England on top after day 1 at Lords

June 3, 2011

England recovered from a poor start to take control of the second Test match against Sri Lanka at Lords today.

The tourists won the toss and elected to bowl on what looked a good day for batting under the clear blue skies at the home of cricket.

This decision was vindicated as England found themselves in trouble at 22-3. Strauss, Trott, and the out of form Kevin Pietersen all fell cheaply as Sri Lanka gained the early initiative.

However, a fourth wicket partnership of 108 from Ian Bell and Alistair Cook started to gradually swing the balance of the match back towards the home side.

Bell past 50, but then played a lazy shot, playing away from his body and was well caught at first slip by Tharanga Paranavitana off the bowling of Welegedara. Cook continued to pile on the runs, but on 96 attempting to bring up his century he fell victim to Dilhara Fernando trying to pull a ball that was too full in length and was caught at mid-on.

Further half centuries from the classy Eoin Morgan (79), and with Matther Prior still at the crease unbeaten on 73 England have control of the game at Lords.

The close of play scorecard saw England reach 342-6. England will be delighted with this after being put into bat and loosing early wickets. They will also be aware that they will need to bat well in the morning to continue their dominance in the series.

Sri Lanka will be hoping Mahala Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara can deliver the goods when it comes to their turn to bat.

Chris Murtagh 03/06/11

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