Rangana Herath took 12 wickets in the 1st Test. Source: AFP/theaustralian.com.au
England will look to end a worrying streak that has seen them lose their last four Test matches when they face Sri Lanka in the 2nd Test starting in Colombo on Tuesday. The tourists endured a trial by spin in Galle last week, with left arm spinner Rangana Herath taking six wickets in each innings to finish with match figures of 12 for 171. Only Jonathan Trott showed some resolve for England, with his dogged second innings knock of 112 saving his side from a humiliating defeat.
Skipper Andrew Strauss is under pressure to score runs having scored just one century in his past 48 knocks. Injured paceman Stuart Broad is expected to be replaced by Steven Finn, while Monty Panesar’s spot in the XI could also be under threat.
In addition to the heroics of Herath with the ball, the other standout performance for the hosts in the series opener was that of captain Mahela Jayawardene . He scored 180 in the first innings to give his side what proved to be a decisive first innings lead. The 34 year old averages 63.50 in Tests in his homeland and will want to add to that impressive record here. Kumar Sangakkara will be out to make a big score at the P Sara Oval, where he averages 71.27 in Test cricket, after failing last week. Allrounder Angelo Mathews is expected to return at the expense of Chamara Silva, while Dhammika Prasad could replace injured paceman Chanaka Welegedara.
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