Lanka make early inroads in 2nd essay

Lanka make early inroads in 2nd essay

Sri Lanka seamer Shaminda Eranga took three wickets in quick succession as England collapsed on the fourth day of the first Test at Lord’s on Sunday.

England were 117 for five in their second innings at tea, a lead of 239, after Eranga had dismissed Sam Robson, skipper Alastair Cook and Ian Bell.

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath followed up by removing Joe Root, whose unbeaten 200 had been the cornerstone of England’s first innings 575 for nine declared, and debutant Moeen Ali. Gary Ballance was 25 not out and Matt Prior 13 not out.

Angelo Mathews was 79 not out and, after the early loss of Herath, the Sri Lanka captain joined Sangakkara in making a first Test century at Lord’s by cover-driving a James Anderson full toss for four.

Sri Lanka were eventually all out for 453, giving England a first-innings lead of 122.