Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Colombo, 3rd day April 5, 2012

Hard work ahead - Ford

Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford said they have a lot of hard work to do in the next two days of the second test after England built a first innings lead of 185 and put the pressure back on the home team.

"Pressure's pretty crucial in the game of cricket and England eased the pressure by the solid start they had. After that they ended up putting pressure on us," Ford said. "The next two days we've got a lot of hard work to do. We have to get out and bat session for session."

Assessing the day's play Ford said he was pleased the way Sri Lanka came back in the final session to capture six England wickets "It was a tough day but pleasing the way the lads fought back in the last session. I thought they stuck to it pretty well.

"If you look at it realistically Kevin Pietersen's knock was the difference, he was absolutely superb. We had one little half chance before lunch when he got an inside edge to one of Dilshan's deliveries. Had it gone to hand we might not have been as far behind in the game as we are right now."

Ford said that he was pleased the way the two fast bowlers Dhammika Prasad and Suranga Lakmal bowled on the surface. "There wasn't a lot in it for the pace bowlers and they stuck to their task and to their game plans and executed them fairly well. I am reasonably pleased with the work they did.

"Yesterday afternoon the pitch was probably at its best to bat on. I thought it would be good to bat on right from the start but there was a bit on it on day one and yesterday it looked to have died a bit.

"There are a few things going on, the bounce is a little bit uneven from time to time but it does look as if you take your time and get yourself in and get used to the pace of your wicket you can occupy the crease and bat for long periods. That's something we are going to hold onto and try and get it right."

Ford expected England to come back hard at them after losing the first test at Galle. "I've got a huge respect for England, with them being the No. 1 Test nation. You know a side with that sort of record and reputation is going to put in a very much improved performance obviously being disappointed with the first Test match," Ford said. "Anytime you walk on the field against the current England side you are up for a heck of a tough match. There's no case of anybody thinking that it would be any different."

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  • Randolph on April 6, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Well done to the South African, KP. The South Africans in this team are certainly holding it afloat!

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    OK this is not impossible but winning this is very unlikely.....but Mahela did an awesome job with the two watchmen as the openers but if i were him i'll follow like this since its the end that needs help

    Thirimanna, Prasad, Angie, Lakmal, sanga, Randiv, Samaraweera, Dilshan, Herath Prasanna, Mahela

    I know I know its a humongous change in the line up but thats the way to do it see there are good, average and weak batsman

    good- Mahela, Dilshan, Sanga, Mathews average- Samaraweera, Thirimanne, prasad , prasanna weak- Randiv, Herath, Lakmal

    so we need to mix it up so that theres good batsman at the end where its crucial and its important that every weak player is partnered with a good one so Dilshan is our trump card he should strengthen the middle order , sanga the opening order, and mahela should back up in the end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GOD WHERES NUWAN K WHEN U NEED HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    Sanga and Dilshan must JOIN the party this time. SL is playing on their own backyard. Surely they should be able to get a draw out of this situation.

  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    Provided we do not start off at 3 down for nothing as usual, we have a fighting chance of saving this game. Thankfully Dilshan is not opening batting.

  • Mark on April 5, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    The new ball is critical. If England don't take 2 or 3 wickets with it they face a long, hard day because, as the ball gets softer, wicket-taking becomes ever-harder. However, the attack in view in this Test is far better equiped to finish the job than the 1st Test attack was.

  • Prashan on April 5, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Please take singles and keep the scoreboard ticking! We can draw this game and win the series 1-0.

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