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England make Sri Lankans struggle


KANDY, Sri Lanka, March 7 (AFP) - England snapped up four cheap wickets on the opening morning of the second Test to leave Sri Lanka struggling at lunch Wednesday.

Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat on a hard and bouncy pitch. But the decision backfired as they lost their top four batsmen to stand on 93 for four at the break.

The four wickets were taken by the England seamers with Craig White going to lunch with figures of two for 11 runs off six overs.

Marvan Atapattu who scored an unbeaten double century at Galle in the first Test, was unlucky when he played on to a delivery from Darren Gough in the seventh over of the day.

Atapattu's 16 all came from boundaries -- edging two and slashing two other deliveries over the slips cordon.

Andy Caddick then had skipper Sanath Jayasuriya driving a catch to gully fielder Ashley Giles for nine.

Kumar Sangakkara and Aravinda de Silva added 40 for the third wicket, but White taking over from Caddick struck in his first over by having Sangakkara caught by Marcus Trescothick for 17.

Sangakkara was given out caught off his arm guard by ICC match umpire Rudy Koertzen of South Africa, as he attempted to avoid a short pitched delivery from White.

De Silva batting with a lot of confidence from the first ball struck a six to long-off off Ashley Giles and he also hit five fours. But at 29 he went to pull a slow ball from White and miscued a catch to the bowler.

Mahela Jayawardene and Russel Arnold, having passed fit from a hand injury took Sri Lanka to lunch without further loss.

Jayewardene timing the ball sweetly was unbeaten on 16 with Arnold still to get off the mark after 25 minutes at the wicket.

Sri Lanka won the first Test played at Galle to lead the three-Test series 1-0.







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