Sri Lanka built a lead of 209 after bowling out visiting England for 193 runs today in their first cricket Test in Galle.
Sri Lanka was 84-5 at the end of the second day as Graeme Swann took 4 wickets to lead England’s attack. Seventeen wickets fell today as batsmen on both sides struggled.
Mahela Jayawardene, who scored 180 runs in the first innings, was caught off Swann for 5. Thilan Samaraweera led Sri Lanka with 36 runs before getting stumped by Matt Prior off Swann. Dinesh Chandimal, on 17, and Suraj Randiv, on 2, were batting at the end of the day.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat, reaching 318 all out. Four of the first seven England batsmen failed to reach double figures, with Monty Panesar and James Anderson combining for 36 runs for the final wicket. Ian Bell led the visitors with 52 runs as opening batsman Alastair Cook was trapped leg before wicket without scoring a run, and Kevin Pietersen was bowled by Chanaka Welegedara on 3.
“The bowlers have been outstanding all winter, and we batsmen haven’t backed them up,” Bell said in a televised interview. “It’s been a tough day for us.”
Sri Lanka added 29 runs today to its overnight first innings total of 289-8. Sri Lanka captain Jayawardene was 20 short of a double century when Anderson had him caught behind by Prior to end the home team’s innings. Anderson finished as England’s best bowler with 5-72.
The teams are scheduled to play two Tests. England is seeking to rebound from a 3-0 sweep of losses against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in January and February, while Sri Lanka is without a Test series win since August 2009.