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England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Panesar stunts Sri Lanka's fightback

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

May 13, 2006

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Sri Lanka 192 (Jayawardene 61, Hoggard 4-27) and 183 for for 3 (Sangakkara 62, Jayawardene 35*, Maharoof 5*) trail England 551 for 6 dec by 176 runs
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How they were out



Monty Panesar impressed with great control on his first Test in England, claiming two vital wickets © Getty Images
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After two days of being bashed and bossed, Sri Lanka produced a fighting performance during their follow-on, led by Kumar Sangakkara and Upul Tharanga who struck determined half-centuries. However, although it was a vast improvement England remain firmly in control after two strikes from Monty Panesar. Matthew Hoggard was the other bowling star of the day as he passed 200 wickets during the morning session.

The improved results by Sri Lanka's top order stemmed from the gutsy resistance during the first session where Mahela Jayawardene fought to 61 then Chaminda Vaas and Nuwan Kulasekara launched some lusty blows. However Sri Lanka still trail by 176 leaving Jayawardene with a huge role to play. The odds are hugely stacked against them especially after Panesar's impressive first bowl at home.

Panesar had to wait until five minutes before tea to get the call to action, but caused problems from the start, finding a hint of turn and flighting the ball with the same loop and dip that dismissed Sachin Tendulkar and Mohammad Kaif on his debut. He came very close to having Tharanga lbw but got his man soon afterwards when the batsman feathered a straighter ball through to Geraint Jones.

It was a smart catch as the chance kept low and Jones was already on his way up when the nick came. Jones earlier dropped a tough chance off Sangakkara, when a delivery bounced and took the edge. He made amends, though, during Panesar's second spell when Sangakkara got a faint edge as he pushed forward.

Panesar could have had a third but an inside edge to silly point from Farveez Maharoof wasn't detected. However, the value of his selection had been highlighted, bringing variation to the attack and allowing the seamers to rest as, not for the first time, it proved hard to run through a side for a second time.

When Andrew Flintoff enforced the follow-on during the lunch interval, the feeling was Sri Lanka's batting would fold again under an onslaught from England's pacemen. The early signs supported this as Hoggard swung the ball both ways and, as in the first innings, had the openers in all sorts of trouble. It was no surprise when he brought one back between Jehan Mubarak's bat and pad.



Matthew Hoggard celebrates wicket No. 200 with Andrew Flintoff © Getty Images
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On another day, Hoggard would have also cleaned up Tharanga and Sangakkara but both batsmen managed to play and miss, rather than nick the numerous deliveries that scooted past their edges. Sri Lanka deserved a change of fortune and began to express themselves. Tharanga was still loose outside the offstump, but pierced the offside four times in three overs against Flintoff, while Sangakkara showed his class and was quick to pick up the singles to rotate the strike.

When Tharanga fell, Sangakkara took the innings on his shoulders while Jayawardene settled, unfurling some stunning cover drives and countering a hint of reverse swing by playing the ball late. For a dashing batsman, Sangakkara's 121-ball half-century was a sedate affair though he needed to build a huge century to maintain Sri Lanka's hopes of saving the match.

But the Sri Lankans will be encouraged by their rearguard action and the signs they were up for the fight came early through Jayawardene and the tail in the first innings. Hoggard snaffled the breakthrough he needed to reach his personal milestone when Maharoof looped a return catch back to the bowler who tumbled to his left. Hoggard lay on his back, and threw the ball in the air, as his team-mates mobbed him in celebration of his landmark.

Jayawardene was undone by a pearler from Flintoff and a swift end seemed likely, but England's catching let them down with Vaas being missed twice, on 9 and 13, by Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss. Vaas and Kulasekara clubbed a fifty stand before the jolly was ended by Hoggard and Flintoff, leaving England's bowlers 40 minutes to rest before having another crack.

It proved a tougher challenge, but the strength of this England side is that, invariably, someone steps forward. After the quick men had taken advantage of overcast conditions, it was Panesar who enjoyed his moment in the sun.

How they were out

Sri Lanka


Overnight 91 for 6

Farveez Maharoof c and b Hoggard 22 (129 for 7)
Leading edge trying to turn to leg, tumbling catch in follow-through

Mahela Jayawardene c Jones b Flintoff 61 (131 for 8)
Short of a length, moved away, thin edge to the keeper

Chaminda Vaas c Trescothick b Hoggard 31 (192 for 9)
Fast, flashing edge held head-height at first slip

Nuwan Kulasekara c Strauss b Flintoff 29 (192 all out)
Bouncer fended to second slip

2nd innings

Jehan Mubarak b Hoggard 6 (10 for 1)
Ball swung back between bat and pad

Upul Tharanga c Jones b Panesar 52 (119 for 2)
Played for the turn, went straight on, sharp low catch

Kumar Sangakkara c Jones b Panesar 65 (178 for 3)
Pushed forward, thin edge

Andrew McGlashan is editorial assistant of Cricinfo

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Andrew McGlashan Assistant Editor Andrew arrived at ESPNcricinfo via Manchester and Cape Town, after finding the assistant editor at a weak moment as he watched England's batting collapse in the Newlands Test. Andrew began his cricket writing as a freelance covering Lancashire during 2004 when they were relegated in the County Championship. In fact, they were top of the table when he began reporting on them but things went dramatically downhill. He likes to let people know that he is a supporter of county cricket, a fact his colleagues will testify to and bemoan in equal quantities.
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