Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day

England are favourites - Swann

Andrew McGlashan in Galle

March 28, 2012

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Graeme Swann ripped into Sri Lanka with four wickets on the second day, Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Galle, 2nd day, March 27, 2012
Graeme Swann claimed 6 for 82 in Sri Lanka's second innings © AFP

Graeme Swann believes England are "just favourites" to pull off their highest ever run chase and secure a come-from-behind victory against Sri Lanka in Galle after battling through the final session of the third day with eight wickets intact.

Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss had been dismissed with 48 on the board, both to Rangana Herath who took his match haul to eight with the potential to add plenty more but Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen survived a few scares - Trott an lbw review and Pietersen a dropped catch at leg slip - to raise the prospect of a tense fourth day.

It would go against the current form of the England top order if they achieved the target, which would overtake their 332 for 7 against Australia at Melbourne in 1928, with their highest total this year being 327 in the first innings in Abu Dhabi. Yet the ever-positive Swann, buoyed by his personal success of 6 for 82, was encouraged by what he saw.

"We just need a bit of good old fashioned rolling your sleeves up and getting your head down," he said. "The way KP and Trotty batted at the end is exactly what we need to do tomorrow. They got their heads down, they kept out their good ones. They made batting look as serene as it's going to get on that pitch. I'd say we're just favourites."

Victory for England would also blow away the ground records. The highest successful chase is 96 (that was without loss but from a small sample size) and Sri Lanka's 253 here last year against Australia is the highest fourth innings total. None of that, though, bothers Swann.

"I don't like stats," he said. "Just because somebody won a game in 1912 chasing 290 doesn't mean anything. This is 2012 and this is the match we are playing. History is there to be rewritten."

After a second day where 17 wickets tumbled, just seven fell on the third even though the pitch continued to wear. But it has remained slow throughout, without a huge amount of bounce - one reason why Monty Panesar has been less effective - and the batting of Sri Lanka's lower order showed what was possible.

"People who actually apply themselves and get their heads down are hard to shift on that pitch," Swann said. "If you take one genius knock of 180 out of this game we'd probably have won by now. That just proves that with the right technique and temperament it's quite heavenly to bat on as well."

Naturally, however, Sri Lanka believe the odds are stacked in their favour and as much Swann wants to shun history they are very happy to soak it up.

"We have the psychological advantage because they need to score more than 300," Prasanna Jayawardene said. "But we have to come out and bowl well in the morning. Rangana and Suraj are bowling very well and we also have Dilshan. The ball is also reversing when it gets older and our seamers can handle the old ball."

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Posted by JG2704 on (March 30, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

@Meety ctd - Yes I'm sure the talent pool is comparable. I'm certainly not saying there's anything much between Eng,Aus and SA at the moment and if Aus overtake us again it will be deservedly so.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 30, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

@ Meety on (March 30 2012, 12:25 PM GMT) Aus are a funny side. They are certainly better in SC conditions than Eng and I think you're right re our batsmen last time we played in OZ and it seems that the opposite is is the case now.The reason I say have Aus improved that much is that if I was an Oz fan I'd be expecting to beat NZ at home 2-0 and certainly not lose a test to them. I still feel the SA series showed their total inconsistency. How can a team get bowled out for less than 50 and then chase down 300+ in the very next test ? No disrespect meant but re SL - decent solid victory for you guys - but I feel Eng should be beating SL comfortably and also beating Pak (less comfortably) and still feel our bowling is decent - just that our batting is awful.

Posted by Meety on (March 30, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

@JG2704 - honestly, I think everyone knows Swann is eccentric, & we are old glad he doesn't make weak comments. All I was saying is that, the talent pool in the Oz side is comparable with your lot (& Saffas). Oz has a great record in SL over a long period. The way I see it is, that in the last Ashes, England had 5 of their 6 specialist batsmen in or near career best form, that is quite rare, as you don't often have sides averaging 500 an innings, sooner or later, batsmen will come off the boil. England sustained a reasonably long period of plundering runs, & now the worm is turning. The slump has only claimed one casualty (Morgan), but another loss & you would think that there will need to be another sacrifice. The SL pace attack had career averages of about 45 & 55, Herath (improved), is not a great & Randiv is par at test level, yet they were made to look like Murali clones. Once batsmen get into that mindset, the ramifications could linger deep into the year.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 29, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

To be fair to Swann I thought he said what he said partly tongue in cheek , knowing Eng were up against it. As it happened Eng lost and can cite many fielding lapses etc for nor reducing SL's total in both inns and the problem is that the england drops/lapses cost them many more runs than SL's drops - eg Sanga's drop of KP did not cost as many runs as our drops of Jaya (take your pick which one). Anyway despite my frustration and disappointment Eng did still score more runs than the total of the previous highest chase on this pitch and significantly more than many of the commenters suggested was at all possible.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 29, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

@Meety Not sure. I think what it does prove is that Eng are/have been awful in SC conditions and SA and Oz are bother better in such conditions. I have to agree that the gap is narrow and Aus and SA could well overtake England the way things are going. The thing that just puts things in doubt about Aus resurgence is that they lost a test (drew the series) at home against statistically the weakest of the 8 nations.Had that not have happened I'd have been even more worried about the Oz resurgence. I agree that it is a worry re England's batting and the SL attack looks consistent but no world beaters and they seem to have lost their bouncebackability which they showed at various stages over the last few years. My honest assessment right now is that Eng are by far the best home nation of the 3 but by far the worst in SC conditions. As for SA , I feel they are tough to beat but their results suggest they underachieve when looking at the players they have.

Posted by Meety on (March 29, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

Oh well beaten favourites! The best thing about SL winning is, we now have can have a direct comparison between Oz & England. This is superficial proof that Oz HAVE improved significantly & the difference between the top Test sides in world cricket is very narrow. Oz won 1 nil, & probably would/could of won the other two matches had it not been for rain. The point being at NO stage did Oz look like losing, this is despite being in transition. So I look fwd to hilbumper/ohmatty/front foot lunges take on this. Anyways, it was a good contest, England a genuine outside chance of winning, but SL played the conditions that bit better. The worrying thing for England is, even though SL won, they have a fairly weak bowling attack, with Herath, far & away the only top quality bowler, & Randiv is a journeyman at best. SL would be much better if they had Eranga, & we all know they would way more dangerous if they had Malinga!

Posted by disco_bob on (March 29, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

@jmcilhinney, I am obliged to commend you on your correct analysis of my comment. It's good to know that there are people out there still with an ability for clear objective thinking.

Posted by HadleeCrowe on (March 29, 2012, 3:02 GMT)

Swann....Swann will tear you apart...again... Looking forward to swanny tearing their attack apart later today for a classy win

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 29, 2012, 0:36 GMT)

@disco_bob, it does seem that way but there's no guarantee that, if Broad hadn't overstepped, that the ball would still have produced the wicket. He was well over so for the delivery to be legal he would have had to be back at least 6" or maybe more. The ball would have then had a different trajectory and the batsman would have had a split second longer to play his shot. All that aside, while Broad is not the worst no-baller in the world, he does bowl too many of them. If Anderson takes that c&b with MJ on 90 and Broad doesn't no-ball then England could be almost over the line by now. Of course, If England had betted decently in the first innings the same could be said.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 29, 2012, 0:08 GMT)

@stuartk319, you say that Swann should give MJ some credit yet you misquote him and leave out the fact that he called that knock "genius". Is it not giving credit to call someone a genius?

Posted by Meety on (March 29, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

@Chris_P - I agree. Good onya Swanny, nice to hear a bit of chirp back.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 28, 2012, 23:52 GMT)

People love jumping on stories like this one calling people arrogant or whatever for making such statements as though the person concerned specifically called a press conference to declare it to the world. Wake up people. Swann would have been asked by a journalist what he thought would happen and of course he is going to be positive and upbeat. What purpose could it serve for him to say that they were most likely going to lose? Is that what you'd say in the same position? The fact is that SL are favourites but any SL fan who saw their own team beat SA in a Test match recently should know that recent form is a good indication but not a guarantee of the likely outcome. It's still only day 4 so batting will be easier than it would on day 5. England are capable of the win if they apply themselves. I'd rate England's chances at about 30% right now. If they could get to 200 without further loss then I'd rate it 50%. Obviously wickets could tumble but nothing is written in stone.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (March 28, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

Optimists tend to have better lives than pessimists,even if they are sometimes disappointed. I admire the man's spirit and seeing Trott walk off at the end was a reassuring cloud cuckoo land is very good viewing at this time of year!!! In any case the pich has eased up now and is quite placid.

Posted by Dadu786 on (March 28, 2012, 23:14 GMT)

Srilankan bowwling attack is not like pakistan, they have to really work hard to these players, they know how to play long innings and build partner ship, first three wickets are key, match is even now.

Posted by disco_bob on (March 28, 2012, 23:09 GMT)

The pressure is on Broad because if England get close but just miss out then the loss will be due to his no ball. It's not often that one could say a single no ball lost a match because we never know what would have transpired but seeing as it would have been the final ball then we can say it in this case. So Broad must be hoping for under 250

Posted by simon_w on (March 28, 2012, 22:56 GMT)

lol -- you have to admire Swanny's optimism! As an England fan, I believe we have a reasonable chance, but I wouldn't put us favourites, to be honest. We've not really been good enough for the #1 ranked team in the world. That said, Swanny is right, isn't he? "If you take one genius knock of 180 out of this game we'd probably have won by now."

Posted by Chris_P on (March 28, 2012, 22:16 GMT)

Good comment @cabinet96. What do people think he'll say, "We have no hope." It is standard for a player of the batting team at days end to offer a comment and it is always positive, "Yes we can chase down 850 runs if.., yes we can take 10 wickets in an hour if.. etc. etc. etc. I like Swann's attirude, he is a little annoying at imes, but I enjoy his cockiness, and he always is the first guy to heap praise on the opposition when they do well.

Posted by KeshavSeshadri85 on (March 28, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

Only Swann would say England are favourites when all statistics point to the contrary. England's recent form against spin, the fact that the highest successfully chased total at Galle is 96, teh fact that the highest 4th innings score at Galle is 253 and that England have seldom chased 300+ 4th innings totals (except at home) would all point towards a loss. If they do manage it, it will be quite something, but most likely they won't. The No. 1 team is dead, long live the No. 1 team. Let the mantle pass on to the best tourists for the last 4-5 years - South Africa. India were not deserving of the No. 1 run for an extended period, but they were better than England, who's only major accomplishment away from home was beating Aus. Otherwise, this England team is highly overrated.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

sure MR swann,u will see tomorrow your team all out without any runs!!!!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

In my opinion the wicket of Kevin Pietersen will be crucial for either teams fate....

Posted by JG2704 on (March 28, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

I am kind of optimistic for England although deep down I fear it will probably all end in tears. On their day KP and Trott can do it and it seems a shame from an Eng point of view that they have to start fresh tomorrow when they were going so well.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 28, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

@Corey Parr-Thomson on (March 28 2012, 17:36 PM GMT) To be honest I think we're (England) more likely to choke in a test than an ODI where there is less expectation

Posted by JG2704 on (March 28, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

@Jose Puliampatta on (March 28 2012, 15:46 PM GMT) I'm not going to keep going on about SA. They are a very tough side but please check their test record from the last 10 series or so and calculate how many series/games within a series they actually won. You talk about beating NZ in NZ as if it's something special where in truth most SA fans will probably be disappointed to only win 1-0. Ironically the only players who have regularly been performing well in UAE and here are bowlers - all 100% English.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 28, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

@ranga_s on (March 28 2012, 14:32 PM GMT) Well done on your balanced views mate. I'd say pre Pakistan Eng might have been favourites to chase this down but I'd probably say it's 65/35 in SL's favour. I know Swann is not well liked by non England fans but I like his positive intent.

Posted by bobmartin on (March 28, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

@Tlotxl... "I think the second new ball will be critical, England will probably get there perhaps 4 down with 100 still left to get... ".. I think you may have got something slightly wrong there. And by the way... warm-up games and ODIs bear no relationship to Test matches especially when your number one Test staus is at risk. You might also care to reflect on the following 2012 Test batting averages ...Bell 14.71, Prior 31.4, Trott 24.71, and Pietersen 10... Hardly the sort of numbers to fill one with much hope.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

SL are getting too exited as most team who are bowling in the 4th innings get. But remember SL is no Pakistan. England has a fair chance of winning this one!

Posted by Tlotoxl on (March 28, 2012, 20:08 GMT)

@RunABall: I quite agree, fast outfield, short boundries. Given there has been 104 4's - 31 by tail-enders - and 10 6's in the match already then if somebody - partiicually KP and/or Prior - really goes on the attack it could well be won for England before tea!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

There were too many errors made by both teams at crucial times of the match so far. Therefore difficult to pin point to one of them as the deciding factor of the match. Sanga's miss could be costly, after all he owe that to the team after failing in both innings. Dilshan's role as a test opening batsman??? I am not at all convinced. He could have easily got out much earlier in the first innings as well. But he has all this media hype behind him because people easily tend to forget test matches and judge players in terms of ODI performances.

Posted by RohanMarkJay on (March 28, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

The England tours to Sri Lanka of 1993 under Graham Gooch, 2001 under Nasser Hussain, 2003 and 2007 under Micheal Vaughan. England had always had to face Murali who more often than not bowled Sri Lanka to victory. I think Micheal Vaughan and Swann are right here, the Sri Lanka attack is not what it used to be under Murali and Vaas who Sri Lanka were unbeatable in home conditions. With two excellent players at the crease in Trott and Petersen with in form Bell to come this is going to be an interesting chase. I think England are in with an outside chance of vicotory here. If Trott and Petersen score hundreds with Bell scoring too I think England has a godd chance of victory, even if they are going against history. Because Sri Lanka's attack is only as good as Herath and he is certainly no Murali. Yes batting from both sides have been woeful. However this is been a great advertisement for test cricket, which has been struggling. Congrats to both teams for a good game of test cricket.

Posted by sam4477 on (March 28, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

It's not as if Swann is going to come out and say 'Yes we are going to lose.' Every player in any team has to have belief that they can win, even if it looks very unlikely. It doesn't exactly inspire confidence in your team of one of your players has given the game up already.

Swanny probably knows Sri Lanka are favourites but he's one of England's main men and has to at least try to maintain an air of confidence.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

Swann for president perhaps? He'd make a good politician.

Posted by RunABall on (March 28, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

On a pitch like this, it will happen fast, and it will be painless.

Posted by Tlotoxl on (March 28, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

@bobmartin: KP got the 2 hundreds in the Pakistan ODIs, Trott got 100 & Prior 84 in the warm up game and Bell looked very composed fo his 50 in the first innings. I think the second new ball will be critical, England will probably get there perhaps 4 down with 100 still left to get...

Posted by stuartk319 on (March 28, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

I just can't believe the line "if you take one knock of 180 out we've won by now". How about giving Mahela Jayawardene some credit as well as taking some responsibility for some ordinary catching and questionable tactics bowling to the tail. That said, I agree that if either Trott or KP make a large hundred, Eng are capable of building decent enough partnerships around that to get home. I still fancy Sri Lanka though.

Posted by cabinet96 on (March 28, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

People obviously don't understand how interviews work. I wonder how the comments would be if Swann had said England have near to no hope.

Posted by bobmartin on (March 28, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

No chance.. It's basically down to Trott, Pietersen, Bell and Prior, two of whom need to get big scores, something they have thus far failed to do in the sub-continent. I wonder what odds the bookies are offering ?

Posted by Kirstenfan on (March 28, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

Swann - wake up. Don't think it'll get to the post lunch tea break, could even be done by lunch. There'll be a few slogs by the tail and they'll lose by 130 runs.

Posted by jackthelad on (March 28, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

This is the analyst who said England would win the Emirates series v Pakistan ... I don't need to say any more, but I certainly wouldn't loan this guy my shirt to put on a cert! Sri are still slight favourites, it will all turn on the first session tomorrow, and if this pitch starts playing tricks (it hasn't yet, there's just been some culpably casual batting, by both sides).

Posted by Tlotoxl on (March 28, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

I certainly think that SL are favorites but the way that nos 8-11 total have got 218 runs between them in first 3 innings makes me think that it really is not difficult to bat on the pitch and there is still 180 overs to get the 229 so time is completely irrelevant.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 28, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

As a neutral I want to see a close finish. Let the best team win. If England win they will get all that more confident playing in tough conditions. It would also put them on a good stead for the tour of India during the winter. If SL win it's just another splendid display by them in home conditions. If KP can bat long and do what Mahela did then England can pull it off. If the SL spinners get some early wickets then it's curtains for England. Let's see what happens.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

Sangakkara missed KP `s catch too..He seems like dreaming about IPL money..What a shame..!

Posted by barjatya on (March 28, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

well he is not wrong , i want to ask all the stats which are shown that this will be the highest chase ever by england and highest on this ground , then dont forget that this is yet the 4th day pitch and normally all the records are shown where the team had to bat on the 4th and the 5th day !

so the pitch is not doing anything drastic its a fair pitch to bat on against not as high quality spin bowling like murali !

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (March 28, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

I definetly think SL are clear favourites and although I am an eternal optimist I expect the wearing pitch and recent poor batting fall by the top 5 to see a home win. Dear dear Jose Pumpypapa you really have issues with the international qualification required by the ICC don't you : Trott had a British passport from birth due to his ancestry, Prior is the son of an Englishman and KP was born to an English mother hardly tenous links really. Or do you believe in DNA, genetic profiling traced back to medieval times. I suppose Monty, Ravi and Samit aren't english either in your head, get a grip.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

swann always looks for attention..even in world cup he said eng can win it beating SL at home in QF...tomorrow between before tea Eng will be out for 250 or less......after just taking few wickets if swann speaks like this imagine if he takes 800 wickets how he would talk..? that's why great players are great and pathetic ones are just pathetic....sweet dreams swann...

Posted by csowmi7 on (March 28, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

A real gem of a comment from cricketfan008. If Herath develops the doosra England will be blown away in a matter of 20 overs.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

One thing the number one spot has given England is confidence . I just hope that dosent turn into over confidence.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

If England aren't bowled out, they will win, simple. They have to get 200 in 2 days. Sure they would probably choke if this was a 50 over game, but they have 180 overs (ish) to score the runs. That's like 1.5 an over. Sri Lanka have to force the win.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Considering the highest ever 4th innings total at Galle is 253 and the highest chase by england since 2002 is 294 in manchester, i wouldnt hav really thought so, wud u Swann??

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

Good old Swanny! He's "talked the talk" but can he and England "walk the walk"? Hope so but I'm quietly resigned to an England defeat! You never know though.... Come on England!!!

Posted by wnwn on (March 28, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

Apparently it's going to rain for most of tomorrow and friday so my guess is a draw.

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (March 28, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

sometimes i wish swann would just 'get his head down' instead of venturing pointless opinions before the main event.

Posted by tjsimonsen on (March 28, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

@Jose Puliampatta: So we are back to those pointless comments, are we? The players you mention are all English citizens whether you like it or not. A few generations ago many Australian, New Zealand, and RSA players were either English themselves or of immidiately English decent. Now the flow has to some extend turned - what comes around goes around. Why not attacking England for fielding Panasar and Patel now you are at it? Or attacking Australia for not fielding 11 players of aboriginal origin?

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

Will lose by more than 100 runs

Posted by worldorder on (March 28, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

Sure England are favourites - to loose this game!

Posted by sidzy on (March 28, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

he is dreaming!!!!!!!!!! its an inception...

Posted by rohanblue on (March 28, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

good 2 see England is positive......

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

sri lanka will win and beat the no1 side :)

Posted by ansram on (March 28, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

wow swann. mark my words eng 238 allout. I will not shave for a month should england win. :)

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

SWAN spoke again lol.. God bless Eng but in series against Pak, he claimed to be favorites and lost the whole series.

Posted by krajesh10 on (March 28, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

my gut feeling is England will gonna pull out a thriller. they are looking so close to win now just over 200 needed they just need to bat sensibly. England have really come hard from behind and now are in a position to win. i hope tomorrow after my exam when i see the score it should be positive for England...

Posted by the_blue_android on (March 28, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

England will be rolled over for less than 200.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Congrats KP, Trott and South Africa! There is one more South African samurai down the line. For a possible, but historically looking improbable, win!

Posted by Sinhaya on (March 28, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

Swann you are wrong! No way can England get to this target! England failed miserably in UAE when they had all the time in the world to chase and win the 2nd and 3rd tests but lost! So England are definitely going to lose tomorrow.

Posted by itsTIME4ELImination on (March 28, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

It's good to see the English are positive. LOL!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

Good show by KP and Trott. I am convinced, at the moment South Africa is tops in test cricket. They did very well in NZ. But for the rains, would have trounced NZ. Almost won a series in India, some time ago, but for an uncomfortable pitch (comfortable for cricket & we Indians; but uncomfortable for SA) in Mumbai. They even lend men to save England their blushes, as it happened in Galle today. With one more South African fighter, wicket keeper-batsman,down the line, Saffas might help England pull out a historical 4th innings chase. Congrats South Africa!

Posted by maddy20 on (March 28, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

Pitches in the subcontinent become rippers on the last two days of a test match. It will be a miracle if Eng make 300!

Posted by anuradha_d on (March 28, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

OK...Swann doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut...he has jinxed em :)

Posted by Perera32 on (March 28, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

Thats one of the funniest things Swann's ever said. Im not going to write anything other than Good Luck England.

Posted by AadeeSL on (March 28, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

This could be recent times we have been pattern changers despite of what stats says

Posted by thebolivian on (March 28, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Swann coming out with more rubbish. Doubt England make 200

Posted by kp289 on (March 28, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

pietersen is there,so is trottand bell has regained his thinks are to be smooth for england........

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

Ha, Brave words Swann! But there is always that pressure of chasing down a score of 300+ runs, especially with that out of form batting line-up of your side. SL needs to break this partnership and your incoming batsmen will not be able to add up more than a 100 runs!!!

Posted by PrasadGunawardane on (March 28, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

The ideas stated by Swann are very much dreamy and non-logical; except one or two points. It is very funny that he says unless the great 180, they would have won..So then the same applies unless Bell's 52; SL would have been in a much much higher position than this..This run chase is never ever going to be easy even-though Trott and Kevin showed some positiveness in the latter part of the 3rd day, It would be a complete different scenario on tomorrow as the final day of this Galle Test match. So this match will be the 11th occasion to be finished of before the start of 5th day, out of all 19 Test matches played in Galle.

Posted by ranga_s on (March 28, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Whatever Swann say I'd say the match is in balance with odds are slightly in favor of Sri Lanka....Yet it's too close to call may be a 55%-45% game with SL on top...Great test match I must say...I sincerely hope ICC won't ban this ground because of the whatever horrid reasons they come along with...This is a wonderful venue which produce results and we are now in to day 4..With by any luck if SL top order hung around for a while and England top order too batted a bit sensibly in the 1st innings this match would well have gone to Day 5...Best of Luck both teams but I wish a Sri Lankan victory...

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

If Cook would have been there, England would have a fair chance of winning.

They might go ahead and win it but it would definitely be a tough ask for them especially when one considers the deteriorating nature of the pitch.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 14:17 GMT)


Posted by doesitmatter on (March 28, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

Get wickets...get cocky..SL please win :)

Posted by Cricketfan08 on (March 28, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

Herath will develop the doosra overnight and finish this game inside 2 sessions tomorrow.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

SL will win for sure.Tommorow will bethe final day of the match.

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