England toil hard on day 1 in Colombo

April 3, 2012
by Hashir Milhan

2nd Test, Colombo
Day1: Sri Lanka 238/6 v England

On a sweltering day in Colombo England’s bowlers took two late wickets giving them the edge on day 1 of the 2nd Test match with Sri Lanka.

Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and had no hesitation in deciding to bat first on what was a very dry surface.

However, England soon made inroads into the Sri Lankan batting line up as the home side faltered to 30/3, thanks to three Jimmy Anderson wickets. England have relied on the Lancashire fast bowler all winter, and yet again he didn’t disappoint.

The most notable dismissal was when he had Kumar Sangakkara out first ball for the second successive Test match. Sangakkara edged one to Andrew Strauss at slip, where England’s captained hung onto the catch at the second attempt.

England were then frustrated yet again by Mahela Jayawadene who went onto make his 31st Test match century. Jayawardene looked in control against both pace and spin in a well compiled century from 216 balls. He was eventually dismissed by Graeme Swann lbw for 105.

Samaraweera supported his captain well with a patient 54 from 129 balls before Yorkshire seamer Tim Bresnan dismissed the right-hander.

Late on day one, Steven Finn removed Prasana Jayawardene caught behind by Matt Prior for just 7 as England finished the day strongly. At stumps Sri Lanka finished on 238/6 which was a fine effort by England’s bowlers on a slow surface.

Anderson was the pick of the England bowlers as he claimed 3/52 from 17 overs. The tourists will be hoping that they can take four quick wickets tomorrow morning and begin batting while the wicket remains good.

The Scoop 03/04/12


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