London, Jun 17: Leave aside tackling an opposition, Sri Lankan players would like to have an answer for rain that has made a habit to interrupt almost every other match they play. With the first two matches of the Test Series against England, being adversely impacted by rain, the third Test too wasn't any different, and as expected Sri Lanka bore the brunt of nature's intervention.
England skipper Andrew Strauss, won the toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat first on a damp pitch and heavily overcast conditions. With Dilshan, already out of the match, Sri Lanka had their task cut out against the English pace attack, which was bolstered by the inclusion of James Anderson.
As expected Anderson, Broad and Tremlett, made life difficult for the Sri Lankan batsman, and their extra cautious approach, made heavy weather of the already alien conditions. Thrimmane, was the first to go, after Anderson had him caught by Strauss in the 13th over of the match. He could manage only 10 runs from 38 balls. Paranivatana, was the next to go, trapped LBW by Tremlett for only 11 runs in 43 balls.
With the opening pair back in the pavilion, much was expected of the veteran duo of Sangakkara and Jayawardene. Not only did they fail to resurrect the stuttering innings, but also they allowed the English bowlers to further aggravate the damage they had inflicted upon the Sri Lankan innings.
Both the batsmen, were caught behind of Anderson and Tremlett, leaving Samareewara and Prasanna Jayawardene with a lot to work for. With the duo already having weathered the more difficult time, they must now be looking forward to make the most of the second day, of course if the rain doesn't come into the equation.
England on their part, will be hoping to get rid of the pair at crease, and get into the tail to easily bundle the rest of the side and then post a mammoth score to ensure that they don't have to bat a second time around.