Live Cricket Score, Sri Lanka vs England, 1st Test at Galle: Day three

Graeme Swann lad the England fight-back by grabbing four wickets conceding only 28 runs on day two Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Galle: Mar 28, 2012

Sri Lanka reached the score of 84 runs for the loss of five wickets with a lead of 209 runs. A total of 17 wickets tumbled on an eventful day two which saw England being dismissed for meager 184 runs.

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath grabbed six wickets as England were bowled out for 193 in their first innings after skipper Mahela Jayawardene’s 180 had lifted Sri Lanka to 318 earlier in the day.

But the hosts slumped to 84 for 5 in their second knock, four of those wickets falling to off-spinner Graeme Swann, to set up a thrilling finale.

Swann, who had failed to take a wicket in the first innings, ripped through the top order in the final session of play.

At stumps, Dinesh Chandimal was unbeaten on 17 and Suraj Randiv was on two.

England lasted just 46.4 overs as the world’s number one Test side, still to recover from a 3-0 thrashing by Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year, once again fumbled against spin.

Ian Bell top-scored with 52, but England lost their way before defiant batting by the tailenders pushed the total from a shaky 92 for 6.

Stuart Broad smashed 28 in a 30-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Bell, taking 18 runs in four balls from seamer Suranga Lakmal that included three boundaries and a six.

Swann’s 24 runs came from six fours and England’s tail prospered further when James Anderson (23*) and Monty Panesar (13) put on 36 runs for the last wicket.

England will slip to number two behind South Africa in the official rankings if they lose the two-Test series.

The tourists lost opener Alastair Cook in the second over of the innings before a run had been scored when he was trapped leg-before by Lakmal.

Jonathan Trott and Andrew Strauss put on 40 for the second wicket, before both fell in successive overs from Herath.

Trott was stumped for 12 and found himself knocked to the ground after colliding with celebrating wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene.

Strauss departed in Herath’s next over for 26, given out leg-before by the TV umpire after on-field official Asad Rauf turned down a loud appeal by the Sri Lankans.

Kevin Pietersen failed to add to his lunch score of three when he was bowled off the inside edge of the bat by an incoming delivery from seamer Chanaka Welegedara.

Earlier, Sri Lanka added 29 runs to their overnight score of 289 for eight before being dismissed 30 minutes after the start of play.

Anderson finished with a five-wicket haul when he ended Mahela Jayawardene’s 394-minute knock through a catch by wicket-keeper Prior.

The Sri Lankan captain hit 22 boundaries and three sixes in his 30th Test century which helped the hosts recover from a disastrous 15 for 3 on the opening day.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 318 & 84 for 5 (Thilan Samaraweera 36, Dinesh Chandimal 17; Graeme Swann 4 for 28, Stuart Broad 1 for 8) lead England 193 all-out (Ian Bell 52, Stuart Broad 28, Andrew Strauss 26; Rangana Herath 6 for 74) by 209 runs

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