|Rangara Herath 6-74|
The English turn at the crease was simply a continuation of the form they showed against Pakistan a month ago. Apart from Ian Bell, who looked all at sea early on but blossomed once he found the confidence to get down the wicket to Ranga Herath, the rest were an ordinary bunch. At 6-92 in the 27th over with Herath having four of them, England were dreadful. Had it not been for 8 to Jack, they might not have made 120. As it was, 193 was a disastrous lead to hand to Sri Lanka on a pitch which isn't just taking turn from the foot marks but is dry and dusty and the ball is regularly going through the surface.
Alastair Cook, the only batsmen in this side with more than 40 runs in Galle, was plumb to a ball from Lakmal which moved in at his pads from off stump for a rare duck (only his fourth in 132 Test innings). Trott was out in a farce worthy of the Pythons, running down the pitch to Herath, missing a full toss, being stumped by Prassana Jayawardene and then in his hurry to turn and get back, head butting the keeper's gloves and knocking himself flat on his back! So much for poise and grace. Andrew Strauss swept at a full delivery from Herath, was given not out by Asad Rauf but was marched on review. Kevin Pietersen pretty much bowled himself, playing loosely to an ordinary ball outside off stump from Welegedara and inside edging back onto his stumps. Prior went right back to his stumps and missed and new boy Samit Patel did the same, both to Herath.
|Ian Bell found some confidence|
Sri Lanka had the same poor start as the first innings, this time 3-14 and Jayawardene among them. Swann was on early, replacing Anderson after only two overs and made an immediate impact. He bowled Lahiru Thiramanne with a ball that dipped rather than turned and Jayawardene edged a straight ball to Anderson at slip. Samaraweera lead the resistance, losing Kumar Sangakkara along the way. Samaraweera had looked untroubled by any of the bowlers but an error in judgment rather than any great deception saw him advance down the wicket and miss a ball delivered around the wicket from Swann and Prior effected the easiest of stumpings. Randiv, the number 8, came out as night watchman to protect Prasanna Jayawardene, the No 7. Go figure.
|Swann gets Jayawardene |
caught by Anderson at slip
Should Sri Lanka win here and and next week in Colombo, England will return home for their summer and a show down with South Africa as the No 2 team in the world. That wasn't a scenario their planning expected in mid January.