England defeated in Galle

March 29, 2012
by Paddy Briggs

1st Test, Galle
Day 4: Sri Lanka 318 & 214 beat England 193 & 264 by 75 runs

England collapsed to a 75 run defeat in the first Test match in Galle against Sri Lanka today.

Going into day 4 England required a further 239 runs for victory, with 8 second innings wickets in hand.

Despite the early dismissals of Kevin Pietersen (30) and Ian Bell (13), England looked in a good position to chase down their target at 233/4, with Jonathan Trott and Matthew Prior at the crease, needing 107 more runs for victory.

However, England either side of tea lost six wickets for just 31 runs in a crazy spell of Test cricket. Rangana Herath matched his six wickets in the first innings with six more in the second, as he claimed man of the match. Trott played well for the tourists as he made 112, but he needing more support, as no other England player registered a half century.

Suraj Randiv the Sri Lankan off-spinner picked up the other four wickets in the innings, as England lost all ten wickets to spin bowling.

With only one Test match to play in Colombo, England must win this match in order to leave Sri Lanka with anything other than a series defeat.

The Scoop 29/03/2012


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