England quicks put Sri Lanka under pressure after quick declaration
Tea: First Test, day five, Cardiff
Match score: Sri Lanka 33-2 (Sangakkara 7*, M Jayawardene 15*) and 400 (Paranavitana 66, Dilshan 50, P Jayawardene 112) trail England 496-5 (Bell 103*, Morgan 14*; Cook 133, Trott 203) by 63 runs Full scorecard
Session score: England 5-0; Sri Lanka 33-2 England win
Chris Tremlett took two wickets in three balls to breath life into this apparently dead Test match and put Sri Lanka under pressure.
Play did not start until 3pm and England declared 96 runs ahead as soon as Ian Bell had reached his 13th Test hundred. It was a curious decision that indicated one player’s personal milestone was more important than the team’s needs.
But Stuart Broad, bowling much better than in the first innings but without luck, and Tremlett did their best to give Sri Lanka an uncomfortable couple of sessions though the prospect of forcing a victory remained remote.
Tremlett had Tharanga Paranavitana, who made a century in the first innings, well caught low at first slip by Andrew Strauss and two balls into his next over caught and bowled the captain Tillakaratne Dilshan. Dilshan called for a review but the original ‘out’ decision was upheld when HotSpot showed that the ball had brushed his glove before bouncing off his thigh-pad into Tremlett’s hands.
John Stern is a former editor of The Cricketer
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