Dilshan shines as rain hits London

June 6, 2011

Photo by Peter Burgess

Tillikaratne Dilshan made history for Sri Lanka, in falling just seven runs short of a double century at Lords on day three of the Test.

The visitors will resume day four on 372-3, just 114 runs behinds England’s first innings total. Sri Lanka could have found themselves in a much stronger position had rain not wiped out most of the days play yesterday.

Dilshan’s 193 was a record for any Sri Lankan batsman at Lords, and was a real captain’s innings after his team had been humiliated in Cardiff.

Only 39.2 overs were possible in what was a frustrating day for England’s bowlers. Excellent batting by Sri Lanka aligned with some wayward bowling, meant England could only force two wickets all day.

Kumar Sangakkara (25), and Dilshan were the two men to be dismissed, but with Mahala Jayawardene still at the crease unbeaten on 40, England will know they have their work cut out if they are hoping for a first Test like collapse.

Steven Finn (2-84), and Chris Tremlett (1-74), have been the only Englishmen to find any success sitting next to their wicket column.

Sri Lanka will be hoping for better weather in the Capital as they try to push past England’s first innings total on day four.

Chris Murtagh

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