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Lanka reeling at 114 for 6 wickets

Sri Lanka were struggling at 114 for six at tea on the second day of the four day match against the England Lions at Derby Cricket ground here, today. They trail by 379 runs.

The Sri Lankans were given a sound start by Tharanga Paranavitharne 26 and Tillekeratne Dilshan 38 who put on a stand of 59 for the first wicket. But once these two went, wickets tumbled with Kumar Sangakkara going for 15, Mahela Jayawardena for 1, Dinesh Chandimal 0 and Prasanna Jayawardena also for no score.

Medium pacers Dernbach 3 for 22 and Shahzad 2 for 18 caused the collapse.

England Lions resuming on 394 for 4, declared their innings at 493 for 8 with overnight not out batsman Eoin Morgan missing out on a double hundred being out for 193 with 30 fours and 5 sixes. It was a truly remarkable innings.

Samit Patel made 119 with 18 fours. Their fifth wicket partnership was worth 266 runs. J. Bairstow made 22 and A. Shahzad chipped in with 20. Thissara Perera and Dilhara Fernando had 3 wickets each for 88 and 100.

To recap on the first day, the England Lions made merry with the gift given to them by Sri Lanka skipper Tillekeratne Dilshan when he won the toss and asked the opponents to take first strike. The early cloudy conditions which seemed ideal for seam and swing would have prompted Dilshan’s decision.

When Thissara Perera knocked back opener Adams’ stumps with the score on seven, it looked as though Dilshan’s decision was justified. But as the Lions innings began to unwind, it questioned Dilshan’s decision. The Lankans were caught in the lions’ den.

Watching this game and of particular interest to chief of selectors Geoff Miller and coach Andy Flower was the three players in their radar for selection to the England Test team to be announced on Sunday were Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan and Samit Patel.

Miller and Flower would have been delighted with the form, of Morgan and Patel who made confident hundreds, but would have been disappointed with the failure of Bopara. Morgan and Patel were simply marvellous. One of them should get the nod of the selectors.

The left hand, right hand combination of Morgan and Patel, just toyed with the Lankan bowling. They were devastating and thrilled the sparse crowd that was present, some of them Sri Lankans. Once again the inexperience in the Lankan attack was obvious.

Of the Sri Lankan bowlers, it was Dilhara Fernando who failed to play a single match in 2011 World Cup and in the IPL who impressed most. On this form Fernando should spearhead the Lankan attack in the Three Tests with the first one beginning on May 26 in Cardiff.



ENGLAND LIONS 1st innings

JHK Adams b T Perera				  4
JWA Taylor c P Jayawardena b D Fernando		 76
RS Bopara c P Jayawardena b D Fernando		 17
JC Hildreth b NP Fernando			 35
EJG Morgan lbw b T Perera			193
SR Patel b D Fernando				119
JM Bairstow c D Fernando b T Perera		 22
A Shahzad not out				 20
G Onions st P Jayawardena b Randiv		  1
JW Dernbach not out				  1

Extras (lb 5)					  5
TOTAL (8 wickets decl, 109 overs)		493

Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-47, 3-105, 4-162, 5-428, 6-470, 7-477, 8-492.
Bowling: NP Fernando 25-2-101-1, T Perera 22-5-88-3, 
D Fernando 21-3-100-3, S Randiv 26-2-120-1, T Paranavithana 1-0-10-0, T Samaraweera 6-0-32-0, TM Dilshan 8-0-37-0.

SRI LANKA 1st innings

T Paranavithana lbw b Onions			26
TM Dilshan c Hildreth b Shahzad			38
K Sangakkara c Bairstow b Shahzad		15
M Jayawardena c Patel b Dernbach		 0
T Samaraweera not out				22
D Chandimal c Adams b Dernbach			 0
P Jayawardena c Hildreth b Dernbach		 1
S Randiv not out				 3
Extras (b 1, lb 5, nb 3)			 9
TOTAL (6 wickets, 30 overs)			114

Bowling: G Onions 9-0-31-1, ST Finn 12-2-42-0, JW Dernbach 9.3-1-25-3, A Shahzad 6-0-18-2.


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