England stumbles against SL spinners
Mark Butcher, Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain fell in quick succession to leave England on 164 for four at close on day two.Updated: Dec 11, 2003 17:54 IST
Mark Butcher, captain Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain fell in quick succession Thursday to leave England on 164 for four after the second day of its second Test against Sri Lanka.
The collapse saw England lose three wickets in 33 balls and squander a sound start to its innings.
Replying to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 382, English opener Marcus Trescothick (36) and Vaughan (52) displayed an impressive array of strokes in their 89-run stand before the hosts hit back through spinning ace Muttiah Muralitharan (2 for 28).
Muralitharan had Trescothick caught by Tillekeratne Dilshan at silly point on the stroke of tea and returned to force an edge from Vaughan to Mahela Jayawardene at slip.
Vaughan struck six boundaries off 53 balls 102 minutes, while Trescothick hit five fours from 61 balls.
Butcher (4) perished to a smart stumping by Kumar Sangakkara off Kumar Dharmasena (1 for 42), while left-arm pacer Chaminda Vaas ( 1 for 33) trapped former captain Hussain (10) leg before with a straight delivery.
Graham Thorpe (20 not out) and Paul Collingwood (19 not out) defended stoutly for an hour and a half to carry England to the draw of stumps without further loss.
Earlier, Sri Lanka's last two wickets put on 104 runs after an early loss of skipper Hashan Tillekeratne.
The ninth-wicket pair of Dharmasena (29) and Dinusha Fernando (51 not out) added 76 runs to thwart England's hopes of running through the tail after pacer Andrew Flintoff (2 for 60) had Tillekeratne caught by Butcher at long-leg.
Resuming at the overnight total of 277 for seven, Tillekeratne (45) failed to add to his score when he was caught trying to hook a Flintoff bouncer in the fourth over.
But the English bowlers failed to make an impression on Dharmasena and Fernando, who remained unruffled against both pace and spin.
Overshadowing his seasoned partner, Fernando hit seven boundaries from 104 deliveries in his unbeaten 136-minute knock, posting a maiden half-century in his second Test.
Fernando twice drove Flintoff to the fence, forcing Vaughan to bring on a double-spin attack.
All-rounder Dharmasena hit four boundaries off 95 deliveries in 140 minutes before falling lbw to left-arm spinner Ashley Giles.
Giles notched his third five-wicket haul in 29 Tests when he clean bowled last man Muralitharan (19) to finish with five for 116.
First Published: Dec 11, 2003 12:56 IST