England on top in Colombo

April 4, 2012
by Paddy Briggs

2nd Test, Colombo
Day 2: Sri Lanka 275 v England 154/1

England moved into a good position on day 2 of the second Test match with Sri Lanka, after a return to form from their captain Andrew Strauss.

Sri Lanka started the day on 238/6, but were soon dismissed for 275, after Graeme Swann claimed three wickets this morning. Swann finished the innings with figures of 4/75 from 28.1 overs.

England had yet again bowled and fielded well, but it was their batting that would have to make great improvements if they want to win this Test match. England started well this afternoon as they played the remainder of the day out, only losing one wicket. At stumps the visitors were 154/1, trailing Sri Lanka by 121 runs.

Srauss and Alastair Cook shared their first century stand of the winter, as both men recorded half centuries. England’s captain was the only man to fall as he was caught behind off the part-time bowling of Dilshan for 61. Strauss played well in the 126 balls he faced, and this knock will give confidence after an indifferent tour of the sub-continent.

Alastair Cook (77*) and Jonathan Trott (15*) took England to stumps in a 32 run partnership.

England will look to bat all day tomorrow and build a big lead on a slow wicket that will offer more spin as the match goes on.

The Scoop 04/04/12


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