England v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Rose Bowl, 1st day June 16, 2011

Anderson and Tremlett put England on top

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Sri Lanka 81 for 4 (Samaraweera 24*, P Jayawardene 10*) v England
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Ten out of eleven days in this series have now been impacted by the weather after the Rose Bowl's entry to Test cricket was limited to 38 overs, but James Anderson and Chris Tremlett took two wickets apiece to ensure England gained control. The start of play was delayed and two further interruptions made it tough for the batsmen as Sri Lanka limped to 81 for 4, although they did well not to be in deeper trouble.

Andrew Strauss had no hesitation asking Sri Lanka to bat first and two lengthy stoppages meant the pace bowlers remained fresh. Anderson highlighted his value to the team, and reaffirmed how much he was missed at Lord's, with a probing performance even though his consistency of line wasn't quite at its best, while Tremlett caused a host of problems with steepling bounce from a good length. There certainly wasn't much in Sri Lanka's favour but failures by Kumar Sangakara and Mahela Jayawardene, coupled with Tillakaratne Dilshan's absence, left them exposed.

It took a few overs for England to find their feet and a highly critical assessment of the day would say Sri Lanka's batsmen weren't made to play enough throughout. Anderson pushed a series of deliveries across the left-handed openers and it was a change of line that did the damage when he came round the wicket to draw debutant Lahiru Thirimanne into a loose drive which flew to Strauss at first slip. Thirimanne, replacing the injured Dilshan, had looked solid on his first appearance at Test level but Anderson's skills eventually proved too much.

Tharanga Paranavitana needed early treatment after a blow on the glove from Stuart Broad and also survived a review when England were convinced he was caught behind on 6 but Billy Doctrove, the third umpire, didn't see enough evidence to overturn the on-field decision. Paranavitana collected the only boundary before lunch off Broad, who had been given the new ball ahead of Tremlett but struggled for rhythm during his four-over spell.

Tremlett, on his former home ground, was introduced in the 10th over and immediately found some extra bounce from a good length and that pressure played a part in Anderson's success. However, moments after England made the breakthrough more rain forced the players off for two hours.

On the resumption it didn't take long for England to cause further problems. Tremlett trapped Paranavitana lbw with a very full delivery that caught the batsman on the crease and there wasn't any point using a review. Anderson then claimed the key scalp of Sangakkara who played a horrid drive at a wide delivery, symptomatic of a player with plenty on his mind performing a role he doesn't want to in this match. Sangakkara knew the shot did him no favours and left with a frustrated swipe of the bat.

England were sensing blood when further heavy rain descended and it wasn't until 6pm that play resumed. Mahela Jayawardene was given a thorough working over, by the height of Tremlett and swing of Anderson, before edging a lifting delivery from Tremlett to Matt Prior leaving Sri Lanka in deep trouble at 39 for 4.

With the last pair of recognised batsmen together England could have got close to running right through Sri Lanka but the visitors dug deep during the final hour. Thilan Samaraweera played a couple of handsome drives while Prasanna Jayawardene hung in against the moving ball although the quicks may have gained further reward by pitching a touch fuller, particularly Broad who still waited to make a significant impact.

However, England know there isn't much to come in Sri Lanka's lower order and will have visions of keeping them below 150. All that, though, depends on the weather playing ball and the forecast suggests there will be more significant time lost in this game.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 17, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    sri lanka should been pick suraj randiv instead of rangana herath. played well in essex game & has much better batting ability than herath.

  • SriDCric on June 17, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    The problem with SL test team is that all our bowlers have batting averages. (Fernando 36, Herath 36, Welagedara & Lakmal 50+, Maharoof 60+). We currently do not have any good test bowler in our team, to take 20 wickets in a test. So we cannot match Eng bowling, and bowl Eng out as they do to us. And none of them can bat as well. Wonder why they did not pick up Kula for tests, who is a real good line and length swing bowler, whereas none of the current quick bowlers can bowl to a good line/length.

  • anver777 on June 17, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    This 3rd test is surely heading for a tame draw.........Series gone Eng 1-0

  • chandi69 on June 17, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    love to hear from Mahela. Like to hear what he tells about him and Sanga. these 2 guys are ruining Sri Lankan cricket. They do not want new guys to come in. It was an utter shame to see both these 2 play. If Sanga does not want to be captain, there are 10 more guys in the team. May be Thilan would have been the captain. These 2 people Mahela and Sanga are worried only about the money they will earn, they do not care about the country. It would have been better if we did not play these 2 players and let them play in the IPL and earn money and let Chandimal, Lahiru and may be Kaushal Silva play these 3 matches. We may loose..but now also with these 2 cash greedy people we are still loosing. People in the SLC are also dancing to the tune of the players. We need people like Arjuna to be back and teach these cash hungry players a good lession. Come on Mahela and Sanga, if you guys do not want to play test, go and play in the IPL and do not ruin our cricket !!!

  • jr1972 on June 17, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Totally agree with stationmaster and would go as far as saying that Broad has more potential as an allrounder than as a new ball bowler. With only 4 bowlers selected and a batsman-wicketkeeper in the side I am struggling to see where he fits at present. Finn is surely a worthier option on current form. I am not writing Broad off as he is certainly a lad packed with potential and it does need to be acknowledged as Optic says, that he has just come back from a couple of injuries. England for the first time in a while has strength in depth in the pace bowling department and the selectors need to use the carrot and stick approach to keep the guys in the wings interested and motivated. A closed shop mentality in relation to selection would be counter productive in my opinion.

  • Garp on June 17, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Broad is the ECB's poster boy and won't ever be dropped for not performing as unfortunate as that may sound it is true. Performance or lack there of has no bearing on selection for the privileged few with the ECB selectors. I'm still waiting on an explanation as to why Broad is the 20/20 captain? Broad hasn't got the experience, demeanor, or character that used to be required to even be considered to being named captain of the England side.

  • waterboy87 on June 17, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    @aryasachin - Dnt start telling mahela and sanga are flat track bullies cos they failed just this series..Get your facts straight before you talk abt something..Mahela has 2 centuries at his two previous outings at lords..and if you r saying sanga is a flat track bully Check out his average against Australia..that oughta give you some idea on how good a player sanga is..

  • Guernica on June 17, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    I agree with a lot of people that Broad is not really worth his place in the side at the moment, but I'm not in favour of replacing him with Finn or Onions. That effectively gives you 3 number11s and the way Swann has batted recently he would be too high at 8. It would be a return to the bad old days (remember the tail of Caddick, Giddins, Mullally, Tuffnell?). You might get a way with it against a poor attack, but against a good attack, 6 down would become all-out in no time. Bresnan or possibly Woakes would be a better like-for-like when fit again and would hopefully do a lot more with the ball.

  • AbdullahShah on June 17, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    it is amazing to see so many ppl commenting on this forum who dont know the abc of cricket,..patriotism is one thing but respecting good cricketers should be there...v all know what mahela and sangakara can do..forget the indians..v have seen them flatten too many times.. except for rahul dravid and great sachin, none of the others have impressed...

  • aryasachin on June 17, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    it is clear sanga and mahela are flattrack bulleys,,,,,boosting a very high avg in subcontinent pitches........wait and see how indian will play english bowlers ...they will make merry of broad,anderson and tremlett.........

  • on June 17, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    sri lanka should been pick suraj randiv instead of rangana herath. played well in essex game & has much better batting ability than herath.

  • SriDCric on June 17, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    The problem with SL test team is that all our bowlers have batting averages. (Fernando 36, Herath 36, Welagedara & Lakmal 50+, Maharoof 60+). We currently do not have any good test bowler in our team, to take 20 wickets in a test. So we cannot match Eng bowling, and bowl Eng out as they do to us. And none of them can bat as well. Wonder why they did not pick up Kula for tests, who is a real good line and length swing bowler, whereas none of the current quick bowlers can bowl to a good line/length.

  • anver777 on June 17, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    This 3rd test is surely heading for a tame draw.........Series gone Eng 1-0

  • chandi69 on June 17, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    love to hear from Mahela. Like to hear what he tells about him and Sanga. these 2 guys are ruining Sri Lankan cricket. They do not want new guys to come in. It was an utter shame to see both these 2 play. If Sanga does not want to be captain, there are 10 more guys in the team. May be Thilan would have been the captain. These 2 people Mahela and Sanga are worried only about the money they will earn, they do not care about the country. It would have been better if we did not play these 2 players and let them play in the IPL and earn money and let Chandimal, Lahiru and may be Kaushal Silva play these 3 matches. We may loose..but now also with these 2 cash greedy people we are still loosing. People in the SLC are also dancing to the tune of the players. We need people like Arjuna to be back and teach these cash hungry players a good lession. Come on Mahela and Sanga, if you guys do not want to play test, go and play in the IPL and do not ruin our cricket !!!

  • jr1972 on June 17, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Totally agree with stationmaster and would go as far as saying that Broad has more potential as an allrounder than as a new ball bowler. With only 4 bowlers selected and a batsman-wicketkeeper in the side I am struggling to see where he fits at present. Finn is surely a worthier option on current form. I am not writing Broad off as he is certainly a lad packed with potential and it does need to be acknowledged as Optic says, that he has just come back from a couple of injuries. England for the first time in a while has strength in depth in the pace bowling department and the selectors need to use the carrot and stick approach to keep the guys in the wings interested and motivated. A closed shop mentality in relation to selection would be counter productive in my opinion.

  • Garp on June 17, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Broad is the ECB's poster boy and won't ever be dropped for not performing as unfortunate as that may sound it is true. Performance or lack there of has no bearing on selection for the privileged few with the ECB selectors. I'm still waiting on an explanation as to why Broad is the 20/20 captain? Broad hasn't got the experience, demeanor, or character that used to be required to even be considered to being named captain of the England side.

  • waterboy87 on June 17, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    @aryasachin - Dnt start telling mahela and sanga are flat track bullies cos they failed just this series..Get your facts straight before you talk abt something..Mahela has 2 centuries at his two previous outings at lords..and if you r saying sanga is a flat track bully Check out his average against Australia..that oughta give you some idea on how good a player sanga is..

  • Guernica on June 17, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    I agree with a lot of people that Broad is not really worth his place in the side at the moment, but I'm not in favour of replacing him with Finn or Onions. That effectively gives you 3 number11s and the way Swann has batted recently he would be too high at 8. It would be a return to the bad old days (remember the tail of Caddick, Giddins, Mullally, Tuffnell?). You might get a way with it against a poor attack, but against a good attack, 6 down would become all-out in no time. Bresnan or possibly Woakes would be a better like-for-like when fit again and would hopefully do a lot more with the ball.

  • AbdullahShah on June 17, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    it is amazing to see so many ppl commenting on this forum who dont know the abc of cricket,..patriotism is one thing but respecting good cricketers should be there...v all know what mahela and sangakara can do..forget the indians..v have seen them flatten too many times.. except for rahul dravid and great sachin, none of the others have impressed...

  • aryasachin on June 17, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    it is clear sanga and mahela are flattrack bulleys,,,,,boosting a very high avg in subcontinent pitches........wait and see how indian will play english bowlers ...they will make merry of broad,anderson and tremlett.........

  • on June 17, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    I'm from Kathmandu, Nepal and also a great fan of England. I would like to say that other bowlers like Broad and Swann should also show their magic like Anderson and Tremlett did to take four useful Sri Lankan wickets to bring the visiting team into a critical position of 39-4. Now, the visiting team is placed at 81-4. Still, England can do something special to stop Sri Lanka before lunch today if rain won't obstruct the match today in contrast to yesterday. England has thought of restricting Sri Lanka below 150. So, it can do it only after Broad and Swann also collect some vital wickets to put pressure over Sri Lanka. Hence, I would like to say that all bowlers should contribute from their part to dismiss Sri Lanka early today.

  • on June 17, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    One wicket more will be sufficient to wipe out the tail of SL as no other recognized batsman left. As commentators told that England did not bowl well but SL batted poorly by reaching wide balls and rising balls. In that aspect, Sanga and Mahela threw away the wickets without leaving those harmless deliveries. It is unfortunate to see that Randiv was not included as he could have been considered as a recognized batsman considering the performance against British Lions, on a tough pitch like this. Thisara Perera was selected for the first test over Welagedara and showed how ordinary he was, on a similar pitch like this. He was selected again over Randiv even though our batting line up is very fragile as they give fielding practice to the players behind the batting crease. In contrast, Welagedara became the best bowler in the second test. Therefore, the selectors are also helpful for this debacle of SL, to some extent.

  • notvery on June 17, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    @stationmaster isnt finn the youngest to 50? not the fastest?

  • on June 17, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    Sri Lanka should have played Mendid now only Herath has to do a Murali. Has Mendis lost all his skills? Sri Lanka could come back but the selectors should have played another batsman as both Mahela and Kumar are out of form. When a quick wicket fell they should have sent Herath who has opened batting for Sri Lanka if my memory does not fail me. SL show your fighting qualities.

  • landl47 on June 16, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    Unless these two can put on a big stand, SL are in trouble. One more wicket and England are into the hit and hope boys. The weather forecast is terrible for tomorrow and SL had better hope it is right.

  • on June 16, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    Its a treat when Broad gets a wicket. It rarely happens.

  • stationmaster on June 16, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    Broad needs a 'motivating drop from the side', he's gone for my money. He looked WELL below par. Finn must be seething at not getting the chance to bowl on this friendly pitch like Broad did. How can Broad keep out the fastest to 50 wickets as Finn is ?

  • on June 16, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    Completely agree with the BFG! Broad looks totally out of nick. I still don't think he know exactly what his role is in the side. I think he get carried away by this tag of the Enforcer that the media have given him. Personally I would rather see him coming on first change, give the new ball to Tremlett. Broad is trying to bowl too quickly and short and be something he is not! Whenever he has been most successful at both test and county level, he has concentrated on simply bowling line and length. His natural height will provide him with the extra bounce that makes batsmen uncomfortable, but he will threaten the outside edge and the stumps more often, rather than letting the batsmen leave most of his deliveries to go harmlessly through to the keeper.

  • Optic on June 16, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    @TheHoneymonster The fact is mate and I think a lot of people forget, Broad has had 2 serious injuries, back to back, one in the Ashes and one in the WC. He's only played a couple of games before the tests started and by the looks of it, could have done with a couple of extra but with him being injured, he couldn't. The last 2 English summers he has had very good stats and up to the injuries he's continued to improve, after imo he got brought into the team, too early, with not much first class experience behind him, but he's gradually worked his game out and when he gets it right, he can run through teams. In the English 2009 season, he averaged 28, in 2010 he averaged 23, so his stats have been great before he was injured.

  • Herath-UK on June 16, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Sanga & Mahela are still paying for the si8ns of IPL.Started on the wrong foot and never got the confidence since early failures.Good for them for their sins. Is this how England are going to be No.1;toss played a major role and bowlers are getting wickets is it surprising.Weather playing havoc,England will have to rethink it's strategy,who will come to watch matches,damn squib Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on June 16, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    It is too early to predict the outcome considering the likelihood of more rain interruptions throughout the game. If this pair can put up a big stand Sri Lanka could end up getting to a resaonable total. The problem with Sanga and Mahela is that they did not have any real first class match experience coming to England. They made things worse for themselves by arriving late and going under prepared for the only practice game they played before the test series. Once Sanga started to fail honestly he tried hard initially grinding his way to an unspectacular 26 at Lords. When that did not work he tried becoming too adventorous and gave away his wicket. Then lately he started grumbling about captaincy and totally lost focus on his batting. Both Sanga and Mahela and incompetent SLC administration who did not forsee the clash of IPL and test series are responsible for this debacle.

  • mrgupta on June 16, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Yet again Sanga and Jaya have flopped under bowling friendly conditions. How many times have we seen this? Sanga for someone with 55+ batting avg has an avg of less than 25 in England and very ordinary in SA, India & WI (under 40). Mahela for all his 2 Lord's centuries has an avg of less than 40 in Aus, Eng, SA and NZ. Mahela infact avg under 40 outside Subcontinent. Same is the story for Samaraweera. Thats 3 of the best SL batsmen who are giants in Subcontinent and Ordinary outside. SL won Test matches away from SL only because of the Spin Wizard Murli. Their batting looks helpless against quality bowling attacks.

  • KingOwl on June 16, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    I have started wondering whether Sanga and Mahela are a bit on the wimpy side. Sure they are very smooth players when the conditions are favourable (Mahela especially seems to thrive on flat tracks). But the key is to fight it out in tough test match conditions. In that sense, I am impressed with Thilan and Prasanna.

  • 5wombats on June 16, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    4/75 - can't really see Sri Lanka getting past 400. As predicted - only weather can save them now.

  • BigFriendlyGiant on June 16, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Broad, yes a fine player with a long career ahead of him. BUT he came into the Tests with very little cricket after his injury in Australia, and has been out of sorts in each Test. Surely there was a strong case thatr England's new T20 captain could have been off quietly getting some more experience with Notts, and get properly ready for the international short-form cricket in a few weeks. Finn is young, in form, and he should have been playing building his experience after his good showing at Lords. England need to see more ruthless in dropping/ resting players (as we did with Finn in the winter), and use a SQUAD of players. We cannot just hope that the first 11 names can play ~15 tests and dozens of ODIs a year, and keep winning. We are in danger of messing up the progress made with the T20 Cup win and the fine Test form.

  • Nathan_123 on June 16, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Unfortunately this going to be the worst tour Srilanka ever toured in England. This Srilankan crickets got no answers to English blowing or batting. What I can see is No Murali No Srilanka. Srilanka is better of playing only one day cricket in sub continent.

  • on June 16, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    how onfair on Sri Lanka that the umpired decided to play those few overs. the only thing that could happen was to lsoe wickets.

  • landl47 on June 16, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Sanga never seemed to have his head in this game and it's no surprise that he got out for another low score. At tea Sri Lanka are 29-3 and teetering on the brink of another batting disaster. Two more wickets and England are into the tail.

  • SDHM on June 16, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Lord.emsworth - I don't think many people doubt Broad's all-round talent, but he's mainly in the team as a bowler, and he's not taking wickets. I personally feel his batting is a bonus at the moment - if he maybe concentrated on getting his batting to a more consistent standard then we could consider him a genuine all-round player. Until then I'll judge him by the numbers in the wickets column, and they're not too impressive to date. If Bresnan were fit before the Cardiff test, I actually think Broad would be fighting to get back into the team. I believe he can come good - he is an exceptionally talented player. But he really needs to start delivering soon.

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    I wonder why Randiv is not playing? He is, by far, the most reliable spinner amongst all the other Sri Lankan spinner. I hope Herath is not just playing to dismiss Pietersen.

  • Lord.emsworth on June 16, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Good that England are keeping faith with Broad. He's to good a player to be dropped and I am for one amazed that he is not considered as a genuine all rounder. Sad about Sri Lanka who refuse to give their best batsmen Chandimal a go and retain the most over- rated fast bowler in test cricket the expensive no balling Fernando. But then again their fast bowling cubboard is thin although Kukasekera is miles, eons, better than Fernando. Rain´is really the 'invisiible' player in this game for both sides.

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  • Lord.emsworth on June 16, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Good that England are keeping faith with Broad. He's to good a player to be dropped and I am for one amazed that he is not considered as a genuine all rounder. Sad about Sri Lanka who refuse to give their best batsmen Chandimal a go and retain the most over- rated fast bowler in test cricket the expensive no balling Fernando. But then again their fast bowling cubboard is thin although Kukasekera is miles, eons, better than Fernando. Rain´is really the 'invisiible' player in this game for both sides.

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    I wonder why Randiv is not playing? He is, by far, the most reliable spinner amongst all the other Sri Lankan spinner. I hope Herath is not just playing to dismiss Pietersen.

  • SDHM on June 16, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Lord.emsworth - I don't think many people doubt Broad's all-round talent, but he's mainly in the team as a bowler, and he's not taking wickets. I personally feel his batting is a bonus at the moment - if he maybe concentrated on getting his batting to a more consistent standard then we could consider him a genuine all-round player. Until then I'll judge him by the numbers in the wickets column, and they're not too impressive to date. If Bresnan were fit before the Cardiff test, I actually think Broad would be fighting to get back into the team. I believe he can come good - he is an exceptionally talented player. But he really needs to start delivering soon.

  • landl47 on June 16, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Sanga never seemed to have his head in this game and it's no surprise that he got out for another low score. At tea Sri Lanka are 29-3 and teetering on the brink of another batting disaster. Two more wickets and England are into the tail.

  • on June 16, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    how onfair on Sri Lanka that the umpired decided to play those few overs. the only thing that could happen was to lsoe wickets.

  • Nathan_123 on June 16, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Unfortunately this going to be the worst tour Srilanka ever toured in England. This Srilankan crickets got no answers to English blowing or batting. What I can see is No Murali No Srilanka. Srilanka is better of playing only one day cricket in sub continent.

  • BigFriendlyGiant on June 16, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Broad, yes a fine player with a long career ahead of him. BUT he came into the Tests with very little cricket after his injury in Australia, and has been out of sorts in each Test. Surely there was a strong case thatr England's new T20 captain could have been off quietly getting some more experience with Notts, and get properly ready for the international short-form cricket in a few weeks. Finn is young, in form, and he should have been playing building his experience after his good showing at Lords. England need to see more ruthless in dropping/ resting players (as we did with Finn in the winter), and use a SQUAD of players. We cannot just hope that the first 11 names can play ~15 tests and dozens of ODIs a year, and keep winning. We are in danger of messing up the progress made with the T20 Cup win and the fine Test form.

  • 5wombats on June 16, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    4/75 - can't really see Sri Lanka getting past 400. As predicted - only weather can save them now.

  • KingOwl on June 16, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    I have started wondering whether Sanga and Mahela are a bit on the wimpy side. Sure they are very smooth players when the conditions are favourable (Mahela especially seems to thrive on flat tracks). But the key is to fight it out in tough test match conditions. In that sense, I am impressed with Thilan and Prasanna.

  • mrgupta on June 16, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Yet again Sanga and Jaya have flopped under bowling friendly conditions. How many times have we seen this? Sanga for someone with 55+ batting avg has an avg of less than 25 in England and very ordinary in SA, India & WI (under 40). Mahela for all his 2 Lord's centuries has an avg of less than 40 in Aus, Eng, SA and NZ. Mahela infact avg under 40 outside Subcontinent. Same is the story for Samaraweera. Thats 3 of the best SL batsmen who are giants in Subcontinent and Ordinary outside. SL won Test matches away from SL only because of the Spin Wizard Murli. Their batting looks helpless against quality bowling attacks.