Panesar and Anderson put England on top in Colombo

March 15, 2012
Monty Panesar
by Oliie

Tour match, Colombo
Day 1: Sri Lanka Board XI 169 V England 6-0

England produced a clinical display with the ball on the opening day of their tour match with a Sri Lanka board XI in Colombo, as they dismissed the home side for just 169 inside 74 overs.

James Anderson was the pick of England’s seamers as he removed four of the first five Sri Lankan batsmen. Anderson finished with innings figures of 4-19 from 11 overs. Steven Finn shared the new ball with Anderson, after Stuart Broad had sprained his ankle in the warm up meaning the Nottinghamshire seamer missed out.

Monty Panesar reinforced his position in the side with an inspired spell of spin bowling. Panesar claimed the last five wickets of the innings in conditions which were offering assistance to his slow left-arm bowling. Panesar finished with 5-37 from 23.3 overs and in the process out bowled Graeme Swann who finished wicket less from his 18 overs.

In reply, England faced just 1.1 overs due to bad light in the final session. The visitors will start tomorrow morning on 6-0 with Andrew Strauss having scored all six of these runs.

In extremely hot conditions England would have been pleased with their days work and will hope that their batsmen can play themselves into form tomorrow.

The Scoop 15/03/2012


One Comment to “Panesar and Anderson put England on top in Colombo”

  1. Ed
    March 15th, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    It’s so good to see Monty back taking wickets for England. He had a fantastic season for Sussex last year and I can see him having another cracker.

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