Monday 10 December 2007 

Vandort And Jayawardene Steady Sri Lanka

England 351 (Vaughan 87, Cook 81, Prior 79, Muralitharan 5-116) v
Sri Lanka 105-2 (Vandort 50no, Sidebottom 2-35) after 38 overs

Sri Lanka lead the three-match series 1-0

A solid third-wicket partnership between Michael Vandort and Mahela Jayawardene has hauled Sri Lanka back into the second Test against England on day two after two early wickets had put the tourists in front.

The players left the field in fading light with Sri Lanka on 105 for two, Vandort unbeaten on 50 and Jayawardene on 43, which represented a fine recovery from 22 for two.

Matthew Prior and Paul Collingwood completed half-centuries as England hit 351 before Ryan Sidebottom took two Sri Lankan wickets early on in their reply.

Prior continued his good form from Kandy in hitting 79 while Collingwood only added three to his overnight tally before falling lbw to Chaminda Vaas for 52.

Sidebottom again showed application in sticking around for 17 from 80 balls and helping England move to a competitive first innings score. Muttiah Muralitharan picked up five wickets as England rallied hard having lost four wickets in the final session of day one.

Sidebottom proved even more effective with ball in hand, however, combining with Prior to remove Upul Tharanga (one) and Kumar Sangakkara (ten).

Vandort and Jayawardene then stuck it out, with Vandort completing a half-century after offering Alastair Cook a tough chance at short leg that wasn't taken.

© Cricket World 2007