Strauss gets one that stays low and almost sneaks under his bat. Strauss then gets off the mark with a dreamy cover-drive for four.

1233: Strauss and Trescothick make a breezy entrance to the crease and it's Trescothick who'll face Vaas' first ball. A maiden over to start with.

Vandort could become the first man to carry his bat in Tests for five years and only the fourth Sri Lankan ever. Murali is last man in and will look to play some shots. However, he doesn't get the chance to do so as Vandort is caught behind off Plunkett and the innings comes to an end. England need only 78 to win. Plunkett finishes with fine figures of 3-17 and 6-60 in the match.

"Strauss needed that - he was starting to look like the Monty Panesar of the slip cordon..."
TMS summariser Vic Marks

Flintoff, who really hasn't bowled well this Test, drops short and Vandort pounces on it and slaps it away for four. With only two wickets remaining, Vandort now has licence to play some shots. Good job, because Malinga fences Flintoff to Strauss at second slip to leave England on the verge.

Kulasekara gets a lifter from Plunkett first ball and balloons it to Collingwood at gully. The Durham paceman is on a hat-trick and England are in the driving seat once more. Malinga blocks hat-trick ball and safely negotiates the rest of the over.

Vaas can't resist having a nibble at a Plunkett wide one and is caught by Collingwood at gully.

1207: Vandort finally reaches his second Test century with a steer through the covers. An old-school knock, it took 294 balls, but is just the job for Sri Lanka. Flintoff digs one in short and Vandort plays it well, getting right in behind it.

1201: A wristy shot from Vandort, but the ball is stopped well by bowler Plunkett. Vandort moves on to 99 with a single into the off-side.

"Just a point on the Monty Panesar-bashing you are all so fond of: has he cost England as many runs as all the droppped catches, missed stumpings and general poor wicket-keeping from this man Geraint Jones?"
Keith Clarkson in the TMS inbox

Flintoff digs one in short and Vandort must think he's got his ton when he pulls it away, but it's only worth a single. Flintoff then gets one to rise on Maharoof and the Sri Lanka all-rounder balloons it back to the bowler. The breakthrough at last. Fine stop by Cook in the gully to keep Vaas scoreless.

1150: Good, tumbling stop from Hoggard at mid-off and he repeats the trick next ball. Two from the over.

1145: Maharoof rocks back and forces Hoggard through the covers for four. This is getting a bit dicey for England now. Vandort takes a quick single to Strauss in the covers, but the Middlesex man's throw just misses and Panesar manages to back up, ironic cheers from the crowd.

1143: Vandort tries to unfurl a cover drive, but mis-times it again and the ball dribbles to point. No runs from Plunkett's over.

1138: Maharoof pushes the ball gently to Panesar in the covers and it goes through his legs. A few jeers from the crowd and watching Monty field is becoming an excrutiating experience. Hoggard strays down the leg side and Maharoof flicks him away for four.

1135: Plunkett cuts Vandort in half with a ball that jags back off the seam. Vandort is looking a little sketchy as he approaches his second Test ton. He's now spent 36 minutes in the 90s. Another maiden.

1131: With the sun out and blue skies up above, Hoggard isn't getting much movement. Fine diving stop by Collingwood in the gully to deny Maharoof. Just one from the over.

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TMS commentator Jonathan Agnew

1126: Plunkett is on, recovered after injuring a shoulder on Friday. Maharoof finally gets off the mark with a nice steer through the off-side.

1120: England skipper Flintoff opts to take the new ball and it's Hoggard who'll have first go with it. The following 10 overs could be crucial. His first two deliveries startle Vandort and rap him on the thigh. The third strikes Vandort off the pad, but the ball was going down leg. Hoggard goes up for an lbw appeal with the penultimate ball, but it was going over. Fine over from Hoggard, who made a well-set player look like he was a nightwatchman scratching about in the gloom.

1118: Another maiden from Panesar and poor old Maharoof is still marooned on nought having faced 30 balls.

1114: Flintoff tries a slower delivery, but he drags it down Vandort's leg side. Vandort brings up the 200 with an off-drive for two and moves on to 95.

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TMS commentator Henry Blofeld

1112: Maharoof is still not off the mark after another probing over from Panesar.

1110: Better rhythm from Flintoff and it's a maiden.

1104: Panesar takes the second over and gets a big cheer from the Edgbaston crowd. A typically tight over from Monty and just one from it.

1059: Vandort plays Flintoff down the ground for three to move into the 90s. Only five overs now before the new ball is taken.

1057: England huddle on the pitch and play is about to begin. Flintoff has grabbed the ball and will take the first over.

"We saw at Lord's how well the Sri Lanka lower order can bat. They're going to get at least a lead of 150, which with Muttiah Muralitharan in side should pose problems for England batsmen. But with new ball due in six overs, that could be the testing time."
Alec Stewart, on Radio Five Live

"Somehow we haven't quite rediscovered that ruthless streak that we had last year when everyone was up for the event and seemed much more lively. England are a better team than Sri Lanka but bowled pretty poorly yesterday. They were short, they were wide, they were down leg-side."
Geoffrey Boycott, on Radio Five Live

0835: Rain is not forecast on Sunday, so a finish on the fourth day is likely, particularly as time lost on Saturday can be made up late in the day.

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