Anderson’s high-class swing and Tremlett’s menace put Sri Lanka on back foot
Lunch: First Test, day two, Cardiff
Match score: Sri Lanka 207-4 (Samaraweera 38*, P Jayawardene 21*) Full scorecard
Session score: Sri Lanka 74-2 England win
England’s bowlers rid themselves of yesterday’s rusty frustrations to begin to take charge of the first Test.
They had not been bad on the abbreviated first day but nor they were anywhere near their meticulous Ashes best. This morning’s display was much more like it.
Stuart Broad remained slightly off colour, still feeling his way into the season after his double-injury winter.
But James Anderson and Chris Tremlett were outstanding, the smart swing of the former complemented by impassive meanness of the latter.
Twice Tremlett caused physical pain to the batsmen, hitting Tharanga Paranavitana in the box (Dilshan suffered similarly yesterday) and catching Thilan Samaraweera on the right elbow.
Anderson was on a higher plane though. He did not concede a run in his first four overs of the morning, swung the ball consistently and out-thought Mahela Jayawardene, one of the best batsmen in the world.
Having set the batsman with a series of stock outswingers, Anderson bowled an in-ducker that Jayawardene planned to leave. He had to readjust to play a stroke as the ball jagged back into him and succeeded only in edging the ball to the right of first slip where Andrew Strauss took a fine two-handed catch.
John Stern is a former editor of The Cricketer
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