|Jimmy Anderson struck|
Sri Lanka won the toss and batted, something which didn't exactly play into England's plans but on a day when only skipper Mahela Jayawardene passed 30 and Thilan Samaraweera was the only other batsmen to bat long than an hour, England bowled well. They made the perfect start, removing Lahiru Thiramanne, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan in the first twenty minutes as Sri Lanka slumped to 3-15. Jimmy Anderson struck twice, being on the hatrick after Thiramanne edged to Swann at second slip and then Sangakkara snicked his first ball to Prior. Jayawardene entered and started resolutely against the hostility and great line from Anderson and Broad. He square cut a rare short ball from Anderson early but then went into a defensive shell as he and Samaraweera started the rescue mission. His second boundary - a six off Swann's first over- came off his 56th delivery and set the tone for a day in which he treated the off spinner with contempt. Samaraweera left at 67 and 29 overs which added only 52 but held England at bay.
|Mahela Jayawardene 168x|
|Oops Monty - everything|
old is new again
England may pay for the chances missed on an opening day where they would have preferred to bat. It would be hard for their own turn to the crease not to be on their minds and not only because of their recent failure against the spin of Pakistan. Apart from Cook's second innings 118 in Galle four years ago, the rest of the batting line up has 89 runs @ 12.7 to show from Tests at Galle Stadium, including ducks in their only innings for Andrew Strauss and Jonathon Trott! With Sri Lanka scoring 100 more than they deserved through English ineptitude and the Pakistan hidings, perhaps the vastly experienced Englishmen might be feeling more like beginners when their turn comes on the second day.