Southampton, June 18: Due to long interventions of rain, only 23 overs of play were possible on Day 2 of the third test between hosts England and the visiting Sri Lankans. At stumps, England had reduced the Lankans to 177/9 in 61.2 overs with speedster Chris Tremlett taking 6/42 while Dilhara Fernando was batting on 33 and Welegedara, not out on 7.
After a rain delay of more than 2 hours on the morning of Day 2, Sri Lanka picked up their innings at their overnight score of 81/4 in 38 overs, with Mahela Jayawardene batting on 10 and Thilan Samaraweera unbeaten on 24. But in just the second over of the day, Chris Tremlett got his third wicket when he had Samaraweera caught at gully. The batsman was on his way for 31 off 96 balls, with the score now reading 89/5 in 40 overs.
Then again a couple of overs later, Tremlett spelled doom for Thisara Perera by having him caught behind for 2 off 6 balls as Sri Lanka had slipped further to 91/6. Prasanna Jayawardene and new batsman Rangana Herath took their side past 100 in the 44th over. But a short while later, Tremlett struck yet again when he induced Herath into a fatal pull that ballooned into the hands of fine leg. The bowler had ensnared his 5th wicket and Sri Lanka were in dire straights at 117/6 in 47.1 overs.
However, Prasanna and new batsman Dilhara Fernando stemmed the rot and played sensibly by pushing for singles and welcoming the occasional boundary. In the 57th over, Fernando struck Broad for a boundary to bring up Sri Lanka's 150.
But just an over later, Swann foxed Jayawardene to have him caught at midwicket while attempting a slog-sweep. Then almost immediately, Tremlett picked up wicket number 6 whenn he had Lakmal caught behind for a duck. Sri Lanka were 171/9 in 60 overs and 177/9 after 61.3 overs when rain ended play for the day.