Friday 15 December 2017

Lakmal puts Sri Lanka on top

Prasanna Jayawardene's composed century and a late wicket for Suranga Lakmal damaged England's hopes of victory in the first Test in Cardiff.

After a rain-affected first day, England enjoyed a fine start yesterday morning when Sri Lanka lynchpin Mahela Jayawardene was undone by James Anderson without a run added to the overnight 133-2.

But his namesake's 112, his third Test ton, steered his team to 400 all out and Andrew Strauss fell in the last over before the close as England reached stumps on 47-1.

Stuart Broad endured plenty of frustration before finally claiming his 100th Test wicket, at 24 the second youngest player to do so after Ian Botham, but there was concerning news on Anderson, who did not bowl after complaining of stiffness.

England looked in little trouble in response, but Lakmal surprised Strauss (20) with a testing delivery that ended in Mahela Jayawardene's hands at slip.

Anderson was sent out as nightwatchman despite his early departure from the field and closed out the final over.

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