James Anderson celebrates © Getty Images (File Photo)
James Anderson celebrates © Getty Images (File Photo)


By R Vishal


Jun 20, 2014


James Anderson and Liam Plumkett struck for England to finish with first session honours against Sri Lanka on Day one of the second Test match. Anderson in particular was on target and had opener Kaushal Silva all at sea before finding a faint edge of his bat and Matt Prior took a safe catch behind the wicket. Earlier in the day, Alastair Cook won the toss and decided to b0wl first in overcast conditions in Headingley. The ball was moving around quite a bit and unlike the first Test at Lord’s, the batsmen found it hard to get runs.


The southpaw Karunaratne was cautious but played some lovely cover-drives on the off-side which bore the Kumar Sangakkara stamp and it seemed like the early danger with ball was negated. However, Anderson continued from where he left at tea time at Lords, where he took his team within touching distance of an incredible win. England had many half-chances and could have had more wickets. Karunaratne flashed his bat against a slightly short delivery by Anderson and the ball went marginally over Cook’s head at slip.


Then Sri Lanka’s talisman Sangakkara could be been caught well short of his ground. In what was a breakdown in communication on mid-pitch, Sangakkara was sent back by Karunaratne but Matt Prior failed to grasp the ball to break the stumps on time. Chris Jordan then saw a chance go begging off his bowling when Sangakkara’s cut short nearly gave a perfect start to commemorate Ian Bell’s 100th Test match. Bell could could not dive to his left on time and the hosts would have gone to the lunch break wondering if all those missed opportunities would come back to haunt them in the match. At the moment Sri Lanka have their iconic veterans Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene at the crease.

Brief scores:


Sri Lanka  74 for 2 (Dimuth Karunaratne 28, Kaushal Siva 13, Kumar Sangakkara 16*;Liam Punkett 1 for 13, James Anderson 1 for 16) vs  England


(R Vishal is a journalist and alumnus of Asian College of Journalism. He can be followed on Twitter@vishhell)