Jayawardene stars on day 1 in Galle

March 26, 2012
Jayawardene
by Hashir Milhan

1st Test, Galle
Day 1: Sri Lanka 289/8 (90 overs) v England

A stunning 168 not out from Mahela Jayawardene was the highlight on day 1 in Galle, as Sri Lanka finished at stumps on 289/8 against England.

Despite Sri Lanka winning the toss and electing to bat, it was the best possible start for England, as they reduced the home side to 15-3, with two wickets for Jimmy Anderson and one for Stuart Broad.

The early wickets brought Jayawardene to the crease, and the Sri Lankan captain remained there until the close. England had no answer to the experienced right-hander who made his 30th Test match century in extremely hot conditions on the South coast of Sri Lanka. Jayawardene was given little support throughout the day by his team mates, as the next highest score was 27, made by Dinesh Chandimal.

England toiled hard in humid conditions, and yet again the pick of the bowlers was Anderson who finished the day with 3/56 from 17 overs. Samit Patel, making his debut would have been pleased with his efforts claiming 2/27 from 9 overs. However, England’s front line spinners Panesar and Swann could not find a wicket between them from 46 overs unsuccessful overs.

Late in the day Jayawardene was dropped twice by Panesar who barely laid hands on two simple chances in the deep.

With the wicket already taking turn, England will know that they will have to play well tomorrow as batting last here in Galle will prove a tough task.

The Scoop 26/03/2012

 

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