Prior, Dilshan hit tons on run-heavy Day 2

Published: Sunday, June 5, 2011, 11:10 [IST]
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Prior,Dilshan hit tons on run-heavy Day2

London, June 5: Sri Lankan openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Tharanga Paranavitana ran amok on the English bowling, notching up a 211-run stand as the visitors finished Day 2 of the second Test at 231/1 in 63 overs. The Lankans still however, trail the English by 255 runs, as earlier in the day, Matt Prior struck up a 126 off 131 balls and Stuart Broad (54 off 51 balls), to take England to a formidable 486 all out in 112.5 overs. New-comer Chanaka Welegedara took 4/122 as Sri Lanka had bowled out England for 486 in 112.5.

England opened the second day with Stuart Broad batting on 17, Matt Prior not out on 73 and the score at 342/6 in 88 overs. Broad was eager to dominate the Lankan bowling right away by smacking Welegedara for two fours to take England past 350/6. The batting duo kept pummeling the attack as Prior struck a boundary off Lakmal to bring up England's 400 in 95.1 overs.

But no sooner had Broad notched up his fifty and Matt Prior, his ton, than Welegedara trapped the former batsman in front for for 54 of 51 balls. The bowler then sent back Graeme Swann for 4 off 5 balls in the same over, as the score read 414/8 in 97 overs.

But Prior, who had Chris Tremlett for company now, kept counter-attacking as the pair took England past 450 in the the 105th over. But just then Prior's robust innings was brought to an end when he was bowled by Rangana Herath for 126 off 131 balls.

With the end of England's innings imminent, Tremlett and new batsman Steven Finn tried to hold out for as long possible. In the 112th over, Finn clobbered Dilhara Fernando for three fours and took another boundary off Herath, before he was bowled by the same bowler for 19 off 32 balls.

In their reply, Sri Lanka got off to a positive start, with Paranavitana striking the first four off Tremlett in the 2nd over. Then in the 8th over, Tillakaratne Dilshan began loosening up with a four and six off Tremlett. The boundaries came fairly regularly as Lanka moved past 50 in the 16th over. The profitable trend continued as the visitors went into tea at 101/0 in 28 overs.

After the break, the runs poured in at an even more brisk rate as Dilshan and Paranavitana took their side over 150 in the 41st over. Then in the 52nd over, the batting duo each took a four off Finn as the visitors reached 201/0 in the 52nd over.

Finally, there was respite for the hosts when Finn got rid off Paranavitana for 65 off 184 balls, breaking the 211-run stand. Captain Sangakkara and Dilshan who reached his century soon after, played out the last few overs to end the second day at a strong 231/1 in 63 overs, trailing England by 255 runs.

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