Eng v SL live: England recover after awful start, Lord’s day one, morning

England three down early after being put in to bat

Lunch: Second Test, day one, Lord’s
Match score: England 75-3 (Cook 32*, Bell 32*; Lakmal 2-38) Full scorecard
Session score: England 75-3 Sri Lanka win

The contrast with Cardiff could not have been greater. Lord’s was close to capacity and bathed in glorious sunshine and, more tellingly, Sri Lanka on top, at least for the first hour.

England got off to the worst possible start after the Sri Lankan captain Tillakaratne Dilshan surprisingly asked the home side to bat first.

The pitch had a greenish tinge but the decision still smacked of fear: that Sri Lanka didn’t fancy facing England’s 19ft 7in pace attack with Steven Finn replacing the injured James Anderson.

But Dilshan’s decision was immediately justified as England collapsed 22 for 3 after 40 minutes of play. The bowling was steady without being desperately threatening and all three England batsmen contributed to their undoing.

Andrew Strauss was out lbw trying to force the left-armer Chanaka Welegedara, one of two Sri Lankan changes from Cardiff. It was the 20th time in his Test career that Strauss has been dismissed by a left-arm seamer.

Jonathan Trott also seemed to be forcing a short unnecessarily and missed a straight one from Suranga Lakmal. And the out-of-sorts Kevin Pietersen didn’t hang around long enough to get the jitters against the left-arm spinner. He helped a wideish one from Lakmal into the hands of a diving Dilshan at gully.

For the rest of the session, though, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell looked relatively untroubled, playing watchfully but receiving enough bad balls to put away.

John Stern is a former editor of The Cricketer
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One Response to Eng v SL live: England recover after awful start, Lord’s day one, morning

  1. Ralph Brooker says:

    Superb no-nonsense, old-school recovery from two world-class Englishmen.