Sunday 9 December 2007 

Malinga Double Strike Boosts Sri Lanka In Colombo

England 258-5 (Vaughan 87, Cook 81) after 87 overs v
Sri Lanka after day one in Colombo

Sri Lanka lead the three-match series 1-0

Two wickets in two balls from Lasith Malinga gave Sri Lanka a huge boost on the opening day of the second Test against England, coming after a fine half-century partnership between Alastair Cook and Paul Collingwood which had threatened to give the tourists the upper hand.

Openers Michael Vaughan and Cook put together a 133-run partnership for the first wicket before Sri Lanka hit back in the final session of the day.

Vaughan scored an imperious 87, while Cook hit a more workmanlike 81 while Ian Bell (15) and Kevin Pietersen (one) were dismissed cheaply.

Muttiah Muralitharan dismissed Vaughan and Bell, both caught by Jehan Mubarak, Vaughan fortunately, Bell brilliantly, while Pietersen was caught by Kumar Sangakkara off of Chaminda Vaas. There was some doubt as to whether the ball, originally guided to Chamara Silva, was grounded before it popped up to Sangakkara, but Pietersen had to go.

That left them at 171 for three before Collingwood and Cook combined to frustrate Sri Lanka. The new ball and umpire Darryl Harper saw off Cook, whose circumspect innings came to an end when he was adjudged leg before to Lasith Malinga for 81.

There was no doubt about Malinga's next dismissal, Ravi Bopara clean bowled by a searing yorker for a golden duck. Collingwood remained unbeaten on 49, while Matt Prior hit ten.

England, without Matthew Hoggard through injury, handed a Test debut to Stuart Broad with Steve Harmison also back in the side in place of James Anderson.

Sri Lanka replaced the retired Sanath Jayasuriya with Upul Tharanga before losing the toss and see England choose to bat.

© Cricket World 2007