Thursday, 26 May 2011

Day One At Cardiff

Before play started...: England, on the back of winning the Ashes and generally being half decent at tests were favourites, but wary of a Sri Lankan side that are a lot better than some are making out...

Where did it all go wrong for Sri Lanka?: Probably before the game started, with Pradeep and Fernando being ruled out. Big losses to a fairly weak bowling attack.

Where did it all go right for Sri Lanka?: Paranavitana looking very assured in a very good opening partnership with Dilshan.

Where did it all go wrong for England?: The bowlers (Broad especially) failed to hit the right areas consistently and generally looked a tad undercooked.

Where did it all go right for England?: Getting two of the "big three" in Dilshan and Sangakkara out.

Who won each session?: Afternoon - Sri Lanka. Evening - honours even. (The morning session, of course, being won by rain).

Who's winning the game?: After so much rain, and with both sides fielding very strong batting line ups, the draw is certainly the favourite. Sri Lanka probably in the more comfortable positions of the teams.

Shot of the day: Dilshan smacking a wide one from Broad for four. Punished.

Ball of the day: The ball that Anderson got Sangakkara with. It may not have been a wicket, but it was a beauty.

Man of the day: The wonderfully named Tharanga Paranavitana, who looked very assured and controlled. Props too to Chris Tremlett, who was the proverbial pick of the bowlers.

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