England’s spin nightmare continues
England’s spin nightmare seems to have continued in Galle in the form of Sri Lanka’s left-arm orthodox spinner Rangana Herath. His bowling attack proved to be a challenge to England, as batsmen fell short to survive his spin attack.
Herath (6-74) achieved his eighth 5 wicket haul in test career. Suraj Randiv (2-26) joined the spin attack to threaten England’s batting line up and keep England under wraps.
Sri Lankan were 8-289 at stumps on Day 1 and when they resumed their innings on the Day 2. Sri Lanka managed to score 318 (all out).
England started their innings and the opening batsmen Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook failed to provide England the much needed start. Suranga Lakmal provided Sri Lanka the anticipated break by dismissing Cook (0). England’s wicket started to tumble as Jayawardene introduced the spin attack of Herath who struck in his second over of his spell dismissing Jonathan Trott (12). The dismissal of Strauss (26) and Ian Bell (52) was the turning point in England’s innings. England (193 all out) failed to survive the vicious spin attack of Sri Lankan bowling and were trailing by 125 by the end of their first innings.
England bowlers compensated for the batsmen’s shortcoming by dismissing five wickets at the end of day 2. Graeme Swann (4-28) was the ‘go to bowler’ for England as he dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne (6), Kumar Sangakkara (14), Jayawardene (5) and Thilan Samaraweera (36).
Sri Lanka continues to hold the edge at the end of day 2, as the ‘night watchmen’ Dinesh Chandimal (17) and Randiv (2) survived England’s attack and will continue in the hopes of providing 250 plus- 300 runs lead for Sri Lanka in Day 3.
A total of seventeen wickets combined fell in Tuesday’s session and a match came wide open for both sides. Sri Lanka was 84-5 at stumps at the end of day 2.
- Asian Tribune -