Sri Lanka win toss; elect to bat in second Test

Having won the first Test, Sri Lankan players would be oozing with confidence Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Apr 3, 2012

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene has won the toss and asked England to bowl first at Colombo in the second Test.

Having won the first Test, Sri Lankan players would be oozing with confidence while England players, under pressure, would hope for an improved performance.

Sri Lanka, who won the first Test in Galle by 75 runs, are determined to scalp the tourists again at the P. Sara Oval and clinch their first series victory since 2009 when they beat New Zealand 2-0 at home.

Andrew Strauss’s spin-wary England will slip to number two behind South Africa if they lose or draw the Test on a traditionally sporting Oval wicket that offers assistance to both batsmen and bowlers.

It was at the same venue that Sri Lanka played their inaugural Test in February 1982 against an England side led by Keith Fletcher, which won by seven wickets inside four days.

Strauss will look for a similar result from the tourists, but his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahela Jayawardene wants to settle for nothing less than a win in the landmark Test.

Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene(c), Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Prasanna Jayawardene(w), Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Dhammika Prasad

England: Andrew Strauss(c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Matt Prior(w), Samit Patel, Graeme Swann, Tim Bresnan, James Anderson, Steven Finn

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